Les Baldwin wins a place on Executive Council

The Honourable Leslie Baldwin has been elected to serve on St Helena’s Executive Council. The seat became vacant when Nigel Dollery stepped down from the island’s main decision-making group only weeks after the July 2013 general election, citing personal reasons. Mr Baldwin will also take over the chairmanship of the social and community development committee. […]

Governor and politicians top ‘not trusted’ list

Politicians have been named as the least trusted people on St Helena, along with journalists. But the governor has come second in a list of the most distrusted people on the island – and that fact was left out of a summary of the findings that was issued to media by the government. Governor Mark […]

UK politicians revive St Helena group on eve of polls

The all-party Parliamentary group for St Helena has been revived in London, close to what could be the most important general election in the island’s history. It comes after Vince Thompson of the St Helena Independent talked with Lord Jones of Cheltenham and Sir Bob Russell at separate meetings in Westminster. The group had not […]

Stedson attempts to revive party politics on St Helena

An attempt is being made to introduce party politics to St Helena for the first time in four decades. Stedson George has announced the launch of the St Helena Democratic Socialist Party. It follows a separate announcement by would-be councillors Lawson Henry and Ian Rummery that they would campaign together in the 2013 general election […]

Inmates swelter as councillors duck vote on prison move

Efforts to end “human rights violations” in St Helena’s overcrowded prison have been frustrated by executive councillors’ refusal to consider plans for a new gaol at Half Tree Hollow. It is thought the acting governor, Owen O’Sullivan, might exercise his right to approve the plans himself, because conditions in HMP Jamestown are so bad. Any […]

Public gets a vote as chief councillor plan is put on hold

The idea of electing a chief councillor for St Helena has been put on hold after a vigorous debate by the island’s Legislative Council. It will now be put to a public ballot, to be held before LegCo’s next meeting towards the end of March. The proposal would have seen one member elected to lead the Executive […]

Saint FM ‘wins backing from councillors’

The team attempting to revive Saint FM radio station appears to be close to success. But a government press release announcing the “launch” of the state-funded SAMS Radio 1 makes no mention of the bid, despite it apparently winning support from executive councillors. St Helena Online understands that councillors pushed to approve a licence application for Saint FM in the face […]

Greener than green: Saint pitches to run campsite

Just over the hill from the proposed site of “the world’s greenest hotel”, an even greener tourist development is planned: St Helena’s first commercial campsite. It has taken years of negotiation to secure approval for the much-vaunted eco resort at Broad Bottom. It looks as though clearing the way for the new campsite at Thompson’s […]

Now the sea is a no-go zone, as cliffs pose blast hazard

An exclusion zone has been imposed off the coast of St Helena because of fears about the stability of cliffs near the island’s airport site.  It was agreed after a survey said rock falls could be caused by explosions planned by construction company Basil Read. The no-go zone extends 500 metres out to sea from Gill Point to Bay […]

Stedson takes Tara’s place at the round table

Stedson Francis of Blue Hill has resumed his place at the round table in the council chamber in Jamestown, after being elected to replace Tara Thomas as a member of St Helena’s executive council. Tara resigned as a councillor on 31 August to prepare for masters degree studies in London.