St Helena : St Helena ROAD CLOSURE AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 26.10.2013 (Article Archived on 23.11.2013)
To reduce the impact of the Briars to Gordon’s Post road closure on members of the public, it has been agreed that there will not be any increase in bus fares for passengers utilising the public transport service routes A and G as a result of the longer journey into Jamestown.
ROAD CLOSURE AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT
To reduce the impact of the
Briars to Gordon’s Post road closure on members of the public, it has been
agreed that there will not be any increase in bus fares for passengers
utilising the public transport service routes A and G as a result of the longer
journey into Jamestown.
The environmental, social and
economic consequences of increasing fares have all been taken into
consideration in arriving at this decision. It is also intended to monitor the
usage of these routes to ensure that there are no capacity issues for the
public transport service. Should sufficient demand exist, the possibility of
providing an additional bus to cater for extra passengers will be given
Copies of revised timetables for
routes A and G are available from Joshua’s Taxis, the Tourist Office and the
Customer Services Centre in Jamestown.
11 October 2013
HM LAND REGISTRY REPRESENTATIVES
Four representatives from
HM Land Registry in the UK will arrive on 17 October 2013, for a period of two
weeks to assist St Helena Government in the modernisation of their current land
registration process and records.
Emma Vincent, Head of Global
Business Development has coordinated the visit of this team consisting of Julie
Barry, Head of Global Engagement, Dr Andrew Trigg, Chief Geographic Information
Officer, Len Craig, Senior Software Designer, and Tracey Salvin, Deputy Product
Manager. While here, the team will be arranging key meetings with principally
the Registrar of Lands, Chief Magistrate John MacRitchie and Land Registry and
Crown Estates personnel. The team will also meet with His Excellency the
Governor, the Attorney General and the Head of Planning and Development
Control, David Taylor.
Electronic registration in England
and Wales produces an easy-to-read document accurately reflecting the contents
of all paper title deeds. Land Registry provides secure online access to its
database of titles and most plans (maps). All title information is kept on Land
Registry's database, reducing the need to store old and often inaccessible
deeds. The register can be viewed quickly and securely online. The register is
immediately accessible to officials saving substantial time searching through
indexes and paper records to locate relevant titles. Land Registry has over 23
million recorded titles and is a world leader in this field.
While St Helena has approximately
five thousand titles there are considerable benefits in modernising the present
paper based system, improving efficiency and certainty to property owners.
John MacRitchie stated that:
“On commencing the duties
of Registrar of Lands for St Helena it became apparent that we would gain much
benefit from a system which can provide (i) more accurate and precise
identification of and information about land parcels, (ii) security from loss
or destruction of data and (iii) efficient usage allowing regulated access to a
unified system by all authorised stakeholders. We have skilled and enthusiastic
local personnel and in particular considerable technological expertise
available on Island. What we need is a system that makes full and efficient use
of these resources.
“I therefore met with representatives
of Land Registry while in the UK at the beginning of 2013. Following such
discussions a most impressive team from Land Registry were invited to visit St
“This project is a glowing
example of the operation of the United Kingdom Government’s commitment as set
out in the White Paper on Overseas Territories and will tangibly help St Helena
reach a considerably higher standard in this respect.”
Emma Vincent added:
“Land Registry has been in
operation for over 150 years, and began the transition from paper-based
registration processes to electronic systems in the 1980s. As part of that
change we have learnt a great deal and are happy to share our experiences with
our counterparts in St Helena as they begin their own modernisation journey.
“We felt it was really
important to come to the Island to see how the current system operates. This
will enable us to support our colleagues in a meaningful way – relevant to the
unique circumstances on St Helena. This isn’t about simply replicating the model
in England and Wales; it’s about determining realistic and appropriate next
steps that fit the needs and requirements of the Island’s people.
“We were delighted to be
invited to collaborate with the Registrar of Lands at this exciting time, and
are proud to play our part in supporting Her Majesty’s Government’s objectives
in relation to Overseas Territories.”
11 October 2013