Archive for June, 2013

Renault announces Twizy Cargo electric delivery vehicle

June 25th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Twizy Cargo is a small, zero emission delivery vehicle (click image to expand - image ©Renault UK Ltd)

Twizy Cargo is an easy to park, small, zero emission delivery vehicle (click image to expand – image ©Renault UK Ltd)

Renault have done a clever thing by replacing the backseat of their electric Twizy with a lockable boot and calling the vehicle Twizy Cargo.

The lockable boot has a storage capacity of 180 litres and can hold 75 kgs. of merchandise or goods.

The rear seat of the Renault Twizy was a little awkward to get into anyway, and there is no lockable storage in the two seat models.

The single-seat Twizy Cargo is a cheaper price than the standard Twizy, but has the same battery hire arrangement, which for the Cargo version is £36 per month in the UK (excluding VAT). Continue reading

Guernsey’s parishes agree to PSDs kerbside recycling scheme

June 25th, 2013 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

Household recyclable material including cardboard, bottles and cans waiting for kerbside collection on Hauteville, St Peter Port on 4 April 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Bags of household recyclable material ready for kerbside collection by a private contractor on Hauteville, St Peter Port on 4 April 2012 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Kerbside recycling could be launched in late 2013 or early in 2014 after all ten Guernsey parishes signalled they were keen to be involved.

The States of Guernsey Public Services Department has been liaising with the Douzaines since March 2013, when it announced plans to introduce kerbside recycling for most materials currently collected through the bring bank sites.

The Public Services Department subsequently invited Guernsey’s parishes to put forward proposals to involve their existing refuse contractors in providing the separate collections.

Public Services Minister Deputy Paul Luxon said kerbside recycling was a key element of the island’s waste strategy, and agreement from the parishes was ‘great news’. Continue reading

Guernsey Bicycle Group coastal path evening ride on 18 June 2013

June 25th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Ian Brown led the Guernsey Bicycle Group summer evening ride on 18 June 2013 beginning at The Beach House overlooking L’Ancresse beach and following the coastal path west towards the setting sun.

Guernsey Bicycle Group cyclists follow the coastal path along the north coast of Guernsey towards the setting sun (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Guernsey Bicycle Group cyclists follow the coastal path along the north coast of Guernsey towards the setting sun (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The group cycled around the Mont Cuet landfill and entered the coastal path ablaze on both sides with broad areas of bright yellow sea radish. Continue reading

Guernsey’s food waste highlighted by the Public Services Department

June 25th, 2013 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

A gull ripped household waste black bag exposes a bag of lettuce on Hauteville, St Peter Port on 19 April 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A black bag of household waste ripped open by a herring gull on Hauteville in St Peter Port on 19 April 2013 reveals a bag of lettuce (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The States of Guernsey Public Services Department is highlighting just how much food is currently going in the bin to help encourage islanders to reduce this waste.

The States of Guernsey department unveiled its latest campaign outside the Town Market, in St Peter Port where it has installed stacks of tyres and a pile of old bin sacks to offer a visual reminder of how much food is currently wasted.

Last year, an estimated 4,500 tonnes was thrown away by Guernsey households.

That is equivalent to around 165 kg per home in Guernsey – or the weight of around 15 tyres.

It also accounts for more than a third of what goes into local bins.

Based on an average of two black sacks a week, that would equate to around 30 bags a year for each household. Continue reading

Car parking reform made easy

June 25th, 2013 by Island Press

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(Please click book cover to go to publisher’s website)

As urban centres grow in population and diversify transport options, the problems related to excessive, artificially cheap parking have come into focus.

For example, today, there are almost three and a half parking spaces for every car in the USA.

Urban planners need to manage the quality and quantity of parking in a more intelligent way in order to make the best use of our land, reduce our environmental footprint, and develop transportation options that work for everyone.

Professor Richard W. Willson argues that the problem is outdated minimum parking requirements, which give your car a spot at your home, your office, the grocery store, and the cinema — even though it only needs one at a time.

In Parking Reform Made Easy, he shows practitioners how to develop parking requirements that are responsive to the needs of individual neighborhoods, support local planning goals, and foster vibrant communities. Continue reading

Guernsey Foster Care and Adoption Association benefits from Guernsey Post’s 100 mile cycle challenge

June 25th, 2013 by Guernsey Post Ltd.

Guernsey Post office employees and friends at the start of their 80 miles Tours des Isles (click image to expand - image courtesy of Guernsey Post)

Guernsey Post office employees and friends at the start of their 100 mile Tours des Isles bicycle ride to raise awareness and funds for the Guernsey Foster Care and Adoption Association (click image to expand – image courtesy of Guernsey Post)

Seven Guernsey Postmen bicycled 100 miles in Guernsey and Jersey on Saturday 22 June 2013 to raise the profile of the Guernsey Foster Care and Adoption Association (GFCAA) and the need for foster carers on Guernsey.

The ambitious team had planned to cycle 80 miles around Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Jersey.

However, strong winds forced the team to amend their route.

Instead they cycled twice around Guernsey before travelling to Jersey. These last minute changes added another 20 miles to the cycle challenge.

Guernsey postman Steve Sheppard said that the team were thrilled with the support they received. Continue reading

Living Streets Guernsey Tranquility Walk on Sunday 14 July 2013

June 24th, 2013 by Living Streets Guernsey

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(click image to open the flyer as a PDF file)

The Living Streets Guernsey Tranquility Walk begins at 2 pm on Sunday 14 July 2013 from Capelles Methodist Church (Bus route No. 31 (every half hour) or park in the School Car park.)

The walk, designed by Living Streets Guernsey Chairman Tom Le Pelley, explores the lanes and green lanes in St. Sampson and the Vale.

The walk includes the Living Streets Guernsey Baubigny Schools pathway which the charity developed in 2010 for Continue reading

Special needs children’s racketball club lessons at Beau Sejour thanks to funding from Bedell Cristin

June 24th, 2013 by Bedell Group

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Mick Mahy, Guernsey special needs children’s racketball club coach, teaching racketball to Jolian James, Anya Aldous, and Sabato Folmi at Beau Sejour (click image to expand – image courtesy of Bedell Cristin)

Bedell Cristin in Guernsey has provided funding for the special needs children’s racketball club.

The Guernsey Squash and Racketball Association launched the club in October 2010.

Mick Mahy, who runs the club, said demand had increased since it was first established.

“When we first set up the special needs children’s racketball club we ran two sessions a week and had seven children taking part.”

“As attendance grew we increased the number of sessions to four per week,” he said. Continue reading

Show Hospice-tality in September to raise funds for Les Bourgs Hospice

June 23rd, 2013 by Les Bourgs Hospice

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A Hospice-tality afternoon tea at St Pierre Park Hotel on 14 July 2013 for a donation of £15 or more to Les Bourgs Hospice (click image to expand)

Food, drink and good company are the key ingredients for a new Les Bourgs Hospice fundraiser.

Hospice-tality for our Hospice will see islanders hosting social events for friends or family who will be asked to make an anonymous donation to Les Bourgs.

All the money raised during the month-long event in September 2013 will go towards the hospice’s £800,000 annual running costs.

“We wanted to create an event that everyone could take part in, no matter whether they are old or young, live in a small flat or a large house, have lots of friends or a select group,” said Trish De La Mare, Les Bourgs fundraising administrator. Continue reading

Guernsey Water wastewater project requires Rue de la Bouillerie closure from 24 June to 2 September 2013

June 23rd, 2013 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water would like to remind islanders that the next phase of its wastewater network extension programme will be commencing in the Les Naftiaux area of St Andrew from Monday 24 June 2013.

While the project to extend the main sewer will take approximately 10 months to complete, contractors will be working in one road at a time, and every effort will be made to minimise inconvenience to residents and businesses where possible.

The programme of road closures is as follows:

24 June to 2 September 2013

Rue de la Bouillerie (incorporating Les Naftiaux Estate)

Rue de La Bouillerie leading to St Andrew's Primary School (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Rue de La Boullerie leading to St Andrew’s Primary School (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

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