Sarah’s tough job is no walk in The Peaks

Sarah Troman could be forgiven for wanting to take to the hills in her new life as St Helena’s first ever capital programme manager.

She will be responsible for overseeing about 30 major projects, including extending the hospital and moving the island’s “unfit” prison out of Jamestown.

It’s going to be a tough but necessary job, judging by severe criticisms of the way the government handled the building of its new customs house, and sat on UK aid cash intended for infrastructure projects.

It would be enough to make anyone want to escape into St Helena’s amazing landscape at the weekends.

And like so many before her, Sarah has found the island “both diverse and beautiful”, according to a press release from the Castle.

“So far she has walked to Flagstaff with her husband and daughter but hopes to do more walking,” it says.

Strangely, the release makes no mention of another island jaunt, described by husband Tim in his internet journal:

“Today we have had an enforced walk down to the Millennium Forest due to the quality hire car refusing to start,” he writes. 

Evidently they had a good time enjoying the “lovely breeze” and the children’s activity area.

“It was only on the return journey did we both realise quite how steep it had been coming down… I have never known two miles to seem quite so long.”

The press release says Sarah will have responsibility for major improvements to roads – there’s no mention of the vehicles that are driven on them.

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Tim Troman’s St Helena blog

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