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Giant African ‘elephant’ roams into Lawrenny

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A ROAMING elephant has appeared overnight in the middle of Lawrenny.

Locals woke up at the weekend to find the nine-foot African elephant painted on the side of a building in the heart of Lawrenny.

Christened ‘Beatrice’, the beautiful mural was painted in just a few hours by LA artist Matt Shapira, and is the latest of his works that can be found across the world, from the Far East to the United States.

Matt travelled to Pembrokeshire in search of inspiration for his latest work, brought by Cardiff entrepreneur and friend Giovanni Malacrino.

“Wherever I travel and paint, I am inspired by the landscape, the people and the spirit that exceptional places like Pembrokeshire seem to have,” said Matt.

“Lawrenny is definitely one of those special places and Beatrice, whom we named after a little girl who helped me with the painting, is a one-of-a-kind reflection of where she stands.”

Matt used the giant doors of an old boatbuilders shed as his canvas. Lawrenny was once a busy boat-building and fishing village.

“I am still relatively new to Pembrokeshire,” said Giovanni Malacrino, who happily admits he had never travelled further west than Swansea in all his years as a leading restaurateur in Cardiff.

“I became an Ambassador for a new festival The Big Retreat Wales, here in the village last year and have completely fallen for the place. It’s amore! So, I knew Matt would be inspired.”

“Beatrice is absolutely beautiful and we have already fallen in love with her,” said festival director Amber Lort-Phillips.

“Festival goers will be able to come and see her at next year’s Big Retreat Wales as she is right by the village shop. She may be a roaming elephant but she’s not going anywhere for now!”

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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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