Improvement work in Herm after better season than expected

IMPROVEMENT works are under way in Herm, focusing on making the island more environmentally friendly and upgrading infrastructure there.

The cafe at Shell Beach obtained a liquor licence this year, which has been reported as a success story. (Picture by Ben Fiore Photography)
The cafe at Shell Beach obtained a liquor licence this year, which has been reported as a success story. (Picture by Ben Fiore Photography)

The island is said to be entering the autumn season in a better financial position than was previously forecast, after an ‘unusual and challenging’ year.

Bookings until the end of the year are looking positive and there are healthy rates of enquiries for next year too, according to Herm Island CEO Craig Senior.

Among ongoing projects are further refurbishment of the holiday cottages and hotel rooms and a new grocery shop is planned for the Seagull campsite.

Planned for next year is a trial of vehicles running on bio-diesel, after the number already on the island was reduced and those that were left were restricted to a maximum speed of 18mph.

Some of the work was delayed due to the Covid lockdowns.

‘We know some visitors have been wondering when that would happen after being delayed – work will finally get started soon,’ said Mr Senior.

Various other investments have been made since the start of the year, including a new Isle of Herm ferry, which has been bought to provide more flexibility in sailing times for islanders and residents.

The Shell Beach cafe was granted a liquor licence over the summer, something which was said to have been a success story.

‘Some visitors did appear to hold unrealistic expectations about what service could be offered with all the challenges facing the hospitality industry, and we would ask for continued patience as we tackle changing legislation, staff and supply shortages and increasing costs because of Brexit and Covid,’ added Mr Senior.

The island was predicted to lose £4m. in revenue in 2020, but ended the financial year with a loss of just £200,000.

‘While we are relieved to get through this hugely stressful period and able to welcome some of our friends from the UK and overseas again, we hope to provide a little bit of paradise to Guernsey people.

‘We hope islanders continue to appreciate that, in all our surrounding islands, they have some perfect holiday destinations right on their doorstep.’

. There are several events taking place in the island before the year ends, including the Ale and Cider Festival and Rock on Herm.

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