Saturday, February 12th 2011 - 07:40 UTC

Falklands’ minefield clearance next phase moves to the capital Stanley Common

Falkland Islands’ next phase of minefield clearance will take place in Stanley Common greatly increasing the Islands’ capital recreational area was announced by Government House reports the latest Penguin News edition.

De-mining expert working in Falklands’ peaty soil in search of minimum metal mines

Alistair Craib, Richard Lindsay and Lt Colonel Peter Sonnex

The decision was taken after last week’s visit by a team from the Foreign Office and following consultations with Falklands’ Members of the Legislative Assembly.

According to PN the next phase of minefield clearance in the Falklands will cost less, be less environmentally intrusive and will increase Stanley’s public use area to the days before the Argentine invasion of 1982.

That was the message from Government House last week by the visiting scoping team headed by Richard Lindsay of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The accomplished intention of the three-man team, which also includes consultant Alistair Craib and Lt Colonel Peter Sonnex of the Ministry of Defence, was to find a site for the next phase in the process which began last year with the clearance of four areas, two in Camp and two around Stanley.

A first target for the group was the Murrell Peninsula but, after consultation with MLAs, the decision has been taken to work on the Stanley Common as an area of greater interest and more likely public use

It is hoped that the completion of the next phase will return much of Stanley Common to public use, including giving access to the stone corral, the coastal ponds and the area known as Goose Green, all of which were popular for recreation in the days before the 1982 war.

What is planned was described by Mr Lindsay as “land relief.”

This basically involves pushing back the fences around areas which were designated as minefields and might contain some unexploded ordnance, but are not expected to contain mines.

As mine-lifting is not anticipated, there will be less environmental impact on the areas searched and a reduced requirement for both personnel and funding, said Mr Lindsay, who added that resources for this phase of the project were “finite.”

On the team’s return to the UK an invitation to tender will be put together. Until a successful tender has been accepted it is not possible to know the nationality of the personnel involved, nor the exact technology that they will use.

Legislative Assembly Member Sharon Halford said she was delighted Stanley Common had been chosen over the Murrell Peninsula.

Stanley had been growing greatly in recent years but the available recreational space for its population had not.


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1 Redhoyt (#) Feb 12th, 2011 - 09:11 am Report abuse
“ ... Stanley had been growing greatly in recent years but the available recreational space for its population had not ...”

An ever growing British population .... :-)
2 Be serious (#) Feb 12th, 2011 - 10:35 am Report abuse
The Argentinians are well practiced in land I'm told.
3 Redhoyt (#) Feb 12th, 2011 - 10:53 am Report abuse
They'd like to relieve us of some sure !
4 briton (#) Feb 12th, 2011 - 01:26 pm Report abuse
they should make Argentina pay the bill for this.
but that will never happen while argentina tells all they had nothing to do with it.
it should be ashamed
5 Islander1 (#) Feb 12th, 2011 - 04:25 pm Report abuse
Briton - 4- I asked that question once - the answer as that UK would not want North Africa to send then the bill for all the WW2 minefields in the deserts there! - hence each nation clears those on its territory regardless of who may have laid them, unless the originatiny nation offers to pay!
6 Think (#) Feb 12th, 2011 - 08:02 pm Report abuse

Educate yourselves
7 briton (#) Feb 12th, 2011 - 10:33 pm Report abuse
but that was 11 years ago, not now
8 Redhoyt (#) Feb 13th, 2011 - 05:27 am Report abuse
Argentines prefer to live in the past!
9 Think (#) Feb 13th, 2011 - 07:30 am Report abuse
(8) Hoyt

Quite the opposite lad……

Is Britain living in the past, missing the train again and again since 1945.
Is Britain living in the past, trying to maintain some remains of her glorious colonial past.
Is Britain living in the past, thinking that today’s South-America is the same as it was in the eighties.

By the way, it was the FCO that turned down the Argentinean offer in the year 2000.
10 Redhoyt (#) Feb 13th, 2011 - 08:57 am Report abuse
Is? That makes those sentences a question Think ... to which in each case the answer is 'NO!'

For the last, South America is living in this time .... not that the time makes any difference at all to the Falkland Island .... which is also operating in 2011 ... and British too :-)
11 Monty69 (#) Feb 13th, 2011 - 02:16 pm Report abuse
There is a very good reason why Argentina is not permitted to pay for the removal of mines in the Falkland Islands. The Ottawa Treaty requires states to remove the mines fron their own territory. The Falkland Islands are not Argentine territory. I understand that Argentina was involved in the early stages of planning the demining, but their input was not required in the end. This is the correct approach in my opinion.
12 Zethee (#) Feb 14th, 2011 - 02:15 pm Report abuse
British military are better trained and in all ways a more professional force to deal with the mine fields.

As for think's

“is Britain living in the past” thought. Isn't Argentina's ENTIRE claim from the past?
13 briton (#) Feb 14th, 2011 - 10:15 pm Report abuse
Fact or fiction as nice as it is.
We have king Arthur and knights in bliss
We have a lion heart and robins best friend
Helped in the Falklands to
Beat Argentina in the end

For she was a pirate
Decent of the Spanish main
She had a navy that never really came.

For Argentina as she is named
Always game for a laugh
She tries to claim the Falklands
Bless us, she was that daft

But today we are here
And the truth is out
For if she comes back to the Falklands
The British will kick her out .??
14 I (#) Feb 15th, 2011 - 04:56 am Report abuse
#13 not bad for a 15 year old but, keep your part time job sounds like you are really going to need it, you can always become a pirat later in life, poetry is not your forte right now.
15 briton (#) Feb 15th, 2011 - 08:20 pm Report abuse
poems by the victors as the losers go home and cry, ok you win .
as for being a pirate, you wouldn’t care to name one would you.
perhaps my real name is Blackbeard or red beard Capt. Tate
Errol Flynn perhaps. still, even to be beaten by pirate is embarrassing for you isn’t it .

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