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Controversial wigwams approved

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wigwamCOUNTY COUNCILLORS have gone against the recommendations of officers as they were minded to approve an application to build twelve wigwams at a site in Jameston, Tenby. The plans were recommended for refusal by officers but members of the National Park’s Development Management Committee gave their approval by nine votes to six.

The applicant, Mr W Staniland, has applied for a diversification of his own business, Brumwells Garden Machinery, with the addition of 12 wigwam lodges. Highlighting reasons for approval, Cllr Bob Kilmister said that it was in the social and economic interests of the community to do so. Cllr Reg Owens said he fully supported the application and added: “I am keen to support small communities within Pembrokeshire. The services that these communities have got are struggling to survive, out of the summer season it is very difficult for them.

This is a very modest development and it will be a boost to the village. We’re being told about the excess of caravans in Pembrokeshire but not everybody wants to stay at a caravan site. I really feel this would be an extra string in the bow of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park if we approve this. It would give visitors something different to come to and I move that we approve this application.” Cllr Tony Wilcox added: “This sort of enterprise is going to attract people 52 weeks a year and we should be encouraging this.

I can honestly see nothing wrong with this. This cannot be seen as blight on the landscape. No one is objecting to this other than ourselves. This is as much removed from a caravan and I would like to second Reg’s approval.” Cllr Bob Kilmister said: “This is a very different market and I’m not aware that anyone else in Pembrokeshire has got this.” Ted Sangster added: “In my view, there are sufficient material considerations that outweigh the reasons why the officers have made their recommendations.

There is full support for this in the community because it would bring significant economic benefit all year round to the village. It would improve the quality of the range of accommodation available within the National Park and it will keep a business together.” Mr Allan Archer then seconded the motion to refuse the application and Cllr Michael Williams added: “We’ve held a line for many years on new caravan sites and we’ve always said no. There is an excessive supply and I don’t think we need any more camping facilities.
I think we would be contributing to the destruction of the very thing we are duty-bound to protect. This would be creating an awful precedent. This is a very small area of the National Park and we are duty bound to protect it.” Councillors were asked to come up with valid planning reasons for accepting the plans and Cllr Bob Kilmister put forward the following: “This is within the curtilage of the property and it is in the social and economic interests of the community and it does not harm the special characteristics of the National Park.” That was deemed acceptable and nine members voted to approve with six voting against and two abstaining.

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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DYFED POWYS POLICE has confirmed that a 20-year-old male passed away in Milford Haven last Saturday, April 17.

Police were called to the USA Fried Chicken store on Charles Street at around 1:30pm but have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

A Herald reporter was at the scene and witnessed a number of police cars and an ambulance while plain-clothed officers were also seen.

HM Coroner has been informed.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We were called to Charles Street in Milford Haven on Saturday 17 April at approximately 1.34pm to reports of a medical emergency. We attended the scene with one emergency ambulance where we assisted colleagues from the police.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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