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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands on Thursday March 9th.


Switching on to a new way of getting around -


will the rise in electric cars be the answer to


Stranded - thousands disrupted as fog smothers the Channel Islands.


And the big question is, when will it clear? More for tonight and


tomorrow morning but the hint of some clearance. I will have all the


details later in the programme. There's concern some


of Jersey's history is being A new report on the island's


heritage criticises some building projects in St Helier for failing


to preserve historic sites. Our reporter Luxmy Gopal


is in St Helier now. Luxmy, you're in the


main shopping area. Alison, this shop here


on King Street is held up by Jersey Heritage as an example


of a successful meeting of history It's a listed late Victorian


building that was a jewellers for 200 years - more than 100


of which as CT Maine, one of Jersey's oldest


family-run businesses. When it became a Jack Wills store


around five years ago, a lot of the original features


were kept such as the interior windows and the safes,


as well as the panelling. But heritage groups say some


developments in St Helier aren't doing enough to preserve


their sites' history. The changing face of St Helier -


the theme of a new report by heritage groups who fear


the town's historic character The report highlights the importance


of protecting the past, saying two thirds of tourists surveyed felt


heritage and history were key Latest figures show over 130,000


visits were made to heritage sites Most Jersey residents surveyed said


historic buildings are an asset So how do you balance promoting


development with preserving history? According to the report,


some projects have done it well, such as this Methodist Chapel


turned community centre, which has kept its


historic character. While others, such as the


Southampton Hotel site development, have just kept the original


building's facade, which heritage The heritage shouldn't be seen as a


barrier to investment and regeneration. It is about working


with the heritage buildings and historic stock we have got to ensure


the island retains its historic character and an attractive place to


live and do business. And the challenge is progressing


with regeneration while preserving Now, the regeneration - the future


development of St Helier - is one of the Council


of Ministers' priority areas. And in reality not all projects can


keep that much of the historic elements of buildings,


as this store here has done. It isn't always practical


with modern developments and as ever we're dealing


with limited space in St Helier So the balance between maintaining


heritage and modernising the town It's been announced the final report


from the Jersey Care Inquiry Originally, the independent inquiry


into historical child abuse was due to publish its report by the end


of last year, which was then put In a statement this evening


the panel said it had received information related


to its recommendations that it But adds it doesn't expect


the delay to be extensive. A helicopter landed on Jersey's dual


carriageway Victoria Avenue this The island's busiest road was closed


for about an hour so a Coastguard helicopter could take a seriously


ill patient to hospital in the UK. It had to use the Avenue


because it was too foggy to land at Jersey Airport and other


sites were too wet. A horse has been stabbed


in the face in Jersey. It was attacked at a private


premises in St Peter This video shows the dressage horse


after the vet had treated it for what were described as serious


but not life-threatening injuries, which are likely to leave it


permanently disfigured. Jersey Police say they are taking


the attack "very seriously". It is a particular type of horse


that is engaged in dressage and is a champion horse so this disfigurement


has a particular impact. It was particularly gruesome. There was


considerable injury through the nostril.


The search for missing Jersey woman Valerie Jehan has been called off.


After finding her handbag and phone halfway down a cliff on Tuesday,


officers believe it's likely the 75-year-old fell into the sea


She was last seen in the area nearly a week ago.


While the police have now stopped their physical search,


they say their investigation is continuing and a file will be


The UK Government says it's committed to keeping


the current travel agreement between the Channel Islands


Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney are part of the Common Travel Area


Today the Under-Secretary of the Department for Exiting


the European Union told MPs the open borders arrangements


The Crown dependencies including the Isle of Man have been part of the


Common travel area for more than 100 years and we are committed to


preserving that arrangement. We have set out in the white paper that we


will work with the Crown dependencies as well as Ireland on


keeping the Common travel area. Guernsey Electricity says it's


having to plan ahead for what it's describing as an expected surge


in popularity in electric cars. It's developing its own


electric transport strategy And it comes as the States aim


for tougher controls on air pollution, so could


electric cars be the answer? This is one of Guernsey


Electricity's new electric vehicles. It says we'll see many more of these


in the coming years. I would see in Guernsey,


particularly with the short journey times and fairly low mileage


compared to the UK and European countries, that even the current


range of electric vehicles are well-suited to Guernsey.


If they're right, one of the major benefits for Guernsey would be


a significant reduction in emissions, something measured


here in this little green box on one of the island's busiest roads.


This piece of kit is used to measure particulates. Up to...


But in simple terms, this monitoring station sucks in air


This tells you the particularly busy times such as the school and


commuter runs. We are looking at solutions that are not as reliant on


burning fossil fuels and that will have a beneficial impact on local


carbon dioxide levels. He says small steps can


result in big results - something demonstrated


here at St Martin's Primary School where changes to traffic


arrangements have halved I was surprised when I heard it had


reduced pollution in the area. We are busy school and there is a lot


of traffic in the morning. So it has made a pleasing difference.


Air pollution levels in the island aren't actually that bad.


But if things are to improve it's going to be right here on Guernsey's


Hundreds of students attended Jersey's


Some of the exhibitors chartered boats to make it over


Our reporter Jessica Banham went down to Hotel de France


There are nearly 80 exhibitors from across the University here today.


They get information on what causes they have to offer and what it is


like to study at the University. They are expecting 1000 students to


attend and I have been talking to some of them about what they thought


of it. It is nice to talk to people that


are dear sir you can get their view of it rather than just the website.


You can't just go over and visit the University 's as English students


can. Just to see what University could be


like and what I could study is informative.


The education minister joins me know. They opened the event. Why are


events like this important? They are deeply important. This is


the chance to get face-to-face with the people who live and breathe in


the universities across the UK so they get direct input.


There is an ongoing issue with student finance. I speak to students


who say they cannot afford to go to university overseas. What is the


point in holding events like this of some families can't afford it?


Student finance is one of those issues we are trying to tackle. We


still produce a large pot of money to help students access university.


This is an opportunity for students to understand and connect with


universities. This afternoon may give students a


better idea about their options but there is still the question mark


over how many families will be able to send their children overseas to


study. Our panel will be looking into it.


Fog has continued to cause misery for people hoping to fly


to and from the Channel Islands today.


You can just about make out Guernsey airport here.


Thousands of passengers faced a second day of disruption,


with nearly every flight in Guernsey and Jersey cancelled.


Well, will the problems continue for a third day?


You can just imagine how frustrating it is for people. Will it linger?


I think there is the chance of a little more but it should ease off.


There may be the chance for some of those flights to get airborne. It is


misty and 41st thing tomorrow morning. Still quite mild but


perhaps brighter with better visibility before the mist and fog


returns in the evening. This is the pivotal area of high pressure. The


lights are and still winds means things just sit there. The breeze


coming in from the south-east may bring less humid air tomorrow. Misty


first thing on Saturday morning. A more definite change on Sunday. Some


other fronts will push through on Sunday bringing some fresh rain and


brighter and clearer conditions on Sunday afternoon. There is that week


when a front trapping moisture and keeping things down through this


evening it moves away from us, travelling northwards. BBC local


radio will keep you updated on the travel issues. That is the picture


for the overnight period. Some drizzle and very foggy first thing


in the morning. Through the morning and into the afternoon we start to


see some change. A bit more of a breeze develops and a few calls


develop in the mist and fog -- a few holes.


The winds are for the South East. The outlook for the weekend is a


little bit brighter. Finally, a look ahead to


a special anniversary tomorrow. Many a loved up Amen would have


arrived here. Jersey airport may have changed but those memories stay


the same. And getting ready for a morning of nostalgia and stories


with passengers, pilots and sweethearts as we celebrate the


anniversary of the airport. they go into the military because


there is no other job available. When in they are inducted into the


Army and there is strong discipline and in many cases over time, through


no fault of their own, they become institutionalised. The army looks


after them, provides them with accommodation, food, etc, and when


they eventually come out of the military they find that they can't


look after their own lives. Often they have to much time on their


hands, in some cases suffer from depression and in other cases turned


to alcohol and drug abuse, with the that many of them break up from


their families, start living rough and living in charitable hostels,


and we help them to relocate, we probably interview three times the


number we actually take on board. What we have done has been highly


successful and has worked well, with big financial returns, and it is


also fun. I am guessing it is a snowball effect, they are helping


them -- you are helping them to help themselves. Very much so, the


strapline of the charity is Helping People To Help Themselves, and it


works. We will talk more in a moment but first let's see how one person


has banned it from the screen -- from the scheme. Jon manual has been


living on the streets on and off for 30 years. Here is his story.


I was in a pub and apparently the IRA had bombed the pub. We were very


young and it was confusing as to why it happened. It made me wonder why


we were out there, why we were fighting the people who are like


your next-door neighbours. Turning to alcohol is not the answer. But at


the time it would ease the pain. But it wouldn't go away. And I would


have nothing better to do but drink because I had no future, no job, no


money. I used to beg. It was quite horrendous at times, in this kind of


weather. I would pitch my tent in a far corner, all the way. I was kept


waking up constantly through the night, and I couldn't understand


what was going on. With all the worry I had, I ended up packing up


my tent, in the condition I was, and I went to Derriford. They told me I


was having a heart attack. It cost me everything. Cost me my family,


the people I was close to. I am hurting badly emotionally, so


regrettable for me that I have to live with that everyday.


In the Nelson Project I get the opportunity to help with the finish,


insulation, any other duties required. When this project is


finished I will have a flat, somewhere stable to live and I can


be built my life again. I am turning my life around and I hope my family


realise that. It has not been easy but I am hoping that I get to see


the people that I love and start again.


Our heartbreaking story, but he really turned his life around due to


the project. It strikes me this could help so many others, not just


military veterans. Without doubt. A recent report from the University of


East England demonstrated that for every pound spent on the two Bristol


projects we have saved between ?4 70 and ?7 20. We would like to roll out


the project nationally. Each project of course has to be resourced and


funded. The report produced has gone to the Cabinet ministers and I am


told it has gone to the Prime Minister's offers but we will see.


Thank you very much for coming in today. My pleasure, thank you for


the opportunity. Now, if you're interested


in the history which is all around us and beneath us here


in the South West, you may be the sort of person needed


for an archaelogical expedition The search is on for volunteers


to help unearth some of the secrets which could be hidden underneath


Castle Green in Barnstaple. Our reporter Johnny Rutherford has


been to see the modern technology Barnstaple Castle and Green,


an ancient monument. Before the Normans built a grand


moat and a bailey castle here, In the 1970s they discovered


105 Saxon graves. Today they're surveying the green,


with more advanced equipment. It's a great opportunity to find out


more about the castle and about Norman and Saxon


Barnstaple. We're hoping this is the beginning


of a much bigger project that will really help us find out a lot


more and get people excited Money from Historic England has


funded this five-day survey. We're using two different techniques


to look from the surface around a metre to a metre and a half


down beneath the ground. The idea is to map any


archaeology that still remains Local people have been


given the chance to be part of the project,


which allows them to be hands-on. I've always been fascinated


in this castle mound site. To think that there was once


a castle, king and community here is just fascinating,


and so as soon as I saw the opportunity to take part


in the survey I jumped So I've decided to do


a bit of volunteering. Apparently I've got to walk


in a straight line... You've got to be a bit


quicker than that, Johnny. To be honest, they had


to redo that bit. Luckily, the experts put


the equipment to its best use. Well, it's quite interesting


what we've come across so far, We seem to have a rectangle of lines


which could represent a former structure or building on the site


which we had no idea Also we've got some speckling,


which may represent graves, and these could be part


of the Anglo-Saxon graveyard which Next week the team will be


using ground-penetrating radar in the Castle Market car


park for the first time. You never know, they


might find a king. Now, remember the Regal, the Empire,


or what about the ABC? By the end of the 1930s some big


cinema chains dominated the UK And it's this sort of time


in people's lives they're trying It's in an effort


to combat loneliness. Jane Chandler picked


up her ticket and went along to the Red Velvet Cinema,


which has been set up It's not just about


watching a classic film. Afterwards they get the chance


to reminisce over a cake It's nice sometimes to sort of look


back, everything rushes forward, and it's just nice to see


something like that. It brings back a lot because I'm


afraid that my memory is not so good now, there's problems with that,


but it's a film you Must have been 40 years


ago, I should think. I didn't really remember


it from then so it The project is the idea


of Caroline Blackler. It's got ?2000 of funding


from the community arts It's to encourage elderly people


who live on their own And if you get them watching


a film then they actually don't have to talk to anyone


while that film's on, but after the film you encourage


them to talk, give them a cup of tea and a slice


of cake, and that's when the And if you can get people


to connect then maybe There's still plenty


of time to catch a classic, as the Red Velvet Cinema runs


at the cafe in George Street There's nothing quite like watching


old movies, particularly when it is wet outside. But hopefully it won't


be raining. A few spots of drizzle down in


Cornwall but most of the south-west has had glorious sunshine.


We saw the pictures from South Devon, the archaeological story and


the whale as well. A bit of a change coming. Our


weather watchers have done us proud. Glorious sunshine, even in the


higher ground up to wards Exmoor and Somerset. Then down into Cornwall,


where the mist and fog has been draped across the far south-west,


and that will continue this evening, visibility problems not just for the


islands but along the coastline today. Let's head to Saint Germans


now, were briefly there was some brightness in the sky. Our cameraman


noted how still the air was. Most of us have had hardly a breeze, so the


mist and low cloud has hung around for most of the day. Those who have


not had it have had some lovely weather, feeling quite warm as well.


In the sunshine and bridges up to 15, 16 degrees, certainly the


warmest it has felt so far this year. As we head through tomorrow


and into the weekend, I think I tonight it will be pretty misty at


first and then the low cloud, mist and fog returns. Tomorrow morning


that will be around first thing in the morning, and some drizzle as


well. Later in the day it starts to brighten up wet and -- and when the


sunshine comes out it will feel quite pleasant. We are in the


boundary between the high pressure over France and the weather fans


trying to come in from the West. They will eventually wind but they


will take their time. A lot of moisture ahead of that. The first


weather system is fairly weak, not getting to us until the end of the


day on Saturday. The second one will give us some more persistent rain


for a time on Sunday morning and once that is through we are back to


north-west winds, better visibility, improved visibility for local


flights, but the humid, moist air is across us tonight, you can see the


cloud draped across the south-west. That is having -- heading north


overnight. Had she conditions through the night and it will be


unusually mild. -- patchy conditions. Last week these would be


a good day time temperature, so mild but also misty. Tomorrow morning,


not much in the way of drizzle and gradually a few holes will appear in


the cloud. The winds slightly more than we have seen to date and with


the breeze from the South there will be some holes in the cloud allowing


the sunshine to come through. Northern Devon, parts of Somerset,


perhaps Dorset again, 13 to 14 degrees. The Isles of Scilly, misty


and damp, brighter for a time but a fair amount of low cloud around for


much of the day. These are the times of high water.


For the surface, clean surf, good waves tomorrow, not quite so big up


to four, possibly five feet, and clean waves the north coast. The


coastal waters forecast, four or five, fair with mist patches. As we


move into the weekend this is the forecaster Saturday, a lot of cloud,


still quite misty first thing. Sunday, some showery outbreaks but


brighter in the afternoon and at last the sunshine comes out on


Monday. Have a good evening. That is all from us. Janine Jansen


will join David for the late news and weather at 10:30pm. From all of


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