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Summary

  1. Le Gal trial: Sent a text to her son before collision
  2. Simulator changes after Condor mooring collision
  3. Aurigny review: Two reports and recommendations published
  4. New strategy launched to support Jersey's hidden carers
  5. Concern over Guernsey's mental health treatment waits
  6. Updates on Monday 12 June

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Deputies move to stop runway extension being investigated

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Two deputies are calling for money not to be spent on investigating the pros and cons of extending Guernsey Airport's runway as they believe a decision in favour of an extension is "highly unlikely".

A potential runway extension is listed for debate by the States later this month alongside other "pipeline" or longer-term projects.

Deputy Peter Roffey and Deputy Heidi Soulsby have asked the States in order to "test the appetite" for the extension before "spending considerable sums of money in appraising the possible benefits".

The pipeline projects named in the Policy and Resources Plan - Phase Two are:

  • Hydrocarbon Supply
  • Inert Waste Solution
  • Affordable Housing Programme (Phase 2)
  • Coastal Flood Defences (Phase 2)
  • The Education Estate Development (Phase 2)
  • Guernsey Runway Extension
  • St Peter Port Harbour Action Area Development
  • PEH Re-profiling (Phase 2)

Public meeting over Guernsey election referendum

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

There will be a meeting later this week in Guernsey to give people a chance to find out more about the proposed electoral reform referendum.

This is ahead of a States debate on the issue next week where politicians will be asked to approve the referendum plan, which would then likely be held next summer.

It will set out a number of options for the future electoral system in Guernsey and could be binding on the States if the turnout is high enough.

The meeting is being held in the Harry Bound room at Les Cotils at 19:00 on Thursday 15 June.

Guernsey joins Jersey in Brittany partnership

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey, Jersey and the department of Ille et Vilaine in Brittany have signed a cooperation agreement aimed at promoting greater partnership between the jurisdictions.

Jersey first signed a cooperation agreement with the French department in 2008 and they have met annually since.

Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, Jersey's Minister for External Relations, described it as "a profound success and a valuable forum to share knowledge and opportunities for the benefit of both our jurisdictions".

Guernsey has important existing social and cultural links with the region of Brittany, and the department of Ille et Vilaine in particular, so this summit has provided the opportunity to begin to build on and strengthen these links as well as to discuss some new areas for potential joint working with some of our closest neighbours. At this time of change, as the UK looks to start negotiations to withdraw from the EU, it is important for Guernsey to continue to develop its existing relationships.

Deputy Jonathan Le TocqMember of the Policy and Resources Committee with responsibility for External Relations

Education, Income Tax moves will save up to £0.5m. a year

Guernsey Press

Vacating two significant States buildings as part of government’s wider property rationalisation will generate recurring savings of between £350,000 and £500,000, the chief executive has said.

St Helier developments: 'Town cramming' warning

Jersey Evening Post

More parks are needed in St Helier to avoid ‘town cramming’, Constable Simon Crowcroft has warned.

Aurigny review: Call for full economic analysis on runway extension

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Half of the Aurigny Strategic Review panel members have called for a full economic analysis of extending the runway at Guernsey Airport.

Tim Robins, James Dent and Paul Smith's report suggests larger aircraft used for short haul flights would then be able to land.

The current runway is only just sufficient in length to support the Embraer at its maximum operating limits and any increase in length would not only improve the safety margins for this aircraft but would also enable the operation of larger aircraft such as A319s, A320s and 737s, which are the standard short haul aircraft for many airlines.

Aurigny Strategic Review Report Two

Both reports from the panel suggest investigating improving the current runways with approach lighting systems "mitigate against the impact of fog on flight reliability".

Latest weather: Dry and clear overnight

BBC Weather

After a fine end to the day, with some evening sunshine, it will stay dry overnight with clear spells. Winds will be light. Minimum Temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F)

Jersey

Jersey weather
BBC

Guernsey

Guernsey weather
BBC

How do you get a picture of the space station and the sun?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey-based astrophotographers David Le Conte and Jean Dean captured an incredible image showing the International Space Station passing over the sun from the observatory in Guernsey. But how did they do it?

ISS over the sun
David Le Conte and Jean Dean

It involved the 5in refracting telescope at the observatory of the Astronomy Section of La Societe Guernesiaise. It was fitted with a special solar filter, but also involved timing and a lot of patience.

Mr Le Conte said it took 1.3 seconds for the station to cross the sun and during that time he got five images using a very fast exposure to "freeze" its motion as it passed through the middle of the sun.

Jean Dean worked with those five images to "stack and process" them to create the image that has been a hit on social media.

‘Price tag for fuel security could be hundreds of millions’

Guernsey Press

Guernsey faces a bill that could run into ‘hundreds of millions of pounds’ to protect its long term fuel needs.

Body found off Hanois identified as missing French fisherman

James Rabey

BBC Radio Guernsey

The body of a man found off Guernsey's Hanois Lighthouse has been identified as Arnaud Goregues, a 48-year-old French fisherman.

He was reported missing on 7 April after his boat Marina Flower ran aground on Nantouar Beach in Louannec without Mr Goregues on board.

His body was spotted by a passing French yachtsman about 8.8 nautical miles south west of the lighthouse on 25 May.

It was recovered after a coordinated search involving the Guernsey Coastguard, Channel Islands Air Search, the RNLI and Guernsey Police.

Aurigny review: Call for improvements at Guernsey Airport

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Both reports - each penned by three members of the Strategic Review panel - suggest changes be made at Guernsey Airport.

People waiting for passengers coming out of arrivals in Guernsey Airport terminal
BBC

Report one; Deputy Lyndon Trott, Stuart Falla and Dr Andy Sloan:

  • Improved landing systems during limited visibility should be considered
  • The airport should remain open for longer on certain days and particularly at peak holiday times
  • Flights could be spread more evenly across the day
  • The airport could take charge of flight arrival and departure information (currently run by airlines)
  • Payment for parking could be made easier with modern technology
  • The introduction of a business lounge

Report two: Tim Robins, James Dent and Paul Smith:

  • New landing system technologies should be be closely monitored, with emphasis on the cost/benefit analysis of each possible option
  • Both airports (Guernsey and Alderney) should be open for longer on certain days and particularly at peak holiday times
  • In Guernsey, the walkways to the gates should be upgraded and improved
  • Guernsey Airport should take charge of all flight arrival and departure information rather than relying on airlines to provide updates
  • The payment for parking at Guernsey Airport could be made easier with modern technology
  • A business lounge at Guernsey Airport should be reinstated airside and a possible Priority Access agreement negotiated
  • Liaison with incoming aircraft to ensure that sufficient taxis are available at the rank when the aircraft lands

‘Full States would have backed a ferry trial’

Guernsey Press

Had a proposal for a trial passenger-only inter-island ferry service been put to the States, it would have been approved, one deputy believes.

'Finishing is the goal' - Guernsey man ahead of world's longest kayak race

BBC Radio Guernsey

Two Guernsey men are hoping to take on the world's longest canoe and kayak race later this month.

George Smitheram and Edward Allen are believed to be the youngest crew taking part in the Yukon River Quest in Canada from 28 June to 2 July.

Competing under the name Yukon Do It they are raising money for the Guernsey Alzheimer's Association.

Mr Smitheram said the 444 mile course would involve about 60 hours of kayaking over three days.

Yukon River
BBC

"We've been training for six months and out on the water four to five times a week over the past two months," Mr Smitheram said.

"We're on an island so we have all the tidal things to worry about, but over there it'll just be going downstream so there's less things to worry about.

"Depending on the weather conditions you can get really high standing waves if it's really windy or you can be really lucky and have really flat still waters. There's a couple of points where there are rapids, which neither of us have gone down before.

"Finishing is the ultimate goal."

Aurigny boss welcomes strategic review report

BBC Radio Guernsey

The boss of Guernsey government owned airline Aurigny welcomed two reports into its future.

Mark Darby said the reports give them a clearer idea of what the States wants from the airline. He said they had been making up policy in a vacuum due to a lack of any clear direction in the past.

He said some aspects of the reports, if implemented, would cost the States money up front, particularly in terms of subsiding unprofitable routes.

We will take a few tough decisions but it is really looking at the funding oft the routes. We will look at each route and each group of routes and say 'we want that to be continued' and the States will fund that as required.

Mark DarbyAurigny CEO

Mr Darby said the report gives them the clarity they need and shows the States "recognise what they want us to do and provide the money upfront to allow us to do it as a subsidy if needed".

Public meetings over L'Ancresse East proposals

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

This evening the States of Guernsey will hold meetings at St Sampson's High School to explain plans for the beach, kiosk and coastline at L'Ancresse East.

The 1km wide bay was backed by sand dunes before World War Two and the current proposals aim to restore a section of the Eastern part back to the way it used to be before development.

The goal is to create a more natural beach environment while still protecting the existing kiosk and facilities.

The meetings are at 16:00 and 19:30 tonight.

L'Ancresse
BBC

Call for Aurigny to sell jet as part of fleet rationalisation

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

"Serious consideration" should be given to selling Aurigny's Embraer 195 jet in favour of leasing an alternative jet or jets, believe three members of the Aurigny Strategic Review panel.

It is one of the areas Pilot Tim Robins, transport economist and Alderney States member James Dent and Guernsey International Business Association council member Paul Smith thought differently than the rest of the panel.

They recommend:

  • Active consideration of disposing of the Embraer jet replaced by a "damp lease arrangement with another operator"
  • Consider the use of alternatives to the Dornier 228 - including the Cessna Caravan - on the Alderney service
  • A move to Aurigny's default position being to lease aircraft - rather than buy - to maximise flexibility
Aurigny Embraer jet lands in Guernsey
BBC

The current ownership of the Embraer is one of the factors that constrains the management's ability to rationalise and optimise its fleet. The panel has been advised that owing to favourable moves in the USD/GBP exchange rate the Embraer could currently be sold at a profit.

Aurigny Strategic Review Report Two

Cut your hedge or face a fine, warns parish

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Islanders in Guernsey have until Thursday to trim their hedges if they want to avoid a fine.

Douzeniers will be inspecting island roads on Thursday and any hedges not cut by then are subject to an initial £50 fine and an additional £5 per day after that until the hedge is cut back.

This includes any uncollected cuttings left on the roads or pavements.

Homes plan for Ann Street in St Helier

BBC Radio Jersey

Old flats and a pub in St Helier could be knocked down to build 166 new homes if government owned Andium Homes is given planning permission.

Andium has been hoping to get on with work at Ann Court for a long time - at one point it was even thought the site could become a car park - now it's put forward formal plans for housing.

It wants to knock down the existing old flats, and the pub on Ann St and Providence St. It then wants to build five new blocks, with 131 one-bedroom flats and 35 two-bedroom flats.

There would also be parking for visitors, and four shops. Its understood at least part of the site is listed for its special interest.

'First step taken in providing proper clarity' on Aurigny's role

These recommendations are the first step in helping to provide proper clarity around what the States expects from Aurigny and the role that it plays for the Bailiwick. The uncertainty around these areas over the past year or so has created some difficulty for Aurigny in planning effectively for the future and the STSB is now working with the airline to support it in developing its forward plans.

Deputy Charles ParkinsonPresident, States Trading Supervisory Board

The States Trading Supervisory Board is responsible for carrying out the States' role as shareholder of some of the incorporated companies owned by the States, including Aurigny.

Jersey sea wall work to start in July

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Work to raise the height of the sea wall at Beaumont in Jersey will start in July and will take about 14 weeks.

The area around the Gunsite has been flooded on several occasions when there have been storms and high spring tides. The Department for Infrastructure says this is getting worse due to climate change.

There will be two phases to the work, the first will see the wall made about a foot higher from the Gunsite eastwards. The second will see it get higher still but won't start until 2018 when funding is available.

Sea wall
BBC

The residents of the Gunsite and Beaumont area have suffered, particularly in recent years, from flooding which has caused distress and property damage.

Deputy Eddie NoelInfrastructure Minister

Police 'failed to provide documents' over legal action

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

A report finds Jersey Police failed to provide documents to a former business owner who was trying to sue them.

Roy Boschat faced bribery allegations in 2005 but was never prosecuted and denies any wrong doing in the way his tow truck business dealt with the aftermath of vehicle accidents.

The report by the Police Service of Northern Ireland found serious organisational and individual failings by Jersey police, but said Mr Boschat wasn't deliberately obstructed from taking action.

Aurigny review: 'No censensus, but agreement in many significant areas'

It is no secret that the review panel has, in a number of areas, been unable to reach a consensus. However there are many more areas, all of them significant, where agreement has been reached. Taken together, these recommendations provide a platform for significant and positive change, and it is believed [it will] provide a basis for Aurigny as a business to reduce their losses and provide a service that supports our community and our economy.

Deputy Lyndon TrottChairman, Aurigny Strategic Review

The sun is going to be strong this week

BBC Weather

Jersey Met Office says the UV is going to be high this week, possibly reaching eight by the end of the week.

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Changes recommended following Condor collision

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Last month the Condor Liberation collided with a mooring pontoon and hit a yacht while coming into St Peter Port Harbour. Nobody was injured and the delay to the ferry timetable was only an hour.

Condor Ferries made a number of recommendations to ensure it didn't happen again which were endorsed by the Guernsey Harbourmaster.

They include:

  • The Master undertook a review of his own notes regarding marks and identification of go/no go areas as well as contingency plans.
  • He also conducted a period of duty with an additional master sailing in support.
  • This scenario will be added to the simulator training options.
  • Additional training for crew members who report distances to the bridge will be provided.
  • The company will review the position of navigational aids on each bridge wing.
  • The recommendations from the company response will be held on file for lessons that could be relevant to any new tonnage, either new build or purchase.

Is it a bird, a plane or the Death Star?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Have you seen the incredible picture of the International Space Station flying across the sun as seen from Guernsey?

Self confessed Star Wars nerd and Guernsey resident Lars de Garis thinks it looks like Tie Fighters near the Death Star.

ISS and the sun
David Le Conte and Jean Dean
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Aurigny review: What is it?

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The results of a Strategic Review of Aurigny, the Guernsey States-owned airline, have been released.

What is it?

The review was announced last year following growing concerns about the airline's finances and about the "lifeline" service to Alderney.

Members of the public have also raised concerns about the airline ending its Guernsey-Jersey service in March 2016.

The States agreed in November 2015 to pay off the airline's losses accrued between 2003 and 2014 totalling £19.9m with a further £5.3m set aside to cover expected losses up to 2017.

The review looked at issues including the future role of the airline, the length of the airport runways in Guernsey and Alderney, the airline's role in economics and the needs of the community.

Traffic update: Rue Sauvage is now clear

BBC News Travel

Rue Sauvage in St Sampson was closed earlier due to an RTC but it has no reopened, police confirmed.

Le Gal trial: Sent a text to her son before collision

Luxmy Gopal

BBC Channel Islands News

A court in Jersey has heard that a woman, accused of causing the death of a three year old boy by dangerous driving, failed to notice roadsigns and pedestrians, and sent a text to her son, shortly before the collision.

Clinton Pringle
Pringle family

Rebekah Le Gal from Mont Millais was driving her van down Tunnel Street near the Millennium Town Park last June when she hit Clinton Pringle, who was on holiday with his family in Jersey. He died from his injuries a few days later.

In the Royal Court today, the prosecution said Ms Le Gal hadn't been paying attention to signs in the area, including a No Entry and a Give Way sign. They said she hadn't noticed Clinton's mother and aunt screaming and waving as she approached him.

The court also heard she'd used her mobile phone behind the wheel to reply to a text from her son, in which he asked for his grandmother's phone number, shortly before the collision. The trial continues.

Town Park roads
BBC

Simulator changes after Condor mooring collision

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Condor ferries will review the position of navigation aids on the bridge of the Liberation after a report was published into its collision with a mooring pontoon in St Peter Port Harbour last month.

Condor Liberation
BBC

A yacht moored at the pontoon was damaged, but no passengers were injured in the incident.

The report, produced by Condor and the Guernsey Harbourmaster also recommended changes to the Condor ferry training simulator to include the details of the incident that saw it hit the mooring.

It was found that the collision occurred as a result of an initial positioning error during the approach to the turn inside the port.

Guernsey travel: Avoid Rue Sauvage

BBC News Travel

Drivers are being asked to avoid the area around Rue Sauvage in St Sampson while Guernsey Police deal with a one vehicle RTC.

Unpaid carer strategy 'to help thousands'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A new carers support strategy has been launched by the Jersey Association of Carers Incorporated and the Carers’ Partnership Group aimed at helping the thousands of unpaid carers in the island.

The strategy highlights a few areas it feels need addressing in the island to make sure carers are properly looked after and recognised for the contribution they make to the island.

These include:

  • Carers feeling included, listened to and hear
  • Carers have access to the right information
  • Making sure they have time to themselves and a break
  • Young carers encouraged to engage with community activities of their choice
  • Young carers supported to remain in education

Work to raise the height of Beaumont sea wall

BBC Radio Jersey

Work to raise the height of Jersey's sea wall near Beaumont will start next month. The infrastructure department wants to raise it by about a foot to protect properties more effectively.

On big tides with southerly winds Beaumont can flood as water comes over the wall.

Three different kinds of spray-on concrete have been tested to see which is best for repairs.

Aurigny Review: Recommendations

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The Strategic Review of Guernsey States-owned airline Aurigny has been released.

Two reports have been released as the panel of six was "unable to reach a consensus".

As a result the Policy and Resources Committee has made the following recommendations:

  • Aurigny to remain in States ownership for the foreseeable future due to the importance of retaining the Gatwick Airport slots
  • It is to retain its Air Operating Certificate
  • The airline is to be considered and treated as an "economic enabler" for the Bailiwick
  • Licensing system should change based on competition over servicing a route rather than for the right to compete on a route
  • The current shareholder objectives for the company are not fit-for-purpose and should be revised
  • As an essential economic enablement route, the Guernsey-London Gatwick route should be underpinned by a service level agreement
  • The Committee for Economic Development should provide the political leadership

This includes:

  • Deciding upon the application of transparent public service agreements for "essential economic enablement routes"
  • Seek competitive tenders for those routes that will receive financial support from the States
  • This includes the Alderney-Guernsey and Alderney-Southampton where Aurigny should be the "operator of last resort for these routes"
  • Seek competitive tenders for the Guernsey-London City route

Heather Watson: British number two beaten in Surbiton Trophy final

BBC Sport

British number two Heather Watson lost the final of the Surbiton Trophy in straight sets to Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova.

The number six seed went down 6-4 7-5 in a match lasting one hour and 33 minutes in south-west London.

Heather Watson
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Health 'working on mental health action plan'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Deputy Emilie Yerby from the Guernsey Health and Social Care Committee says they are working with local mental health charities to create an action plan to improve mental health care in the island.

She was responding to concerns raised by GPs that some people were falling through the gaps and more energy needed to be put into mental health care for children and teenagers.

Emilie Yerby
BBC

The most important thing we have to do is to make sure people feel they have consistent and sustained support when they need it and that is something we will be doing through the mental health strategy.

Deputy Emilie YerbyHealth and Social Care member

Offshore world ‘is the clear winner in the UK election’

Guernsey Press

Offshore finance could be the big winner from the UK general election, according to a locally-based financier.

Care strategy to 'recognise the value of carers'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

There are about one in seven people in Jersey working as an unpaid carer and the number is growing according to the Association of jersey Carers.

The group has worked with other charities and groups in the island to launch a new care strategy aimed at helping and recognising the nearly 5,000 unpaid carers.

The message is there are many carers amongst us, there are carers who don't even know they are carers and we are asking everyone to recognise the value of what they do.

James Le FeuvreMIND charity spokesman

Jersey needs to make discrimination law 'a priority'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey needs to get its discrimination laws completed as a matter of priority. That's the view of the manager of the citizens advice charity.

Malcolm Ferey
BBC

Malcolm Ferey says the organisation still gets complaints and questions from people on the subject of discrimination.

He said the island needed to catch up with other jurisdictions on the matter as it would improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Jersey is introducing discrimination legislation gradually. It started with racial discrimination and then extended it to cover age and sex discrimination. The final phase will see disability discrimination legislation later next year.

Sun shining on the space station

BBC Radio Guernsey