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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands on Wednesday 21st December.


Warnings a proposed levy on developers could be a disaster,


stalling new building projects and ruining local businesses.


All eyes on the skies - Christmas travellers wait to hear


whether Storm Barbara will change their plans.


The problem with fog and whether is that it is a very busy time of year


these planes are fully utilised so any knock-on has an impact on slots


and slows down the whole process. Shivering in silence -


Age Concern tells pensioners to swallow their pride and apply


for the fuel allowance Jersey's building trade will be


ruined if a new charge is introduced That's the warning tonight


from Jersey's Chamber of Commerce which claims the proposed


Community Infrastructure Levy, which would allow government


to raise funds from developers, This builder is working in one of


Josie's biggest recent project. In the UK, some developments like this


attract a levy. Developers pay a charge towards infrastructure


improvements such as green spaces and safer road schemes. Now, a


similar scheme may be introduced here, and the island's chamber of


commerce says it will be a disaster. It will actually prevent builders


and developers from developing sites. There are limited site


available in Jersey for development. There are projects that need to go


ahead. There are large areas of town that have not been developed, so if


they are looking to get people incentivised to develop those sites,


then another tax on top of what they are already paying is not going to


give them the incentive to do that. In Jersey, deconstruction Council


agrees. It said its members are worried about a potential new tax.


Work like this, the new Co-op at York Street, would come with a


charge. The minister behind the idea says it is only fair that companies,


rather than communities, foot the bill for changes to the surrounding


area. I want more green space, more places for people to enjoy a and in


town is important and we need a mechanism to pay for that. Yes, we


can ask big schemes to contribute, but I think it is only fair if you


benefit from an approval of a planning application, a very small


amount of that money can go towards St Helier looking better. The


minister says the plans are at the consultation stage, and he welcomes


the views of the building trade before he makes a decision.


Do you know a pensioner in Guernsey who is shivering in a cold home,


The charity Age Concern says although many people receive


the winter fuel allowance, there are some who are too proud


On a chilly, damp day, people huddle inside the Salvation Army cafe


to keep warm on the shortest day of the year.


This woman used to struggle to heat her home, but last year


applied for Age Concern's winter fuel allowance.


She says it's worth ?250, and if people are eligible then


It has been a great help, absolutely a great help. Just get the phone


number and ring it, just do it. Definitely, the help is there. Go


for it. Although many people have


applied for the allowance, Age Concern says some people are too


proud to ask for help. There is obviously a stigma that has


always been apparent when people are trying to claim for the benefit, and


we clearly don't want them to feel that. Word of mouth is working


really well for us. Is it a case of pride for some people? Absolutely.


But from our perspective, we don't want them to be cold. As I say, the


weather is starting to get cold, but it is also damp. This can cause


problems for a lot of older people. The fuel allowance is available


to all pensioners, not just So the advice is, don't sit


there shivering this winter. A Pitbull type dog that was taken


away from its owners nearly a year ago in Jersey has been reunited


with them in time for Christmas. After a lengthy legal battle


and online campaign, a court had ruled Mr Bronx


was a dangerous and illegal breed, Today, the Assistant Home Affairs


Minister decided the dog could be returned to his family,


as long as "stringent" Guernsey's first ever referendum


could give the public up to five electoral reform options


to chose from. Islanders have been promised


a referendum on island wide voting before the next general election


in 2020, but it's not yet clear whether or not the result of that


vote will automatically be turned into law, or just used


as a guide of public opinion. A backbencher has brought


a vote of no confidence in Jersey's States Employment Board


after it was found to have unfairly treated a hospital eye surgeon


by withdrawing his contract before Deputy Mike Higgins says


Amar Alwitry's experience wasn't an isolated case,


believing several States employees have been badly


treated over the years. The vote of no confidence is due


to be debated in mid-January. Around 50,000 people


are expected to travel to and from the Channel Islands


in the run up to Christmas. Although there won't now be


disruption on the airlines as strike action in the UK was called off,


bad weather could still cause The great Christmas getaway, as many


leave and arrive in the islands. I am going to Spain to see my mum


for Christmas. We will spend the day with our family in Spain. My family,


my sister lives down here, that we have come for a break over


Christmas. How was the flight over? Good. Fun.


But concerns over potential travel disruptions have now turned


Condor is advising passengers to reschedule their booking


on the Liberation this Friday to another of their boats


But, keen to get somewhere, some may choose to find another way.


It is a busy time of year, so there is some capacity on the flight. We


have not had verification about any cancellations for Friday, but the


important thing is that there will be a bit of capacity left in the


aircraft but it is a busy time of year. If you are going to make


changes, make them now. With thousand wanting to spend


the festive period with loved ones, it's one of the busiest times


for the ports, especially It is about 2000 higher than we


would have seen in an average period in December, nearly as many as we


would see in the back holiday weekends. It is about the third


busiest time at the airport with Easter and the banker day weekends


topping. As the current forecast looks OK


for the planes, a final decision on whether the Liberation will help


bring families together this Now, there's only three days left


of shopping before Christmas, so are you, like me,


dashing around the shops looking Well, if you're stuck for an idea,


don't fear as we've found a rather unusual gift available right


here in Jersey. It has a 105 millimetre gun,


weighs 17.5 tonnes, has a cabin designed for a crew of three,


and can be yours for ?22,500! There is no elegant way of doing it.


You has to just drop down onto the seat.


After ten years, Richard is putting this up for sale to let someone else


experience the joy of driving a piece of British military history.


For the 60th anniversary of the Liberation of Jersey


we were doing a big show in 2005, and I decided that a piece like this


I was able to crush cars with it and show it in the arena,


and really it was a bit of a spectacle.


We don't have that sort of show any more, so I thought


Although it's too big for Jersey's roads, and the gun


has been deactivated, Richard says it still has


It has got its own motors to do that.


Unfortunately, you need extra batteries, so at


Let's face it, if you were presented this for Christmas, I think most men


You can't argue with that, although you may need some extra


So, while there are lots of children wanting to hear news of the weather


for Father Christmas, many travelling are more


David Braine can tell us whether she's likely


Very bad for those living a long way away from the Channel Islands,


across parts of the far north of Scotland and the Northern Isles,


which is as about a far away from the Channel Islands as you can get.


They are looking at gusts of overnight as per hour. We are the


furthest from it, and on Friday it will be a blustery day and then


maybe some big waves through the Indus Channel, so the ferry may well


be affected. Tomorrow is a quiet day, any early showers hearing, a


little bit colder with light winds for much of the day. This line of


cloud that stretches right across the Atlantic has colder on this side


of it, and milder air on this side of it, and it will go through data


onto night, especially first thing tomorrow morning. Once it does go


through, it will feel fresher, but also a brighter day to enjoy


tomorrow. This is a new area of low pressure, and this has been called


Barbara. This raises up towards the far north of Scotland. So it is a


long way away from us, but the wind through the Indus channel will be


strong to gale force, particularly towards the end of the evening --


English Channel. Christmas eve is going to be a blustery day, but


bright with some sunny spells and eight view showers will stop


Christmas Day is likely to be mild and rather grey. Overnight tonight,


a view showers around, more persistent rain likely for a time


this evening. That should begin to play in the small hours of the


morning. Quite a bit of cloud left behind, the wind falling light, and


temperatures starting the day around 8 degrees. Once the rain goes in the


morning, be sun will come out and it will be a right and largely dry day


with a top temperature of 10 Celsius. Reasonably clean surfing


conditions. Have a good evening. That's it from


the team here in the Channel Islands. If you have missed


anything, you can watch our programme on the iPlayer. I leave


you now with the rest of Spotlight. Good evening.


the weather with David, plus:


Welcome aboard the spotlight Express on the South Devon Railway.


With carols in the carriages, we head on a journey bringing


In new prison Abbott a thousand birds are going under back hammer,


including turkeys, and they are all being gobbled up.


Sport now and Andy's here on a big night for Argyle.


Plymouth Argyle kick off their FA Cup second round replay with Newport


The teams couldn't be separated at Home Park more


than a fortnight ago, despite Newport playing most


There's a lot at stake as a lucrative trip to Anfield


to take on Premier League giants Liverpool awaits the winner.


Argyle's form has picked up again since the first tie and they go


There is an awful lot riding on any game.


It is something we want to try and progress.


The reason we are here in this next round is because we were good


enough to beat Mansfield in the round before.


And we'll have highlights of tonight's match in our


Some cricket news, and Somerset have named Tom Abell as their new captain


The 22-year-old, who's from Taunton, becomes the youngest skipper


Abell, seen here on the left, takes over from Australian Chris Rogers


who retired at the end of the summer.


Jim Allenby will continue as one-day captain.


You may remember we showed you some pictures of the Cribbar wave down


As impressive as that was it's nothing on what you're about to see.


This was the Nazare Challenge in Portugal and the moment


Tom Butler, who's from Newquay, came a cropper on a


He was helped from the sea and taken to hospital after this,


Get well soon is all I can say after that. A terrifying force of nature!


Time now to jump back on board the Spotlight Express.


All this week we're journeying around the South West on some


Tonight Johnny Rutherford is riding with the South Devon railway,


where there is a real community feel, as people who like to belt out


a tune or two get together to sing Carols Down The Line,


raising money for charity as they travel along the tracks.


Welcome aboard the Spotlight Express on the South Devon Railway.


This is no ordinary train ride, this is the chance to


Yes, you have to be willing to sing your socks off


I started Carols Down The Line along with my wife about 20-odd years ago


and we've run it virtually every year since.


We love Christmas, it's a lovely celebration and we're going


to have a good singsong when we get to Totnes


and the Exeter Railway Band have come to provide the music.


Carols Down The Line is a return fare


running between Buckfastleigh and Totnes, stopping at stations for


We ran it to support various charities over the


years and National Children's Homes and Action For Children and


there's a lady runs a charity for the Gambia and we have supported


We have raised, I don't know, ?20,000 or ?30,000 over that time.


A few tunes by the track and then it's on to the next stop.


The train, as always, must run on time.


The whole community, not only from Buckfastleigh,


but from all over South Devon, and even beyond, come


together and various organisations, various groups, churches, history


groups, car groups, anybody, the whole group come together to


We will sing number 30, In The Bleak Midwinter.


Even with the constant rain, in tune with the song, the


We've been about three or four times and we love the atmosphere.


It really is fantastic and I love singing carols


Make new friends and see old friends.


The atmosphere was really, really nice and friendly.


Brussells sprouts, parsnips, pigs in blankets,


Whether you like a goose, or nut roast, many will buy


the traditional turkey this year, but if you haven't already ordered


one, as luck would have it there are hundreds going under


the hammer tonight in Newton Abbott in a bidding tradition that


We can go live now to our reporter Clare Woodling.


Good evening. Bidding is going on around the clock and certainly


farmers who have reared these turkeys will be delighted as there


is a rip roaring trade going on with the bird being sold about every 20


seconds. It is a vegetarian 's nightmare but for the rest of us it


is a festive foodie fantasy, as I have been finding out. Come foul or


fair weather for some foodies there is no ducking out of a big day like


this. Flocks of people have landed here in Newton Abbot for the annual


dead poultry auction just before Christmas. The main auctioneer has


taken me under his wing and show me how it works. The turkeys and birds


arrived here from about 6:30am on the unloaded the front and the birds


are carried down and put on trolleys and we put them on the tables, all


laid out like this and later on we come along and we weigh them, write


the lot number which is pre-written on a card there and we write the


weights on, that is ?14.5 and the kilo equivalent. Good evening


everyone, hope you have your cheque-books ready. The mayor of


Newton Abbot ceremonially launched proceedings with the first auction.


They will start the bidding? It was summer she had never done before and


she told me she was winging it. It is daunting but I have watched


someone recently toured auction so I took my tips from them and I hope I


can start it off in a good manner as it could be. Sold at 28! It is


another feather in her cap. This is the heaviest turkey for sale here


today and it should feed 20 people and it weighs ?30.5. It will go for


about ?2 pound so that is an easy some! These people came from Wales


to bid on a bird. We have never had a Devon turkey before but we will


see what the taste is like on Christmas Day. It is usually from


Pembroke. I'm looking at the size and the colour and the plumpness of


the breast and I'm taking into consideration how well it has been


plucked. We had a turkey from Newton Abbot last year and we really


enjoyed and thought the flavour was exceptional and so we decided we


would come back and see if we could get as good a turkey again. Those


people in from Cowbridge are among 450 bidders here tonight and come


what may every bird must be sold. I am joined from Clive Morgan from the


auctioneers, why is it tradition so important? We are having an


excellent sale here tonight, it is very important to keep the sales


going. There's poultry using tonight has all been reared locally and it


has been well fed and it has been running out on grass and killed


locally to produce excellent meat and the sale also brings a lot of


people into the town and the town enjoys a spin off from it and it is


very good to see these traditions going. In fact these traditional


sales are improving and people are tending to go for locally produced


food which is one very good thing. Marvellous, thank you very much


indeed. From all of this turkey -based action it is back to you!


Thank you very much. That was a very busy night and we are staying with a


Christmas theme. It's only a few more sleeps


until Santa heads out on his sleigh to deliver presents on Christmas


Eve. Now we all know he's


picked which reindeer will be helping him,


but he could soon A baby reindeer born near Whimple


in Devon defied the odds to survive after her shock arrival


in the summer. She's now become the star


attraction at Cotley Farm, as Emma Thomasson has been finding


out. Sound at the cute animal alarm. This


baby reindeer was born earlier this year and she came as a bit of a


surprise to everyone on the farmers bethought her mum was too old to


conceive. I looked across the field and I thought I saw a baby rabbit


and the reindeer, but when we came close it was a baby reindeer. It was


just amazing. It turns out she had been born prematurely so had to be


hand reared. Mum didn't have any milk and she was so tiny, even if


she had been able to drink she wasn't tall enough to even reach the


teats. Luckily, because we farmers, we had a cow that had carved that


day so she got fell from the coward rather than the reindeer to get her


started. She has grown a lot since then and has now been weaned away


from her mum but there was just one thing missing. She doesn't have a


name. I can think of plenty. How about -- and dancer and brands are


and fix? -- dancer, France and vixen. A local schoolgirl one a


local competition with the suggestion of the name Willow. I had


my new baby cousin born and my uncle and my auntie decided to call her


Willow so I thought it would be really generous to name the baby


reindeer Willow. What better name could a girl reindeer ask for full


Christmas? That's a good choice. Sweet. We will


now see what the weather is doing in the


run-up to Christmas. Edwin Poots for San Siro? We are trying to work out


what way he comes across? He will come from eastern Europe but he


might end up a bit late but he will be their own time despite the


headwind. We have unsettled weather as we move into Christmas. There is


a lot of wind around but thankfully we are a long way from the low


pressure in the north of the country which now has a name. Tomorrow is a


quiet day for all of us with a few showers away and feeling a little


bit cooler. We will have sunshine but the winds pick up overnight.


This was earlier today in Teignmouth, where our cameraman got


a glimpse of sunshine, hazy sunshine, on today, the Winter


solstice, the day where we have the least number of minutes of daylight.


From now on the nights will be shorter and the days will get better


with a bit more sunshine. Today is very unsettled and the pattern of


weather doesn't change much in the next few days. It does get better


next week. This line of cloud has the boundary between colder air on


one side of it and mild moist air along its boundary. It will


eventually move away from us and lie across the middle of Europe. Coming


out of Canada, like an express train is a new area of low pressure that


is racing up to the far north of Scotland. We will see some pretty


lively winds associated with it on Friday. The weather front is


bringing heavy rain through the afternoon on Friday afternoon and as


we move into Christmas Eve it is south-west winds for both Christmas


Eve and Christmas Day and with the winds on the south-west it means


pretty mild air for Christmas Day. We could see temperatures of 14 or


15 so we are pretty sure there is no chance of a white Christmas. The


cloud and the rain in the last few hours is becoming too clear from the


North. With slightly colder air and clearing skies it could turn a bit


chilly overnight with a risk of a touch of frost and a few showers on


the north coast by dawn tomorrow morning. Quite a few places getting


down to zero or 1 degrees. Tomorrow will be predominantly dry with


showers that are fairly isolated with spells of sunshine in between


and generally much light winds that we have seen recently. Temperatures


down on what we have seen recently. Nine or ten or 11 in the far west of


Cornwall. The Isles of Scilly are bright and breezy with sunny spells.


Here are the times of high water. This is how it looks right through


and including Christmas Day with windy conditions and for all of us


it will feel quite mild. Have a good evening. Thank you. The wind has


nothing to do with the cauliflowers, then David! That is all from all of


us The roads we walk have demons


beneath them... ..and yours have been waiting


for a very long time. What is this? We can't do this.


Is this supposed to be a game? I thought this was some


kind of... What? ..trick. Of course it's not a trick.


It's a plan. What's the very worst thing


you can do... Celebrating 20 years of one of


Britain's best-loved comedians,


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