L’Ancresse ‘hedge veg’ stalls are closed down

‘NUMEROUS complaints’ over the state and produce on sale at the L’Ancresse hedge veg stalls has seen the owners served with an eviction notice – a move described as ‘long overdue’ by some parishioners.

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Trevor Hockey, from nearby Trev’s Motors, has been lobbying for some years to have the stalls removed. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 17284370)

The sale of wholesale-bought vegetables, second-hand crockery and abandoned stalls has led to the Development & Planning Authority taking enforcement action against its owners and contributors.

Yesterday was the final day of the voluntary notice served against it. However, products remained on sale while many stands have been left abandoned at the site.

A statement from Planning Services said the stalls and any remaining produce would be removed if the order was not complied with.

‘We have received numerous complaints from members of the public and other authorities regarding the stalls on this land, said a spokesman for the service.

‘Most are vacant and unused while others do not qualify as “hedge veg” stalls, selling crockery and other goods imported to the site.’

Comments for: "L’Ancresse ‘hedge veg’ stalls are closed down"

PLP

Looks like good fuel for a bonfire.....stoke one up while you've got the chance.

wimgman

There should be an island wide law wherby everything sold on any hedge stall must have been grown on the island. There are alot of flowers on sale that have been grown in India or Africa and veg on sale that have come from supermarkets. People including visitors are being conned into thinking they are local produce. At the very least a labelling system needs to be introduced so produce can have its origin disclosed.

Trevor Hockey

wimgman

Agree 100% unless it is clearly stated that it is non local produce. Let's face it, you buy anything in a supermarket and it has its country of origin on it, also the minimum weight.

carolfromtheblock

I am also concerned about pop up car sales sites, you can sell on things like TIG and Facebook without sticking your car in a car park

carolfromtheblock

who really cares , id be more concerned with the pop up car sale sites around the island

markB

Disgusting!!! What a terrible sight!!!........... and the hedge veg boxes look awful too :)

chris1

Trev you could have smiled, I know it would have gone against the grain, but it would have made for a more pleasing picture.

Devil's Advocate

Now, now, you know it's against the law for a "disgruntled local" to smile in the Press. I'm disappointed they didn't make him stand with his arms folded and a small malnourished child & "wouldn't hurt a fly" pet Staffy by his side like they normally do.......

Trevor Hockey

Yes, I could have smiled but as stated elsewhere it was firking freezing and as well as that I thought people might have thought I was gloating. Fact is, there were a few honest people putting local produce out but greedy people spoilt it for them.

None local,local

I think the press should be renamed as "Trev's Press" not only does he have a daily moan page, he is now taking over the front page, what would the press do without him?

PLP

I think you're being unfair. Trev is doing the Press a favour - they find it hard enough to fill a daily paper as it is.

I am a little disappointed he allowed himself to be duped into the classic "grumpy pose" GP photo shoot though.

Trevor Hockey

PLP

If you had the bitterly cold easterly wind coming from the Khyber Pass you would have looked grumpy as well..!

Next phase is to have a go at the cars for sale at the bottom of The Doyle.

An Al Forever

Trevor did you buy those clothes 20 years ago at shoestring or from a car boot, and you call Mr Gollop scruffy ffs

Trevor Hockey

An Al Forever

I was given ten minutes notice that the Press wanted a photo,hardly time to get the Armani suit out of the wardrobe, and for the record I was in my workshop that day, not going to put the best on for that.! Apart from that it was Firking freezing up the road, bitter wind and the more layers on the better.

FYI trousers came from Keyprice across the road, support local I say.!

Victor Meldrew

How about a weekly Sunday market 'a la francaise', so that all these vendors could get together and sell their wares? Add a burger van, some local cider and Rita's Hungarian deli and it could rival the Friquet Plant Centre. Trev and the Tickled Trout plaice could open and make a fortune...

futulas_dog

…..presuming you haven't witnessed the somewhat sad 'outdoor market' that's been tried outside the lovely proper market that we once had, where tourists and tumbleweeds are the only things to be seen….?

Then there's the Sausmarez Manor one, of course, IF you can afford a stall, that appears to do quite well.

All that said, perhaps a rule that hedge veg should stock products of local origin would be a start, along with insisting that if you want one, you have to put it on your OWN hedge, and if the locations not too good, then too bad, as this collection shabby sh*t on our coastline does look pretty awful.

Walrus

Sort out the coastal "car sales lots" next please?

Heggarty

I have never met the infamous Trev, nor did I have any concept of what he looked like....now I do and the first thought that came to mind was: this is the man who frequently pokes fun at John Gollop's lack of satorical elegance....I think Trev should stand inside any one remaining glass house and throw a few stones!!!!

Trevor Hockey

Heggarty

When I do wear a suit (not very often) I do scrub up well. However, I do something called work, might be an alien concept to you perhaps but when one works in a workshop then you don't wear your Sunday best.

davegorvel

Well done Trev.

Did you help remove or burn them.

Mark

Hopefully he donated a litre of his cut price petrol to get the fire going

Trevor Hockey

Mark,

If you knew the amount of times that thought has gone through my head.

InteresTed

Where am I going to buy my local bananas and pineapples?

None local,local

The silence is deafening!!

Come on Mr Press, defend yourself

wallygator

Your name is often on these pages as well perhaps you and Trev can share it and become as famous as Morcambe and Wise or Laurel and Hardy, you get the drift.

None local,local

Or little and large, I will leave you to decide who's who

nocon

Is our rights campaigner Trev also going to remove his advertising chalk board for off Island manufactured fuel and stop parking his works van advertising his business next to the bus stop down there?

How does that saying go? "What`s good for the goose?....................."

Trevor Hockey

nocon

When was the last time you saw my works van there.? Fact is it has turned in to a second hand car sales lot so people who live and work round here cannot park there.

I have also been served with a removal order, despite having a sign of some kind there on an off since 1989.

Madguernseyman

Well done, Next sort out the car parks, especially the Vale castle car park, you can never park there.

nocon

Mad.......,

That`s easily solved by making ALL public coastal parking spaces 6 hour duration with no re-parking for at least an hour. That will stop long term parking of commercial vehicles and abandonned cars and will give the police something to do as they go on their tour of the island.

6 hours will give people who are going to the beach or coastal walks plenty of time to persue their pleasures, that is if they can find a space early enough.

They could always put a couple of the traffic wardens on scooters to patrol the car parks randomly with their little cameras and note pads.

wallygator

Wow poor Trev, at least he had the guts to openly show his opinion on the shanty town that grew.

You could say a loss of trade would have an effect on the tax, but I bet the owners never declared their earnings.

It will be nice to see it clear and I agree with many of the other posts about the island wide problem of car park and road side car sales.

The garage near the Vale castle has certainly taken over the car park you can no longer park there on a week day lunch time to eat your chips.

I am not a legal eagle but are these car parks not owned by the States, if so easy answer make them all 23 hr parking but they will then need to be monitored unlike many 23 hour places at present.

Then once the car sales are sorted, next on the list is cars with no brake lights or 1 headlight or poorly aligned headlights, ah I nearly forgot no number plates. The boys in blue are missing a big trick with these at the cost of a little paper work. If they clamped down on this they could pay for their new security gates etc at the HQ.

Devil's Advocate

+1 for the lighting issues - being dazzled really gets on my wick!

Rad

C mon Trev ,lost for words?

futulas_dog

….....talking of eyesores, its a damned shame that Envo doesn't take the same hard line with some of rather larger, more imposing and permanent god awful developments and uber houses that have popped up over the years in entirely inappropriate places….

perhaps the owners of the aforementioned have a little more wodge behind them to placate the Department's concerns……..

money really does talk over here, n'est pas…;) ?

Loveridge

Hedge veg used to be your surplus produce, sold on your hedge. What its morphed into, in many places are semi-commercial set-ups which cause traffic danger to other road users, without the checks and balances that would apply to any other retail operation.

Glad that these are being removed. Unsightly, reselling retail goods and at times causing a real traffic hazard.

Clear the coastal car parks of second-hand car sales next?

constant

Please don't all shout at me, but for many years I used to love going there for fresh veg etc., it became a sorry state but, wish it was still there as it used to be years back. Bit like the Strawberry Farm, what is happening, it is an absolute wreck, another reasonable Visitors attraction gone to the dogs.

100% Donkey

About time.

It's got a bit silly down there and like said above, the spirit of hedge veg has totally gone.

concept

Trevor Hockey the biggest stirrer and hypocrite ever,has his advertising board for his over priced petrol alongside the veg boxes,rules for everyone else it would appear !!

Trevor Hockey

concept

So easy to be abusive when you are hiding behind a pen name. If you knew anything, you would know that I have also had a compliance order served on me to remove the sign that has been there on and off since 1989.

Please explain the over priced petrol comment, we are cheaper than the Co-op and if you have a Rubis Card we are the second cheapest in Guernsey. The facts are out there, if you want to be bothered looking for them, but the truth is often a casualty of people wanting to do someone else down. Perhaps you have a hidden agenda.?

None local,local

Yes Trev it is easy to abuse and you are the biggest culprit, well apart from me towards you :-)

Trevor Hockey

None local,local

Whatever abuse I do dish out, I do it under my own name. Only a coward is abusive to other people and stays anonymous.

As for your abuse towards me, I find it nothing less than a minor irritation, a bit like flicking an insect away. People far better than you have tried insulting me, but it's like water off a duck's back and trust me, when it comes to insults you are a mere amateur.

constant

No disrespect meant, but please, Mr Hockey, this comment page was not for your benefit, so stop milking it. If you have a serious complaint, please do through the proper channels. As far as fuel is concerned, people will buy if and where they desire. This was a story about Hedge Veg, so why are you even there??

futulas_dog

No constant, it's for all our benefits, including Trevs, and he can use the pages however he wishes.

I don't see any self promotion here, simply batting away asinine comments from people on the sidelines, putting him down and slagging him off because he has the b*lls to stand up and be counted, put his real name to what he really thinks, stand by it…..and actually DO something…...

unlike many of we anonymous commentators.

When's the last time you actually put yourself out to tackle some issue on the island, however large or small, that wasn't for your personal benefit…..?

islander

Take them veg boxes away and your have a better landscape don`t you reckon Trevor Hockey?. Did they not have some of the previous Vale candidate's flyers pinned to some of them veg boxes?

I can understand the veg boxes now being rundown or neglected with the present CROP now sitting deputies with salaries outweighing the dependence of a little side earner. 24 CARAT gold mine now

Trevor Hockey

islander

None of my flyers were on the boxes, or if they were I did not authorise it.

concept

You were the one who introduced the subject of fuel, not me, I was merely defending your incorrect allegation.

As futulas_dog states, I have in some way managed to get something done that local residents have been complaining about for years, what has been your contribution to island life.?

Unlike you, I put my name to what I believe in, perhaps you should consider doing the same.?

None local,local

Just passed there 1.30 and your advertising board is still there, defiant to the end and hypocritical as ever!!!

Trevor Hockey

None local,local

I have been putting a sign of some kind at that location since 1989, long before the hedge veg stalls were there permanently. There were some sellers, but they took their buckets in every night, as I did my sign. What is hypocritical about that, if they had continued to do that they may well still be there, it was the abandoned, unused stalls that ruined it.

Yes, I am defiant, a typical very stubborn Guernseyman, which you will never have the privilege of being.

Vale Resident

What a shame, I am a Vale parishioner and I will miss buying the lovely local eggs and tomatoes from one of the stalls. Don't think it should be up to one person or handful of people to be able to ruin it for everyone else!

Trevor Hockey

Vale Resident

Local tomatoes in February.? I don't think so.! Bananas grown locally, ditto. Local eggs.? Well, I suppose Castel Farm eggs are local but when you put them in to plain boxes to look like they are from your back garden, that is clearly very wrong.

I think you will find that the true sellers of local produce have been offered alternative sites, I have offered to let Mrs. Petit use part of my forecourt for her tomatoes and cucumbers and I believe James de Lisle at Keyprice has also offered space, but only for truly local produce.

The people who ruined it were not folk like myself, it was those who were running businesses on public land and those who left stalls abandoned, who sold crockery from there, they made it bad for the genuine people.

Vale Resident

I was referring to Mrs Petit's tomatoes!

Trevor Hockey

Vale Resident

Shirley was getting annoyed at seeing tomatoes for sale in February/March and even put a sign up saying "Local tomatoes available mid June" to make the point that they were bought in.

As I say, she has two options available for the summer and I think both will give her better returns as there will not be so much thieving.

Trevor Hockey

Vale Resident

I am now selling Jan Le Tissier's local back garden eggs, so local they almost cluck in patois.!