Housing failures to be put to accounts body

A highly critical report on St Helena’s government housing service is to be reviewed by the island’s Public Accounts Committee on Monday 10 February, more than four months after it was quietly published. The service was declared “inadequate”. Years of neglect and poor management have left many Saints living in poor and even unsafe conditions. […]

Well Andy, if the housing job doesn’t work out…

When he’s at work, Andy Crowe is a housing executive with a strong social conscience – but on his days off, he is The Scourge of all Europe. No one told him that going into exile on St Helena would see him leading a double life as a deposed emperor. It began when he was […]

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 […]

Oil boom brings housing need on Falklands

The Falklands look set to get their own version of Bradley’s Camp, the temporary housing being used for airport workers on St Helena. Mercopress reports that a developer is being asked to build two 200-bed blocks of accommodation in Stanley, ready for an expected influx of oil industry workers. Read more

New homes add to pollution, says water chief

House-building on high ground in St Helena has contributed to a bad smell in Jamestown, the island’s director of water has reported. Martin Squibbs was responding to complaints about the condition of water in The Run, the historic water course that runs through Jamestown from Newbridge. He said: “The water is greenish, which means there is […]

Simplicity makes Ladder Hill life so beautiful, writes Doreen

People living in Ladder Hill Fort have been warned they may have to move out in two years, to make way for a hotel. Writer DOREEN GATIEN, now living in California, cherishes her memories of a barracks childhood. Click here to see a gallery The headlines coming out of my beautiful island are not very […]

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 […]

The Castle confronts homelessness and over-crowding

A new policy to help homeless people is being drawn up by St Helena Government. It will also confront the issue of over-crowding – “where this exists.” SHG disclosed work on the policy after confirming that eight families on the island were known to be at risk of losing their homes in the next months. […]

Paul’s plea for a home reveals eight families at risk

Up to eight families on St Helena are known to be on the brink of losing their homes, it has emerged. But the island’s new airport workers’ camp could provide a way out of a looming crisis. St Helena Goverment says it intends to create new homes with the equipment used to build the camp by contractor Basil Read. […]

Prison plans in hand as Castle sets out vital projects

Basic designs are being drawn up for moving St Helena’s “unfit” prison out of Jamestown. Planning advice is being sought, according to a spokesman for St Helena Government (SHG). First, a new unit for young people with challenging behaviour must be built at Half Tree Hollow to make way for the prison to move into […]