Early Alderney visit for P&R member with Bailiwick role

BREXIT discussions and Covid-19 were on the agenda during Mark Helyar’s first Alderney visit in his role as lead for Bailiwick matters for Policy & Resources.

Among his Policy & Resources duties, Deputy Mark Helyar, second left, is responsible for Bailiwick matters. On a visit to Alderney he met politicians and officers of the island’s Chamber of Commerce, left to right, Nigel Lawrence and Ann Hodgson, joint vice-presidents, and president Andrew Eggleston. (Picture by David Nash)
Among his Policy & Resources duties, Deputy Mark Helyar, second left, is responsible for Bailiwick matters. On a visit to Alderney he met politicians and officers of the island’s Chamber of Commerce, left to right, Nigel Lawrence and Ann Hodgson, joint vice-presidents, and president Andrew Eggleston. (Picture by David Nash)

The visit saw Deputy Helyar take the opportunity to meet members of the States of Alderney and discuss various topics of interest between the islands, including the UK-EU negotiations and the Bailiwick’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deputy Helyar said he was glad to have had the opportunity to visit and talk to his Alderney colleagues so soon after his appointment.

‘It is important now more than ever that the islands of the Bailiwick work collaboratively to face the shared challenges in front of us,’ he said.

‘The past months responding to the Covid-19 pandemic have shown what we can achieve together.

‘I look forward to working closely with Alderney in the future on matters of mutual interest.’

Alderney’s Policy and Finance chairman, James Dent, said it had been a pleasure to meet him.

‘I was pleased to welcome Deputy Helyar to Alderney for his first political visit,’ he said.

‘Communication between the jurisdictions is incredibly important and this visit was a great opportunity for myself and my colleagues to meet to discuss the challenges facing Alderney and our priorities for the future.’

He also got stuck into discussions with Alderney’s Chamber of Commerce, as well as the local media, including an interview with Quay FM to talk about Alderney’s economic issues.

Alderney Chamber of Commerce vice-president Nigel Lawrence said that it too had had a productive meeting.

‘Alderney Chamber of Commerce had the pleasure of meeting with Deputy Mark Helyar,’ he said.

‘The discussions were very productive and we feel that we can look forward to a much closer relationship with Guernsey in the future that will be beneficial to both islands and the Bailiwick as a whole.’

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