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These are Wednesday's headlines: developing
Could permeable pavements be the answer to stop
We are looking to identify areas where we could see the greatest
benefit for the retrofit of sustainable drainage into that urban
environment. Plans approved for building three
of Jersey's Finance Centre and 250 homes get the
go-ahead at Gas Place. And I'm alive from the Jersey War
tunnels where there is a special film premiere and the heroic actions
of a Jersey woman during the occupation.
First tonight: The leaders of Jersey and Guernsey's governments have
voiced their support for people involved
Jersey's Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst tweeted his
"thoughts are with all those caught up in the attack",
in which four people, including a police officer
and the man thought to be the attacker, have died.
Guernsey's most senior politician says he "recognises the vital role"
played by the emergency services "at times like this".
Both islands have confirmed staff at their London offices
Water bosses in Guernsey believe building extensions and paving over
driveways is making flooding worse in the island.
The process called "urban creep" leads to more water ending up
in sewer systems, rather than soaking into the ground,
so they're now urging residents and developers to use more
sustainable drainage systems, as Jessica Banham reports.
The sudden downpour of hail and heavy rain took everyone
In July 2014, drains in St Peter Port were simply
overwhelmed, as too much water flooded the sewer system.
Now, Guernsey Water think this may be the answer.
It might look like an ordinary pavement,
but it's actually permeable, meaning rain water can soak
through into the ground, rather than heading overland
It's an example of a sustainable drainage system, and the company
thinks it will help prevent flooding in the island.
But not everyone's convinced - this bar on the Pollett was flooded
Long-term, obviously, it seems like a good idea for anyone
outside St Peter Port, but with St Peter Port
being built up already, the flow of water coming
from buildings is already going to be massive when we get
these freak weather events, and what's going to happen
is that the water is still going to go into the drains,
flow into the sewers and flood the buildings along the Pollett.
But water bosses say they're not only urging builders to use
this permeable paving in new developments.
They also hope to replace existing paving in town.
What we're looking to do is to introduce sustainable drainage
as a retrofit into town in particular areas,
and what we're looking at is the areas of greatest benefit
where we'll get most out of our investment.
The new advice has been welcomed by the building industry,
who say sustainable drainage schemes have already started
being implementing, as seen here in Clos Barbier.
But there are concerns it could take time to see the benefits.
You will start to see small improvements obviously
in the first year or so, but, in terms of having
a significant impact, I would have thought it's
Guernsey Water acknowledge this won't be a quick fix, but hope that,
by working alongside the island's builders and architects,
ultimately they can make flooding like this a thing of the past.
Jessica Banham, BBC Channel Islands News, Guernsey.
Two major developments in St Helier have been given
planning approval today - 250 homes at the Gas Place site,
and a third new building at the Finance Centre.
There'll be a lot more building work to come in St Helier,
following today's double dose of planning approval.
While finishing touches are being put to this first building
at the Finance Centre on the Esplanade, work has started
on the second, and a third has got the go-ahead today.
It'll be five storeys, with underground parking.
Plans for a housing development at Gas Place have been rejected
before, but today a new version won approval for about 250 homes,
The buildings will be one or two stories lower than originally
intended, and I think that is the key issue for residents on the
street, so there is less impact than there was before.
It could still be blocked if an appeal is made
in the next few weeks, but, if there's no objection,
Luxmy Gopal, BBC Channel Islands, Jersey.
Work could start soon on a new site for businesses facing eviction
The companies have until the end of the year to move on.
This old vinery is one of two that have been identified as possible
Today planners gave the go-ahead at an open planning meeting
for the necessary work and change of use.
With any planning permission, it is a three-year permission, so we will
have to instigate that as soon as possible, but also it you are a
reasonable landowner with a reasonable application for the
clearance of a glasshouse, we hope you instigate it soon.
The body of a man found off Pleinmont in Guernsey over
the weekend has been confirmed as Patrick Eker.
The 49-year-old's disappearance sparked a major search
after he was reported missing on Saturday.
Police say his death is not being treated as suspicious
and an inquest will be held at a later date.
A film based on the true story of love, defiance and courage of one
Jersey woman during the occupation is having its Channel
Another Mother's Son tells the story of Louisa Gould,
a shopkeeper in St Ouen who sheltered an escaped Russian
It had its London Premiere last week, but is now having a special
showing at the Jersey War Tunnels, where Emma Chambers is now.
Good evening. Hello. Yes, the location of this
film premiere could not be more appropriate. The tunnels are a
striking reminder of the hardships endured by slave workers during the
German occupation here in Jersey. One witnessed by many islanders -
some who just couldn't stand Her actions made her a war hero,
and now a film sensation. Do you know how dangerous this is?
Any mother would do the same for love. Why do you think I am doing
this? Saving "Another Mother's Son" -
the heroic actions of Louisa Gould, adapted into a film
by her great-niece. I thought, wow, this
is a fantastic story, and I'm so proud of what these
people did, and around that time I started to think somebody's got
to do something with this, because otherwise it's
going to get forgotten. You know, small
documentaries not showing... Most people don't actually
seem to know the story. But I was nervous about it, because
you don't want to mess it up. You feel a responsibility
to get it right. But this isn't just a sad tale
of war and survival - it's one of love, which cost
Louisa's life, and now it will be If I'm ever lucky enough
to have another film made, I will never again have quite
the personal connection I am just delighted to be able
to watch on home turf with people Actor Jenny Lecoat speaking
to me earlier today. One of the start of it joins me now,
actor Julian Kostov. You play Bell, the Russians slave workers saved by
Louisa Gould. What about the film made you want to be part of it?
It was an amazing character to play and I did not know about the
occupation that happened at all, and it was a remarkable story to tell. A
wonderful character and so many emotional scenes, in very different
areas of human emotion, like fear, anger, happiness... I could not have
asked for a better character to play. It is a dream come true and an
honour for me to tell the story of Louisa Gould.
It wasn't filmed in Jersey, so how does it feel to be in the island now
I am honoured that I was invited, and I actually wanted to come here
on my own anyway, because I have imagined this place in my heart and
mind so many times during film-making, and it is amazing
finally to come and see it and overwhelming to see the tunnels as
well and know what my character went through. It is an absolute pleasure.
Thank you, Julian. If you want to see the courageous story of Louisa
Gould, the film will be showing in cinemas across the British Isles
from Friday. Thank you, MR. It looks like a great
and emotional film and I am sure many of us will be going by the
cinema. Now let's take a look at the
weather. Good evening. We have had some of
this today, glorious sunshine and not a bad deal to it either. They
are is cold, another cold night in store. This shot taken across
Guernsey. Blue sky and sunshine today. Tomorrow we celebrate World
Meteorological Day. If you have got any pictures of plants, then please
send them in. If you want to find out more about this, the website is
there. Onto the forecast for tomorrow and not quite as bright as
today. Briefly some sunshine perhaps and a lot more cloud, with risk of
showers for a time, persistent rain and a risk of thunder and hail. A
mixture to come through the day tomorrow. All wrapped around this
area of low pressure. This is the middle of the day tomorrow. By the
middle of Friday, it looks like that weather front will travel out into
the channel, travelling north away from us. A brighter picture on
Friday. And Saturday looks like a breezy day but a fine day with
sunshine to enjoy. A few showers possible overnight tonight, and that
will continue through to the morning, perhaps in a clear sky to
get temperatures to single figures, four or five Celsius. Tomorrow has
briefly brightness and a few showers perhaps in the morning, then briefly
sunshine and more general cloud from the East to give us more persistent
rain. 10 Celsius the maximum temperature tomorrow. Highs of time
water there. -- times of high water. Small waves they are, and coastal
waters forecast... Winds from these tomorrow, three or four, rain or
showers with good visibility. Friday morning, cloud around still, but
improving swiftly. Friday looks like a decent day, a breezy weekend
ahead, but if I went to look forward to. Charlie.
Great pictures in the sunshine although looks can be deceiving. I
went out for a it was chilly. If you have great pictures to share with
the nation's Weather Watchers, go on the website.
It's Red Nose Day this Friday, when many people
across the Channel Islands will be doing fun and crazy things to raise
money, or sponsoring others who are doing challenges.
Fundraising efforts in Jersey got a celebrity boost today -
TV and radio presenter Vernon Kay visited to help
While I am in Jersey, we are going to be raising awareness of British
Airways's Flying Start in aid of Comic Relief. And we have friends
from an intergalactic location, carrying buckets around St Helier,
so get involved. And we'll of course have plenty
of coverage of Red Nose Day on Friday across the BBC on radio,
television and online. If you are doing something special,
get in contact with us here at BBC Channel Islands News. You are
up-to-date with the latest news from the Channel Islands. I will be back
with an update at around 8pm this evening. Because of an extended late
news and international news on at 10pm tonight, will be on error later
at 11pm this evening. There will be regular updates on the website.
Until 8pm tonight, I wish you a pleasant evening and good night.
Bye-bye. about the unique operation to tow
a stricken freighter to safety. The three thousand ton Lady Alida
lost power and was being blown onshore in the early hours
of yesterday morning. The Penlee and the Sennen Cove
lifeboats pulled the ship to safety. They had to carry out the operation
a second time when the ship's David George has been
to meet the two coxswains. The 88 metre freighter, Lady Alida,
with seven crew on board had lost power and was being blown onto rocks
on the South Cornish coast. In the early hours,
lifeboats were sent to the The first time the two boats had
attempted such a task. It wasn't easy, with
the weather conditions, We did what we had to do,
we stopped the boat from drifting Many hours later the crews
were at the lifeboat station when they were called to the ship
a second time because she was I don't think we had more
than a couple of sips of tea, and we were asked to go
again, dragging anchor. The 3600 tonne ship is more
than 60 times heavier than Both of the lifeboats are equipped
with these huge diesel engines here on this lifeboat,
the combined power is two and a half So they have got plenty
of pull, even to toe a big ship, a 3000 tonne
ship, but power alone The biggest issue for us was keeping
the lifeboats on the right place, without hitting
each other, so the boys on the deck had a lot
of work to do and they did
a really good job. This might have been a job
for a coastguard emergency type which were stationed around the UK
coast until they were scrapped six With the removal of the constant
presence of the tugs, we have known that eventually,
we would get involved in this sort of job,
it has given us a lot of confidence
that if the same happened again we could at least keep
a ship in a position and hopefully prevent
it The ship is alongside
in Falmouth docks waiting There's been special recognition
for a seven year old girl for her amazing work as a carer,
we'll meet her later, plus getting fired up
in South Devon. Join me on board the beautiful
Braveheart as she takes to the tracks for the first time in 12
years. Now you may remember a very
special moment on Spotlight We would like to introduce you to
the French consul with us this evening. Her
TRANSLATION: Verdun Hayes, might of the Legion of honour. -- in the name
of the president of the French republic, I make you a night of the
Legion of honour. That was Verdun Hayes from north
Devon being presented He'd recently returned
from a trip to Normandy where he paid his respects
to a fallen comrade. Well since then more than one
hundred D-Day veterans from the South West have come
forward to go on tours The scheme - which is funded
by Libor fines imposed on banks - is now being extended and veterans
will be able to visit Charlotte Foot has been talking
to one veteran from Dorset who's been remembering the events of more
than seventy years ago. Wartime Weymouth, and the harbour
is a sea of green. Young American troops
setting sail for France, Dorset a gateway
to the battlefields. The journey across the Channel,
one that so many veterans One they thought they may
never return from. Today, World War II veterans
are being offered the opportunity to sail once again,
and there's been an increase in the So much so that the Royal
British Legion is now I just thought, I've been there
before, and it was so different then Really expected to see
something nice and have a few 92 year old Peter Price
from Weymouth is even hoping Lots of people havn't
really travelled much at all since they came
back from service. I know people used to have a holiday
about every ten years. Across-the-board it has been
unprecedented and in the south-west, we have had over 100
veterans book on to tours. Now to put that into context,
last year we took a hundred veterans, so we've noticed
an exponential rise in people wanting to go on these tours
which is Despite the success of the scene,
the charity believes there are still more D-Day veterans
who they are not in contact with and with most in their 90s,
they want to make sure that they all have
the A seven year old girl from Cornwall
has won an award for helping to care Evie Gwilliams is now so skilled
at caring for Freddie she even Evie's mum says she does it
because she loves him. Eleanor Parkinson has been
to meet the family. She may only be seven years old but
she takes her responsibilities very seriously. Her younger brother
Freddie has a red condition, he needs medication every day and she
knows exactly what to do. First you plug the tube into his tummy, and
then, you get one of the syringes and you put it on the end of the
tube, and you push the top bit down and before you take it off, you push
the white spitting, so the medicine comes out. -- the white bit in. It
is important he has the right amount, and your mum has taught you
how to do that? Yes. She also helps give him his meals and putting to
bed. Her mum says she has never asked Evie to help but she wants to
do it. If he is in the bath, she will say that she will take over and
she wants to dress him and do his nappy and give him his milk and she
does a lot for Freddie, she is very good. And I understand you have been
very busy with other children and, Evie has put him to bed on her own?
You take him through to his bed, and even if I'm busy with Freddie. She
then takes over the role of looking after car spec, she has even cooked
Casper some tea, haven't you? Mummy showed you how to use the oven and
she reads Casper a bedtime story. So she helps with both the boys. And
now Evie's degradation has not gone unnoticed, she has just wants a
little star award. Evie seems unfazed and is happy to get back to
the job that she thinks is so important.
Now it's been out of action for over a decade, but today
the Dartmouth Steam Railway proudly brought the locomotive 'Braveheart'
She made her long awaited return across the South Devon coast
and our reporter Heidi Davey was onboard....
After laying dormant for 12 years the beautiful locomotive brain heart
came into the sunshine to claim her rightful place on the track, it has
been an intensive labour of love for all involved at the Dartmouth steam
away and today's unveiling meant that the team were up early again to
make sure that she was ready for her audience. Today I started at half
past six, involving cleaning at yesterday's fire, the firebox and
then lighting brand-new box. And paraffin. Children, a primary
school, lined the platform to get a glimpse of her and then it was all
aboard as we set off along the south Devon coast.
It is hard work keeping this going? Yes between one tonne and 2.5 tonnes
of coal a day and near enough gallons of water every round-trip.
And for younger passengers there was definitely a favourite bit. My
favourite part was the dark, dark tunnel. Rumbling noises. That steam
may be a bit stinky but for young trade hearts driver, it is a day he
will never forget. We never put a BR standard together so we had was
pictures of when it was last running, if you head scratching
moments but I think we got there all right. How does it feel? Happiest of
my life so far I would two say. What a glorious picture that was. A great
day for everyone involved. Not bad weather either for Braveheart and a
big day for weather forecasting tomorrow?
It is Michu logical day tomorrow and I will talk about than in just a
second. Good evening we have had sunshine, I know we have had
showers, when you point out but everywhere has had blue skies but
where the skies have been like this it has been a lovely day with the
sunshine, not too windy, quite pleasant, sent in, also showers,
affecting some of us. Somerset quite sharp showers, that was the shower
in the distance and also some rainbows, a combination of the
sunshine and some rain, this 117 in Taunton. As I pointed out tomorrow
is world Michu logical day. This years his clouds, if you got any
good cloud pictures. And the website is here:
the area of low pressure that has brought us the showers and more
unsettled weather today is still going to be around here tomorrow.
Quite a cloudy day tomorrow, for those who had lots of sunshine, the
same weather system still close by on Friday, gone by the time of the
weekend. 18 easily weekend, but this time of year it has and strengthen
it and we are expected to see some low temperatures, certainly
coalfield to the air with sunshine out of the breeze and quite pleasant
and unusually so, some fine weather coinciding with the weekend. At the
moment there is the risk of a shower this evening but most of the showers
have now gone and what we are left with is some clearing skies
overnight, this was the picture from earlier today, down in Cornwall
where again, skies but again some threatening looking cloud. The
showers that we have seen today have also been of hail and sleet in
places, it is not unusual to see this in March, but it is in between
showers we have also had some lovely sunshine as well. Temperatures have
been up and down because of the showers. Most of the showers as I'm
inch and are now fading away so overnight tonight we are going to
see a good deal of clear sky, once that process is underway,
temperatures are going to fall away pretty quickly, we could well see a
frost overnight tonight and the risk of some mist and fog patches. Very
light winds, and temperature starting the day tomorrow morning as
low as one or 2 degrees above freezing so there is even the
possibility of a risk of ice here and there. Now tomorrow, across
Dorset and Somerset, a layer of cloud, will travel westwards. It
will be fairly broken cloud but I think the risk of a spot of drizzle
and light rain is possible through the rest of the day, Utrecht and
easterly wind and a top temperature of nine or 10 degrees. For the
aisles of city some bright weather and then gradually clouding over
with showers developing later in the day, a bit more breeze developing
coming in from the north-east tomorrow. There are the times of
high water. For our servers, the waves are small tomorrow, the breeze
does pick up but for most of the North reaches, anywhere up to three
or four feet. There is the coastal walkers, the winds are from the
East, four to six with the risk of showers. A bit warmer to pot
a bit chilly during the night time. Will you be bringing cake for
WorldNet daily? The late news, at ten, hope you can
join us then, good night.