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Gerard Farnham

Jersey Hotel Postcards £3 for set of 3

Just a few of the more popular hotels in Jersey that have bitten the bullet recently in favour of Dandara and other developers. Add to the list, Le Beau Couperon, Almorah Hotel, Les Charrieres, Portelet, La Tour and many, many more. In fact, for a list of over a hundred lost hotels have a look at this blog

Metropole

The Metropole Hotel

Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Hotel

Westview

The Westview Hotel

27 New Marine Conservation Zones in British Waters

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Fort Regent – to be “sorted out”

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Cleaning the Oceans – How to..

Marine Resource Consultation by States of Jersey

A marine resource consultation has been launched by The EDD and Environment. It isn’t exactly environmental so much as economic by the look of the initial description, but it may be a start. Read more here, or download the consultation document here, or the questionnaire here.

We’ll be digesting this, and adding our views shortly.

Bel Royal to Millbrook Park

I was just going to walk the dog…24th April 2013

Is this acceptable?

MCS results 14 May 2013

I received the latest newsletter from The Marine Conservation Society today, of which I am a supporter, publishing the results of recent Beachwatch Big Weekend beach cleans which indicate a big rise in plastic litter on our beaches.

This reminded me of my walk a couple of weeks ago, on the 17th April to be exact from La Haule slipway to the Gunsite. I was stunned again to see so much refuse and plastic waste along the waterline, and again i want to ask, “Why isn’t more being done by the States to keep our beaches clean?”

What is interesting is that walking along St Ouen’s beach i will see mostly what I call pelagic waste – rubbish blown or washed in from elsewhere, but in St. Aubin’s bay it is, or appears to be mostly local or native waste like bags and sweet wrappers, but also a lot of what appears to be sanitary waste, which would beg the question about whether it is coming from Bellozane somehow, or perhaps trapped by changes in currents and water flow caused by the reclamation site, or if not these, then where?

Either way, for an image that relies, and is publicised so heavily on Tourism, having sanitary towels washing around in the water is probably not ideal. St Aubin’s, especially the west end, used to be popular with beach goers, but now looks like a waste land half the time. If something is not done, it will end up being abandoned as a destination for anyone.

And why should it just be charities, school children, and those that cannot stand by and do nothing alone that try and clean the mess up? Am I alone in saying to the States of Jersey:

“You are responsible for our environment, and I want it to be clean.”

Electoral reform in Jersey

The current outbreak of electoral reform stems from the findings of the CLOTHIER REPORT.

The opening paragraph of the report is as follows:

 

On 2nd March 1999 the States of Jersey approved a proposition to appoint a body to undertake a review of all aspects of the Machinery of Government in Jersey with the following Terms of Reference:­
‘ to consider whether the present machinery of government in Jersey is appropriate to the task
of determining, co-ordinating, effecting and monitoring all States’ policies and the delivery
of all public services; including the composition, operation and effectiveness of the States’ Assembly; the composition, operation and effectiveness of the Committees of the States; the role and respective responsibilities of the States, the Committees and Departments in achieving an efficient and effective strategic and business planning and resource allocation process;

the role of the Bailiff;

the transparency, accountability and democratic responsiveness of the States’ Assembly

and Committees of the States;

and

whether the machinery of government is presently subject to checks and balances

sufficient to safeguard the public good and the rights of individuals;

but excluding ­
the constitutional relationship between the Bailiwick and the United Kingdom;
and
the constitutional relationship between the Bailiwick and the European Union;
and to make recommendations to the Policy and Resources Committee on how the present
machinery of government could be improved.’

 

TTS Tel Number to collect Rubbish

+44 1534 44 83 84

Call TTS if you see large, worrying, or dangerous rubbish on the beaches.

Shame of the Bus Service

We’re almost having our own “spring” with yet another inappropriate situation coming to the public eye and yet another example of poor governance by the States perhaps being resolved.

I have always thought that multi-million pound subsidies for a private company to run a service sounded fishy, especially when there are bugger all buses half the time and when there are buses they are almost as expensive as driving anyway. Or perhaps I was wrong and just needed more facts. Continue reading →