TUESDAY, 9 JANUARY 2018

Executive Council will meet tomorrow, Tuesday 9 January 2018, at 9.30am in the Council Chamber.

The minutes from the last open sessions of the Executive Council meetings on 5 & 12 December 2017 will be confirmed on the Open Agenda.

Elected Members serving on Executive Council are Councillors Anthony Green, Lawson Henry, Christine Scipio-O’Dean, Derek Thomas and Russell Yon.

Non-voting members of ExCo are Chief Secretary, Roy Burke, Acting Financial Secretary, Nicholas Yon, and Attorney General, Angelo Berbotto.

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8 January 2018

Assistant Financial Secretary, Nicholas Yon, was this morning, Monday 8 January, sworn in as Acting Financial Secretary whilst the substantive Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, is on overseas leave.

Nicholas took the prescribed Oaths in the Governor’s Office in the presence of Acting Governor, Louise MacMorran.

Nicholas’ appointment is effective immediately.

Dax departed the Island on Saturday, 6 January, and is scheduled to return on Saturday, 27 January 2018.

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8 January 2018

Carol George has started in her new role as Assistant Director of Safeguarding.

Carol who has previously worked for the Health Directorate and more recently for Corporate Services has a wealth of knowledge and experience which will benefit the directorate and help with the continued improvement of services for vulnerable people living on St Helena.

Safeguarding Director, Matt Ansell, said:

“I am so pleased that Carol has joined the team. This is an exciting time for us as we look to improve upon the good work over the last 2-3 years and continue to build supportive and sustainable services for people on St Helena. Carol will be a vital part of these developments and a key member of the leadership team both within the directorate and within the wider St Helena Government. I am really pleased that we have been able to appoint someone who has a wealth of knowledge and experience of working in the public service on St Helena and she will be a great asset to the directorate.”

Carol added:

“This opportunity to work with the Safeguarding team will allow me to utilise the knowledge and experience I have gained so far in my career and contribute positively to the continuous improvement of services offered by the Directorate.”

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8 January 2018

The public is advised that Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) is now fully operational at the Jamestown Wharf.

This 24-hour surveillance system will be used to provide additional security in the Wharf area.

Port Control will be able to revisit the surveillance footage in the event that an incident occurs.

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5 January 2018

The RV Polarstern, a German research icebreaker and supply vessel, will be entering St Helena waters today Friday, 5 January 2018.

The vessel will be positioned 10.5 nautical miles, north west of Sugar Loaf Point, and will remain in this position for approximately 2.5 hours. The purpose of her visit is to carry out calibration work.

Unfortunately, the vessel’s position will be too far out for anyone to see her from the Island.

The RV Polarstern, mainly used for research in the Arctic and Antarctica, is en-route to Cape Town.

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5 January 2018

 

Bulky Domestic Waste

Waste Management Services’ (WMS) staff have noticed bulky domestic waste – old electrical items, furniture and textiles – being placed next to communal wheelie bins in the Ladder Hill Complex and behind Parish Block in Jamestown.

The public is reminded that the free bulky waste collection service previously offered by WMS has been cancelled. Members of the public are therefore advised to make private arrangements for the collection and disposal of any bulky waste.

Inappropriate disposal of bulky waste can cause environmental pollution as well as make landscapes unsightly. To protect the environment, WMS will collect and dispose of these bulky wastes on this occasion, but all future occurrences of bulky domestic waste being disposed of next to communal bins will be regarded as fly-tipping and may be investigated by enforcement authorities for consideration of prosecution.

Litter Bins

In late November 2017, a brown wheelie bin with a ‘Please Do Not Litter’ sign located for public use at the bus stop at the bottom of Sunnyside was removed. WMS staff have searched the immediate area but the bin has not been located.

The public is advised of the following under Section 78 of the Environmental Protection Ordinance:

  1. Provision and maintenance of litter bins.

(1) The Committee may provide and maintain in any street or public place receptacles for litter (in this section referred to as ‘litter bins’).

(3) Any person who wilfully or recklessly removes or otherwise interferes with any litter bin or notice board provided or erected under this section is guilty of an offence for which the maximum penalty is a fine of £1,000.

Any person with information in relation to the missing bin is requested to contact Environmental Risk Manager, Mike Durnford, on tel: 24724 or e-mail: mike-durnford@enrd.gov.sh

Communal Wheelie Bins

WMS staff have noted that several concrete bollards were left in a communal wheelie bin at the Wharf (near the Customs Shed) earlier this week. The public is reminded that construction waste is not permitted in communal or domestic wheelie bins as this could damage the Refuse Collection Vehicles, which in turn could impact collection services. Any waste from construction works e.g. rubble should only be disposed of at the Horse Point Landfill Site.

WMS do not currently have any communal or domestic wheelie bins available for issue and any existing bins that become damaged from inappropriate disposal of construction waste will not be able to be immediately replaced.

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5 January 2018

The Charity Commission for St Helena and the Attorney General invite representatives of all local charities to attend a consultation meeting at the Jamestown Community Centre on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, at 6pm.

Who should attend?

This meeting is open to all, in particular board/committee members of Non-Government Organisations registered as Charities.

What is going to be discussed? 

The main issue is a proposal to amend the Charities Ordinance requiring charities to have policies to ensure that children and vulnerable adults are reasonably protected from harm and the risk of abuse.

Who are the speakers?  

The meeting will be chaired by the Charity Commission and the Attorney General.  There will also be guest speakers.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

To book your place and for more information, contact Charity Commissioner, Nikita Crowie, via email: nikita.crowie@sainthelena.gov.sh

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5 January 2018

The St Helena Supreme Court will formally open on Monday, 8 January 2018.

This will be the tenth anniversary of Chief Justice Ekins’ appointment as Chief Justice of the St Helena Supreme Court and, to mark this occasion, a marchpast of uniformed contingents will take place at 10am on Monday, 8 January. The Supreme Court will commence thereafter.

Both Civil and Criminal cases will be heard by the Supreme Court during this session which will continue until Friday, 26 January 2018.

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4 January 2018

St Helena Police continue to consult with the public as part of their Neighbourhood Policing Programme. A series of meetings and surgeries were held in various districts during December 2017, with a range of subjects discussed.

Concerns raised included:

Levelwood

Concerns were raised about vehicles speeding outside of Silver Hill Shop. Members of the public felt that speed bumps would help as a public safety measure.

 This repeated issue has been put to the Highways Authority who are waiting on funding. In the meantime, Police will continue to visit this area, and appeal to all vehicle owners to drive responsibly with care and abide by the speed limits.

 Sandy Bay

Concerns were highlighted about flax overhanging the roadside. This issue is considered a danger to road users, especially to motorcyclists who have to manoeuvre to the centre of the road to avoid the flax. This act is likely to cause accidents.

 This matter has been forwarded to ‘Report It, Sort It’ who will provide an update.

The road leading to Sandy Bay Beach is in need of repair; it has a lot of ditches and is considered a danger to vehicles and pedestrians.

 This issue has been forwarded to ‘Report It, Sort It’ who will provide an update.

Alarm Forest

There are continued concerns of vehicles speeding in the Alarm Forest area.

Police are patrolling at busy times to have an overt Police presence as an effective deterrent.

Members of the public feel there is a lack of road signage in the Alarm Forest area.

This repeated issue has been sent to the Highways Authority. Police are awaiting a reply.

Children are being transported in vehicles on passengers’ laps without any restraint.

There is currently no legislation preventing drivers from carrying children on passengers’ laps.  However, this is not a safe practice and any drivers seen carrying children in this manner will be advised about safer  methods  and will be given details of the Child Seat Scheme (if appropriate and applicable to the driver).

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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4 January 2018