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Fishguard Marina plans a step closer

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Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 11.07.27PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S Planning and Rights of Way Committee has given its consent to the removal and variation of a number of conditions to allow for a phased development to take place at Fishguard Harbour.

The development at the Harbour would include a marina, residential apartments and retail facilities.

The decision made by Council on Tuesday (May 17), allows for a phased approach of reserved matters and would not result in the loss of planning control.

Cllr Brian Hall said that the development would be a massive asset to Fishguard.

Mr Andrew Patterson said: “The Focus of our written submissions related to Condition 6 for the Phasing Plan and our belief that the detailed Phasing Plan should be submitted and made accessible to the public before any other variation of the conditions was considered.

“Condition 6 had not been included within the application itself – which caused us some disquiet. However, the Director of Development’s report to this Committee outlines the mechanism to be put in place for Condition 6, and the related conditions and we welcome these assurances, and request that they will be clearly stated in any planning approval given.

“We fully endorse the recommendation made in Para 6.11 to the effect that a separate discharge of conditions application for Condition 6 should be submitted to the Local Planning Authority, and we request that it will be consulted in a way similar to the current application.

“Assuming that in principal approval is given to this current application, the assurance that the submission of the Phasing Plan will be the first submission to be made by the applicant against this new planning approval is welcomed.

“However, we are still concerned about certain wording within this current application in relation to overall infrastructure issues.

“The original approval given in 2014 is very unusual. It essentially gave permission for the creation of two new pieces of land – one with outline schemes presented for residential development, and a marina and boat yard; and the second – the Development Platform – whose use will be determined by a future application.

“However the major infrastructure issues such as access onto The Parrog, and for foul water disposal, will be common to both platforms.

“The suggestion in the proposed amendments is that the details for each Phase affecting the first piece of new land, will be developed in accordance with the timetable set out within the Phasing Plan.

“It is therefore essential that access on to the Parrog and other major infrastructure issues are identified within the Phasing Plan as the first of the conditions that needs to be discharged.

“If this is not done, there will be a risk of further civil engineering cost and disruption at some time in the future.

“In relation to civil engineering, we believe that is essential that the discharge of both Condition 13 (Construction Traffic Management Plan)(CTMP) and Condition 15 (Construction Environmental Management Plan)(CEMP) are identified within the Phasing Plan in parallel with the access and infrastructure conditions.

“We believe that the Phasing Plan should include a detailed time-tabled Programme, highlighting the key breakpoints in the delivery, so that progress can be monitored, and also so that critical path decision points can be identified.

“We therefore request a revision to the wording of Condition 6 to ensure that the Phasing Plan includes considerations for both platforms of the full access, and infrastructure considerations, and also the CTMP and the CEMP.

“Once this Phasing Plan and programme has been determined there will be greater transparency of the whole development and its consequences.

“Finally, we believe that the development is reaching a stage when closer engagement and consultation with a group representing local resident and business interests would be useful, and would lead to more informed and productive discussion of the evolving plans.”

Cllr Myles Pepper said: “This is such a large scale and very sensitive application and the director has removed it from the scheme of delegation in light of the sensitive issues raised by the developer.

“This allows for phased submissions and this would not create any loss of planning control and this was a fear that had been expressed locally that things were being done which they had no control over.

“I’m also encouraged by comments from Fishguard and Goodwick Town Council who have no adverse comments.

“The Town Council, and I quote from the report, wishes you to know that they believe there is no danger to the community with regards to the variances and therefore, they have no adverse comments to make with regards to the application as a whole.”

Cllr Pat Davies said: “I have no hesitation in approving these recommendations. This has been a long time coming and there has been huge public consultation. My community welcome this marina.”

Cllr Keith Lewis added that they needed to put a message out to the developer to get them to start the project as soon as possible because the marina was very important to the north of the county.

The application was unanimously approved by councillors.

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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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Pembrokeshire residents urged to take a virtual GP consultation when offered

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PEMBROKESHIRE residents are being urged to take up the offer of a virtual consultation, over the phone or video call with their GP, to help Keep Wales Safe during the current lockdown ‘stay at home’ restrictions.

The way we access local NHS services is changing, with more ways in which you can consult your doctor or nurse. Most surgeries now offer telephone as well as electronic advice consultations in the first instance. Following your advice call, a face to face appointment may be organised, but video consultations are also available. You can now speak to a doctor or healthcare professional using the video camera in your smartphone, tablet or computer and a connection to the internet. This is often more convenient and can save you time, as you will not need to travel for a face-to-face appointment. The system used is confidential and secure.

In a recent YouGov survey carried out for the Welsh Government’s Keep Wales Safe campaign only 27% of residents in Mid and West Wales had made use of the GP virtual service over the past 12 months with just 57% having heard of the service. However, 88% believed it was important to have access to a remote GP consultation once they had learnt of its existence.

Jill Paterson, Director of Primary Care, Community and Long Term Care at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “If you are offered a video consultation appointment this is because your Health Care Professional has indicated that is it safe and appropriate to do so. Your video appointment will be confidential and will not be recorded. If you require support please contact your GP surgery using the number provided in the appointment confirmation.”

She continued: “By putting off small problems or regular appointments you could potentially be putting more strain on NHS emergency services so please, help us to help you, do not put anything off. Local GP surgeries are open and are there to offer medical advice and consult patients.”

After being offered a video consultation you will be sent a letter, email or text with details of your appointment. This communication will contain details of the service that has requested to see you by video and have provided a web address link. You can type or copy the web address link into a web browser via an internet enabled device and this will take you to the video clinic waiting area.

  • In order to access your virtual appointment, you will need:
  • Access to a device that will allow you to access the internet. You should use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge web browser on a desktop or laptop, or on an Android tablet or smartphone or Safari web browser on an Apple iMac, MacBook, iPad, or iPhone.
  • Your device will need a webcam (camera), speakers and microphone.
  • A good internet connection (if you can watch a YouTube video, this is good indication that you have a good connection).
  • An internet usage plan that is sufficient to cover the data consumption of a video call – ideally use a Wi-Fi connection if you have this available.

Sixty two percent of those surveyed by YouGov in Mid and West Wales said they will continue to access NHS services using the new ways that have been introduced as a result of the pandemic. The new methods include making more use of pharmacists; virtual GP consultations and using the NHS 111 online and telephone services.

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‘Cautious optimism’ for county’s tourism sector – but clarity still needed

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‘GIVE us clarity’ is the overriding message from the County’s tourism and hospitality businesses as the sector looks forward with cautious optimism to another busy season.

In a meeting hosted by Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb, thirty key local businesses were able to share their views with Paul Davies MS, Pembrokeshire County Council, the National Park and Visit Pembrokeshire.

The meeting focussed on the need for business support measures so long as uncertainty remains over the timetable for re-opening the economy in Wales.

Stephen Crabb said: “There is a lot of belief around that this summer will see another ‘staycation’ boom so long as the vaccination programme continues to make good progress and infection rates fall. Pembrokeshire has had a lot of national media coverage in recent months and could experience a bumper season but it’s crucial we get the re-opening right. There is a clear need for some kind of timetable to help businesses prepare appropriately and for clear rules to avoid confusion and contradictory messages.”

Paul Davies said: “It was a pleasure to hear from tourism businesses across Pembrokeshire about some of the challenges that they’re currently facing. The message was pretty clear – they want clarity from the Welsh Government and some timescales by which they can start to plan for reopening. I’ll certainly be taking back the concerns highlighted during the meeting and raising them with Welsh Government Ministers at the Senedd.”

Emma Thornton from Visit Pembrokeshire added: “Great to attend the Hospitality and Tourism Round table event today and to have the opportunity to discuss the ongoing challenges our industry faces over the coming months but also to share a collective optimism for what we believe will be a really strong year for tourism in Pembrokeshire when we are able to reopen and welcome our visitors back.

“Visit Pembrokeshire as the new Destination Management (DMO) for Pembrokeshire will be working closely with local stakeholders and businesses to help realise this opportunity in a sustainable and responsible way mindful of protecting what makes our beautiful county so special”

Stephen Crabb: Wants clarity for tourism businesses

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