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That's all from the BBC News at Six.
Welcome to BBC Channel Islands
this Thursday evening.
Our top stories tonight...
Lifeboats will be restored
to St Helier, as the RNLI pledges
to train new local crew for inshore
and all-weather craft.
We will start training the Saturday
and other RNLI volunteers in Jersey,
to bring the service pack as soon as
Cancel the cuts - Guernsey's sport
and arts events can go ahead
after a funding U-turn.
There has been such a huge outcry
and the amount of support that both
arts and sports have received over
the last ten days has been great.
Weak decision-making leading
to extra costs and delays -
a critical report into the planning
of Jersey's new hospital.
Jersey's only all-weather lifeboat
will be back in the island
by the end of the year
and the St Helier inshore lifeboat
should be ready to respond
to emergencies next month.
That's the announcement
from the RNLI today,
which says it's able to reinstate
the St Helier service because of
a partnership with Jersey's Fire
and Rescue Service and enough
volunteers for a new crew.
Emma Chambers reports.
A shocking scene as Jersey's only
all-weather lifeboat is withdrawn
from service last Friday,
the end of the RNLI's relationship
with this St Helier lifeboat crew.
Seven days on, the doors
of the station may still be locked,
but not for much longer.
We weren't sure at the end of last
week what support we would get
for the return of the service
and actually we've been really
encouraged by the number of people
who've come forward,
shown support for the RNLI and said
they would like to be part
of a crew going forward.
So we are now looking at bringing
the all-weather boat
the George Sullivan back
to the island at the end
of the year for training.
And they say St Helier's inshore
lifeboat will be ready
for action next month,
due to a new partnership
with the Fire Service.
But this has been described
as a premature move by the crew
at the heart of the dispute.
We are actually setting up today
a petition for an independent
inquiry into what's gone
on and I think until that's done
the RNLI should not be bringing
the boat back into St Helier,
because will they treat
the crew the same as they've
treated the present crew.
They're volunteers and this has
caused so much stress and distress
to the families and the crew and it
needs to be resolved.
The former St Helier crew
are launching their own independent
rescue service, but it's unknown
if it will raise enough money
for their own lifeboat,
and with the George Sullivan out
of action until the new RNLI crew
is trained, Jersey's
still without its own all-weather
The harbour master has a complete
list of everybody he can
call on if he needs too,
but we can't get away from the top
priority which is to return
lifeboats to St Helier to be used
by the harbour master,
by the coastguard if they're needed.
And that's what I'm working
on with government making sure,
whoever it is, let's get a lifeboat,
a proper lifeboat, a properly
trained crew, proper kit,
let's get it signed off
by the harbour master
and let's get to work.
But that work can only happen
with islanders' support.
And after a very public dispute
that's divided opinion and possibly
will islanders back the RNLI
or the former St Helier Crew?
Deputy Peter Ferbrache has
resigned as the President
of Guernsey's Committee for Economic
As yet he's not explained
why he's stepped down,
but will stay in the role
until his successor
is appointed next month.
The rest of the committee say
and thank him for his work.
Public money for sports and arts
events in Guernsey and Alderney
will be available next year,
after a funding U-turn.
The Committee for Economic
Development controversially told
the Sports and Arts Commissions
they'd get no more money
from the Events Group Budget.
But today they changed their minds.
I spoke to David Harry
from the Guernsey Sports Commission
straight after that meeting
with politicians, and asked
if he was relieved.
Very much so. It came as a huge
surprise when it was taken away
without any justification that we
could see. To have it restored now
is good news for Guernsey sport and
the arts commission as well.
U-turn in a short time, it has
messed people around in the sports
and arts world. Is there upset about
The sports and arts community
have been upset by what has
happened. The communities believe
they are somewhat devalued in what
they do so to see a better result
than was opposed is clearly good
Economic development wants to
see sports and the arts bring people
to Guernsey, it is economically
beneficial, how do you prove that?
think it is evidenced by the huge
outcry over the last ten days and
the support that sports and arts
have received has been great. I am
grateful. I think we have to work
with Economic Development and the
tourism part to make sure they know
what value there is to Guernsey of
the grants they pay to us.
you describe the relationship
between the sports and arts
communities and Economic
A lot better now than
it was about one hour ago when we
went into the meeting. I think that
the committee realised they had made
a mistake in what they did. They
apologised for that and they were
clearly happy to accept that
apology. Going forward I think we
must be positive and see what we can
do to make things better for the
So, good news for Guernsey's
sports and arts groups,
but still no news on the future
of public funding for Alderney's air
link to Southampton.
The Economic Development Committee
is meeting tonight,
without its newly resigned
president, to discuss
whether the route is a lifeline
service, and if it should continue
to get financial backing.
A young couple who died
when their car crashed onto rocks
on Guernsey's west coast in July
could have been travelling at up
to 80mph, according to police
An inquest into the death
of 25-year-old Georgina Le Prevost,
whose partner, 27-year-old
Stuart Mourat, was driving,
concluded she died of asphyxiation
following the collision
at Le Catioroc in St Saviours.
Mr Mourat was found to be more
than two and a half times over
the legal driving limit for alcohol.
A woman in St Helier
was injured when two men
stole her purse and her mobility
scooter toppled over.
Jersey Police describe the theft
in Clarendon Road yesterday evening
as a particularly unpleasant crime
on a vulnerable islander.
The men, thought to be
in their late teens to early 20s,
ran off towards Palmyra Road,
leaving the woman shaken
and with minor injuries.
The police want to hear
from any witnesses.
Weak decision making led
to additional costs and delays
to Jersey's new hospital.
That's one of the findings
of Jersey's Auditor,
who's reviewed the process up
to February last year,
when People's Park was dropped
as a potential site.
Jen Smith reports.
This project will cost Jersey
proportionatly the equivalent
of what the multi-billion-pound
high-speed train will cost the UK,
so every decision counts.
And Jersey's Auditor General says
the delays in decision making have
added to the expense,
one of a number of issues
the report's highlighted.
The man in charge of scrutinising
how public money is spent says
the findings are alarming.
The delays have certainly resulted
in costs, the failure to supply
reliable information has resulted
in the consultants having to get
that information themselves,
and decisions have been aborted
because information was not correct.
Which might help explain how around
£17 million of public money had been
spent by February 2016.
Originally the new hospital had
a £250 million price tag.
This is now around 466 million.
Jersey's Health Minister
doesn't accept the costs
could have been smaller.
I think the way I read
what the Comptroller
and Auditor General was saying
is that decisions took longer
than they should have done
because she's rightly looking at it
purely in a business sense.
If you overlay the political aspects
that we have to work in,
it becomes much more complicated.
And it's right that she doesn't
comment on that, but it is a fact
that a project can tick
all the right boxes but be
The report author has made
which the Minister says
he's now following.
But that won't help reduce money
already spent or time wasted.
And Jen joins me now to talk
through that report in more detail.
So delays have caused extra costs.
Are there any other criticisms?
There is a lot in a 42-page
report, and there are
a few stand-out phrases.
The Comptroller and Auditor General
mentions that when looking at sites
the team did it without "effective
input from clinicians".
So they didn't talk to experts,
the people who can tell them
what a hospital needs to work.
The report also mentions
there were too many people involved.
oversight" was needed,
which did eventually happen.
And interestingly it
brings up the waterfront.
It reminds us that the site
of the new car park by the Radisson
topped the list for the new hospital
initially, followed closely
by the Esplanade car park.
But after concerns were raised
about where the Finance Centre
would go, the Esplanade car park
was dropped from the list.
And Jardins de la Mare disappeared
with little explanation.
Jersey's Health Minister did
acknowledge expert advice should
have been listened to earlier,
and the terms of reference
for the future hospital project
needed to be established
from the start.
Time for a look at the weather.
We have some wet weather coming our
way, not too far away at the moment
and it will move across the islands
overnight tonight. It may ease off
for a time but come back tomorrow.
Today -- tomorrow is a cloudy day,
feeling colder, light winds and the
rain will clear towards the end of
the evening. There are three parts
of cloud at the moment. They all
combine to form one main line of
rain which will move along the
English Channel for a time during
the time overnight. It is never too
far away from us for much of the day
tomorrow and it means outbreaks of
rain. Then everything moves through.
This is the boundary between the
mild area and cold air. Once it
moves south of us we get to
north-west winds and lower
temperatures and those winds coming
from the Arctic. A big drop in
temperature in the weekend. Tonight,
some quite heavy rain which will
ease for a time and then come back
towards dawn tomorrow. Tomorrow is
rather grey. Patchy rain quite
widespread around the middle of the
day and then beginning to break up
with brief breaks developing in the
cloud in the afternoon. Not
particularly warm tomorrow and also
rather grey. Not much for surfing.
The weekend forecast has plenty of
showers on Saturday, a cold feeling
on Saturday as well with a
north-west wind. A possible frost
overnight into Sunday. Sunday's cold
but bright. Turning milder on
Look ahead to tomorrow on BBC Radio
Guernsey. The president of economic
development committee resigned
today. The deputy will be on the
breakfast show tomorrow morning just
after 7am to give his reasons. Now
let's join Dustin and Victoria.