Barbed w ire- This must be of a height of at least 6ft from the road surface when it borders a public place.
Bornements or permits - A Bornement, (change of alignment) is required from the Douzaine in respect of any building work, including fenestration, within 1.5 metres of the public road or footpath. Applications must be made in writing to the Constables, with a copy of plans and payment of £25. Applications must be received at least seven days prior to the douzaine meeting.
Liquor Licence requests must be submitted to the Constables at least seven days prior to the douzaine meeting.
Cisterns, wells and boiler pits - These must be covered or fenced in such a manner as to prevent any person from falling in accidentally.
Quarries - These must be adequately protected by private land or fenced to ensure they are not a danger to the public. They are checked by the Constables who then report on their state to the Royal Court.
Dog Tax - This is due in January of each year in respect of all dogs, with the exemption of assistance dogs. Payments of £10 can be made in person during office hours by cash, cheque or card; by post, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope, or by phone using a debit or credit card.
Every dog owner must have their animal licensed from six months old and failure to do so means the owner can be reported to Guernsey Police and fined.
Beach restrictions for dogs - From the 1st May to 30th September inclusive dogs are not allowed on seven of Guernsey beaches; Fermain, Petit Bot, L'Erée, Vazon, Cobo, Port Soif, L'Ancresse/Pembroke.
Hedges and trees bordering a public road must be cut back between the 1st and 15th of June and between the 15th and 30th of September each year in order that they do not overhang the public road up to the height of 12 ft from the road (where the road is ordinarily used by vehicular traffic or 8 ft (where the road is not ordinarily used by vehicular traffic). By law, all cuttings must be cleared within 24hrs. It is the responsibility of the land owner to keep all hedges and trees trimmed and under control throughout the year, not just at inspection time.
The Constables and the Douzaine inspect the hedges and report on their state to the Parish Office who will contact the land owner if necessary.
This is to comply with the Cutting of Hedges Ordinances and the Parochial Administration Ordinance 2013, under which the Constables and Douzaine have to give notice to the occupiers of land bordering public roads, or, if the land is unoccupied, to the owners thereof, that they are required to cut and trim the hedges as directed above.
Failure to comply with the legislation will incur a civil penalty of £50 plus an additional fine of £5 per day in which the failure continues.
Streams - Most streams on the Island are inspected twice a year following the 15th of June and after the 30th of September. Owners must therefore ensure that streams are free from overgrown vegetation and silt to enable the water to run freely. Land owners are also requested to ensure that the Constables are able to freely access the stream for inspection. The state of the streams is reported to the Parish Office who will contact the land owner if necessary.
This is so the parish can comply with the Loi Relative aux Douits, 1953 and the Parochial Administration Ordinance 2013, which means that streams are required to be clear of all debris, weed growth etc. to ensure that they flow in an unobstructed manner.
It is vital that riverains complete their inspections and any necessary work at the proper time, i.e.
- during the first 15 days of June
- during the last 15 days of September
Douzaine Rooms - The Main Hall and Harold Collas room are available for hire on application to the Secretary (Tel 244155 during office hours).
Vale Parish Welfare Committee - This exists to help those in need in the parish and to act as a conduit for assistance and information. The initial contact point is via the office (Tel 244155), which is open from 10.00 am - 1.00 pm. In addition, a message can be left on the answer phone together with a name and contact details to enable an appointed officer of the committee to return the call.
Remembrance Sunday Service - This is held each year at the War Memorial at the bottom of Route des Coutures at 10 am on the Sunday closest to 11th November.
Useful Parish Links
The parish runs an allotment scheme and the plots are situated at Haute Lande Vinery, Les Abreuveurs Road.
The allotments are outdoor, not enclosed in a greenhouse, and there is good parking on site.
Water is available from a borehole connected to a centrally located tap.
Rent is £60 per annum per bay (approx 28ft x 8ft) Depending on availability, plots can consist of multiple bays, e.g. three bays would incur a rent of £180 a year.
There are currently four bays available.
For further information / terms / conditions, please contact Laurie Queripel, Tel 251949 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or the parish office Tel 244155.
The Parish has two constables who are elected for a term of up to three years. Elections are held in November.
The Douzaine is made up of 16 elected parishioners who each serve a four-year term of office. Elections of douzeniers and constables are held in November by all 10 parishes in Guernsey. Each year, four Douzeniers stand down, but they may be eligible for re-election.
Constables' Office opening hours
Monday - Friday: 10 am to 1 pm (the hours are extended on a Tuesday and Thursday to include 3pm - 5pm during the month that the rates are due).
These are held twice a year.
That in April/May is to approve expenditure for the parish for the following 12 months and to set the rates needed to cover those sums. The latest audited accounts can be found [here]
The elections of parish officers are held on the first Wednesday of November or, if this falls on the 5th, they are instead held on the first Tuesday.
Douzaine meetings are generally held on the Monday of the last full week of the month.
Dean of the Douzaine:
The Hermitage, Les Mielles Road, L'Ancresse, Vale, GY3 5AZ
Deputy Jeremy Smithies
La Haize, Rue des Haizes, Vale, GY3 5HB