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States of Guernsey 'must listen to public' over sirens

Amy Gillet
Amie Gillet said she was planning to hand the petition to the Home minister

Campaigners on Guernsey who are fighting to save the island's public warning siren system have accused the government of not listening to them.

The Home Department has previously said the 14 sirens are ineffective and too expensive to maintain, with repairs estimated at £500,000.

But Amie Gillet said deputies "need to start listening to the people and stop making these decisions on their own".

A protest walk has been planned for Sunday, 21 February.

Ms Gillet said the aim was to walk from Salerie Car Park to Sir Charles Frossard House where a petition would be handed to Home Minister Geoff Mahy.

An online petition against the scrapping has been signed by more than 2,000 people.

The Home Department earlier said it would keep one of the sirens, on Victoria Tower, for ceremonial use on Liberation Day and Armistice Day.

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