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Health Board will be ‘open and transparent’



Hywel-Dda-Health-BoardSUE LEWIS, the County Director for the Local Health Board, told a meeting of the Community Health Council, held on January 8 at Milford Haven Town Hall: “What we don’t want to do is provide services that are not going to be sustainable, so services that move to the area will be services that are required.” Facing questions about Tenby Cottage Hospital, Ms Lewis said: “We have talked about opportunities to use the Tenby facility differently. We’ve looked at proposals and have come up with revised plans.

“We’re still considering whether Tenby will provide an Ophthalmology hub but at this moment in time that is not linked to the development of our Chemotherapy Day Unit. “In terms of the services currently provided at Tenby – there is a view that we are not providing an extensive range of services – but there are a number of clinics being provided there.

“It isn’t being under-utilised and there is sufficient evidence to suggest that we will continue to run services from there. “We will be using the space, it’s not that we’ve mothballed it and closed it all down”. Among the information given at the meeting was the disclosure that the state of the art Renal Unit finished at Withybush last year at an estimated cost of £7.5m is operating at a significant under-capacity.

Regarding the absence of patients from the Renal Unit, Ms Lewis disclosed: “There are actually only four patients who will transfer to the service from Carmarthenshire. Those four patients, for whatever reason, haven’t transferred yet but they will and part of that is down to the fact that those patients have developed a relationship with the services in Carmarthenshire and there may be some reluctance to want to transfer over.

I am reliably informed they will be transferred in the next couple of weeks. “The other units aren’t open because the patient numbers aren’t there. The availability is there.” While there was a shortage of registered nurses at Withybush equivalent to over 36 full-time posts, Ms Lewis stressed that the Board had tried to find appropriate staff.

She confirmed that candidates had been interviewed for posts, but been unsuccessful, and that the Board is considering a bigger recruitment drive. Asked by outgoing Health Council Chief Ashley Warlow whether there were specific challenges facing Pembrokeshire with regard to recruitment, Ms Lewis responded: “The difficulties within Withybush are particularly around where we are. Carmarthenshire can draw from Swansea, they can draw from Pembrokeshire.

“Pembrokeshire, geographically, is not that easy to commute to from either Swansea or Carmarthen.” She concluded by saying: “It’s not just nursing staff. We are working very hard to promote a positive image and we need to have people on board with us and to do that we need to be open and transparent about service changes.”

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Blue Gem Wind begins digital aerial surveys for 300MW Valorous floating wind project



BLUE GEM WIND, the joint venture between TotalEnergies, one of the world’s largest energy companies, and Simply Blue Energy, has begun offshore digital aerial surveys for a proposed 300MW floating wind project.

APEM Ltd have been chosen by Blue Gem Wind to deliver 24 consecutive monthly bird and marine mammal surveys of the early-commercial scale Valorous site. The high resolution data obtained will support baseline environmental characterisation of the site and environmental impact assessments for key ecological receptors.

The survey programme commenced in March 2021 and four of the 24 monthly surveys have been completed
to date.

Sean Evans, Environmental Specialist at Blue Gem Wind said, “It is important for us to begin long-lead in items
such as bird and marine mammal surveys as early as possible. These surveys will provide crucial species specific
data on the number, spatial distribution and activity of individuals across the Valorous site. This enables us to
undertake robust environmental impact assessments ahead of our planned consent application submission in

Matt Rohner, Senior Consultant at APEM, “APEM Ltd are delighted to be able to support Blue Gem Wind’s
proposed Valorous offshore wind farm with our best-in-class survey design approach. Imagery captured using
state-of-the-art cameras is of ultra-high (1.6cm) resolution, providing industry leading image quality that is
essential for species level identification.”

The Celtic Sea is poised to play a key role in Net Zero, the Committee on Climate Change’s 100GW offshore
wind target, and crucially, the UK Government’s target of 1 GW of floating wind by 2030. The ORE Catapult also
estimated that the first GW of floating wind in the Celtic Sea could potentially deliver over 3,000 jobs and
£682m in supply chain opportunities for Wales and Cornwall by 2030.

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Three arrests as suspected cocaine worth £12,000 seized in Milford Haven



POLICE in Milford Haven have disrupted the supply of cocaine in the town in a major operation which saw people detained and a large quantity of drugs found.

Three people were arrested and suspected cocaine worth up to £12,200 was seized, police said.

Dyfed-Powys Police carried out a warrant at a house in Hubberston on the evening of Friday, June 11, “where 122g of what is believed to be cocaine was found.”

This is estimated to have a street value of between £9,760 and £12,200 depending on its purity.

The occupant of the address – a 59-year-old man – was not present at the time, however he was later arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.

He has been released under investigation pending the result of forensic, digital and financial enquiries.

As enquiries progressed, officers made two further arrests over the weekend.

A 33-year-old man from Manchester, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and possession of an offensive weapon after police stopped the car he was driving.

A quantity of white powder was seized by Greater Manchester Police during a warrant at the address he gave officers in custody.

A 27-year-old woman from the Stockport area was also arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Both have been released on bail with the condition not to enter Pembrokeshire.

Detective Constable Phillip Jones said: “This was a significant drugs seizure, and we will continue our enquiries with the view to securing a swift outcome.

“I would like to thank all officers involved over the weekend for their dedication and diligence.”

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Major blaze destroys well known Tenby chip shop



EMERGENCY services have sealed off part of Tenby following a major fire at a chip shop.

Fire fighters rushed to Park Road Fish & Chip Shop after a blaze broke out late on Tuesday morning (Jun 15).

Emergency services are still at the scene. Police are asking people to avoid the area.

Diversions for traffic are in place.

Four fire appliances responded to the blaze at the Tenby chip shop (Image G Davies Photography)
Fire fighters take off BA kits after the blaze was put out (Image G Davies Photography)


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