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Councillors to visit Langford Road

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PH270516_Page_11_Image_0005COUNCILLORS have voted to visit Langford Road in Johnston, a proposed site for 26 affordable homes.

There were a number of concerns raised by local residents and committee member and Johnston Councillor Ken Rowlands who asked for the site visit.

It was highlighted that although there was a substantial need for affordable housing in the area, Welsh Water had asked that there would be no occupation of the homes until October 2017, when improvements to the sewage system have been made.

Andrew Vaughan-Harris, a resident of Johnston, spoke on behalf of the objectors saying: “I have been put forward to speak on their concerns about the suitability of the application.

“The residents respect that there is a need for affordable housing but they have some real dilemmas with the scale and location chosen for this development.

“The first concern is the sewage problem in Johnston and Natural Resources Wales have an objection but they have clarified there will be an upgrade in October 2017. We accept the sewage problem can be alleviated that no houses can be occupied until after that period.

“The main focus is highway safety, Langford Road is a busy road, it takes you to Llangwm, comes on to the trunk road, members will be aware we have a new school being built and I was told that the site of Langford Road was looked at for the school but it was thrown out because of a lack of safe access.

“We do need affordable housing and what we’ve got here is 26 houses which are being provided in Johnston but are taking up all the allocation for Rosemarket, Tiers Cross and Freystrop. It’s all being concentrated in Johnston and I think that is a bit of a shame because it lacks integration, why can’t those other hamlets have affordable housing? We’ve got a scheme which takes it all.

“We don’t object to the principle but the scale, access, density aren’t going to integrate and they think that is short-sightedness.”

Cllr Ken Rowlands said: “This has been ongoing for some considerable time and there is increasing anxiety experienced by my constituents.

“The new plans would involve reducing the height of banks belonging to the adjacent properties in order to achieve a line of sight to allow safe egress onto the site. These existing residents are complaining to me as their local member that they have no wish to have their properties disturbed. How then will the developer address the safety criteria and provide necessary width for safe access and egress without the permission of the property owners.

“Johnston Community Council is opposed to the application and suggests that permission should not be granted.”

Cllr Rowlands also read out the concerns of the Community Council stating: “They consider the proposals to be out of keeping with the existing area and not in line with the LDP. Existing traffic problems exist and the development would add to the existing difficulty.

“Safety concerns over the new entrance including lack of pavements at the exit onto Langford Road which would increase danger to pedestrians.

“There is concern over the apparent failure, to date, of Welsh Water to confirm the adequacy of the sewage infrastructure to cater for the proposed development.”

Cllr Rowlands continued: “However, overnight, I have heard that Welsh Water has now made comments. I feel that Welsh Water can be cavalier in their attitude to planning matters and I wish they would work much more closely with the planning authority with regards to developments because a lot of their inaction is causing a lack of developments as far as housing is concerned.

“With so many uncertainties in this application I feel that we as a planning authority would not be able to make a proper decision without having site of the area where we can all see for ourselves the effect increased traffic would have on Langford Road itself.”

The site visit was proposed and seconded but Cllr Jacob Williams didn’t think a site visit would be appropriate describing them as a waste of time.

When it went to the vote the site visit was approved by a majority with eight in favour and only Cllr Williams voting against.

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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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