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Pembroke Dock: Lantern parade brings town together

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PEMBROKE DOCK was the place to be on Friday (Dec 1) when the community organised Lanterns in the Park parade kickstarted a weekend of events in the town.

Over 600 people packed into the Memorial Park to enjoy the spectacular parade led by Samba Doc ,who set the pace in front of 200 lantern paraders  snaking around the park’s paths.

The lanterns were made by Sand Palace Arts at community workshops funded by Pembroke Dock Festival Group.

Groups who made lanterns included, Pennar Hall Art Club, Messy Church, Pembroke Dock Scouts and Girl Guides as well as community members at open weekend workshops.

Large lanterns included an owl, fox badger and Sunderland the flying pig of Pennar.  An Air Ambulance lantern with a rotating rotor blade took park.

After the parade the huge crowd was treated to a spectacular 20 minute fire show which included fireworks and pyrotechnics. Pembrokeshire Fire Spinners  show dazzled the crowd with their fire juggling and spinning skills, sending sparks which lit up the park and night sky.

Pyro artist Lee Berridge set his 18 foot structure of an owl in a tree alight which drew a huge gasp from the audience and fireworks donated by West Coast Fireworks lit up the structure which was a fantastic spectacle.

Father Christmas appeared and mingled in the crown greeting excited children and handing out sweets.

Samba doc then led the crowds to the park gates with another performance  and after getting the crowd warmed up the fun continued at the Pater Hall where the Festival Group provided free hot dogs and hot chocolate for over 300 people who were entertained by Fusion Community Choir with Father Christmas again mingling and collecting letters from the little ones.

Summing up the event Liz Cook, Community Activist, said: “Lanterns in the Park showed what the Dock can make possible when it pulls together.

“Three weeks ago the parade was not happening but over 30 people from the local community got the job done free of charge. and by working together with the Festival Group and Town Council a fabulous event took place.  I’ve never seen the Pater Hall  and park so packed out, the atmosphere and community spirit was amazing.

“As an informal group we will be working together in the New Year to organise the Midsummer and Winter festivals for the community. A huge thank you to everyone who helped in any way we all did our town proud.

“We couldn’t have done it with local businesses who also donated goods and time including B&M, Pembroke Dock Hire Centre, Rembrandt’s Jewellers and Parfitt’s Carpets.”

Hundreds of photos from the night can be viewed on the Lanterns in the Park Facebook page. If you would like to help out next year contact Liz Cook on 01646 621811.

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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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