27/01/2017 Channel Islands News


27/01/2017

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The old swimming pool at Fort Regent will be demolished as soon

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That's according to the head of the group reviewing the future

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It comes amid increasing concerns regarding the safety

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It's been left unused and derelict for more than a decade

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and while Fort Regent's old swimming pool has formed part of Jersey's

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there are growing concerns that parts of the site are unsafe

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after video emerged of teenagers accessing the old cable cars.

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As you can see by the graffitti, it's a regular

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haunt for the youngsters, and there's a three-foot gap

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in the fence further up so they've got pretty good access.

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There are a lot of security measures here on the site

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For example here the fence runs along the side of the wall but then

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just stops, which could give people the opportunity to

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Safety concerns are also heightened by the presence

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Mickey Bees worked at Fort Regent in the '70s -

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he's been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness

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and believes it's a direct consequence

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He says the illness has really affected his life.

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Right up until I had my biopsy, I worked. I worked outside. Physical

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jobs, you know. But that's been taken all the way from me.

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of Fort Regent doesn't believe asbestos poses a major risk.

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-- But the man currently responsible for the regeneration

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of Fort Regent doesn't believe asbestos poses a major risk.

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Constable Pallett also said that security at the site has been

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improved and revealed that the old swimming pool

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will be torn down as soon as funding can be found.

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The site is in such a condition now that we all identify that it's gone

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past the point of no return. We've got to take it down as soon as

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possible. And as he's instructed

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his officers to start It might not be long before there's

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a significant change Jessica Banham, BBC

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Channel Island News, Jersey Guernsey's Chamber of Commerce wants

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the island's population The Chamber is urging the States

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to plan for expansion, It says the new population

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management controls due to come The island's population

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is currently around 63,000 and States policy is to keep

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it roughly stable. But the Chamber believes it's better

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left to market forces. Guernsey's Government is looking

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for an insurance company to help provide a States-run

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health insurance scheme. It follows the loss

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of the reciprocal health agreement with the UK,

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which has put some islanders off Now the government is stepping

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in to try to help those who are struggling to get their own

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medical cover to travel. I know that people are concerned.

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It's an additional cost of getting off the island when travel costs are

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already quite expensive, so I can understand and that's why it's truly

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important we get a good scheme, through the same connector over and

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a safety net for the people who are island balance.

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Occupation survivor, faith leaders and politicians have

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marked Holocaust memorial day in Jersey.

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Around 150 people gathered at the Maritime Museum for a ceremony

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But one islander who risked his life during the war had

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Bob Le Sueur admiring the newly unveiled tapestry

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He is featured in it among other 'guardians of the memory

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of the occupation' for their wartime heroism protecting others

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for Holocaust Memorial Day, Bob was the key speaker

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and had an important, contemporary message to give.

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You're all very nice people, I can see that,

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don't just lament the evils in the world, don't give up.

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Anyone that did not fit the Nazi ideology

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A lot of these subjects are back in the news

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for one reason or another, but we must always be aware

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that our actions effect others and diminish others' freedoms.

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Bob joined others with laying of wreaths at Jersey's memorial.

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A minute's silence was held to remember the 21 islanders

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who were deported and died in German camps and prisons.

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But it's thanks to people like Bob that we have the inspiration

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Jersey Reds coach has signed a contract with the club to remain

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as head coach until 2021 - despite the club's

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South African Harvey Biljon arrived in the island

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three years ago to help the squad avoid relegation.

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Biljon says he's worked with the club and wouldn't be

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committing unless he felt they could continue to progress.

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We focused on the rugby through that difficult time.

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We have now sat down and we know it is important we

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remain a professional team competing in the championship and making sure

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we can continue to perform and I am confident after sitting with them

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that we're going in the right direction.

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Thank you. Good evening. We have been stuck with cold air since the

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New Year. That will change tonight. Milder, breezy and mainly dry

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tomorrow. This is the drain on Sunday. The main change is very an

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as coming from. By Sunday, winds from the south-west looking very

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much milder across the board. We lose the frost. They time back into

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figures. One weather front that his troubles at the minute and is

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keeping the rain until the morning but eventually clearing by the

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middle of the day tomorrow. Coverage of high pressure. Dry conditions for

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a new area of low pressure brings us widespread persistent rain on

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Sunday. That went before. Some pretty good temperatures as well.

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The rain we saw earlier this evening will tend to be done out for a time

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of tonight but then returns in the small hours of the morning. Expect

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to see it become dry and then some more rain coming in from the west

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and south-west. The bridge is not falling much below around 80

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Celsius. Mild compared to the last few nights. Rain off and one in the

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morning, replaced by much brighter conditions and hopefully some

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sunshine at the end of the day with a top temperature of 10 Celsius.

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Have a nice weekend. That's your news this Friday

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evening, BBC Radio Guernsey and Jersey will have bulletins

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from six tomorrow morning From the late news team,

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have a good weekend and good night. Good evening. Not many would argue

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that January hasn't been dry, but today, many of us had our first

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significant rain for some time, because the transition is on from

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cold, Continental dry air to milder Atlantic air, but the transition is

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a slow one. So we have had ice today, and freezing fog, in northern

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England. We had a little sunshine as well in Norfolk, but we still have

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the cold air around and about in the north. All this rain you can see,

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which is giving is a wet day in some areas, 10-15 millimetres of rain has

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fallen, as it comes north there

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