25/01/2017 Channel Islands News


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Good evening, I'm Charlie McArdle. Welcome to BBC Channel Islands.

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Making sure the islands are not forgotton when it comes to Brexit.

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is charging too much for new social housing.

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If their rent is fully covered it's not a problem for them that it is a

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problem for the taxpayer and there are questions about inflation in the

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whole housing market. Safety concerns means more

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of La Cotte's secrets And we've got a cold day in store

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for the islands tomorrow. Some sunshine, strong winds and low

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temperatures. All the details later than the programme.

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That's the message from a senior Guernsey politician

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following the UK's justice committee visit today.

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The three MPs are responsible for making sure the interests

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of the Crown Dependencies aren't forgotten, when it comes

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to Britain's exit from Europe, as Mark Inchley's been finding out.

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If there's one thing that Brexit's promised to deliver

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And the Channel Islands are by no means immune.

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But this week's visit by members of the UK Justice Committee has

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at least gone some way to reassure the islands' governments that local

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I'm cautiously optimistic but I'm absolutely sure of one thing,

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that there is no room for complacency which is what makes

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visits such as the one from the Ministry of

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Justice Select Committee so important.

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The committee's here to make sure the Channel Islands feel well

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represented and to hear where concerns lie.

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One is the whole question of uncertainty affecting

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That's exactly the same as we've got to handle in the UK as well.

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And the second one, again common to the UK,

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is giving assurance to EU citizens who are already in the Crown

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Dependencies as they are in the UK that their rights to remain

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and remain a welcome part of our society are not

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The island's smaller industries such as fishing and agriculture also play

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a role in the inquiry, but local farmers say there's

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at least one area likely to survive the changes unscathed.

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We actually manage our production to try and avoid export

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because our costs of production are high so we're not really

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We produce milk for the island and we try and make sure we have

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enough for the island and very little extra.

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And for those reasons, what goes on beyond our shores

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hopefully isn't going to impact us in a huge way.

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But that optimism isn't shared across the island's industries

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and as islanders line up to find out the true impact of Britain's

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departure from Europe, much rests on the findings of just

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A Jersey politician will travel to Washington DC to attend a meeting

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addressed by newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump.

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Deputy John Le Fondre has accepted an invitation on behalf

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of US Congress to go to the National Prayer

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The annual event has seen every US President

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Deputy Le Fondre says he'll pay for the trip himself.

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Jersey's Andium Homes is charging too much for new social housing,

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Deputy Montfort Tadier is worried rents are spiralling out of control.

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It comes after some social housing was priced at ?1,300 a month

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These are the newly refurbished homes at Clos de

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Deputy Montfort Tadier's impressed with the quality of the flats,

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but he says for some people affordable housing

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The rent for these two bed maisonettes is around ?300 a week.

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And as social housing, those rents are pegged at 90%

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But his concern is that tenants on income support who are renting

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privately only get around ?280 a week.

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If their rent is fully covered by income support that's not a problem

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for them but it's a problem for the taxpayer. That is also question

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about inflation in the whole housing market.

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But Social security says this isn't an issue for tenants as the cost

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Andium Homes follows the rent policy set by the States.

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The Housing Minister wasn't available but her spokesman told us:

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We are making a ?250 million investment to improve social

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housing, which would not be possible without the financial certainty

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We have completed a consultation, which looks at issues

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A report is due to be issued in March.

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Jersey's Social Secutiry Department says:

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Income Support fully covers the cost of social housing rentals.

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For private rented properties, Income Support rates are based

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on the average value of the Andium stock.

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The property highlighted by Deputy Tadier has been

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refurbished and therefore likely to be at the higher end,

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so it is misleading to use it as the benchmark for social

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So while most of Jersey's affordable housing will be refurnished

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to provide better accommodation, that will cost the tax payer.

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Guernsey's Scrutiny Management Committee says it's extremely

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concerned by the findings of an independent review into health

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The Committee says the review identifies a number of areas

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where existing provision falls below acceptable standards.

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It's President says a lot of work is needed to rebuild confidence.

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It's clear that there has been a breakdown in confidence between the

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people and the health service. I think we need to work with all

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agencies to rebuild and renew that confidence in the service.

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Jersey's Environment Minister says the quality of the island's water

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is getting better but admits there's still room for improvement.

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Deputy Luce has issued a response to a report by Save Our Shoreline.

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It's concerned that marine life will disappear and tourism

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will suffer unless more is done to reduce the level

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We have got some environmental challenges and our water could be

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better but are we at a tipping point? I don't think so and I come

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to that conclusion because our quality is improving. It has been

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for a few years. I will put my hand up and say we can do better and we

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will improve further. Later, more than 85 years of service between

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them, two pilots tell us their stories.

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It's one of the most important ice age sites in northern Europe

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and this week archaeologists are meeting with engineers to work

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out how the La Cotte site at St Brelade can be preserved

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It comes after Jersey Heritage had to turn down a ?180,000 grant

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from the government as work can't continue until the site

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More than 40,000 years ago, it was mammoths and Neanderthals

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And they returned time and time again to the site at La Cotte.

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Once linked to Northern France by coastal plains,

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it now contains more Neanderthal artefacts than the rest

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Like most of the coastline it is vulnerable to erosion and rock

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movement. It's a question of stabilising the site and stopping

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the rocks from becoming loose and creating a safe environment to do

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archaeology. Archaeologists wanted to continue

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digging at the site later this year. But that work has been frozen, along

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with the government funding for it, Around 200,000 stone tools have

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already been discovered there. But Dr Matt Pope, who's

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an archaeologist, is confident Although a lot of excavation has

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taken place only about 40% of the site has been explored and that was

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a long time ago. For the future that is an incredible archive there.

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Modern scientific techniques would throw an even greater light on the

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Neanderthals. Dr Pope and Jersey Heritage are

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meeting with engineers this week. They're hoping to publish a report

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on exactly what needs to be done But as it's expected to take

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years rather than months, for now the rest of La Cotte's

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secrets will remain undiscovered. It's been another cold

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start to the day. Gritters were out and about

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keeping the roads safe. Temperatures got down to around -1C

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overnight with Jersey Police saying there were a number of accidents

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on the island's roads. But the ice did give way

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to beautiful sunshine, although it did cloud

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over this afternoon. So, will it be another early start

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for gritting teams tomorrow? You are quite right, it's going to

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be another cold night. Frost as possible again. We'll -- with a

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strengthening wind this evening. By the time we get up tomorrow morning

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it's going to feel bitterly cold. A really cold day. Maybe some clout to

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start with and some sunshine as well. We are seeing some changes now

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because first of all tomorrow is going to be colder than today. The

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high pressure is weakening and moving away. This is an area of low

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pressure which is getting a little bit closer over the next 24 hours

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and that changes the type of area we're going to see. Before that

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happens we've got a cold wind and those low temperatures. The

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combination of the wind-chill will make it feel bitterly cold. Well

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below freezing. Overnight tonight some patchy cloud. The frost will

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reform despite the fact the breeze continues to be strong and will see

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temperatures as low as minus two Celsius. When we start the day like

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that and we have a lot of cloud and the strong wind it's going to feel

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bitterly cold. Gradually through the day the sunshine will come out and I

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think that will help things along a little bit. But it will still feel

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cold. Only five or 6 degrees. The times of high water. Most of the

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beaches clean but a really cold day for our service. This is the coastal

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waters forecast. So as we move into Friday and the weekend that's when

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we start to warm up. On Friday still a southerly wind which will get

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temperatures up to 9 degrees. A chance on Friday for a few spots of

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rain. Showers on Sunday and possibly Saturday. And it will be warmer

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during the daytime. A reminder of our top story. There is no room for

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complacency, that's the message from a senior politician following the UK

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plus much is this committee visit today. The three MPs are responsible

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for making sure the interests of the Crown dependencies are not forgotten

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when it comes to Brexit. Our bulletins will be available on the

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eye player and I'll be back just before 8pm with a news update. And a

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full bulletin after the ten the news. Until then, goodbye.

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Now, they may not seem all that similar but there is one major

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challenge which connects all the following places -

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the blocks, avenues and streets of the Big Apple, the burgeoning

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skyline of Melbourne, Australia and somewhere

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They've all been named as markets where prices for typical houses far

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outstrip what families on middle incomes can afford.

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Dorset is also mentioned in the research which focussed

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on different areas in a range of countries.

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Janine Jansen has been to see what effect it's having on those

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Lucy Stokes is an estate agent in South Brent.

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All day long she sells houses but she's also trying

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She has just moved here from Worcester and she

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There is a huge difference in the prices.

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Up there you'd be looking around 150 as a first-time buyer

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for a three-bed and down here you'd be looking to start from about 250.

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The US property consultancy says the least affordable place to live

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in the world out of nine countries surveyed was Hong Kong,

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with houses at 18 times the average household income.

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Second was Sydney, with prices at 12 times.

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Listed tenth most unaffordable place was Bournemouth and Dorset,

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nine times the income, with Plymouth and Devon coming 14th.

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This survey focuses on the middle of the market -

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housing affordability for average households.

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So in Devon and Plymouth the average house price is ?215,000 -

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the average household income is just over ?30,000.

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This means house prices are seven times the average household income.

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The authors of the report say the answer is to build more houses,

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something the British Government says it is doing.

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The government's made some steps in the right direction recently

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with some changes to buy to let mortgages and tax and stamp duty

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by investors, but they're fiddling around the edges.

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We need a massive increase in supply, a sustained increase

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in supply, building 300,000 homes a year to meet projected household

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demand and backtrack on all the unaffordability that

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Lucy and her boyfriend bring in the so-called average household

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income of ?30,000 but she can't buy what she wants.

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You have a guide price of 245 for this one.

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How does that fit in with your budget?

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Slightly out of my reach unfortunately, we're only

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Lucy regularly hands over keys to new buyers and she's waiting

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for the day she gets to keep her own.

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If she would like to comment on that story, please send us an e-mail.

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If you let your birds run free you could face jail.

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The warning to owners who still need to keep their birds undercover

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in a bid to prevent the spread of avian flu.

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Only yesterday the virus was confirmed in a flock of 10,000

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But as our environment correspondent Adrian Campbell

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reports, not everyone is following the rules,

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despite a warning of fines or even jail.

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Nigel Stevens is very careful about bio-security

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He has put up a poly tunnel to ensure they can't come

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into contact with wild birds or their droppings which might

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Defra introduced strict controls in December -

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they're still in force but Nigel says they are very confusing.

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As to whether you should keep them in cages but have a roof

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properly plasticed over, it's all a bit of guesswork really.

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We went out and put up a temporary poly tunnel

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to house ours in which does the job and still gives them

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You don't have to look far to see there is widespread confusion

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We filmed these birds a week ago in east Devon.

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They should have been covered over to protect them from the virus.

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Their owners told us they have since been advised by trading

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standards that everyone must comply with the law.

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The Government's chief veterinary officer agrees.

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This particular strain isn't a problem for people or for the food

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chain but it is very severe in birds, especially chickens

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and turkeys but also potentially ducks and geese causing severe

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It's not just hens and it's not just in East Devon.

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Birds which should be undercover can easily be found in the countryside.

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We just happen to be in the area filming nearby and noticed this

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comic geese left out in the open unattended. No evidence of any

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covering for these birds to keep them separate from wild birds.

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The owners of these birds told us they needed to be outside

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But even people like Nigel who are doing the right thing say

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I don't think I know who is policing it at all.

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I don't know whether Defra know who is policing it.

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But Defra insists we all have an obligation to inform

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Trading Standards where the law is being broken.

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It was their first job after leaving school,

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and now with more than 85 years service between them two admiralty

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The men have helped guide ships in and out

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They've seen plenty of changes in Devonport as David found out

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when he met them on board HMS Sutherland during their

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The World Pilot Gig Racing Championships, but it wasn't

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In the 1800s there were lots of square riggers coming into port

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and they needed the local knowledge of a pilot to come alongside.

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The pilots race in their gigs to get the work, and a fast crew

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Today's pilots do the same job but it's no longer a race.

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When we first started there was very little

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on the bridge to give you a hand, you had a radar and now you have

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GPS, electronic charts, you can see exactly where you are.

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Why does the captain need to have one of you guys on board?

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We're there to give the captain as much advice as we can,

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the support of Plymouth, local conditions which

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The wonderful thing about our pilots here in Devon Port is they know

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every inch of the river inside and out.

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For us to be able to tap into that experience

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For us to be able to tap into that experience is hugely

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Is it a lot of pressure, do you feel the pressure and stress?

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Yes, it's pressure but it's job satisfaction to feel that you moved

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a ship 200 metres in length in perhaps a ninth and a half metre

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draft from the sound to the dockyard alongside,

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We've had some close shaves, you are bound to over 26 years

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but we've never any major incidents in this port in a long time.

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Presumably if it's really blowing a gale and there's a big sea

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running, it's quite a hard thing to do.

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Actually getting on and off the ships, particularly at night

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on big ships you can go up to 9 metre ladders and a big swell

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running, it gets very difficult and as you get older it gets

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What are you going to do now you're going to retire, what's the plan?

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I've got a boat with a friend that we've got a partnership

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in so I'm going out, doing a bit more fishing.

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I think that was they know they're at the end. You didn't take them a

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bottle, then? They're leaving do is tonight so I

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hope they enjoy themselves. Do you think we will clock up 85

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years between us? We probably nearly have! It feels

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like it. They do a fantastic service and people do not always realise

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what goes on outside Plymouth Sound, all weather, if the wind is up at

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night they still have to do it. It looks like we will see a change in

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our weather pattern in the next 24 hours. We have some cold weather

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tomorrow but you have been out catching a glimpse of some

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interesting weather. This is a picture of a formal bow, a rainbow

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created by sunshine and fog. We have also had some lively winds across

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parts of Cornwall. It is the wind that is a feature of the weather,

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especially tomorrow, and it is a cold winter so we will see more

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clout by the start of the day, it will feel a truly cold with high

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wind-chill because of low temperatures out of Europe but also

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strengthening winds which could reach gale force for the western end

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of the English Channel. Those weather fronts are out to the west,

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they creep a little closer during tomorrow but at the same time they

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squeeze those isobars, that is why they have such a strong wind,

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especially for Cornwall where it will be at gale force, then we see

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weather fronts of the Atlantic, slowly opening the door to milder

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error, and by Saturday we are back into Atlantic air and temperatures

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hopefully back up into double figures. At the moment it's bitterly

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cold. It will be a cold start tomorrow with a widespread frosts

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but the wind-chill there are real feature, you end up with

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temperatures feeling like -2 4-3 tomorrow morning, so some very cold

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conditions. This is Karen Cross, many of our wind turbines have been

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pretty busy this afternoon because winds have increased. It has been a

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fine day but feeling cold and it will get even colder tonight, so

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despite the fact we will have a breeze and more cloud in the second

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half of the night, we will see temperatures plummeting, getting as

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low as zero 4-1 in a few places. There is more cloud creeping in from

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the south-east, just about it enough for a few showers and with these low

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temperatures one or two of those showers could be wintry. Winds

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increase and we start tomorrow morning wintry, cold, even frosted

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with temperatures starting from three or 4 degrees above freezing to

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as low as -1 or minus two. So cold, cloudy, gradually it will brighten

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up but for all of us it will not feel warm. We may see temperatures

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of five or 6 degrees but it will feel colder than that because of the

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wind. That is the forecast for the Isles of Scilly, gale force winds

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and feeling cold. Times of high water that Penzance and Plymouth,

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and this fight that -- and for surfers there could be some good

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wins, messy along the south coast, and the Met Office has winds of

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occasionally gale for straightforward Cornwall, then the

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outlook for the weekend, it looks milder, less frost but not what

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everyone wants because there is a lot of cloud and the potential for

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some rain. On Friday, some Shari outbreaks, on Sunday the cloud is

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that enough to produce some light rain or drizzle but the big story is

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that we lose the night-time frost and daytime temperatures get back up

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into double figures. On tomorrow's programme we'll be

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marking the 100th anniversary of the destruction of a Devon

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village which was washed Homes in Hallsands had been left

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vulnerable after shingle was dredged from the area

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for the new dockyards at Devonport. A high spring tide and easterly

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gales on January 26th 1917 destroyed Tomorrow we'll find out more

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about the history, and the concerns Just before we go, you know, good to

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talk to you on BBC Radio Devon. I promised I would show you my work

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shoes. I hope you approve. Good night.

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