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15 February 2020 - news items from today in years gone by
Jersey’s Police System – Why Act was presented

When the Defence Committee yesterday presented to the States their Act on the matter of Police Reform, it was made clear that the object was merely to decide whether it would be wise to seek expert advice and assistance from the mainland before proceeding any further with the proposed Police Bill.

It has for some time been obvious that the present police system needs overhauling, but the Committee is fully alive to the necessity of doing so without endangering in any way the best traditions of honorary service in the Island.

For some time past members of the honorary police themselves have stated at dinners that they felt they needed some assistance from paid men in the country parishes and the proposals which will be incorporated in any Bill eventually tabled for the consideration of the House will envisage just that.

In other words the formation of a police pool is considered with a competent officer in charge of discipline, issue of clothing, health and the keeping of any duty rosters.

Then, if a Constable or Centenier in any parish needs assistance in the investigation of a reported crime, the officer in charge of the pool will detail such plain-clothes or uniformed men as are available to assist in that investigation, to act under the direct orders of the Constable or Centenier who has asked for that help.

At no time would the chief officer of the police engage in investigations of his own, all he would be there to do would be to detail the men to their particular duties.

In order to decide how best this may be achieved and how the reorganisation be most efficiently carried out, the committee considered the States might feel it wise to obtain the benefit of expert advice. Whether or not this should be sought will be for the House to decide when this Act is brought forward again after its temporary lodgement at the Greffe.

The cost of rubbish

The new policy of the Resources Recovery Board which requires much more sorting of refuse than ever before might be viewed by some as an abdication of responsibility.

The RRB’s job is to take our rubbish. Why don’t they take the lot?

The answer must be that at a time when States expenditure is starting to outpace income, we must either sort our own rubbish first, or pay through higher taxes to have it done for us. And does the average taxpayer wish to subsidise commercial concerns who refuse to sort their rubbish before disposing of it?

Although on the domestic front public opinion would doubtless reject the idea of different bins for plastic, tin cans, glass etc, some parishes still steadfastly resist the separate glass collection which others accept as normal.

The RRB would probably have to offer cash incentives for the recovery of other valuable rubbish.

That may yet come, but the expensive problem of handling the rubbish of the '80s is already with us, and those who refuse to co-operate by sorting loads which they are being paid to dump, must pay the cost.

Senator puts case for new public transport policy

Jersey needs an integrated public transport policy, according to Senator Pierre Horsfall.

He says it would mean States subsidies, but that it is an essential part of traffic restraint. And he feels that all the opportunities for exercising traffic restraint have been missed, and that the only option left is to concentrate on the improvement of public transport.

The Public Works Committee, meanwhile, are looking into ways of introducing more park-and-ride schemes.

Senator Horsfall said that travelling by bus should be made cost-effective, reliable and attractive. A dwindling number of customers led to a fewer services and the downward spiral was started.

More expensive parking

To reverse that process, he says, the town must be made less accessible for cars and more expensive to park in. Change the convenience and cost of driving and the swing back will grow. It only needs a small percentage of the car owning public, preferably commuters and parents on the school run, to change their minds about driving into town.

Obviously such views assume a greater level of subsidies than the £230,000 discussed in the States. In Bermuda £3.5m is spent to provide a service for 60,000 residents. However the difference there is that the authorities ban the importation of cars.

Senator Horsfall thinks that extra money could be found from increased road tax and increased parking charges.

‘A good transport system almost presupposes a large measure of both difficulty and expense in using a car,’ he said. ‘At the moment it is cheaper for someone to drive in from St Brelade and use a public car park than it is to take the bus. This is manifestly absurd, and unless we can provide a value for money, reliable, Islandwide service, nobody would be prepared to leave their cars at home.’

One year to go

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The completed marina
£1m-plus for the new marina

The Harbours and Airport Committee have accepted tenders totalling just over one million pounds for the construction of the new Upper Harbour yacht marina in St Helier Harbour.

The main contract for the work has been awarded to Mears Construction Ltd who submitted the lowest tender of £964,158.51p, which was nearly £1m lower than the highest tender submitted – by Read and Mallic Ltd for £1,925,154.63p.

The committee have also accepted a tender by Newton Chambers for £51,114 for the navigation gates, and a further £8,356 for an alternative power source for signals and other work. The States approved plans for a 370-berth yacht marina between the Albert Pier and the new North Quay in 1977. It is hoped that the marina will be completed in 1981.

Car parking – where lights must be on

As there appears to be some doubt in the minds of motorists as to whether they should have lights on when parking at night on a recognised parking place, an Evening Post reporter inquired this morning at the Town Hall.

The answer was that no car should park anywhere on the public highway after lighting-up time without lights. This applies equally to the recognised parking places in the Parade, Vine Street and elsewhere. The only exceptions are Gloucester Street for Opera House patrons, in Beresford Street for Wests and in Halkett Place for members of the Mechanics’ Institute. In these places parking is allowed without lights provided that the management of the places of entertainment concerned place red lamps at each end of the parking area; if there are no red lamps cars must have their parking lights.

As regards the other parking places, in pre-war days it was the practice of the parish to employ a man to place red lamps in the roadway but this, for various reasons, has not been revived and it is possible that it may not be.

Motorists, remember therefore, that if you park without lights you are liable to be fined.

Union happy with multi-storey meters

Union officials representing the men working in the Island’s multi-storey car parks are satisfied with the security measures for the new parking meters. Jersey’s Crime Prevention Panel have expressed fears for the safety of the men who will empty the new meters which are to be fitted in the car parks, and it is believed that the trade unions involved had expressed similar concern.

Mr Carrel said that two people would be present whenever a van arrived to collect the money from the meters. The van would have a radio link, and the men would also have a radio link so that they could immediately be in contact with either Public Works or the police.

The multi-storeys are at present a prime target for vandals, but Mr Carrel is hopeful that, indirectly, the introduction of the meters will help curb vandalism.

‘When we switch to the meters, car park attendants will be circulating in the car parks all the time,’ he said. ‘The vandals will not know on which floor the attendant might be at any one time.’

Previously, attendants have been confined to the exit booths on the ground floor. The meters, which Public Works plan to install, incorporate modern design for protection against vandals. If the meter is broken into, the container of money automatically self-seals.

Postcodes come into operation

Postcodes are coming into full use this week as householders and businesses are informed of their own codes.

The Post Office are sending out cards to everyone telling them of their codes, and they expect people to start using them.

They primarily want mail coming into the Island to be marked with the codes, which means that people and businesses should inform correspondents of them. When the system is in full swing it should mean less handling by postmen and quicker deliveries, according to Postal Committee president Senator Corrie Stein.

She also wants people to use box numbers correctly. People are writing the full name and address together with box numbers. But this often means that the mail ends up at Mont Millais to be sorted instead of being sent direct to the box number service at Broad Street.

Bailiff at civil servants' dinner

“The Jersey Civil Service has a very important part to play in the orderly, quiet and efficient running of our dear Island,” said Sir Alexander Coutanche, Bailiff of Jersey, in the course of an amusing speech at the second annual dinner of the Jersey Civil Servants’ Association at the Merton Hotel.

The Bailiff

The Bailiff was accompanied by Lady Coutanche and among other guests present were Senator C Avarne; Mr C S Harrison, HM Attorney-General and Mrs Harrison; Mr R Vibert, HM Solicitor-General and Mrs Vibert; Mr and Mrs F de L Bois; and Messrs V Jehan and F C Legg, honorary secretary and honorary treasurer respectively of the Guernsey Civil Servants’ Association.

The dinner dance was exceedingly well attended, more so than the dinner held last year, and, as the president pointed out during his speech, it was a unique occasion inasmuch as it was the first large social gathering since the establishment of the Jersey Civil Service in law.

A really excellent seven-course meal was served under the personal supervision of Mr S Mason, manager of the Merton Hotel, during which everyone joined in conversation with neighbours, so that a happy, friendly spirit prevailed among over two hundred diners. At length, on the completion of the meal, Mr A J Le Brun, President of the Association, proposed the loyal toast, which was duly honoured, and then he went on to propose the health of the Bailiff.

Jersey’s Telephone Department – Facts and figures

The number of telephones in the Island is 5,877, or one telephone to every 8.6 persons. Jersey retains the position of seventh in the world of telephones per 100 of population. There were 555 new stations added during the year, giving an increase of 131 in total.

The profit of the year’s working of the Telephone Department was £8,952 13s 1½d, which, together with the balance brought in from the last account, leaves a balance of £14,295 11s 8½d. When the States took the Telephone Department over on April 1st 1923 there were only 1,600 subscribers.

The number of subscribers to the exchange is: Central: 2,267; St Aubin: 454; Millbrook: 408; Five Oaks: 339; Gorey: 308; St Peter: 200; St Ouen: 162; La Rocque: 147; Trinity: 136; Sion: 94; St John: 85; St Lawrence: 81; La Moye: 63

The above table does not include public phones or coin boxes. The average number of connections per day last year (excluding Sundays) was 12,345.

Safe stolen from hotel

Sometime after midnight on Saturday a safe containing money, insurance policies and other documents was stolen from the Olwyn Grove Hotel, Mont Millais.

A dance was held at the hotel that evening and it is thought that one of the persons concerned may have hidden while it was in progress, afterwards opening the door for accomplices to enter. Approximately 2ft 6ins high, blue-grey in colour, the safe weighed about 2½ cwt. Anyone finding it or able to give information is asked to contact Centenier J M N Richardson at the Town Hall.

Football referees’ St Valentine’s dance

Take one ballroom, make two dozen silver hearts and the same number blood-red in colour, then pierce each one with a silver blood-red arrow. Hang them all in different parts of the ballroom, then mix with a gross or more of gaily-coloured balloons and hang a couple of pairs of football boots in the centre. Now get 40 couples and, for spicing add a further 20 teenage couples; procure the services of Tommy Arnold’s lively band to keep the picture moving and you have the ingredients for a successful St Valentine’s dance.

Favourable comments passed on the appropriately decorated hall amply rewarded those members of the Jersey Football Referees’ Association whose efforts to please the 120 dancers who attended their third dance held at the Demi des Pas Hotel on Saturday evening. An interesting and novel feature was the display of cartoons by Michael Drouin, the 13-year-old son of the honorary secretary of the JFRA.

An exciting feature, too, was the tug-o-war. After three strenuous pulls Mr Owen Le Breton’s team retained the trophy they had won on 16 January last.

Mrs M Drouin presented the 12 prizes to the winners of the dance competitions, those which seemed to give the most pleasure being the bunches of tulips which were won by two ladies. Mr A G D Wood, president of the association, and Mrs Wood, headed a large party, as did Mr J Le Pennec, a vice-president, and Mrs Le Pennec.

The decorations and arrangements were by Messrs J Le Pennec, A Moore, hon treas., R Hope, P Cheeseman, M Wherry and M Drouin, hon secretary, who officiated as MC.

C I Society in Vancouver – Jerseyman re-elected President

For the seventh time in succession, A J Pallot, a Jerseyman, was elected president of the Channel Islands Society at the annual general meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada on 25 January. A native of St Martin’s, Jersey, Mr Pallot was chiefly responsible for the formation of the society in July 1940 and has been the motivating power for the organisation’s activities since that time. He is a druggist by profession.

With one exception, all the 1945 members of the executive were re-elected. Most of them have held office since 1940. Serving with Mr Pallot are A J Romeril, vice-president; P W Luce, secretary; E de la Mare, treasurer; J B Golledge, A de la Mare and F J Fleury, and Mesdames J de Jausserand, F Gillis and H Scarisbrick.

The society has a membership of 573 and is the largest organisation of Channel Islanders outside the British Isles. Its members are scattered all over the world. The liberation of the Islands brought to an end the society’s work for the evacuees and deportees, and from now on the organisation will function chiefly along social lines.

In his annual report treasurer de la Mare showed that 4,850 dollars had been forwarded to the London C I Refugees’ Committee in 1945, 600 dollars being sent direct to Jersey and 500 dollars to Jersey. A small balance on hand is to be sent to Alderney.

The total receipts for the year were 5,250 dollars, of which nearly 2,000 dollars came from the Victoria branch, which has about 50 members. Most of this was the proceeds of a Tag Day. Several hundred pairs of shoes were included in the 26 cases of clothing sent overseas by the Women’s Auxiliary. In the five years of its existence the auxiliary despatched 236 cases valued at 25,000 dollars, and every one reached London in good condition.

The headquarters of the society is at the residence of the secretary, 2334 Balaclava Street, Vancouver.

States sitting - Car Tax and service men on leave

The Rector of Trinity asked whether it would not be possible to make arrangements re the granting permission to men on leave to use their motor cars or motor cycles without it being necessary to again pay the tax. These men no doubt desired to visit their relatives and it was hardly right that they should have to pay over again. He knew of certain men who had gone to the Treasury and who, in order to use their cars, had been told they would have to pay the full year’s tax.

Jurat P E Bree said the Committee had considered the point and were indeed quite sympathetic about it but they could not over-ride the law. They could not set the Law aside. The Rector of Trinity said it was extremely hard on many young men who had motor cycles.

The Rector of St Clement felt there should be some amendment to the Voirie Law in regard to the tax. He hoped the Finance Committee would consider the matter.

German material sold: from a salt cellar to an engine

All sorts of articles, from salt cellars to forks and knives up to a Lister engine were sold on Tuesday when Mr Harold G Benest, Auctioneer to HM’s Government, held a sale of captured German ground material at the La Haule Dump.

There were not a great number of spectators present at the sale, but those that were in attendance were prospective buyers and keenness was shown right throughout the auction. The trade was well represented and most of the articles on sale in large quantities went to them. There were two buyers over from England, and one especially, from Derby, made many purchases including thousands of scrubbing brushes and other utensils.

With Mr Harold Benest was Major Frank Sargeant of the 135th Field Ordnance, who was the officer acting in charge of the sale. There were quite a few bargains to be had and the sale realised just under £400.

£35,000 a year – 4.4% increase for States Members

States Members have been given a 4.4% increase in their pay and allowances, taking the total they can draw to almost £35,000 a year. However, Finance could recommend pulling the plug on future index-linked rises.

The Finance and Economics Committee formally discussed the increase yesterday but had no power to alter the actual rate because it had been agreed by the States when the current formula was adopted. Finance president Senator Frank Walker said this morning that although the increases were automatic, his committee would be examining all similar increases which were index-linked and therefore paid automatically.

The increase means that the maximum amount a Member can claim in income supplement rises from £24,960 to £28,058, while the expense allowance, which is currently claimed by all States Members, will rise from £8,320 to £8,686. In addition, Members will be able to have an income from outside sources of £8,686 before the income supplement they draw starts being reduced on a pound-for-pound basis.

Solo protest as Anglicans, Methodists commune

Yesterday’s joint service of Holy Communion at St Mark’s Church, attended by members of the Wesley Grove Methodist and St Mark’s congregations, was described this morning as a great success, but it did not pass entirely without incident.

Before the service started, a Mr Perchard stood on the pavement outside St Mark’s Church handing out leaflets, printed by the Protestant Truth Society, criticising the Roman Catholic Church.

He was asked to move on by members of the St Mark’s congregation and the Rev Geoffrey Baker, the Vicar of St Mark’s, but he refused. After that, people entering the church accepted his leaflets rather than cause a disturbance.

Mr Perchard said this morning that he was protesting against the movement of the Methodist Church towards Catholicism.

'Successful' service

Mr Baker described the service as a great success. The number of people attending far exceeded expectations, he said.

The Rev J S Naylor, Superintendent Minister of the local Methodist Circuit, said that the important thing about the service was that it was a Service of Commitment for the unity between the two congregations. It was hoped that a joint monthly service would be held.

Asked if some members of his Church had refused to join in the joint service and had gone to other churches, Mr Naylor said that the service had been announced to the congregation at Wesley Grove three months ago and, if anybody did not want to go to it, there were 20 other Methodist services to attend.

He thought it would have been a very small number of members of his congregation who did not attend. ‘It is not a rare occurrence for a Methodist Church to close,’ he said. ‘Next week, Wesley Grove is closing when we go to Aquila Road.’

Would you like to be a Wren

Girls desirous of joining the WRNS especially in the capacity of cooks, are asked to call at the Movement Control Office, Weighbridge, next Tuesday afternoon between the hours of 3 and 5, when Chief Officer James (Wrens) will be pleased to give prospective recruits all the necessary information and guidance.

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Dolls introduce “Guys”

At last it’s happened. A salon strictly for guys that gives you modern cut and blow styling, perming, colouring etc in a smart male atmosphere.

We have just opened, so you can either book in advance or just pop in and our team of two girl stylists and two men stylists will give you a great cut and blow dry. Get smart fellas, have a Guy’s haircut.

Guy’s, 9 Burrard Street St Helier, Tel 36614 (Corner of Halkett Place)

Jersey grown tobacco

Cutting and manufacturing charge 2s per lb

If desired and of sufficient weight, customers’ tobacco will be manufactured separately.

The Jersey Tobacco Co Ltd

Cheques for shopping

The TSB says YES.

When you have a TSB Cheque Account, it makes shopping a lot simpler. You don’t have to carry cash around with you.

Instead, you just write out a cheque. The counterfoils and the regular statements we send you show you exactly where your money’s gone.

And with a TSB Cheque Card or Trustcard your cheques are guaranteed up to £50. You can even draw up to £50 cash at many bank branches throughout Britain.

So call in to the TSB and find out more. Then if you ask us for a Cheque Account, we’ll love to say YES.

St Helier, St Brelade, Georgetown, Five Oaks

Parish Relief

Dear Sir, The two letters in your edition of Saturday complaining that the help given by the Parish to the poor and unemployed is too generous, make one feel just a little sick.

The Constable and his officials at the Town Hall are the best judges of those in want, and the “human documents” published in the Evening Post were sufficiently conclusive proof to me of the existence of great hardship, notwithstanding the heartless attempts by a correspondent to draw other conclusions.

There are some, no doubt, who think that the poor have only themselves to blame for their predicament, that the rest of the community have discharged their obligations to them if they make such provision as will just keep them alive, and that while they may have bread they can hardly expect butter and jam.

Property owners in Jersey have been in receipt of handsome rents since the last war, and it is not surprising that tenants find themselves unable any longer to sustain the heavy burden of high rentals.

Taxpayers in Jersey have very little to grumble about if they compare their lot with that of their brothers across the Channel, and they would do well to tighten their belts because the near future will see a substantial increase in the number of those seeking help from the parish, and that means further calls on the purses of your correspondents.

Yours faithfully, “Interested”.

Advertisement for a hovercraft service which never started
St Catherine’s Bay hoverport

The idea of establishing a hoverport at St Catherine’s Bay offers appalling prospects of urban development. Surely one of the remaining unspoilt areas of our Island can be preserved? From Anne Port to St Catherine’s we have a coastline of much beauty.

So far it is not disfigured by too many buildings, nor made hideous by great, grey car parks. Our heritage deserves that this corner be kept undeveloped, not only for aesthetic reasons but for more everyday practical reasons.

Eschewing tourism for once, let us appreciate the needs of local families. They, too, have a right to enjoy their summer leisure in safe surroundings.

In the vicinity of St Catherine’s, sailing and bathing are two pursuits enjoyed by all ages. Disruption by the comings and goings of hovercraft would put an end to any form of relaxation, whether mental or physical.

If there has to be instituted this somewhat unattractive form of transport, let it operate in St Helier, where practicality is already allied to commercialisation. After all, “progress” is destroying the character of the old town – still another form of commercial enterprise would not matter one way or another.

What would matter would be that St Catherine’s and the Green Belt area would be preserved for the continued enjoyment of us all.

The Harbours and Airport Committee has eaten up enough of our small island. Let us justifiably - and strongly – protest against this suggested locale for its latest venture.

W M Le Poidevin (Mr)

Fairlawn, St Saviour

Spending: Put the blame
on the EU
and company tax

From John Clennett, former Treasurer of the States

Senator Ben Shenton is undoubtedly right to draw attention to the increases in States expenditure over the past five years, but surely these increases can be attributed in large measure to the adoption by the States of the ministerial form of government, and in particular to the adoption of the new Finance Law, all done under the banner of ‘greater flexibility’.

Under the old Finance Law, the States had to consider at the same sitting the committees’ requests for expenditure and the Finance Committee’s proposals for meeting that expenditure. Under the law, the Budget had to balance. The Finance Committee put together a package of priorities to achieve that end.

Individual committees could present proposals on Budget day which upset the Finance Committee’s proposals, but in that case the Finance Committee had to propose an adjournment and come back with fresh proposals for raising the necessary funds.

Under the new Finance Law, with the expenditure debate taking place in a virtual vacuum, it is not surprising that without the discipline of having to acknowledge the consequences of expenditure, Members pursue their pet schemes with enthusiasm, and when revenue raising comes to be considered, there is always the option of carrying a deficit forward, as was seen in regard to the amendment regarding alcohol duties.

In regard to the £50m black hole, it is being suggested that this is due to States profligacy, but I would suggest that although current States expenditure may in places be excessive, this expenditure is by no means the root cause of the problem.

I believe the problem arises because the States acceded to pressure from the EU to amend the taxation of companies incorporated in Jersey, resulting in a virtual gift of £100m of revenue to other jurisdictions. GST was brought in to raise roughly half of this loss, but how it was expected to raise the balance has never been disclosed.

What has also never been disclosed are the circumstance in which the pressure from Brussels was brought to bear, which politicians represented Jersey in the negotiations, if any, and with what strength the potential damage to Jersey’s economy was emphasised in the enforced change from a system which seemed to be working perfectly well. In our efforts to be whiter than white, did we just roll over and say ‘Inshallah’?

Be that as it may, the damage is done, and having lost a source of £100m taxation revenue ostensibly with very little resistance, it seems unlikely that it can be replaced except by another taxation source.

The difficulty is that whereas the lost taxation was borne by companies which did not seem to be feeling any particular pain, any replacement tax may have to be borne by individual members of the public, to their great discomfort.

Our future rests in the hands of States Members, more specifically the ‘cabinet’, and it is the responsibility of them to come forward with proposals for putting the Island’s finances back on track. Time is not on our side.

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