Executive Council met today, Wednesday 16 April, with two items on the Open Agenda.

The first item was the proposal to increase Government Landlord Housing rental by £1 per week, effective from 1 July 2014.  It was noted that this will have no impact on IRB and BIP recipients. Executive Council approved this proposal.

The second item sought to reinstate the requirement for certain types of development applications to be referred to ExCo for approval. These are generally large scale infrastructure projects that are crucial to the economic development of the Island.  Executive Council agreed that it is important to retain political oversight of such projects and agreed that a directive should be issued to the Chief Planning Officer.

On the Closed Agenda, the St Helena Maritime Sector Review from Marine Maven was discussed.  The report had made a number of recommendations and these had been considered by the Economic Development Committee.  Not all recommendations had been agreed and the report and a press release outlining the agreed actions from SHG will be published soon.

On behalf of Legislative Council I would like to wish you all a happy, chocolaty and safe Easter.


16 April 2014

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