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Plans to burn woodchip in Trecwn: Met with opposition

Plans to burn woodchip in Trecwn: Met with opposition

THE PEMBROKESHIRE branch of Friends of the Earth is up in arms about proposals to install a power station fuelled by waste wood near Trecwn.
FoE raised objections about the planning application in March, when it was approved by PCC, citing concerns about inefficiency and the risk of increased air pollution.
Valley Ltd, the developer, plans to create a 25MW power station on the site of the old army base. This will generate energy created by burning a mixture of virgin wood-chip and potentially a proportion of waste or recycled woodchip.
According to FoE it is ‘likely’ that the majority of this fuel will be shipped into Pembroke Dock and then transported by road to Trecwn.
It is estimated that there will be 53 two-way lorry journeys per day, and FoE claim that to reduce emissions and impact on the in¬frastructure the site should be situated nearer to the port.
According to estimates released by Val¬ley Ltd, the power station will only run at 26% efficiency. FoE claim that this will re¬sult in high CO2 emissions, and that for every tonne of wood burned in a power station 1.8 tons of CO2 is released into the atmosphere.
Last year, 60 eminent US scientists wrote a letter to the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change warning him that, “burning trees to produce electricity ac¬tually increases carbon emissions compared with fossil fuels for many decades and con-tributes to other air pollution problems”.
A spokesperson for the society told us that as well as releasing greenhouse gas emis¬sions, burning wood produces other pollut¬ants, including particulates, nitrogen oxides, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which pose a threat to human health and eco-systems. “It is likely to exacerbate the prob¬lems for people with asthma and breathing difficulties – as well as increasing the risks of heart disease and stroke,” they added. “The problems are even worse when waste wood is used as it may contain chemicals including dioxins, arsenic, lead and mercury. Burning waste wood also diverts it from recycling by the wood panel industry.”
Valley Ltd has stated that there is the pos¬sibility of rebuilding the old railway line from Fishguard to improve the transport set-up. If this happens it is possible that the company may be able to attract more industry to this area to make use of the waste heat produced, so making Combined Heat and Power which is much more efficient could be possible in the future.
Local farmers could also grow biomass crops to supply the power station in the fu¬ture, but for now the power station would be importing wood pellets from virgin forests in the United States, Canada or Latvia.
In their petition, available on the Friends of the Earth website, the group say: “The government classes biomass fuel (i.e. wood,energy crops and farming and forestry waste) as a renewable and supports its use through the Renewables Obligation, which provides financial subsidies for burning wood. FoE is calling for the government’s ambitions for bio energy to be scaled down and capped at a level that ensures supplies can be sourced sustainably and domesti¬cally.”
The petition is directed at the Green Investment Bank, which is publicly owned, and should only fund green investment pro-jects. The spokesperson for FoE said that ‘al¬though the company has obtained planning permission, it needs to raise tens of millions of pounds to build the power station. Experi¬ence with similar proposals suggests that they will find this difficult unless the Green Invest¬ment Bank steps in to help’.

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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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