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Local firms to get chance to test ‘bamboo’ housing design

Island builders are to be invited to bid for the contract to build 15 experimental houses on St Helena, following an international design competition. Spanish architects BAT have proposed creating bamboo plantations so the island can grow its own building materials, instead of having to import them. Concerns have been raised that the island’s weevils …

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Secrecy leaves islands at risk of corruption, warns RSPB

A paragraph in this story has been toned down in response to a comment made privately to St Helena Online. The paragraph, about information being made available to legislative councillors, was capable of mis-interpretation.  Secretive decision-making by governments in St Helena and other British overseas territories leaves them vulnerable to corruption, MPs in London have …

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Jamestown plan looks like a cut-down Cape Town, writer warns

Further criticism has been aimed at the proposals to turn Jamestown into a tourist centre – this time by historian John Tyrrell, after a return visit to St Helena. His internet journal describes the “rather bad tempered” public meeting held on the Jamestown 20-20 Vision document in mid-March 2013. He writes: “The author, off the …

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Housing boss sets out plan to tackle ‘years of decline’

St Helena’s new housing boss has written of his excitement at the challenge of making sure Saints can afford to live on their own island – a week after it emerged eight families were known to be facing homelessness. Alan Crowe has started an internet journal about his new job improving existing housing, and “developing new homes and even …

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