Which comes first: the airline, or the eco resort?

Enterprise St Helena is locked in a “chicken and egg” stand-off with Shelco over its planned Wirebird Hill resort, according to Britain’s Financial Times newspaper. Writer Horatio Clare says that St Helena – “perhaps the strangest of tropical islands” – may be about to experience “one of the world’s most unlikely investment booms.” But while the […]

Pilots bid to give St Helena its own airline

Pilots in the UK are hoping to set up a dedicated airline for St Helena. The team behind Atlantic Star Airlines has already been in talks with the Department for International Development and the island’s eco resort developer, Shelco. Its existence has been known to some islanders for some time, but it was made public on […]

Home-grown roofing; just the business for an eco Saint

The walls might be imported from overseas, but the roofing for the new Wirebird Hills hotel will be truly St Helenian. It’s to be grown on the island. And Linda Houston, of developer Shelco, says it could turn into a truly green business for an enterprising Saint. The idea of a “living roof”, with plants providing […]

New Cable & Wireless deal heralds mobile phones

Mobile phone masts could soon be springing up across St Helena (except on the bits that are to have wind turbines). On Tuesday, 26 June 2012, executive councillors agreed the terms of a new telecommunications licence that should bring mobile phone technology to Jamestown, Half Tree Hollow and – who knows? – maybe even Sandy […]

What the nurse said to the governor: Andrew Gurr looks back

When Andrew Gurr arrived on St Helena in 2007 as the first governor to be appointed through open competition, he found an island civil service that was financially adrift. It needed to undergo surgery – and so, later on, did Mr Gurr himself. In the fourth and final extract of an address to the Friends […]

Go-ahead given for Wirebird Hills eco-resort – eventually

After ten years of planning and a flurry of eleventh-hour doubts, ambitious plans to build a spa hotel and eco-resort on St Helena have been given the green light. But UK writer Ian Mathieson has called for “a full public debate” on the environmental and economic implications. The scheme is the largest ever to be […]

Experts, expats and what England expects: a governor’s view, part 2

Andrew Gurr, immediate past governor of St Helena, has been sharing his insights from his recent four-year stint behind the big desk in The Castle in Jamestown. See part one of his talk to the Friends of St Helena here. In part two, below, he talks about attitudes to expats, experts, the Foreign and Commonwealth […]

The inside story on St Helena, by former governor Andrew Gurr

While cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell was in Swindolena in May 2012, telling Saints about their island’s bright opportunities, Andrew Gurr was just 30 miles away in Oxford, sharing insights from his four years as governor (2007-2011). The two men were speaking at exactly the same time. A recording of Mr Gurr’s talk has now been […]

Planning board backs eco resort – but Governor has final say

Plans for a leisure resort on St Helena have been passed by the island’s planning board – despite concerns raised over the impact on the endangered wirebird. Final approval for the Wirebird Hills resort rests with Governor Mark Capes, who will make his decision on Tuesday 12 June 2012. But the planning board recommended a […]

RSPB objects to Shelco resort over wirebird doubts

Disputes have broken out among bird experts over plans to build “the world’s greenest hotel” on St Helena, including an eco-golf course. A formal objection to the resort has been lodged by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) – even though the scheme seeks to end the failure of wirebird breeding at […]