A number of fares between Ascension and St Helena are being offered for sale to the public at half the standard price. Flights included in this offer range from September 2019 to January 2020.

This offer also includes two flights from St Helena to Ascension in December and two flights from Ascension to St Helena in January, making it more affordable than ever to spend Christmas on Ascension.

Bookings are now being taken and the number of seats available at this price is limited.

For further information please contact Ascension Island Travel and Booking on flight.bookings@ascension.gov.ac or call (00 247) 66244.

AIG
21 August 2019

There is no significant rainfall forecast and with summer approaching it is critical that we use water for essential purposes only.

With no substantial rainfall experienced over the last week, the Island’s water stocks remain low. There is just 36 days of storage volume remaining.

St Helena’s water consumption levels on 14 and 15 August reduced to less than 1000 cubic metres. This is the consumption rate that is required to sustain a safe level of stored water on the Island. The effort that has been made by all is noticeable.

Remember, we are currently under an Island-wide hosepipe ban which Connect Saint Helena (CSH) enforced on Monday, 24 June 2019.If you see anyone using water irresponsibly or notice a burst pipe or leak, then please inform CSH immediately.

 Every drop counts, every action counts – everyone must save every drop of water possible.

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St Helena Resilience Forum

21 August 2019

Executive Council met today, Tuesday 20 August 2019, to discuss three items on the Open Agenda.

Mid-Year Changes to Customs Duty Tariffs

Following a presentation from the Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, the Financial Secretary and the Health Directorate’s Health Promotion and Social Marketing Lead, Council approved an increase in the duty on tobacco products by 8.88% to come into effect from 1 October 2019.

The Health Directorate had proposed to increase the level of customs duty applied to tobacco products by 13.98% in order to work towards meeting the World Health Organisation (WHO) requirements on the convention of Tobacco Control. Since tobacco duty was already increased by 5.1% on 1 April 2019, a further increase of 8.88% was proposed and accepted by Council to come into place on 1 October 2019. This would see an extra 18p on a packet of 20 cigarettes with tobacco.

The potential health benefits that could result if fewer people smoked tobacco were noted and Members recognised that higher prices might be a deterrent to young people who might otherwise start smoking.

The agreed increase in duty supports St Helena’s current Health Strategy goals to reduce tobacco consumption – a major factor in the number of chronic disease cases on the Island and a major healthcare cost.

Members noted that this initiative is just one part of the wider strategy to reduce smoking on the Island and were pleased that other measures by the Health Directorate, such as the cessation service, has seen a decrease in the number of smokers since last year. Future planned legislative changes such as plain packaging and getting rid of tobacco at point of sales will also help long term smokers move towards quitting.

Council felt strongly that the increase in customs duty on tobacco products was a great support to current health promotion and preventative healthcare work and measures such as these to change behaviour is very important to the future of the health of the St Helena community.

Under this item, Members also approved a change in the Customs Duty Tariff for vehicles from value based to a fixed rate based on emissions to support the policy on reducing carbon emissions, to come into effect from 1 December 2019.

The Chief Economist provided background to the proposal highlighting that the suggested changes had arose due to two issues:

  • Importers of low emission cars currently usually pay a higher duty than those importing higher emission cars. This doesn’t strictly support a greener St Helena as per the Altogether Greener goal in the 10 Year Plan and Climate Change Policy
  • The current system is an administrative burden for Customs Officers who must verify the value of a vehicle and charge appropriate duty.

The proposals were to change the rates applied (e.g. 15%) to a fixed fee (e.g. £200) as per the table below:

Emission Bands

Tax tariff as % of sales price (existing tariff)

Tax rate per vehicle (£), (rates as per 1 December 2019)

0g per km

15%

£200

1-100g per km

15%

£450

101-120g per km

25%

£900

121-165g per km

35%

£1,260

166-185g per km

40%

£1,530

185-200g per km

45%

£2,660

> 200g per km

45%

£3,500

The Financial Secretary also explained that alongside this proposed change, work is starting to develop a test for CO2 emissions and particulates of vehicles already on the Island and plans will be made to use these as a basis for road tax going forward.

Council noted that the proposed change was to encourage the importation of low emission cars which would positively contribute to a greener St Helena. There were concerns that this change might make cars unaffordable for some people but there was assurance that low emission cars had been on the market for over 10 years and good second hand (as well as new) models are now available to purchase. Members recognised that protecting the environment was important and a positive step forward in the Island’s Climate Change Policy as well as making the system fairer for car importers.

Motorcycles will also move to a fixed rate of £700 instead of 35%. Customs duty on heavy vehicles such as lorries and plant machinery would remain unchanged and would continue to be charged on value.

A detailed press release on the changes to Customs Duty Tariffs will be issued shortly.

Draft Legislative Programme

Council discussed the current draft Legislative Programme presented by the Acting Attorney General. It was noted that there was a mismatch in what was being produced by Council Committees and what was required by Chambers to draft legislation.

It was agreed that Chambers should issue to Council Committees a revised set of instructions to underpin legislative drafting.

This item would be brought back to Executive Council once a revised set of instructions had been received from Chambers.

High Knoll Fort lease to Saint Helena National Trust

Under the third item, Executive Council approved the Lease of High Knoll Fort to the Saint Helena National Trust (SHNT) along with the Land Registry Parcel Number HTH 1386 surrounding the Fort.

The Chief Secretary recognised that this issue had been circulating for some time and Members agreed that it should be progressed.

Leasing the Fort to the SHNT would mean that the Trust could apply for funding for this heritage site from outside donors. The additional land would also enable them to manage and preserve the property more efficiently.

Members saw this decision as a positive opportunity for the Trust to preserve one of the seven wonders of St Helena.

The AG’s Chambers would ensure the lease is progressed quickly.

The meeting ended at 12.55pm.

ExCo

20 August 2019

Councillors will hold a series of meetings in each district during August 2019 for constituents to ask questions and raise concerns. The following key topics will also be discussed at each meeting:

  • Social Impact Assessment Review
  • Phase One of the DFID funded Economic Development Investment Programme
  • Unbanning cycling on roads into and out of Jamestown
  • St Helenian Status

Each meeting will start at 7pm.

Venue

Date

Harford Community Centre Wednesday, 21 August
Blue Hill Community Centre Thursday, 22 August
Jamestown Community Centre Tuesday, 27 August
St Michael’s Church, Rupert’s Tuesday, 27 August
Silver Hill Bar, Levelwood Wednesday, 28 August
Sandy Bay Community Centre Thursday, 29 August

 Councillors look forward to meeting with you and hearing your views.

SHG
20 August 2019

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WEDNESDAY, 21 AUGUST 2019

The following is a Public Announcement from the St Helena Police Directorate:

St Helena Police will be carrying out firearms training at the Police Range at Cox’s Battery on Wednesday, 21 August 2019, from 9am to 2pm.

Red flags, signs, and barriers will be in place. Walkers in the Cox’s Battery area should not approach the Range area as live firing will be in progress.

For further information, please contact Support Officer – Firearms and Procurement, Garry Henry, on tel: 22626 or via email: gary.henry@sainthelena.gov.sh.

SHG
20 August 2019

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TUESDAY, 20 AUGUST 2019

A meeting of Executive Council will take place in the Council Chamber at 9.30am today, Tuesday 20 August 2019.

An additional item has been added for discussion on the Open Agenda which is now as follows:

  • Mid-Year Changes To Customs Duty Tariffs
  • High Knoll Fort Lease to Saint Helena National Trust
  • Draft Legislative Programme

The papers (ExCo Memos) for the first two items 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 any ExCo Memos should contact the Assistant Clerk of Councils at the Castle on tel: 22470 or via email:  sec.em@helanta.co.sh

Elected Members currently serving on Executive Council are Councillors Lawson Henry, Anthony Green, Clint Beard, Derek Thomas and Russell Yon.

The non-voting members of Executive Council are Chief Secretary, Susan O’Bey, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Acting Attorney General, Aine Hurley.

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SHG
20 August 2019

A meeting of Executive Council will take place in the Council Chamber at 9.30am on Tuesday, 20 August 2019.

The following items will be discussed on the Open Agenda:

  • Mid-Year Changes To Customs Duty Tariffs
  • Draft Legislative Programme

The paper (ExCo Memo) for the first item is 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 any ExCo Memos should contact the Assistant Clerk of Councils at the Castle on tel: 22470 or via email:  sec.em@helanta.co.sh

Elected Members currently serving on Executive Council are Councillors Lawson Henry, Anthony Green, Clint Beard, Derek Thomas and Russell Yon.

The non-voting members of Executive Council are Chief Secretary, Susan O’Bey, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Acting Attorney General, Aine Hurley.

#StHelena #ExCoMeeting

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SHG

16 August 2019

The following is a public announcement from Port Control:

The MV Faugro Gauss is expected to arrive at St Helena at 6am on Sunday, 18 August 2019, and will dock alongside of Rupert’s Jetty. The vessel is expected to stay in St Helena’s waters for two days.

Port Control would like to advise the public and boat owners that the whole of Lower Rupert’s, including the beach area, will be closed to the public from midnight on Saturday, 17 August, and will remain closed until the vessels departure.

Port Control would like to thank the public in advance for their understanding and cooperation.

Notes to Editor:

The MV Faugro Gauss will be surveying St Helena’s waters in order to assess the landing route for the Equiano submarine cable. This work is being undertaken as part of the Fibre Optic Cable Project, which will connect St Helena to high speed broadband in 2021 and deliver the goals of St Helena’s Digital Strategy and Sustainable Economic Development Plan.

SHG

16 August 2019

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The following is a Public Announcement from Waste Management Services:

Waste Management Services (WMS) would like to advise the public that there will be no changes to existing services during the upcoming public holiday on Monday, 26 August 2019.

Residents are requested to have their waste ready for collection by 6am on their normal collection day. Late placement of bins may result in missed collection.

Public areas and toilet cleaning services also remain unchanged.

Horse Point Landfill Site remains open to the public 24/7, including Public Holidays. Users are encouraged to recycle as much of their waste as possible prior to any disposal in the Bulky Waste Cell.

When in recreational areas, do not litter. To protect the environment, please ensure that all litter is properly disposed of in the public litter bins provided (recycling as much litter as possible), with larger volumes of litter bagged accordingly.

WMS would like to thank the public for their continued cooperation.

Waste Management Services – ‘working in partnership with customers for a cleaner and greener St Helena’.

SHG

16 August 2019

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The following is a public announcement from Port Control:

During recent cargo operations, damage was caused to the hand rails, the landing steps and one of the fenders on Rupert’s Jetty.

Port Control would like to advise the public and all boat owners to use great caution when accessing the Jetty area. Boat owners should also take great care when coming alongside the Jetty as there maybe protruding debris from the Jetty beneath the waterline.

Repair works to the Jetty will take place at the earliest opportunity. Port Control would like to thank the public in advance for their cooperation.

SHG
15 August 2019

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