This year’s Development Aid Planning Mission (DAPM) will run from 11-18 January 2014.

The team, from the Department for International Development (DFID), comprises new Deputy Head of the Overseas Territories Department, Dr Kenny Dick, Human Development Leader, Dr Mary Thompson and Senior Economist, Doug Winslow.

Preliminary discussions will take place on St Helena with the arrival, first, of Doug Winslow on Saturday 4 January. He will hold pre-DAPM meetings with the Finance Team, the SHG Economist and others. Dr Kenny Dick, and Dr Mary Thompson both arrive on Island on Saturday 11 January 2014, when the formal DAPM discussions begin.

The DAPM Team will be supported in the UK by Programme Manager for St Helena and Tristan da Cunha, Suzanne Adcock.

The SHG DAPM Team will consist of the five Members of Executive Council, the Chief Secretary and the Financial Secretary.

This annual visit will build on the three year planning cycle agreed at the DAPM in February 2013. Discussions are likely to focus on SHG’s strategic planning and budgeting process, performance for the current financial year, and proposed outputs and outcomes for the financial year 2014/2015 – following which the budget settlement will be finalised and announced.

SHG
2 January 2014

A By-Election, to elect a new Member of Legislative Council will take place on Wednesday 12 March 2014. To vote in the By-Election or to stand for Legislative Council your name must be on the Register of Electors (currently dated 24 June 2013).

The deadline for additions or changes to the Register of Electors is 4pm on Friday 10 January 2014.

Anyone eligible to be registered can apply to have the Register changed. To be eligible for the Register you must have St Helenian status (or be the spouse or life partner of someone with that status), have attained the age of 18, be present on the Island and ordinarily resident on St Helena.

For example, persons can have their name added or corrected, or have their address or Polling District amended. The necessary forms can be obtained from Assistant Registration Officer, Gina Benjamin on tel: 22470, or from the Customer Service Centre and the Public Library.

Remember if your name is not on the Register, you will not be able to take part in the By-Election. The deadline for changes to the Register is Friday 10 January.

SHG
2 January 2014

Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights Parade organised by Pilling Primary School took place on Friday evening, 20 December.  The parade began from the General Hospital and proceeded through lower Jamestown, finally congregating at the Grand Parade.  This was followed by children being allowed to climb aboard Santa’s sleigh, a light show on the wall of the Rickmers building and carol singing.

The event drew a large crowd of spectators, awaiting the arrival of light-adorned cars, trucks and quad bikes descending into Jamestown accompanied by students, teachers, parents and members of the public who joined in with their festive attire to entertain the crowd and raise money for Pilling Primary School’s PTA.

SHG

23 December 2013

Reappointment of Sheriff
Reappointment of Sheriff

Greta Pat Musk MBE JP has been reappointed today as Sheriff of St Helena by His Excellency Governor Capes.

Mrs Musk took the prescribed Oaths before the Governor, in his office at the Castle, (photo attached). Mrs Musk’s appointment becomes effective from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2014.

The Sheriff of St Helena is nominally responsible for enforcing Court Orders, with this being usually carried out by the Police Service on the Sheriff’s behalf. The Sheriff is also responsible for summoning Jurors when a Jury is required either in the Supreme Court or for a Coroner’s Inquest.  Her most conspicuous public role, however, is the swearing in of Governors and Acting Governors.

 

SHG

20 December 2013

Following the resignation of Councillor Tony Green from Legislative Council, which took effect from Tuesday 17 December 2013, a resulting By-Election will be held on Wednesday 12 March 2014. The Proclamation to this effect will issue today.

If you are over the age of 21 and interested in the Island’s affairs and her people, and believe that you have the ability to lead St Helena forward as it prepares for the opportunities and changes that the Airport will bring – then you are encouraged to stand for election to Legislative Council. The deadline for nominations is 12 noon on Wednesday 26 Feb 2014.

Only persons who are named on the Register of Electors (dated 24 June 2013) will be eligible to vote, or stand, in the By-Election 2014.

The deadline for additions or changes to the Register of Electors must be made no later than 4pm on Friday 10 January 2014, after which an amended Register will be published and used for the By-Election.

Anyone eligible to be registered (St Helenian Status or spouse/life partner, over the age of 18 years, and normally resident on the Island), can apply to have the Register changed. For example, persons can have their name added or corrected, or have their address or Polling District amended. The necessary forms can be obtained from Assistant Registration Officer Gina Benjamin on tel 22470 or email cofcouncils@sainthelena.gov.sh. These forms are also available at the Customer Service Centre and the Public Library.

Further details on the By-Election will follow in due course.

SHG

20 December 2013

Following the resignation of Councillor Tony Green from Legislative Council, which took effect from Tuesday 17 December 2013, a resulting By-Election will be held on Wednesday 12 March 2014. The Proclamation to this effect will issue today.

If you are over the age of 21 and interested in the Island’s affairs and her people, and believe that you have the ability to lead St Helena forward as it prepares for the opportunities and changes that the Airport will bring – then you are encouraged to stand for election to Legislative Council. The deadline for nominations is 12 noon on Wednesday 26 Feb 2014.

Only persons who are named on the Register of Electors (dated 24 June 2013) will be eligible to vote, or stand, in the By-Election 2014.

The deadline for additions or changes to the Register of Electors must be made no later than 4pm on Friday 10 January 2014, after which an amended Register will be published and used for the By-Election.

Anyone eligible to be registered (St Helenian Status or spouse/life partner, over the age of 18 years, and normally resident on the Island), can apply to have the Register changed. For example, persons can have their name added or corrected, or have their address or Polling District amended. The necessary forms can be obtained from Assistant Registration Officer Gina Benjamin on tel 22470 or email cofcouncils@sainthelena.gov.sh. These forms are also available at the Customer Service Centre and the Public Library.

Further details on the By-Election will follow in due course.

SHG
20 December 2013

Reappointment of Sheriff
Reappointment of Sheriff

Greta Pat Musk MBE JP has been reappointed today as Sheriff of St Helena by His Excellency Governor Capes.

Mrs Musk took the prescribed Oaths before the Governor, in his office at the Castle. Mrs Musk’s appointment becomes effective from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2014.

The Sheriff of St Helena is nominally responsible for enforcing Court Orders, with this being usually carried out by the Police Service on the Sheriff’s behalf. The Sheriff is also responsible for summoning Jurors when a Jury is required either in the Supreme Court or for a Coroner’s Inquest.  Her most conspicuous public role, however, is the swearing in of Governors and Acting Governors.

SHG

20 December 2013

HM Customs wishes to advise the public of baggage arrangements for the next call of the RMS from Ascension, due to arrive on Sunday 22 December 2013.

Baggage can be collected

• On the day of arrival until 6pm (Sun 22 Dec 2013).
• On Mon 23 Dec from 9.30am until 1.30pm, and again from approx 3pm – 6pm (due to the embarkation of outgoing passengers).

This will be the last opportunity to collect baggage before 2014.

SHG
19 December 2013

The first item under the open agenda was the Application to the Governor in Council to grant development permission under the Airport Development Ordinance 2006 for the revised Wharf, sea rescue facility and fuel pipeline at Rupert’s Bay.

Representatives from Air Access, Halcrow and Basil Read were present for this agenda item.  A presentation was given on the proposed changes and there was a discussion on various details regarding the design and construction of the proposed Wharf.  There has been extensive public consultation on this proposal, which includes a jetty, a slipway from the Shears, a sewage outlet pipe, fuel pipe, sea rescue boat facility and access road to the jetty.

The new Wharf jetty will be constructed from the South West point of the bay projecting in a North Easterly direction.  This is significantly different from the original design where the jetty would have projected into the bay from the beach area.  The Land Development Control Authority had made several recommendations for the Governor in Council to consider, covering actions to be taken both during construction and prior to the Wharf coming into operation.

Executive Council agreed to grant development permission subject to the conditions with minor amendments recommended by the Land Development Control Authority.

The second item on the open agenda was the Rationalisation of the SHG Forest Estate.  This was a recommendation from ANRD which had been endorsed by the ENRD Committee, to release unproductive forestry land to crown estates.  As some of this land could be made available for commercial and residential use, Executive Council was unanimous in endorsing this proposal and praised ANRD for being proactive in releasing land that they no longer require, which will be of benefit to the community.

The next item was the St Helena National Agricultural Policy 2014-2020.  This is a comprehensive document setting out the overarching policy direction for agricultural planning.  It is designed to increase production and the quality of produce, up-skill farmers, and determine infrastructure requirements and partnerships between SHG, ESH and the private sector.  Executive Council was pleased to endorse this plan, as agriculture is one of the main economic drivers for sustainable development.

There was then a discussion on the release of Government buildings for sale, including the ex PWD store.  Paul McGinnety and John Clement outlined the process by which these buildings were placed on the market.  As the ex PWD store is considered to be a significant development under the terms of the Land Disposal Policy, it will need to go through the Estates Strategy Panel prior to any recommendation to Governor in Council for a final decision on sale.  The building will not necessarily be sold to the highest bidder – all factors, including proposed usage, will be taken into account prior to any decision to sell.

The Social Policy Plan was then introduced for endorsement by Executive Council. This plan had been written after a period of extensive consultation and over 300 members of the public had been involved.  Paul McGinnety, the interim Director of Environment and Natural Resources, was commended for a clear and easy to read document which provides comprehensive guidance on the way forward.  Executive Council was pleased to endorse this plan.

An information paper was then presented on the revised fuel prices, which shows a reduction in prices for both diesel and petrol.

During the closed session, a request for approval for funding of a Special Warrant was approved.

Under AOB, the situation regarding trees in the Duke of Edinburgh Playground was raised. Last week a branch fell, landing in Market Street, with no one injured and no damage caused to vehicles.  However the risk to the public remains and it was requested that urgent action be taken.

The Governor reported that he will be leaving the Island on Monday 23December 2013, returning on Friday 17January 2014.  As part of his overseas tour he will be carrying out official duties in the UK and on Ascension Island.

As this is the last ExCo meeting of 2013, on behalf of Executive and Legislative Council I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

SHG

17 December 2013

 

 

The Environmental Management Division (EMD) currently has a ‘Native and Endemic Plant Collection, Propagation and Distribution Policy’ out for public consultation.

The policy and supporting documents can be viewed at the EMD offices at Essex House and are also available on the SHG website at: (http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/).

The policy has been devised after comprehensive consultation with key stakeholders. It aims to provide clear guidance and an enabling framework for those wishing to collect endemic or native seed, and propagate and distribute endemic and native species for restoration or commercial purposes. The policy also provides the licensing system for these activities as required under Section 20 of the (draft) Environmental Ordinance.

As part of this consultation, two public meetings are scheduled:

  • Monday 6January 2014 at the Longwood Community Centre from           7.30 – 8.30pm
  • Wednesday 8January at the Kingshurst Community Centre from             7.30 – 8.30pm

 

These meetings are an opportunity for interested persons to learn more, ask questions and provide feedback about this policy.

The public consultation phase ends on 17January 2014. Any feedback submitted by then will be used to revise the policy, which will then be presented to the Environment & Natural Resources Committee for their final endorsement.

For more information please contact Shayla Ellick, Species Conservation & Environmental Research Officer at EMD on telephone number 22270 or email shayla-ellick@enrd.gov.sh.

SHG

17 December