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Cllr Jacob Williams: “In an ideal world it would be used as a nature trail”

Cllr Jacob Williams: “In an ideal world it would be used as a nature trail”

COUNCILLORS have unanimously agreed to a change of use of the former Pentlepoir School site for the sale and display of mobile homes.

The application came before the Planning and Rights of Way Committee on Tuesday, December 13, after local member Cllr Jacob Williams successfully argued for it to come to the Committee.

Residential homes surround the site and those living closest had a number of concerns about the proposed development.

However, the agent for the application said he was happy to meet with residents to explain the proposed site operations in detail and other issues including fencing.

One of the main concerns relates to a loss of privacy but the agent also mentioned the possibility of putting a fence up to protect residents.

There will also be a warehouse on the site which will be used for small repairs and not heavy mechanical repairs as had been feared.

The site was previously tested for residential housing and a planning application was approved in 2013 but this never came to fruition.

Objecting to the new plans, Mr Peter Scougall said: “As you will know from the petition and letters sent to the planning director, residents in properties which completely surround the site do not want a seven-day commercial enterprise established next to their homes.

“It is therefore hoped that you do not grant approval but should you grant approval, I would ask that you impose the following conditions to satisfy the concerns of the residents; no weekend hours of business – the former school was obviously a Monday-Friday operation; no two-storey building for the office cafe and no workshop taller than a bungalow.

“Allowing these would contravene existing approval and set a wrong precedent. Any security lighting should be limited so the site is not completely floodlit and the access to be gated for the purpose of security and locked at close of business.

“Screening in a form acceptable to residents to be provided. This is a major issue and the site layout plan does not show the closeness of surrounding properties. There is a huge visual impact and the site is visible from the rear of many properties.

“This proposal will not contribute to the regeneration of the community and would add to the traffic problem on a busy main road.”

Cllr Jacob Williams said: “There have been concerns with the redevelopment of the site. I never foresaw that this site could be used for this use; in an ideal world it would be used as a greenfield or nature trail but the council cannot dictate what the land is used for.

“This is a very unusual site to become available; it is surrounded by housing and it is a prime site for the use they are proposing. We are where we are and I am somewhat reassured today that the applicant said this isn’t going to be used for industrial use that I feared when I heard there was a warehouse there.”

Cllr Williams added that he could not see any additional traffic problems and that he was pleased to see the lay-by at the entrance to the site kept.

Cllr Brian Hall suggested deferring the matter to see if issues could be resolved but this was not supported and he went on to ask if the officers could discuss with the applicants the possibility of reducing the height of some of the buildings.

Head of Planning Mr David Popplewell said that there would be discussions with the applicant following the meeting.

Cllr Hall then moved the recommendation with the matters regarding fencing and drainage and lighting be brought back to the Committee at a later date.

Cllr Myles Pepper also asked whether the hours of the cafe also proposed for the project could be limited to the same hours for the sale of caravans.

It was pointed out that they could do this but the applicant had not submitted any hours at this time.

Cllr Keith Lewis said: “It seems that this ticks all the boxes and I see no real reason why we should bring this scheme in delegating the areas that are listed. I would like to see this scheme approved as or otherwise.”

Cllr Williams responded: “What I have been doing is trying to alleviate the concerns in the way of attaching conditions and also asking for it to come back to the Committee.”

The application, with the three issues of fencing, drainage and lighting to come back to the Committee, was approved by a unanimous vote.

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Police and drugs advice service issue warning over ‘deadly batch’ of heroin

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POLICE have asked the media to issue a warning over a batch of heroin.

The drug circulating in west Wales, first detected in Llanelli, is particularly dangerous, it has been confirmed.

“We are warning drug users to take extra care following reports of a particularly harmful batch of heroin circulating in the Llanelli area” said a Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson.

“We have reasons to believe some drugs being distributed and used in the Carmarthenshire area at present have been contaminated with other substances and could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately if they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone you believe could come into contact with these drugs.

”In an emergency or if you think someone’s life is at risk always dial 999.”

Earlier this week Barod, the drug and alcohol abuse service reported a dangerous and toxic heroin circulating in Pembroke Dock which a spokesperson described as being ‘potentially deadly’.

To comes as Public Health England issued a formal alert about the risks of heroin containing fentanyl or carfentanyl.

The warning reads: “There is significant evidence from a small number of post-mortem results of recent drug user deaths and from police seizures that some heroin may contain fentanyl or carfentanyl added by dealers.

“These are highly potent synthetic opioids and very small amounts can cause severe or even fatal toxicity.

“Those of you in contact with heroin users should be alert to the increased possibility of overdose arising from heroin cut with these synthetic opioids, be able to recognise possible symptoms of overdose and respond appropriately.”

The fentanyls are a group of synthetic opioids; some have legitimate uses while others are illicit drugs.

Fentanyl is about 100 times more potent than morphine and is a licensed medicine used to treat severe and terminal pain. Carfentanyl is 4,000 – 10,000 times more potent than morphine and principally used as an animal tranquilliser.

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Tenby’s famous walrus ‘Wally’ has been spotted again

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TENBY’S most famous marine animal has been spotted again after fears she had been scared away.

Wally was spotted on Friday evening by the seaside town’s Lifeboat station.

Thought to be a two-year-old male, the walrus’s return comes after it was feared she had been disturbed by people flocking to catch a glimpse of her and “getting too close”

The animal has attracted hundreds of people to the seaside town now that the travel restrictions with Wales have been lifted to coincide with the Easter school holidays.

Wally was last seen on Monday, but  members of the public were warned it was in the animal’s “best interests” to be “left alone” as much as possible and they were urged to “avoid the temptation to get near and disturb” her.

A joint statement was issued by the RSPCA, Tenby harbour master Chris Salisbury, Welsh Marine Life Rescue, Tenby lifeboat coxswain Phil John, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Natural Resources Wales and CSIP Marine Environmental Rescue said that they were concerned to hear that people had tried to get close by using personal watercraft or paddle and surfboards.

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Police plan to deter badly behaved youths from gathering in Tenby

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POLICE in Tenby responded to community concerns over antisocial behaviour and groups of between 15-20 youths gathering and clashing over the Easter bank holiday weekend. They moved the youths on, seized alcohol from them and stopped matters escalating when there were clashes between the groups. And they have a clear message ahead of this weekend – there will be extra police patrols and presence in Tenby, including on the trains, so this type of behaviour won’t be tolerated.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers used powers under the Antisocial Behaviour Act to disperse groups of youngsters meeting to drink alcohol in and around Tenby, many of whom had travelled by train to the area to meet up.

Based on these scenes from last weekend, plans are in place as part of a joint operation with Pembrokeshire County Council licensing officers and British Transport Police, to address and prevent any further gatherings.

A Section 34 Order is in place covering Tenby, which allows officers to move people out of the area and prevent them from returning for up to 48 hours.

Sergeant Stuart Wheeler said: “Following last weekend we had some concern from the community of Tenby, due to antisocial behaviour related to the groups of youths from Pembroke, Pembroke Dock and Tenby, and subsequently those groups clashing. Alcohol consumption by these youngsters was a factor.

“Proactive action was taken, and we are keen to avoid a repeat of this behaviour this weekend, and have therefore put plans in place. Additional resources have been allocated, which will allow us to respond quickly and prevent matters from escalating.

“Tenby Neighbourhood Policing Team and response officers, will be carrying out high visibility patrols in the area, covering areas known to be popular with youngsters. Pembrokeshire County Council licensing officers will be assisting us in ensuring youngsters can’t buy alcohol in the area by visiting shops and reminding them of the laws around selling alcohol, and if they bring it with them it will be seized. And our colleagues in British Transport Police will be patrolling the train network to prevent problematic groups getting to Tenby by train.”

Police are also appealing to parents and carers to know where their children are, and what they are doing.

Sergeant Wheeler added: “We would like to appeal directly to parents to be aware of where their children are, and prevent them from gathering in large groups. This type of behaviour is distressing for people living and working in Tenby, and we are urging you to be accountable for your children’s actions.

“We understand that the past few months have been difficult, and that children want to see their friends, but remember that only 6 people from 2 households can meet outdoors still. Please do your best to ensure they are adhering to regulations that are in place for all our safety.”

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