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Children write to politicians asking for new school

One student has drawn a picture of the old and new La Mare de Carteret schools, asking Guernsey politicians for some storage in the new building and "maybe some lockers... and our own tables."

Politicians debate £60m La Mare de Carteret plans

Guernsey's politicians will debate the proposed £60m refurbishment of La Mare de Carteret school today.

This morning, the school's Assistant Head Teacher Dan Cleary will hand over 400 letters to States members urging them to support the move.

Deputies must decide if they think the project is value for money.

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Funding for £60m rebuild of La Mare school to be debated tomorrow

Guernsey States are set to debate whether to approve funding for the redevelopment of the La Mare de Carteret High School and La Mare de Carteret Primary School at its meeting tomorrow.

The two schools cater for more than 1,000 children aged between 4-16 years old.

The new plans include a club-level competition indoor sports hall and a new centre for autism support service on the island, along with the new school facilities.

The state of the current facilities at the school have been bemoaned by those that use them, with current Year 10 student Megan Lumb saying they deserve better:

Driving instructor rules 'putting Guernsey at risk'

Guernsey States are being asked to create a formal register for driving instructors in the island.

It's after the UK's chief driving examiner warned the island that not doing so is putting them at risk. At present, anyone can set up a business and become a teacher.

If the request is passed in December, those wishing to instruct will have to pass an examination and go through a criminal records check.

The reasons for the move:

  • To protect health, safety and security
  • To create fair and contractual arrangements
  • To encourage those entering the profession to be properly qualified
  • To maintain an international recognition of the Guernsey driving licence
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States reject bid for bigger Health budget

A bid to give Health & Social Services an extra £1.25million has been rejected by the States.

Former HSSD Minister Mark Dorey called for more funding for the department, which is currently responding to severe criticism by the Nursing & Midwifery Council because of failings in maternity services.

But Deputy Dorey said the extra money was needed to fund a range of existing services.

The newly appointed Health Minister Paul Luxon was amongst those to oppose the proposal for more funding.

He also asked Deputy Dorey to withdraw another motion for £1million specifically to pay for improvements in maternity services, saying his new board needed to assess fully the needs in that area before determining the funds that would be needed.

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Budget debate underway

Guernsey budget decision due

Guernsey is due to decide on its States spending today.

The 2015 budget includes increases in alcohol, fuel and tobacco duties. There's also a 15% increase in Domestic Tax on Real Property rates and a freeze in personal income tax allowances.

Members have been debating the budget since Tuesday.

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Will the States take on the Shell Shrine?

Volunteers who run Fort Hommet's Shell Shrine in Guernsey are calling for the States to take on the tourist attraction to ensure it can stay open to the public.

The old German bunker was turned into a shrine by Hubert Le Galloudec in the 1950s.

It was then shut up for decades but was reopened in 2011 after a team of islanders painstakingly restored it.

Mike Garrett, Volunteer

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