The Economic Development Committee held its monthly meeting on Thursday, 2 November 2017. The following matters were discussed on the Open Agenda:

An update from the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate on the recently introduced Water Subsidy Policy for farmers showed that 21 applications had been received of which 14 have been approved to receive a subsidy.

Enterprise St Helena (ESH) delivered a report for the month of September. Whilst offshore, the Director of Commercial Development & Enterprise attended Reading Sports to promote ESH and opportunities on the Island to St Helenians based in the UK.  At the time, air services had not been finalised. There was some interest from individuals who were considering returning when the air service becomes established.

From the new Social Enterprise Support Policy, ESH received 12 initial enquiries, with three formal applications having been approved. The team is also pursuing involvement in assisting SHG with developing investor friendly policies, however this is subject to prioritisation of the Legislative Programme now that the new Legislative Council has been formed.  Additionally, the team has offered to support the development of legislation relating to disability, which is being championed by SHAPE.

Items discussed with the Airport Contracts Manager were charter flights & operations and the Open Skies Policy.  The Air Access Office and the Airport are fully committed to accepting and assisting developing charter flights & operations subject to the Prior Permission Requirements for the Category C operations being met and the granting of a Flight Operations Permit by the Governor.

There have been several such operations in the 18 months the Airport has been operational.

Due to the stringent Extended Twin Operations Performance (ETOPS) requirements, which requires sterilisation of the Airport and extended airspace for long periods of time, only one ETOPS flight can currently be accepted on any one day. The latter does not apply to 3 and 4 engine aircraft.

As explained in the charter flights & operations paragraph above, the Air Access Office and the Airport will accept, subject to any operational condition, any aircraft capable of operating into and out of St Helena. This, however, is not the same as Open Skies that Europe, the UK and United States have. In reality, at this moment in time, St Helena could not achieve Open Sky Status since it is an Overseas Territory (OT) and subject to the regulations that apply thereto. It would be dependent on the UK Department for Transport (DfT), as the ‘parent’ sponsor to negotiate bi-lateral rights between two points. Additionally, St Helena is not a signatory state, nor can it be, to the ICAO Chicago Convection. We rely on the DfT to represent all the OTs at ICAO.

However, some OTs, like Bermuda and Turks & Caicos, have formed their own Directorates of Civil Aviation. This brings greater independence and the ability to formulate one’s own Civil Aviation Regulations. Doing as above is not a cheap process, is lengthy and will, for several years, require the buying in of appropriate skills, experience and expertise. An aircraft registry such as in Bermuda and Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands can be very lucrative, but the costs, timescale and workload involved cannot be underestimated.

The Bank of St Helena also provided members with an update of the local debit card project which is currently on trial and is due to be officially rolled out on 1 December 2017. The Bank outlined why there were transactional fees for businesses and highlighted the benefits of the local debit cards to both customers and businesses alike. They also advised that no cost would be applied by the Bank for personal customers who used the local debit card.

The preceding week, the Bank of St Helena had also provided an overview of works that have been undertaken in respect of electronic payments systems/international card acceptance to enable a sound basis for business growth opportunities on St Helena. It was demonstrated that a number of options have been considered but have proven to be unviable at this time, however the Bank continues to remain focused on its vital role in satisfying customer demands and expectations. In meeting these expectations, a number of potential shortcomings and barriers have been identified which includes cost, market size, jurisdiction and minimal business opportunity for investing partners. In light of this, the Bank also highlighted a local innovative measure that could assist with work that is currently progressing. 

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7 November 2017

 

 

 

 

St Helena Police have been consulting with communities across the Island as part of their Neighbourhood Policing Programme. A series of meetings and surgeries were held in various districts during September and October 2017 where a wide range of concerns were discussed. Issues discussed included:

Longwood

Concerns were highlighted regarding the timing of tree pruning along Longwood Avenue

Police have spoken to the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD) and the Agricultural & Natural Resources Division who have agreed for tree pruning to commence from November 2017.

 There is a continued concern about vehicles speeding during the weekends

Police have shown a high visibility presence within the area during both foot and mobile patrols. Road Safety Policing is in place and any anti-social use of our roads are being dealt with. Drivers are reminded that they will be stopped and dealt with if they continue to drive in an anti-social manner. The request for speed bumps has been forwarded to the Highways Authority who has advised that due to the lack of funding, this will not be possible at this time.

The pathway at the Dungeon Cemetery is covered in moss and has become a safety concern to those who visit

 Police have spoken to ENRD, who have added the cemetery pathway maintenance to their annual maintenance agenda.

 Parking of vehicles in the Hutt’s Gate area has caused a safety concern and a suggestion of having yellow lines painted to alleviate this problem was made

 The Roads Section was made aware and a site visit was conducted. This issue has been placed on the agenda and yellow line painting will commence in the near future.

Levelwood

A concern was raised in relation to safety railings being placed on the roadsides at Alarm Hill and Hutt’s Gate as a safety measure for drivers

A site visit with the Police and Roads Section was carried out and solutions have been put in place.

 The railings on the bend nearest to the area of Bates are no longer visible due to overgrown vegetation

 This issue was forwarded to the Roads Section and a site visit was completed to ascertain what measures can be put in place to eliminate the risk and danger. This matter has been placed on the agenda for workmen to deal with the overgrown vegetation.

Sandy Bay

 The hedgerow has become overgrown and has caused a hindrance to road users from the area of Milestone to Green Hill

 The Roads Section has been notified and this issue has been placed on the agenda for workmen to deal with.

A concern was raised about insufficient disabled parking spaces available on-Island. A suggestion was made to allocate disabled parks at the Hospital and the Longwood Supermarket

 This matter has been forwarded to the Roads Section and Highways Authority who are yet to give their approval.

Rosemary Plain

The main road from Farm Buildings to Rosemary Plain is in very poor condition and in need of repair. The hedgerow from Rosemary Plain to Scotland is also overgrown and in need of attention

This has been sent to Report It, Sort It’, and Police are awaiting a reply. The public will be kept updated on any further development.

Half Tree Hollow

 Speeding remains a concern especially during the evening and over the weekends

 Police are continuously working to educate drivers on speeding, and the dangers that speeding imposes. Officers are continuously patrolling our roads in an attempt to catch the offenders. Again a serious view will be taken with any anti-social use of our roads.

Barren Ground

 Concerns were raised about the vegetation on the side of the road at Barren Ground

This Information was sent to ‘Report it, Sort it’ and Police are currently awaiting a reply.

Jamestown

People do not clean up after their dogs while they are out walking

Police have addressed this issue and posters have been placed in different areas around the Island. If dog owners fail to comply with the law regarding this they will be dealt with.

The Briars

Concerns were raised about drivers speeding in the Briars Village area, the concerned residents would also like speed bumps and traffic signs put in place

Police are monitoring the speeding issue and if anyone is caught speeding they will be dealt with accordingly.  The Roads Section has advised that there is currently no funding available to put in speed bumps however they will put in a new 15mph speed sign.

Contact:

Team 1 – leave a telephone message on: 25301 or email: Team1@sainthelena.gov.sh

Team 2 – leave a telephone message on: 25302 or email: Team2@sainthelena.gov.sh

Team 3 – leave a telephone message on: 25300 or email: Team3@sainthelena.gov.sh

 

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7 November 2017

It has been brought to Police attention that a person or persons have been trespassing on Harford Primary School grounds over the weekend.

The public is reminded that Harford Primary School along with all other Island Schools is out of bounds outside of normal working hours.

The public is therefore asked to refrain from trespassing on these premises. All trespassers will be prosecuted.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to please contact Police Headquarters on tel: 22626.

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7 November 2017

 

 

 

Councillors Cyril Leo and Kylie Hercules will attend the 2017 Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice & Procedure, to be held at the Houses of Parliament in London from 13-17 November 2017.

The Westminster Seminar is the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK’s flagship capacity-building programme and is aimed at first-term parliamentarians and newly-appointed procedural/committee clerks from across the Commonwealth.

The annual five-day programme provides a unique platform for participants to network and engage with counterparts; exploring differing approaches to parliamentary democracy, practice, and procedure, in the context of the Westminster System and comparative Commonwealth parliamentary structures and to develop skills and abilities to carry out the work of a parliamentarian.

Councillor Leo said:

“I am looking forward to the experience and the opportunity to see politics at work at Westminster level. I hope that in the process I will get the opportunity to engage with Members of Parliament and maintain links that will assist me as I contribute to securing a brighter future for the people of St Helena.”

Councillor Leo will depart the Island on Saturday, 11 November, and meet up with Councillor Hercules who is currently overseas attending the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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7 November 2017

Senior Magistrate from the Falkland Islands, Martine Kushner, arrived on St Helena on Saturday, 4 November 2017, and was this morning, 6 November, sworn in as Chief Magistrate for St Helena.

Ms Kushner took the prescribed Oaths in the presence of the Acting Governor, Louise MacMorran, and colleagues in the Governor’s Office at the Castle.

Ms Kushner’s appointment is effective immediately and will remain while the substantive Chief Magistrate, Nicholas Aldridge, is off-Island.

Mr Aldridge, who is currently on overseas leave, is scheduled to travel to the Falkland Islands, where he will take on the work of Senior Magistrate while Ms Kushner is on St Helena. Mr Aldridge will return to the Island on 27 November 2017.

While acting as Chief Magistrate, Ms Kushner will also take on the role as Chief Coroner for St Helena and Ascension Island, carry out the role of Registrar of Lands, and manage the Registry. Other roles include being the Labour Regulating Authority, President of the Land Development Appeals Tribunal, President of the Media Standards Commission and Trustee of the Legal Assistance Fund.  Ms Kushner will also chair the Immigration Appeal Court and the Mental Health Tribunal along with being the Commissioner for Workmen’s Compensation and supervising the Registrar of Companies.

Ms Kushner commented:

“It is a pleasure to be on the Island. The exchange of Magistrates is very useful, enabling the Courts and justice system to continue when there are difficulties such as a conflict of interest or long term illness. It provides resilience in the system. Additionally, it enables the two jurisdictions to share information and to learn from each other and pick up the best practices from each other.”

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6 November 2017

The 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Bangladesh continues.

Today, Councillor Thomas was the moderator for the Workshop on Climate Change. There were two Discussion Leaders followed by questions from the floor where countries were able to express specific issues and challenges affecting them. 

Councillor Thomas said:

“Climate Change is a major issue to the planet which requires concerted action individually and collectively by Nations. Commonwealth Nations should therefore act urgently in their respective countries.”

Two actions were agreed at this morning’s workshop:

  • Parliaments within the Commonwealth should ensure a framework for combating climate change is developed and implemented within each region and updated at Regional Conferences
  • Legal reform can make a low carbon and climate resilient development pathway possible by reinforcing policy, strengthening institutions and mobilising resources towards climate change activities

Both recommendations were fully endorsed and will form part of the Conference Concluding Statement which will be issued at the General Assembly.

Councillor Kylie Hercules stood in as an observer on the various workshops and was able to build working relationships and gain some valuable experience from the discussions.


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6 November 2017

The public is advised that the Rock Guards of the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate will be removing a section of dangerous rocks which overhang the West Rocks and Break Neck Valley areas, on Wednesday, 8 November 2017, from 8.30am. The operation is expected to last for approximately two hours.

 The West Rocks and Break Neck Valley areas will be out of bounds for the duration of these works. No persons will be able to walk or fish in these areas until works have been completed and the areas deemed safe for public use.

 For safety reasons, appropriate signage will be displayed at West Rocks, and the Sea Rescue Service will also be surveying the areas.

 The public is thanked in advance for their continued support and co-operation.

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6 November 2017

The deadline for submitting applications for Chevening Scholarships is tomorrow, Tuesday 7 November 2017.

Up until tomorrow, the Chevening Secretariat will accept applications for UK Government scholarships to study in the UK in 2018/2019. Applications are to be submitted via: www.chevening.org/apply.

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds. The scholarship offers full financial support for future leaders to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university whilst gaining access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural events.

There are more than 1,500 scholarships on offer globally for the 2018/2019 academic year, representing a significant investment from the UK Government towards developing the leaders of tomorrow.

For more information on the eligibility criteria and award specifications, please visit www.chevening.org/apply/guidance or contact Sandra Sim on tel: 22308 or email: sandra.sim@sainthelena.gov.sh

Further information is also available at www.chevening.org

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6 November 2017

The public is reminded of the upcoming consultation meeting on the two proposed sites for the new Prison in the Bottom Woods area of Longwood, to be held by Elected Members and Government Officials on Wednesday, 15 November 2017, at 7.30pm at the Harford Community Centre.

The two proposed sites are:

  1. West of the Met Station
  2. An area further up, known as the Goat Pen Area

The public, in particular, residents in the Bottom Woods area are encouraged to attend the meeting in order to obtain details of the proposals and to provide their views and comments. 

The layouts of the proposed sites can be viewed in the Foyer of Essex House and at Longwood Supermarket. Anyone wishing to make any comment on the proposed sites for the new Prison may do so in the comments book that has been placed in the Foyer of Essex House or via email to the Secretary to the Prison Project Board, Miss Nicole Plato: nicole.plato@sainthelena.gov.sh by no later than Thursday, 30 November.

In addition, the layout is also available on the Publications page of the SHG website:  http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/

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6 November 2017

This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on 12 November 2017 and as in previous years, The Right Reverend, the Lord Bishop, will conduct a Divine Service at the Cenotaph. All members of the public attending the service should be present at the Cenotaph by 10.40am.

It is on this day that we not only remember with gratitude those persons who fought and lost their lives in the violence of War, but we also honour and pay tribute to those who served and survived.

A special place will be reserved at the Cenotaph for serving and ex-servicemen and women and also St Helenians who served on the old RMS St Helena during the 1982 Falklands War. It is hoped that many will attend this special service.

Please contact Connie Johnson at the Castle on tele:  22470 for further information.

 

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3 November 2017