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Summary

  1. Sarah Groves murder: 'States continue to lobby UK government'
  2. Guernsey travel links review delayed
  3. 'Green space needed for St Helier residents'
  4. Updates on Monday 21 August 2017

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Rob Byrne

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Airbnb: How popular is it in Guernsey?

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Airbnb logo
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There are currently 85 properties listed on the home-sharing app, a rise of more than 30 in the past four months.

Of those, 15 are in Sark or Alderney - which aren't covered by the island's tourism laws.

People renting their homes in Guernsey to visitors are being reminded they need to obtain a permit before they can house guests, at a cost of £50.

At least 58 of the sites listed on Airbnb are already covered by a permit, Quality Development Manager Peter Perrio said.

Of the remaining sites, "several" owners had been in touch with the committee to obtain a permit, he said.

Camera captures Alderney's puffins courting

A camera set up by the Alderney Bird Observatory on the outskirts of Burhou's Puffin colony has captured some of the birds courting.

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Weather: Dry and bright on Tuesday

BBC Weather

This evening will stay cloudy but dry. The night will be mild and humid and it will become rather murky with a risk of further fog. Minimum Temperature: 17C (63F).

Weather map
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Fog will be quicker to clear than it was this morning and most of Tuesday will be dry and bright.

It will become quite windy for a time in the middle of the day but the wind will blow in very warm air from France. Maximum Temperature: 29C (84F).

Blockchain technology key to ILS innovation

Guernsey Press

Following Northern Trust’s development of the technology for private equity fund administration earlier this year, Guernsey-domiciled ILS reinsurance transformer Dom Re IC Ltd has issued what it is claiming to be the first notes ever digitised on a private blockchain.

New look airshow for 50th anniversary

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

There will be six new additions to Guernsey's annual air display this September, but it is still not known if the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will feature after most of the historic aircraft that make up the flight were grounded due to an engine issue.

The Royal Navy Parachute Team is due to open proceedings on 14 September by dropping from the skies over St Peter Port.

This year's event will be the 50th air display in Guernsey, the first coming in 1971.

A privately-owned spitfire will also be in attendance, organisers confirmed.

The display will be without the Red Arrows, who are away on tour in September.

A Lancaster Bomber, part of the memorial flight
MOD

Permit reminder for Guernsey Airbnb hosts

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A person scrolls through the airbnb app on an iPad
BBC

People looking to rent their homes to visitors on sharing apps such as Airbnb are being reminded they need a permit to do so.

Under the 1948-98 Tourist (Guernsey) Laws all private dwellings housing paid visitors must have an annual boarding permit, issued by the Committee for Economic Development.

The reminder comes after a recent 8.3% rise in staying leisure visitors in the three months to June, buoyed in part by the growing popularity of sites Airbnb, Owners Direct and Cottages Direct, the committee said.

The laws are designed to protect visitors and the reputation of the island as a holiday destination.

Anyone with paying guests who doesn't have a permit is committing an offence, the committee said, and could incur a "substantial financial penalty".

Two-school model has 'broad' support

BBC Radio Guernsey

Deputy Matt Fallaize
BBC

A group of deputies is considering bringing forward plans for a two-school model of secondary education in Guernsey.

It comes as the Education Committee seeks feedback on plans to move towards three all-ability schools.

Deputy Matt Fallaize has said he's always favoured two 11-18 schools, and a recent meeting showed he has growing support.

At it, Deputy Fallaize said about a third of all deputies showed support for two schools, half of whom were in favour of selection at 11 and half who weren't.

"It's possible that there's a reasonably broad coalition of support," he said.

‘Sand wizard’ magics dome over castle at St Catherine’s

Jersey Evening Post

Tourists and Islanders are now able to step inside another world at St Catherine’s by entering a huge green dome, home to an intricately sculpted sandcastle.

Family’s charity skydive in memory of Georgie

Guernsey Press

The mother and sister of a young woman who was killed in a car crash last month will be taking on a fundraising parachute jump in her memory next Saturday.

Online sites 'one factor' in staying visitor growth

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Airbnb app on a mobile phone
BBC

An 8.3% rise in the number of leisure visitors staying in Guernsey has been buoyed, in part, by the growing popularity of online accommodation sites such as Airbnb, Guernsey's Economic Development Committee has said.

Visitor figures for the three months to June show an increase in the number of staying visitors not travelling for business purposes or with friends or family.

"One factor for this is the growing popularity of peer-to peer on-line accommodation sites such as Airbnb, Owners Direct and Cottages Direct," the committee said.

There was, however, a 10.9% fall in staying business visitors compared to the same period the year before.

There are currently 85 Bailiwick properties listed on home sharing app Airbnb, a rise of more than 30 since April. The committee expecting that growth to continue.

Bid to halt plans that would ‘disfigure’ St Lawrence Church

Jersey Evening Post

Heritage campaigners are asking the Environment Minister to use special powers invested in him under the Island’s Planning Law to stop an extension from being built at St Lawrence Church.

Resignations after deputy code breach

BBC Radio Jersey

Two members of Jersey's Public Accounts Committee have resigned from their roles because they no longer have confidence in its chairman, Deputy Andrew Lewis.

Vice Chairman the Constable of St Helier Simon Crowcroft and Deputy Judy Martin said they had quit their roles after a States committee found Deputy Lewis breached the code of conduct for States Members.

Deputy Lewis now faces a vote of censure next month.

It's after the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry found the deputy lied in relation the suspension of former police chief Graham Power.

States live streaming L'Ancresse wall meeting

Site excavated before 'being lost to rising seas'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

It is hoped an archaeological dig on Capelle Dom Hue, will find out more about a small stone structure on the islet before its lost to rising sea levels.

The structure, just off Guernsey's west coast, has been interpreted as some kind of religious building.

The excavation will help develop a clearer understanding of the prehistoric use of the island, dating to four or five thousand years ago.

The dig is being led by Dr Phil de Jersey, States archaeologist, and is expected to last up to six days.

Lifeboat called out after engine failure

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's St Peter Port lifeboat was called out at 04:18 today to help a Belgian vessel stranded after engine failure.

The boat was 12 miles south of St Martin's Point.

The vessel was towed back safely to St Peter Port, arriving at 06:15, according to Guernsey Harbours.

Emails reveal hospital spat

Naomi Dunning

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

Senator Philip Ozouf
BBC

Senator Philip Ozouf fought to keep People's Park an open space and not a site for Jersey's new hospital, private emails have revealed.

Senator Ozouf emailed Health Minister Andrew Green in September 2015.

"There can scarcely be another proposal that would have the potential of galvanising so much opposition," he said.

He went on to suggest there must be better solutions than "ripping up the historic green and public space in the supposedly overcrowded St Helier".

The email was published after a Freedom of Information request.

A public inquiry will look into whether the £460m hospital should be rebuilt on the current site.

Rugby: Reds name Van Breda as captain

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds have named South African utility back Scott van Breda as their new captain.

The 25-year-old only arrived in the island last month, but has played for a number of sides in his home country, including Eastern Province Kings.

Reds head coach Harvey Biljon rotated the captaincy between three players during pre-season, with Van Breda leading the side in their victory over Coventry.

Sculptors shine even without the sun at Art on the Beach

Guernsey Press

It was not exactly beach weather yesterday, but the clouds and wind did not stop eager artists heading for Vazon for the annual Art on the Beach event.

Defer Warwick Farm decision, says constable

BBC Radio Jersey

A decision to let the Jersey States-owned nursery at Warwick Farm should be deferred, according to Constable Simon Crowcroft.

He wants the site at Mont a L'Abbe to become part of a parish country park.

Plans for the park were first proposed in 2011, aimed at giving those living in the most built-up part of the island better access to the countryside.

The plans stalled, and earlier this year the States decided to put the former nursery up for rent, while it decides on its long-term future.

The proposal will be debated in September.

Kiosk could go under published L'Ancresse plans

Sue Coryndon

Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Guernsey

L'Ancresse sea wall
BBC

A popular kiosk could disappear if Guernsey's States decide to remove a section of a damaged World War Two sea wall.

Deputies will have the final say when they vote on how to best manage the eastern end of L'Ancresse Bay.

The wall, built as an anti tank defence by German occupiers, is falling down. Having taken expert advice Environment and Infrastructure said repairing it wasn't a viable option. It's plan, now published in full on the States website, is to remove the most damaged part and restore the area to a dune-backed beach.

Environment makes it clear it's under no obligation to provide facilities, so technically the L'Ancresse kiosk and toilets could go.

Deputies could, however, choose other options such as a public/private partnership to replace the facilities or for the States to cover the cost themselves.

Three-time driving offender gets ‘last chance’

Jersey Evening Post

A young driver who has appeared in court on three occasions charged with motoring offences has been given a last chance to hold on to his licence.

States airline wants website feedback

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Aurigny.com screenshot
Aurigny.com

States airline Aurigny wants feedback on its new website.

A "trial and testing" period has begun today to allow the public to give feedback on the new design, before an official launch in the coming weeks.

Aurigny's Commercial Director Malcolm Coupar said it was important they heard from people.

"To make sure we are getting it right for our customers, we feel it is important for them to trial the site and let us know what they think, that way they can help to shape the online experience."

Weather update: Brighter later

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

It has been a very grey and murky start in the Channel Islands, with coastal fog and some mist around.

There will be light winds and perhaps a bit of brightness later.

Channel Islands weather forecast
BBC

Explaining our ‘Ice Age Island’

Jersey Evening Post

Significant prehistoric artefacts suggest that Neanderthals lived in St Saviour during the Ice Age, an archaeology expert has said.

Archaeologists to dig at island site

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Aerial view of Capelle Dom Hue
Google

Archaeologists will carry out an excavation on a small islet off Guernsey's west coast next Tuesday afternoon.

Medieval pottery and prehistoric flint has been discovered at Capelle Dom Hue, near the Catrioc headland.

The team from Guernsey Museum will be led by Dr Phil de Jersey, States Archaeologist, and are expected to be working at the site for six days, depending on the weather and what is discovered.

Local archaeologists have been monitoring the edges of this little island for many years, after artefacts were exposed by coastal erosion.

It's thought the medieval pottery is associated with a small stone structure on the island, which has been interpreted as some kind of religious building.

First look at new Aurigny website

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Aurigny website homepage
Aurigny.com

It's been a year in the making, and now Guernsey's States-owned airline has revealed its new website.

Visitors to aurigny.com now have the option to switch from the old to the new-look site.

A "trial and testing period" will allow the public to give their views.

The airline says new functions and features will also be added before an "official launch" in the coming weeks.

You can give your feedback here.

Delays at Jersey Airport

Rob England

BBC News Online

Delays have also hit some flights landing at Jersey Airport this morning:

Arrivals

08:40 BE501 from Birmingham has been delayed until 13:35 for operational reasons

09:50 BE6410 from Guernsey has been delayed due to weather conditions

10:30 BE6455 from London City is due to arrive at 10:59

Hot weather on the way

New airline to pilot security system

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey-based airline Waves is planning a different kind of security system for its passengers, its CEO has confirmed.

Passengers will sign up to complete a pre-flight identity authentication and security check, which will be retained for future flights. The airline won't use main airport terminals.

CEO Nick Magliocchetti likened the process to validating your identity when opening a bank account.

The airline is soon to launch inter-island routes.

Offender picks festival on day of community service

Jersey Evening Post

A man attended a music festival when he was expected to carry out community service work, a court has heard.

Sailing race 'too rich' for Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

Clipper race departing from London
BBC

An increased reliance on corporate sponsorship has meant Jersey has been priced out of competing in the Clipper Round The World Race, according to Philip Jeune.

The trustee of the Jersey Clipper Bursary was speaking as the race left Liverpool yesterday.

Costs of competing have risen "dramatically" from £50,000 to £1.25m over the previous three entries, he said.

In 2002, a yacht sponsored by the island won the 40,000 mile race but despite the success, a team from the island hasn't been involved since 2005.

"The race now is very much a corporate race," he said.

"I'm afraid the days when you went cap-in-hand to Jersey residents, to Jersey businesses, and even to the States of Jersey to try and pull together some funding for an event, I'm afraid it's now too rich for Jersey."

Ministerial emails show conflict among council

Jersey Evening Post

Two separate Freedom of Information requests have revealed emails between ministers on a damning report into the Jersey Innovation Fund, as well as repeated delays to a proposed debate about funding for the new hospital.

Delays at Guernsey Airport

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Fog has caused disruption at Guernsey Airport this morning. These flights are still delayed as a result:

07:20 Aurigny GR202 to Alderney

08:00 Aurigny GR203 from Alderney

08:05 Flybe BE302 to Exeter via Jersey

08:10 Flybe BE6404 to Jersey

Keep up-to-date with the latest here.

Weather: Cloudy start with bright spells later

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and in places damp start with some fog. This cloud will tend to lift and thin through the afternoon, giving some bright spells, where it will feel warm and humid.

The weather has caused delays at Guernsey and Jersey airports.

Jersey forecast:

Jersey forecast
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Guernsey forecast:

Guernsey forecast
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Sarah Groves murder: 'States continue to lobby UK government'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Sarah Groves
BBC

Guernsey will continue its efforts to press for justice for Sarah Groves, where possible, according to the island's external affairs minister.

The 24-year-old Guernsey woman was killed on a houseboat in Kashmir four years ago.

Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq said there was little the British government could do because it involves the legal system of a foreign jurisdiction. Nevertheless, he said the island's government was still lobbying their UK counterparts for action.

The trial of the man accused of murdering Miss Groves is now approaching its 100th scheduled hearing.

'Green space needed for St Helier residents'

BBC Radio Jersey

People who live in St Helier deserve access to a country park, according to the parish's constable.

Simon Crowcroft is asking the States to postpone plans to rent out Warwick Farm so an assessment of its suitability as a country park can be done.

The country park plans were first proposed in 2011. The States is yet to respond.

Yacht race return 'unlikely'

BBC Radio Jersey

Crowds watching the clipper yacht race
BBC

Jersey is unlikely to compete in the clipper round the world yacht race due to cost concerns, it's been revealed.

In 2002, a yacht sponsored by Jersey won the 40,000 mile race - but despite that success, a team from the island hasn't been involved since 2005.

Philip Jeune, a trustee of the Jersey Clipper Bursary, said it had become too expensive to compete.

Travel links review delayed

BBC Radio Guernsey

Aurigny jet at Guernsey airport
BBC

A strategic review looking into Guernsey's air and sea links is about two months behind schedule, according to the top civil servant at the Economic Development Committee.

In June, committee President Peter Ferbrache said he was hopeful the report could be completed by the end of the year, but last week told BBC Radio Guernsey it was taking longer than it should.

Chief Secretary Chris Williams now says it's not expected until mid-February 2018.

"There's an awful lot of work that's been done there," he said.

"I don't think anything has really been compromised, it's progressing and a series of committees are contributing."

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BBC News Online

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