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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 23 April until Friday 27 April 2018
  2. Personal stories could decide Haut de la Garenne's future
  3. Swastika drawn over Jersey election candidate's poster.
  4. Work to clear vegetation on cliff path begins in Guernsey
  5. Nearly half of electric bicycle subsidy spent in 10 days

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Weather: Dry with spells of sunshine on Saturday

BBC Weather

Apart from the odd morning shower, tomorrow looks set to be dry with spells of sunshine, particularly during the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F)

Weather in Jersey and Guernsey on Saturday
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Plea from Taxes Office in bid to avoid backlog

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey residents are being urged to submit their tax returns early in a bid to avoid the last-minute rushes seen in previous years.

Currently about 40,000 of the 64,000 returns are outstanding, with less than a month to the 25 May submission deadline.

"If taxpayers file close to the deadline, we will need to take on temporary staff to deal with the volume of returns received and for the subsequent return logging," said Richard Summersgill, the Comptroller of Taxes.

"Last-minute and late filing costs taxpayers money, because of the administration spike and, for those filing late, their £250 compulsory late-filing fee."

Two public meetings on assisted dying

BBC Radio Guernsey

Two extra speakers have been confirmed for a public meeting being held on the assisted dying proposals going before the States of Guernsey next month.

Dr Richard Scheffer, a retired palliative care consultant and former hospice medical director and Jonathan Romain, a rabbi, writer and broadcaster, will join Robert Preston and Dr Carol Davis at the event on Tuesday.

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Quant has 'never shown any remorse' for sexual abuse

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey police say Antony John Quant, 50, "has never shown any remorse for his horrific crimes forcing his three victims to give evidence at his trial".

Det Sgt Lynda McKenna said: "These victims have shown incredible courage throughout the case, having carried so much trauma with them for so many years.

"They have all been deprived of the innocence of children when they should have felt safe at the hands of a dangerous man.

"This case shows that no matter the passage of time the States of Jersey Police will work with victims to put an offender before court.

"This abhorrent behavior will not be tolerated in our society."

Quant was found guilty of eight cases of indecent assault, seven of rape and five of sodomy committed against three victims more than 30 years ago.

He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and 10 years on the sex offender’s register in Jersey's Royal Court.

Public buildings to be streamlined in Guernsey

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The States of Guernsey are aiming to save up to £2.2m per year through better management of their properties.

The public estate is currently worth £2.5bn and includes more than 300 buildings.

As well as cutting costs by rationalising the portfolio, the States are looking to increase revenues from existing properties, and are budgeting £4m over four years from property sales.

Frossard House
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'Suffering' La Mare schools to get £700k

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The States of Guernsey will spend £700,000 on improvements to the La Mare de Carteret schools before the start of the next school year in September.

Deputy Matt Fallaize, President of the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture, said the schools, pupils and staff had "suffered" from lack of investment in recent years.

He said: "This [under-investment] has been allowed to happen on the premise that completely new facilities might be just a few years away, but our committee does not believe it is acceptable to maintain the facilities in their current condition any longer."

La Mare de Carteret
BBC

Man jailed for 20 sexual abuse charges

BBC Radio Jersey

A St Helier man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after previously being found guilty of historic sexual abuse.

Antony John Quant, 50, was convicted of 20 charges.

They included raping a boy and a girl between 1978 and 1989, relating to three victims aged from five to 14.

No nominations for Sark's by-election

John Fernandez

BBC Radio Guernsey

No-one has been nominated for Sark's by-election.

Nominations closed at 14:00 for polling on the 16 May - the same day as Jersey's general election.

It follows a series of uncontested elections in the island - where fewer candidates have stood than the number of available seats in Chief Pleas so no voting took place.

This has led to calls for reform of the island's government and electoral process.

Arthur Rolfe, Speaker of Chief Pleas and returning officer, expressed disappointment that no-one had come forward, but says he expects it will be different when the general election is held in December.

States needs to 'transform' the way it manages property

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The States of Guernsey needs to maximise the value of the public portfolio and transform the way property is managed and operated, according to the president of the States' Trading Supervisory Board (STSB).

There are plans to rationalise the public estate, which consists of more than 300 buildings and has a value of £2.5bn.

The States has a substantial and diverse land and property portfolio. We have to ensure that, where appropriate, we maximise the value of that portfolio, not necessarily financial, and improve the way that internal services are delivered to support the States’ policy priorities. We therefore need to transform the way that we manage, operate and service the properties across the States.

Charles ParkinsonSTSB President

Coast road reopening

BBC Radio Guernsey

Works along Grandes Rocques and Port Soif on Guernsey's west coast have been completed and the road will be open before 14:00, the States has said.

New crematorium to cost Guernsey £4.5m

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey needs a new cremator and crematorium, according to the States' Trading Supervisory Board.

The new equipment will cost £867,000, according to proposals that are due to be debated at a future States meeting.

The new crematorium itself will then cost a further £3.88m, politiicans have been told.

Guernsey crematorium
BBC

Braye Road work delayed

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Braye Road in Guernsey won't be opening until Wednesday now due to a culvert under the road.

I didn't know what a culvert was so here's what my search engine told me...

A tunnel carrying a stream or open drain under a road or railway.

Buildings like Haut de la Garenne 'could be redeemed'

BBC Radio Jersey

There are many ways that old sites such as Haut de la Garenne can be redeemed, the Director of Children's Policy in Jersey says.

It comes after nearly 1,000 people completed a questionnaire on what should happen to the former Jersey children's home.

Haut de la Garenne
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After the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry ended, Chief Minister Ian Gorst said islanders would have their say on what should happen to the building which was at the centre of many allegations of abuse.

Andrew Heaven said a report is being prepared for the Council of Ministers based on the opinions given to them during the consultation.

Man found dead in York Street named

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A man found dead at an address in York Street in Jersey on Tuesday has been named by police as 35-year-old Ryan Munro.

A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug and is on police bail.

Offices said an investigation into the death was continuing.

Short back and sides for Guernsey's cliffs

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

This year's programme of cliff cutting has begun in Guernsey.

The first section to get the trim is between Les Tielles and Cruh Mahie.

Cliffs
BBC

Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services is responsible for managing the maintenance programme, which covers 28.5 miles of paths between La Vallette and Fort Pezeries, ensuring they're cut twice a year.

Hospital catering unit work to start mid-May

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Work to create a catering facility in St Peter for the Jersey General Hospital will begin in the middle of May, the Health Department confirmed.

Jersey's Planning Committee approved the proposals to change the units in the St Peter Industrial Park last week.

Construction company Camerons Ltd has been appointed to create the new units following a competitive tender process.

The work is expected to take nine months.

St Helier spends £25,000 on 'pocket parks'

BBC Radio Jersey

St Helier is spending £25,000 to create two small parks to provide "an open space" for parish residents according to parish officials.

Flower
BBC

The sites, known as pocket parks, will be next to the Pet Cabin on Queens Road, and at the old La Pouquelaye school.

Constable Simon Crowcroft said the money would be well spent and they would take care to make the parks suitable for local residents.

He said: "The residents we spoke to are not keen these places become public parks full of people shouting and playing music.

"They see these places as important for biodiversity and they want them to be managed."

Windmill to be restored back to working order

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Have you ever fancied your own windmill?

A man in Guernsey is lucky enough to have one in his back garden, and now it's being restored.

Ian McKellar and his windmill
BBC

The mill was previously just a derelict shell in Ian McKellar's garden, but it's now being restored back to working order.

Mr McKellar had originally planned to convert the building into a two-bedroom house, but said he now wanted the mill to be fully operational.

Windmill
BBC

Pre-poll voting opens in Jersey on Monday

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

From Monday, people who registered to vote before 9 April in Jersey will be able to cast their vote at a dedicated pre-poll station in St Helier.

Deputy Greffier Lisa Hart said people did not need a special reason to pre-poll, and it was open to anyone who was on the electoral register before 9 April.

She said people could use it simply because it was more convenient for them than voting on election day.

States of Jersey
BBC

It is at St Paul's Centre in St Helier, available from 08:30 to 17:15 on weekdays, and open until 14:00 on 14 May.

“We all lead busy lives and it’s not always easy to get to your parish hall or district polling station on election day," Ms Hart said.

Islanders can still register to vote on 16 May, but need to do so before midday on 9 May as that is when the electoral roll is closed ahead of polling day.

Public urged to highlight accident black spots

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey residents are being asked to help the Environment and Infrastructure Committee pinpoint accident black spots in the island in an effort to tackle cycling safety.

Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez said the States was gathering data to help solve the problem of cycling accidents.

She was responding to a call by the Guernsey Bicycle Group to increase the number of dedicated cycle paths in the island.

More 'pocket parks' could be opened in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

More small parks could be created in Jersey in the future to give island residents better access to open spaces, according to the director of St Helier's parks and open spaces.

Tony Andrews said sites known as pocket parks were created on small or irregular shaped pieces of land and, so far, two had been approved for St Helier.

One will be put on a piece of land by the Pet Cabin on Queens Road and the other will be by the old La Pouquelaye School.

Reform Jersey's Sarah Westwater continuing campaign

BBC Radio Jersey

Reform Jersey has welcomed the ruling that Sarah Westwater's candidacy has been deemed valid and legal.

Sarah Westwater
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The Royal Court was asked to decide if the Reform Jersey candidate could stand after breaches of the election law were spotted on her nomination paper.

In a statement, a spokesperson from Reform Jersey said Mrs Westwater was looking forward to continuing the campaign.

The other two candidates for the two vacant deputy seats in St Lawrence are: Gregory Guida and Kirsten Morel.

Cycling incidents lead to push from bike group

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey needs more dedicated cycle paths in the island, according to the chairman of the Guernsey Bicycle Group.

Sam Field posted on social media that recent incidents had spurred the Guernsey Bicycle Group to try to improve cycle and pedestrian safety for everyone in the island.

Last October, a cyclist was left with life-changing injuries after being hit by a driver who was later convicted of dangerous driving.

Bike path
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Mr Field said the current infrastructure prevented parents from letting their children cycle to school and discouraged many from cycling to work.

The group said it wanted more cycle infrastructure to be added to Guernsey roads and that it was encouraging members to contact local deputies to voice their concerns.

Personal stories could decide Haut de la Garenne future

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

There are lots of ways that old sites such as Haut de la Garenne can be redeemed, according to the Director of Children's Policy in Jersey.

Nearly 1,000 people have completed a questionnaire on what should happen to the former Jersey children's home, which was at the centre of many allegations of abuse.

Andrew Heaven said the opinions of people who had personal experiences of Haut de la Garenne would help make a decision on the site's future.

Haut de la Garenne
BBC

Anybody who does come forward will not be required to talk about their personal experiences. This is about a group talking about what a memorial should be, and that will be the focus. It's also important to say that we won't be writing up and including people's names or pictures in the subsequent report.

Andrew HeavenDirector of Children's Policy

Football: Wanderers stun Saints in title race

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey Wanderers inflicted a first league defeat of the season on reigning champions and leaders St Paul's in the island's Premiership.

The 2-1 win at the Hockey Club, thanks to goals from Ryan McMonagle and Declan O'Connell, means the gap at the top is now just three points.

Jersey Premiership
Jersey Football Combination

Second-placed St Peter closed the gap on the champions after a 3-1 win at Rozel Rovers, thanks in part to Sol Solomon's two goals.

The top two meet this Sunday at Clos des Pauvres, with St Paul's knowing a win will seal the title for a fifth successive season.

Today's weather: Rain at times and breezy

BBC Weather

Today looks set to be cloudy with some rain at times. However, it should become drier and a little brighter later in the afternoon.

A breezy day.

Maximum temperature: 10 to 13C (50 to 55F).

CI weather
BBC

About 60 boat owners attend Jersey sea plane meeting

BBC Radio Jersey

About 60 boat owners in Jersey attended a meeting to discuss a proposed sea plane service that could run from St Helier to St Peter Port.

It is part of a risk assessment and safety review being carried out on behalf of Ports of Jersey to find out whether the service should be approved.

Boat owners have concerns about increased traffic in harbours as a result of the service.

St Helier Harbour
BBC

Jersey Harbour Master Captain Bill Sadler said the evening had been "informative" and "constructive".

He said: "I am pleased to have had this opportunity to gather together interested parties, which, under separate meetings, have also included other interested agencies, including transport providers and commercial operators."

Clear Harbour Airways wants to run the plane service between up to 10 times a day. Earlier this month, it admitted commercial traffic would increase around the ports, but it was committed to having a safe and efficient operation.

Work to clear vegetation on cliff path begins in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Work to clear vegetation along the edges of Guernsey's cliff path has started, with the first section already complete.

Cliff Path
BBC

The annual programme involves cutting back vegetation along the 28.5 miles of cliff paths in Guernsey one section at a time.

The first section to be finished was between Les Tielles and Creux Mahie.

A spokesman said it was inevitable that some plants would be cut back while they were still in bloom, but this allowed workers to ensure a "well-stocked seed bank" for future displays of spring flowers.

Swastika drawn over election candidate poster

BBC Radio Jersey

A senatorial candidate in Jersey says one of her election posters has been defaced with a swastika.

On Twitter, Deputy Kristina Moore said it was unacceptable, particularly as the island prepared for Liberation Day.

She is one of 17 candidates for one of the eight senatorial seats in the States Assembly.

The others are: Gerard Baudains, Simon Bree, Lyndon Farnham, Sarah Ferguson, Ian Gorst, John Le Fondre, Anthony Lewis, Frank Luce, Phil Maguire, Sam Mezec, Stevie Ocean, Steve Pallet, Gino Risoli, Moz Scott, Gordon George Troy and Tracey Vallois.

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Travel: Flight from Exeter to Channel Islands cancelled

BBC Radio Devon

Flybe flight BE302 from Exeter to Guernsey and Jersey, which was scheduled to leave at 09:45, has been cancelled.

Weather: Rain for a time tomorrow, but brighter later

BBC Weather

Tomorrow will be cloudy with some patchy rain for a time.

But it should become drier during the afternoon with a few bright or sunny spells developing.

It will be fairly windy.

Maximum Temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F).

Weather in the Channel Islands
BBC

Half of electric bicycle budget spent in 10 days

BBC Radio Guernsey

Nearly 150 electric bicycles have been brought in the 10 days since the launch of a subsidy for their purchase in Guernsey.

The Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure said £45,000 of the £100,000 it put towards the scheme has been spent.

Under the system, introduced on 16 April, islanders can claim a 25% discount on the purchase of a bike worth up to £1,500 - with 20% coming from the States and 5% from retailers.

Electric Bicycle
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It is part of the new integrated transport strategy, which aims to encourage islanders to make more environmentally friendly transport choices.

So far 147 electric cycles have been purchased from the five local retailers taking part in the scheme.

A committee statement said those who make use of the subsidy "will be encouraged to participate in feedback surveys over the course of a 12-month period".

It said those surveys would be used to "build up valuable information on electric cycle usage" and to "measure the success" of the initiative.

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Politicians to meet students over school reforms

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey politicians will meet with school children over the next couple of weeks to discuss changes to the island's education system.

The new system of secondary education follows the decision to end the 11 plus exam in Guernsey.

Schools
BBC

It will see the creation of two state-run, non-selective high schools each with their own sixth form.

Committee Chairman Matt Fallaize says although the structure is agreed, there are still many decisions to be made on how the two schools should operate and what they should provide.

He says he hopes the school visits will provide a platform for students to ask questions and provide input on the way the schools should operate.

He says this could include what mental health and wellbeing services should be made available and the value the students place on subject choice, policies on homework and the length of the school day.

Force seven winds expected overnight

Regular inspections 'could have prevented death'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's fire department says an explosion that killed a Polish farm worker could have been avoided if the property had been properly safety checked.

An inquest into the death of Michal Kmuk, 40, heard the explosion was caused by a faulty pipe in his accommodation.

Speaking after the inquest, Jersey Fire and Rescue Service's area commander Mark Johnson said there should be more regular checks on rented accommodation.

Last year the States agreed a health and safety law that will allow the setting of minimum standards and inspections of rented accommodation, including gas checks.

Farm accomodation
Jersey Fire and Rescue