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Site visit for One Planet Development

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Picturesque: Newport, Pembrokeshire

Picturesque: Newport, Pembrokeshire

MEMBERS of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park have voted to visit a site for a proposed small holding under One Planet Development rules.

The development would be located on land adjacent to Castle Hill in Newport.

The Park’s Development Management Committee met on Wednesday, January 27, to discuss the application submitted by Ms Sue Gillooley.

There were also objections to the plans from Newport Town Council who stated that the community had not been consulted properly.

However, the applicant stated that she was willing to hold an open evening with members of the public and town councillors to discuss her application.

Speaking against the plans, Mr William Ward said: “The thirteen public responses including all the applicants’ immediate neighbours have not been approached by her to discuss this application. Nor were we consulted personally about the limited right of way over our private lane to access her site.

“The detailed public responses have not been adequately dealt with in the report.

“The site is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt positions in the National Park.

“This site is not suitable in such a sense of being in an accessible location. The applicant originally intended to grow vegetables, following the failure to grow vegetables in the first year and potatoes in the second year the applicant has decided to apply under One Planet Development (OPD) with no claimed expertise or experience of her own in horticulture.

“One Planet Development Rules must be strictly complied with. The management plan must be supported by robust evidence of a confident person but there is no evidence of her ability to manage and run the site on her own.

“The management plan is nothing more than an unsupported wish list and should be rejected.

“The applicant has chosen the highest most visible point and most difficult access to her house. The additional access road will exacerbate the problem.

“Is it really right to use OPD to get a house on this site to the detriment of so many people for the sake of one applicant?

“Please visit this special site so you can judge for yourselves the major consequences this application will have.”

Applicant Miss Sue Gillooley said: “The house location has been carefully chosen to cause the least visual impact. I have designed it to blend into the landscape by using the natural gradient to sink the building 2 metres below ground at certain points.

“In response to Newport Town Council’s comment a great deal more to be done to educate the public about One Planet applications and I would happy to be organise a presentation and open forum for discussion on OPD applications for councillors and local residents.

“I understand that some people have worries about my applicant and I would like to have an opportunity to discuss and dispel their concerns.

“I am seeking planning permission to enable me to live simply and modestly, to respect and lovingly tend to this beautiful land.”

Cllr Paul Harries proposed that the committee go on a site visit saying: “I know the area particularly well and would like to call for a site visit. The application is in a stunning location which you can’t see from the photos which doesn’t do it justice. It’s in a very beautiful part of the park and it needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. The access is challenging so it would profitable if we saw it.”

The site visit was seconded by Cllr Lyn Jenkins and was passed with nine in favour and two voting against it.

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Covid-19 vaccination venues and timeline announced for everyone locally over 50

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EVERY person in JCVI priority groups 5 to 9 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by 18 April, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

While the health board’s vaccination programme has the capacity to offer a vaccine to everyone in groups 5 to 9 by the original target date of 4 April, the delivery plan has had to be adjusted based on confirmed vaccine deliveries.

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire residents in priority groups 5 to 9 can expect to receive their vaccine as follows:

  • Group 5, people aged 65 – 69 years – delivered by GP practices between 15 February and 12 March
  • Group 6, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers – delivered by GP practices between 22 February and 4 April
  • Group 7, people aged 60 – 64 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 8 March
  • Group 8, people aged 55 – 59 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 22 March
  • Group 9, people aged 50 – 54 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 5 April

The health board currently has mass vaccination centres located in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Tenby, Carmarthen and Llanelli.

Group 6 is significantly the largest cohort to be vaccinated to date and we understand that many in this group will be anxious to receive a vaccine. Please do not contact your GP or the health board to ask about your appointment, you will be contacted directly when it is your turn and we thank you for your patience.

People in groups 7, 8 and 9 will receive a letter with an appointment date and time. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. The letter will include a phone number to contact the health board should you need to rearrange or cancel your appointment but please make every effort to keep your allocated appointment time.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “While  our programme has had to slow  due to supplies, we want to reassure everyone in groups 5 to 9 that our amazing teams of vaccinators and GP practices have the capability and flexibility to deliver our vaccine supplies as they arrive into the region.

“Vaccine supplies will start to increase again from mid-March, and we are confident that everyone living in our three counties in the top 9 priority groups will be offered a vaccine by mid-April.

“In Hywel Dda we have an older population compared to some other health boards and so over 50% of our adult population will have been offered a vaccine by milestone 2.

“To be able to say that as we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown is nothing short of extraordinary.

“And again, I must say thank you to everyone living in our three counties who continue to come forward in substantial numbers for the vaccine. Uptake remains remarkably high and we hope to see this continue through groups 5 to 9 and into group 10.”

People are asked, wherever possible, to use their own private transport to attend an appointment. Lifts can be accepted from someone in their household or support bubble, but not from anyone else due to the risk of transmission of the virus.

The health board has put in place transport support for anyone who may have difficulty attending their vaccination appointment. If you have no other means of travel, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 and we will be happy to assist.

Everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 should have received an offer of a vaccination. If you have not been contacted, or have changed your mind, please contact your GP at the earliest opportunity. No one will be left behind.

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Nolton Haven: Man hospitalised after getting into difficulties in sea

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A MAN was taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Nolton Haven on Friday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.40pm on February 26 by a 999 call to the control centre.

The Little Haven RNLI lifeboat, Broad Haven Coastguard, an ambulance crew and a Coastguard rescue helicopter assisted police in the operation.

The male casualty was stabilised on the beach and shortly before 4.30pm, was then transported to Withybush Hospital.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “We were called to a male who had got into difficulties in the water at Nolton Haven shortly before 3pm.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms

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A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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