St Helena Police are appealing to the public for any information relating to a road traffic accident involving a white lorry and a black Porsche Cayenne.

This incident occurred near Seales Corner on Market Street at approximately 11.15am on Monday, 5 February 2018. As a result of this incident, damage was caused to the rear right side indicator housing and side panel of the Porsche Cayenne.

Members of the public with any information regarding this incident are asked to please contact the St Helena Police on tel: 22626 or email the Criminal Investigations Department via: cid@sainthelena.gov.sh or jonathan.clark@sainthelena.gov.sh.

The community is thanked for their assistance.

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22 February 2018

The Landscape & Ecology Mitigation Programme (LEMP) along with the Agriculture & Natural Resources Division (ANRD) submitted a proposal to trial rabbit control with poison bait following discussions with conservation organisations as well as the Environment Management Division (EMD) and the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD) colleagues around the issue of rabbit impact on conservation and agriculture. 

A 2008 study of rabbits on St Helena indicated that poison had the potential to be the most effective control solution and a trial was proposed to test this and to provide information to inform an Island-wide strategy of pest control in the future.  Two poisons were originally proposed – an acute poison which kills rabbits within a few hours and an anticoagulant, similar to that used as rat bait, which works over a longer time period.  After discussion with the Environment & Natural Resources Committee (ENRC) the anticoagulant was considered the only viable option as it enabled concerns regarding public safety and impact on the environment and non-target animals to be mitigated.

At the ExCo meeting on 6 February 2018, after much discussion, Council in the majority advised and the Governor agreed to enact the Rabbit Control & Destruction Trial Rules, 2018.

The legal framework would enable a strictly monitored trial using poison bait. However an information evening was held at Longwood on Thursday, 15 February 2018, delivered by LEMP and ANRD to inform the public of the planned trial and to get the public’s views. It became clear at this meeting and from comments received on Social Media that while many members of the public support the principle of rabbit control, there were serious concerns regarding the use of poison, including around public safety and animal welfare.  Given the strength of the feeling at the meeting it was not deemed appropriate to move ahead with the poison trial and LEMP, through the Chairman of the ENRC, advised Governor in Council today that it would like to withdraw the proposal and recommend that the trial rules are not enacted.

Many members of the public at the meeting were in favour of shooting rabbits and ANRD is working with the Police Directorate and the AG’s Chambers to establish safe processes for enabling this in specific areas. For some sites, in particular those that are ecologically sensitive or close to the Airport, shooting may not be an appropriate option and LEMP will continue to use fencing and repellents as well as investigating a programme of live trapping in these areas.

ENRD will continue to investigate effective long-term solutions and will endeavour to work with the public to control the rabbit population to protect crops and endemic wildlife.

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20 February 2018

Executive Council met today with only one item on the Open Agenda.

Council, sitting as Planning Authority, considered and advised the Governor to approve Outline Development Permission, with conditions, to alter (internally) and extend (externally at the rear) the Jamestown Court House, as recommended by the Land Development Control Authority. Council was keen to ensure that the purpose of the changes is respected, that is to protect witnesses and the jury from potential interference from members of the public. Councillors offered a number of suggestions about how the altered building should be configured. The full planning application will be brought back to Council for approval.

In Any Other Business, Council reconsidered their advice to the Governor in relation to the Rabbit Control & Destruction Trial Rules 2018.  As had been noted during the discussion on 6 February, there was a period of public engagement, particularly in the areas where the trials were due to take place, as well as information broadcast on local radio. Members have taken the views of the public into account and have advised the Governor not to proceed with the trials as originally planned.  However, it was recognised that rabbit control is a serious issue and that alternative means of eradication such as traps and repellents will be used.

Council noted that there had been a rockfall overnight, and that there was minor damage to a section of the wall on Ladder Hill Road.  The road had been kept open and the Rock Guards have been engaged in the area and have ensured that there are no other obvious dangers. Members thanked staff for their efforts.

The meeting concluded at 11.45am.

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20 February 2018

 

 

 

 

The Highways Authority has given approval for Ladder Hill Road to be closed on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, from 1.30pm to 3pm. This is to enable masons from the Roads Section to carry out repairs to a section of damaged retaining wall.

As normal, only Emergency Service vehicles will be granted access. Other drivers needing to travel in and out of Jamestown during this time must use Side Path or Constitution Hill Road.

The Roads Section would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused, and thank the public in advance for their continued understanding and cooperation.

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20 February 2018

St Helena is being represented by Councillor Tony Green and SHG UK Representative, Kedell Worboys MBE, at a week of EU-related meetings, currently taking place in Brussels until Friday, 23 February 2018.

Today, Councillor Green and Kedell will be attending the Trilateral meeting which will discuss progress on the 10th and 11th European Development Funding (EDF) programmes.  Financial Secretary & Territorial Authorising Officer, Dax Richards, will join this meeting via Skype.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 21 February, there will be an ‘Oceans’ event – which will discuss a Global Agenda for oceans, ocean strategies, sustainable blue growth initiatives and potential for blue growth. This will be followed by a panel Q&A session. In the afternoon there will be the EDF 11th Thematic Workshop. Councillor Green and Kedell will attend both these events.

The OCTA Ministerial Meeting will take place on Thursday, 22 February.  The day’s agenda will consist of the Annual Report, Treasurers Report, presentation and key discussions of the report on post-2020, EDF 10 Thematic Report, EDF 11 programming, regional programmes, presentation, adoption and signing of political declaration and administrative resolutions.

Councillor Green will depart Brussels on Thursday to return to St Helena, while Kedell will remain in Brussels to attend the OCTA Ministerial and the annual EU-OCT Forum, taking place on Friday, 23 February 2018.

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20 February 2018

The Highways Authority has given approval for the road to be closed from White Gate to Water Course Road from 9.30am to 3pm on Tuesday, 27 February 2018. This is to enable the Roads Section to carry out planned maintenance works.

 For the duration of the works, the diversion route will be via Francis Plain Road through to Scott’s Mill and Red Hill Road and vice versa. As normal, only Emergency Services will be granted access.

The Roads Section would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank the public in advance for their continued understanding and cooperation.

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20 February 2018

 

A north-westerly swell is forecast for St Helena from Sunday, 25 February, through to Tuesday, 6 March 2018. This might result in a large sea swell and breakers in James Bay and Rupert’s Bay.

The public is advised to use caution when accessing the Seafront area. To avoid damage to vehicles, drivers are also asked to take care when parking near the safety rails.

Due care and attention should be taken when swimming in Rupert’s and James Bay during this time.

Port Control will be monitoring sea conditions and may restrict access to the Seafront, Wharf, and Rupert’s Jetty areas if necessary.

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20 February 2018

The Environment & Natural Resources Committee (ENRC) held a meeting on Thursday, 15 February 2018, to discuss a number of items.

Actions arising from the minutes of 18 January 2018 were discussed and minutes accepted.

With regards to the Jamestown Run, members felt this was too big a project for one entity and it was suggested that a letter be sent to the St Helena National Trust, the Heritage Society, Enterprise St Helena, St Helena Tourism and to include the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD). The letter would outline the problems with the safety, maintenance, and upkeep of The Run. The benefit of having all organisations involved is to ascertain how The Run, as part of our history as well as being a tourist attraction, fits into the bigger picture for St Helena.

During the Heritage report, it was noted that St Helena’s historical buildings are one of the major assets on-Island. It was agreed that funding should be sourced for maintenance and to support/develop a strategic plan.

ENRD’s Chief Environmental Officer, Isabel Peters, gave an in-depth review on the National Conservation Areas that are listed within the Environmental Protection Ordinance – the pros and cons of these areas and the implementation of the management plans. This goes hand-in-hand with the enforcement, which also considers having Conservation Wardens put in place. There is no management or development plan for our Terrestrial Zones as of yet and a working group will need to be set up to deal with these issues. There is also a need to manage the National Protected Areas.

A request from the Air Access Management Team to erect Aerodrome Boundary Signage and a road closure barrier on the Access Road to St Helena Airport, in the vicinity of Mole Hill, was discussed. This would allow the Aerodrome Area to be closed to the public when not operational. This request was supported by members as it would now define the areas and would therefore be better controlled. This is the norm with Aerodrome Boundaries and properties throughout the world.

The Community & District Roads Project has finally been given the green light in terms of funding availability and the successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible.

In the Directors report, he advised that funding worth £343,038 had been secured from the Darwin Initiative to support two Darwin Plus Projects. One approved for the Sustainable Development Plan involved cray/lobster stock populations. The other is a Biosecurity project that will see the development of Pest Risk Assessment procedures and building capacity to use them on St Helena.

It was also noted that under the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) Fisheries Management Plan, a survey vessel will soon arrive at St Helena to assist in the fisheries science work on-Island as well as provide local people with training in implementing our National Marine Protected Areas which were passed in principle a year ago.

The meeting concluded at 12.50pm.

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19 February 2018

The public is reminded that nominations are currently being invited for the Certificate & Badge of Honour Awards, 2018.

These awards are available for the Governor to present to public servants for loyal and valuable service worthy of recognition or, in the case of other persons, for their loyal and meritorious conduct that has provided exceptional benefit to the people of St Helena.  

The Certificate & Badge of Honour awards will be presented later this year. 

Nominations are also being invited for the Acts of Bravery Award, 2018.

Nominations should ideally be made to recognise Acts of Bravery that have taken place since the last call for nominations in February 2017.

For more information, or to request a nomination form for the 2018 awards, please contact Miss Linda Benjamin at the Castle on telephone number:  22470 or via email: linda.benjamin@sainthelena.gov.sh

Completed forms should be returned in a sealed envelope marked ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ to the ‘Executive Secretary, Honours Committee’ at the Castle by Monday, 5 March 2018.

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19 February 2018

Thank you to everyone who responded to the consultation on the Sustainable Economic Development Plan (SEDP). The comments have been collated and will be discussed by the Economic Development Committee on Thursday, 1 March 2018. These comments will be used to develop a final version of the SEDP which will be published in April.

The actions within the SEDP are being allocated to relevant responsible parties within SHG and ESH alongside targets and deadlines. There will be six-monthly updates on progress, which will be published alongside the Ten Year Plan progress report on the Publications page of the SHG website.

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19 February 2018