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  • Press Release - The Little Ferry Company gets a vote of confidence from the States of Alderney

    Wednesday 20 February 2019

    For immediate release: 20th February 2019

    The Policy & Finance Committee will back the Little Ferry Company with a subsidy of up to £130,000 for an extended summer ferry service this year. The analysis of the impact of the service in 2018 was unanimously welcomed by members of the Committee who were strongly supportive of a longer ferry season in 2019.

    This years' service is likely to operate from the last week in May until the end of September and the Spike Islander will once again become a familiar sight in Braye Harbour. Customer satisfaction with the service in 2018 was high and customer surveys suggest that at least 58% of travellers would not have made the journey if the ferry hadn't run. Over a quarter of the people who travelled to Alderney were first-time visitors to Alderney and many visitors from Guernsey made the trip for the first time in many years.

    Policy & Finance took into account the positive impact on Alderney's economy which demonstrated that, with an average spend of £42 per day, the impact on Alderney's economy outweighed the cost of the States subsidy. Much has been learned from the first year of operation and a second year will help to understand the additional benefits that a regular ferry service can bring.

    The States also noted that the Little Ferry Company is exploring options to improve the service in the longer term and will continue to work with the operator to meet a growing demand. The States subsidy covers a double rotation of the ferry service for each day of operation - an early morning departure at 07.30 from Alderney each morning and an evening service back from Guernsey at 18.00. Last year the Little Ferry Company also put on additional rotations in the middle of the day at peak times.

    Speaking after the Policy & Finance Committee Meeting, its Chairman, James Dent, said "We were unanimous in our support for the Little Ferry. Last year was an experiment and this year will push that experiment further. We have clear evidence that there is a positive economic benefit for Alderney but we also recognise that there are other benefits in improved connectivity that help to bring Guernsey and Alderney people closer together."

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  • Press Release - States of Alderney and Arup nominated for prestigious planning industry award

    Wednesday 06 February 2019

    For immediate release: 6th February 2019

    The States of Alderney and Arup have been named as a finalist in the category for the 'Excellence in Plan Making' at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2019.

    The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

    The Alderney Land Use Plan 2017 is the result of over two years work to produce a complete, comprehensive and integrated plan for the island of Alderney. The plan focuses on evidence based policies which cover a range of topics including preservation of the heritage assets, conservation of the natural environment and the best future economic use of the land and buildings.

    The States of Alderney are delighted to hear of this nomination and representatives will attend the ceremony with the Arup team in April.

    RTPI President Ian Tant MRTPI said: "Many congratulations to all this year's finalists, who demonstrate outstanding contributions to planning, producing a positive effect on our communities, the economy and the environment. They have shown how planners can use their passion and skills to meet needs, deliver high quality design and tackle environmental challenges - they should all be proud of their role as a force for good in society."

    The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court Concert Hall in central London on 24 April 2019.

    Andrew Jones MRTPI, Practice Leader Design Planning + Economics at AECOM, said: "AECOM is proud to once again be a headline sponsor of this year's RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists are a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, which demonstrate the breadth of the impact the profession has on quality place making and delivery in the built environment."

    David Jackson MRTPI, Head of Planning at Savills, said: "Savills is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists reflect the positive impact planning has on our communities and wider society across the UK, Ireland and internationally through exemplary projects, plans and people."

    The RTPI champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. It is the only body in the UK that confers Chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification sought after by employers. It supports its members - over 25,000 worldwide - throughout their careers.

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  • Press Release - Double Taxation Agreement with UK Comes into effect 1st January 2020

    Wednesday 09 January 2019

    For immediate release: 9th January 2019

    The States of Guernsey has announced that the 2018 Double Taxation Agreement with the UK will come into effect on the 1st January 2020. The exchange of written notes between Guernsey and the UK was completed on 7 January 2019.

    The announcement by the States of Guernsey can be found by following this link:
    https://gov.gg/dta

    The completion of the agreement had been widely expected in 2018 to enable a January 2019 start but this was not achieved. The States of Alderney has continued to press for clarity and pace in making these changes in the Double Taxation Agreement.

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