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Douzaine releases more information

At its last meeting, members of the Vale Douzaine decided that more information should be made available to parishioners about what the Constables and Douzeniers do on behalf of the parish.

As a result, and as a first step, a summary of the Douzaine's deliberations will be published here shortly after the regular meeting, usually held on the last Monday of the month.

It indicates the agenda considered by members and the outcome and is intended to help parishioners gain an idea of the items that come across the Constables' desk during the course of the month.

It is also a reflection of the parish's decision to make greater use of its website and social media as a communication channel and point of reference for other information like hedge cutting and stream cleaning.

Reference is made in the first summary to the Vale's 'new' website. The existing site has been redesigned and extended and is in a test phase at the moment and it is hoped that it will be launched shortly.

Anyone wanting further information on this or the meeting summary available above in PDF form is asked to contact the office in the first instance.

Please note that the summary is not, nor is it intended to be, an official minute of the Douzaine's deliberations.

 

 

Dog tax feedback sought

dog tax rise suggested

This was how the Guernsey Press and Star released the news that dog owners might be asked to pay 10 times more dog tax to register their animals, meaning the current £10 fee would rise to £100 per animal.

States Vet David Chamberlain suggests the increase would be used to fund wardens and establish a DNA database to help prevent dog fouling in public places and prosecute owners who do not clean up after their pets.

The douzaine has not formally considered the suggestion but is expected to do so and a range of opinions are likely.

Parishioners and owners will have their own views too, which is why we'd welcome some feedback on the States Vet's comments either on email at Info@valeparish.gg or via our Facebook page.

 

The bag is back!

Yes, our at-a-glance guide to which recycling bag it is for the week to be found at the top of this page disappeared briefly but is now back.

Sorry for any inconvenience but it seems it’s an end of the year thing to ensure wrong data doesn’t simply  ‘roll over’ and mislead parishioners.

Anyway, it’s back and we should have some additional enhancements to the site for you in the coming weeks so do please keep us bookmarked.

And a slightly belated Happy New Year to all parishioners!

 

 

Changes to Christmas refuse day

Happy Christmas to all parishioners and an update for you regarding the refuse collection arrangements over the holiday period:

Christmas collections will all be a day later but will revert to normal in the New Year.

And this week it's a white bag for recycling paper, cardboard – and any recyclable wrapping paper!

 

 

Longue Hougue Quarry 'needed for water storage'

The following has been received from Denice Prestidge, Project Manager, Inert Waste,
States of Guernsey Trading Assets, in response to a suggestion made at the last Vale Douzaine meeting that Longue Hougue Quarry would be a suitable site for disposing of inert waste:

Dear Mr Leale
Longue Hougue Reservoir and Inert Waste Management

I am writing to you, following an enquiry from the Guernsey Press to the States of Guernsey's Trading Assets on the 5th December, regarding the Inert Waste Project. The enquiry was to ascertain why the water-based quarry at Longue Hougue was eliminated during the shortlisting of suitable sites for residual inert waste management. Trading Assets have responded to the enquiry, providing them with the following information, which I hope is of assistance to you and the Vale Douzaine.
Following a detailed options evaluation, numerous locations were considered as potential sites for the future management of inert waste. These included land-raising opportunities, infilling disused former quarries, land reclamation, or use in strategic projects, such as improving sea defences or a potential runway extension. Nothing was ruled out from consideration.
Infilling Longue Hougue Quarry was therefore included as part of the original long list and was evaluated along with other options. While it has certain advantages, particularly in terms of its location and the potential future development opportunities, it was ruled out because it is a major water resource for the island. Whatever the longer-term possibility, there was no prospect of the site becoming available within a reasonable timescale to be considered as a viable option currently.
In addition, Stephen Langlois, General Manager, Guernsey Water authorised the following statement to be sent to the Guernsey Press:
"..Longue Hougue Quarry will continue to be the island's largest and most important reservoir and provide vital protection from drought even after the current treatment works there have been decommissioned.
Longue Hougue supplies around 5.2 million litres of water to customers every day.
"When the Water Treatment Works at Juas is refurbished, it will rely heavily on water from Longue Hougue reservoir, which will continue to be a vital part of the island's water supply for many years to come."
Longue Hougue has capacity to store 1,159million litres of water, while St Saviour's Reservoir has capacity of 1,091 million litres, and Juas 586 million litres. All three are integral to Guernsey Water's long term plans for water resource management..."
We have produced an interactive map showing all of the sites that were considered and providing details of the outcome of the evaluation. That can be found at : www.gov.gg/inertwaste<http://www.gov.gg/inertwaste>.
Longue Hougue South, has been identified as a 'preferred way forward', as a proposed future site for management of residual inert waste. The option evaluation process is detailed in the Options Report provided by Royal Haskoning and published on our website at: www.gov.gg/inertwaste<http://www.gov.gg/inertwaste>.
I would be happy to meet with members of the Vale Douzaine to explain the process in more detail. In addition Stephen Langlois would be happy to explain the plans relating to the water treatments works and reservoirs.
Yours sincerely

Denice Prestidge
Project Manager, Inert Waste
States of Guernsey Trading Assets

 

'Redundant’ quarry may be option for inert waste

Concerns about proposals to reclaim land from the sea off Bulwer Avenue were raised at the last Vale Douzaine meeting, with a variety of opinions being expressed.

This included sympathy for the householders affected, fears that the project signalled longer-term intentions to reclaim more of Belle Greve Bay, and a recognition that the island had to dispose of its inert waste.

What surprised Douzeniers, however, was why the Longue Hougue Quarry, pictured above, was not to be used as an infill site instead of dumping inert waste on the island’s shoreline.

While Guernsey Water uses the quarry, which backs onto St Sampson’s Church and cemetery, for storage, it has apparently mothballed its filtration equipment and does not intend to transfer the water there into the mains system, although it can be used for refilling the large tanks used for harbour fire-fighting purposes.

For many Douzeniers, utilising what is a seemingly redundant quarry already in an industrial area with good access is a more attractive prospect than destroying a little used but ecologically important bay at what’s been designated Longue Hougue South, at the bottom of the picture above.

'Weighting change would favour quarry'

This view was strengthened when the Douzeniers were informed  that had the ‘weighting’ procedure designed to find the best location for inert waste been modified slightly, the quarry would have emerged as the better site.

‘In view of this, the Douzaine is actively seeking further information about the possibility of using the "redundant quarry",’ said Senior Constable Richard Leale.

‘The Douzaine has not reached a definite conclusion on this matter but believes the debate needs to be widened to include the quarry, if only to establish why it is not suitable.’

On the face of it, he said, the location was preferable, would yield a similar area of reclaimed land and that would be in a potentially more valuable area.

‘We are publishing this to try to stimulate a wider debate and we hope that the Vale deputies will also investigate this option on behalf of parishioners as well,’ he said.

 

Wanted: more flower power for parish'

The Vale Parish Floral Group, formerly The Bridge Floral Group, are looking for volunteers to join them in their work within the parish.

Apart from improvements that have been made on the Bridge and Le Crocq, work has also been undertaken with pupils from the Vale School and residents of La Nouvelle Maraitaine.

Many other works of planting, weeding and tidying have taken place, including the maintenance of the War Memorial at the end of Vale Avenue, flower tubs in St Sampson’s Church cemetery, shrubs at Les Amarreurs and containers at the bus stop on the Southside.

The group will also be planting crocus corms at the Vale Church cemetery and would appreciate some help for this and all the other things it does.

If you’d like to be involved in enhancing areas of the parish for the enjoyment of all, your assistance would be invaluable.

Please contact:

Mary Snelling - 246072
Denise Cohu - 245569
Pat Devenport - 249510
Vale Douzaine Room - 244155

Chouet 'ideal' place for new quarry

Chouet headland is an ideal place to develop a new quarry, according to Vale Senior Constable Richard Leale.

He was commenting in a personal capacity following Ronez’ announcement that it intends starting exploratory drilling there on Monday, 6 November.

That work will continue ongoing evaluation of the site’s potential and is essential to the future planning application, the company said. It’s announcement is available for download at the top of this page.

Recognising the strategic importance of quarrying to Guernsey, the area (pictured above) is designated by the States of Guernsey’s Island Development Plan as a mineral safeguarding area.

Responding to the plans, Mr Leale said he could see little objection to the proposals and understood that the quarrying company already owned the property adjacent to the site.

He said there might be access issues for the model aeroplane fliers, who operate from the headland, but he questioned how many of them there actually were.

‘In theory, there’s nothing to stop them from operating from the cliffs at, say, Torteval and that would “spread the pain” of their activities a bit,’ he said.

Mr Leale understood the bunker at the headland was used to store explosives, so that could continue, and the small number of boats that moored in the bay would be able to remain there, although access might need to be restricted while blasting was in operation.

If the coastal path around the headland had to go on safety grounds – Ronez says in its statement above that it would be maintained – other coastal walks were readily available, he said.

‘To my mind, the more important question is in 10 years’ time when Ronez cease using Les Vardes quarry what will it be used for, as the Water Board no longer want it. That being so, it should certainly be filled in, using the island’s waste.’

In a reference to the new island refuse strategy, which has caused controversy in the parishes over cost and the way charges are to be collected, Mr Leale said that if suitably compacted rubbish was landfilled at Les Vardes, the facility would last for years and be a far more suitable disposal method than the current proposals.

 

 

Meeting votes for change

The Vale took a small but significant step last night at its November parish meeting after parishioners agreed that a record of the event could be published online for the first time.

Senior Constable Richard Leale explained that, historically, the minutes would be prepared on the spot and read back at the end of the meeting.

However, he proposed 'moving into the 21st Century' and allowing the official record to be uploaded to the parish website (click on the 'downloads' link above to read them).

The move, approved by those present, means the minutes are more accessible and the extra time available to prepare them meant errors could be avoided.

Importantly, however, the official record will still have to be approved (and/or amended) as a true record of proceedings, which will be done at the next meeting in March.

So, a small step but an important one as the Douzaine uses online channels to be more accessible and transparent to ratepayers and the parish generally.

To see the results of the contested election for douzeniers and the rest of the meeting please click on the downloads link.

(Image by BBC Guernsey)

 

 

Vale Avenue update

Vale Avenue properties

Vale Senior Constable Richard Leale has welcomed planning permission being granted for the derelict properties at Vale Avenue to be demolished.

'A sensible decision has been made,' he said. 'To do otherwise, and insist that the properties be retained, was simply untenable.'

The decision has also been welcomed by Guernsey Electricity, which owns the former homes, and wanted to knock them down after they became unsafe and an eyesore.

What happens next is also of interest to the parish, he said.

'For the future, we'd like to see some development that is in keeping with the streetscape,' said Mr Leale.

'Personally, I'd like to see something that's not too grand or imposing looking and that reflects the granite heritage of the north of the island.'

In the meantime, he hoped that the road frontage would not simply be hoarding or unsightly fencing while Guernsey Electricity decided what to do next with the site.

Alan Bates, chief executive at Guernsey Electricity told BBC Guernsey: '[Demolition] is the best option, and will benefit both neighbours and the wider community.'

It's not yet clear what the utility intends to do with the site as Mr Bates also said that the company wanted to maximise the opportunities presented by fast developing energy technology.

 

 

Bordeaux fly tipping

This case of fly tipping at Bordeaux has been brought to the attention of the Constables and is now being investigated.

Fly tippingfly tipping

 It looks like a van or small truck has reversed up in the Banque Imbert car park and dropped builders' rubbish rather than disposing of it properly.

The Constables will take action on Monday and Environment will be asked to clear it but if anyone has any information about who did this, we'd be pleased to hear from you.
We rely on the vigilance of parishioners to help stop this as experience suggests if one fly-tipper gets away with it, others follow suit.
Please help us to keep the Vale beauty spots looking at their best!


Spend to save

The parish has just bought a John Deere ride-on mower to help maintain the grounds it looks after on behalf of parishioners.

The £500 second-hand machine will be used in particular to keep the former quarry – now grassed over – at the back of the douzaine rooms looking neat and tidy.

The purchase, instigated by Junior Constable Bill Cohu, will actually save the parish money. Previously, the cost of a contractor to mow the area was £100, so we will be in credit from the sixth cut.

Only four more to go!

ride-on mower

new ride on mower

Recommended parish walk

Good to see the Vale being praised for the quality of its walks – here by the Guernsey Press's Shaun Shackleton in his very popular Shacks' Tracks in Saturday's edition. Well worth a try!

L'Ancresse wall update 

Ols image of L'Ancresse Bay

We've been asked about this old image of L'Ancresse Bay that appeared on Twitter recently and, although we don't know the date, it shows the beach before the German wall was built and before the kiosk and WCs were put there.

It also shows the dunes and beach levels that existed at the time.

The photograph is one of a number published by the Environment and Infrastructure Committee as part of its proposals for the realignment of part of the bay and the document can be found here.

Separately, a parishioner on Facebook said he was disappointed that the Douzaine was in favour of the committee spending £1m. demolishing the wall.

Just to clarify, the Douzaine has not made a collective decision of support one way or the other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chouet headland is an ideal place to develop a new quarry, according to Vale Senior Constable Richard Leale.

He was commenting in a personal capacity following Ronez’ announcement that it intends starting exploratory drilling there on Monday, 6 November.

That work will continue ongoing evaluation of the site’s potential and is essential to the future planning application, the company said. It’s announcement is available for download at the top of this page.

Recognising the strategic importance of quarrying to Guernsey, the area (pictured above) is designated by the States of Guernsey’s Island Development Plan as a mineral safeguarding area.

Responding to the plans, Mr Leale said he could see little objection to the proposals and understood that the quarrying company already owned the property adjacent to the site.

He said there might be access issues for the model aeroplane fliers, who operate from the headland, but he questioned how many of them there actually were.

‘In theory, there’s nothing to stop them from operating from the cliffs at, say, Torteval and that would “spread the pain” of their activities a bit,’ he said.

Mr Leale understood the bunker at the headland was used to store explosives, so that could continue, and the small number of boats that moored in the bay would be able to remain there, although access might need to be restricted while blasting was in operation.

If the coastal path around the headland had to go on safety grounds – Ronez says in its statement above that it would be maintained – other coastal walks were readily available, he said.

‘To my mind, the more important question is in 10 years’ time when Ronez cease using Les Vardes quarry what will it be used for, as the Water Board no longer want it. That being so, it should certainly be filled in, using the island’s waste.’

In a reference to the new island refuse strategy, which has caused controversy in the parishes over cost and the way charges are to be collected, Mr Leale said that if suitably compacted rubbish was landfilled at Les Vardes, the facility would last for years and be a far more suitable disposal method than the current proposals.

 

 

Meeting votes for change

The Vale took a small but significant step last night at its November parish meeting after parishioners agreed that a record of the event could be published online for the first time.

Senior Constable Richard Leale explained that, historically, the minutes would be prepared on the spot and read back at the end of the meeting.

However, he proposed 'moving into the 21st Century' and allowing the official record to be uploaded to the parish website (click on the 'downloads' link above to read them).

The move, approved by those present, means the minutes are more accessible and the extra time available to prepare them meant errors could be avoided.

Importantly, however, the official record will still have to be approved (and/or amended) as a true record of proceedings, which will be done at the next meeting in March.

So, a small step but an important one as the Douzaine uses online channels to be more accessible and transparent to ratepayers and the parish generally.

To see the results of the contested election for douzeniers and the rest of the meeting please click on the downloads link.

(Image by BBC Guernsey)

 

 

Vale Avenue update

Vale Avenue properties

Vale Senior Constable Richard Leale has welcomed planning permission being granted for the derelict properties at Vale Avenue to be demolished.

'A sensible decision has been made,' he said. 'To do otherwise, and insist that the properties be retained, was simply untenable.'

The decision has also been welcomed by Guernsey Electricity, which owns the former homes, and wanted to knock them down after they became unsafe and an eyesore.

What happens next is also of interest to the parish, he said.

'For the future, we'd like to see some development that is in keeping with the streetscape,' said Mr Leale.

'Personally, I'd like to see something that's not too grand or imposing looking and that reflects the granite heritage of the north of the island.'

In the meantime, he hoped that the road frontage would not simply be hoarding or unsightly fencing while Guernsey Electricity decided what to do next with the site.

Alan Bates, chief executive at Guernsey Electricity told BBC Guernsey: '[Demolition] is the best option, and will benefit both neighbours and the wider community.'

It's not yet clear what the utility intends to do with the site as Mr Bates also said that the company wanted to maximise the opportunities presented by fast developing energy technology.

 

 

Bordeaux fly tipping

This case of fly tipping at Bordeaux has been brought to the attention of the Constables and is now being investigated.

Fly tippingfly tipping 

 It looks like a van or small truck has reversed up in the Banque Imbert car park and dropped builders' rubbish rather than disposing of it properly.

The Constables will take action on Monday and Environment will be asked to clear it but if anyone has any information about who did this, we'd be pleased to hear from you.
We rely on the vigilance of parishioners to help stop this as experience suggests if one fly-tipper gets away with it, others follow suit.
Please help us to keep the Vale beauty spots looking at their best!
 


Spend to save

The parish has just bought a John Deere ride-on mower to help maintain the grounds it looks after on behalf of parishioners.

The £500 second-hand machine will be used in particular to keep the former quarry – now grassed over – at the back of the douzaine rooms looking neat and tidy.

The purchase, instigated by Junior Constable Bill Cohu, will actually save the parish money. Previously, the cost of a contractor to mow the area was £100, so we will be in credit from the sixth cut.

Only four more to go!

ride-on mower

new ride on mower

Recommended parish walk

Good to see the Vale being praised for the quality of its walks – here by the Guernsey Press's Shaun Shackleton in his very popular Shacks' Tracks in Saturday's edition. Well worth a try!

L'Ancresse wall update 

Ols image of L'Ancresse Bay

We've been asked about this old image of L'Ancresse Bay that appeared on Twitter recently and, although we don't know the date, it shows the beach before the German wall was built and before the kiosk and WCs were put there.

It also shows the dunes and beach levels that existed at the time.

The photograph is one of a number published by the Environment and Infrastructure Committee as part of its proposals for the realignment of part of the bay and the document can be found here.

Separately, a parishioner on Facebook said he was disappointed that the Douzaine was in favour of the committee spending £1m. demolishing the wall.

Just to clarify, the Douzaine has not made a collective decision of support one way or the other.