A meeting of Executive Council will take place in the Council Chamber at 9.30am on Tuesday, 27 November 2018.

The following items will be discussed on the Open Agenda:

  • Legislative Programme 2018
  • Second Increase in the Minimum Income Standard for the up-rating of Income Related Benefits and Basic Island Pension 2018

 These papers (ExCo Memos) are available online at the following link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/councils/executive-council/.

Members of the public who would like to view hard copies of the ExCo Memos should contact the Clerk of Councils, Anthea Moyce, at the Castle on tel: 22470 or via email: anthea.moyce@sainthelena.gov.sh.

At the time of this meeting, Elected Members serving on Executive Council will be Councillors Anthony Green, Lawson Henry, Kylie Hercules, Brian Isaac and Russell Yon.

Non-voting members of Executive Council are Chief Secretary, Susan O’Bey, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Acting Attorney General, Allen Cansick.

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22 November 2018


The St Helena Government (SHG) Health Directorate has worked with a range of partners to provide a resource to encourage community members to fit short walks or other lower level activities into day-to-day life to help people keep well and reduce their risk of the chronic illnesses that affect people on-Island.

In the St Helena Health and Lifestyle Survey 2018, nearly 50% of the people surveyed said they walked less than an hour per week and don’t do any other moderate physical activity. The encouragement to fit in a short walk or other activity that you can do at your own pace, like swimming, is based on the strongest kind of public health evidence which shows that it doesn’t take a lot to make a big difference – it just needs to be regular.

“Half an hour a day of moderate activity can reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 24%. You can greatly cut your risk of a heart attack or stroke by doing half an hour of activity like a walk or swim several days weekly.”

A series of shorter, ‘easier to fit in’ walks have been identified in each Island district with the help of members of the public and St Helena Tourism. The idea is that these short routes provide a range of options for people to fit in as suits them – at lunchtime, part way to work, or at home, or as a trip at the weekend. Although people may know some walks, there may be others they are less familiar with and basic route maps have been developed with the help of the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate GIS team, and are available on the SHG website via: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/step-on-it-st-helena/ and on Facebook by searching ‘Step On It, St Helena – Enjoy Your Freedom!’. Printed versions will also be available from the Public Library in Jamestown.

The ‘Step On It, St Helena – Enjoy Your Freedom!’ Facebook page also offers a way for community members who would like to start walking to find others in their area who also would like a buddy or buddies to walk with on certain days / times.

Chair of the Public Health Committee, Councillor Derek Thomas, commented:

“This initiative is not about being fit, it’s about our community members being well. These simple tools can help people get started and find something that they can fit around work, family life and other commitments. Being active is one of the important things we can all do a little more of to keep well.”

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22 November 2018

Lindsay Shankland recently arrived on-Island and has been appointed as the new Director of HR and Organisational Development for SHG on a two-year contract.

Chief Secretary Susan O’Bey said:

“We recently broadened the HR remit to include Organisational Development as part of our continued commitment to modernise the St Helena Public Service. Lindsay will be leading this work and we are really pleased that she has joined our team.  Barbara George, our current Head of HR, will be retiring at the end of this year and is working closely with Lindsay as a part of her handover.”

Lindsay Shankland

Lindsay has 14 years’ HR experience across the public sector in the UK, in organisations that have strived to make a difference to the lives of the people they serve, with the last five years being in a senior leadership role.

Her last role was as the Director of HR for Norfolk and Suffolk Police where she was responsible for all aspects of Human Resources, Learning & Development, Workplace Wellbeing and Health & Safety. She was previously the Deputy Director of HR and Organisational Development for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. As well as her experience with Police and Fire, she has also worked across Local Government, including in Adult Social Care, Children’s Social Care, Education, Housing and Health.

Originally from Scotland, Lindsay grew up in Cumbria, went to university in Manchester, and has lived in Essex since 2003. Before coming to St Helena, she took a short break travelling through Australia and New Zealand for three months where she tried snorkelling and sailing for the first time.

Lindsay enjoys meeting new people, travelling, walking, reading and attending festivals and events. Since arriving on St Helena, she is determined to become a stronger swimmer and hopes to try diving while on-Island.

Lindsay said:

“I decided to apply for this role after reading the Terms of Reference and researching the Island. I am a passionate advocate of the positive difference good people management can make to an organisation, its leadership and its people, so I enjoy working for organisations like SHG where my work and the work of the HR team contributes to making a difference to individuals and communities. To me, this is a hugely exciting opportunity on both a professional and personal level and I am so pleased to be on St Helena and be part of an HR team that will support colleagues in SHG to deliver the best possible services.”

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21 November 2018


The Environment & Natural Resources Committee, through their remit and also acting as the Highway Authority, was asked to consider a proposed increase in fees and charges under the Road Traffic Ordinance, 1985.

An increase of 17% would be required to keep the fees in line with inflation since their last increase in 2013. However, because there has not been an increase in five years, the Committee agreed such a large increase in one year may not be well received. However, it is recommended that if fee increases occur more regularly after this one and within one or two years, the increases should reflect inflation.

Following discussion, Executive Council approved the proposed increase in fees and charges under the Road Traffic Ordinance, 1985 on Tuesday, 13 November 2018.  The increases which range from 10% to 12% over the current rates, will take effect from Saturday, 1 December 2018.

Some examples of the increases are as follows:

Description: Current Fees: New Fee (with effect from 1 December 2018):
To licence a private motor vehicle with a seating capacity of six or less (to include the driver) £42.40 £47.50
To licence a private motor vehicle with a seating capacity exceeding six £54.50 £61.00
To licence a private motor lorry with a net weight of 5,000lbs or 2.270kg or less £66.50 £74.00
To licence a motorcycle with an engine capacity of over 250cc £30.30 £34.00
Issue of driving licence £12.10 £13.50
Vehicle inspection fee; vehicles other than cranes such as trucks with a gross combination mass of over 3,500kg or 7.716lbs £25.00 £28.00
Other vehicle inspection fees £20.00 £22.00

A Legal Notice entitled the Road Traffic (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 which contains a full schedule of these increases can be found here: ROAD TRAFFIC (FEES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS, 2018

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20 November 2018


St Helena Government (SHG) is pleased to announce that the Public Guardian for St Helena & Ascension Island, Gavin ‘Jack’ Thomas, will be undertaking an official visit to Ascension Island from 8 – 12 December 2018.

As Public Guardian for both Islands, Gavin will be fulfilling his role in carrying out the legal functions of the Mental Health and Mental Capacity Ordinance, 2016 (MH&MCO 2016). The Ordinance protects individuals who may not have the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves such as about their health and financial affairs. The Public Guardian also helps people plan ahead for someone to make certain important decisions for them, should they become unable to do so for themselves.

SHG welcomes the opportunity to work collaboratively across both Islands to promote decision making and individuals’ right to choose, whilst upholding the principles of the MH&MCO 2016. During his visit to Ascension, Gavin will be available to speak with members of the public about registering lasting powers of attorney (LPA), the appointment of deputies and other aspects of his role. He will also provide guidance, support, and direction, to improve awareness of LPAs and Deputyships.

Individuals, couples, or families on Ascension Island wishing to make an appointment with the Public Guardian from 9 – 11 December 2018, may do so in advance by contacting Gavin ‘Jack’ Thomas or Sasha Osborne at Brick House, Jamestown, St Helena Island on telephone number: 22713 or via email: gavin.thomas@sainthelena.gov.sh or sasha.osborne@sainthelena.gov.sh. Appointments will be flexible throughout the day and evening.

SHG encourages members of the public on St Helena to also contact the Public Guardian regarding options available to them in planning for their future and to find out more about LPAs and Deputyships.

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20 November 2018


The students, currently carrying out their seven-week Initial Police Training, are now over halfway through the course. Week four introduced them to traffic legislation and in particular, Construction & Use, Road Traffic Collisions, and driving whilst over the prescribed limit.

On Monday morning, students learned the theory regarding Road Traffic Collisions. The afternoon saw scenario training near the Seafront, dealing with a simple collision involving a motorcycle and a car. This then evolved into a more complex collision, involving two vehicles, where one of the drivers ran off. Back in the classroom the discussions turned to “was it due care and attention or was it dangerous driving?”.

Tuesday saw the students learn how to use the hand-held breath test machine, making sure that they comply with the law whilst administrating the test. It’s not easy, trying to stop a vehicle in a safe position, talk to the driver, then do the test, as well as recording the results.

Wednesday was a continuation of breath test training, learning about the station Lion Intoximeter and how the results are used evidentially.

Thursday morning saw eight very nervous faces as the students conducted a mid-course knowledge check. Despite the nerves, all students passed with flying colours.

Tutor, Learning & Development Sergeant, Mark Coombe, said:

“I am extremely proud of all the students for doing so well on the mid-course test. The students have only been in training for four weeks and have come a long way. They are developing into professional, knowledgeable, thinking Police Officers. Well done and keep up the good work!”

Four photos are attached to this release.

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20 November 2018

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom is inviting nominations from St Helena Island.

One nomination may be in either the Masters or PhD Scholarship categories and this year, for the first time in St Helena, a second nomination will be permitted in the Undergraduate Scholarship category.

Further information on the Commonwealth Scholarships can be found on the website: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/applicants/.

Persons interested in a scholarship should write an initial letter of application that identifies the developmental theme they wish to apply under, the type of study that they wish to pursue, their reason for pursuing it, and its relevance to St Helena.

In addition to this, the letter should include their professional aspirations and educational background, including previous studies undertaken and qualifications earned.

Initial letters of application should be sent to the Scholarships Awards Committee, through the Secretary, at the Education Learning Centre, or via email: robyn.franconi@sainthelena.gov.sh by no later than Friday, 23 November 2018.

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19 November 2018

The following is a Public Announcement from the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD):

ENRD would like to advise the public that due to the heavy winds currently experienced, particularly in Jamestown, which are forecasted to continue throughout the weekend, it has become necessary to cordon off an area within the Castle Gardens and to close the Duke of Edinburgh Playground during this period to all pedestrians.

This has become necessary due to the high volume of dry limbs that are currently falling from the tree canopies, which poses a risk to all users of these public areas.

The cordon at the Castle Gardens extends from the main entrance through to the fountain and down to the end of the ex-Police buildings.

The public are asked to avoid use of these areas throughout the weekend and are asked to exercise care should the use of the non-cordoned section of the Castle Gardens be necessary during this period.

ENRD thanks the public for their cooperation

16 November 2018


The following is a Public Announcement from the Emergency Planning Department:

The Emergency Planning Department would like to inform the public, with regards to the heavy winds that St Helena is currently experiencing, that wind speeds are forecasted to continue to increase today, Friday 16 November, with speeds of 24knots and gusts of 30-60knots.

These high winds will start to subside late on Sunday afternoon, 18 November.

All boat owners are advised to ensure their moorings are secured due to the heavy winds.

Sea conditions are also forecast to deteriorate with a north westerly swell building up to three meters on Tuesday, 20 November.

The public is advised to use caution when accessing the Seafront area. To avoid damage to vehicles, drivers are also asked to take care when parking near the safety rails.

Due care and attention should be taken when swimming in Rupert’s and James Bay during this time.

Port Control will be monitoring sea conditions and may restrict access to the Seafront, Wharf, and Rupert’s Jetty areas if necessary.

16 November 2018


A meeting was held on Saturday, 10 November 2018, to undertake the first annual review of the contract to provide an air service to St Helena.  Chief Financial Officer in Airlink, de Villiers Engelbrecht, joined representatives from the St Helena Government (SHG), Enterprise St Helena (ESH), and Legislative Council for the meeting. Representatives from the Department for International Development (DFID) joined via telephone link.

The meeting was chaired by SHG Deputy Airport Contracts Manager, James Kellett, who led discussion on a wide range of topics. Agenda items included a review of the annual performance of the contract in its first year, marketing activities actioned to date, plans for 2019 and beyond in respect of commercial and marketing activities, and discussion on various operational matters.

James commented:

“We are all pleased with the first year of operations and in particular to have a service that experienced a small surplus; this has only been possible due to the close cooperation of SHG, Airlink, airport staff and subcontractors, and ESH. We now turn our focus to using the lessons learnt from this initial year as the service grows in the second year of operations”.

The meeting also included discussion around ongoing operations from Johannesburg, future plans for the air service, as well as planning for the additional flights due to commence in December 2018.

Chief Executive for Economic Development, Dawn Cranswick, said:

 “The Review Meeting provided some useful insights into Airlink’s promotion of St Helena as one of their destinations, and we will be working together on co-ordination of our activities for the future.”

Airlink’s CEO and Managing director, Rodger Foster, added:

“The occasion of the first anniversary of the St Helena air link is worthy of celebration, especially so given that during the first year of operations over 6,000 customers experienced the time efficiency of air access. We are delighted to have delivered safe and reliable air services and to have transformed access to and from St Helena. Airlink is privileged to have a close working relationship with the St Helena Government and we will continue to look for ways in which the service may be improved and in particular in addressing the wishes of our customers.”

 SHG, Airlink, DFID and ESH will continue to meet on a regular basis to monitor the performance of the service, plan for future changes, and to discuss operational matters as they arise.

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15 November 2018