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  1. Crown Dependencies 'considered by UK' in Brexit customs policy
  2. Young people 'struggling' to find affordable accommodation in Jersey
  3. Drones 'impact' on breeding birds in Jersey, says expert
  4. Ex-minister criticises funding cut plans for Guernsey colleges
  5. Court to swear in Dean of Jersey in September
  6. Mysterious pink growth found on Guernsey beach
  7. Updates on Tuesday 15 August 2017

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Rob England

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Plans to bring historic tower back to life 'with light and colour'

An historic tower dubbed "the gateway to St Helier" will be floodlit in a new scheme to bring it back to life.

The plans for the Martello Tower are still awaiting planning permission and an agreement from the historic building officer, though funding has already been raised.

The First Tower Community Association have been working with Parish St Helier, Jersey Energy and DFI organise to bring a state-of-the-art floodlight system, which includes seasonal and date-sensitive lighting.

District Deputy Andrew Lewis said: "It is the gateway to both the community of First Tower and St Helier.

"Our plan is to bring the tower back to life with light and colour."

A dry evening into a cloudy Wednesday

BBC Weather

It will stay fine into the evening with a dry night in store, but will turn cloudier by the morning.

Minimum Temperature: 13 Deg C (55 Deg F)


Retailers and customers should be aware of drone codes

BBC Radio Jersey

The deputy head of operations at Jersey Fire and Rescue Service is joining calls for tighter regulations for people who buy or fly drones in Jersey.

Mark Le Cornu said while drones help his team to search for missing people and save lives there must be more regulation in the island.

He says people who buy drones should be aware of the rules and use them responsibly, and retailers should be forced to make customers aware of local drone codes.

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Regulation is probably a good way to go. I think if people, when they bought a drone, had to register it and had to have a certain level of training, that would help. I purchased my drone from a local retailer and there is no local drone code given as part of that purchase. I think that should be stopped. Every retailer on the island should be forced to give out the code.

Mark Le CornuDeputy Head of Operations, Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

‘Big Pete’ rolls up to L’Eree for West Show

Guernsey Press

Two monster trucks and their drivers arrived at L’Eree showground yesterday in anticipation of their performances at the West Show on Wednesday and Thursday.

States to 'increase affordable housing' to tackle homelessness

BBC Radio Jersey

A thousand new affordable homes are being built to tackle homelessness, Jersey's housing minister has said.

Deputy Anne Pryke said a review of housing services was underway, and support services were being developed to help people before they reach the "crisis point" where they are made homeless.

Local charities who provide services to homeless people in Jersey have been speaking out about a rise in people using their services, and in particular young people.

Deputy Pryke said government action would be needed to reduce the number of users accessing these charities on the island.

We recognise that homelessness in Jersey is a concern, especially among hidden groups who may have access to temporary accommodation, but lack long-term, settled housing. Organisations such as Sanctuary Trust and The Shelter Trust play a vital role in preventing homelessness and supporting people who are affected to achieve independence, but reducing homelessness also requires government action to tackle the reasons why people become homeless in the first place.

Deputy Anne PrykeMinister for Housing, States of Jersey

Stricter regulation needed for drones

BBC Radio Jersey

A local marine biologist is calling for drones to be banned from Jersey's national park areas, unless they have a license.

There are currently restrictions in place for drone operators in Jersey, including a no fly zone near the airport and a minimum safe distance you are able to fly drones near people and built up areas.

In the UK drones are not allowed to fly over National Trust areas without permission, and Nick Jouault from Société Jersiaise says more needs to be done to protect birds, especially in the Ecrehous, from being disturbed by the flying machines while they are nesting.

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Our national park covers the shoreline basically, so anywhere that is sensitive to the breeding birds, we've got the puffins at the north coast which struggle to breed, and there's other areas, Elizabeth Castle as well, so all these areas basically within a national park. It's worthy of protection, so maybe we should have some management in place. Maybe wildlife wardens to educate and inform people of the breeding birds.

Nick JouaultMarine Biologist

Jersey Lifts app developers advised by States

BBC Radio Jersey

The company which wants to start up an Uber-style app, allowing people to share lifts, has been advised by a government minister of the laws they must comply with.

The app is for the Facebook group Jersey Lifts, which allows islanders to share car journeys.

But the group has sparked controversy as drivers often charge for the informal service, drawing comparisons to an unregulated taxi, which is illegal.

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The Assistant Minister for Digital Jersey, Deputy Scott Wickenden, met with the company who designed the app, Itineris, to advise them of any legal restrictions.

In response to a freedom of information request the States say it is "not unusual" for the assistant minister to meet with digital entrepreneurs, and this should not be taken as support from the government.

Jersey seeks EU market access on similar terms to UK - outside customs union

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey wants access to agriculture and fisheries markets "on no less favourable terms" than the UK after Brexit, a States spokeswoman has said.

Jersey States Assembly buildings

The UK government published a policy paper outlining their proposals for new customs checks once it leaves the European Union.

The proposals include an arrangement which would allow for no customs checks between the UK, including the Crown Dependencies, and the EU.

The States said it "welcomed" the written commitment in the policy paper to engage with the Crown Dependencies.

A spokeswoman said Jersey's government would be consulting "closely" with local businesses and industry bodies on the proposals made within the paper to ensure that we achieve the best possible outcome for the Island.

New special constables join Guernsey Police

BBC Radio Guernsey

Six new special constables have joined the ranks of Guernsey Police.

They will carry out a range of duties on a voluntary basis before potentially becoming full members of the force.

Training manager Jim Bell said the scheme is a valuable recruitment tool.

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Guernsey Police

It's like a stepping stone for them to find out if we're for them, or they're for us. So there's a reason why some people come in, because they want to become a regular officer, but essentially they want to help the community, and they want to make a difference.

Jim BellTraining manager, Guernsey Police

Radioactive material unearthed at plant

Jersey Evening Post

Traces of radioactive material have been unearthed by construction workers at the Flamanville nuclear site - less than 30 miles from Jersey’s coast.

Crown Dependencies 'considered by UK' in Brexit customs policy

BBC Politics

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The priorities of the Crown Dependencies are to be "taken into account" as the UK progresses with negotiations with the European Union on post-Brexit customs policy arrangements.

The UK government says it will propose an "innovative and untested approach" to customs checks as part of its negotiations.

Two models have been proposed in a newly-published paper, the first of which would mean no customs checks at UK-EU borders.

The alternative proposal, a more efficient system of border checks, would involve "an increase in administration", it admits.

More women visiting Jersey homeless shelter

BBC Radio Jersey

The number of women, and in particular young women, going to a Jersey homeless shelter has more than doubled in recent years, according to a local charity.

A spokesman for The Shelter Trust said the charity had seen a rise in the number of young people using their services, with 30% of users aged between 16-25.

Neville Benbow, chairman of the charity, said one of the main problems facing young people was the cost of accommodation in Jersey.

Whereas, historically, around one in 10 of the local homeless community were female, the number of young female clients has more than doubled in the last five years, to around 20 a day.

Neville BenbowChairman, The Shelter Trust

'Alternative to current healthcare system needed' in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's government should think about changing the way healthcare works in the island, according the the local branch of the British Medical Association.

The States currently provides a £12 grant to every islander which is taken off the face value of medical appointments, but the Guernsey branch of the association says this has lost its value in recent years.

Dr Brian Parkin, from the association, says alternatives may have to be found.

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It works very well for the majority of people, but I think there are people who do have a genuine difficultly accessing the system. It's how we make the system easier for them, whether it's some form of compulsory insurance or some other form of subsidy or government involvement that makes it easier.

Dr Brian ParkinBritish Medical Association

Court to swear in Dean of Jersey in September

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Dean of Jersey will be sworn in at Jersey's Royal Court on Thursday 7 September, the Viscount's Department has announced.

The Reverend Mike Keirle was appointed earlier this year. His previous position was as Vice Dean of Guernsey and Rector of St Martin's Parish Church.

The Very Reverend Bob Key resigned in 2016.

The Reverend Mike Keirle

'Great community initiative' to bring tower back to life

A floodlight scheme is being proposed for The Martello Tower at First Tower, St Helier.

The decision is awaiting planning permission but it is hoped the scheme will bring the tower back to life.

Deputy Andrew Lewis says the fortification has been somewhat neglected for many years, but says it's the gateway to both the community of First Tower and St Helier.

This is a great community initiative, that not only brightens up the area but also regenerates one of the island’s many Martello Towers, emphasising their historic significance.

Ted VibertChairman of the community association

£11,000 worth of jewellery stolen 'over time'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jewellery worth around £11,000 has been stolen from a house in Jersey over an extended period of time, police have said.

States of Jersey police are looking to trace the items, bought from Catherine Best, which they say went missing gradually between Christmas 2016 and 11 August 2017.

They have asked anyone who may have seen the jewellery itself, or advertisements for its sale to contact them on 612612, or on Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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States of Jersey Police
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States of Jersey Police

Guernsey 'learnt lessons' from 2008 financial crisis

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's finance industry is in "good health", according to the head of the islands financial services body, Guernsey Finance.

Chief executive, Dominic Wheatley, said regulation had improved since the 2008 global financial crisis, and the island had learnt the lessons of the past about being in line with the rest of the world in restricting the finance industry.

In 2013 the BBC looked back on what had changed in the finance industry in the UK five years after the crash, including tighter regulations on banks.

What we have learned is that we need to be in that mainstream, from the point of view of international regulatory standards, from the point of view of tax transparency, and from the quality of our industry. In all those three areas if you look at Guernsey now, and compare it to Guernsey in 2008, they are significantly stronger.

Dominic WheatleyChief executive, Guernsey Finance

National park chair calls for 'more common sense' by drone users

BBC Radio Jersey

People operating drones should use more "common sense" according to the chairman of Jersey's National Park working group.

Jim Hopley said that while drones have their uses he is fully aware of the risk unregulated drones can pose.

Concerns have been raised by locals on the impact drones are having on island wildlife, particularly birds nesting around coastal areas.

The States of Jersey is yet to comment.

I would like to see the States and the Civil Aviation Authority bring forward the appropriate regulation that stops drone flying in the most sensitive areas. Certainly the Ecrehous [a small group of islands and rocks off Jersey] and parts of the north coast at certain times of the year.

Jim HopleyChairman, Jersey National Park working group

CT Plus take action after bus driver jumps queue

Guernsey Press

CT Plus is taking internal action after an astonished car driver posted pictures online of one of its buses overtaking a long line of cars which were waiting at L’Ancresse crossroads.

Condor Clipper rescheduled today

Rob England

BBC News Online

Due to a late arrival in Portsmouth the Clipper will be delayed today.

Condor says the updated times are:

  • Portsmouth to Guernsey, half-an-hour delay, now 11:30-18:30
  • Guernsey to Jersey, one-hour delay, now 20:00-22:00
  • Jersey to Portsmouth, one-hour delay, now 23:59-08:30
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Licensing scheme for outdoor activity firms in the pipeline

Guernsey Press

A new licensing scheme could be used to manage how outdoor activity companies use coastal locations.

Young people 'struggling' to find affordable accommodation

BBC Radio Jersey

The chairman of a charity that provides services for homeless people in Jersey says young people it helps are finding it difficult to afford accommodation in the island.

Neville Benbow, from The Shelter Trust, said about 100 people stay each night in charity accommodation, and it has had to put up temporary beds in the past to make sure it never turns people away.

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People come in, we try to move them on, we try to get them into accommodation that is suitable for their needs. Young people are particularly struggling at the moment at finding single, affordable accommodation. But we will always try and find a way. Even if we have to put up temporary beds, we will do so.

Neville BenbowChairman, The Shelter Trust

On its website the trust says about 25% of its service users are under 25.

Mysterious pink growth found on Guernsey beach

Rob England

BBC News Online

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States of Guernsey

An unidentified pink growth on a Guernsey beach has prompted an appeal for information by the States Veterinary Officer.

It has been seen growing in shallow pools of sea water at Vazon Beach.

A spokesman from the office speculated it could be anything from the spawn of an animal, to a form of nutrient rich algae, or even the result of pollution.

The office is appealing for anyone with more information to get in touch.

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States of Guernsey

Battle of Flowers Association appeals for sponsors for 2018

BBC Radio Jersey

The chairman of the Battle of Flowers Association is appealing for sponsors for the 2018 parade.

Mo Le Var says it was lucky Condor Ferries stepped in to help at this year's parade, after the main sponsor pulled out.


We desperately need people to back us, we're struggling. We lost our main sponsor this year, which didn't help, but luckily enough Condor came in and helped us out.

Mo Le VarChairman, Battle of Flowers Association

Read and watch some of the highlights of Battle of Flowers 2017

Dry and bright with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will be a drier and brighter day than yesterday with plenty of sunny spells, and it will feel warm in the sunshine.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

In Jersey:


And in Guernsey:


Asperger’s sufferer devises 52-mile cycle challenge for Autism Guernsey

Guernsey Press

A woman with asperger’s devised a 52-mile cycle challenge that crisscrossed the island to spell out the word "autism".

Another global financial crisis 'could not happen' says CEO

BBC Radio Guernsey

The man in charge of promoting Guernsey's financial services sector on the world stage believes another global financial crisis "could not happen again".

Chief Executive of Guernsey Finance, Dominic Wheatley, said the island escaped the worst of the downturn which started 10 years ago.

Mr Wheatley said the ability of a small event to have a large impact on the global economy has been reduced because of better financial regulation since 2008.

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UK economy: The story of the downturn

Air taxi firm plans new pilot academy

Jersey Evening Post

An Uber-style air taxi service set up earlier this year to provide on-demand short-haul flights wants to open its own flying school to provide Channel Islanders the opportunity to train as commercial pilots.

Cuts to grant-aided colleges 'a massive risk' to young people

BBC Radio Guernsey

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A former politician has spoken out against plans to slash public funding to the three grant-aided colleges by £3.5m a year.

Robert Sillars - the former education minister - lost his seat in last year's Guernsey general election, after leading efforts to abolish 11-plus selection in the States.

Mr Sillars believes his successors at the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture could be taking a "massive risk" with the education of young people, something the States could not afford "to get wrong".

Drones 'impact' on breeding birds

BBC Radio Jersey

Drones are becoming an "increasing issue" to birds attempting to breed in Jersey, according to a local marine biologist.

Nick Jouault says the popularity of the Ecrehous - a small group of islands and rocks off Jersey - means nesting birds are under pressure from more visitors and drones.

He would like to see tighter regulations for drone flying in the area.

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Rob England

BBC News Online

Sunrise in Guernsey

Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live across the Channel Islands on Tuesday.

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