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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.