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  1. Man lived among rubbish for 40 years
  2. Guernsey States to coordinate efforts to eradicate Asian hornets from island
  3. Jersey sea lettuce removal trial 'disappointing'
  4. Recycling increase and landfill 'hits record low' in Guernsey
  5. Latest updates on Tuesday 8 August 2017

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Controls aim to 'balance sustainable migration that supports economy'

Removing permanent permissions from businesses that hold more than the average for their industry is part of wider moves to "enhance our migration controls", says the Jersey politician responsible.

Assistant Chief Minister, Senator Paul Routier, said: "Unemployment is at its lowest level for more than seven years, and this does make recruitment more difficult.

"However, islanders are concerned at the level of migration, which has been higher than we would like. This is a small Island, and our challenge is to balance sustainable migration that supports our economy with the need to protect our environment and deliver sufficient quality housing."

The policy, announced in January, will be debated by the States in the autumn.

Drink-driver destroys Mount Row wall in weekend crash

Guernsey Press

A drink-driver levelled a roadside wall when he crashed his car on Mount Row, spraying boiling oil and debris across nearby vehicles with part of the engine left embedded in a garage door.

MP visit welcomed by Guernsey's senior politician

It was the first official visit to Guernsey for Robin Walker MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the EU.

He oversees the engagement with the Crown Dependencies on Brexit matters.


This visit has enabled key stakeholders within both government and industry to discuss with Robin the priority areas of opportunity, as well as concern, that the UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU could present."

Deputy Gavin St PierPresident of the Policy and Resources Committee

New migration measures cutting down employment permissions

In the first six months of 2017 there was a fall in the number of newly arrived non-locals applying for registration cards in Jersey, down from 1,902 in the same period last year to 1,595.

The measures announced in January aim at ensuring permissions are allocated more fairly across businesses.

There were also more permanent registered permissions revoked - 283 in the first six months of this year compared to 47 in the first half of 2016.

Figures for this year show 161 seasonal permissions have been granted.

Risk of rain this evening

BBC Weather

There is the continued risk of showers through the evening and overnight and again these could be heavy, with the wind strengthening towards dawn.

Minimum Temperature: 13C (55F).

In Jersey:


In Guernsey:


‘If I had lied I would’ve ended up in La Moye’

Jersey Evening Post

The law that prevents politicians from being prosecuted for perjury if they lie to official inquiries should be changed in the wake of the Deputy Andrew Lewis case, according to a woman who was abused at Haut de la Garenne.

Battle of Flowers: Family to be refunded after son taken ill

Josephine Baker

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

Organisers of the Battle of Flowers have agreed to refund a couple from Dunstable £113.25 for their tickets after they had to cancel their trip to Jersey.

Robert and Lynn Money were looking forward to seeing the parade on Thursday and the moonlight parade on Friday, as they said they had not been to Jersey for more than 30 years.

However, their 22-year-old autistic son became ill recently and they had to cancel the trip.

The tickets are usually non-refundable, but organisers said they were happy to make exceptions for a good reason.

This year's parade will be held on Thursday.

MP visit part of work to understand "opportunities and challenges" of Brexit

UK MP hopes Crown Dependencies visit will help "collective understanding of the opportunities and challenges our EU exit poses".

Robin Walker MP was in Jersey yesterday and was in Guernsey today and spoke to politicians from Guernsey, Alderney and Sark.

Robin Walker

As we continue our negotiations with the European Union we are working closely with Guernsey to make sure we understand the Bailiwick’s priorities. I look forward to continuing our engagement on this incredibly important issue over the months and years ahead."

Robin Walker MPParliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the EU

Shortage of Guernsey butter in shops

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

It appears the product has been in short supply for some time, with numerous references to the shortage on social media including #Guernseybuttercrisis.

BBC Guernsey has approached Guernsey Dairy for the reason behind low stocks of local butter, but is still awaiting a response.

The Channels Islands Co-Op declined to comment, saying it's a matter for the dairy.

Empty shelves

Sea lettuce could affect visitors' impression of Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

Organisers of Jersey's Battle of Flowers say the extent of the sea lettuce in St Aubin's Bay, a common edible algae, does not give the best impression of Jersey to new visitors.

Officials spent more than £8,000 on a trial employing a local company to collect the seaweed and take it miles out to sea, but a big swell brought in more than had been removed.

Mo Le Var, the Battle of Flowers Chairman, says he is also worried about the smell.

Battle of Flowers
The Battle of Flowers 2016

During the battle the tide is down, so we just hope there isn't going to be the smell from it. It's horrible, I mean, your walking and it's up to your knees."

Mo Le Var

Wind measuring machine could show best position for offshore wind farm

BBC Radio Guernsey

It is hoped that a new wind speed measuring device at Chouet will be able to give a more accurate picture of the sort of winds experienced off Guernsey's north west coast.

The LiDAR machine has been installed in co-operation with the University of Exeter and can measure wind at heights of up to 300m (1,000ft).

Richard Cochrane from the university said it will build a profile of the conditions where a new offshore wind farm could be sited.

What we want is the windspeed at higher levels and to see the full, sheer, profile of the wind above that. We can then correlate that with the five years of wind data that we've got at the 10 metre height to get much more confidence in the long term wind patterns for here, with time and with altitude."

Richard CochraneDirector of Education and Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter

Director 'shocked' by conditions of man who lived in rubbish

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's director of environmental health has said he "would not have let an animal live" in the conditions he found at an elderly man's home in St John.

Stewart Petrie said he was "shocked" when he went into 89-year-old John Ainsworth's home as it was dirty, rat infested and had no toilet facilities.

The Constable of St John Chris Taylor said he knew about his elderly parishioner and his living conditions, but did not want to interfere, as Mr Ainsworth insisted he did not want help.

Mr Petrie says Mr Ainsworth's living conditions made him very ill, and may have contributed to his death.


I certainly think it was a huge contributory factor. Not being able to wash properly and not being able to look after yourself and living in unsanitary conditions isn't going to help. I understand he had something akin to trench foot, but when they investigated there were other issues which led to his death."

Stewart PetrieDirector of Environmental Health, States of Jersey

Deputy describes education grant removal plans as 'utter madness'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Plans to cut grant funding to some colleges in Guernsey have been described as "utter madness" by a deputy.

Currently the education committee has tabled a proposal to cut public funding to private colleges by £3.5m a year.

But Deputy Lyndon Trott said islanders who send their children to private colleges already save the taxpayer thousands of pounds.

It would be utter madness to disrupt the funding model of the colleges in such a way that would cause such significant stress to our public finances. That is why it is essential that we arrive at a funding model that ensures that our social, financial and educational needs, in the whole, are met and in a sustainable way."

Deputy Lyndon Trott

Shetland ponies ‘chased and harassed by two young men’

Guernsey Press

Young men have been seen chasing a group of Shetland ponies, risking injuries to themselves and to the animals.

St Peter Port cable damaged

Rob England

BBC News Online

Environment 'disappointed' at lack of sea lettuce progress

BBC Radio Jersey

A director at the Department for Infrastructure has expressed his disappointment they have been unable to clear the sea lettuce from the First Tower area of St Aubin's Bay.

A four-day trial was launched in the hope of clearing the beach of the common algae in time for the Battle of Flowers on Thursday.

Martin Gautier, from the department, said it is frustrating for the team involved.

The volume of sea lettuce appearing was more than the capabilities of the capacity of the vessel or the ability of our contractors to collect it. When nature turns itself on us like it has, yes, you feel a little bit down and we're just hoping it might change in the next few days ahead of the Battle of Flowers.

Martin GautierAssistant Director, Department for Infrastructure

Stricter guidelines on housing developments released

BBC Radio Jersey

Developers in Jersey will be required to make sure the roads and amenities can cope with the extra demand put upon them when building new homes.

It's set out in new guidance from the planning department published today.

Developers must consider the direct impact the scheme will have on the immediate community and environment, such as on drains, roads and transport.

Nudist beach 'would attract tourists'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey naturist has said Le Jaonnet Bay, on the south coast, should be designated as a beach where nudity is accepted.

The issue has caused controversy over the past 10 days after an anonymous letter in the Guernsey Press complained about naked beachgoers.

Visit Guernsey has since removed a reference to nudity in its description of Le Jaonnet Bay but Peter Leigh says it could attract, rather than deter, tourists.

Jaonnet Bay

Many stately homes open their gardens to naturists to walk around naked and look at the gardens, and many leisure centres open their pools to naturists to let them go swimming. We are missing out not having an official naturist beach.

Peter Leigh

Mammoth tooth find 'unusual'

Jersey Evening Post

A glimpse into Jersey’s ice age past has been unearthed after a mammoth tooth was found during an archaeological dig at Les Varines in St Saviour.

Dolphins spotted swimming with boats off Guernsey

Rob England

BBC News Online

These dolphins were spotted swimming off St Peter Port by the crew of the Sarnia Workboat.

Dolphins swimming off St Peter Port

Education funding cut ‘overlooks colleges’ role’

Guernsey Press

Funding from Education will be used by the colleges to create means-tested assisted places, a spokesman has announced. However, fears remain that it will not be enough to maintain inclusivity.

Look to the skies at the Battle of Flowers

Rob England

BBC News Online

Five members of Jersey's skydiving team will be parachuting to land on Elizabeth Castle slipway this Thursday as part of the Battle of Flowers.

They will be exiting their aircraft at 8,000 feet, and falling at 120 miles per hour to bring flags to the ground to start the parade.

Organisers say you should be able to see the flags and smoke from anywhere along the esplanade.

We'll be keeping an eye out. See if you can spot them on the day!

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Constable calls for old gas site to become public park, not housing

BBC Radio Jersey

Old Jersey Gas buildings in St Helier should become part of a town park, the local constable has said.

Simon Crowcroft has re-lodged a former proposition to the States calling for an extension of the park after a developer got permission to build more than 250 homes at the site.

An appeal was launched by residents against the building of housing in the area, but it was dismissed by Assistant Environment Minister Steve Pallett, who said residents' concerns had been "dealt with".

But before work starts developers must comply with 20 planning conditions, including paying £860,000 to secure public car parking elsewhere in St Helier.

States to coordinate efforts to eradicate Asian hornets from island

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States of Guernsey has been reviewing its approach to dealing with Asian hornets in an attempt to curb the non native species, who were found on the island recently.

Asian Hornet

A spokesman said the priority was to locate and destroy nests to prevent queens moving on to create new colonies.

He added: "To do this we are absolutely reliant on information being sent to us by from the public with accurate sightings of this insect new to the island."

The States advises only photographs be taken, as the hornets have been reported to "aggressively defend hives" if disturbed.

A dedicated page has been set up with information on the hornets.

Colleges hope for amendments to States grant cuts

BBC Radio Guernsey

The three grant-aided colleges in Guernsey expect States members will place amendments to the education committee's proposals to cut the amount of taxpayer money they receive, a spokesman has said.

If the States agree the committee's proposals next month, the taxpayer grant to the three colleges will be cut over the next seven years, going down by £3m to just under £1m per year.

Allister Langlois, spokesmand for the colleges and associate governor at the Ladies' College, believes deputies will want to change the proposals.

The proposals they're making, unfortunately, would leave very little option but for the colleges to only become accessible to those who could afford it. They've been very inclusive institutions over the years, a wide social mix, partly produced by the selection system which is now finished.

Allister LangloisAssociate Governor, The Ladies' College, Guernsey

The man who lived among rubbish in Jersey for 40 years: Your comments

BBC Radio Jersey

Your thoughts have been streaming in on our story about John Ainsworth, who died recently after living in a caravan in St John, surrounded by rubbish, for 40 years.

The BBC subsequently heard the local Constable Chris Taylor - and his predecessors - knew about Mr Ainsworth's situation but did not act as he said it would have been against the man's chosen way of life.

Here is a small selection from our Facebook page:

The Constable had no right to let this gentleman continue to live in this way when he was made aware of the situation. There are various agencies that come together to try and help people in these sort of living conditions and sometimes this just means putting in place sanitation and helping them with their own health. We wouldn't allow animals to live in this way so why people?

Bronia Maçon

Freedom of choice without a doubt. I have every respect for the constable as most are so power hungry they would never have left the gentleman be able to enjoy his way of living in the way he wanted.

Dionne Herbert

Freedom of choice. If he was happy and of sound mind then fine. Each case should be looked at on an individual basis. This is what we love about Jersey - do not take away it's uniqueness.

Yvonne Corbin

Dear John was a free agent. I remember him well when he worked for me on the tomatoes way back in the early 60s...always a gentleman.

Reg Langlois

I entirely empathise with the Constable of St. John's predicament. His comments that many others are living in similar conditions, albeit hidden away in their homes, is also very true, but the fact remains that, providing these people are still of sound mind and aware of the risks to which they are putting themselves, their privacy has to be respected. If they are happy to live in circumstances which may ultimately slightly shorten their lives, but are content to take this risk, let them live out their twilight years in peace.

Jill Bartholomew

John Ainsworth lived the way he wanted to, despite help being offered!

Graeme Butcher

Rogers Cup 2017: Heather Watson retires

BBC Sport

Guernsey's Heather Watson was forced to retire with a shoulder injury in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada.

Watson, 25, was trailing Japan's Naomi Osaka 6-1 4-1 when the world number 71 signalled she was unable to continue.

Heather Watson
Rex Features

Man who lived in hut 'did not want help'

BBC Channel Islands News

A Jersey parish leader says he knew an elderly man was living in squalid conditions but did not tell the authorities because the man "did not want help".


John Ainsworth who died recently, was living in a caravan which had no toilet facilities, was dirty and infested with rats.

St John Constable Chris Taylor was aware of the conditions but didn't know how run down the 89 year old's home was.

He said the parish kept an eye on Mr Ainsworth for years, and respected his wishes to be left alone.

If we had reported it as a parish, then these officers would have felt compelled to do something, and that would not have been in his interests, and it would have been against his chosen way of life. This again is the magnificence of the difference between the formal States position and the informal parochial system.

Constable Chris Taylor

Football: Guernsey FC youngster leaves for scholarship

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey FC defender Jacob Fallaize has left the Green Lions to move to South Carolina for a four-year scholarship.

The 18-year-old, who is the son of assistant manager Colin, will play football alongside his studies in America, and will continue to train with Guernsey when he returns for school holidays.

"I do hope sometime in the future I will be playing for GFC again, but I will have to see where America takes me first," Fallaize told the club website.

Jet ski crash victim could return to Jersey this week

Jersey Evening Post

A lawyer who is receiving specialist treatment in the UK after suffering horrific leg injuries in a jet ski accident could return to Jersey this week.

Football: Local results

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jack Boyle scored on his St Paul's debut to help his new team beat St Ouen 2-0 in the first round of the Charity Cup.

Midfielder Boyle made the switch from Jersey Scottish this summer, as the Scots pulled out of this season.

Michael Weir also netted to send St Paul's through to a quarter-final against Trinity.

Some sunny spells and scattered showers

BBC Weather

Tuesday will see a mixture of a few bright or sunny spells but also the risk of some showers at times, some of which could be on the heavy side.

Feeling quite cool for the time of year.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F)

In Jersey:


And in Guernsey:


Wind speed detector put up at Chouet Headland

BBC Radio Guernsey

A sophisticated wind speed detector has been put up at Chouet Headland to gather data for Guernsey's renewable energy team.

The LiDAR (light detection and ranging) device is able to capture wind speeds at heights of up to 300 metres, to give a more accurate picture of the sort of conditions that an offshore wind farm would operate in.

A spokesman from the States of Guernsey saidit was not "preliminary research" for a land-based wind turbine, but was the most "practical and cost effective" way to get reliable recordings of the wind resource on a coastal site.

The project is being run in conjunction with the University of Exeter.

Man lived among rubbish for 40 years

BBC Channel Islands News

John Ainsworth lived on a rubbish dump for 40 years

A man lived among broken-down cars, rusty boats and old microwaves for more than 40 years.

John Ainsworth had lived on the site in St John, Jersey, before he died recently aged 89.

Jersey's Environmental Health issued a notice on the home as soon as it found out about the conditions.

Parish officials knew about his circumstances and said they "kept an eye" on Mr Ainsworth - but said they weren't fully aware of the condition his home had fallen into.

Moonlight parade air display cancelled

BBC Radio Jersey

A special aircraft team, due to perform at this year's Battle of Flowers Moonlight Parade, has pulled out.

Organisers of the event said the aerobatic team AeroSPARX had to withdraw from the show because of technical issues.

They added an "alternative display" was unlikely due to the lack of time, and the situation was "beyond their control".

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New food outlet to open in Liberty Wharf

Jersey Evening Post

Work has started on a new convenience food outlet at Liberty Wharf as part of the Marks & Spencer refurbished store.

Sea lettuce removal trial thwarted by swell

BBC Radio Jersey

There will still be sea lettuce in St Aubin's Bay in Jersey for the Battle of Flowers on Thursday.

It was hoped a four-day trial, costing £8,000, in which a local company was hired to collect batches and take it miles out to sea, would clear the First Tower area.

Martin Gautier, the Assistant Director at Jersey's Department for Infrastructure said after a successful start, a large swell brought in more lettuce than had been removed half way through the trial.

Sea lettuce

Sea lettuce is properly called "ulva" and appears in St Aubin's Bay every summer.

Landfill in Guernsey hits 'record low' in 2016

BBC Radio Guernsey

The level of domestic and commercial recycling in Guernsey has increased from last year, according to the 2016 Waste Management Report.

It found landfill hit a record low of 28,000 tonnes.

Longue Hougue
States of Guernsey
The report highlighted the need for an inert waste disposal facility once Longue Hougue fills up in 2020.

The States said a downturn in the construction industry has also resulted in a big reduction in the amount of "inert" or "builders" waste.

General household recycling has also improved, with blue bag usage increasing.

But the report found bring bank figures for cardboard, tins and cans, plastic packaging and beverage cartons were all down.