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  • Peoples Meeting & States Meeting - January 2018

    Tuesday 19 December 2017

    Peoples Meeting January 2018

    STATES OF ALDERNEY

    PUBLIC NOTICE - PEOPLES MEETING

     

    The People's Meetingwill be held at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 in The Island Hall.

    Convenor: Mr Graham McKinley

    The States Meetingwill be held at 5:30pm on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

    The Billet d'Etatwill be available to the public for purchase from 10am on Friday 29th December 2017, from the General Office. Copies are also available for viewing at the Library and on the Alderney Website www.alderney.gov.gg from Friday 29th December 2017.

     

    Open Forum

    An open Questions and Answers session will be held once the Peoples Meeting has finished.  Written questions must be submitted to the Chief Executive's office by 12noon on Friday 29th December 2017.

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  • Press Release - Land Use Plan 2017 & Changes to BDCC Law

    Thursday 14 December 2017

    For immediate release: 14th December 2017

    At a policy meeting of the BDCC on the 8th December 2017 the Committee gave initial consideration to the many responses submitted by the public to the consultation paper on the draft amending ordinance to the BDC Law. The Committee also considered the timetable for adoption of the Land Use Plan 2017 that was submitted to public inquiry in September 2017.

    The Committee would like to thank the public for taking the time to engage in the consultation. Due to the level of response the Committee has decided to pause and take stock of the public views whilst it assesses a potential way to address public concerns about some aspects of the proposed law changes.

    A large number of the public comments related to the proposed law change enabling the Committee to consider planning applications for major projects located in the Designated Area and the relationship with the Policy S7 on Major Projects in the Land Use Plan 2017. The comments have highlighted a public perception that the Committee's proposal somehow seeks to circumvent the Land Use Plan process. The Committee wish to reassure the public this is not the Committee's intention.

    Under the Committee's proposals ANY proposed major project, including one put forward in the Designated Area and deemed by Policy and Finance Committee to be of strategic importance to the Island, but which does not comply with the criteria in Policy S7 will NOT be approved. Additionally, any major project which is considered, after independent assessment, to comply with Policy S7 will ALSO need to comply with ALL OTHER relevant policies of the Land Use Plan. If a major project does not comply with the criteria in Policy S7 and/or other relevant policies of the Land Use Plan and the Committee is minded to approve it, it will be deemed a major departure from the Land Use Plan and the States are required to agree to amend the Land Use Plan. This could only be achieved after the proposed amendment has been subject to a public inquiry held by an independent inspector.

    The Committee also discussed related issues; consequential amendments to the 2007 Exempt Development Ordinance, required if the States blanket exemption under Section 67 of the BDC Law is removed; the introduction of new planning application fees to ensure the Committee has the resources to meet the significant amount of extra work and associated cost to assess any major project application via independent expert scrutiny; and the possible timetable for the introduction of the new Land Use Plan.

    In discussion, the Committee concluded that due to the complex inter relationships between these various parts of legislation and the Land Use Plan 2017, that it was necessary to bring them to the States as a whole, rather than in a piecemeal fashion. In order to do this, the Committee has delayed the publication of the final Land Use Plan until the New Year, to enable time to further consider the comments on the law change relating to major projects and undertake public 2

    consultation on the proposed changes to the Fees Ordinance and the 2007 Exempt Development Ordinance.

    The Committee will set out its proposed way forward in the New Year. This will confirm how any legislative changes will work together in conjunction with the Land Use Plan 2017, if they are approved. It is anticipated that the very earliest that these matters could be placed on the billet for States approval will be March 2018. The BDCC will publish further details on next steps in the New Year.

     

    Matt Birmingham, Chairman BDCC

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  • Press Release - Alderney Island-wide Superfast Broadband Initiative

    Friday 08 December 2017

    For immediate release: 8th December 2017

    Access to superfast broadband will be one of the key drivers in terms of a wide range of business and social connectivity initiatives in the future.

    In this regard, The States of Alderney are delighted to announce that, in conjunction with Sure, every household and business in the Island will have the ability to sign up to superfast broadband for a two year period at no extra cost to the household or business.

    The initiative to be launched in January and funded through the Economic Development Reserve will be rolled out during 2018 as follows:

    • Every household and business will be contacted and informed of the initiative in detail and invited by Sure to sign up to a two year Broadband upgrade.
    • Sure will carry out the necessary connection upgrade at no cost to the recipient.
    • If required, a new VDSL router will be supplied at no cost to the recipient.
    • The additional monthly rental for the broadband upgrade will be funded by the States over the two year period.
    • Following this two year period, householders and businesses will be able to continue to have the benefits of the upgrade at the appropriate monthly rental or have the option to revert back to the original agreement (and therefore previous Broadband speed that was in place before the upgrade and the relevant rental).

    As a result of this initiative, Alderney will potentially have the fastest average island-wide broadband speeds in the Channel Islands. To capitalise on this competitive advantage, a number of business and social initiatives will be followed up with the support of Sure which could include greater opportunities for home working, e-training, e-health, and business start-ups. These initiatives will be worked on during the next few months.

    Justin Bellinger, Chief Digital Officer at Sure, said:

    "Sure is very pleased to be working with the States of Alderney to undertake this investment project to digitally enhance Alderney and bring superfast broadband to every home and business on the island.

    Sure has already commenced installation of new infrastructure to develop the network and reduce line lengths to households and businesses, as well as investing in an upgrade of the core fixed network to increase capacity."

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