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‘Eyesore’ road signs anger locals

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‘Eyesore’: The new sign has ‘spoiled the aesthetics’ of the welcome to Tenby

THE INSTALLATION of new road signs designed to provide information on events and flooding, have caused anger amongst local residents, who claim they have ‘ruined the aesthetics’ of the entrance to Tenby, creating a needless ‘eyesore’ in the process.

The new road signage has been installed at Tenby to alert motorists to any possible problems at two flooding hotspots on the outskirts of the town – at the Clicketts and the B4318 to Gumfreston.

The signage will operate automatically in times of a potential flood and inform drivers if there is flooding and/or if the road has been closed, allowing them to modify their travel plans if necessary.

Two large LED signs, at Marsh Road and Lady Park are accompanied by four smaller prismatic ones – located at Heywood Lane, the top of Gumfreston Hill, Marsh Road, and Heatherton crossroads.

The two large LED signs can also be used to give traffic related information to the public on highways delays or local events which necessitate road closures such as Ironman, Tenby 10k, or CARTEN100.

However, one local resident who has lived in Tenby all their life told The Herald that they were unhappy with the new signs:

“Once again this seems to be a pointless waste of money from the council. For 25 years people have been able to go about their business and avoid any serious problems without the need for several hideous blue signs going up.

“The one that particularly displeases me is the one at the bottom of Lady Park.

“The existing stone surrounded sign and colourful flower beds have long welcomed visitors into Tenby, and it has looked classy and tasteful for many many years.

“Unfortunately the aesthetics of this welcoming have now been completely ruined by a giant blue monstrosity that will also flash up information which no one really needs to be told.

“Many shops are stopped from having flashing signs on their facade as it doesn’t comply with National Park regulations, but it seems to be perfectly ok to erect several signs, one of which is over 12 foot tall, blue and flashing, at the town’s main entrance.

“To say they are hideous would be an understatement. They are an absolute eyesore. The money used on the signs could have been far better spent elsewhere.

“Time after time we are told there is no money for things in the town, the Avenue Centre being one, yet the council can find money from nowhere for a horrendous overspend on a school, and for flashing signs more often seen on a motorway, to inform people of events, which the majority of the people entering will already know about.”

Whilst the view of some residents has been one of disquiet, Pembrokeshire Council was eager to point out their benefits.

Cllr Rob Lewis, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Major Events, said: “This signage is going to be a really valuable asset for motorists approaching Tenby, not only for when there is localised flooding, but also when there are large-scale events in the town.”

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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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