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  • Rolling Electronic Census Project completion

    Tuesday 31 March 2015

    Along with the regular annual update to to population trends, showing a decrease of 96 people between March 2013 and March 2014, new information including population by parish and country of birth is now available in the Electronic Census Report.

    The pioneering Rolling Electronic Census Project has been completed. As a result, comprehensive Guernsey population statistics will be available more frequently than in other jurisdictions and at a lower cost. The first collection of information, which is published in the Electronic Census Report, includes a breakdown of population by parish, school catchment and voting district along with a host of other information in addition to regular updates to population trends.

    This is the first report of several to be published by the Policy Council using information from the Rolling Electronic Census, which will provide a much stronger evidence base for decision making in many spheres.

    Helen Walton, Rolling Electronic Census Project Manager, said:

    "It has been a really exciting project to be involved in; no other jurisdiction has done this as far as I'm aware, so I'm really proud of what we have achieved. Information that previously would only have been updated once every 5 or 10 years, after each resource-hungry census, is now available quarterly at the click of a button. It costs less than a traditional census and means we can turn the information around and put it into the public domain more quickly and frequently.

    You will see changes and additions to several of our regular publications over the coming months as we incorporate the answers to our most frequently asked questions and more. But, if we've missed some particular analysis that you would find useful or if anyone has any questions, please get in touch (our contact details are included in all of our publications)."

    Colin Vaudin, Chief Information Officer, said:

    "This Project is a brilliant example of how States' information can be better used, by making the most of technology and innovation; as part of the SMART Guernsey digital transformation. It has saved money and has saved people filling out more forms that just replicated data we already had. More importantly it will enable us to provide better customer service. It puts Guernsey in an enviable position regarding access to population statistics and therefore in a much better position to develop policies and plans based on real, accurate and timely information.

    I'm looking forward to building on what has been delivered by this project and to take it to the next level to make a real and positive change to islanders' lives."

    Jonathan Le Tocq, Chief Minister, said:

    "The information that the Rolling Electronic Census now gathers will greatly improve the States' evidence base for decision making. We now have more facts at our fingertips so this will prove invaluable when we are faced with making decisions which impact on our lives as a community.

    Information from a traditional census is in effect out of date almost as soon as it is published and would not then be updated for 5 or 10 year, whereas this 'real-time' information will enable us to better monitor the effectiveness of existing policies year on year and if changes are needed, the impacts of any proposals can be more easily modelled."

    The Electronic Census Report is available from www.gov.gg/population

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  • Parking Arrangements for Cruise Liner Visits

    Monday 30 March 2015

    Parking Arrangements for Tuesday 31 March and Wednesday 1 April

    The Environment Department is notifying the public and businesses regarding revisions to Town parking that have now been agreed or agreed on an interim basis[1] to facilitate the decision to relocate the cruise ship tender landing point to the eastern end of the Albert Pier.

    The agreement is for the parking changes to be put in place for cruise ships visiting within the period 15 March to 15 October and more limited parking changes if a very small liner, e.g. 100 passengers is visiting. The permission is based on Guernsey Harbours providing additional parking on their land during the cruise ship season to mitigate as far as is practical the removal of the parking towards the south eastern corner of the Albert Pier and the angled parking on the landward side of the bus terminus.

    The Department has also agreed the parking changes on the basis that 15 parking spaces being used for cruise liner passenger handling purposes at the Albert Pier being given back to public parking on non-cruise liner days. The same arrangement is required as part of an interim permission* for the 22 angled parking spaces on the landward side of the bus terminus.

    The agreed scheme will result in a total of 11 public parking spaces being lost on cruise liner days, 13 spaces gained during very small liner visits and 28 spaces gained on non- cruise liner days.

    Motorists are advised to check signing carefully if parking in the vicinity of the Bus Terminus, at South Esplanade (Havelet side) or on the southern side of the Albert Pier as permitted time limits or type of vehicle that is able to park will change during the cruise ship season (commencing at 18:00 Monday 30 March).

    A spokesperson for the Department advised "A public consultation exercise was carried out before agreeing the changes and the Department took time to consider the responses it had received. It also requested further information from the Public Services Department (Harbours) concerning Health and Safety issues and pedestrian flow modelling. This information has now been received and considered by the Board."

    The spokesperson went on to say "There has been much interest in the Public Services Department's decision to relocate the cruise passenger landing point and there has been a difficult decision for the Department to make in terms of parking arrangements because there are so many competing interests and requirements. The Department has had to for example, consider issues such as health and safety matters, interests of Town businesses, diversification of the economy and visitor experience.

    The cross Departmental group that have been working on this project believes that what will be in place on 31 March represents phase one of the arrangements but refinements and reviews in light of experience will be essential during the season and for the future to make this work for Guernsey."

    Copies of the original plans indicating the parking changes can be found at the bottom of the document download section at www.gov.gg/traveltraffictransport.   Please be advised that these plans have not yet been updated to indicate that the 22 angled spaces on the landward side of the bus terminus and the 15 spaces on the southern side of the Albert Pier will swap between cruise ship related uses and short term parking depending on whether a liner is visiting.  However, the attached information notice summarises the key changes that will be taking place.

    For further information or clarification please contact Jan Bailey, Temporary PA to the Chief Officer on tel. 717200 in the first instance. 


    [1] Interim Permission - The Department undertook a public consultation exercise which ended on 16th February based on parking being given over to cruise liner uses for the whole cruise ship season. One of the areas included in the consultation was changing 22 angled parking spaces on the landward side of the terminus to coach parking. This resulted in concerns being raised by businesses in the area about negative impact on them. The Department has some sympathy with the concerns and has agreed in principle for the spaces to be given back to public parking on non-cruise liner days. However, there is a legal requirement to re-consult on this aspect of the proposals and a notice is being published in La Gazette to follow this process. The Department would welcome further submissions from interested parties. In the interim period the Department is able to make temporary signing changes to facilitate cruise liner visits.

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