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Fish Week to be re-named

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ONE of Wales’ most popular festivals – Pembrokeshire Fish Week – is to be re-named.

Since it launched in 2000, the festival has evolved from a local celebration of fish and Pembrokeshire’s fishing industry to a much wider event.

It needs a brand new name to reflect the range of coastal, cultural, heritage and maritime activities which take place during the festival across the County – as well as its original celebration of local seafood and fishing.

The name is expected to be confirmed next year.

A new community engagement structure is also to be introduced for the festival, following its success this year.

In 2017, Pembrokeshire County Council continued to run the overall festival, but more community events were held by local organisations on the opening and closing weekends – including events at Lawrenny, Scolton Manor, Goodwick and Saundersfoot.

“Fish Week’s success speaks for itself,” said Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture.

“It’s one of Wales’ major festivals and attracts thousands of people from outside the County and Wales every year.

“However, we must constantly be looking how the festival can build on its success, and it’s clear that this year’s approach led a greater level of community engagement than ever before.

“This is something that we believe can be developed further to ensure that the festival keeps moving in a sustainable and successful direction.”

Martin While, Head of Regeneration, said the community engagement approach was also supported by the Major Events team at Welsh Government.

He said: “The new approach will mean that more community organisations will be involved, and so to allow time for them to generate sponsorship and support, the festival will move to a biennial event and take place every two years.

“This will mean that the next Fish Week will take place in 2019.

“In the interim year, there will be a number of smaller-scale pop-up Fish Week community events to allow funds to be raised for the following year.”

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Walwyn’s Castle: Major fire and explosions at Capestone Farm

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EMERGENCY SERVICES are currently dealing with a major explosion and fire at Capestone Farm in Walwyn’s Castle.

It is understood that all workers are accounted for, and no livestock is said to be involved.

Fire fighters have laid hoses across the Dale Road to access water to fight the fire near Milford Haven

A spokesperson for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue told The Herald that the fire involves chemicals, oil, and acetylene. The spokesperson confirmed that six fire engines are attending the incident.

There are 41 firefighters at the scene of the blaze. The cause of the fire is not yet known, although there have been reports of an explosion at the site.

The fire engines attending are from Milford Haven, Haverfordwest, Pembroke Dock, Narberth, Tenby, and St Davids.

A former employee told The Herald that it looks like the fire is confined to the workshops and grain store and that live animals are not involved – however this has not been confirmed.

The are concerns about the structural integrity of some of the buildings involved.

The fire broke out at around 3.45pm.

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Plans submitted for £7m SkyDome project at Bluestone

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BLUESTONE has submitted a planning application for its groundbreaking ‘SkyDome’ project.

If Pembrokeshire County Council approves the plans, the undercover facility is expected to inject millions of pounds into the local economy.

The £7million development will see a transparent canopy arched over a massive 7000 sqm area and will include a range of new activities, as well as a 600-seat amphitheatre.

It is hoped the project, which will harness the skills of local contractors, would take around 15 months to build.

Initially it will create 56 new jobs at the resort and will see around £3m spent within the local construction industry

The new all-weather facility has been designed to complement its natural surroundings, with a clear span roof, which would easily cover an area the size of a football pitch. The internal terrain will rise and fall in excess of ten metres which will give the space a genuinely organic atmosphere and a sense of being outside.

Liz Weedon. Head of Projects at Bluestone, said: “SkyDome aims to continue Bluestone’s ecological ethos where the holiday resort has already seen more than 330,000 trees and shrubs planted since 2008, and the creation of two biomass energy centres, producing 7,000 mwh of carbon neutral energy per year.”

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Have your say on proposed changes to parking charges

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is inviting views on its proposals to make changes to car parking charges in car parks where annual charges apply and in car parks where seasonal charges apply.

The Council is proposing two options:

  • option one would reduce the current £415,000 deficit in car parking services
  • option two would eliminate the deficit and allow a small surplus to reinvest in parking and traffic management improvements.

Both options propose a standardised one hour tariff of 50p across the county and higher fees for high demand seasonal car parks. The second option also proposes higher fees for longer duration stays.

Also included are proposals to introduce four new types of parking permit, and increases to fees for five existing types of parking permit.

Proposed New Permits Proposed Increased Charge for Existing Permit
County All Year Permit (Penfro) Parking Permit Passport
Seasonal Permit Any Car Park (Seagull) Reserved Bay Permits (General)
Specific Car Park, Non-Transferable Permit (The Puffin) Reserved Bay Permits at The Croft Car Park, Tenby
Dusk and Dawn Permit Visitor Permit
Tenby Harbour Resident Permit

Those responding are also welcome to put forward their own options for consideration.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure, Councillor Phil Baker, said: “We have aimed to strike a balance between ensuring that Pembrokeshire’s town centres remain accessible and affordable places to visit and work while addressing the current budget deficit in car parking services.”

Detailed information is available on the Council’s website at www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/haveyoursay or telephone the Customer Contact Centre on 01437 764551 to request hard copy documents.

The closing date for responses is Friday, January 12, 2018.

The responses will be compiled into a report and used to inform an Integrated Impact Assessment.

The Council’s Cabinet will make a decision on the proposals in February.

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