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Memorandum of Understanding signed

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nrw-522117284THE CROWN ESTATE and Natural Resources Wales have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) underlining their commitment to work in partnership to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are sustainably managed in the long term. The Crown Estate is an independent commercial business paying all profit to Government for the benefit of the public finances, and has already been working closely with Natural Resources Wales where there is a shared interest – such as across the offshore renewables sector and rural and coastal developments.

Natural Resources Wales is a Welsh Government Sponsored body, established to ensure that the natural resources and environment of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced and used, now and in the future. Alison Nimmo, Chief Executive of The Crown Estate said: “Underlying our work in Wales is a commitment to providing lasting value and taking our responsibilities for natural resources seriously.

“We share Wales’ ambitions to grow the offshore renewables sector and ensure that rural and coastal land is sustainably worked, developed and enjoyed to deliver value over the long term. “We are therefore delighted to sign this agreement with Natural Resources Wales, which strengthens this valuable partnership that will help underpin a sustainable future for Wales and builds upon our existing agreement with the Welsh Government.”

Dr. Emyr Roberts, Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales said: “We have already been working with The Crown Estate on several projects, including the mapping of natural heritage interests for the sustainable development of offshore renewable energy projects. “By working together, we have been able to help The Crown Estate identify the most suitable areas for development that would have the least impacts on Wales’ important habitats, species, protected areas and landscapes.

“We look forward to continuing and developing the partnership with The Crown Estate to ensure that the natural resources and environment of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced and used, now and in the future.” The memorandum sets out a framework in which the two organisations can work together to achieve mutual objectives.

This includes the principles of open discussion and transparency around areas of common interest; sharing data and information where it may be relevant; and exploring further opportunities to collaborate for mutual and wider benefit. The Crown Estate’s assets in Wales include managing the seabed out to 12 nautical miles, including leases for offshore renewable projects, rural and agricultural land such as two rural estates at Plunlumon and Tinter, and a number of ports, marinas and onshore wind farms.

They are also responsibility for marine aggregate extraction, such as sand and gravel. In south Wales, marine aggregate is particularly important to the construction sector, where more than 80 percent of the sand used in this market is dredged from the sea. Marine aggregates have been used in numerous high profile schemes in Wales including the Conwy Tunnel crossing; Second Severn Crossing; Cardiff Bay Barrage; Holyhead Ferry Terminal and Milford Haven oil terminal. The Crown Estate has a separate Memorandum of Understanding with the Welsh Government to work together to achieve strategic goals, particularly in the emerging renewables sector.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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