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Gold medallist to ride Tour of Pembrokeshire

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Olympic Gold Medallist: Chris Boardman will cycle this years Tour of Pembrokeshire

Olympic Gold Medallist: Chris Boardman will cycle this years Tour of Pembrokeshire

THE TOUR OF PEMBROKESHIRE organising team is excited to announce that Sir Chris Boardman will be one of the 1600 riders taking part in this year’s Tour of Pembrokeshire.

Chris Boardman needs no introduction to those within the cycling community, a man who won Olympic Gold in Barcelona, set world records and won three stages of the Tour de France as a professional cyclist. Boardman has worked with British Cycling as director of research and development, and played an instrumental role coaching, managing and influencing technical aspects of the GB team that achieved greatness at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

1600 riders are expected to take part in this year’s Tour of Pembrokeshire on Saturday, April 25, taking on the challenging 50, 75 and 100 mile routes. Incredible scenery, local quality food, and upwards of 10,000ft of climbing for those on the 100 mile route, is on offer for this years riders. Money is being raised for Wales Air Ambulance, RNLI Lifeboats and the Paul Sartori foundation. More information at www.tourofpembrokeshire.co.uk

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  1. tomos

    April 25, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    oh heck, this will only encourage more cyclists to block our roads, one minute they ask for as much space as a car and insist they should be treated like any other “vehicle”, traffic lights and suddenly they’re on pavements scattering the elderly and prams

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Have your say on the Development Plan for Pembrokeshire

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PEMBROKESHIRE County Council is reviewing its Local Development Plan.

The new Plan will shape planning and development in Pembrokeshire for the next 15 years.

Between 17 December 2018 and 4 February 2019, the Council consulted on a Preferred Strategy for the new Plan.

At the same time, it consulted on several other related documents, including a Register of Candidate Sites, these being sites suggested to the Council for development or for protection from development, for possible inclusion in the new Plan.

During the consultation period, a further opportunity was provided to submit Candidate Sites.

In consequence, a further 55 sites were received, these being known as the Additional Candidate Sites.

As the Council provided an opportunity to comment on the initial tranche of Candidate Sites, it is now providing a like opportunity to comment on the 55 Additional Candidate Sites.

This opportunity is specific to the 55 additional sites submitted between 17 December 2018 and 4 February 2019, and does not apply to the initial batch of sites.

The consultation period for submission of comments on the Additional Candidate Sites runs from the 17 April 2019 to the 6 June 2019 at 4.30pm.

The Additional Candidate Sites Register is available to view on the Council’s web-site (see link below) and also at County Hall, Haverfordwest, in Pembrokeshire County Council Customer Service Centres and in local Libraries, during normal opening hours.

https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/local-development-plan-review/candidate-sites

To find out more, you can contact the Local Development Plan team on 01437 764551 or by emailing ldp@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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West Wales responds to Notre-Dame ‘tragedy’

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Notre-Dame de Paris: The large fire partially destroyed the cathedral on Monday

THE WORLD has reacted to the major fire that partially destroyed Notre-Dame Cathedral, with religious leaders of west Wales among those to have sent prayers to Paris.

The large fire on Monday (Apr 15) damaged much of the historic landmark, destroying the roof as well as the famous spire. The fire began at around 6:30pm local time (4:30pm GMT) and it took until 10am (8am GMT) on Tuesday morning for firefighters to fully extinguish the blaze. Many of the relics held in the cathedral, including the crown of thorns brought there in 1239 by St. Louis, said to be that which was placed on the head of Jesus leading up to his crucifixion, were saved by firefighters. One firefighter is said to have suffered minor injuries while tackling the fire. The cause of the fire is not yet clear, but Paris’ public prosecutor is working under the assumption that it was an accident.

Whilst the principal structure was saved, including the famed towers, the building is still seen as unstable. Prior to the fire, there was already scaffolding in place to deal with the cracks appearing in the stonework. Renovations were underway and 16 copper statues had already been removed last week.

Notre-Dame de Paris, meaning ‘Our Lady of Paris’, is one of the most widely recognised symbols of France, and is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The site of the cathedral is thought to have been of religious significance dating back as far as Roman Gaul. The construction of the modern church began in 1163, and the cathedral is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.

Already hundreds of millions of euros have been donated towards the reconstruction of the site, as people across the world have reacted to the news and sent both prayers and funds to Paris.

Bishop of Menevia Tom Burns said: “For a thousand years it has stood as a beacon of prayer and hope. But what a tragedy struck Paris and the French nation on Monday evening at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. It is a beautiful creation that resides at the very heart of French life and in the hearts of French people wherever they happen to be, of whatever faith or none. It has struck chords in all people of good will who have walked through its doors into an arena of peace and calm.

“Some years ago, after wondering at the flying-buttresses that supported the thick stone walls, I had entered under that roof, never conscious of the vulnerability of its wooden structure. As I saw on television on Monday evening the fire raging through the roof, and the spire disintegrating piece by piece, I felt a lump in my throat. I shared with the people of France my sense of having once touched something quite unique. For, it had been my privilege, as Bishop of HM Forces, to preach from the Cathedral’s vast pulpit on Remembrance Sunday just over a decade ago.

“Now this was another sad occasion to remember, though thankfully without any loss of life. As York Minster was resurrected from the flames some years ago, and similarly Windsor Castle in more recent times, may the experts in restoring ancient buildings combine their God-given skills to rebuilding Notre-Dame de Paris. May it rise from the ashes to fulfil its function as God’s House in this world and to re-assure us that such a building evokes belonging and inspires us to greater things. It is still greatly needed, if not even more so now.”

Fr. Liam Bradley, Parish Priest at St David and St Patrick Church in Haverfordwest, said: “We hold in our hearts and prayers those who take risks to save life and property. May God bless the skills of craftsmen and women as they undertake the task of rebuilding.

“God our Father, let the community of Paris come together in this moment of difficulty and grace, to rebuild your house and do you honour, and so provide an enduring monument of how high the human spirit can soar in the face of adversity.

“As buildings crumble, may our faith be strong; from the ashes, may new fruit be born. Through the intercession of Our Lady of Paris, may all the people of France be filled with the peace and joy of Jesus Christ, risen for us at Easter. Amen.

“St Denis – Pray for us!”

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Contractor named on link road

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Pictured left to right at the site are: Rob Hamer (senior engineer for Pembrokeshire County Council); Tony Dinan (site supervisor for Atkins); Councillor Pat Davies and Peter Walters (site foreman for GD Harries).

PEMBROKESHIRE-BASED contractors GD Harries have been appointed to complete works on the internal link road in Fishguard after the previous contractors, Dawnus, went into administration.

Work has started again on the multi-million pound site and which is scheduled for completion this summer.

The road will be named Ffordd Yr Efail. Pembrokeshire County Council’s Elected Member for Fishguard North West Councillor Pat Davies said: “I am delighted that the road scheme now is near completion as it has encountered some problems during its construction but it is intended that it will be ready for use by early summer.

“The next phase of the scheme is to be completed by Welsh Government with the widening of the pavements in High Street and West Street.

“I sincerely hope that when this long awaited development is complete that it will promote the town and that we are ‘open for business’.”

The scheme has been designed by consulting engineers, Atkins.

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