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Pembroke Dock: Buyer urgently sought for struggling bus company

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silcoxBUSINESS rescue specialists have this week been appointed by the directors of a struggling Pembrokeshire bus and coach company putting around one hundred jobs at risk, the Pembrokeshire Herald understands.
Letters have been sent out to employees of Silcox Coaches this week informing staff that the owners are hoping to sell off the well known local company as a going concern.
It is understood that another bus firm has already expressed an interest in the business, which was established in 1882 – but nothing yet has been confirmed.

Silcox currently employs in the region of 100 people, ranging from drivers and mechanics to office staff and managers.

Since 1932 Silcox has operated bus services around Pembrokeshire. In 1960 the current official name, Silcox Motor Coach Company Ltd was adopted.

One of the main suppliers of coaches for local sporting teams, school transport as well as local bus services, Silcox Coaches is very much a thriving local business, providing a large amount of work opportunities for the community.

The business is continuing to trade as normal, and is not in administration whilst a buyer is sought.

The licensed insolvency practitioner acting for Silcox is Wilson Field, an established firm who specialise in business recovery and corporate financial solutions.

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Flooding across the county as heavy rain continues to fall

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THE FOLLOWING incidents have been reported in Pembrokeshire today (Nov 22):

  • roads in Maenclochog said to be impassable because of floodwater
  • reports that the entrance to Milford marina near Victoria Bridge has flooding across the road
  • flooding in Haverfordwest affecting: Bridge Street; Perrots Road; the main road outside Withybush Hospital and the car park at McDonald’s.
  • Glan Cleddau School in Haverfordwest allowing children home early due to flooding in the car park
  • one lamp blown from post at Bryn Teg, St Davids.

There has been flooding in the following locations:

  • Trafalgar Road junction with St Davids Road in Pembroke Dock
  • railway bridge at Lower Thornton, Milford Haven, impassable due to hedge collapse into road
  • A477 Sentry Cross to Neyland road and towards Johnston
  • Herbrandston village towards Rickeston Mill
  • Freystrop, near Haverfordwest
  • Tiers Cross (near Harvest Care Home)
  • Tiers Cross to Haverfordwest road at railway bridge near Winsel tip
  • Haverfordwest (Albany Terrace; North Crescent; Oakwood Grove; Glenover Park; Swan Square; outside multi-storey car park; Withybush showground; Fleming Crescent)
  • Newbridge Farm between Crundale and Clarbeston Road
  • Clarbeston Road village
  • Clarbeston village
  • A478 Blaenffos to Cardigan road
  • Brynberian
  • Eglwyswrw to  Boncath road
  • Cwmmins, St Dogmaels.

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Redberth: Police appeal following fatal crash

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POLICE are appealing for information following a fatal crash yesterday evening (Nov 21) on the A477 at Redberth.

The crash happened on the stretch of road between Pembroke Dock and Kilgetty and involved a red Renault Clio and Red Mazda 6.

The incident happened at approximately 6:40pm.

Tragically, the 80-year-old driver of the Clio died.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “At approximately 6.40pm on Tuesday, November 21, a fatal road traffic collision occurred between two vehicles on the A477 at Redberth between Pembroke Dock and Kilgetty.

“A red Renault Clio travelling towards Kilgetty, and a Red Mazda 6 travelling towards Pembroke Dock have collided, and the driver of the Clio sustained fatal injuries.

“Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact PC 1049 Griffiths of the Roads Policing Unit on 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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High winds could cause disruption to travel

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DRIVERS have been warned that high winds which are hitting the county today (Nov 22) may lead to the closure of the Cleddau Bridge.

Pembrokeshire County Council has said that a closure for high-sided vehicles is likely. A full closure to all vehicle is ‘less likely’, it was said.

The sustained high winds may also cause debris to be blown onto roads causing delays.

Drivers are advised to take caution at all times.

A spokesperson for Pembrokeshire County Council said: “Pembrokeshire is forecast to be hit by strong winds over the next 48 hours.

“With a view to helping road users plan any journeys during this period, and given that the disruption may extend through the peak commuter times, please be advised of the following:

“Looking at the current forecast for the bridge, it is thought likely that the bridge will be closed to high sided vehicles tomorrow morning (Wednesday, 22nd November) possibly from as early as 7 am or 8 am, and lasting through the majority of the working day untill say 5 pm or 6 pm.

“Please note that this information is indicative only and it is impossible to give any guarantees. A small change in wind direction may result in no closures being implemented.

“A full bridge closure is not anticipated, at this time.

“Road users are advised to monitor the situation carefully and adjust travel plans accordingly.

“It is stressed that the above information is based on current information and experience and provided to give maximum notice of possible disruption. However, the bridge status can change at any time, and no guarantees can be given.”

To check Cleddau Bridge closures either:

· Visit www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/bridge
· Text BRIDGE or PONT to 80039. (Texts are charged at standard network rates)

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