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10/11/2017New book about Rural Jersey to be published

​Dr John Kelleher's book "The Triumph of the Country - The Rural Community in 19th-century Jersey" which is published in hardback and is 608 pages long for is being offered at a special pre-publication price of £32 until 8 December 2017.

"John Kelleher's book charts the challenges made to the rural community's way of life and the means it adopted to combat them. The book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the forces which shaped modern Jersey."

Please read the attached leaflet

Triumph of the Country Cover.pdf

and perhaps you will consider ordering a copy as a gift or reference

Triumph of the Country Order Form.pdf

  
08/11/2017Parish Assembly on 15th November at 8:15 pm

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 8.15 pm on Wednesday, 15th November 2017:-

1)      To receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 11th October 2017.

 2)      Pursuant to the Parish Assemblies of 12th February 2014, 16th December 2015, and 27th July 2016 the Assembly is asked to decide between two options regarding the Parish depot situated in Rue de la Genestiere.

  1. Sell the site in accordance with the Planning Department's stipulation that it must be used for commercial premises. The information regarding the tenders including basic descriptions of proposed uses will be made available to the Assembly.
  2. Retain the site and refurbish the property for continued use as the Parish depot – details of the preferred tender will be made available to the Assembly.

3)      If option 2a) is chosen, to authorise the Connétable and Procureurs du Bien Public to attend Court to pass a contract of arrangement on behalf of the Parish to agree the sale of the Parish depot.

 4)      If option 2b) is chosen, and subject to consent being granted by the Jersey Financial Services Commission - to authorise the Connétable and Procureurs du Bien Public on behalf of the Parish to enter into a limited number of private loan agreements to finance the refurbishment of the depot over a period of 10 years at a fixed rate of interest. Further details to be provided at the Assembly.

 5)      Regardless of the decision taken in item 2), subject to consent being granted by the Jersey Financial Services Commission - to authorise the Connétable and Procureurs du Bien Public on behalf of the Parish to enter into a limited number of private loan agreements to finance the refurbishment of the Rectory barn over a period of 10 years at a fixed rate of interest. Further details to be provided at the Assembly.

                                                        

Public Hall, St. Martin                          Michel Le Troquer              

8th November 2017                                            Connétable

  
31/10/2017Parish rates must be paid by Friday 3rd Nov to avoid the 10% surcharge

Parishioners wishing to pay their rates before the 3rd November 4.30 pm deadline, are reminded that they have these options available:

BACS (instructions on the demand)

Online card (instructions on the demand)

Cheque

Cash

Card (by personal attendance at the office)

Please note that after 4:30 pm on Friday, 3rd November a late payment surcharge of 10% will be added.

  
13/10/2017St Martin section is on Friday, 13th October

​Contact detals for members of the Public who are affected by the rally and need to discuss access to their property whilst the rally is taking place:

Tel: 07797 894617

Email: rallycontrol14@hotmail.com

 

  
13/10/2017Asian Hornet lookouts

An Asian Hornet Nest was recently found near Fliquet.  The public is being urged to look out for these, please see the link below for more details:​

https://www.gov.je/news/2017/pages/AsianHornetUpdate.aspx

  
04/10/2017Parish Assembly re Maufant Village

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

 

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.00 pm on Wednesday, 11th October 2017 to:-

          

1)    Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 30th August 2017.

The Assembly is requested to note the following:

That the Public of the Island is the owner of certain estate roads, pavements, open areas (and footpaths situated therein) and lighting in the development known as Maufant Village some of which are situate in the Parish of St Martin.  The individual property owners within Maufant Village are each bound, by their respective contracts of purchase, to contribute towards the costs of maintaining such estate roads, pavements and open areas (and footpaths situated therein).

That at a Parish Assembly held on 10th January 1979 the Parish of St Martin agreed "to take over the administration" of the said estate roads, pavements and street lighting (but not the open areas and footpaths situated therein) from the States of Jersey Housing Committee but the said transfer did not take place for various reasons, since which time further development has taken place on land adjacent to Maufant Village and the Public of the Island has granted rights to third parties over certain of the estate roads in question.

2)      In light of the above, the Assembly is asked to consider and if deemed advisable, to formally rescind the resolution of the Parish Assembly dated 10th January 1979, in order to allow the States of Jersey to make suitable ownership arrangements with the residents of Maufant Village (which is situated in both St Martin and St Saviour) without the encumbrance of historical and ambiguous resolutions. This rescindment being the joint recommendation of the Procureurs du Bien Public and the St Martin Roads Committee.

 

 

 

Public Hall, St. Martin                             Michel Le Troquer                 

4th October 2017                                     Connétable

  
14/09/2017Maufant Village roads

​Letter to all parishioners 23rd July 2017

 

Dear Parishioner,        

                                                                                   

Maufant Village roads

On the 10th January 1979 at a Parish Assembly chaired by the then Connétable, the late Mr George Le Masurier, consideration was given to an Act of the Parish Roads Committee whereby it was recommended that the Parish take over the "administration" of the roads, pavements and road lighting of that part of the Maufant Village Development situated in the Parish of St Martin. That decision was unanimously approved by the Assembly.

That transfer of the "administration" never took place and by May 1980 the Housing Committee of the time recorded in their minutes that the Connétable had informed that Committee that they were unanimously against the Parish taking over the grassed areas of Maufant because of the serious shortage of labour.

Since that time there has been little progress. I am the fifth Connétable and Deputy Steve Luce the fourth Parish Deputy trying to close this matter following the 1979 Assembly.

The original deeds of contract remain to this day, that each of the owners of the original 151 properties are bound by their respective contracts of purchase to contribute towards the costs of maintaining the estate roadways, pavements and pedestrian passageways and of the cost of the electricity used for lighting the roadways and pavements in Maufant Village. To our knowledge this has not happened and to date, "the public" (the tax-payer, through various States Departments and more recently through the States Property Holdings Department) have continued to fund the maintenance work in Maufant Village.

Many will be aware that further development has taken place at Maufant Village and the owners of the newest homes that were built at a later phase (Clos du Ruisseau) have formed their own Home Owners Association. They will take responsibility for the maintenance of the roads, pavements and common areas within their part of Maufant Village.

Legal advice has been sought on a number of occasions as to how this matter could be best resolved. The interpretation of "administration" in the original decision is unclear and more recent legal advice received by the Parish is that it would now be very unwise to try and implement a decision that is ambiguous and that is now nearly 40 years old.

Parishioners will be aware that a small part of Maufant Village is in St Saviour and the residents who reside in that part of the estate are in the same situation as those that live in St Martin. They too find that their roads, pavements and common areas in the initial development are paid for by "the public".

The Parish of St Martin is in no position to accept the financial burden for taking on the responsibility of a "private estate". The current Roads Committee and the Parish Procureurs du Bien Public do not support the Parish taking over the existing contracts of purchase. To do so would find the Parish of St Martin having to fund the maintenance of all the roads, pavements and common areas in Maufant Village, something that would be extremely costly in the long term and could also set a precedent for residents of other private estates in the parish to seek.

The existing "contracts of purchase" are such that a cost recovery arrangement against a set share per house and the Minister for Infrastructure reserves "the public's" position that all future works undertaken on the roads and pavements may be recharged in accordance with those contracts. It is likely that should the two parishes take over responsibility, the clause would fall away and we (the two parishes) would take over that liability on all the original 151 homes in Maufant Village.

Should the parish take on the responsibility then parking restrictions are likely to be implemented. Illegally parked vehicles would be issued with Parking Notices. Consideration would be given for the introduction of Residents Parking Permits for which a charge could be made and / or pay-card parking zones introduced. Speed limits would be introduced and enforced.

I have no doubt that these new restrictions would be welcomed by some but opposed by others. I received a number of complaints and a petition from Maufant Village residents when LibertyBus introduced a service through Maufant Village to assist the residents, reminding me that it was a "private estate". Indeed it is, but currently maintained by "the public" and not the Maufant Village residents.

I am sorry to write this letter but do so because I believe the residents of Maufant Village, and indeed all St Martin parishioners, need to know the situation we all face. It is possible that some home-owners are unclear as to their contractual obligations. Should the current situation remain then it is possible that residents will be recharged by the States of Jersey for any work on the pavements, roads and common areas as well as lighting, something that they have been entitled to do throughout this long saga but has instead been funded from the public purse.

The matter has gone on far too long and the only way forward seems to be the rescindment of the 1979 Parish Assembly decision that was never progressed. This will allow residents to set up their own Housing Association and make suitable arrangements for cost recovery.

I therefore write to advise all parishioners that I intend to bring this matter to a Parish Assembly at a date yet to be fixed, but towards the end of September or early October. The Assembly will be circulated in the Gazette page of the Jersey Evening Post, displayed in the Church Box and on the Parish website.

Yours sincerely,

Michel Le Troquer

Connétable

Please click the attached for a pdf version Maufant Village roads letter to all parishioners July 2017.pdf

  
24/08/2017Parish Assembly

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

 

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 30th August 2017 to:-

 

1                     Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 26th July 2017

 2                    Elect a Vingtenier for the Vingtaine de la Queruée

3                    Elect an Officier du Connétable for the Vingtaine du Fief de la Reine.

           

                                                                                               Michel Le Troquer

Public Hall                                                          Connétable

St. Martin

24th August 2017

 

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 25th August 2017.

  
11/08/2017Gorey Fête - Further details of road closures

Road Closures:

On Wednesday 16th August, Gorey Coast Road between Beach Road and its junction with Mont de Gouray and La Route de la Cote will only be open one-way to traffic heading south.  After 6:00 pm the road will be closed in both directions until 12:00 noon on Friday the 18th of August.

Parking on Gorey Hill from Devon Gardens to Camellia Cottage will not be allowed during this period of time and the small car park on Gorey Hill alongside Pizza Quarter will also be closed.

Resident Parking:

The Coast Road from the Welcome Slipway as far as Devon Gardens will be available for Residents-parking only. Access to premises and parking along the Coast Road will be from the junction at Beach Road and will only be allowed by showing your "Parking Passes" to the Honorary Police in attendance. Parking is limited and unfortunately once the road is full then motorists should park in one of the Fete car parks.

A free "Park & Ride" system will be operating from 9:00 am until 11:00 pm on the day of the Fete. It will run between the car parks at Jersey Activity Centre, Seymour Farm and the northern entrance to the Fete at Devon Gardens on Gorey Hill. Please feel free to utilise this service.

Please see map overleaf showing car parks, road closures and diversions for the period of the Fete.

Access to premises along New Road and Old Road are as normal. Access to premises between the Welcome Slipway and Beach Road will be via Gorey Village, down Old Road and then turning right onto the Coast Road. Turning left towards the Fete will not be allowed.

More information on the Fete, road closures and traffic restrictions can be found on our Facebook page, search for Gorey Fete, or our website, goreyfete.co.uk. If you have any other queries then please feel free to contact a committee member on one of the following numbers:

Brian Brown-                 07797 722 842

Jack Luce-                    07797 774 038

We apologise for any inconvience caused and thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

Kind regards,

Brian Brown

Gorey Fete Committee

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08/08/2017Office closing 1:00 p.m. Thursday 10th August

​Battle of Flowers Day

The office will close on Thursday, 10th August.
With apologies for any inconveninece caused, but we hope you enjoy the day

  
08/08/2017Notice of Closing of Roads and Places from 15 August - Gorey Fete

NOTICE OF CLOSING OF PUBLIC ROADS AND PLACES

GOREY FÊTE 

The following public roads and places will be closed to vehicular traffic on the dates and between the times mentioned below –

Gorey Pier from its junction with Gorey Coast Road (A3) to the crane.  La Rue à  Don /Gorey Coast Road (A3) from the junction with Beach Road, Grouville to Gorey Pier. Le Mont de Gouray from Gorey Pier to the junction with La Route de la Cote (B29). between 8 a.m. on Thursday, 17th August 2017 and 12 a.m. on Friday, 18th August 2017.
The parking areas provided in the area described above.between 12 noon on Tuesday, 15th August 2017 and 12 noon on Friday, 18th August 2017.

 

In addition –

 

(1)     The Gorey Fête Committee intends to extend, to the remainder of Beach Road in Grouville, the one-way traffic route in the direction of Gorey Village Road, between 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 16th August 2017 and 12 noon on Friday, 18th August 2017.

 

(2)     The Gorey Fête Committee intends to prohibit the driving of vehicles along –        

          ·        La Rue à Don/Gorey Coast Road (A3) from Beach Road to Gorey Pier;

          ·        La Route Le Brun, La Route de la Côte and La Route d'Anne Port from Le Mont de la Mare Ste. Catherine in the direction of Les Charrières d'Anne Port; and

          ·        La Route de la Côte from Les Charrières d'Anne Port in the direction of Le Mont de Gouray,

          between 8 a.m. on Thursday, 17th August 2017 and 12 noon on Friday, 18th August 2017.

 

(3)     The Gorey Fête Committee intends to prohibit the driving of vehicles on any part of Gorey Pier from the crane to Gorey Coast Road (A3), between 8 a.m. on Wednesday, 16th August 2017 and 12 noon on Friday, 18th August 2017.

 

Michel Le Troquer

Connétable

  
18/07/2017Parish Assembly on 26/7/2017 at 7:30 pm

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

 

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.30 pm on Wednesday the 26th July 2017 to:-

 

  1. Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on 12th July 2017.
  2. Receive and if deemed advisable, adopt the audited accounts of the Connétable for the financial year ended 30thApril 2017. The said accounts having been previously verified by a firm of Chartered Accountants, and examined and approved by the Committee appointed for that purpose.
  3. Place at the disposal of the Roads Committee the amount required for the upkeep of the by-roads during the financial year 2017-2018.
  4. Consider the estimates for the presumed requirements for the financial year 2017-2018 and tax the rate accordingly. Special Votes and Reserve Fund votes for consideration include expenditure in support of the St Martin "Former School" redevelopment, church projects, depot & barn redevelopment, Parish car park and the Maufant Youth Centre.
  5. Elect a Committee to examine the Connétable's accounts for the year 2017-2018.
  6. Appoint a firm of Chartered Accountants to audit the Connétable's Accounts for the year 2017-2018.

                                                           

Michel Le Troquer,

                                                                           Connétable.

Public Hall, St. Martin,

19th July 2017

 

Copies of the draft accounts and the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours from the afternoon of 21st July 2017 and the draft accounts may be downloaded from the parish website from the same date.

  
18/07/2017Get involved with St Martin's Battle float!

​Come and help on this year's float entry.

We are usually down at the float (in the marquee behind the store at North Lynn, Rue de Clos Fallu) on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7:00 pm and then Saturday from 10:00 am.

When school finishes we will be down during the day.

If you would like to get involved and know more info please call 07797798793 (Andrew) or email a.pallot15@gmail.com

  
04/07/2017Assembly - Wednesday, 12th July 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

 

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 12th July 2017 to:-

1                     Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 31st May 2017
 2              Consider, and if deemed advisable, authorise the Connétable and Procureurs du Bien Public to attend Court to pass a contract of arrangement on behalf of the Parish, in relation to the clarification of the existing limits of the land owned by other parties towards the Parish road "Rue de la Solitude".

3                     Consider, and if deemed advisable, authorise the Connétable and Procureurs du Bien Public to attend Court to pass a contract of arrangement on behalf of the Parish to agree the limits of the Public Footpath to the north of the property known as "Surville Farm", Rue de l'Orme, St. Martin. The Parish's legal fees will be met by the owners of the property.

4                     Elect an Officier du Connétable for the Vingtaine de Faldouet
5                     Elect an Officier du Connétable for the Vingtaine de la Queruée
6                     Elect an Officier du Connétable for the Vingtaine de l'Eglise
                                                           

Michel Le Troquer              Connétable

Public Hall

St. Martin

5th July 2017

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 7th July 2017.

  
29/06/2017New Editor - Hamish Marett-Crosby

Hamish Marett-Crosby is taking over as Editor of Les Nouvelles  from Karen Stone, to whom we are greatly endebted for her valued contribution to this project., and the next issue will be his first.

Hamish – or at least his voice -   will be familiar to many of us so we have included a photo so you can put a picture to the radio persona.  Hamish tells us the usual reaction to meeting someone new is for the person to say "Oh you sound slim and dark"! 

Many years ago Hamish was a local wine merchant but has spent the last three decades working mostly for the BBC as well as writing for the JEP for some time. He put his background into aspects of his work and won three national awards for wine writing.

Hamish planned to get involved from the start but had to cut back for health reasons. However, he has watched with great interest the development of Les Nouvelles into the successful community magazine and looks forward to carrying on the torch on behalf of the two editors who brought it this far from nothing.

"This magazine is nothing without strong community involvement," he said. "I would be very grateful if all those who see something, interesting, strange or amusing as they go about their lives in the Parish would tell me about it – preferably in the form of an email and a photograph. If you find something of interest then the chances are that many will do so as well."

The next issue of Les Nouvelles will be distributed in the first two weeks of September and contributions would be appreciated before the end of July if at all possible. 
Hamish can be contacted on Tel: 852493   Mob:  07797 725944    email: hmcjersey@outlook.com

  
23/06/2017Branchage Dates

​The 2017 branchage dates for St Martin are Thursday, 13th July and Thursday 7th September.

For all island branchage dates please click  here

  
14/06/2017News Release: Parish of St Martin seeks expressions of interest to help deliver an asset of real community value

​The Parish are now seeking commercial partners in order to proceed with the development of the old school site. 
Please see the following News Release: St Martin seeking commercial partners.pdf

Interested parties should make contact in the first instance with:
Guy Gothard at the CBRE Jersey office on telephone 874141 or email: guy.gothard@cbre.com
Michel Le Troquer, Connétable) on 07700 851936 or email: m.letroquer@gov.je
Simon Matthews on 07700 705339 or email: simon.matthews@hglassociates.com

  
24/05/2017Assembly on Wednesday, 31st May at 7:00 p.m.

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.00 pm on Wednesday, 31st May 2017 to:-

1)      Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 18th May 2017.

 2)      Further to the recent information leaflet distribution, online survey and drop-in sessions held at the Public Hall between 11th and 16th May, the Former School Supervisory Committee and their professional advisors will present the preferred option for progressing the development of the former St Martin school buildings.

3)      Consider and if deemed appropriate, to authorise the above Committee and its professional advisors to progress with the development and letting of the former school; including planning applications, tenancy and finance negotiations, and the resulting contract leases and agreements with interested parties.

4)      To authorise the Connétable and Procureurs to attend before the Royal Court to pass in due form of law any contract lease arrangements pertaining to tenancy agreements which meet the criteria agreed by the Assembly in Item 3.

 5)      To authorise the Connétable and Procureurs to enter into such finance agreements which may be required to develop the former school in accordance with the decision of the Assembly in Item 3.

                                                       

Public Hall, St. Martin                          Michel Le Troquer              

24th May 2017                                       Connétable

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 26th May 2017.

  
17/05/2017St Martin's Honorary Police are recruiting now

Could you join us serving the Parish Community?

hon police.jpg​There is a friendly welcome to anyone who is able to give a little time to the Parish as an Honorary Police Officer.

There are many ways you can serve the community by joining the Honorary Police in St Martin.  We do more than road checks, attend road accidents and police public events – we can provide help, advice and solutions in many situations of a minor nature where a formal investigation by the States of Jersey Police may not be required.

Working in small teams we are 'on call' to respond to calls for assistance from members of the public or the States Police just one week in every three.  Duties can be arranged to suit your busy work life and family commitments. 

 We are currently short of Constable's Officers and this may affect the service we can provide the Parish.
If you are aged between 20 and 69, and would like to become more involved with your Parish:

Contact the Public Hall on 853951 or speak to the Chef de Police/Duty Centenier on 07797 717799.

or DROP IN FOR A CHAT ANY Wednesday between 7 pm and 8.15 pm

to learn more about the Honorary Police go to:

www.jerseyhonorarypolice.org

  
11/05/2017Parish Assembly at 7:00 p.m.

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.00 pm on Thursday 18th May 2017 to:-

  1. Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 30th March 2017.
  2. Consider, and if deemed advisable, recommend to the Licensing Bench an application for a grant of a licence for 2017 by virtue of the Licensing (Jersey) Law 1974 as amended:-

     Name:                               JLNF Holdings Limited

    Address:                            10-11 Gorey Pier,

    St Martin JE3 6EW
              

    Category :                         1st & 3rd Category

    Business Address:             Feast

                                              10-11 Gorey Pier, St Martin JE3 6EW

     
    Secretary:                          Laura Margaret Pledger

                                                                

Public Hall, St. Martin                          Michel Le Troquer              

10th May 2017                                       Connétable

 

 

  
11/05/2017Ecclesiastical Assembly at 8:00 p.m.

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

ECCLESIASTICAL ASSEMBLY

An Assembly of Principals, Officers and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall on Thursday, the 18th May 2017 at 8.00 pm to:-

1) Receive and, if deemed advisable, approve the Minutes of the Ecclesiastical Assembly of 30th March 2017

2) Receive and, if deemed advisable, approve the Churchwardens' Accounts for the financial year 1st May 2016 - 30 April 2017.

3) Elect Church Officers for 2017-2018.

4)   a) Consider and if deemed advisable approve the re-ordering of the vestry area to include toilet and washing up facilities, together with improved office and storage space.

      b)  In the event of the above being accepted, authorise the Rector and Churchwardens to apply to the Ecclesiastical Court for a faculty to undertake the necessary work.

                                                           

                                                                                    Rev'd Geraldine Baudains

                                                                                    Rector

                                                                                    St. Martin

10th May 2017

 

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 15th May 2017.

 

  
05/05/2017Survey Questionnaire

As promised in the letter from our Connétable, please see previous news item regarding the Old School Site, you are invited to complete the attached questionnaire regarding the development of the old school site which can be accessed here

If you are unable to complete the form oline by clicking on the following links you will be able to access the documents referenced in the Survey:
Information Leaflet

Images of preferred scheme

Former Primary School Redevelopment - Survey Questionnaire.pdf

The consultation period is open now until 24th May.  Please do take a few minutes to complete and return this survey.  Thank you

  
01/05/2017Price increases

​Following Enactments in the Royal Court the fees for the following services have increase from 1st May as follows:

Full Driving Licence - New & Renewal               £50:00
Duplicate Full Driving Licence                            £50:00
Provisional Driving Licence                                £15:00
Duplicate Provisional Driving Licence                £15:00
Same Day Service for any above -additional     £25:00

New Firearms Certificate                                    £45:00
Firearms Certificate Renewal                              £45:00
Firearms Variation                                              £20:00

Property Search                                                  £40:00

  
21/04/2017Important information about your Rates Assessment

The Rates List has now been prepared and may be inspected at the Public Hall during the usual opening hours from Tuesday 2nd May 2017 to Tuesday 16th May 2017 inclusive. 

The Assessors will be present at the Public Hall to answer queries relating to assessments at the following times.

Tuesday 16th May 2017

10 am to 12 noon and 6 pm to 8 pm

An application may be made to the Assessment Committee for a Review of an assessment of any area of land shown on the Rates List. An application for Review –

  1. Must be made on the approved form (available from the Public Hall or on  http://www.parish.gov.je)
  2. If requesting a Review of the Rateable Value must provide details of other land in the Island with similar attributes where there is a significant difference (10% of the Rateable Value of the land in question or 500 rateable quarters whichever is the greater), and
  3. If requesting a Review of the assessment of Domestic/Non-domestic must provide details of the current use of the property, and
  4. Must be made on or before Tuesday 16th May 2017 to the Assessment Committee at the Public Hall.

An appeal against a draft assessment may only be made after a Review has been undertaken.

Notice is also given that in accordance with Article 11(4) of the Rates (Jersey) Law 2005 that once the Rates List has been approved by the Supervisory Committee it becomes the Rates List of the Parish for that rateable year.

 

Michel Le Troquer,

Connétable, Public Hall, St. Martin

  
07/04/2017Proposed redevelopment of the former primary school

Dear Parishioner,

I write to update you on the continued progress with the project to redevelop the former primary school, and to confirm the dates and proposals for the forthcoming consultation with parishioners over the development.

I would like to start by thanking you all for your continued patience and enthusiasm for the project. You will recall that, when HLG Associates (the Project Director) updated the Parish at the Assembly in November 2016, they confirmed that the consultation period on the proposed option would take place in the first part of 2017. Many of you have made contact with the Procureurs and myself since the Assembly, eagerly awaiting details of "what next?"

Over the past ten months, the client team (listed in Endnote 1) have been working closely with HLG and our other professional advisors (listed in Endnote 2), and have reviewed almost 20 proposed schemes for the development. A variety of factors, including the key findings from the survey undertaken amongst parish households in autumn 2015 (summarised in Endnote 3), were used to reduce this 'long list' to a more manageable shortlist of six options that have had a detailed analysis undertaken on them.

Part of this detailed analysis has involved assessing the shortlisted options against some 16 'scenarios' (funding options), as well as commissioning and undertaking some six studies related to planning and environmental matters. Finally, soundings have also been undertaken from the market on the potential demand for the various types of activity that may be accommodated (thus helping establish the viability of the options).

Taking all the above factors into account the client team are close to formulating a 'preferred' option for the redevelopment to place before a Parish Assembly which will be held on the evening of Wednesday 31 May 2017, at which parishioners will be asked to vote on approving the preferred option and the relevant implications arising.

However, before making a recommendation to a Parish Assembly we need your views on the preferred option. We are therefore launching a consultation exercise on 10 May 2017, and close the consultation period on 24 May 2017 (i.e. two weeks after the launch, and one week before the Parish Assembly).

The consultation exercise will comprise three main activities:

  1. an information leaflet will be issued to all Parish households which will set out some of the detail behind the preferred option and how we plan to deliver the Project;
  2. an online survey questionnaire will be established, which will enable Parishioners to provide their feedback on the proposals; and
  3. a series of 'drop-in sessions' will take place at the Public Hall, where Parishioners can come and meet the Client Team and see the proposals for themselves.

The 'drop-in sessions' will take place on the following dates / times (all times BST):

  • Thursday 11 May 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday 13 May 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday 16 May 2017, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

The dates / times of the consultation 'drop-in sessions' have been staggered to ensure you can find a date / time that suits your availability. The client team are keen to meet as many parishioners as possible, and hear as many views as possible.

I hope that this update on the project is of interest to you, and that you will find the time available to both take part in the planned consultation exercise and attend the Parish Assembly.

This remains our most exciting and most significant community project; your voice and support is extremely important. I look forward to meeting and discussing the project with you all over the next few weeks.

Yours sincerely

 

Michel Le Troquer

 

Endnotes:

1.    The client team comprises: the Connetable (Michel Le Troquer), the Procureurs (Peter Germain and Lester Richardson), the Parish Secretary (Jerry Collins, non-voting), the Parish Representatives (Barry Faudemer, Chris McFadyen, Michael Jehan and Sue de Gruchy), and the Project Director (HLG Associates Limited).

2.    The professional advisors appointed by the Parish to the project comprise: Guy Gothard & Co (Property Advisers), Morris Architects Limited (Architects), HLG Associates (Quantity Surveyors), T&G Limited (Civil and Structural Engineers), Jersey Energy (Building Services Engineers), and CICE Limited (Project Health and Safety Coordinators). 
 
3.    They key findings arising from the summer 2015 survey were: 

    1. the Parish should develop more facilities for the community, but make sure that when completed, the facilities should pay for themselves;
    2. the majority of residents want the Parish to continue to lead the development and retain ownership of the site, with four out of five respondents being strongly against the Parish disposing of the site for development by others;
    3. the residents favour a mixed-use redevelopment of the site that does not result in any "financial burden" on the ratepayers to have to pay for its future operating costs.

A report summarising the key findings arising from the survey of Parish households on their requirements for the project is available for download from the following link: http://we.tl/R00a4OWwNa

  
31/03/2017Remembrance Garden

​The Ecclesiastical Assembly approved plans for St Martin's Parish Church to create a Remembrance Garden in what is known as 'The New Cemetery' (the one which was created in 1954).   This will be financed by two generous bequests and will enable ashes of non-parishioners to be scattered in the cemetery.

The design for this reflective space is centred around a labyrinth and was inspired by the 14th/15th century labyrinth to be found in Chartres Cathedral. 

The labyrinth will be created from pink granite sets and surrounded by paths with two pergolas. There will be benches and plantings of Gertrude Jekyll and Darcy Bussell roses with a surrounding hedge of lavender. 

The focal point is yet to be agreed and it is hoped that subtle lighting can be introduced.  Permission for the pergola has to be obtained from the Environment and Planning Department before these can be installed

These plans were created by Michael Felton from Rev Gerry Baudain's original sketches. 

  
22/03/2017Thursday 30th March at 7:30 p.m.

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

 

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.30 pm on Thursday 30th March 2017 to:-

  1. Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 22nd February 2017.

     
  2. Consider and if deemed advisable, approve the Parish be party to a Contract (or Contracts) of Arrangement to be passed before the Royal Court (at no cost to the Parish or Church) with various parties relating to the establishment of drainage connections and appurtenances under and along the western boundary of Fields 328A and 387A, (the Rectorat ou Béneficé) connecting to the established drainage system in Rue des Raisies; and if appropriate to authorise the Connétable and Procureurs du Bien Public to attend Court to pass contract on behalf of the Parish.

                                                           

Public Hall, St. Martin                          Michel Le Troquer              

22nd March 2017                                    Connétable

 

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 27th March 2017.

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PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

ECCLESIASTICAL ASSEMBLY

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.30pm on Thursday 30th March 2017 to:-

  1. Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Ecclesiastical Assembly held on the 12th May 2016.

     
  2. Consider and if deemed advisable, approve the Rectorat be party to a Contract (or Contracts) of Arrangement to be passed before the Royal Court (at no cost to the Parish or Church) with various parties relating to the establishment of drainage connections and appurtenances under and along the western boundary of Fields 328A and 387A, (the Rectorat ou Béneficé) connecting to the established drainage system in Rue des Raisies; and if appropriate to authorise the Rector, Connétable, Surveillants and Procureurs du Bien Public to attend Court to pass contract on behalf of the Rectorat.

     
  3. a) Consider and, if deemed advisable, approve the establishment of a Garden of Remembrance in the cemetery.

    b)  In the event of the above being accepted, authorise the Rector and Churchwardens to apply to the Ecclesiastical Court for a faculty to undertake the necessary work.

 

            Reverend Geraldine Baudains                    22nd March 2017

  
18/03/2017JT Telephone Directory re-cyclilng at the School

As there will not be a collection point for old telephone directories at the Public Hall this year you are kindly asked to deliver directories to the Front Desk, Reception Area at St Martin's School.​

Pupils are collecting telephone directories for re-cycling and in  exchange JT Tablets will be supplied for the children to use.

However the main motivation is to encourage the children to become 'eco-active' and to educate them about recycling.

Please deliver unwanted telephone directories to the front desk at St Martin's School.  Thank you

  
08/03/2017Result of Election for one Centenier

​Centenier Paul Gaudin was re-elected for a further term at the Public Election held on 8th March 2017

  
03/03/2017Parish in Bloom

A new page has been added to the parishes website for Natural Jersey (please see grey bar at the top of thepage) which is now running the Parish in Bloom competition.

For more information please go to:

Natural Jersey (Parish in Bloom)

  
24/02/2017Message for Jèrriais speakers

Jèrriais recording project

Hopefully many of our Jèrriais-speaking St. Martinais parishioners will be reading this! Some of you will be aware of the recent news that Dr. Mari Jones from Cambridge University, who is Reader in French Linguistics and Language Change (to give her formal title) is leading a project to record Jèrriais this spring/summer. She has been a longstanding friend to Jersey with her great interest in Jèrriais, our native language, now only spoken by less than 5% of Jersey's population. Such has been her interest that she has learnt to speak Jèrriais, really quite fluently!

Starting in April, a team of recorders who themselves speak Jèrriais,  want to hear from as many Jèrriais speakers as possible in order to record accent and vocabulary. There are  words and phrases used by St. Martin residents brought up in the parish speaking Jèrriais, which may not be used in other parishes! This may not sound important, but if not recorded by native speakers, they are lost to the printed word only, nowhere nearly as valuable as the spoken word!

So, if you would be willing to have your Jèrriais recorded – it can be speaking to a friend who also speaks Jèrriais or just yourself – please contact Colin Ireson at L'Office du Jèrriais on 449290 or home 726871. Recording can last 10 minutes or half an hour, it's up to you!

Mèrcie bein des fais,

Please contact:- Colin R. Ireson, Maît' du Jèrriais / Jèrriais Teacher, L'Office du Jèrriais Tel. 449290

Jèrriais Today poster v3.pdf 

  
21/02/2017Election for one Centenier on 8 March 2017

PAROISSE DE ST MARTIN

 

PUBLIC ELECTION - CENTENIER

PURSUANT to an Act of the Royal Court dated 20th January 2017, whereby it is ordered that an election be held for one Centenier in the Parish of St Martin at the Public Hall of St Martin on Wednesday, 8th March 2017 between the hours of 12.00 pm and 8.00 pm.

PURSUANT ALSO to Article 22 (2) (b) of the Public Elections (Jersey) Law 2002 the list of candidates which have been duly proposed and seconded are as follows:                    

 1.         FOLEY          Stephen                                  31 Clos du Ruisseau

                                                                                    Grande Route de St Martin

                                                                                    St Martin

2.         GAUDIN       Paul                                        Haut des Paliers

                                                                                    Rue de la Genestiere

                                                                                    St Martin

 

Michel Le Troquer                                      

Connétable                                                                  1st March 2017          

 

Voting before Polling Day

 

Postal Vote: an elector who is likely to be out of the Island on 8 March 2017 during the hours of polling (between 12 noon and 8 p.m.) or an elector registered under Article 9 and who has applied for a postal vote to the Postal & Pre-Poll Voting Officer, Judicial Greffe, St Helier (closing date is noon on Wednesday 1 March 2017) must return the sealed envelope containing the completed ballot paper to the Judicial Greffe no later than noon on Wednesday 8 March 2017 in order for the vote to be included in the count.

Pre-poll Vote: an elector who wishes to cast his or her vote before polling day may do so at the Judicial Greffe, Royal Court House, Royal Square, St Helier, JE1 1JG on weekdays (Monday to Friday only) from Monday 27th February, 2017, to Friday 3rd March, 2017 from 9.00a.m. – 1.00p.m.  and 2.00p.m. – 4.00 p.m. and Monday 6th March, 2017 from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00p.m.

(Appointments may be made outside of these operating hours, if necessary, by contacting the Postal & Pre-Poll Voting Officer on 441314)

Pre-Poll home visit: an elector who is unable to attend the Pre-Poll Voting Station to register their vote due to illness or disability may request an officer of the Judicial Greffe to visit them at home to enable the elector to cast their vote.

Application forms are available from the Judicial Greffe, St Martin's Public Hall, States Greffe Bookshop and Jersey Library, and may be downloaded from www.parish.gov.je

Please have with you proof of identity as this may be requested before you are allowed to vote.

Voting on Polling Day

The polling station will be open on Wednesday 8 March 2017 from 12 noon to 8 p.m.

Please have with you proof of identity as this may be requested before you are allowed to vote.

Electors who, on the day, are confined to their homes owing to illness or disability and who wish to have their votes recorded by the Autorisé or Adjoint are requested to notify the Public Hall by noon, if possible, on Wednesday 8 March 2017.   

Forms are available at the Public Hall for Parishioners wishing to 

Register as a Postal Voter  Postal Voting Application Form 08-03-17.pdf

Complete Pre-Poll Home Visit Sick Vote Pre-Poll Home Visit Application Form 08-03-17.pdf

  
15/02/2017Starts at 8:00 p.m. for Licencing Application and election of one Vingtenier

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 to:-

  1. Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 30th January 2017. 
  2. Consider, and if deemed advisable, recommend to the Licensing Bench an application for a grant of a licence for 2017 by virtue of the Licensing (Jersey) Law 1974 as amended:-

     Name:                               RD Catering Limited
    Address:                            Haute de la Garenne
                                              Rue de la Pouclee et des Quatres Chemins
    St Martin JE3 6DU     

    Category :                         2nd & 3rd Category

    Business Address:             Haute de la Garenne

                                              Rue de la Pouclee et des Quatres Chemins

    St Martin JE3 6DU

     

    Secretary:                          Mrs Bella Solvita Haynes

  3.  Elect a Vingtenier for the Vingtaine du Fief de la Reine

Public Hall, St. Martin                          Michel Le Troquer              

15th February 2017                                Connétable

 

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 17th February 2017.

  
30/01/2017Elections for Procureur du Bien Publique, Centenier & Constable's Officer

PUBLIC ELECTIONS

PROCUREUR DU BIEN PUBLIC and CENTENIER

The Royal Court, by Act dated 20th January 2017, has ordered that elections be held on Wednesday 8th March 2017 for twelve persons to fill the offices of Procureur du Bien Public in all the Parishes and notice is hereby given in accordance with Article 19 of the Public Elections (Jersey) Law 2002 that an Assembly of Electors of the Parish of St Martin will be held on Monday 30th January 2017 at 7.00 pm to elect one Procureur du Bien Public, the term of office of Procureur du Bien Public Peter Thomas Germain being due to expire.

The Royal Court, by Act dated 20th January 2017, has further ordered that elections be held on Wednesday 8th March 2017 for fourteen persons to fill the offices of Centenier in all the Parishes and notice is hereby given in accordance with Article 19 of the Public Elections (Jersey) Law 2002 that an Assembly of Electors of the Parish of St Martin will be held on Monday 30th January 2017 at 7.15 pm to elect one Centenier, the term of office of Centenier Paul Barry Gaudin being due to expire.

The Electoral Register will close at midday on Sunday 29th January 2017. You must have registered by this date to vote in the above Elections. If you have not yet registered to vote please contact the Parish Secretary immediately.

Michel Le Troquer                                      

Connétable                                                                  25th January 2017       

 

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.30 pm on Monday 30th January 2017 to:-

  1. Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 21st November 2016.
  2.  Elect an Officier du Connétable for the Vingtaine de Rozel. 
  3. Present the "Vingtenier Mick Eden Perpetual Trophy".

                                                            Michel Le Troquer

Public Hall, St. Martin                                         Connétable                  

25th January 2017

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 26th January 2017

 

  
14/12/2016Dog Licence applications for 2017 now due

Parishioners with dogs are reminded that they have until the 31st January to purchase their dog licences at £5 per dog. Licences purchased after that date will be charged at £10 per dog.

Licences may be bought at any time during the Public Hall's normal opening hours, which are 8:45am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays we are open from 5:45pm to 7:45pm.

Here is the link to the Dog Licence Application Form:  http://www.parish.gov.je/Pages/Licences.aspx#dog

  
13/12/2016No refuse collection on Friday 16th December

​Due to a family bereavement GermBusters will be closed on Friday 16th December. 
The Friday collection will be made on Saturday, 17th December. 
Advertisements have been posted in JEP on Tuesday, 13th and Wednesday 14th December.
GermBusters Ltd apologises for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience. 

  
01/12/2016The Office shall be closed for business between Christmas and New Year

Christmas Office Hours
 
The Parish Office will close at noon on Friday, 23rd December and will re-open at 8.45 a.m. on Tuesday, 3rd January 2017
 
Anyone needing urgent assistance, other than for a Police matter when the duty list as published in the JEP should be consulted, may contact: Connétable Michel Le Troquer on Tel: 851936 or 07700 851936

Please also note that there will not be an Honorary Police enquiry night on Wednesday 28th December 2016

  
01/12/2016Collection dates

Details also available under tab - 'Refuse / Glass Collections & Recycling'

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GermBusters Ltd
Les Hougue Farm
La Route des Cotes du Nord
Trinity JE3 5BJ
Tel: 869918    Fax: 867949
Email: info@germbusters.je
  
Parish of St Martin Christmas and New Year Rounds 2016/2017
Refuse/Commercial Collections for December 2016
Monday 19th December 2016RefuseCollected as normal
Tuesday 20th December 2016RefuseCollected as normal
Tuesday 20th December 2016Commercial GlassCollected as normal
Wednesday 21st December 2016RefuseCollected as normal
Thursday 22nd December 2016RefuseCollected as normal
Friday 23rd December 2016Commercial RefuseCollected as normal
  
Monday 26th December 2016RefuseCollected as normal
Tuesday 27th December 2016RefuseCollected as normal
Tuesday 27th December 2016Commercial GlassCollected as normal
Wednesday 28th December 2016RefuseCollected as normal
Thursday 29th December 2016RefuseCollected as normal
Friday 30th December 2016Commercial RefuseCollected as normal

 

Please ensure all bins are at the kerbside by 6:00 a.m.


Germbusters Waste Management

Les Hougues Farm
La Route des Cotes du Nord
Trinity  JE3 5BJ
Tel: 869918

Email: info@germbusters.je

Like us on facebook: Germbusters Limited

  
15/11/2016Parish Assembly on 21st November at 7:00 p.m.

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.00 pm on Monday 21st November 2016 to:-

 

  1. Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 9th November 2016.
  2. Consider, and if deemed advisable, recommend to the Licensing Bench an application for a grant of a licence for 2017 by virtue of the Licensing (Jersey) Law 1974 as amended:-

     

    Name:                                RD Catering Limited

    Address:                             Haute de la Garenne

                                              Rue de la Pouclee et des Quatres Chemins

    St Martin JE3 6DU

               

    Category :                          3rd Category

    Business Address:   Haute de la Garenne

                                              Rue de la Pouclee et des Quatres Chemins

    St Martin JE3 6DU

     

    Secretary:               Mrs Bella Solvita Haynes

 

 

                                                            Michel Le Troquer

Public Hall, St. Martin                                         Connétable                  

15th November 2016

 

 

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 16th November 2016.

 

I, the undersigned, hereby certify that the above notice has duly been posted in the Parish Box in conformity with the "Loi (1842) sur les Publications dans les Eglises"

 

 

Date……………………….                                       Signed…………………………

                                                                                               

Rev G Baudains,                                Recteur

  
02/11/2016Parish Assembly on Wednesday, 9th November at 7:30 p.m.

​Please go to the events page for a copy of the agenda

  
01/11/2016Operation Hamper: grocery collection

​Age Concern is launching 'Operation Hamper' aiming to deliver a hamper of groceries to our lonely and vulnerable older people.  A selection of goods that can be put aside for use in the colder months will be an enormous help to those who are housebound or unable to shop.

The Parish of St Martin will once again be supporting this initiative and there shall be a container in the vestibule for the collection of suitable items such as:

Dry foods- tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits, sweets and cakes - Tinned goods- soups, vegetables, fruit, fish and meats.

Also, If you know of any parishioner who is in need and would benefit from some assistance this Christmas please ask them to contact the Public Hall where application forms from both Age Concern and The Jersey Christmas Appeal are available.  These would have to be completed and returned to the Public Hall to be certified by Tuesday, 22nd November.  The Connétable then submits the application to the relevant organisation for consideration.

  
01/11/2016Remembrance Sunday, 13th November

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 

Members of the Municipality, ex-service men and women, parishioners and friends are invited to the Act of Remembrance at the Parish War Memorial at 10.50am on Sunday 13th November 2016. This will be immediately followed by a United Service of Remembrance in the Parish Church.

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Refreshments will be provided at the Public Hall

 after the Service.

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Wreaths will also be laid at the Catholic Church Memorial after morning Mass and at the Haut de la Garenne Memorial at approximately 12.30pm

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Reverend Gerry Baudains, Rector

Monsignor Nicholas France, Catholic Dean of Jersey

Reverend Graeme Halls, Superintendent Methodist Minister

Michel Le Troquer, Connétable

1st November 2016

  
21/10/2016Closure of Village Green Carpark plus parking facilities on Bonfire Night

Closure of Village Green carpark.
Connétable Le Troquer has authorised the closure of the Public Car Park from 5pm on Friday 4th until 10am on Sunday 6th November 2016.

Those wishing to go to The Village Tearoom during this period are requested to park near the Public Hall or in the 3 hour Rue de la Haye car park (behind the St John's Ambulance Hall). 

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Please see the following traffic diversions and carparks access on 5th November.  All road closures and diversions will be in place from 17:30 until 22:00.  Please see events page for more details

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14/10/2016The Public Hall is a Collection Depot for shoe boxes being sent to Romania again htis year

We have details of suggested contents at the Public Hall.  The last date for submission of boxes is Friday. 4th November 2016

 

 

  
11/10/2016The St Martin Stage of the Rally is on 14th October

​For more details please  contact: rallycontrol14@hotmail.co.uk

or visit the website: www.jerseyrally.com

  
23/08/2016REMINDER: Thursday, 1st September is the next Visite Du Branchage in St Martin

​Please ensure all banks and hedges are trimmed, the debris cleared away and walls are in good repair prior to the Visite.

Click here for more information

  
15/08/2016Parish Assembly at 7:00 p.m.

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

 

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.00 pm on Monday the 15th August 2016:-

 

1                     To receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on 27th July 2016.

 

2                     To authorise the Connétable and Procureurs to attend before the Royal Court to pass in due form of law a contract or contracts with various parties to ratify the two contracts passed by the Royal Court on 22nd December 2000 relating to the establishment of water pipes and appurtenances under Fields 413, 490 and 491; and to rectify an error of omission contained in those contracts.

 

3                     Following his retirement, to make a formal presentation to Mr Mo Gotel in recognition of his Honorary Police service to the Parish.

 

 

 

 

                                                           

Michel Le Troquer,

                                                                           Connétable.

Public Hall, St. Martin,

10th August 2016

 

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours from 11th August 2016

 

I, the undersigned, hereby certify that the above notice has duly been posted in the Parish Box in conformity with the "Loi (1842) sur les Publications dans les Eglises"

 

 

 

Date……………………….                                          Signed…………………………

 

                                                                                               

Reverend Geraldine Baudains,          Recteur

  
09/08/2016Battle of Flowers Day, 11th August

​The Public Hall Office will close at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, 11th August - Battle of Flowers.

We apologise for any inconvenience

  
01/08/2016Resurfacing part of Village Green Carpark commences 15th August

​Please be advised that works to pave the eastern end of the Village Green carpark are due to commence on Monday, 15th August.  Completion is due by the end of August.

We apologise for the interim inconvenience, but hope parishioners and visitors will appreciate the ongoing improvements.  

  
23/06/2016Consultation - Shaping Our Future - Hurry! - ends 31st July 2016

ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE FUTURE OF JERSEY

How do you think Jersey is doing as a place to live, work and bring up children?  We all have an opinion on what is good about our Island and what could be better. Now is the time to share that opinion. We want to gather your views; not only on how you think Jersey is doing now, but also on how you think we should be doing by 2036.

A community consultation has recently been launched to ask people to help shape a shared, long-term vision for Jersey. Setting a long term vision is a new approach to thinking about and planning for Jersey's future. The vision will describe what Jersey, as a community, believes it can achieve across a range of major outcomes – things which matter to residents' quality of life such as getting good jobs; living longer, healthier lives; and feeling safe.

The choices we make now will affect all of us. This is your opportunity to get involved. We need as many ideas and contributions as possible so that the final plan represents a common Jersey vision.

 

To find out more and complete the survey go to

shaping our future

The survey closes on Sunday 31st July 2016.

  
20/06/2016Project Update and Forward Plan

Please see the presentation prepared by HGL Associates by clicking on the following link

Parish Assembly - Presentation for Parishioners - June 2016

Copies are also available from the Public Hall.

  
20/06/2016Jersey 80s Fotos

​The Société Jersiaise and Jersey Heritage have come together to sponsor the collection of photographs from the 1980s, of which there seems to be a dirth in the archives.

If you would like to contribute to this project please read the attached:
Jersey 80s Fotos Media Release no.2.1.pdf

 

 

  
10/06/2016La Vallée de Rozel - Winner of the Scenic Lane Competition

We were delighted to receive the news that La Vallée de Rozel was voted winner of the Scenic Lane Competition for 2016.  A worthy winner don't you think?

Take a look down there, it's the lane between Rozel Mill and the Rozel Bay Pub, and see the beautiful handkerchief tree in full regalia right now.

- Here is a lovely photo of the valley in spring taken by Claire Jehan.  Thank you Claire. -

NB - The Connétable, Michel Le Troquer, would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like their lane to be considered for next year's competition.  Rue de Scez (or Saie) has won in the past but we know we have many, many more beautiful lanes in St Martin.

  
09/06/2016Wednesday 16th June - starts at 7.15 p.m.

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

 

PARISH ASSEMBLY

 

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.15 pm on Thursday 16th June 2016 to:-

 

 

  1. Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 11th April 2016.

     

 

  1. Former St Martin's School Project (FMSP):

 

The Project Team will be in attendance at the Public Hall from 6.15 pm to answer questions and update Parishioners on the progress of the project and the forward plan.

 

a)      Having taken advice from the Parish accountants, the Connétable and Procureurs du Bien Public request the Assembly to consider and if deemed appropriate, receive the future presentation of accounts relating to the FMSP in the form of a separate Reserve Fund, detailing income, expenditure and loan finance.

 

b)      Having been offered a £200,000 facility by the Parish bankers to assist in the financing of the FMSP, the Assembly is requested to consider and if deemed appropriate, to authorise the Connétable and Procureurs du Bien Public agree the terms of the said facility.

 

c)      With the refurbishment of the old "caretaker's house" (now renamed Maison Scolaithe) now complete and the property being marketed for lease, the Assembly is requested to consider and if deemed appropriate, receive future income and expenses relating to Maison Scolaithe and other parts of the building that may be rented out on short term leases, into the aforementioned FMSP Reserve Fund.

 

d)     At the Parish Rates Assembly of 22nd July 2015, a "Special Vote for the Old School Development Project" of £58,000 was agreed for the 2015/2016 Estimates. Following a project under-spend of £19,350 the Assembly is requested to consider and if deemed appropriate, to transfer the equivalent amount of the above-mentioned unspent balance, from the Reserve Fund to the aforementioned FMSP Reserve Fund.

 

 

 

 

e)      The Assembly is requested to consider and if deemed appropriate, to transfer the unspent balance of the funds that were previously voted to be transferred from the Reserve Fund for the refurbishment of the nursery and caretaker's house at the meeting held on 18th November 2015, into the aforementioned FMSP Reserve Fund.  The amount concerned being approximately £22,000.

 

f)       The Assembly is requested to consider and if deemed appropriate, recommend that further Special Votes relating to the FMSP approved at future Rates Assemblies will be transferred into the aforementioned FMSP Reserve Fund.

 

 

  1. Former St Martin's School project (appointment of architects):

 

The Project Management team and Supervisory Committee have evaluated the architectural design brief proposals offered by four architectural practices.

The Assembly is therefore requested to consider, and if deemed appropriate, to appoint Morris Architects to provide the Parish with architectural design and master-planning services in connection with or arising from the Project.

 

 

 

                                                            Michel Le Troquer

Public Hall, St. Martin                                       Connétable                 

8th June 2016

 

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 10th June 2016

 

 

I, the undersigned, hereby certify that the above notice has duly been posted in the Parish Box in conformity with the "Loi (1842) sur les Publications dans les Eglises"

 

 

 

 

Date……………………….                                       Signed…………………………

                                                                                               

Rev G Baudains,                                Recteur

  
09/06/2016Football Club Secretary needed

​St Martin's Football Club are in urgent need of a Club Secretary.

If you think you might be interested please contact Malcolm Ray, President, on 610023

  
03/06/2016Consultation on Littering and dog fouling

​The States of Jersey have launched a consultaiton document.  PLease click on the following link for full details:

http://www.parish.gov.je/Pages/Consultations.aspx

  
24/05/2016Rates Assessment Reviews today and tomorrow

​PLease see below  (first published 17th May)

Paroisse de St Martin

IMPORTANT LETTER ABOUT YOUR ASSESSMENT

Dear Ratepayer,                                                                           

The Rates List has now been prepared and may be inspected at the Public Hall during the usual opening hours from Wednesday 4th May 2016 to Wednesday 25th May 2016 inclusive.  Please find your Assessment Notice enclosed. This shows the number of quarters for the Land, houses, buildings or other structures that you own (Foncier) and/or occupy in the Parish.

The Assessors will be present at the Public Hall to answer queries relating to assessments at the following times.

Tuesday 24th May 2016 – 10am to 12 noon

Wednesday 25th May 2016 – 6pm to 8pm

An application may be made to the Assessment Committee for a Review of an assessment of any area of land shown on the Rates List. An application for Review –

 

  1. Must be made on the approved form (available from the Public Hall or on  http://www.parish.gov.je)
  2. If requesting a Review of the Rateable Value must provide details of other land in the Island with similar attributes where there is a significant difference (10% of the Rateable Value of the land in question or 500 rateable quarters whichever is the greater), and
  3. If requesting a Review of the assessment of Domestic/Non-domestic must provide details of the current use of the property, and
  4. Must be made on or before Wednesday 25th May 2016 to the Assessment Committee at the Public Hall.

An appeal against a draft assessment may only be made after a Review has been undertaken.

Notice is also given that in accordance with Article 11(4) of the Rates (Jersey) Law 2005 that once the Rates List has been approved by the Supervisory Committee it becomes the Rates List of the Parish for that rateable year.

 

Michel Le Troquer,

Connétable

 

Public Hall, St. Martin

  
19/05/2016Update: Public Election for Centenier on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

​UPDATE:

The meeting (below) took place and Mr Gordon Jones was been elected as our new Centenier.

He is due to take his oath of office at the Royal Court on Friday, 17th June

 

PUBLIC ELECTION

 

CENTENIER

The Royal Court, by Act dated 22nd April 2016, has ordered that elections be held on Wednesday 8th June 2016 for fourteen persons to fill the offices of Centenier in all the Parishes and notice is hereby given in accordance with Article 19 of the Public Elections (Jersey) Law 2002 that an Assembly of Electors of the Parish of St Martin will be held on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at 8.00 pm to elect one Centenier, the term of office of Centenier Maurice Francis Gotel being due to expire.

 

The Electoral Register will close at midday on Tuesday 17th May 2016. You must have registered by this date to vote in this Election. If you have not yet registered to vote please contact the Parish Secretary immediately.

 

Michel Le Troquer                                       

Connétable                                                                  11th May 2016

 

I hereby certify that the above notice has appeared in the Official Notice Box of the Parish of St. Martin during the period Wednesday 11th May 2016 to Wednesday 18th May 2016 in accordance with Article 19(4)(b) of the Public Elections (Jersey) Law, 2002 and the Custom.

 

Date……………………….                                            Signed…………………………

 

                                                                                                Rev Geraldine Baudains,                                                                                            Recteur de St. Martin.

 

  
05/05/2016Please ensure all Elector Register Forms are returned

The Electoral Register will close at midday on Tuesday 17th May 2016. You must have registered by this date to vote in this Election. If you have not yet registered to vote please contact the Parish Secretary immediately.

 

  
05/05/2016Ecclesiastical Assembly

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

ECCLESIASTICAL ASSEMBLY

 

An Assembly of Principals, Officers and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall on Thursday, the 12th May 2016 at 8.00 pm to:-

 

1)      Receive and, if deemed advisable, approve the Minutes of the Ecclesiastical Assembly of 21st May 2015

 

2)       Receive and, if deemed advisable, approve the Churchwardens' Accounts for the financial year 1st April 2015 - 30 April 2016 (13 months).

 

3)      Elect Church Officers for 2016-2017.

 

4)      a) Seek approval to make permanent the small glass shelf in the Lady Chapel and the tried and tested electronic bell system, both works previously undertaken by Dean's Licence.

 

b)  Consider and, if deemed advisable, approve the replacement of the existing sound system and cabinet, together with the installation of a retractable screen fitted behind the arch in the chancel, together with a projector for displaying images.

 

c)  In the event of the above being accepted, authorise the Rector and Churchwardens to apply to the Ecclesiastical Court for a faculty to undertake the necessary work.

 

5)      Consider, and if deemed advisable, approve the Rectorat be party to a Contract of Arrangement to be passed before the Royal Court to agree the siting of a currently unclear boundary, separating the property "La Charpenterie", La Grande Route de Rozel and land belonging to the Rectorat ou Béneficé (Glebe land), subject to certain rights and if appropriate to authorise the Rector, Connétable the Surveillants and Procureurs du Bien Public to attend Court to pass contract on behalf of the Rectorat.

 

 

                                                           

                                                                                    Rev'd Geraldine Baudains

                                                                                    Rector

                                                                                    St. Martin

4th May 2016

______________________________________________________________

 

I, the undersigned, hereby certify that the above notice has duly been posted in the Parish Box in conformity with the "Loi (1842) sur les Publications dans les Eglises."

 

Michel Le Troquer

Connétable

Date ……………………..

  
08/03/2016Pheasant Survey

The Department of the Environment is carrying out a survey of Jersey's pheasants to find out more about the birds and understand their impact on local agriculture and wildlife. For more details please view the  States of Jersey website

Charmaine Rice, a student from the University of Kent, is working with the Department of the Environment and the Jersey Biodiversity Centre, along with local volunteers, on a one-year project.  

The aim of the project is to find out where pheasants live in Jersey, what the population size is and their local impact, including their effect on farmland, and the scale of their impact on local wildlife such as lizards and toads.

At this time of year you can hear the male pheasants crowing to establish their territories and attract females. You may notice them more as they perform wing whirring displays, strut around to impress the females and square up to other males to defend their patch. The females can begin nesting as early as mid-March and lay clutches of up to 15 eggs.

Pheasants are not native to Jersey and were first introduced in the 1800s, but at that time did not successfully breed. Other attempts to establish a population were made in the 1950s when it is thought they started to breed in the wild in small numbers. By the 1980s due to captive breeding and further introductions, pheasants grew in numbers and are now common in Jersey's countryside.        

The project's findings will be used to help the department decide how pheasants should be managed in the future and what their legal status should be.

You can take part in the survey by completing the online questionnaire  

Or to report their sighting of pheasants across the island to the Jersey Biodiversity Centre (JBC) click here

If you find a dead pheasant Charmaine would like to hear about it and can be contacted at  c.rice@gov.je  or telephone 07797810987.

  
01/03/2016Re-Surfacing of central section of Village Green Car Park now complete

​Re-surfacing of the central secton of the Village Car Park has now been completed.  Whilst this is a huge improvement other areas are still quite rough so users are asked to take care when using this facility.  Thank you for your forebearance whislt work was carried out.

  
16/02/2016Section 3 Phase 2

Trinity to Gorey - Phase 2 2016.png 

  
12/01/2016'Sunrise over Gorey' by Jason Masterman

​Thanks to Jason Masterman for this glorious photo of a winter sunrise over Gorey.

Jason says  "If any of your parishioners are interested I have this image available to print in large sizes however I would have to make a charge for this". 

Jason also has other images available and they can be viewed on his facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/jasonmastermanphoto.je

  
17/12/2015'Christmas at St Martin' by Claire Jehan

​Thanks to Claire Jehan for providing this lovely seasonal photo.

Claire Jehan, well known for the lovely photos she provides for 'Les Nouvelles de St Martin' has kindly provided this seasonal photogaraph of the Public Hall.

Look out for more lovely pictures of our beautiful parish in the future.

  
11/12/2015Public Hall office hours over the Christmas period

Christmas Office Hours

The Parish Office will close at 12 noon on Thursday 24th December 2015 and will re-open at 8.45 a.m. on Monday 4th January 2016

 

Please note that there will be an Honorary Police enquiry night as usual

on Wednesday 30th December

 

Anyone needing urgent assistance other than for a Police matter when the duty list as published in the JEP should be consulted, may contact:

Connétable Michel Le Troquer on Tel: 851936 or 07700 851936

  
26/11/2015Last Day for collection Friday 11th December

​Volunteers will be in attendance at the Public Hall to distribute this gift which can be collected between

10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. then 2:00p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

on the following dates:

Monday 30th November, Tuesday 1st December, Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th,
Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th, Thursday 10th, Friday 11th December.

Each person must bring proof of residence in the Parish (e.g. bank statement, utility bill etc) and proof of age (e.g. passport, driving licence etc) to be able to claim the vouchers.
Vouchers may only be redeemed at Co-operative stores and must be used by Sunday 31 January 2016.
Vouchers will not be available after 4pm on Friday 11 December.

For full details please see the PRESS RELEASE below

 

PRESS RELEASE

issued by the Comité des Connétables

for immediate use

 

DAVID KIRCH CHARITABLE TRUST - CHRISTMAS VOUCHERS 2015

 

David Kirch Charitable Trust vouchers to the value of £110 are available for collection from Monday 30 November 2015.

 

The vouchers are available to all local residents aged 70 years or over on or before 31 December 2015 (i.e. d.o.b. 31 December 1945 or earlier).

 

Len Norman, Chairman of the Comité des Connétables, said:

 

QUOTE

"I am delighted that the parishes are, once again, able to assist the charitable trust established by Sir David Kirch by distributing vouchers to our older residents."

 

Each person must bring PROOF OF RESIDENCE IN THE PARISH (e.g. bank statement, utility bill etc) AND PROOF OF AGE (e.g. passport, driving licence etc) to be able to claim the vouchers.

 

Vouchers must be collected from the Parish Halls between Monday 30 November and Friday 11 December 2015 only (hours as advertised by individual Parishes).

 

Vouchers may ONLY be redeemed at Co-operative stores and must be used by Sunday 31 January 2016.

 

 

Comité des Connétables                                                    26 November 2015

 Please note:

  1. Contact for further information: Len Norman, Connétable of St Clement tel: 854724
  2. Applicants MUST bring proof of residence in the Parish (e.g. bank statement, utility bill etc) AND proof of age (e.g. passport, driving licence etc).
  3. Claimants are asked to sign for vouchers received and to sign a Data Protection declaration.
  
14/11/2015Former St Martin's School Buildings Open Day

PAROISSE DE ST MARTIN

 

OPEN DAY

Former St Martin's School buildings

 

With the handover of the old school having recently taken place, Connétable Michel Le Troquer and the Supervisory Committee are pleased to extend an invitation to the parishioners of St Martin and former pupils to view the old school buildings.

 

This one-off opportunity will take place on Saturday 14th November from 10.00 am to 12 noon.

 

Parishioners are also advised that a Parish Assembly will take place at 8pm on Wednesday 18th November to consider the next stages of the old school's redevelopment

Michel Le Troquer

Connétable

NB: If you would like to read the Architectural Design Brief please click below:

Architectural Design Brief - St Martins School v1.03 for issue 3_11_2015.pdf

  
22/10/2015This could Save Your Life - Your Life

Soroptimist International of Jersey are funding and promoting a campaign that could Save a Life – Your Life .   They are giving away free packs for people to keep Medical Information available in an emergency which would be accessed by the Emergency Services if they are called to your home.

How it works:

The idea is that a small notice on your door or window would alert the Emergency Services that a canister is kept in your fridge in which details of medical conditions and counterfoils of prescriptions can be kept.  The Emergency Services would then know just where to look to find details of any pre-existing medical conditions and what medication has been prescribed should they be called out to your home in an emergency.

Soroptimists  offer  these packs  at doctors surgeries, pharmacies and any interested organisations and hope to distribute 5000 packs eventually.  They have kindly left some with us at the Public Hall so please do call in and collect your kit.

This initiative was funded from legacies kindly left to the club by past members, some from Soropitimists own funds and from  a donation from Standing Conference of Womens Organisations.

  
13/10/2015The Comité des Connétables wants YOUR views

The Comité des Connétables wants your views on Litter, including dog fouling, the current penalties and enforcement options which might be considered.

For more information please go to ​ http://www.parish.gov.je/Pages/Consultations.aspx

Copies of the questionnaire are also available from the Public Hall or any Parish Hall/ The Town Hall.
They should be completed and returned by 31st December 2015 to:

Comité des Connétables
East Wing
RJA&HS
Route de la Trinité
Trinity
Jersey
JE3 5JP

  
02/10/2015Mustard Seed Jersey Christmas Shoebox Appeal

​The Public Hall at St Martin will once again be acting as a depot for the above appeal.

Pamphlets outlining items suitable for the boxes are available at the Public Hall.

The closing date for receipt of boxes at the Public Hall is Wednsday, 5th November.  Late boxes may be submitted by contacting the organisers

For more information contact Rose Helié on Tel 482637

  
24/09/2015Closing date 31st October for nominations

For details of the award and how it came about, please see the attached

 de Carteret Award Release 14 September.docx

 

The application form is on the following attachment

SIR GEORGE CARTERET ENDEAVOUR AWARD 2015.pdf

 

  
02/09/2015Road diversions from Wednesday, 2nd September to end September only

                     Message from Pallot Tarmac  2nd September  2015                                         

                             

                                                                                                                                                  

Trinity to Gorey  - Phase  4  Commencement 

     

Pallot Tarmac will shortly be commencing Phase 4  of the Trinity to Gorey (Section 2)  highway resurfacing  works project.

  • Phase 4  is a section of La Grande Route de Faldouet and commences East of Jardin de la Reine Estate and continues east finishing at La Rue de Basacre junction.

  • As a result of the proposed works the access to businesses and properties will  be restricted during these works.    
     
  • Works on Phase 4  will commence on Wednesday, 2nd September 2015  (weather permitting) and we  anticipate  they  will  be completed by late September 2015 with working Hours of 9.15am to 6.00pm.
     
  • To minimise disruption, diversion routes will be provided and will be in operation during the working hours which are mentioned above from Monday to Friday. See diversion routes on the map.
     
  • Further letter drops will be delivered prior to the commencement of each new phase, indicating timings  and extent of the next phase. Should there be any changes to the programme these changes shall be  highlighted  in  future letter drops.

     
  • For information relating to the Buses and temporary bus stops, please visit the Liberty Bus Website. www.libertybus.je

If you have any concerns regarding the project,  access arrangements, or any issues with the  works or traffic management, please contact our safety and  management officer on 07829 849487 during working hours.                                                                                                                                       

Further information on the scheme can be found on the States of Jersey  webpage: www.gov.je/travel/roads.

Pallot Tarmac Ltd and Transport and Technical Services apologise, in advance, for any                      inconvenience that these essential highway maintenance works may cause.

         Pallot Tarmac -   Site Manager.

  
27/08/2015Parishioners make their views known on future uses

Crest.jpg

 

27 August 2015

NEWS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE REPORTING

Parishioners make their views known on future uses for the existing St Martin Primary School.

The Parish of St Martin should develop more facilities for the community, but make sure that when completed, the facilities should pay for themselves.

That's the overwhelming view of more than three-quarters of the residents that responded to a recent survey undertaken by HLG Associates Limited for and on behalf of the Parish, in order to gauge what the parishioners would like to do with the existing St Martin primary school site, when it is returned to the Parish in November this year.

The significant majority of residents also want the Parish to continue to lead the development and retain ownership of the site, with four out of five respondents being strongly against the Parish disposing of the site for development by others. The residents do not want to see a purely commercial facility that provides no enhancement to community life, instead preferring a mixed-use commercial and community redevelopment of the site without any "financial burden" on the ratepayers to have to pay for its future operating costs. There was also some support for the potential to move some of the Parish administration functions into the building, and this will be further explored when assessing the options that will be presented to the parishioners in due course.  

Over 400 survey responses were received, with over 80% of responses coming from those that live in the Parish. The overall response rate from St Martin households is estimated at 20%, representing a good sample of the views of the Parish generally. Those that responded noted the 'quiet, peaceful' and 'friendly' neighbourhood within the Parish as the most important qualities to be preserved.

The survey also noted a preference amongst residents for healthcare-related facilities, such as a doctor's surgery, a dentist's surgery or a pharmacy. There was also good support for the provision of more child-care facilities, with many of the respondents suggesting using the site for the provision of additional nursery or crèche facilities. Less than 5% of respondents viewed the site as an opportunity for further residential development.

The Constable of St Martin, Michel Le Troquer, is pleased that the parishioners took up the opportunity to have their say on what they want to see within the completed building, and noted the significant findings arising:  

"To generate over 400 responses was well beyond our expectations, and demonstrates the real interest amongst parishioners for the project and the opportunity that the existing school site presents. It's also gratifying to note the confidence that they have in our approach to the overall development, by endorsing our decision to want to develop the site for Parish benefit, rather than simply dispose of it for development by others."

"The brief from the parishioners has been received loud and clear: give us more valuable facilities that enhance the Parishes outstanding character and community values, but don't leave any financial burden for the Parish to pick-up later. This – and other findings – will be considered very closely by the project team when assembling the design brief."

"This project represents a golden opportunity to ensure the Parish has its administration, public hall, primary school, village green and tea room, churches, community facilities, shop and pub all located within close proximity… something no other Parish in the island can lay claim to and helping to make St Martin unique in that respect."

"I want to thank all of the parishioners that invested their time in responding to the survey. It means so much to get good feedback, and I am now looking forward to the Parish appointing designers shortly, and getting on with the next stages of this exciting project. We intend to come back to the Parish over the next six months to outline the series of viable options that respond to the parishioners preferences."

[End

 

NOTES:

1.         Survey Results:

A report on the survey results can be accessed on this  link

2.         Consultation Document:

A copy of the consultation document that was used for the survey can be accessed on this  link 

3.         Interview and further comment:

Contact may be made as follows:

  • Michel Le Troquer (Connetable of St Martin, m.letroquer@gov.je, mobile 07700 851936) (Out of island and unavailable between 24 and 29 August 2015).  
  • Simon Matthews (Project Director, from HLG Associates Limited, simon.matthews@hlgassociates.com, mobile 07700 705339).
  
21/08/2015Road diversions from Tuesday, 25th August to Friday 4th September

                                                       Message from Pallot Tarmac  21st August  2015                                         

                             

                                                                                                                                                  

Trinity to Gorey –Section 2 - Phase  3  Commencement - Tuesday, 25th August to Friday, 4th September

     

Pallot Tarmac will shortly be commencing Phase 3  of the Trinity to Gorey (Section 2)  highway resurfacing  works project.

  • Phase 3  is a section of La Grande Route de Faldouet and commences West of La Grande Route de Rozel and continues East for 230m ending West of Prospect House.

  • As a result of the proposed works the access to the Royal St Martin's will  be via La Grande Route de Rozel only .   There will not be any access onto La Grande Route de Faldouet from La Grand Route de Rozel or La Rue de Payn junctions. 
     
  • Works on phase 3  will commence on Tuesday 25th August 2015  (weather permitting) and we  anticipate  they  will  be completed by Friday 4th September 2015 with working Hours of 9.15am to 6.00pm.
     
  • To minimise disruption, diversion routes will be provided and will be in operation during the working hours which are mentioned above from Monday to Friday. 
     
  • Further letter drops will be delivered prior to the commencement of each new phase, indicating timings  and extent of the next phase. Should there be any changes to the programme these changes shall be  highlighted  in  future letter drops.

     
  • For information relating to the Buses and temporary bus stops, please visit the Liberty Bus Website. www.libertybus.je

If you have any concerns regarding the project,  access arrangements, or any issues with the  works or traffic management, please contact our safety and  management officer on 07829 849487 during working hours.                                                                                                                                       

Further information on the scheme can be found on the States of Jersey  webpage: www.gov.je/travel/roads.

Pallot Tarmac Ltd and Transport and Technical Services apologise, in advance, for any                      inconvenience that these essential highway maintenance works may cause.

         Pallot Tarmac -   Site Manager.

 

  
18/08/2015Thursday, 3rd September is St Martin's 2nd Branchage of the year
for more information follow link to States of Jersey website - Please click here 

Your Roadside Plants and Hedges,
Trees and Banks

 
a guide to the "branchage law"(1) for property occupiers

 
The "branchage law" (1) makes roads and footpaths ('footpaths' includes pavements) safer for all who use them.  It achieves this primarily by requiring that the width of roads and footpaths is not restricted by vegetation.
All occupiers of property (2) bordering public roads and public footpaths in Jersey are obliged by law to trim any vegetation growing on the property that encroaches over the road or footpath, so that it no longer encroaches.  A minimum clearance of 12 feet above all public roads and 8 feet above public footpaths and pavements is required, measured vertically from the point at which the surface of the road or footpath meets the property (see drawing).  The law requires that all cuttings must be removed.

On two occasions every year, parish officials tour their parishes to ensure that the law has been observed.  If occupiers have not complied, they are liable to be given an administrative penalty (3) and instructed to undertake the work.  If the work is still not carried out, the parish authorities may arrange for it to be done by a contractor at the occupier's expense. 
The first Visite is during the three weeks from 24 June and the second is during the first three weeks of September, the exact dates being published in the Jersey Gazette section of the Jersey Evening Post.
Irrespective of these specific Visites du Branchage, it is the duty of the Constable, at all times, to have all impediment branchage (literally "branches") and other obstructions or nuisance removed from the public roads, with similar penalties applicable to those who do not comply.

  1. Loi (1914 and amendments) sur la Voirie.  Branchage is pronounced "brawkaaj"
  2. The occupier of buildings or land is responsible, not the landlord or owner in the case of rented property.
  3. Currently (2015) up to £100 per infraction.  Non-compliance may be referred to the Royal Court.

  
13/07/2015Jersey Liberation Prom

JERSEY LIBERATION PROM

The Jersey Symphony Orchestra

is holding its summer concert at

FORT REGENT

on

SATURDAY 8th AUGUST at 8:00 pm.

Jersey residents who lived through the Occupation are invited to apply for FREE TICKETS on a first-come basis.

If you qualify and would like to attend this concert please obtain an application from the Public Hall.

Of course tickets will be available for general sale also

The contact for more information is the JSO Administrator, Anne Eastham

 Tel: 852427 - Email: jso.jersey@gmail.com 

  
09/06/2015Free concert tickets for Liberation Veterans - 8th August

JERSEY LIBERATION PROM

The Jersey Symphony Orchestra

is holding its summer concert at

FORT REGENT

on

SATURDAY 8th AUGUST at 8:00 pm.

Jersey residents who lived through the Occupation are invited to apply for FREE TICKETS on a first-come basis.

If you qualify and would like to attend this concert please obtain an application from the Public Hall.

Also the contact for more information is the JSO Administrator, Anne Eastham

 Tel: 852427 - Email: jso.jersey@gmail.com 

  
12/05/2015Date for your diary.  The new panel will come to St Martin 7th to 18th September giving parishioners an opportunity to place a stitch in this piece of living history.  Here is a picture of the design

Launch of a new Occupation Tapestry Panel

 

 

Jersey Heritage has commissioned a new Occupation Tapestry panel to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation. The original tapestry was unveiled twenty years ago and is now a much-loved Island treasure with every parish having been involved in the creation of this wonderful community artwork.

 

The new panel has been designed by Wayne Audrain, designer of the original Occupation Tapestry. The themes for this panel are remembering victims of Nazism, remembering acts of resistance and recording how the Island has marked Liberation Day over the years. From the right we have the Bailiff and the Lieutenant Governor representing the governance of the Island, the Liberation sculpture and to the left of that the symbolic handshake with the Mayor of Bad Wurzach. In the foreground there is a young couple taking a selfie – making a reference to the modern world.

 

The panel depicts Liberation Day celebrations and veterans as well as the Lighthouse memorial and the medal awarded to Albert Bedane for saving the life a Jewish woman during the Occupation. It includes the Westmount memorial and the distinctive shape of a German observation tower. The faces in frames are of some of the people who lost their lives as victims of Nazism, such as Canon Clifford Cohu and Louisa Gould. They will be depicted in black and white against the vivid sky that echoes that of the original tapestry.

 

The new tapestry will tour around the parish halls over the course of this special anniversary year. In every parish, Islanders will have an opportunity to add their stitch to this new panel and view an accompanying exhibition of Occupation stories.

 

For more information, or to get involved as a volunteer stitcher, please contact the Co-ordinator for the Parish of St Martin, Nancy Thelland -

Tel: 852913 or email: njthelland@icloud.com or

 

Christopher Addy

Sites Curator, Jersey Heritage

Jersey Museum, The Weighbridge, St Helier, JE2 3NG

Tel: 01534-633340

Mob: 07797-897959

Email: chris.addy@jerseyheritage.org

  
20/03/2015Update on Road Closures -  April 12th

The JEC new cable installatin project continues with planned road closures for 16 days from 12th April.

Please see the attached details

road closures Apr 2015.pdf

  
12/03/2015St Martin's School developments

​The Connétable took the rare oppportunity of viewing the parish from the top of a hoist working at the new school site.  The school will be ready for the new school year in September 2015

  
20/01/2015Thursday, 25th June and Thursday 3rd September

​Branchage in St Martin will be on :

Thursday, 25th June and  Thursday, 3rd September

What the law requires​

If you occupy any land bordering public roads and footpaths, the 'branchage law' states that you must have the branchage cut to certain specifications on these areas of your property.

You must make sure:

  • there is a clearance of 12 feet over main roads and by-roads
  • there is a clearance of 8 feet over footpaths
  • that you clear all trimmings from the road / footpath etc afterwards

Your Roadside Plants and Hedges,
Trees and Banks


a guide to the "branchage law"(1) for property occupiers


The "branchage law" (1) makes roads and footpaths ('footpaths' includes pavements) safer for all who use them.  It achieves this primarily by requiring that the width of roads and footpaths is not restricted by vegetation.
All occupiers of property (2) bordering public roads and public footpaths in Jersey are obliged by law to trim any vegetation growing on the property that encroaches over the road or footpath, so that it no longer encroaches.  A minimum clearance of 12 feet above all public roads and 8 feet above public footpaths and pavements is required, measured vertically from the point at which the surface of the road or footpath meets the property (see drawing).  The law requires that all cuttings must be removed.

On two occasions every year, parish officials tour their parishes to ensure that the law has been observed.  If occupiers have not complied, they are liable to be fined (3) and instructed to undertake the work.  If the work is still not carried out, the parish authorities may arrange for it to be done by a contractor at the occupier's expense. 
These official "Visites du Branchage" inspections take place during the first fortnight of July and the first fortnight of September, the exact dates being published in the Jersey Gazette section of the Jersey Evening Post during the last week of June and the last week of August.
Irrespective of these specific Visites du Branchage, it is the duty of the Constable, at all times, to have all impediment branchage (literally "branches") and other obstructions or nuisance removed from the public roads, with similar penalties applicable to those who do not comply.

  1. Loi (1914 and amendments) sur la Voirie.  Branchage is pronounced "brawkaaj"
  2. The occupier of buildings or land is responsible, not the landlord or owner in the case of rented property.
  3. Currently (2004) up to £50 per infraction.  Non-compliance may be referred to the Royal Court.                      

                        

Branchage Notes

The St Martin Roads Committee felt that Parishioners would welcome some advice about how to prepare their hedges for the Branchage:

 

The following hedging plants and shrubs found around our Parish are ideal for any householder to obtain when contemplating a new boundary plant. Most of us think first of all about privacy, especially in relation to making use of the garden. There are however other factors that we need to consider, the first being shelter from prevailing winds, especially relevant in the light of this autumn's gales, the second being to appreciate the potential of root invasion and then another for those of us who are anxious to encourage wild life habitats. In spite of these considerations there is one further important point we must bear in mind, and this is our regular "BRANCHAGE" which we all know is held twice a year, usually in early July and early September. None of us really wish to be told to cut our hedge especially if we are about to go on holiday or we have been looking forward to a good display of flower.

  1. A common road-side hedge that we all know is the Hawthorn—Crataegus monogyna, we also often call it the May. This deciduous shrub is reasonably fast-growing, it will make a good hedge for two reasons. First its thorns will make an impenetrable barrier when established, also it has flower and fruit to satisfy the needs of wild life, both insects at flowering time and birds in the autumn. In the early stages it can have good upright growth and is not invasive.
     
  2. A further group of excellent plants for boundary hedges are the Elaeagnus, they are evergreen and several varieties have very attractive foliage that will brighten up the garden on duller days. In late summer they have small, sweet scented flowers that give way to orange fruits early in the New Year. Once established they need a trimming in late spring and again in the autumn. The strongest grower is Elaeagnus macrophylla and the best foliage colour is Elaeagnus ebbingei "Gilt Edge"
  3.  With the well known Privet we find either green or gold foliage. They are not always evergreen, depending on location. Both Ligustrum ovalifolium and Ligustrum aureum are not vigorous growers. They have a very strong root system that can be invasive for the smaller garden. Again the top growth needs to be cut back each year in late spring and early autumn.
  4. Another well known hedging plant is the evergreen Griselinia, with its leathery bright apple-green leaves. It is ideal as a boundary or as a seaside wind-break. There are two we see around, Greselinia littoralis and Griselinia variegata. Both will provide a tidy, non-invasive hedge easy to trim up as with 2 & 3 above.
  5. The well known Escallonia seems to be a very popular choice for many gardens but not all are suitable for strong hedges but better for shrubs within the garden. Most varieties are evergreen and have foliage with a pleasant scent when cut or bruised. Escallonia "Crimson Spire" has rich dark green leaves and brilliant red flowers most of the summer. In contrast there is the lovely Escallonia iveyi with clusters of white flowers in the late summer. Staying with this group we have Escallonia rubra "Macrantha" that will stand up to strong sea gales and is vigorous up to 10 feet high.
  6. As a strong and very spiny plant we have Prunus spinosa also  known as Sloe and blackthorn. It is a strong dense growing plant that has white flowers in early spring followed by late summer fruit. If grown as a compact hedge I would not put too much hope of making Sloe gin in the autumn.

Finally, the Roads Committee told me that many Parishioners are unhappy at being asked to trim back their hedges when they are flowering nicely in the summer. The way to avoid this is to trim your hedge well back in the Spring, just after the new growth has started. This should mean that when the Visite de Branchage passes by, your hedge will be both attractive and legal!

  

 

                                

  
17/01/2015details of planned road re-surfacing scheme

From end of January 2015 to Fbruary 2016 the roads between Trinity Church and Gouray Church will be re-surfaced.

  • Work will take place between 9:15a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Some work will occur in evenings to accommodate bus services and reduce impact on traffic diversions
  • Please contact Libertybus for changes to buses and Transport and Technical Services on 445509 or look on line at www.gov.je for updates​

  
12/01/2015WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN ST MARTIN’S HONORARY POLICE AND SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY

 

St Martin's Honorary Police

 

We have vacancies and we would like to fill these positions to bring St Martin’s Honorary Police up to strength.  It can be a very interesting and diverse position and new recruits will receive the necessary training.  If you are interested please contact the Police Secretary for more details on either k.gough@posmn.gov.je or on 853951 between 10.30 and 1 pm Monday to Friday.  Personal enquiries are welcome between 7 pm and 8pm on a Wednesday evening at St Martin’s Public Hall.

  
06/01/2015Policing Plan 2015

St Martin's Honorary Police

Policing Plan 2015

 

It is with pleasure that the Chef de Police Centenier Mo Gotel and I have worked together to produce this "Policing Plan" for the Parish of St Martin for the forthcoming year.

The relevant legislation that controlled policing on the Island by both the States of Jersey Police and Honorary Police was the Police Force (Jersey) Law 1974. However during the past two years major changes have taken place to that legislation. A new States of Jersey Police Force Law has been introduced. That provides for the administration and supervision of the States of Jersey Police Force together with the establishment of a "Jersey Police Authority". The previous 1974 law has been amended accordingly and is now the legislation that controls and supports the honorary police and their policing activities.

Other changes have taken place following the proposition, supported by the Connétables, to relinquish their policing powers. This change occurred on the 1st August 2014. Many had long argued that Connétables should take no part in policing the legislation that as States Members, they may have approved in the States Assembly. The actual exercising of those policing powers had ceased many years ago but had remained written into statute law and an option open to Connétables.

The new States of Jersey Police Force Law provides for a "Jersey Police Authority" to ensure that the States Police are efficient and effective, deliver the key aims and objectives within the resources available and that they act in accordance with any management policies. The "Police Authority" must also, after consultation with the Chief Officer, produce an Annual Policing Plan.

The new "Police Authority" however has no responsibility for the honorary police of the twelve parishes and it is the Connétable that retains responsibility for the efficient & effective policing of their Parish and to provide community policing to meet the specific needs of the parishioners. To achieve that aim each Connétable should, together with their Chef de Police, produce an "Annual Policing Plan" for their parish.

This document is therefore our "Policing Plan" for the forthcoming year as set by the Connétable. The Chef de Police shall, in so far as circumstances permit, deliver the key aims and objectives set for the effective policing of St Martin and to enhance policing services whilst continuing to supervise and manage the members, resources and the day to day policing practices in the parish. St Martin's Honorary Police are committed to work closely with the States of Jersey Police and others to deliver those promises and occurs at a time when the management of the States Police hope to implement positive steps to improve familiarity, consistency and accessibility to the community we all serve.

 

 
                              Michel Le Troquer                                    Mo Gotel
                                   Connetable                                       Chef de Police
1.      Honorary Police Patrols
 
The Honorary Police will continue to carry out regular patrols in the Parish of St Martin. Unlike the States Police, each Honorary Officer gives of their time freely. There is no minimum amount of hours expected from an Officer during his or her term in office. The seemingly increased pressures of life today, in particular for those with young families or others busy work schedules results in less free time available.

However it is accepted that seeing any Police Officer on patrol has a reassuring effect on some members of the community and we shall, as we have in 2014, continue to carry out a minimum of two patrols each week throughout the year, in particular at weekends when there is a greater movement of people and vehicles around the parish.

Patrolling takes many forms and our presence will be on mobile patrols in the Police vehicle or on foot patrol be it at a function, visiting a licensed establishment to ensure the Licensing Laws are being complied with or at a funeral, fete or sporting event.

2.      Road Safety

 

Road safety remains a priority in St Martin and there have been many fatal and serious injury accidents on the roads in the parish in recent years. We have worked closely with the other agencies including the States Police, the Island Road Safety Officer and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Department in an attempt to reduce road traffic accidents and we will continue to do so in 2015. There are a number of causes for the road collisions and these will be addressed with the same vigour as we have in previous years:

 

      1. Driving over the prescribed drink limit

         

        Honorary Officers are trained to use the breathalyser equipment and will carry out regular road checks to detect those who continue to drive over the prescribed drink/drive limit. Offenders have been detected as a result of general road checks to ensure vehicles are roadworthy, during speed checks or after observing a motorist's manner of driving whilst on a mobile patrol.

         
      2. Speeding

         

        This is another major contributory factor in road collisions. Detection work will continue with the regular use of the two speed detection devices held by the St Martin's Honorary Police. This work will be complimented with the use of the recently replaced "Mr Smiley" machine, a device that indicates to drivers the speed they are travelling. Data collected from the "Mr Smiley" machine will ensure Officers then return with the speed detection equipment to those roads and lanes that have the greatest problem.

        Data will continue to be shared with the States Police, Officers from Transport & Technical Services and with the Island Road Safety Officer.

         

        It is intended that the Parish will work closely with the Minister of T&TS during 2015 regarding the existing speed limits and to recommend changes to some existing speed limits if changes are likely to improve road safety.

         
      3. Road checks

         

        We aim to carry out at least twelve road checks during 2015. These checks will be carried out internally or with Officers from the Driver & Vehicle Standards Department and / or States of Jersey Police. Such checks ensure that vehicles are roadworthy but often lead to other offences being detected including drink-driving, unlicensed drivers or uninsured vehicles.

         
      4. Unlawful parking

 
Parking continues to be the one issue that results in the most complaints being received at the Public Hall. Numerous complaints are received from those reporting unlawful parking, in particular in the Gorey area. Subsequent policing of the breaches results in complaints from those who then receive Parking Notices.

New legislation was adopted during the latter part of 2015 to prevent car dealers using public roads and car parks to store and sell vehicles. The practice had put increased pressure on the parking spaces in the Gorey and St Catherines area where the issue seemed to be most prevalent. The new legislation has assisted but there are still insufficient parking spaces for the numbers of vehicles that are parked at the two areas.

The Honorary Police will continue work closely with the relevant authorities including the Ports of Jersey and Transport & Technical Services to seek further improvements. However motorists who continue to park illegally and inconsiderately in St Martin will be issued with Parking Notices.

3.      Parish Hall Inquiries and prosecutions
 
The Parish Hall Inquiry system is admired by many other jurisdictions and is often complimented by the Bailiff or Deputy Bailiff in the Royal Court when a Centenier takes his or her Oath of Office. Many persons have remained outside the criminal court system because of the process whereby they have attended an Inquiry, been dealt with by a Centenier, be it with words of advice, a written caution or a nominal fine and then sent on their way.

Parish Hall Inquiries will continue to be held each Wednesday evening at the Public Hall whereby persons who have been reported for an offence will have the chance to discuss the matter with a Centenier. Although the process used to be less formal the introduction of the Police Procedures and Criminal Evidence (Jersey) Law 2003 and subsequent Codes of Practice (Jersey) Order 2004 means that the Inquiry is governed by a set procedure.

During 2015 the St Martin's Honorary Police will strive to ensure all those attending an Inquiry are dealt with professionally but in a manner in keeping with the very strength of the Parish Hall Inquiry system, that of listening, educating and offering advice in an attempt to ensure that it will be the first and only Inquiry a person may ever have to attend.

There will be occasions where an appearance before the Magistrate's Court or Youth Court is unavoidable. The Centeniers will continue to "formally charge" and present all such defendants before the Courts in a prompt and professional manner and will liaise with the Crown Legal Advisers whenever necessary.

4.      General duties
 
The Honorary Police will continue to play an active part in the twice yearly Visite du Branchage with all three ranks carrying out their relevant tasks for the visit. The Centenier, together with the Roads Committee will advise the Connétable in accordance with the Loi (1914) sur la Voire, the Vingteniers will carry out their duty to serve the written orders and to enforce any administrative penalty. Constable's Officers will continue to assist with traffic control during the actual visits to ensure the safety of those on the visit and all road users.

The Vingteniers will continue to receive Parish Rates as the closing day for payment draws. A number of parishioners maintain the custom of paying their annual Rates to a Vingtenier and £12,866 was received at the special collection evening at the Public Hall in 2014.

The Honorary Police will again make the necessary enquiries to ensure all owners of dogs in the Parish have renewed their dog licence. At the end of January 2014 approximately 150 licences had not been renewed. Details of the dogs are important as they can save considerable time and money when a dog is found straying in the parish. The Centeniers will continue to make arrangements for the seizing of all stray dogs and for investigating any breaches of the Dogs (Jersey) Law that may arise.

5.      Community policing
 
Parishioners take a great interest in the Honorary Police. Many will have served in the Honorary Police in the past but will have seen changes that they may feel takes the Officers away from the concept of friendly, community policing they believe should remain.
Changes have included the introduction of uniforms similar to those of the States Police, body protection jackets and other equipment, a marked-up parish police car similar to the States Police vehicles and Officers having to attend a formal training programme.
Honorary Police Officers have exactly the same powers in law as Officers from the States of Jersey Police and therefore must comply with The Police Procedures and Criminal Evidence (Jersey) Law 2003 and Code of Practice (Jersey) Order 2004 already referred to within this "Policing Plan". Furthermore the Connétable of each Parish has a responsibility to ensure that his or her Officers are safe, properly trained and insured. The Connétable must also ensure that each Officer is provided with the necessary equipment to carry out a policing role.

The Connétable of St Martin will however strive to work closely with the Chef de Police to promote the importance of the perceived decline in the "community" aspect of honorary policing. The change in appearance and the manner in which the Officers now have to operate has been forced upon us by legislation. However the Connétable wishes to work closely with his Officers in the forthcoming year to re-establish the close liaison that once existed between the Parish Honorary Police and the community.

St Martin Officers will continue to provide a presence at weddings, funerals, Carol services and at municipal events held in the Parish. The Honorary Police are already aware of a policing presence in 2015 for various events including Gorey Fete, various sports at the forthcoming Island Games, the Jersey Rally, Liberation 70 and the opening of the new St Martin's School. There are likely to be many more added as and when events are planned.

Working with young people is equally important and although there are no Youth Clubs in St Martin activities are held at the Methodist Centre and on the Village Green. We shall continue to support those events and pay visits as and when we can. The Maufant Youth Project is actually in the parish of St Saviour but there may be an opportunity to pay visits to the Centre with the support and consent of the Connétable of St Saviour. The Scouts, Cubs and Beavers pack that operate from the Berni Centre will make use of the Public Hall for a trial period commencing in January 2015 and we shall show a presence as and when required. Officers from St Martin's Honorary Police will continue to visit other Cub and Beaver packs where they will explain to the young people their parish policing role.

6.      Training
 
There is a wide range of training courses available to Officers. The need for training has already been highlighted in this document. Each Officer has to comply with the requirements of the legislation that gives the Officer their policing powers and authority. The Connétable and Chef de Police also have a duty to ensure that their Officers are adequately trained for the role they undertake. This is important both morally and of course to satisfy our insurers.

Other than the initial Induction Programme that each new recruit attends Officers are encouraged to undertake a wide range of other courses as well as refresher courses on disciplines such as Officer Safety, manual handling, statement taking / report writing, First Aid and Defibrillator use. During 2014 two St Martin Officers qualified as "Loggists" after successfully completing a course with the States Police. Those Officers are now available to assist and support the States Police at the scene of a major incident.
7.      Recruitment
 
The established strength of the Honorary Police of each parish is set by legislation. The authorised strength in the Parish of St Martin is that of four Centeniers, five Vingteniers and twelve Constables Officers (total 21 Officers).

Like so many other parishes St Martin has a shortfall but we shall endeavour to find suitable candidates to fill the four vacancies that currently exist (one Vingtenier and three Constable's Officers). It is anticipated that the Vingteniers post will be filled by one of the existing CO's in the near future but the four vacancies of the full establishment would still remain.

The Connétable and Chef de Police believe it more important to have suitable candidates for the role than merely satisfying the authorised strength. It is the intention of the Chef de Police to hold an open evening to engage with those that may be interested but who would like to know more before committing themselves.

The Chef de Police has indicated his desire to increase the established strength from 21 to 23 in order that he has more Officers at his disposal. This would require a change to the Law, a not difficult task but as the law stands at present, time consuming and needing States approval as well as Royal Assent.

8.      Monthly Police Meetings
 
The Chef de Police will continue to chair the monthly Police meeting for all Honorary Officers and attended by the Connétable. Although the meetings cover general housekeeping matters the Chef de Police will continue to invite contributions from outside agencies. Examples during 2014 included: Multiagency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), fly-tipping, Ports of Jersey land & parking and Major Incident Planning.

9.      Partnerships with agencies
 
We shall endeavour to continue our close working relationship with outside partner agencies including the States of Jersey Police, St John Ambulance, the Harbour Officers and Ports of Jersey, Driver and Vehicles Standards Department, the Planning Department and the Emergency Planning Officer. We shall continue to work closely with and share information with parish groups including the Roads Inspectors and the Roads Committee.

10.  Office facilities
 
The limited office space at the Public Hall for the Honorary Police to conduct Inquiries continues to remain a great cause for concern for the Chef de Police but will be reviewed during the year following the completion of the new school and returning to the Parish, from the Education Department, of the former school building.

St Martin Honorary Police achievements during 2014

 
Although it is important that the Honorary Police have set objectives for the forthcoming year we believe parishioners should be aware of what has been achieved during 2014.
 
Police presence:

  • We achieved our aim by providing two Honorary Police patrols each week.
  • An additional day-time presence has been provided as and when Officers have been available.

 
Speeding:  

  • A second "speed detection" device was purchased during 2014 and road checks have been undertaken with that equipment.
  • A replacement "Mr Smiley" was acquired at the end of 2014. The new machine was deployed in December and is already recording data that will provide valuable information to the Honorary Police and other relevant agencies..

 
Road markings & yellow lines:

  • Consultation and site meetings have taken place with representatives from the Ports of Jersey, the Harbour Office, Transport & Technical Services and Crown Officers regarding parking issues, boundaries and signage.
  • We have worked closely with Officers from the States Parking Control Office in the monitoring of cars left on car parks for prolonged periods and dealt accordingly.
  • Signs on roads & car parks that caused confusion to motorists have been replaced.

 
Parking:

  • Honorary Officers have continued to enforce the parting regulations in the parish as no other agency or department currently polices illegal parking.
  • Assisted in the research and monitoring that led to new legislation being passed by the States in late 2014 that now prevents car traders using public roads and car parks to store vehicles. This has resulted in an immediate improvement of spaces available for genuine parking.

 
Road checks:

  • Twelve road checks were carried out during 2014 as well as additional road checks with Officers from the States of Jersey Police, the Driver and Vehicles Standards Department and Customs.

 
Dog Licences:

  • Enquiries were undertaken with approximately 150 dog owners who had not renewed their dog licences by the end of January 2014.
  • 20 dog owners were warned to attend a Parish Hall Inquiry for failing to renew their dog licence despite the reminder warnings they had received.

Liquor Licensing visits

  • Four checks were made to each of the 20 licensed premises situated in St Martin.
  • The relevant "register" showing each of those checks was prepared for the Connétable to present to the Deputy Bailiff at the December 2014 Licensing Assembly.

 
Community involvement:  

  • Police assistance was provided to those who sought a presence at a number of events in the Parish. These have included traffic control at funerals, escort duties for the St Martin's Battle of Flowers float, the Palm Sunday procession and for the Father Christmas sleigh tour. Honorary Police Officers also assisted on traffic control at the Festival of Cycling event, the School Carol Service, Remembrance Sunday and the Sea Cadets Gun-Pull.
  • Officers have visited three local Cub and Beaver packs to address the youngsters.

 
Visite Royale and Branchage:

  • Honorary Officers attended both Branchage visits and carried out their relevant roles they have to play as already highlighted in the main "Policing Plan".
  • Honorary Officers played a major part in the Visite Royale. That Visite occurs in the Parish only once every 6 years during which the Royal Court examine the parish accounts, receive a verbal report from the Chef de Police on policing activities in the Parish and then tour various locations to inspect areas of concern.
  • Honorary Officers have meet formally on two occasions during the year with the Roads Committee and Roads Inspectors at the joint forum where issues to their relevant supporting roles within the parish are discussed.

 
Annual budget:

  • The Honorary Police were able to keep spending within their budget approved at the July 2013 Rates Assembly for operational, support and capital spending.
  • A Parish Assembly approved an increase in the annual Honorary Police budget for 2014/15 at the July Rates Assembly.

 
Safety equipment:

  • Specialised body armour has been acquired within the approved budget to ensure the safety of Honorary Officers whilst on patrol who may come into contact with violent individuals.

 
Outside speakers at Police meetings:

  • Outside speakers attended four of the monthly Police meetings to provide a briefing and to share information on their various roles.

 
Tradition:

  • ……….and yes, the long standing tradition known to many former members of the St Martin's Honorary Police, the sharing a piece of Guernsey Gauche, was carried out at the beginning of the year following the February Police meeting. Long may it continue!

  
01/01/2015Dog Licence renewals by 31st January please

Parishioners with dogs are reminded that they have until the 31st January to purchase their dog licences at £5 per dog. Licences purchased after that date will be charged at £10 per dog.

 

Licences may be bought at any time during the Public Hall’s normal opening hours, which are 8:45am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays we are open from 5:45pm to 7:45pm.

  
15/12/2014Christmas and New Year Refuse Collection

 
The collection of household refuse for the Christmas period will be as follows:

Collection due onWill be collected on
Monday 22nd December
Tuesday 23rd December
Wednesday 24th December
Thursday 25th December
Friday 26th December
Collection as normal
Collection as normal
Collection as normal
Collection on Saturday 27th December
Commercial Collection Saturday 27th December
Monday 29th December
Tuesday 30th December
Wednesday 31st December
Collection as normal
Collection as normal
Collection as normal
Thursday 1st January
Friday 2nd January
Collection on Friday 2nd January
Commercial Collection as normal
Monday 5th January onwardsCollections as normal

  
15/12/20142015 Glass collection dates

GLASS COLLECTIONS FOR THE YEAR 2015

MonthThursday Friday
January15OR16
February19OR20
March19OR20
April16OR17
May21OR22
June18OR19
July16OR17
August20OR21
September17OR18
October15OR16
November19OR20
December17OR18

 
 

Glass Recycling - The Transport & Technical Services Department would like to remind us when recycling glass of the following:

It is important that separated glass contains no impurities such as metal or plastic.  Metal or plastic bottle tops should be removed from glass bottles and any foodstuffs rinsed out thoroughly prior to disposal.  On NO account should plastic bottles be disposed of with glass.  A further problem that is currently experienced is the number of households who dispose of their glass in plastic bags.  All glass should be left in a rigid container that the collector is able to tip into his vehicle with ease.
 
The whole collection will be left if any of the above requirements are not adhered to.

 
PLEASE NOTE
 
It is also not permitted to put garden refuse in your dustbin.  The refuse contractor will not empty the bin if anything other than normal household refuse is in it.

  
20/11/2014News regarding Sir David Kirch's Christmas Vouchers 2014

David Kirch Charitable Trust vouchers are available to all local residents aged 70 years or over on or before 31 December 2014 (i.e. d.o.b. 31 December 1944 or earlier).

Each person must bring PROOF OF RESIDENCE IN THE PARISH (e.g. bank statement, utility bill etc) AND PROOF OF AGE (e.g. passport, driving licence etc) to claim the vouchers.

Vouchers must be collected from the Public Hall between Thursday 27 November and Friday 12 December 2014 during the following times:

St Martin: Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri (closed Wednesday)

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and  2:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vouchers will not be available after Friday 12th December

  
29/10/2014Collection point for groceries at the Public Hall till 10th December

Parishioners are being asked to support Age Concern by collecting gifts for distribuiton and the Connétable has agreed to have a colection point in the Public Hall.  Here is an excerpt from the letter received from Age Concern:

 

'Age Concern are calling parishioners of St Martin to get involved in supporting the elderly this Christmas.

 

For the fourth year running, Age Concern Jersey is working with our proud sponsors, SandpiperCI to collect as much food as possible for our ‘Operation Hamper’ appeal.  The response in 2013 was phenomenal and we want to provide for our elderly community once again in 2014 so we are asking for your support, however little, to make this operation a success.

 

We are hearing more and more of the elderly having to make a choice of putting on the heating or having a hot meal during the winter months. With escalating costs of food and fuel they are finding it difficult to cope. If in some small way we can assist in bringing a hamper of food to this community it will make our pledge worthwhile.

 

We are asking if you would hold a collection point at your parish hall from 29th October until 10th December and encourage any parishioners to donate dried foods in particular tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits, sweets and cakes as well as any tinned foods such as soup, fruit and cold meats.......

 

.....Should you wish to join us in our endeavour to support the elderly people of your parish or if you know of anyone that may need support, please contact our Marketing and Events Coordinator, Aaron Labey on aaron.labey@ideas.je or 07797 836 845 or 01534 758922.

 

  
29/10/2014Also the Vingteniers will recieve Rates Payments

Meet St Martin’s Honorary Police between 6 pm to 7.45 pm at an Open Evening in the Public Hall.  This is an ideal opportunity to  meet the officers to discuss any Policing concerns you may have in the Parish.

At the same time the Vingteniers will be sitting to collect outstanding rates.

  
18/09/2014Connétable Michel Le Troquer and Député Steve Luce were returned unopposed at a well attended Electoral Assembly on Wednesday, 17th September

Congratulations to both candidates

  
15/08/2014The building of the Pavilion moves on apace!

​Look out for the Grand Opening in December - just watch this space

  
14/08/2014St Martin's Battle team win Carnival Award for their exhibit 'RIO 2014'

​Parade on Thursday 14th August and the Night Parade on Friday 15th August.

CONGRATULATIONS to the St Martin's Battle team on winning the Carnival Prize at this year's Battle. 
Photograph courtesy of Claire Jehan

  
22/05/2014St Martin's Flower Club Win Gold at Chelsea

CONGRATULATIONS!

Miriam Hill and Sandra Le Vesconte won Gold at Chelsea in the Flower Arranging Section.  This is the fourth time that Sandra (President of St Martin's Flower Club) and Miriam have entered this prestigious competition and the second Gold Certifiate for them.  Well done!

  
  
  
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10/11/2017New book about Rural Jersey to be published

​Dr John Kelleher's book "The Triumph of the Country - The Rural Community in 19th-century Jersey" which is published in hardback and is 608 pages long for is being offered at a special pre-publication price of £32 until 8 December 2017.

"John Kelleher's book charts the challenges made to the rural community's way of life and the means it adopted to combat them. The book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the forces which shaped modern Jersey."

Please read the attached leaflet

Triumph of the Country Cover.pdf

and perhaps you will consider ordering a copy as a gift or reference

Triumph of the Country Order Form.pdf

  
08/11/2017Parish Assembly on 15th November at 8:15 pm

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 8.15 pm on Wednesday, 15th November 2017:-

1)      To receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 11th October 2017.

 2)      Pursuant to the Parish Assemblies of 12th February 2014, 16th December 2015, and 27th July 2016 the Assembly is asked to decide between two options regarding the Parish depot situated in Rue de la Genestiere.

  1. Sell the site in accordance with the Planning Department's stipulation that it must be used for commercial premises. The information regarding the tenders including basic descriptions of proposed uses will be made available to the Assembly.
  2. Retain the site and refurbish the property for continued use as the Parish depot – details of the preferred tender will be made available to the Assembly.

3)      If option 2a) is chosen, to authorise the Connétable and Procureurs du Bien Public to attend Court to pass a contract of arrangement on behalf of the Parish to agree the sale of the Parish depot.

 4)      If option 2b) is chosen, and subject to consent being granted by the Jersey Financial Services Commission - to authorise the Connétable and Procureurs du Bien Public on behalf of the Parish to enter into a limited number of private loan agreements to finance the refurbishment of the depot over a period of 10 years at a fixed rate of interest. Further details to be provided at the Assembly.

 5)      Regardless of the decision taken in item 2), subject to consent being granted by the Jersey Financial Services Commission - to authorise the Connétable and Procureurs du Bien Public on behalf of the Parish to enter into a limited number of private loan agreements to finance the refurbishment of the Rectory barn over a period of 10 years at a fixed rate of interest. Further details to be provided at the Assembly.

                                                        

Public Hall, St. Martin                          Michel Le Troquer              

8th November 2017                                            Connétable

  
31/10/2017Parish rates must be paid by Friday 3rd Nov to avoid the 10% surcharge

Parishioners wishing to pay their rates before the 3rd November 4.30 pm deadline, are reminded that they have these options available:

BACS (instructions on the demand)

Online card (instructions on the demand)

Cheque

Cash

Card (by personal attendance at the office)

Please note that after 4:30 pm on Friday, 3rd November a late payment surcharge of 10% will be added.

  
13/10/2017St Martin section is on Friday, 13th October

​Contact detals for members of the Public who are affected by the rally and need to discuss access to their property whilst the rally is taking place:

Tel: 07797 894617

Email: rallycontrol14@hotmail.com

 

  
13/10/2017Asian Hornet lookouts

An Asian Hornet Nest was recently found near Fliquet.  The public is being urged to look out for these, please see the link below for more details:​

https://www.gov.je/news/2017/pages/AsianHornetUpdate.aspx

  
04/10/2017Parish Assembly re Maufant Village

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

 

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.00 pm on Wednesday, 11th October 2017 to:-

          

1)    Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 30th August 2017.

The Assembly is requested to note the following:

That the Public of the Island is the owner of certain estate roads, pavements, open areas (and footpaths situated therein) and lighting in the development known as Maufant Village some of which are situate in the Parish of St Martin.  The individual property owners within Maufant Village are each bound, by their respective contracts of purchase, to contribute towards the costs of maintaining such estate roads, pavements and open areas (and footpaths situated therein).

That at a Parish Assembly held on 10th January 1979 the Parish of St Martin agreed "to take over the administration" of the said estate roads, pavements and street lighting (but not the open areas and footpaths situated therein) from the States of Jersey Housing Committee but the said transfer did not take place for various reasons, since which time further development has taken place on land adjacent to Maufant Village and the Public of the Island has granted rights to third parties over certain of the estate roads in question.

2)      In light of the above, the Assembly is asked to consider and if deemed advisable, to formally rescind the resolution of the Parish Assembly dated 10th January 1979, in order to allow the States of Jersey to make suitable ownership arrangements with the residents of Maufant Village (which is situated in both St Martin and St Saviour) without the encumbrance of historical and ambiguous resolutions. This rescindment being the joint recommendation of the Procureurs du Bien Public and the St Martin Roads Committee.

 

 

 

Public Hall, St. Martin                             Michel Le Troquer                 

4th October 2017                                     Connétable

  
14/09/2017Maufant Village roads

​Letter to all parishioners 23rd July 2017

 

Dear Parishioner,        

                                                                                   

Maufant Village roads

On the 10th January 1979 at a Parish Assembly chaired by the then Connétable, the late Mr George Le Masurier, consideration was given to an Act of the Parish Roads Committee whereby it was recommended that the Parish take over the "administration" of the roads, pavements and road lighting of that part of the Maufant Village Development situated in the Parish of St Martin. That decision was unanimously approved by the Assembly.

That transfer of the "administration" never took place and by May 1980 the Housing Committee of the time recorded in their minutes that the Connétable had informed that Committee that they were unanimously against the Parish taking over the grassed areas of Maufant because of the serious shortage of labour.

Since that time there has been little progress. I am the fifth Connétable and Deputy Steve Luce the fourth Parish Deputy trying to close this matter following the 1979 Assembly.

The original deeds of contract remain to this day, that each of the owners of the original 151 properties are bound by their respective contracts of purchase to contribute towards the costs of maintaining the estate roadways, pavements and pedestrian passageways and of the cost of the electricity used for lighting the roadways and pavements in Maufant Village. To our knowledge this has not happened and to date, "the public" (the tax-payer, through various States Departments and more recently through the States Property Holdings Department) have continued to fund the maintenance work in Maufant Village.

Many will be aware that further development has taken place at Maufant Village and the owners of the newest homes that were built at a later phase (Clos du Ruisseau) have formed their own Home Owners Association. They will take responsibility for the maintenance of the roads, pavements and common areas within their part of Maufant Village.

Legal advice has been sought on a number of occasions as to how this matter could be best resolved. The interpretation of "administration" in the original decision is unclear and more recent legal advice received by the Parish is that it would now be very unwise to try and implement a decision that is ambiguous and that is now nearly 40 years old.

Parishioners will be aware that a small part of Maufant Village is in St Saviour and the residents who reside in that part of the estate are in the same situation as those that live in St Martin. They too find that their roads, pavements and common areas in the initial development are paid for by "the public".

The Parish of St Martin is in no position to accept the financial burden for taking on the responsibility of a "private estate". The current Roads Committee and the Parish Procureurs du Bien Public do not support the Parish taking over the existing contracts of purchase. To do so would find the Parish of St Martin having to fund the maintenance of all the roads, pavements and common areas in Maufant Village, something that would be extremely costly in the long term and could also set a precedent for residents of other private estates in the parish to seek.

The existing "contracts of purchase" are such that a cost recovery arrangement against a set share per house and the Minister for Infrastructure reserves "the public's" position that all future works undertaken on the roads and pavements may be recharged in accordance with those contracts. It is likely that should the two parishes take over responsibility, the clause would fall away and we (the two parishes) would take over that liability on all the original 151 homes in Maufant Village.

Should the parish take on the responsibility then parking restrictions are likely to be implemented. Illegally parked vehicles would be issued with Parking Notices. Consideration would be given for the introduction of Residents Parking Permits for which a charge could be made and / or pay-card parking zones introduced. Speed limits would be introduced and enforced.

I have no doubt that these new restrictions would be welcomed by some but opposed by others. I received a number of complaints and a petition from Maufant Village residents when LibertyBus introduced a service through Maufant Village to assist the residents, reminding me that it was a "private estate". Indeed it is, but currently maintained by "the public" and not the Maufant Village residents.

I am sorry to write this letter but do so because I believe the residents of Maufant Village, and indeed all St Martin parishioners, need to know the situation we all face. It is possible that some home-owners are unclear as to their contractual obligations. Should the current situation remain then it is possible that residents will be recharged by the States of Jersey for any work on the pavements, roads and common areas as well as lighting, something that they have been entitled to do throughout this long saga but has instead been funded from the public purse.

The matter has gone on far too long and the only way forward seems to be the rescindment of the 1979 Parish Assembly decision that was never progressed. This will allow residents to set up their own Housing Association and make suitable arrangements for cost recovery.

I therefore write to advise all parishioners that I intend to bring this matter to a Parish Assembly at a date yet to be fixed, but towards the end of September or early October. The Assembly will be circulated in the Gazette page of the Jersey Evening Post, displayed in the Church Box and on the Parish website.

Yours sincerely,

Michel Le Troquer

Connétable

Please click the attached for a pdf version Maufant Village roads letter to all parishioners July 2017.pdf

  
24/08/2017Parish Assembly

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

 

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 30th August 2017 to:-

 

1                     Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 26th July 2017

 2                    Elect a Vingtenier for the Vingtaine de la Queruée

3                    Elect an Officier du Connétable for the Vingtaine du Fief de la Reine.

           

                                                                                               Michel Le Troquer

Public Hall                                                          Connétable

St. Martin

24th August 2017

 

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 25th August 2017.

  
11/08/2017Gorey Fête - Further details of road closures

Road Closures:

On Wednesday 16th August, Gorey Coast Road between Beach Road and its junction with Mont de Gouray and La Route de la Cote will only be open one-way to traffic heading south.  After 6:00 pm the road will be closed in both directions until 12:00 noon on Friday the 18th of August.

Parking on Gorey Hill from Devon Gardens to Camellia Cottage will not be allowed during this period of time and the small car park on Gorey Hill alongside Pizza Quarter will also be closed.

Resident Parking:

The Coast Road from the Welcome Slipway as far as Devon Gardens will be available for Residents-parking only. Access to premises and parking along the Coast Road will be from the junction at Beach Road and will only be allowed by showing your "Parking Passes" to the Honorary Police in attendance. Parking is limited and unfortunately once the road is full then motorists should park in one of the Fete car parks.

A free "Park & Ride" system will be operating from 9:00 am until 11:00 pm on the day of the Fete. It will run between the car parks at Jersey Activity Centre, Seymour Farm and the northern entrance to the Fete at Devon Gardens on Gorey Hill. Please feel free to utilise this service.

Please see map overleaf showing car parks, road closures and diversions for the period of the Fete.

Access to premises along New Road and Old Road are as normal. Access to premises between the Welcome Slipway and Beach Road will be via Gorey Village, down Old Road and then turning right onto the Coast Road. Turning left towards the Fete will not be allowed.

More information on the Fete, road closures and traffic restrictions can be found on our Facebook page, search for Gorey Fete, or our website, goreyfete.co.uk. If you have any other queries then please feel free to contact a committee member on one of the following numbers:

Brian Brown-                 07797 722 842

Jack Luce-                    07797 774 038

We apologise for any inconvience caused and thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

Kind regards,

Brian Brown

Gorey Fete Committee

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08/08/2017Office closing 1:00 p.m. Thursday 10th August

​Battle of Flowers Day

The office will close on Thursday, 10th August.
With apologies for any inconveninece caused, but we hope you enjoy the day

  
08/08/2017Notice of Closing of Roads and Places from 15 August - Gorey Fete

NOTICE OF CLOSING OF PUBLIC ROADS AND PLACES

GOREY FÊTE 

The following public roads and places will be closed to vehicular traffic on the dates and between the times mentioned below –

Gorey Pier from its junction with Gorey Coast Road (A3) to the crane.  La Rue à  Don /Gorey Coast Road (A3) from the junction with Beach Road, Grouville to Gorey Pier. Le Mont de Gouray from Gorey Pier to the junction with La Route de la Cote (B29). between 8 a.m. on Thursday, 17th August 2017 and 12 a.m. on Friday, 18th August 2017.
The parking areas provided in the area described above.between 12 noon on Tuesday, 15th August 2017 and 12 noon on Friday, 18th August 2017.

 

In addition –

 

(1)     The Gorey Fête Committee intends to extend, to the remainder of Beach Road in Grouville, the one-way traffic route in the direction of Gorey Village Road, between 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 16th August 2017 and 12 noon on Friday, 18th August 2017.

 

(2)     The Gorey Fête Committee intends to prohibit the driving of vehicles along –        

          ·        La Rue à Don/Gorey Coast Road (A3) from Beach Road to Gorey Pier;

          ·        La Route Le Brun, La Route de la Côte and La Route d'Anne Port from Le Mont de la Mare Ste. Catherine in the direction of Les Charrières d'Anne Port; and

          ·        La Route de la Côte from Les Charrières d'Anne Port in the direction of Le Mont de Gouray,

          between 8 a.m. on Thursday, 17th August 2017 and 12 noon on Friday, 18th August 2017.

 

(3)     The Gorey Fête Committee intends to prohibit the driving of vehicles on any part of Gorey Pier from the crane to Gorey Coast Road (A3), between 8 a.m. on Wednesday, 16th August 2017 and 12 noon on Friday, 18th August 2017.

 

Michel Le Troquer

Connétable

  
18/07/2017Parish Assembly on 26/7/2017 at 7:30 pm

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

 

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.30 pm on Wednesday the 26th July 2017 to:-

 

  1. Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on 12th July 2017.
  2. Receive and if deemed advisable, adopt the audited accounts of the Connétable for the financial year ended 30thApril 2017. The said accounts having been previously verified by a firm of Chartered Accountants, and examined and approved by the Committee appointed for that purpose.
  3. Place at the disposal of the Roads Committee the amount required for the upkeep of the by-roads during the financial year 2017-2018.
  4. Consider the estimates for the presumed requirements for the financial year 2017-2018 and tax the rate accordingly. Special Votes and Reserve Fund votes for consideration include expenditure in support of the St Martin "Former School" redevelopment, church projects, depot & barn redevelopment, Parish car park and the Maufant Youth Centre.
  5. Elect a Committee to examine the Connétable's accounts for the year 2017-2018.
  6. Appoint a firm of Chartered Accountants to audit the Connétable's Accounts for the year 2017-2018.

                                                           

Michel Le Troquer,

                                                                           Connétable.

Public Hall, St. Martin,

19th July 2017

 

Copies of the draft accounts and the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours from the afternoon of 21st July 2017 and the draft accounts may be downloaded from the parish website from the same date.

  
18/07/2017Get involved with St Martin's Battle float!

​Come and help on this year's float entry.

We are usually down at the float (in the marquee behind the store at North Lynn, Rue de Clos Fallu) on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7:00 pm and then Saturday from 10:00 am.

When school finishes we will be down during the day.

If you would like to get involved and know more info please call 07797798793 (Andrew) or email a.pallot15@gmail.com

  
04/07/2017Assembly - Wednesday, 12th July 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

 

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 12th July 2017 to:-

1                     Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 31st May 2017
 2              Consider, and if deemed advisable, authorise the Connétable and Procureurs du Bien Public to attend Court to pass a contract of arrangement on behalf of the Parish, in relation to the clarification of the existing limits of the land owned by other parties towards the Parish road "Rue de la Solitude".

3                     Consider, and if deemed advisable, authorise the Connétable and Procureurs du Bien Public to attend Court to pass a contract of arrangement on behalf of the Parish to agree the limits of the Public Footpath to the north of the property known as "Surville Farm", Rue de l'Orme, St. Martin. The Parish's legal fees will be met by the owners of the property.

4                     Elect an Officier du Connétable for the Vingtaine de Faldouet
5                     Elect an Officier du Connétable for the Vingtaine de la Queruée
6                     Elect an Officier du Connétable for the Vingtaine de l'Eglise
                                                           

Michel Le Troquer              Connétable

Public Hall

St. Martin

5th July 2017

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 7th July 2017.

  
29/06/2017New Editor - Hamish Marett-Crosby

Hamish Marett-Crosby is taking over as Editor of Les Nouvelles  from Karen Stone, to whom we are greatly endebted for her valued contribution to this project., and the next issue will be his first.

Hamish – or at least his voice -   will be familiar to many of us so we have included a photo so you can put a picture to the radio persona.  Hamish tells us the usual reaction to meeting someone new is for the person to say "Oh you sound slim and dark"! 

Many years ago Hamish was a local wine merchant but has spent the last three decades working mostly for the BBC as well as writing for the JEP for some time. He put his background into aspects of his work and won three national awards for wine writing.

Hamish planned to get involved from the start but had to cut back for health reasons. However, he has watched with great interest the development of Les Nouvelles into the successful community magazine and looks forward to carrying on the torch on behalf of the two editors who brought it this far from nothing.

"This magazine is nothing without strong community involvement," he said. "I would be very grateful if all those who see something, interesting, strange or amusing as they go about their lives in the Parish would tell me about it – preferably in the form of an email and a photograph. If you find something of interest then the chances are that many will do so as well."

The next issue of Les Nouvelles will be distributed in the first two weeks of September and contributions would be appreciated before the end of July if at all possible. 
Hamish can be contacted on Tel: 852493   Mob:  07797 725944    email: hmcjersey@outlook.com

  
23/06/2017Branchage Dates

​The 2017 branchage dates for St Martin are Thursday, 13th July and Thursday 7th September.

For all island branchage dates please click  here

  
14/06/2017News Release: Parish of St Martin seeks expressions of interest to help deliver an asset of real community value

​The Parish are now seeking commercial partners in order to proceed with the development of the old school site. 
Please see the following News Release: St Martin seeking commercial partners.pdf

Interested parties should make contact in the first instance with:
Guy Gothard at the CBRE Jersey office on telephone 874141 or email: guy.gothard@cbre.com
Michel Le Troquer, Connétable) on 07700 851936 or email: m.letroquer@gov.je
Simon Matthews on 07700 705339 or email: simon.matthews@hglassociates.com

  
24/05/2017Assembly on Wednesday, 31st May at 7:00 p.m.

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.00 pm on Wednesday, 31st May 2017 to:-

1)      Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 18th May 2017.

 2)      Further to the recent information leaflet distribution, online survey and drop-in sessions held at the Public Hall between 11th and 16th May, the Former School Supervisory Committee and their professional advisors will present the preferred option for progressing the development of the former St Martin school buildings.

3)      Consider and if deemed appropriate, to authorise the above Committee and its professional advisors to progress with the development and letting of the former school; including planning applications, tenancy and finance negotiations, and the resulting contract leases and agreements with interested parties.

4)      To authorise the Connétable and Procureurs to attend before the Royal Court to pass in due form of law any contract lease arrangements pertaining to tenancy agreements which meet the criteria agreed by the Assembly in Item 3.

 5)      To authorise the Connétable and Procureurs to enter into such finance agreements which may be required to develop the former school in accordance with the decision of the Assembly in Item 3.

                                                       

Public Hall, St. Martin                          Michel Le Troquer              

24th May 2017                                       Connétable

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 26th May 2017.

  
17/05/2017St Martin's Honorary Police are recruiting now

Could you join us serving the Parish Community?

hon police.jpg​There is a friendly welcome to anyone who is able to give a little time to the Parish as an Honorary Police Officer.

There are many ways you can serve the community by joining the Honorary Police in St Martin.  We do more than road checks, attend road accidents and police public events – we can provide help, advice and solutions in many situations of a minor nature where a formal investigation by the States of Jersey Police may not be required.

Working in small teams we are 'on call' to respond to calls for assistance from members of the public or the States Police just one week in every three.  Duties can be arranged to suit your busy work life and family commitments. 

 We are currently short of Constable's Officers and this may affect the service we can provide the Parish.
If you are aged between 20 and 69, and would like to become more involved with your Parish:

Contact the Public Hall on 853951 or speak to the Chef de Police/Duty Centenier on 07797 717799.

or DROP IN FOR A CHAT ANY Wednesday between 7 pm and 8.15 pm

to learn more about the Honorary Police go to:

www.jerseyhonorarypolice.org

  
11/05/2017Parish Assembly at 7:00 p.m.

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.00 pm on Thursday 18th May 2017 to:-

  1. Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 30th March 2017.
  2. Consider, and if deemed advisable, recommend to the Licensing Bench an application for a grant of a licence for 2017 by virtue of the Licensing (Jersey) Law 1974 as amended:-

     Name:                               JLNF Holdings Limited

    Address:                            10-11 Gorey Pier,

    St Martin JE3 6EW
              

    Category :                         1st & 3rd Category

    Business Address:             Feast

                                              10-11 Gorey Pier, St Martin JE3 6EW

     
    Secretary:                          Laura Margaret Pledger

                                                                

Public Hall, St. Martin                          Michel Le Troquer              

10th May 2017                                       Connétable

 

 

  
11/05/2017Ecclesiastical Assembly at 8:00 p.m.

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

ECCLESIASTICAL ASSEMBLY

An Assembly of Principals, Officers and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall on Thursday, the 18th May 2017 at 8.00 pm to:-

1) Receive and, if deemed advisable, approve the Minutes of the Ecclesiastical Assembly of 30th March 2017

2) Receive and, if deemed advisable, approve the Churchwardens' Accounts for the financial year 1st May 2016 - 30 April 2017.

3) Elect Church Officers for 2017-2018.

4)   a) Consider and if deemed advisable approve the re-ordering of the vestry area to include toilet and washing up facilities, together with improved office and storage space.

      b)  In the event of the above being accepted, authorise the Rector and Churchwardens to apply to the Ecclesiastical Court for a faculty to undertake the necessary work.

                                                           

                                                                                    Rev'd Geraldine Baudains

                                                                                    Rector

                                                                                    St. Martin

10th May 2017

 

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 15th May 2017.

 

  
05/05/2017Survey Questionnaire

As promised in the letter from our Connétable, please see previous news item regarding the Old School Site, you are invited to complete the attached questionnaire regarding the development of the old school site which can be accessed here

If you are unable to complete the form oline by clicking on the following links you will be able to access the documents referenced in the Survey:
Information Leaflet

Images of preferred scheme

Former Primary School Redevelopment - Survey Questionnaire.pdf

The consultation period is open now until 24th May.  Please do take a few minutes to complete and return this survey.  Thank you

  
01/05/2017Price increases

​Following Enactments in the Royal Court the fees for the following services have increase from 1st May as follows:

Full Driving Licence - New & Renewal               £50:00
Duplicate Full Driving Licence                            £50:00
Provisional Driving Licence                                £15:00
Duplicate Provisional Driving Licence                £15:00
Same Day Service for any above -additional     £25:00

New Firearms Certificate                                    £45:00
Firearms Certificate Renewal                              £45:00
Firearms Variation                                              £20:00

Property Search                                                  £40:00

  
21/04/2017Important information about your Rates Assessment

The Rates List has now been prepared and may be inspected at the Public Hall during the usual opening hours from Tuesday 2nd May 2017 to Tuesday 16th May 2017 inclusive. 

The Assessors will be present at the Public Hall to answer queries relating to assessments at the following times.

Tuesday 16th May 2017

10 am to 12 noon and 6 pm to 8 pm

An application may be made to the Assessment Committee for a Review of an assessment of any area of land shown on the Rates List. An application for Review –

  1. Must be made on the approved form (available from the Public Hall or on  http://www.parish.gov.je)
  2. If requesting a Review of the Rateable Value must provide details of other land in the Island with similar attributes where there is a significant difference (10% of the Rateable Value of the land in question or 500 rateable quarters whichever is the greater), and
  3. If requesting a Review of the assessment of Domestic/Non-domestic must provide details of the current use of the property, and
  4. Must be made on or before Tuesday 16th May 2017 to the Assessment Committee at the Public Hall.

An appeal against a draft assessment may only be made after a Review has been undertaken.

Notice is also given that in accordance with Article 11(4) of the Rates (Jersey) Law 2005 that once the Rates List has been approved by the Supervisory Committee it becomes the Rates List of the Parish for that rateable year.

 

Michel Le Troquer,

Connétable, Public Hall, St. Martin

  
07/04/2017Proposed redevelopment of the former primary school

Dear Parishioner,

I write to update you on the continued progress with the project to redevelop the former primary school, and to confirm the dates and proposals for the forthcoming consultation with parishioners over the development.

I would like to start by thanking you all for your continued patience and enthusiasm for the project. You will recall that, when HLG Associates (the Project Director) updated the Parish at the Assembly in November 2016, they confirmed that the consultation period on the proposed option would take place in the first part of 2017. Many of you have made contact with the Procureurs and myself since the Assembly, eagerly awaiting details of "what next?"

Over the past ten months, the client team (listed in Endnote 1) have been working closely with HLG and our other professional advisors (listed in Endnote 2), and have reviewed almost 20 proposed schemes for the development. A variety of factors, including the key findings from the survey undertaken amongst parish households in autumn 2015 (summarised in Endnote 3), were used to reduce this 'long list' to a more manageable shortlist of six options that have had a detailed analysis undertaken on them.

Part of this detailed analysis has involved assessing the shortlisted options against some 16 'scenarios' (funding options), as well as commissioning and undertaking some six studies related to planning and environmental matters. Finally, soundings have also been undertaken from the market on the potential demand for the various types of activity that may be accommodated (thus helping establish the viability of the options).

Taking all the above factors into account the client team are close to formulating a 'preferred' option for the redevelopment to place before a Parish Assembly which will be held on the evening of Wednesday 31 May 2017, at which parishioners will be asked to vote on approving the preferred option and the relevant implications arising.

However, before making a recommendation to a Parish Assembly we need your views on the preferred option. We are therefore launching a consultation exercise on 10 May 2017, and close the consultation period on 24 May 2017 (i.e. two weeks after the launch, and one week before the Parish Assembly).

The consultation exercise will comprise three main activities:

  1. an information leaflet will be issued to all Parish households which will set out some of the detail behind the preferred option and how we plan to deliver the Project;
  2. an online survey questionnaire will be established, which will enable Parishioners to provide their feedback on the proposals; and
  3. a series of 'drop-in sessions' will take place at the Public Hall, where Parishioners can come and meet the Client Team and see the proposals for themselves.

The 'drop-in sessions' will take place on the following dates / times (all times BST):

  • Thursday 11 May 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday 13 May 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday 16 May 2017, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

The dates / times of the consultation 'drop-in sessions' have been staggered to ensure you can find a date / time that suits your availability. The client team are keen to meet as many parishioners as possible, and hear as many views as possible.

I hope that this update on the project is of interest to you, and that you will find the time available to both take part in the planned consultation exercise and attend the Parish Assembly.

This remains our most exciting and most significant community project; your voice and support is extremely important. I look forward to meeting and discussing the project with you all over the next few weeks.

Yours sincerely

 

Michel Le Troquer

 

Endnotes:

1.    The client team comprises: the Connetable (Michel Le Troquer), the Procureurs (Peter Germain and Lester Richardson), the Parish Secretary (Jerry Collins, non-voting), the Parish Representatives (Barry Faudemer, Chris McFadyen, Michael Jehan and Sue de Gruchy), and the Project Director (HLG Associates Limited).

2.    The professional advisors appointed by the Parish to the project comprise: Guy Gothard & Co (Property Advisers), Morris Architects Limited (Architects), HLG Associates (Quantity Surveyors), T&G Limited (Civil and Structural Engineers), Jersey Energy (Building Services Engineers), and CICE Limited (Project Health and Safety Coordinators). 
 
3.    They key findings arising from the summer 2015 survey were: 

    1. the Parish should develop more facilities for the community, but make sure that when completed, the facilities should pay for themselves;
    2. the majority of residents want the Parish to continue to lead the development and retain ownership of the site, with four out of five respondents being strongly against the Parish disposing of the site for development by others;
    3. the residents favour a mixed-use redevelopment of the site that does not result in any "financial burden" on the ratepayers to have to pay for its future operating costs.

A report summarising the key findings arising from the survey of Parish households on their requirements for the project is available for download from the following link: http://we.tl/R00a4OWwNa

  
31/03/2017Remembrance Garden

​The Ecclesiastical Assembly approved plans for St Martin's Parish Church to create a Remembrance Garden in what is known as 'The New Cemetery' (the one which was created in 1954).   This will be financed by two generous bequests and will enable ashes of non-parishioners to be scattered in the cemetery.

The design for this reflective space is centred around a labyrinth and was inspired by the 14th/15th century labyrinth to be found in Chartres Cathedral. 

The labyrinth will be created from pink granite sets and surrounded by paths with two pergolas. There will be benches and plantings of Gertrude Jekyll and Darcy Bussell roses with a surrounding hedge of lavender. 

The focal point is yet to be agreed and it is hoped that subtle lighting can be introduced.  Permission for the pergola has to be obtained from the Environment and Planning Department before these can be installed

These plans were created by Michael Felton from Rev Gerry Baudain's original sketches. 

  
22/03/2017Thursday 30th March at 7:30 p.m.

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

 

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.30 pm on Thursday 30th March 2017 to:-

  1. Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 22nd February 2017.

     
  2. Consider and if deemed advisable, approve the Parish be party to a Contract (or Contracts) of Arrangement to be passed before the Royal Court (at no cost to the Parish or Church) with various parties relating to the establishment of drainage connections and appurtenances under and along the western boundary of Fields 328A and 387A, (the Rectorat ou Béneficé) connecting to the established drainage system in Rue des Raisies; and if appropriate to authorise the Connétable and Procureurs du Bien Public to attend Court to pass contract on behalf of the Parish.

                                                           

Public Hall, St. Martin                          Michel Le Troquer              

22nd March 2017                                    Connétable

 

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 27th March 2017.

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PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

ECCLESIASTICAL ASSEMBLY

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.30pm on Thursday 30th March 2017 to:-

  1. Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Ecclesiastical Assembly held on the 12th May 2016.

     
  2. Consider and if deemed advisable, approve the Rectorat be party to a Contract (or Contracts) of Arrangement to be passed before the Royal Court (at no cost to the Parish or Church) with various parties relating to the establishment of drainage connections and appurtenances under and along the western boundary of Fields 328A and 387A, (the Rectorat ou Béneficé) connecting to the established drainage system in Rue des Raisies; and if appropriate to authorise the Rector, Connétable, Surveillants and Procureurs du Bien Public to attend Court to pass contract on behalf of the Rectorat.

     
  3. a) Consider and, if deemed advisable, approve the establishment of a Garden of Remembrance in the cemetery.

    b)  In the event of the above being accepted, authorise the Rector and Churchwardens to apply to the Ecclesiastical Court for a faculty to undertake the necessary work.

 

            Reverend Geraldine Baudains                    22nd March 2017

  
18/03/2017JT Telephone Directory re-cyclilng at the School

As there will not be a collection point for old telephone directories at the Public Hall this year you are kindly asked to deliver directories to the Front Desk, Reception Area at St Martin's School.​

Pupils are collecting telephone directories for re-cycling and in  exchange JT Tablets will be supplied for the children to use.

However the main motivation is to encourage the children to become 'eco-active' and to educate them about recycling.

Please deliver unwanted telephone directories to the front desk at St Martin's School.  Thank you

  
08/03/2017Result of Election for one Centenier

​Centenier Paul Gaudin was re-elected for a further term at the Public Election held on 8th March 2017

  
03/03/2017Parish in Bloom

A new page has been added to the parishes website for Natural Jersey (please see grey bar at the top of thepage) which is now running the Parish in Bloom competition.

For more information please go to:

Natural Jersey (Parish in Bloom)

  
24/02/2017Message for Jèrriais speakers

Jèrriais recording project

Hopefully many of our Jèrriais-speaking St. Martinais parishioners will be reading this! Some of you will be aware of the recent news that Dr. Mari Jones from Cambridge University, who is Reader in French Linguistics and Language Change (to give her formal title) is leading a project to record Jèrriais this spring/summer. She has been a longstanding friend to Jersey with her great interest in Jèrriais, our native language, now only spoken by less than 5% of Jersey's population. Such has been her interest that she has learnt to speak Jèrriais, really quite fluently!

Starting in April, a team of recorders who themselves speak Jèrriais,  want to hear from as many Jèrriais speakers as possible in order to record accent and vocabulary. There are  words and phrases used by St. Martin residents brought up in the parish speaking Jèrriais, which may not be used in other parishes! This may not sound important, but if not recorded by native speakers, they are lost to the printed word only, nowhere nearly as valuable as the spoken word!

So, if you would be willing to have your Jèrriais recorded – it can be speaking to a friend who also speaks Jèrriais or just yourself – please contact Colin Ireson at L'Office du Jèrriais on 449290 or home 726871. Recording can last 10 minutes or half an hour, it's up to you!

Mèrcie bein des fais,

Please contact:- Colin R. Ireson, Maît' du Jèrriais / Jèrriais Teacher, L'Office du Jèrriais Tel. 449290

Jèrriais Today poster v3.pdf 

  
21/02/2017Election for one Centenier on 8 March 2017

PAROISSE DE ST MARTIN

 

PUBLIC ELECTION - CENTENIER

PURSUANT to an Act of the Royal Court dated 20th January 2017, whereby it is ordered that an election be held for one Centenier in the Parish of St Martin at the Public Hall of St Martin on Wednesday, 8th March 2017 between the hours of 12.00 pm and 8.00 pm.

PURSUANT ALSO to Article 22 (2) (b) of the Public Elections (Jersey) Law 2002 the list of candidates which have been duly proposed and seconded are as follows:                    

 1.         FOLEY          Stephen                                  31 Clos du Ruisseau

                                                                                    Grande Route de St Martin

                                                                                    St Martin

2.         GAUDIN       Paul                                        Haut des Paliers

                                                                                    Rue de la Genestiere

                                                                                    St Martin

 

Michel Le Troquer                                      

Connétable                                                                  1st March 2017          

 

Voting before Polling Day

 

Postal Vote: an elector who is likely to be out of the Island on 8 March 2017 during the hours of polling (between 12 noon and 8 p.m.) or an elector registered under Article 9 and who has applied for a postal vote to the Postal & Pre-Poll Voting Officer, Judicial Greffe, St Helier (closing date is noon on Wednesday 1 March 2017) must return the sealed envelope containing the completed ballot paper to the Judicial Greffe no later than noon on Wednesday 8 March 2017 in order for the vote to be included in the count.

Pre-poll Vote: an elector who wishes to cast his or her vote before polling day may do so at the Judicial Greffe, Royal Court House, Royal Square, St Helier, JE1 1JG on weekdays (Monday to Friday only) from Monday 27th February, 2017, to Friday 3rd March, 2017 from 9.00a.m. – 1.00p.m.  and 2.00p.m. – 4.00 p.m. and Monday 6th March, 2017 from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00p.m.

(Appointments may be made outside of these operating hours, if necessary, by contacting the Postal & Pre-Poll Voting Officer on 441314)

Pre-Poll home visit: an elector who is unable to attend the Pre-Poll Voting Station to register their vote due to illness or disability may request an officer of the Judicial Greffe to visit them at home to enable the elector to cast their vote.

Application forms are available from the Judicial Greffe, St Martin's Public Hall, States Greffe Bookshop and Jersey Library, and may be downloaded from www.parish.gov.je

Please have with you proof of identity as this may be requested before you are allowed to vote.

Voting on Polling Day

The polling station will be open on Wednesday 8 March 2017 from 12 noon to 8 p.m.

Please have with you proof of identity as this may be requested before you are allowed to vote.

Electors who, on the day, are confined to their homes owing to illness or disability and who wish to have their votes recorded by the Autorisé or Adjoint are requested to notify the Public Hall by noon, if possible, on Wednesday 8 March 2017.   

Forms are available at the Public Hall for Parishioners wishing to 

Register as a Postal Voter  Postal Voting Application Form 08-03-17.pdf

Complete Pre-Poll Home Visit Sick Vote Pre-Poll Home Visit Application Form 08-03-17.pdf

  
15/02/2017Starts at 8:00 p.m. for Licencing Application and election of one Vingtenier

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 to:-

  1. Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 30th January 2017. 
  2. Consider, and if deemed advisable, recommend to the Licensing Bench an application for a grant of a licence for 2017 by virtue of the Licensing (Jersey) Law 1974 as amended:-

     Name:                               RD Catering Limited
    Address:                            Haute de la Garenne
                                              Rue de la Pouclee et des Quatres Chemins
    St Martin JE3 6DU     

    Category :                         2nd & 3rd Category

    Business Address:             Haute de la Garenne

                                              Rue de la Pouclee et des Quatres Chemins

    St Martin JE3 6DU

     

    Secretary:                          Mrs Bella Solvita Haynes

  3.  Elect a Vingtenier for the Vingtaine du Fief de la Reine

Public Hall, St. Martin                          Michel Le Troquer              

15th February 2017                                Connétable

 

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 17th February 2017.

  
30/01/2017Elections for Procureur du Bien Publique, Centenier & Constable's Officer

PUBLIC ELECTIONS

PROCUREUR DU BIEN PUBLIC and CENTENIER

The Royal Court, by Act dated 20th January 2017, has ordered that elections be held on Wednesday 8th March 2017 for twelve persons to fill the offices of Procureur du Bien Public in all the Parishes and notice is hereby given in accordance with Article 19 of the Public Elections (Jersey) Law 2002 that an Assembly of Electors of the Parish of St Martin will be held on Monday 30th January 2017 at 7.00 pm to elect one Procureur du Bien Public, the term of office of Procureur du Bien Public Peter Thomas Germain being due to expire.

The Royal Court, by Act dated 20th January 2017, has further ordered that elections be held on Wednesday 8th March 2017 for fourteen persons to fill the offices of Centenier in all the Parishes and notice is hereby given in accordance with Article 19 of the Public Elections (Jersey) Law 2002 that an Assembly of Electors of the Parish of St Martin will be held on Monday 30th January 2017 at 7.15 pm to elect one Centenier, the term of office of Centenier Paul Barry Gaudin being due to expire.

The Electoral Register will close at midday on Sunday 29th January 2017. You must have registered by this date to vote in the above Elections. If you have not yet registered to vote please contact the Parish Secretary immediately.

Michel Le Troquer                                      

Connétable                                                                  25th January 2017       

 

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.30 pm on Monday 30th January 2017 to:-

  1. Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 21st November 2016.
  2.  Elect an Officier du Connétable for the Vingtaine de Rozel. 
  3. Present the "Vingtenier Mick Eden Perpetual Trophy".

                                                            Michel Le Troquer

Public Hall, St. Martin                                         Connétable                  

25th January 2017

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 26th January 2017

 

  
14/12/2016Dog Licence applications for 2017 now due

Parishioners with dogs are reminded that they have until the 31st January to purchase their dog licences at £5 per dog. Licences purchased after that date will be charged at £10 per dog.

Licences may be bought at any time during the Public Hall's normal opening hours, which are 8:45am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays we are open from 5:45pm to 7:45pm.

Here is the link to the Dog Licence Application Form:  http://www.parish.gov.je/Pages/Licences.aspx#dog

  
13/12/2016No refuse collection on Friday 16th December

​Due to a family bereavement GermBusters will be closed on Friday 16th December. 
The Friday collection will be made on Saturday, 17th December. 
Advertisements have been posted in JEP on Tuesday, 13th and Wednesday 14th December.
GermBusters Ltd apologises for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience. 

  
01/12/2016The Office shall be closed for business between Christmas and New Year

Christmas Office Hours
 
The Parish Office will close at noon on Friday, 23rd December and will re-open at 8.45 a.m. on Tuesday, 3rd January 2017
 
Anyone needing urgent assistance, other than for a Police matter when the duty list as published in the JEP should be consulted, may contact: Connétable Michel Le Troquer on Tel: 851936 or 07700 851936

Please also note that there will not be an Honorary Police enquiry night on Wednesday 28th December 2016

  
01/12/2016Collection dates

Details also available under tab - 'Refuse / Glass Collections & Recycling'

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GermBusters Ltd
Les Hougue Farm
La Route des Cotes du Nord
Trinity JE3 5BJ
Tel: 869918    Fax: 867949
Email: info@germbusters.je
  
Parish of St Martin Christmas and New Year Rounds 2016/2017
Refuse/Commercial Collections for December 2016
Monday 19th December 2016RefuseCollected as normal
Tuesday 20th December 2016RefuseCollected as normal
Tuesday 20th December 2016Commercial GlassCollected as normal
Wednesday 21st December 2016RefuseCollected as normal
Thursday 22nd December 2016RefuseCollected as normal
Friday 23rd December 2016Commercial RefuseCollected as normal
  
Monday 26th December 2016RefuseCollected as normal
Tuesday 27th December 2016RefuseCollected as normal
Tuesday 27th December 2016Commercial GlassCollected as normal
Wednesday 28th December 2016RefuseCollected as normal
Thursday 29th December 2016RefuseCollected as normal
Friday 30th December 2016Commercial RefuseCollected as normal

 

Please ensure all bins are at the kerbside by 6:00 a.m.


Germbusters Waste Management

Les Hougues Farm
La Route des Cotes du Nord
Trinity  JE3 5BJ
Tel: 869918

Email: info@germbusters.je

Like us on facebook: Germbusters Limited

  
15/11/2016Parish Assembly on 21st November at 7:00 p.m.

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.00 pm on Monday 21st November 2016 to:-

 

  1. Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 9th November 2016.
  2. Consider, and if deemed advisable, recommend to the Licensing Bench an application for a grant of a licence for 2017 by virtue of the Licensing (Jersey) Law 1974 as amended:-

     

    Name:                                RD Catering Limited

    Address:                             Haute de la Garenne

                                              Rue de la Pouclee et des Quatres Chemins

    St Martin JE3 6DU

               

    Category :                          3rd Category

    Business Address:   Haute de la Garenne

                                              Rue de la Pouclee et des Quatres Chemins

    St Martin JE3 6DU

     

    Secretary:               Mrs Bella Solvita Haynes

 

 

                                                            Michel Le Troquer

Public Hall, St. Martin                                         Connétable                  

15th November 2016

 

 

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 16th November 2016.

 

I, the undersigned, hereby certify that the above notice has duly been posted in the Parish Box in conformity with the "Loi (1842) sur les Publications dans les Eglises"

 

 

Date……………………….                                       Signed…………………………

                                                                                               

Rev G Baudains,                                Recteur

  
02/11/2016Parish Assembly on Wednesday, 9th November at 7:30 p.m.

​Please go to the events page for a copy of the agenda

  
01/11/2016Operation Hamper: grocery collection

​Age Concern is launching 'Operation Hamper' aiming to deliver a hamper of groceries to our lonely and vulnerable older people.  A selection of goods that can be put aside for use in the colder months will be an enormous help to those who are housebound or unable to shop.

The Parish of St Martin will once again be supporting this initiative and there shall be a container in the vestibule for the collection of suitable items such as:

Dry foods- tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits, sweets and cakes - Tinned goods- soups, vegetables, fruit, fish and meats.

Also, If you know of any parishioner who is in need and would benefit from some assistance this Christmas please ask them to contact the Public Hall where application forms from both Age Concern and The Jersey Christmas Appeal are available.  These would have to be completed and returned to the Public Hall to be certified by Tuesday, 22nd November.  The Connétable then submits the application to the relevant organisation for consideration.

  
01/11/2016Remembrance Sunday, 13th November

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 

Members of the Municipality, ex-service men and women, parishioners and friends are invited to the Act of Remembrance at the Parish War Memorial at 10.50am on Sunday 13th November 2016. This will be immediately followed by a United Service of Remembrance in the Parish Church.

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Refreshments will be provided at the Public Hall

 after the Service.

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Wreaths will also be laid at the Catholic Church Memorial after morning Mass and at the Haut de la Garenne Memorial at approximately 12.30pm

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Reverend Gerry Baudains, Rector

Monsignor Nicholas France, Catholic Dean of Jersey

Reverend Graeme Halls, Superintendent Methodist Minister

Michel Le Troquer, Connétable

1st November 2016

  
21/10/2016Closure of Village Green Carpark plus parking facilities on Bonfire Night

Closure of Village Green carpark.
Connétable Le Troquer has authorised the closure of the Public Car Park from 5pm on Friday 4th until 10am on Sunday 6th November 2016.

Those wishing to go to The Village Tearoom during this period are requested to park near the Public Hall or in the 3 hour Rue de la Haye car park (behind the St John's Ambulance Hall). 

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Please see the following traffic diversions and carparks access on 5th November.  All road closures and diversions will be in place from 17:30 until 22:00.  Please see events page for more details

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14/10/2016The Public Hall is a Collection Depot for shoe boxes being sent to Romania again htis year

We have details of suggested contents at the Public Hall.  The last date for submission of boxes is Friday. 4th November 2016

 

 

  
11/10/2016The St Martin Stage of the Rally is on 14th October

​For more details please  contact: rallycontrol14@hotmail.co.uk

or visit the website: www.jerseyrally.com

  
23/08/2016REMINDER: Thursday, 1st September is the next Visite Du Branchage in St Martin

​Please ensure all banks and hedges are trimmed, the debris cleared away and walls are in good repair prior to the Visite.

Click here for more information

  
15/08/2016Parish Assembly at 7:00 p.m.

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

PARISH ASSEMBLY

 

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.00 pm on Monday the 15th August 2016:-

 

1                     To receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on 27th July 2016.

 

2                     To authorise the Connétable and Procureurs to attend before the Royal Court to pass in due form of law a contract or contracts with various parties to ratify the two contracts passed by the Royal Court on 22nd December 2000 relating to the establishment of water pipes and appurtenances under Fields 413, 490 and 491; and to rectify an error of omission contained in those contracts.

 

3                     Following his retirement, to make a formal presentation to Mr Mo Gotel in recognition of his Honorary Police service to the Parish.

 

 

 

 

                                                           

Michel Le Troquer,

                                                                           Connétable.

Public Hall, St. Martin,

10th August 2016

 

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours from 11th August 2016

 

I, the undersigned, hereby certify that the above notice has duly been posted in the Parish Box in conformity with the "Loi (1842) sur les Publications dans les Eglises"

 

 

 

Date……………………….                                          Signed…………………………

 

                                                                                               

Reverend Geraldine Baudains,          Recteur

  
09/08/2016Battle of Flowers Day, 11th August

​The Public Hall Office will close at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, 11th August - Battle of Flowers.

We apologise for any inconvenience

  
01/08/2016Resurfacing part of Village Green Carpark commences 15th August

​Please be advised that works to pave the eastern end of the Village Green carpark are due to commence on Monday, 15th August.  Completion is due by the end of August.

We apologise for the interim inconvenience, but hope parishioners and visitors will appreciate the ongoing improvements.  

  
23/06/2016Consultation - Shaping Our Future - Hurry! - ends 31st July 2016

ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE FUTURE OF JERSEY

How do you think Jersey is doing as a place to live, work and bring up children?  We all have an opinion on what is good about our Island and what could be better. Now is the time to share that opinion. We want to gather your views; not only on how you think Jersey is doing now, but also on how you think we should be doing by 2036.

A community consultation has recently been launched to ask people to help shape a shared, long-term vision for Jersey. Setting a long term vision is a new approach to thinking about and planning for Jersey's future. The vision will describe what Jersey, as a community, believes it can achieve across a range of major outcomes – things which matter to residents' quality of life such as getting good jobs; living longer, healthier lives; and feeling safe.

The choices we make now will affect all of us. This is your opportunity to get involved. We need as many ideas and contributions as possible so that the final plan represents a common Jersey vision.

 

To find out more and complete the survey go to

shaping our future

The survey closes on Sunday 31st July 2016.

  
20/06/2016Project Update and Forward Plan

Please see the presentation prepared by HGL Associates by clicking on the following link

Parish Assembly - Presentation for Parishioners - June 2016

Copies are also available from the Public Hall.

  
20/06/2016Jersey 80s Fotos

​The Société Jersiaise and Jersey Heritage have come together to sponsor the collection of photographs from the 1980s, of which there seems to be a dirth in the archives.

If you would like to contribute to this project please read the attached:
Jersey 80s Fotos Media Release no.2.1.pdf

 

 

  
10/06/2016La Vallée de Rozel - Winner of the Scenic Lane Competition

We were delighted to receive the news that La Vallée de Rozel was voted winner of the Scenic Lane Competition for 2016.  A worthy winner don't you think?

Take a look down there, it's the lane between Rozel Mill and the Rozel Bay Pub, and see the beautiful handkerchief tree in full regalia right now.

- Here is a lovely photo of the valley in spring taken by Claire Jehan.  Thank you Claire. -

NB - The Connétable, Michel Le Troquer, would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like their lane to be considered for next year's competition.  Rue de Scez (or Saie) has won in the past but we know we have many, many more beautiful lanes in St Martin.

  
09/06/2016Wednesday 16th June - starts at 7.15 p.m.

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

 

PARISH ASSEMBLY

 

An Assembly of Principals and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall, at 7.15 pm on Thursday 16th June 2016 to:-

 

 

  1. Receive and if deemed advisable, approve the minutes of the Parish Assembly held on the 11th April 2016.

     

 

  1. Former St Martin's School Project (FMSP):

 

The Project Team will be in attendance at the Public Hall from 6.15 pm to answer questions and update Parishioners on the progress of the project and the forward plan.

 

a)      Having taken advice from the Parish accountants, the Connétable and Procureurs du Bien Public request the Assembly to consider and if deemed appropriate, receive the future presentation of accounts relating to the FMSP in the form of a separate Reserve Fund, detailing income, expenditure and loan finance.

 

b)      Having been offered a £200,000 facility by the Parish bankers to assist in the financing of the FMSP, the Assembly is requested to consider and if deemed appropriate, to authorise the Connétable and Procureurs du Bien Public agree the terms of the said facility.

 

c)      With the refurbishment of the old "caretaker's house" (now renamed Maison Scolaithe) now complete and the property being marketed for lease, the Assembly is requested to consider and if deemed appropriate, receive future income and expenses relating to Maison Scolaithe and other parts of the building that may be rented out on short term leases, into the aforementioned FMSP Reserve Fund.

 

d)     At the Parish Rates Assembly of 22nd July 2015, a "Special Vote for the Old School Development Project" of £58,000 was agreed for the 2015/2016 Estimates. Following a project under-spend of £19,350 the Assembly is requested to consider and if deemed appropriate, to transfer the equivalent amount of the above-mentioned unspent balance, from the Reserve Fund to the aforementioned FMSP Reserve Fund.

 

 

 

 

e)      The Assembly is requested to consider and if deemed appropriate, to transfer the unspent balance of the funds that were previously voted to be transferred from the Reserve Fund for the refurbishment of the nursery and caretaker's house at the meeting held on 18th November 2015, into the aforementioned FMSP Reserve Fund.  The amount concerned being approximately £22,000.

 

f)       The Assembly is requested to consider and if deemed appropriate, recommend that further Special Votes relating to the FMSP approved at future Rates Assemblies will be transferred into the aforementioned FMSP Reserve Fund.

 

 

  1. Former St Martin's School project (appointment of architects):

 

The Project Management team and Supervisory Committee have evaluated the architectural design brief proposals offered by four architectural practices.

The Assembly is therefore requested to consider, and if deemed appropriate, to appoint Morris Architects to provide the Parish with architectural design and master-planning services in connection with or arising from the Project.

 

 

 

                                                            Michel Le Troquer

Public Hall, St. Martin                                       Connétable                 

8th June 2016

 

Copies of the previous minutes will be available from the Public Hall, during office hours, from the 10th June 2016

 

 

I, the undersigned, hereby certify that the above notice has duly been posted in the Parish Box in conformity with the "Loi (1842) sur les Publications dans les Eglises"

 

 

 

 

Date……………………….                                       Signed…………………………

                                                                                               

Rev G Baudains,                                Recteur

  
09/06/2016Football Club Secretary needed

​St Martin's Football Club are in urgent need of a Club Secretary.

If you think you might be interested please contact Malcolm Ray, President, on 610023

  
03/06/2016Consultation on Littering and dog fouling

​The States of Jersey have launched a consultaiton document.  PLease click on the following link for full details:

http://www.parish.gov.je/Pages/Consultations.aspx

  
24/05/2016Rates Assessment Reviews today and tomorrow

​PLease see below  (first published 17th May)

Paroisse de St Martin

IMPORTANT LETTER ABOUT YOUR ASSESSMENT

Dear Ratepayer,                                                                           

The Rates List has now been prepared and may be inspected at the Public Hall during the usual opening hours from Wednesday 4th May 2016 to Wednesday 25th May 2016 inclusive.  Please find your Assessment Notice enclosed. This shows the number of quarters for the Land, houses, buildings or other structures that you own (Foncier) and/or occupy in the Parish.

The Assessors will be present at the Public Hall to answer queries relating to assessments at the following times.

Tuesday 24th May 2016 – 10am to 12 noon

Wednesday 25th May 2016 – 6pm to 8pm

An application may be made to the Assessment Committee for a Review of an assessment of any area of land shown on the Rates List. An application for Review –

 

  1. Must be made on the approved form (available from the Public Hall or on  http://www.parish.gov.je)
  2. If requesting a Review of the Rateable Value must provide details of other land in the Island with similar attributes where there is a significant difference (10% of the Rateable Value of the land in question or 500 rateable quarters whichever is the greater), and
  3. If requesting a Review of the assessment of Domestic/Non-domestic must provide details of the current use of the property, and
  4. Must be made on or before Wednesday 25th May 2016 to the Assessment Committee at the Public Hall.

An appeal against a draft assessment may only be made after a Review has been undertaken.

Notice is also given that in accordance with Article 11(4) of the Rates (Jersey) Law 2005 that once the Rates List has been approved by the Supervisory Committee it becomes the Rates List of the Parish for that rateable year.

 

Michel Le Troquer,

Connétable

 

Public Hall, St. Martin

  
19/05/2016Update: Public Election for Centenier on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

​UPDATE:

The meeting (below) took place and Mr Gordon Jones was been elected as our new Centenier.

He is due to take his oath of office at the Royal Court on Friday, 17th June

 

PUBLIC ELECTION

 

CENTENIER

The Royal Court, by Act dated 22nd April 2016, has ordered that elections be held on Wednesday 8th June 2016 for fourteen persons to fill the offices of Centenier in all the Parishes and notice is hereby given in accordance with Article 19 of the Public Elections (Jersey) Law 2002 that an Assembly of Electors of the Parish of St Martin will be held on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at 8.00 pm to elect one Centenier, the term of office of Centenier Maurice Francis Gotel being due to expire.

 

The Electoral Register will close at midday on Tuesday 17th May 2016. You must have registered by this date to vote in this Election. If you have not yet registered to vote please contact the Parish Secretary immediately.

 

Michel Le Troquer                                       

Connétable                                                                  11th May 2016

 

I hereby certify that the above notice has appeared in the Official Notice Box of the Parish of St. Martin during the period Wednesday 11th May 2016 to Wednesday 18th May 2016 in accordance with Article 19(4)(b) of the Public Elections (Jersey) Law, 2002 and the Custom.

 

Date……………………….                                            Signed…………………………

 

                                                                                                Rev Geraldine Baudains,                                                                                            Recteur de St. Martin.

 

  
05/05/2016Please ensure all Elector Register Forms are returned

The Electoral Register will close at midday on Tuesday 17th May 2016. You must have registered by this date to vote in this Election. If you have not yet registered to vote please contact the Parish Secretary immediately.

 

  
05/05/2016Ecclesiastical Assembly

PAROISSE DE ST. MARTIN

ECCLESIASTICAL ASSEMBLY

 

An Assembly of Principals, Officers and Electors of the Parish of St. Martin will be held in the Public Hall on Thursday, the 12th May 2016 at 8.00 pm to:-

 

1)      Receive and, if deemed advisable, approve the Minutes of the Ecclesiastical Assembly of 21st May 2015

 

2)       Receive and, if deemed advisable, approve the Churchwardens' Accounts for the financial year 1st April 2015 - 30 April 2016 (13 months).

 

3)      Elect Church Officers for 2016-2017.

 

4)      a) Seek approval to make permanent the small glass shelf in the Lady Chapel and the tried and tested electronic bell system, both works previously undertaken by Dean's Licence.

 

b)  Consider and, if deemed advisable, approve the replacement of the existing sound system and cabinet, together with the installation of a retractable screen fitted behind the arch in the chancel, together with a projector for displaying images.

 

c)  In the event of the above being accepted, authorise the Rector and Churchwardens to apply to the Ecclesiastical Court for a faculty to undertake the necessary work.

 

5)      Consider, and if deemed advisable, approve the Rectorat be party to a Contract of Arrangement to be passed before the Royal Court to agree the siting of a currently unclear boundary, separating the property "La Charpenterie", La Grande Route de Rozel and land belonging to the Rectorat ou Béneficé (Glebe land), subject to certain rights and if appropriate to authorise the Rector, Connétable the Surveillants and Procureurs du Bien Public to attend Court to pass contract on behalf of the Rectorat.

 

 

                                                           

                                                                                    Rev'd Geraldine Baudains

                                                                                    Rector

                                                                                    St. Martin

4th May 2016

______________________________________________________________

 

I, the undersigned, hereby certify that the above notice has duly been posted in the Parish Box in conformity with the "Loi (1842) sur les Publications dans les Eglises."

 

Michel Le Troquer

Connétable

Date ……………………..

  
08/03/2016Pheasant Survey

The Department of the Environment is carrying out a survey of Jersey's pheasants to find out more about the birds and understand their impact on local agriculture and wildlife. For more details please view the  States of Jersey website

Charmaine Rice, a student from the University of Kent, is working with the Department of the Environment and the Jersey Biodiversity Centre, along with local volunteers, on a one-year project.  

The aim of the project is to find out where pheasants live in Jersey, what the population size is and their local impact, including their effect on farmland, and the scale of their impact on local wildlife such as lizards and toads.

At this time of year you can hear the male pheasants crowing to establish their territories and attract females. You may notice them more as they perform wing whirring displays, strut around to impress the females and square up to other males to defend their patch. The females can begin nesting as early as mid-March and lay clutches of up to 15 eggs.

Pheasants are not native to Jersey and were first introduced in the 1800s, but at that time did not successfully breed. Other attempts to establish a population were made in the 1950s when it is thought they started to breed in the wild in small numbers. By the 1980s due to captive breeding and further introductions, pheasants grew in numbers and are now common in Jersey's countryside.        

The project's findings will be used to help the department decide how pheasants should be managed in the future and what their legal status should be.

You can take part in the survey by completing the online questionnaire  

Or to report their sighting of pheasants across the island to the Jersey Biodiversity Centre (JBC) click here

If you find a dead pheasant Charmaine would like to hear about it and can be contacted at  c.rice@gov.je  or telephone 07797810987.

  
01/03/2016Re-Surfacing of central section of Village Green Car Park now complete

​Re-surfacing of the central secton of the Village Car Park has now been completed.  Whilst this is a huge improvement other areas are still quite rough so users are asked to take care when using this facility.  Thank you for your forebearance whislt work was carried out.

  
16/02/2016Section 3 Phase 2

Trinity to Gorey - Phase 2 2016.png 

  
12/01/2016'Sunrise over Gorey' by Jason Masterman

​Thanks to Jason Masterman for this glorious photo of a winter sunrise over Gorey.

Jason says  "If any of your parishioners are interested I have this image available to print in large sizes however I would have to make a charge for this". 

Jason also has other images available and they can be viewed on his facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/jasonmastermanphoto.je

  
17/12/2015'Christmas at St Martin' by Claire Jehan

​Thanks to Claire Jehan for providing this lovely seasonal photo.

Claire Jehan, well known for the lovely photos she provides for 'Les Nouvelles de St Martin' has kindly provided this seasonal photogaraph of the Public Hall.

Look out for more lovely pictures of our beautiful parish in the future.

  
11/12/2015Public Hall office hours over the Christmas period

Christmas Office Hours

The Parish Office will close at 12 noon on Thursday 24th December 2015 and will re-open at 8.45 a.m. on Monday 4th January 2016

 

Please note that there will be an Honorary Police enquiry night as usual

on Wednesday 30th December

 

Anyone needing urgent assistance other than for a Police matter when the duty list as published in the JEP should be consulted, may contact:

Connétable Michel Le Troquer on Tel: 851936 or 07700 851936

  
26/11/2015Last Day for collection Friday 11th December

​Volunteers will be in attendance at the Public Hall to distribute this gift which can be collected between

10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. then 2:00p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

on the following dates:

Monday 30th November, Tuesday 1st December, Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th,
Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th, Thursday 10th, Friday 11th December.

Each person must bring proof of residence in the Parish (e.g. bank statement, utility bill etc) and proof of age (e.g. passport, driving licence etc) to be able to claim the vouchers.
Vouchers may only be redeemed at Co-operative stores and must be used by Sunday 31 January 2016.
Vouchers will not be available after 4pm on Friday 11 December.

For full details please see the PRESS RELEASE below

 

PRESS RELEASE

issued by the Comité des Connétables

for immediate use

 

DAVID KIRCH CHARITABLE TRUST - CHRISTMAS VOUCHERS 2015

 

David Kirch Charitable Trust vouchers to the value of £110 are available for collection from Monday 30 November 2015.

 

The vouchers are available to all local residents aged 70 years or over on or before 31 December 2015 (i.e. d.o.b. 31 December 1945 or earlier).

 

Len Norman, Chairman of the Comité des Connétables, said:

 

QUOTE

"I am delighted that the parishes are, once again, able to assist the charitable trust established by Sir David Kirch by distributing vouchers to our older residents."

 

Each person must bring PROOF OF RESIDENCE IN THE PARISH (e.g. bank statement, utility bill etc) AND PROOF OF AGE (e.g. passport, driving licence etc) to be able to claim the vouchers.

 

Vouchers must be collected from the Parish Halls between Monday 30 November and Friday 11 December 2015 only (hours as advertised by individual Parishes).

 

Vouchers may ONLY be redeemed at Co-operative stores and must be used by Sunday 31 January 2016.

 

 

Comité des Connétables                                                    26 November 2015

 Please note:

  1. Contact for further information: Len Norman, Connétable of St Clement tel: 854724
  2. Applicants MUST bring proof of residence in the Parish (e.g. bank statement, utility bill etc) AND proof of age (e.g. passport, driving licence etc).
  3. Claimants are asked to sign for vouchers received and to sign a Data Protection declaration.
  
14/11/2015Former St Martin's School Buildings Open Day

PAROISSE DE ST MARTIN

 

OPEN DAY

Former St Martin's School buildings

 

With the handover of the old school having recently taken place, Connétable Michel Le Troquer and the Supervisory Committee are pleased to extend an invitation to the parishioners of St Martin and former pupils to view the old school buildings.

 

This one-off opportunity will take place on Saturday 14th November from 10.00 am to 12 noon.

 

Parishioners are also advised that a Parish Assembly will take place at 8pm on Wednesday 18th November to consider the next stages of the old school's redevelopment

Michel Le Troquer

Connétable

NB: If you would like to read the Architectural Design Brief please click below:

Architectural Design Brief - St Martins School v1.03 for issue 3_11_2015.pdf

  
22/10/2015This could Save Your Life - Your Life

Soroptimist International of Jersey are funding and promoting a campaign that could Save a Life – Your Life .   They are giving away free packs for people to keep Medical Information available in an emergency which would be accessed by the Emergency Services if they are called to your home.

How it works:

The idea is that a small notice on your door or window would alert the Emergency Services that a canister is kept in your fridge in which details of medical conditions and counterfoils of prescriptions can be kept.  The Emergency Services would then know just where to look to find details of any pre-existing medical conditions and what medication has been prescribed should they be called out to your home in an emergency.

Soroptimists  offer  these packs  at doctors surgeries, pharmacies and any interested organisations and hope to distribute 5000 packs eventually.  They have kindly left some with us at the Public Hall so please do call in and collect your kit.

This initiative was funded from legacies kindly left to the club by past members, some from Soropitimists own funds and from  a donation from Standing Conference of Womens Organisations.

  
13/10/2015The Comité des Connétables wants YOUR views

The Comité des Connétables wants your views on Litter, including dog fouling, the current penalties and enforcement options which might be considered.

For more information please go to ​ http://www.parish.gov.je/Pages/Consultations.aspx

Copies of the questionnaire are also available from the Public Hall or any Parish Hall/ The Town Hall.
They should be completed and returned by 31st December 2015 to:

Comité des Connétables
East Wing
RJA&HS
Route de la Trinité
Trinity
Jersey
JE3 5JP

  
02/10/2015Mustard Seed Jersey Christmas Shoebox Appeal

​The Public Hall at St Martin will once again be acting as a depot for the above appeal.

Pamphlets outlining items suitable for the boxes are available at the Public Hall.

The closing date for receipt of boxes at the Public Hall is Wednsday, 5th November.  Late boxes may be submitted by contacting the organisers

For more information contact Rose Helié on Tel 482637

  
24/09/2015Closing date 31st October for nominations

For details of the award and how it came about, please see the attached

 de Carteret Award Release 14 September.docx

 

The application form is on the following attachment

SIR GEORGE CARTERET ENDEAVOUR AWARD 2015.pdf

 

  
02/09/2015Road diversions from Wednesday, 2nd September to end September only

                     Message from Pallot Tarmac  2nd September  2015                                         

                             

                                                                                                                                                  

Trinity to Gorey  - Phase  4  Commencement 

     

Pallot Tarmac will shortly be commencing Phase 4  of the Trinity to Gorey (Section 2)  highway resurfacing  works project.

  • Phase 4  is a section of La Grande Route de Faldouet and commences East of Jardin de la Reine Estate and continues east finishing at La Rue de Basacre junction.

  • As a result of the proposed works the access to businesses and properties will  be restricted during these works.    
     
  • Works on Phase 4  will commence on Wednesday, 2nd September 2015  (weather permitting) and we  anticipate  they  will  be completed by late September 2015 with working Hours of 9.15am to 6.00pm.
     
  • To minimise disruption, diversion routes will be provided and will be in operation during the working hours which are mentioned above from Monday to Friday. See diversion routes on the map.
     
  • Further letter drops will be delivered prior to the commencement of each new phase, indicating timings  and extent of the next phase. Should there be any changes to the programme these changes shall be  highlighted  in  future letter drops.

     
  • For information relating to the Buses and temporary bus stops, please visit the Liberty Bus Website. www.libertybus.je

If you have any concerns regarding the project,  access arrangements, or any issues with the  works or traffic management, please contact our safety and  management officer on 07829 849487 during working hours.                                                                                                                                       

Further information on the scheme can be found on the States of Jersey  webpage: www.gov.je/travel/roads.

Pallot Tarmac Ltd and Transport and Technical Services apologise, in advance, for any                      inconvenience that these essential highway maintenance works may cause.

         Pallot Tarmac -   Site Manager.

  
27/08/2015Parishioners make their views known on future uses

Crest.jpg

 

27 August 2015

NEWS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE REPORTING

Parishioners make their views known on future uses for the existing St Martin Primary School.

The Parish of St Martin should develop more facilities for the community, but make sure that when completed, the facilities should pay for themselves.

That's the overwhelming view of more than three-quarters of the residents that responded to a recent survey undertaken by HLG Associates Limited for and on behalf of the Parish, in order to gauge what the parishioners would like to do with the existing St Martin primary school site, when it is returned to the Parish in November this year.

The significant majority of residents also want the Parish to continue to lead the development and retain ownership of the site, with four out of five respondents being strongly against the Parish disposing of the site for development by others. The residents do not want to see a purely commercial facility that provides no enhancement to community life, instead preferring a mixed-use commercial and community redevelopment of the site without any "financial burden" on the ratepayers to have to pay for its future operating costs. There was also some support for the potential to move some of the Parish administration functions into the building, and this will be further explored when assessing the options that will be presented to the parishioners in due course.  

Over 400 survey responses were received, with over 80% of responses coming from those that live in the Parish. The overall response rate from St Martin households is estimated at 20%, representing a good sample of the views of the Parish generally. Those that responded noted the 'quiet, peaceful' and 'friendly' neighbourhood within the Parish as the most important qualities to be preserved.

The survey also noted a preference amongst residents for healthcare-related facilities, such as a doctor's surgery, a dentist's surgery or a pharmacy. There was also good support for the provision of more child-care facilities, with many of the respondents suggesting using the site for the provision of additional nursery or crèche facilities. Less than 5% of respondents viewed the site as an opportunity for further residential development.

The Constable of St Martin, Michel Le Troquer, is pleased that the parishioners took up the opportunity to have their say on what they want to see within the completed building, and noted the significant findings arising:  

"To generate over 400 responses was well beyond our expectations, and demonstrates the real interest amongst parishioners for the project and the opportunity that the existing school site presents. It's also gratifying to note the confidence that they have in our approach to the overall development, by endorsing our decision to want to develop the site for Parish benefit, rather than simply dispose of it for development by others."

"The brief from the parishioners has been received loud and clear: give us more valuable facilities that enhance the Parishes outstanding character and community values, but don't leave any financial burden for the Parish to pick-up later. This – and other findings – will be considered very closely by the project team when assembling the design brief."

"This project represents a golden opportunity to ensure the Parish has its administration, public hall, primary school, village green and tea room, churches, community facilities, shop and pub all located within close proximity… something no other Parish in the island can lay claim to and helping to make St Martin unique in that respect."

"I want to thank all of the parishioners that invested their time in responding to the survey. It means so much to get good feedback, and I am now looking forward to the Parish appointing designers shortly, and getting on with the next stages of this exciting project. We intend to come back to the Parish over the next six months to outline the series of viable options that respond to the parishioners preferences."

[End

 

NOTES:

1.         Survey Results:

A report on the survey results can be accessed on this  link

2.         Consultation Document:

A copy of the consultation document that was used for the survey can be accessed on this  link 

3.         Interview and further comment:

Contact may be made as follows:

  • Michel Le Troquer (Connetable of St Martin, m.letroquer@gov.je, mobile 07700 851936) (Out of island and unavailable between 24 and 29 August 2015).  
  • Simon Matthews (Project Director, from HLG Associates Limited, simon.matthews@hlgassociates.com, mobile 07700 705339).
  
21/08/2015Road diversions from Tuesday, 25th August to Friday 4th September

                                                       Message from Pallot Tarmac  21st August  2015                                         

                             

                                                                                                                                                  

Trinity to Gorey –Section 2 - Phase  3  Commencement - Tuesday, 25th August to Friday, 4th September

     

Pallot Tarmac will shortly be commencing Phase 3  of the Trinity to Gorey (Section 2)  highway resurfacing  works project.

  • Phase 3  is a section of La Grande Route de Faldouet and commences West of La Grande Route de Rozel and continues East for 230m ending West of Prospect House.

  • As a result of the proposed works the access to the Royal St Martin's will  be via La Grande Route de Rozel only .   There will not be any access onto La Grande Route de Faldouet from La Grand Route de Rozel or La Rue de Payn junctions. 
     
  • Works on phase 3  will commence on Tuesday 25th August 2015  (weather permitting) and we  anticipate  they  will  be completed by Friday 4th September 2015 with working Hours of 9.15am to 6.00pm.
     
  • To minimise disruption, diversion routes will be provided and will be in operation during the working hours which are mentioned above from Monday to Friday. 
     
  • Further letter drops will be delivered prior to the commencement of each new phase, indicating timings  and extent of the next phase. Should there be any changes to the programme these changes shall be  highlighted  in  future letter drops.

     
  • For information relating to the Buses and temporary bus stops, please visit the Liberty Bus Website. www.libertybus.je

If you have any concerns regarding the project,  access arrangements, or any issues with the  works or traffic management, please contact our safety and  management officer on 07829 849487 during working hours.                                                                                                                                       

Further information on the scheme can be found on the States of Jersey  webpage: www.gov.je/travel/roads.

Pallot Tarmac Ltd and Transport and Technical Services apologise, in advance, for any                      inconvenience that these essential highway maintenance works may cause.

         Pallot Tarmac -   Site Manager.

 

  
18/08/2015Thursday, 3rd September is St Martin's 2nd Branchage of the year
for more information follow link to States of Jersey website - Please click here 

Your Roadside Plants and Hedges,
Trees and Banks

 
a guide to the "branchage law"(1) for property occupiers

 
The "branchage law" (1) makes roads and footpaths ('footpaths' includes pavements) safer for all who use them.  It achieves this primarily by requiring that the width of roads and footpaths is not restricted by vegetation.
All occupiers of property (2) bordering public roads and public footpaths in Jersey are obliged by law to trim any vegetation growing on the property that encroaches over the road or footpath, so that it no longer encroaches.  A minimum clearance of 12 feet above all public roads and 8 feet above public footpaths and pavements is required, measured vertically from the point at which the surface of the road or footpath meets the property (see drawing).  The law requires that all cuttings must be removed.

On two occasions every year, parish officials tour their parishes to ensure that the law has been observed.  If occupiers have not complied, they are liable to be given an administrative penalty (3) and instructed to undertake the work.  If the work is still not carried out, the parish authorities may arrange for it to be done by a contractor at the occupier's expense. 
The first Visite is during the three weeks from 24 June and the second is during the first three weeks of September, the exact dates being published in the Jersey Gazette section of the Jersey Evening Post.
Irrespective of these specific Visites du Branchage, it is the duty of the Constable, at all times, to have all impediment branchage (literally "branches") and other obstructions or nuisance removed from the public roads, with similar penalties applicable to those who do not comply.

  1. Loi (1914 and amendments) sur la Voirie.  Branchage is pronounced "brawkaaj"
  2. The occupier of buildings or land is responsible, not the landlord or owner in the case of rented property.
  3. Currently (2015) up to £100 per infraction.  Non-compliance may be referred to the Royal Court.

  
13/07/2015Jersey Liberation Prom

JERSEY LIBERATION PROM

The Jersey Symphony Orchestra

is holding its summer concert at

FORT REGENT

on

SATURDAY 8th AUGUST at 8:00 pm.

Jersey residents who lived through the Occupation are invited to apply for FREE TICKETS on a first-come basis.

If you qualify and would like to attend this concert please obtain an application from the Public Hall.

Of course tickets will be available for general sale also

The contact for more information is the JSO Administrator, Anne Eastham

 Tel: 852427 - Email: jso.jersey@gmail.com 

  
09/06/2015Free concert tickets for Liberation Veterans - 8th August

JERSEY LIBERATION PROM

The Jersey Symphony Orchestra

is holding its summer concert at

FORT REGENT

on

SATURDAY 8th AUGUST at 8:00 pm.

Jersey residents who lived through the Occupation are invited to apply for FREE TICKETS on a first-come basis.

If you qualify and would like to attend this concert please obtain an application from the Public Hall.

Also the contact for more information is the JSO Administrator, Anne Eastham

 Tel: 852427 - Email: jso.jersey@gmail.com 

  
12/05/2015Date for your diary.  The new panel will come to St Martin 7th to 18th September giving parishioners an opportunity to place a stitch in this piece of living history.  Here is a picture of the design

Launch of a new Occupation Tapestry Panel

 

 

Jersey Heritage has commissioned a new Occupation Tapestry panel to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation. The original tapestry was unveiled twenty years ago and is now a much-loved Island treasure with every parish having been involved in the creation of this wonderful community artwork.

 

The new panel has been designed by Wayne Audrain, designer of the original Occupation Tapestry. The themes for this panel are remembering victims of Nazism, remembering acts of resistance and recording how the Island has marked Liberation Day over the years. From the right we have the Bailiff and the Lieutenant Governor representing the governance of the Island, the Liberation sculpture and to the left of that the symbolic handshake with the Mayor of Bad Wurzach. In the foreground there is a young couple taking a selfie – making a reference to the modern world.

 

The panel depicts Liberation Day celebrations and veterans as well as the Lighthouse memorial and the medal awarded to Albert Bedane for saving the life a Jewish woman during the Occupation. It includes the Westmount memorial and the distinctive shape of a German observation tower. The faces in frames are of some of the people who lost their lives as victims of Nazism, such as Canon Clifford Cohu and Louisa Gould. They will be depicted in black and white against the vivid sky that echoes that of the original tapestry.

 

The new tapestry will tour around the parish halls over the course of this special anniversary year. In every parish, Islanders will have an opportunity to add their stitch to this new panel and view an accompanying exhibition of Occupation stories.

 

For more information, or to get involved as a volunteer stitcher, please contact the Co-ordinator for the Parish of St Martin, Nancy Thelland -

Tel: 852913 or email: njthelland@icloud.com or

 

Christopher Addy

Sites Curator, Jersey Heritage

Jersey Museum, The Weighbridge, St Helier, JE2 3NG

Tel: 01534-633340

Mob: 07797-897959

Email: chris.addy@jerseyheritage.org

  
20/03/2015Update on Road Closures -  April 12th

The JEC new cable installatin project continues with planned road closures for 16 days from 12th April.

Please see the attached details

road closures Apr 2015.pdf

  
12/03/2015St Martin's School developments

​The Connétable took the rare oppportunity of viewing the parish from the top of a hoist working at the new school site.  The school will be ready for the new school year in September 2015

  
20/01/2015Thursday, 25th June and Thursday 3rd September

​Branchage in St Martin will be on :

Thursday, 25th June and  Thursday, 3rd September

What the law requires​

If you occupy any land bordering public roads and footpaths, the 'branchage law' states that you must have the branchage cut to certain specifications on these areas of your property.

You must make sure:

  • there is a clearance of 12 feet over main roads and by-roads
  • there is a clearance of 8 feet over footpaths
  • that you clear all trimmings from the road / footpath etc afterwards

Your Roadside Plants and Hedges,
Trees and Banks


a guide to the "branchage law"(1) for property occupiers


The "branchage law" (1) makes roads and footpaths ('footpaths' includes pavements) safer for all who use them.  It achieves this primarily by requiring that the width of roads and footpaths is not restricted by vegetation.
All occupiers of property (2) bordering public roads and public footpaths in Jersey are obliged by law to trim any vegetation growing on the property that encroaches over the road or footpath, so that it no longer encroaches.  A minimum clearance of 12 feet above all public roads and 8 feet above public footpaths and pavements is required, measured vertically from the point at which the surface of the road or footpath meets the property (see drawing).  The law requires that all cuttings must be removed.

On two occasions every year, parish officials tour their parishes to ensure that the law has been observed.  If occupiers have not complied, they are liable to be fined (3) and instructed to undertake the work.  If the work is still not carried out, the parish authorities may arrange for it to be done by a contractor at the occupier's expense. 
These official "Visites du Branchage" inspections take place during the first fortnight of July and the first fortnight of September, the exact dates being published in the Jersey Gazette section of the Jersey Evening Post during the last week of June and the last week of August.
Irrespective of these specific Visites du Branchage, it is the duty of the Constable, at all times, to have all impediment branchage (literally "branches") and other obstructions or nuisance removed from the public roads, with similar penalties applicable to those who do not comply.

  1. Loi (1914 and amendments) sur la Voirie.  Branchage is pronounced "brawkaaj"
  2. The occupier of buildings or land is responsible, not the landlord or owner in the case of rented property.
  3. Currently (2004) up to £50 per infraction.  Non-compliance may be referred to the Royal Court.                      

                        

Branchage Notes

The St Martin Roads Committee felt that Parishioners would welcome some advice about how to prepare their hedges for the Branchage:

 

The following hedging plants and shrubs found around our Parish are ideal for any householder to obtain when contemplating a new boundary plant. Most of us think first of all about privacy, especially in relation to making use of the garden. There are however other factors that we need to consider, the first being shelter from prevailing winds, especially relevant in the light of this autumn's gales, the second being to appreciate the potential of root invasion and then another for those of us who are anxious to encourage wild life habitats. In spite of these considerations there is one further important point we must bear in mind, and this is our regular "BRANCHAGE" which we all know is held twice a year, usually in early July and early September. None of us really wish to be told to cut our hedge especially if we are about to go on holiday or we have been looking forward to a good display of flower.

  1. A common road-side hedge that we all know is the Hawthorn—Crataegus monogyna, we also often call it the May. This deciduous shrub is reasonably fast-growing, it will make a good hedge for two reasons. First its thorns will make an impenetrable barrier when established, also it has flower and fruit to satisfy the needs of wild life, both insects at flowering time and birds in the autumn. In the early stages it can have good upright growth and is not invasive.
     
  2. A further group of excellent plants for boundary hedges are the Elaeagnus, they are evergreen and several varieties have very attractive foliage that will brighten up the garden on duller days. In late summer they have small, sweet scented flowers that give way to orange fruits early in the New Year. Once established they need a trimming in late spring and again in the autumn. The strongest grower is Elaeagnus macrophylla and the best foliage colour is Elaeagnus ebbingei "Gilt Edge"
  3.  With the well known Privet we find either green or gold foliage. They are not always evergreen, depending on location. Both Ligustrum ovalifolium and Ligustrum aureum are not vigorous growers. They have a very strong root system that can be invasive for the smaller garden. Again the top growth needs to be cut back each year in late spring and early autumn.
  4. Another well known hedging plant is the evergreen Griselinia, with its leathery bright apple-green leaves. It is ideal as a boundary or as a seaside wind-break. There are two we see around, Greselinia littoralis and Griselinia variegata. Both will provide a tidy, non-invasive hedge easy to trim up as with 2 & 3 above.
  5. The well known Escallonia seems to be a very popular choice for many gardens but not all are suitable for strong hedges but better for shrubs within the garden. Most varieties are evergreen and have foliage with a pleasant scent when cut or bruised. Escallonia "Crimson Spire" has rich dark green leaves and brilliant red flowers most of the summer. In contrast there is the lovely Escallonia iveyi with clusters of white flowers in the late summer. Staying with this group we have Escallonia rubra "Macrantha" that will stand up to strong sea gales and is vigorous up to 10 feet high.
  6. As a strong and very spiny plant we have Prunus spinosa also  known as Sloe and blackthorn. It is a strong dense growing plant that has white flowers in early spring followed by late summer fruit. If grown as a compact hedge I would not put too much hope of making Sloe gin in the autumn.

Finally, the Roads Committee told me that many Parishioners are unhappy at being asked to trim back their hedges when they are flowering nicely in the summer. The way to avoid this is to trim your hedge well back in the Spring, just after the new growth has started. This should mean that when the Visite de Branchage passes by, your hedge will be both attractive and legal!

  

 

                                

  
17/01/2015details of planned road re-surfacing scheme

From end of January 2015 to Fbruary 2016 the roads between Trinity Church and Gouray Church will be re-surfaced.

  • Work will take place between 9:15a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Some work will occur in evenings to accommodate bus services and reduce impact on traffic diversions
  • Please contact Libertybus for changes to buses and Transport and Technical Services on 445509 or look on line at www.gov.je for updates​

  
12/01/2015WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN ST MARTIN’S HONORARY POLICE AND SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY

 

St Martin's Honorary Police

 

We have vacancies and we would like to fill these positions to bring St Martin’s Honorary Police up to strength.  It can be a very interesting and diverse position and new recruits will receive the necessary training.  If you are interested please contact the Police Secretary for more details on either k.gough@posmn.gov.je or on 853951 between 10.30 and 1 pm Monday to Friday.  Personal enquiries are welcome between 7 pm and 8pm on a Wednesday evening at St Martin’s Public Hall.

  
06/01/2015Policing Plan 2015

St Martin's Honorary Police

Policing Plan 2015

 

It is with pleasure that the Chef de Police Centenier Mo Gotel and I have worked together to produce this "Policing Plan" for the Parish of St Martin for the forthcoming year.

The relevant legislation that controlled policing on the Island by both the States of Jersey Police and Honorary Police was the Police Force (Jersey) Law 1974. However during the past two years major changes have taken place to that legislation. A new States of Jersey Police Force Law has been introduced. That provides for the administration and supervision of the States of Jersey Police Force together with the establishment of a "Jersey Police Authority". The previous 1974 law has been amended accordingly and is now the legislation that controls and supports the honorary police and their policing activities.

Other changes have taken place following the proposition, supported by the Connétables, to relinquish their policing powers. This change occurred on the 1st August 2014. Many had long argued that Connétables should take no part in policing the legislation that as States Members, they may have approved in the States Assembly. The actual exercising of those policing powers had ceased many years ago but had remained written into statute law and an option open to Connétables.

The new States of Jersey Police Force Law provides for a "Jersey Police Authority" to ensure that the States Police are efficient and effective, deliver the key aims and objectives within the resources available and that they act in accordance with any management policies. The "Police Authority" must also, after consultation with the Chief Officer, produce an Annual Policing Plan.

The new "Police Authority" however has no responsibility for the honorary police of the twelve parishes and it is the Connétable that retains responsibility for the efficient & effective policing of their Parish and to provide community policing to meet the specific needs of the parishioners. To achieve that aim each Connétable should, together with their Chef de Police, produce an "Annual Policing Plan" for their parish.

This document is therefore our "Policing Plan" for the forthcoming year as set by the Connétable. The Chef de Police shall, in so far as circumstances permit, deliver the key aims and objectives set for the effective policing of St Martin and to enhance policing services whilst continuing to supervise and manage the members, resources and the day to day policing practices in the parish. St Martin's Honorary Police are committed to work closely with the States of Jersey Police and others to deliver those promises and occurs at a time when the management of the States Police hope to implement positive steps to improve familiarity, consistency and accessibility to the community we all serve.

 

 
                              Michel Le Troquer                                    Mo Gotel
                                   Connetable                                       Chef de Police
1.      Honorary Police Patrols
 
The Honorary Police will continue to carry out regular patrols in the Parish of St Martin. Unlike the States Police, each Honorary Officer gives of their time freely. There is no minimum amount of hours expected from an Officer during his or her term in office. The seemingly increased pressures of life today, in particular for those with young families or others busy work schedules results in less free time available.

However it is accepted that seeing any Police Officer on patrol has a reassuring effect on some members of the community and we shall, as we have in 2014, continue to carry out a minimum of two patrols each week throughout the year, in particular at weekends when there is a greater movement of people and vehicles around the parish.

Patrolling takes many forms and our presence will be on mobile patrols in the Police vehicle or on foot patrol be it at a function, visiting a licensed establishment to ensure the Licensing Laws are being complied with or at a funeral, fete or sporting event.

2.      Road Safety

 

Road safety remains a priority in St Martin and there have been many fatal and serious injury accidents on the roads in the parish in recent years. We have worked closely with the other agencies including the States Police, the Island Road Safety Officer and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Department in an attempt to reduce road traffic accidents and we will continue to do so in 2015. There are a number of causes for the road collisions and these will be addressed with the same vigour as we have in previous years:

 

      1. Driving over the prescribed drink limit

         

        Honorary Officers are trained to use the breathalyser equipment and will carry out regular road checks to detect those who continue to drive over the prescribed drink/drive limit. Offenders have been detected as a result of general road checks to ensure vehicles are roadworthy, during speed checks or after observing a motorist's manner of driving whilst on a mobile patrol.

         
      2. Speeding

         

        This is another major contributory factor in road collisions. Detection work will continue with the regular use of the two speed detection devices held by the St Martin's Honorary Police. This work will be complimented with the use of the recently replaced "Mr Smiley" machine, a device that indicates to drivers the speed they are travelling. Data collected from the "Mr Smiley" machine will ensure Officers then return with the speed detection equipment to those roads and lanes that have the greatest problem.

        Data will continue to be shared with the States Police, Officers from Transport & Technical Services and with the Island Road Safety Officer.

         

        It is intended that the Parish will work closely with the Minister of T&TS during 2015 regarding the existing speed limits and to recommend changes to some existing speed limits if changes are likely to improve road safety.

         
      3. Road checks

         

        We aim to carry out at least twelve road checks during 2015. These checks will be carried out internally or with Officers from the Driver & Vehicle Standards Department and / or States of Jersey Police. Such checks ensure that vehicles are roadworthy but often lead to other offences being detected including drink-driving, unlicensed drivers or uninsured vehicles.

         
      4. Unlawful parking

 
Parking continues to be the one issue that results in the most complaints being received at the Public Hall. Numerous complaints are received from those reporting unlawful parking, in particular in the Gorey area. Subsequent policing of the breaches results in complaints from those who then receive Parking Notices.

New legislation was adopted during the latter part of 2015 to prevent car dealers using public roads and car parks to store and sell vehicles. The practice had put increased pressure on the parking spaces in the Gorey and St Catherines area where the issue seemed to be most prevalent. The new legislation has assisted but there are still insufficient parking spaces for the numbers of vehicles that are parked at the two areas.

The Honorary Police will continue work closely with the relevant authorities including the Ports of Jersey and Transport & Technical Services to seek further improvements. However motorists who continue to park illegally and inconsiderately in St Martin will be issued with Parking Notices.

3.      Parish Hall Inquiries and prosecutions
 
The Parish Hall Inquiry system is admired by many other jurisdictions and is often complimented by the Bailiff or Deputy Bailiff in the Royal Court when a Centenier takes his or her Oath of Office. Many persons have remained outside the criminal court system because of the process whereby they have attended an Inquiry, been dealt with by a Centenier, be it with words of advice, a written caution or a nominal fine and then sent on their way.

Parish Hall Inquiries will continue to be held each Wednesday evening at the Public Hall whereby persons who have been reported for an offence will have the chance to discuss the matter with a Centenier. Although the process used to be less formal the introduction of the Police Procedures and Criminal Evidence (Jersey) Law 2003 and subsequent Codes of Practice (Jersey) Order 2004 means that the Inquiry is governed by a set procedure.

During 2015 the St Martin's Honorary Police will strive to ensure all those attending an Inquiry are dealt with professionally but in a manner in keeping with the very strength of the Parish Hall Inquiry system, that of listening, educating and offering advice in an attempt to ensure that it will be the first and only Inquiry a person may ever have to attend.

There will be occasions where an appearance before the Magistrate's Court or Youth Court is unavoidable. The Centeniers will continue to "formally charge" and present all such defendants before the Courts in a prompt and professional manner and will liaise with the Crown Legal Advisers whenever necessary.

4.      General duties
 
The Honorary Police will continue to play an active part in the twice yearly Visite du Branchage with all three ranks carrying out their relevant tasks for the visit. The Centenier, together with the Roads Committee will advise the Connétable in accordance with the Loi (1914) sur la Voire, the Vingteniers will carry out their duty to serve the written orders and to enforce any administrative penalty. Constable's Officers will continue to assist with traffic control during the actual visits to ensure the safety of those on the visit and all road users.

The Vingteniers will continue to receive Parish Rates as the closing day for payment draws. A number of parishioners maintain the custom of paying their annual Rates to a Vingtenier and £12,866 was received at the special collection evening at the Public Hall in 2014.

The Honorary Police will again make the necessary enquiries to ensure all owners of dogs in the Parish have renewed their dog licence. At the end of January 2014 approximately 150 licences had not been renewed. Details of the dogs are important as they can save considerable time and money when a dog is found straying in the parish. The Centeniers will continue to make arrangements for the seizing of all stray dogs and for investigating any breaches of the Dogs (Jersey) Law that may arise.

5.      Community policing
 
Parishioners take a great interest in the Honorary Police. Many will have served in the Honorary Police in the past but will have seen changes that they may feel takes the Officers away from the concept of friendly, community policing they believe should remain.
Changes have included the introduction of uniforms similar to those of the States Police, body protection jackets and other equipment, a marked-up parish police car similar to the States Police vehicles and Officers having to attend a formal training programme.
Honorary Police Officers have exactly the same powers in law as Officers from the States of Jersey Police and therefore must comply with The Police Procedures and Criminal Evidence (Jersey) Law 2003 and Code of Practice (Jersey) Order 2004 already referred to within this "Policing Plan". Furthermore the Connétable of each Parish has a responsibility to ensure that his or her Officers are safe, properly trained and insured. The Connétable must also ensure that each Officer is provided with the necessary equipment to carry out a policing role.

The Connétable of St Martin will however strive to work closely with the Chef de Police to promote the importance of the perceived decline in the "community" aspect of honorary policing. The change in appearance and the manner in which the Officers now have to operate has been forced upon us by legislation. However the Connétable wishes to work closely with his Officers in the forthcoming year to re-establish the close liaison that once existed between the Parish Honorary Police and the community.

St Martin Officers will continue to provide a presence at weddings, funerals, Carol services and at municipal events held in the Parish. The Honorary Police are already aware of a policing presence in 2015 for various events including Gorey Fete, various sports at the forthcoming Island Games, the Jersey Rally, Liberation 70 and the opening of the new St Martin's School. There are likely to be many more added as and when events are planned.

Working with young people is equally important and although there are no Youth Clubs in St Martin activities are held at the Methodist Centre and on the Village Green. We shall continue to support those events and pay visits as and when we can. The Maufant Youth Project is actually in the parish of St Saviour but there may be an opportunity to pay visits to the Centre with the support and consent of the Connétable of St Saviour. The Scouts, Cubs and Beavers pack that operate from the Berni Centre will make use of the Public Hall for a trial period commencing in January 2015 and we shall show a presence as and when required. Officers from St Martin's Honorary Police will continue to visit other Cub and Beaver packs where they will explain to the young people their parish policing role.

6.      Training
 
There is a wide range of training courses available to Officers. The need for training has already been highlighted in this document. Each Officer has to comply with the requirements of the legislation that gives the Officer their policing powers and authority. The Connétable and Chef de Police also have a duty to ensure that their Officers are adequately trained for the role they undertake. This is important both morally and of course to satisfy our insurers.

Other than the initial Induction Programme that each new recruit attends Officers are encouraged to undertake a wide range of other courses as well as refresher courses on disciplines such as Officer Safety, manual handling, statement taking / report writing, First Aid and Defibrillator use. During 2014 two St Martin Officers qualified as "Loggists" after successfully completing a course with the States Police. Those Officers are now available to assist and support the States Police at the scene of a major incident.
7.      Recruitment
 
The established strength of the Honorary Police of each parish is set by legislation. The authorised strength in the Parish of St Martin is that of four Centeniers, five Vingteniers and twelve Constables Officers (total 21 Officers).

Like so many other parishes St Martin has a shortfall but we shall endeavour to find suitable candidates to fill the four vacancies that currently exist (one Vingtenier and three Constable's Officers). It is anticipated that the Vingteniers post will be filled by one of the existing CO's in the near future but the four vacancies of the full establishment would still remain.

The Connétable and Chef de Police believe it more important to have suitable candidates for the role than merely satisfying the authorised strength. It is the intention of the Chef de Police to hold an open evening to engage with those that may be interested but who would like to know more before committing themselves.

The Chef de Police has indicated his desire to increase the established strength from 21 to 23 in order that he has more Officers at his disposal. This would require a change to the Law, a not difficult task but as the law stands at present, time consuming and needing States approval as well as Royal Assent.

8.      Monthly Police Meetings
 
The Chef de Police will continue to chair the monthly Police meeting for all Honorary Officers and attended by the Connétable. Although the meetings cover general housekeeping matters the Chef de Police will continue to invite contributions from outside agencies. Examples during 2014 included: Multiagency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), fly-tipping, Ports of Jersey land & parking and Major Incident Planning.

9.      Partnerships with agencies
 
We shall endeavour to continue our close working relationship with outside partner agencies including the States of Jersey Police, St John Ambulance, the Harbour Officers and Ports of Jersey, Driver and Vehicles Standards Department, the Planning Department and the Emergency Planning Officer. We shall continue to work closely with and share information with parish groups including the Roads Inspectors and the Roads Committee.

10.  Office facilities
 
The limited office space at the Public Hall for the Honorary Police to conduct Inquiries continues to remain a great cause for concern for the Chef de Police but will be reviewed during the year following the completion of the new school and returning to the Parish, from the Education Department, of the former school building.

St Martin Honorary Police achievements during 2014

 
Although it is important that the Honorary Police have set objectives for the forthcoming year we believe parishioners should be aware of what has been achieved during 2014.
 
Police presence:

  • We achieved our aim by providing two Honorary Police patrols each week.
  • An additional day-time presence has been provided as and when Officers have been available.

 
Speeding:  

  • A second "speed detection" device was purchased during 2014 and road checks have been undertaken with that equipment.
  • A replacement "Mr Smiley" was acquired at the end of 2014. The new machine was deployed in December and is already recording data that will provide valuable information to the Honorary Police and other relevant agencies..

 
Road markings & yellow lines:

  • Consultation and site meetings have taken place with representatives from the Ports of Jersey, the Harbour Office, Transport & Technical Services and Crown Officers regarding parking issues, boundaries and signage.
  • We have worked closely with Officers from the States Parking Control Office in the monitoring of cars left on car parks for prolonged periods and dealt accordingly.
  • Signs on roads & car parks that caused confusion to motorists have been replaced.

 
Parking:

  • Honorary Officers have continued to enforce the parting regulations in the parish as no other agency or department currently polices illegal parking.
  • Assisted in the research and monitoring that led to new legislation being passed by the States in late 2014 that now prevents car traders using public roads and car parks to store vehicles. This has resulted in an immediate improvement of spaces available for genuine parking.

 
Road checks:

  • Twelve road checks were carried out during 2014 as well as additional road checks with Officers from the States of Jersey Police, the Driver and Vehicles Standards Department and Customs.

 
Dog Licences:

  • Enquiries were undertaken with approximately 150 dog owners who had not renewed their dog licences by the end of January 2014.
  • 20 dog owners were warned to attend a Parish Hall Inquiry for failing to renew their dog licence despite the reminder warnings they had received.

Liquor Licensing visits

  • Four checks were made to each of the 20 licensed premises situated in St Martin.
  • The relevant "register" showing each of those checks was prepared for the Connétable to present to the Deputy Bailiff at the December 2014 Licensing Assembly.

 
Community involvement:  

  • Police assistance was provided to those who sought a presence at a number of events in the Parish. These have included traffic control at funerals, escort duties for the St Martin's Battle of Flowers float, the Palm Sunday procession and for the Father Christmas sleigh tour. Honorary Police Officers also assisted on traffic control at the Festival of Cycling event, the School Carol Service, Remembrance Sunday and the Sea Cadets Gun-Pull.
  • Officers have visited three local Cub and Beaver packs to address the youngsters.

 
Visite Royale and Branchage:

  • Honorary Officers attended both Branchage visits and carried out their relevant roles they have to play as already highlighted in the main "Policing Plan".
  • Honorary Officers played a major part in the Visite Royale. That Visite occurs in the Parish only once every 6 years during which the Royal Court examine the parish accounts, receive a verbal report from the Chef de Police on policing activities in the Parish and then tour various locations to inspect areas of concern.
  • Honorary Officers have meet formally on two occasions during the year with the Roads Committee and Roads Inspectors at the joint forum where issues to their relevant supporting roles within the parish are discussed.

 
Annual budget:

  • The Honorary Police were able to keep spending within their budget approved at the July 2013 Rates Assembly for operational, support and capital spending.
  • A Parish Assembly approved an increase in the annual Honorary Police budget for 2014/15 at the July Rates Assembly.

 
Safety equipment:

  • Specialised body armour has been acquired within the approved budget to ensure the safety of Honorary Officers whilst on patrol who may come into contact with violent individuals.

 
Outside speakers at Police meetings:

  • Outside speakers attended four of the monthly Police meetings to provide a briefing and to share information on their various roles.

 
Tradition:

  • ……….and yes, the long standing tradition known to many former members of the St Martin's Honorary Police, the sharing a piece of Guernsey Gauche, was carried out at the beginning of the year following the February Police meeting. Long may it continue!

  
01/01/2015Dog Licence renewals by 31st January please

Parishioners with dogs are reminded that they have until the 31st January to purchase their dog licences at £5 per dog. Licences purchased after that date will be charged at £10 per dog.

 

Licences may be bought at any time during the Public Hall’s normal opening hours, which are 8:45am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays we are open from 5:45pm to 7:45pm.

  
15/12/2014Christmas and New Year Refuse Collection

 
The collection of household refuse for the Christmas period will be as follows:

Collection due onWill be collected on
Monday 22nd December
Tuesday 23rd December
Wednesday 24th December
Thursday 25th December
Friday 26th December
Collection as normal
Collection as normal
Collection as normal
Collection on Saturday 27th December
Commercial Collection Saturday 27th December
Monday 29th December
Tuesday 30th December
Wednesday 31st December
Collection as normal
Collection as normal
Collection as normal
Thursday 1st January
Friday 2nd January
Collection on Friday 2nd January
Commercial Collection as normal
Monday 5th January onwardsCollections as normal

  
15/12/20142015 Glass collection dates

GLASS COLLECTIONS FOR THE YEAR 2015

MonthThursday Friday
January15OR16
February19OR20
March19OR20
April16OR17
May21OR22
June18OR19
July16OR17
August20OR21
September17OR18
October15OR16
November19OR20
December17OR18

 
 

Glass Recycling - The Transport & Technical Services Department would like to remind us when recycling glass of the following:

It is important that separated glass contains no impurities such as metal or plastic.  Metal or plastic bottle tops should be removed from glass bottles and any foodstuffs rinsed out thoroughly prior to disposal.  On NO account should plastic bottles be disposed of with glass.  A further problem that is currently experienced is the number of households who dispose of their glass in plastic bags.  All glass should be left in a rigid container that the collector is able to tip into his vehicle with ease.
 
The whole collection will be left if any of the above requirements are not adhered to.

 
PLEASE NOTE
 
It is also not permitted to put garden refuse in your dustbin.  The refuse contractor will not empty the bin if anything other than normal household refuse is in it.

  
20/11/2014News regarding Sir David Kirch's Christmas Vouchers 2014

David Kirch Charitable Trust vouchers are available to all local residents aged 70 years or over on or before 31 December 2014 (i.e. d.o.b. 31 December 1944 or earlier).

Each person must bring PROOF OF RESIDENCE IN THE PARISH (e.g. bank statement, utility bill etc) AND PROOF OF AGE (e.g. passport, driving licence etc) to claim the vouchers.

Vouchers must be collected from the Public Hall between Thursday 27 November and Friday 12 December 2014 during the following times:

St Martin: Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri (closed Wednesday)

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and  2:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vouchers will not be available after Friday 12th December

  
29/10/2014Collection point for groceries at the Public Hall till 10th December

Parishioners are being asked to support Age Concern by collecting gifts for distribuiton and the Connétable has agreed to have a colection point in the Public Hall.  Here is an excerpt from the letter received from Age Concern:

 

'Age Concern are calling parishioners of St Martin to get involved in supporting the elderly this Christmas.

 

For the fourth year running, Age Concern Jersey is working with our proud sponsors, SandpiperCI to collect as much food as possible for our ‘Operation Hamper’ appeal.  The response in 2013 was phenomenal and we want to provide for our elderly community once again in 2014 so we are asking for your support, however little, to make this operation a success.

 

We are hearing more and more of the elderly having to make a choice of putting on the heating or having a hot meal during the winter months. With escalating costs of food and fuel they are finding it difficult to cope. If in some small way we can assist in bringing a hamper of food to this community it will make our pledge worthwhile.

 

We are asking if you would hold a collection point at your parish hall from 29th October until 10th December and encourage any parishioners to donate dried foods in particular tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits, sweets and cakes as well as any tinned foods such as soup, fruit and cold meats.......

 

.....Should you wish to join us in our endeavour to support the elderly people of your parish or if you know of anyone that may need support, please contact our Marketing and Events Coordinator, Aaron Labey on aaron.labey@ideas.je or 07797 836 845 or 01534 758922.

 

  
29/10/2014Also the Vingteniers will recieve Rates Payments

Meet St Martin’s Honorary Police between 6 pm to 7.45 pm at an Open Evening in the Public Hall.  This is an ideal opportunity to  meet the officers to discuss any Policing concerns you may have in the Parish.

At the same time the Vingteniers will be sitting to collect outstanding rates.

  
18/09/2014Connétable Michel Le Troquer and Député Steve Luce were returned unopposed at a well attended Electoral Assembly on Wednesday, 17th September

Congratulations to both candidates

  
15/08/2014The building of the Pavilion moves on apace!

​Look out for the Grand Opening in December - just watch this space

  
14/08/2014St Martin's Battle team win Carnival Award for their exhibit 'RIO 2014'

​Parade on Thursday 14th August and the Night Parade on Friday 15th August.

CONGRATULATIONS to the St Martin's Battle team on winning the Carnival Prize at this year's Battle. 
Photograph courtesy of Claire Jehan

  
22/05/2014St Martin's Flower Club Win Gold at Chelsea

CONGRATULATIONS!

Miriam Hill and Sandra Le Vesconte won Gold at Chelsea in the Flower Arranging Section.  This is the fourth time that Sandra (President of St Martin's Flower Club) and Miriam have entered this prestigious competition and the second Gold Certifiate for them.  Well done!