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New path: Requiring the tearing up of the central reservation

ON TUESDAY (Feb 9) The Herald was made aware of road works going on outside of a farm at the top of Pope Hill, Haverfordwest, which were described as ‘badly planned and a waste of Welsh tax payers money’ by farm owners.

The controversial new road works which are being completed by Atkins Contractors have been commissioned by Pembrokeshire County Council to dig up an existing central reservation separating the main A4076 road into Haverfordwest and a lay-by.

Formerly, members of the public (which farm owner Andrew Clark said you can count daily on one hand), had to walk around the outer perimeter of the lay-by before rejoining the section of pavement without crossing the path of traffic.

However with the new layout, College students, parents and cyclists will be forced to cross both the entrance and exit of the lay-by along the busy main road.

Andrew Clark said: “These works are going ahead and we haven’t even been consulted with, or notified.”

“They are going to have to dig up and remove a small portion of my land to join this new pavement to the current path, which isn’t as much my issue as the cost of the whole job which I expect will be a six-figure contract.” He added.

Mrs Clark said: “They could have spent the funds much more wisely.” She explained: “The new supermarket in Johnston is great, but for years it has had the problem of people abusing the large pavement area in front of it, instead of making use of the shops large car park.”

She continued: “Many times I have been there and seen cars wrongly parked, which has forced prams and mobility scooter to have to walk around very near to the road, once I’ve even seen a car pull up so close to the cash point on the outer wall of the shop that they leaned out to withdraw cash without having to leave their car.

“Why are funds not spent on things which matter like preventing this happening?”

The couple explained how Dredgmen Hill the opposite side of the hill crest has a cycle path running it’s length, which stops at the lay-by which they are working on.

Mrs Clark explained: “Everyone we’ve contacted about this has said that they are not looking to make the pavement along Johnston side of the hill into a cycle path.”

She said how that would be a very wise way to spend a small amount of funds as it would force the council to have pavement indicators of their three property exits, which are currently not labelled to the cyclists who ride very quickly down the hill.

Mr Clark said: “Sometimes I’ve been leaving and cyclists not paying full attention have had to last minute swerve behind my car, it is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident.”

On Tuesday afternoon Mr and Mrs Clarke were approached by a spokesperson from Atkins Contractors who presented a letter which should have been sent out prior to works beginning and sat down to explain what was happening.

Johnston Cllr Ken Rowlands speaking about the cash point parking issue said: “I raised this issue six to nine months ago and they are dragging their feet, I have seen young children with their parents forced to walk close to the road by vehicles.”

He was also contacted by the Clarks, but initially had no idea about the road works, so got in touch with Trunk Road Agency who have said they will be more transparent in the future: “I remember before when there was a lot of communication between Pembrokeshire County Council and the agency, and both used to work very closely, but more recently this has not been there. They have assured me that this will improve.”

After the current works are completed on the lay-by works will begin on another further along the road towards Haverfordwest.

The spokesperson for Atkins explained this is to join the path between Haverfordwest and Johnston as these were previously the only two breaks. They did not address the continuation of the cycle path.

Speaking on the specifically highlighted areas, Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “Our road safety and traffic manger has recently met with the local member to discuss putting up bollards in John Street and he has also arranged to meet with the town council along with the local member later this month to look at putting additional double yellow lines in the town. Civil Enforcement Officers are regularly deployed to the area.”

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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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