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Jersey's new head of tourism welcomes Premier Inn

A new 90 bedroom Premier Inn is part of today's approved plans for the redevelopment of the Co-Op's Charing Cross site.

Keith Beecham, who only yesterday was announced as the new CEO of Visit Jersey, told ITV News it sent out a strong message about the island.

New investment in the product of Jersey must be a good thing.

It's showing investors are optimistic about the future of Jersey. And I don't think this is about slicing the cake of Jersey up into smaller pieces. This is about growing the opportunity that Jersey has to offer.

– Keith Beecham,

National Trust give cautious welcome to Co-op plan

The National Trust for Jersey describe today's approved Co-Op Charing Cross plans as a compromise and a pragmatic outcome.

Under the proposals, the National Trust could be gifted some of the historic buildings which now won't be demolished, but that would leave them with a costly bill to renovate them.

We have a big challenge in that we've estimated to repair the retained buildings would cost £1.2million and we have £600,000 so we have a long way to go if we're going to take on that commitment.

It would be a lovely project to do but we've got to balance the finances.

– Charles Alluto from the National Trust for Jersey

Gary Burgess reports.

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Teachers' union raises concerns about school rebuild delays

A letter has been sent to Guernsey's Education Department by the local branch of the NASUWT union, about their concerns regarding plans to rebuild the La Mare de Carteret school being delayed.

Pupils are entitled to learn and teachers are entitled to work in school buildings which are fit for 21st Century education.

Having high-quality facilities can make a significant contribution to raising standards of achievement.

The schools on the La Mare de Carteret campus are well past their intended life spans.

Teachers and pupils in those schools are being placed at a disadvantage with colleagues in other schools which have been rebuilt.

It is extremely worrying that in reviewing the plans for the rebuild of the La Mare de Carteret schools the States appear to be looking to emulate the Westminster Coalition Government. This would be a grave mistake.

Westminster’s programme of refurbishment and build has been done on the cheap and there are significant problems arising in schools involved in the programme.

Schools cannot be rebuilt ‘on the cheap’. Guernsey’s children deserve better.

The NASUWT will be pressing for the proposals for the rebuild as originally planned to progress. This is an investment in the future of Guernsey's children and young people.

– Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT

Co-op boss hails Charing Cross plans as a proud day

The man leading the project to redevelop the Co-op's Charing Cross site in Jersey is welcoming the decision by planners to give it the green light.

The planning panel today voted 5-1 in favour of the move.

It's a big day today, an overwhelming sense of relief but also pride. For us to have got emphatic permission and endorsement from the planning panel today, for a community based solution, as a community owned organisation it's a really proud day today.

– Colin Macleod, Channel Islands Co-op, Chief Executive

Father of murdered Guernsey woman says he's infuriated with trial's slow progress

The father of murdered Guernsey woman Sarah Groves says he is infuriated at the way the trial of the man accused of murdering his daughter is going.

Today was the 36th time the court had met and out of four witnesses due to give evidence, one showed up.

Vic Groves is now concerned that certain witnesses will never turn up.

Sarah was killed on a houseboat in Kashmir back in April last year.

Dutchman Richard De Wit denies murder. The trial continues on 3rd of January.

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