Legislative Council will meet formally on Thursday 11 December 2014, at 10am in the Court House, Jamestown.  This meeting is expected to last for two days.

24 papers will be presented, including:

  • St Helena Public Accounts Committee – Report to Legislative Council on the Formal Session of the Public Accounts Committee held on 7 October 2014
  • Saint Helena Audit Service – St Helena Fisheries Corporation Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 March 2014
  • Eliza Mary Lloyd Trust (Amendment) Bill, 2014
  • Aviation Bill, 2014
  • Coroners and Presumption of Death Bill, 2014;
  • Government of St Helena – Police Service (Amendment) Bill, 2014
  • The Minerals Vesting (Amendment) Bill, 2014

During the meeting there will also be fifteen questions and thirteen motions.

The meeting will conclude with the customary Adjournment Debate, when Councillors will have the opportunity to raise various issues relating to St Helena.

The Order paper for Thursday’s meeting is available on the SHG website at:  http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/committee-reports/

SHG

9 December 2014  

The public are reminded that a Major Incident Exercise is planned for the morning of Wednesday 17 December 2014.

During this time the Emergency Services and other responding agencies will be practising their response to a simulated major incident occurring on St Helena.  This is an essential exercise, not only for preparing for Airport Certification but also to prepare the Island for dealing with any major incident that may occur in the future.   It will be carried out within one of the Island communities.

Safety Marshalls will be deployed at the incident scene, and the public are asked to comply with any instructions given – for both their own safety and the safety of all persons taking part in the exercise.

The Police Directorate thanks everyone in advance for their co-operation and apologises for any inconvenience caused.

More information is available from Alistair Smith on telephone: 22721, or on the day from Exercise Control on 23690 (from 8.30am until 11am on Wednesday 17 December 2014).

SHG

9 December 2014

HM Customs wishes to inform merchants and the public of the following opening hours for the month of December 2014HM Customs will open to the public and merchants for cargo and freight collection on:

  • Wednesday 10 December, from 11am – 5.30pm
  • Thursday 11 December, from 9am – 5.30pm
  • Friday 12 December, from 9am – 5.30pm 
  • Tuesday 16 December, from approximately 11am – 5.30pm.  Some delays   in collection from containers on the upper Wharf can be expected, due to the collection of passenger baggage.
  • Wednesday 17 December, from 9am – 5.30pm
  • Thursday 18 December, from 9am – 5.30pm
  • Friday 19 December, from 9am – 5.30pm
  • Thursday 23 December, from 9am – 5.30pm
  • Monday 22 December, from 11am – 3.30pm.  Some delays in collection from containers on the upper Wharf can be expected, due to the collection of passenger baggage.

Collection of goods on Wednesday 17 December could potentially be delayed as a result of the major incident exercise.

HM Customs will reopen for business in the New Year on Friday 2 January 2015 from 9am – 3.30pm.

SHG

8 December 2014

 

 

Funding for District and Community roads was made available last financial year (2013/14) and this current year (2014/15), and the Environment and Natural Resources Committee (ENRC) was keen to see this funding used to address a list of applicants who meet the criteria.  Applications were received for funding, and 15 applications from around the Island have now been awarded grants ranging from £500 to £2500.

Community Roads are defined as those that serve a minimum of three households and funding up to a maximum of £2500 is available.

A District Road is defined as one serving six or more occupied properties (and may have previously received funding as a Community Road).  The priority here is based on the number of existing dwellings served, plus the community facilities directly accessed by the road.

Successful applicants have now been informed by letter and work is to be completed by the end of March 2015.

The Chairman of the ENRC, Councillor Wilson Duncan, commented:

“It will take hard work from the various communities to improve their roads, and we are pleased to be able to offer some financial support.”

Should further funding become available next year, then a fresh call for bids will be made via an open application process.  The public will be advised on how to apply nearer the time.

SHG

8 December 2014

December 2014

The Quarterly Statistical News Bulletin for December 2014, covers the period July to September, and contains updates for the annual rate of Inflation of the Retail Price Index, Income, Imports, Estimated Population and Arrivals to St Helena. The bulletin is available on the SHG website at:  www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics

Annual inflation of the St Helena Retail Price Index (RPI) stood at 2.4 per cent in Quarter 3 2014 – an increase of 0.5 per cent from the previous quarter. The major upwards pressures are an increase in electricity tariffs and also the price of purchasing and importing a vehicle to St Helena.

In the third calendar Quarter of 2014, the number of people on Island averaged 4,442 and the average St Helenian population was 4,029. Compared to the same period in 2013 this represents a 5 per cent increase in total population.

Passenger arrivals to St Helena in the first half of financial year 2014/15 are essentially unchanged from the previous year. An increase in RMS passengers has balanced a decrease in the number of overnight visitors from yachts and other vessels.  There has been a 30 per cent, 168 bed-night, increase in the number of excursion visitors staying on-Island during the eight-night turn around of the RMS to Ascension Island. A 25 per cent, 230 person increase, in the number of day-visitors from cruise ships is also noted during the same period.

This Quarter, the Statistical Bulletin contains an article from the Government Economist, Ian Smyth, giving his view on some relevant economic issues from the UK and South Africa which may have an effect on the St Helena economy.

Ian said:

St Helena has always been affected by global economic conditions, particularly those in the UK and South Africa. While nobody can predict the future with complete confidence, being aware of how external influences can impact the St Helena economy is more important than ever.  This helps both Government and the private sector to prepare to take full advantage of the major economic opportunities that are approaching.”

If you have requested a copy of this bulletin via email and have not yet received it, please contact the Statistics Office on 22138, or e-mail statistics@sainthelena.gov.sh

SHG

5 December 2014

Accessibility 1
Accessibility 1

On the UN International Day of Disabled Persons (Wednesday 3 November 2014) – a day aimed at promoting an understanding of disability issues, support, rights and wellbeing – an Accessible Changing Room at the Swimming Pool was opened in Jamestown. Council members, pool staff and members of the public attended a short ceremony hosted by Councillor Ian Rummery (Chairperson of St Helena’s Disabled Persons Aid Society).

Ian commented:

The Disabled Persons Aid Society exists to support individuals with small grants to purchase equipment or services, as well as campaigning to improve accessibility on the Island for people with a disability. Several years ago, the Society conducted an exercise where members tried to access buildings in Jamestown in a wheelchair.  This taught us a lesson on how small things can cause big problems.

“Since then, the society has been working with SHG, contractors and other agencies to improve accessibility around St Helena. It is inevitably a gradual process, but today we celebrate a solid achievement.”

Ian ended by thanking everyone who helped in building and financing this facility, and praised the partnership and teamwork.  Councillor Les Baldwin said a few words, followed by the opening of the facility by Kristian Johns (pictured with Ian Rummery).

Accessibility 2
Accessibility 2

Three pictures accompany this release.

SHG

5 November 2014

Accessibility 3
Accessibility 3

All Primary Schools on St Helena have taken part in a Design a Stamp competition as part of their creative curriculum.  This involved designing a stamp to represent the Island of St Helena.

Primary Advisor Zoe Robinson commented:

“The standard of entries was very high and it was an extremely hard task for the judges to decide on the three top designs from each school – and then name an overall winner.”

Entries included stamps with images of the Wirebird, the RMS St Helena, the Heart-shaped Waterfall, Rupert’s, Prosperous Bay Plain and other scenic areas of the Island.

The following winners in each primary school have been presented with prizes and are warmly congratulated:

Harford Primary School:    1st place: Kaylin Knipe

2nd place: Ashley Hannah

3rd place: Erik Robbertse

 

                                                Highly Commended: Ava Thomas

Ona Mafoko

Gulliver Kilenjan

 

 

Pilling Primary School:     1st place:  Rhiann Young-Benjamin

2nd place: Eureeze Peters-Stevens

3rd place: Christopher Midwinter

 

                                             Highly Commended: Leeanna Johnson

Blaze Bennett

Aleishia Simon

 

 

St Paul’s Primary School:   1st place: Jordan Reynolds

2nd place: Joey Crowie

3rd place: Tayler Duncan

 

                                            Highly Commended:  Masharne Crowley

                                                                                  Theo Joshua

Lewis Caesar-Henry

 

 

Overall Winner:    Rhiann Young-Benjamin 

 

Thanks are extended to the St Helena Post Office for its very generous donation of Official First Day Cover Airport Stamps which were awarded to the prize winners.

 

 

Pilling Primary
Pilling Primary

 

 

Harford Primary
Harford Primary

 

St Pauls Primary
St Pauls Primary

 

 

 

 

SHG

5 November 2014

 

Census 1
Census 1

A regular census is taken on Island to determine animal numbers.  Previously the census was carried out every three years, but will now be conducted every two years.

All persons on Island owning or caring for cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, donkeys, poultry, bees, dogs and cats –  must (by law) fill in an animal return form. 

In the first half of this month (December 2014), enumerators will deliver forms to every household that requires one.  The form should be completed in respect of animals owned or kept on Sunday 14 December.  Forms should be ready for collection by Sunday 21 December 2014. Failure to provide a return could result in a fine on conviction of up to £100 for every day the form is overdue.

Senior Veterinarian, Joe Hollins said:

“The three yearly census of animals on the Island is now being conducted every two years to give SHG a better, more current picture of animal ownership and production.

“These figures are vital in helping SHG develop and assess its policies towards livestock and domestic pets. The numbers provide vital feedback on strategies such as pet neutering and projects to increase agricultural production – all for the betterment of the community as a whole.

“We thank you in advance for your cooperation, without which the statistics would be of little use.”

Each form is numbered and a draw will be held for all completed forms, with a first prize of £50 and a second prize of £25.

Census 2
Census 2

For further information on the animal census, please call the Livestock Section at ANRD on telephone number 24724.

Two pictures are attached to this release.

SHG

2 December 2014

 

 

The road from New Bridge to the Briars junction was opened on Monday 1 December 2014, as planned. The road has been fully resurfaced, and has also benefited from a new drain system and retaining walls.

The Roads team is continuing to work at the site, completing minor masonry works, so please drive with caution.

The Roads Section recognises that this road closure has caused inconvenience for many members of the public, but trust that those affected understand that this closure was essential to make important improvements.

Any further enquiries regarding these works can be made by telephoning 23640 between 8.30am – 4pm.

SHG

2 December 2014