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Pembroke Dock: Fire leaves woman with life threatening injuries

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A WOMAN has life threatening injuries after a fire at Commercial Row in Pembroke Dock on Saturday (Dec 2), police have said.

Emergency services attended the scene at 6:46am, when the fire was extinguished and the woman was transported to hospital.

The company who let the property, E-Lettings, has lately been the focus of criticism from Cllr Paul Dowson, who has recently brought to the public’s attention his opinions over safety and the management of the premises they let.

Cllr Dowson told The Herald that residents of E-Lettings properties have contacted him with concerns.

He said: “I’ve had residents complaining, saying the fire equipment hasn’t been inspected and never been fixed.

“The arson unit and the fire department have made called to E-Lettings, asking them to fix x, y and z, but as far as I know they didn’t act on it.”

Cllr Dowson said that his opinion the company were ‘creatures of habit’.

“Whenever I try to contact E-Lettings – call, write, email – they go straight to the police to report me for harassment. Every time.

“I know the girl [injured in the fire] quite well… without functioning fire equipment it’s also the  people around her who were in danger.”

When asked what his next steps were, Cllr Dowson said: “I’m going to step it up – get more evidence. All I can do is continue to make it public, continue bringing it up with the council.”

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating a house fire at Commercial Row, Pembroke Dock. Officers attended the scene at 6:46am on Saturday, 2 December 2017.

“A woman was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries and remains in hospital.”

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Newgale: New £30m road proposed to combat coastal damage

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has revealed a preferred new route for a road around Newgale today (Sept 25) at an event in Roch.

The new stretch of road would begin at Pencym and end at a new roundabout near Roch.

A new route is needed due to fears about road closures during high tides and winds, as well as coastal damage caused by global warming.

Reports have suggested that the current Newgale road may not exist in 20 years times.

The new route could cost up to £30m – compared to £40m a proposed viaduct would cost – and would need funding from the Welsh Government.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “Transport officials will continue to work closely with the authority as they progress with their studies and firm up their proposals for addressing the current problems with the A487.

“Welsh Government is open to consider an application for funding to move forward the development work.”

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MP calls on Welsh Government to explain broadband delays

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STEPHEN CRABB has called on the Welsh Government to come clean over broadband rollout delays.

Minister Julie James AM, whose responsibilities include digital infrastructure and inclusion, has been urged to explain the reasons for delays to the rollout of superfast broadband to rural properties across Wales.

Last year, the Superfast Cymru scheme saw BT receive £425m in return for connecting the vast majority of premises in Wales to next-generation broadband.

When the contract ended, 90,000 mainly rural properties still had not been connected. Further details of another scheme to complete the work were due to be announced in July, but at the start of August, Julie James AM suddenly announced that ‘unforeseen issues’ were causing delays which could not be further discussed because of ‘commercial confidentiality’.

Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said: “It’s simply unacceptable for the Minister responsible to announce delays to the next stage of Broadband rollout but refuse to explain why. Access to reliable, fast broadband is of increasing importance to businesses, large and small, in Pembrokeshire and I have worked with many across the constituency to improve their broadband access.

“However, the digital divide continues to exist with rural communities in Pembrokeshire suffering again. It is an inescapable fact that delivery of broadband infrastructure is devolved to the Welsh Government and Julie James AM should now come forward and explain the reasons for these delays.”

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Air ambulance lands at ‘serious’ crash scene

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THE WALES AIR AMBULANCE has landed at the scene of a serious crash this morning (Sept 25) between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts on the A477.

Posts on Facebook from witnesses at the scene say a man is being treated by paramedics.

Police have said one car was involved in the incident.

In addition to the helicopter, Dyfed-Powys Police, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

The road is currently closed with diversions in place.

A police spokesperson said:  “Dyfed-Powys Police is at the scene of a serious RTC between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts, Pembrokeshire.

“The A477 stretch between those roundabouts is currently closed while emergency services deal with the incident. One car is involved; the driver has received serious injuries.

“No further information is available at this time.”

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