Useful Information

Constables

Constables are elected to serve for terms of up to three years; they carry out day-to-day administration of parochial affairs, on behalf of the Douzaine – if you have any concern at any time about the parish, please let us know by phone or email.

procurers

The Constables are also the Procurers, and can distribute assistance from the Procurers’ Funds to those in need in the parish, at their discretion. At Christmas, extra funds are often available from local charities. If you are in difficulties at any time, or know of someone who is, please contact us.

the douzaine

St._Pierre_du_Bois_Crest

The Douzaine consists of twelve parishioners who are each elected for a four year term, and are responsible for looking after their section of the parish (canton). The Douzaine meets monthly to discuss parish matters.

parish meetings

The annual March meeting approves the Douzaine’s budget for the parish, and the People’s Warden’s budget for the upkeep of the fabric of the Church and rectory, which together make up the Owners’ Rate. The various parish accounts will be presented for approval and the Refuse Rate is also approved at this meeting.

The annual November meeting now follows on from the election meeting on the first Wednesday of the month.

BornemEnts and permits

The Douzaine’s permission is required for all construction, above or below ground, within 1.5metres of the road. Written application for a Permit should be submitted to the Constables with approved plans. A Bornement is required for any development affecting the alignment of the road boundary. A fee of £15 is applicable for each.

dead trees

Dead trees must be checked regularly to ensure that they are made safe, to avoid damage or injury to the public.

hedges and streams

CUTTING OF HEDGES

In conformity with the Cutting of Hedges Ordinances and the Parochial Administration Ordinance 2013, the Constables and Douzaines of the several parishes of the Island hereby give notice to the occupiers of land bordering public roads, or, if the land is unoccupied, to the owners thereof, that they are required during the first fifteen days of June and the last fifteen days of September, to cut and trim the hedges thereof
(a) up to a height of 12 ft. from the road surface where that road is ordinarily used by vehicular traffic – N.B. this includes the road AND footpath.
and
(b) up to a height of 8 ft. from the road surface where that road is not ordinarily used by vehicular traffic
and IMMEDIATELY THEREAFTER remove from such public roads and hedges all material cut from such hedges.
For the purpose of this notice, hedges shall be deemed to include trees and branches of trees, and all kinds of growth overhanging a public road at a height less than that specified above.
Any persons defaulting in the above requirements could be liable to a Civil Penalty of £50.00 with an additional fine of £5.00 per day in which the failure continues.
Note: “All kinds of growth” overhanging a public road also includes that which actually grows on roadside walls and banks. It is also necessary to ensure that the hedge is not only trimmed, but cut back so that no part of it less than the required height overhangs the boundary of the road or footpath.

STREAMS

In conformity with the Loi relative aux Douits, 1953 and the Parochial Administration Ordinance 2013, streams inspections are carried out twice yearly at the same time as the hedge inspections. Streams are required to be clear of all debris, weed growth etc. to ensure that they flow in an unobstructed manner. It is vital that owners complete their inspections and any necessary work at the proper time, i.e.
during the first fifteen days of June
during the last fifteen days of September

The Douzaine’s Streams Committee will inspect the watercourses thereafter and defaulters will be reminded of their obligations under the Law. A further seven days will be given for work to be undertaken before the area is re-inspected.
Any persons defaulting in the above requirements could be liable to a Civil Penalty of £50.00 with an additional fine of £5.00 per day in which the failure continues.
DON’T FORGET – OVERGROWN AND DIRTY STREAMS ARE NOT ONLY UNSIGHTLY BUT CAN RESULT IN FLOODING

noxious weeds

Noxious Weeds must not be allowed to flower or seed and, if landowners do not remove them, the Constables will report them to the Commerce and Employment Department to arrange for the work to be done at the owner’s expense. For more information on noxious weeds: http://gov.gg/article/6011/Noxious-Weeds

pits and quarries

All pits, including wells, cisterns, and catchment pits, must be made secure so that no-one may fall into them. Likewise, quarries must be adequately fenced. (Safety of Pits Ordinance, 1973, Section 1). If the Constables have concerns regarding unsafe wells/pits/quarries, these concerns can be reported to the Health and Safety Executive if the landowner has not made appropriate efforts to secure and make safe.

moorings

Applications for parish moorings must be made in writing, with full details of the vessel, to the Constables at the Douzaine room.

PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT

Advice and information regarding planning and development is available here: http://gov.gg/planning

AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Extract from the Exemptions Ordinance, Class 4 Agricultural Development (correct as at 8th April 2015) defines the very limited form of development which can be carried out without needing to apply for planning permission (more information available at the planning and development link above):

Fencing of Agricultural land

1. Erection of a post and wire fence for agricultural purposes provided that:-

a) The fence is inside an existing hedge or earth bank

b) The fence does not exceed 1.2 metres in height

Farm Gates

2. Installation of a gate across an existing opening (and not involving the creation or widening of any opening) anywhere on land used for agricultural purposes.

 

Activities

Please see the attached table which shows when certain activities are permitted and prohibited, including dogs, horses, and vehicles on beaches. Beach rules and other

FIREWORKS

Firework displays, especially those put on by professional firms for weddings, etc. can disturb neighbours and be very distressing for animals. Therefore the Constables would encourage responsible and considerate behaviour when organising such displays. In particular the displays should take place before 10pm.

The parish Constables’ permission is required to set off fireworks from public land e.g. the beach. It is not required for displays on private property however the Constables strongly recommend that use is made of the States information form at https://gov.gg/papermits In addition we advise circulation of display details to the Guernsey Press, local radio, and on social media, as well as direct notice to residents.

Please click this link to subscribe if you wish to receive information regarding displays https://gov.gg/fireworks

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