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Storm costs in excess of £750k

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storm costsAT PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on Thursday, March 13, Councillors discussed the costs of the recent storms.

A report from the Head of Highways and Construction, Darren Thomas, and the Head of Environment and Civil contingencies, Richard Brown, outlined that the costs of the recent storms would be in excess of £750,000.

The report showed damage to the roads in Amroth and Wisemans Bridge, the flooding on Black Bridge and Carew Bridge and in the Pembroke Commons. Darren Thomas added that they hoped to complete work on the road in Amroth by the end of June.

They also showed the flooding in Newgale, Dale and Haverfordwest.Pictures showing the effects of the high winds that caused chaos in the middle of February were also on the presentation. They added that there were over 200 updates on Facebook and over 600 on Twitter in what was a busy period for the council.

Nearly 600,000 people viewed the Facebook posts while the photo of the bus incident in Newgale was seen by 25,000 people.

Regarding the situation at Newgale, Darren Thomas said: “The shingle bank collapsed and the road remained closed for five to six days. Some people have said that we should have gone in after the first day but trying to get there in the conditions would have been extremely difficult”.

Richard Brown added: “The Newgale diversion caused a lot of problems. There were major implications for the people who were flooded”.

The report concluded by showing the issues and challenges faced by the council during these periods.
One of the main issues was that of members of public ignoring safety messages, road closures and travelling advice.

The report highlighted a number of facts from another report made by Environment Agency which said: “A third of flood related deaths involve a vehicle because drivers take unnecessary risks”.

Darren Thomas said: “If drivers ignore a road closed sign then their insurance is invalid”.

Many workers faced abnormal shift patterns and councillors were keen to express their thanks to those who braved the elements as they worked round the clock to clean the roads. Councillors were then given the chance to discuss the report.

Cllr David Bryan asked: “Whose responsibility is it to put sand bags out?” to which Richard Brown replied: “The people are responsible for sand bagging but we will assist if we can”.

Councillors also asked about the amount of trees that came down during the strong winds to which Richard Brown answered: “It is in their own interest to make sure trees are safe and not going to damage infrastructure.

Darren Thomas added: “There will be a highways inspection and if we find a tree in a dangerous position we will notify the land owner”.

Both Darren and Richard concluded that the council had learnt a number of lessons including the use of social media and highways management issues.

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Styling their way to the top

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(Left to right) Level 2 - Festival theme - work by Holly Mathias and Celebration of Colour - Level 2 and 3 – work by Leah Rees

FOUR hairdressing learners: Holly Mathias, Jenna Kilgallon, Helaina Thomas and Leah Rees, recently earned themselves a place in the next stage of the Concept Hair Magazine Learner of the Year Competition.

The candidates were invited into the College to show their fully presented entries as evidence and then submitted them remotely to the Concept Hair Magazine judges in December.

The categories for the competition were: Festival Hair, Red Carpet, Old School Barbershop, Celebration of Colour and Safari.

The unique styles allowed the learners to show off their creative hair styling skills from plaits to updos, to bold colour creations.

Charlotte Jones, Hairdressing lecturer was over the moon with the learners’ success; “We were all so impressed with the creativity, dedication and enthusiasm of all the students who took part in the competition. Also, the students who supported the entries during the day and the models who gave up their time to be involved. They should all be very proud of what they have achieved. The results were amazing!”

The students worked to COVID regulations ensuring all the correct PPE and procedures were followed.

Finalist, Holly Mathias entered three categories which included; Styling Level 2 – Festival Theme, Hair Up Level 2 – Red Carpet and Avant Garde – Safari.

Holly shared her experience; “Taking part in the Concept Hair competition, has really boosted my confidence and proved that hard work really does pay off. The support from the staff at Pembrokeshire College is outstanding. I would recommend everyone to take part in this competition as not only is it an amazing experience, but it really allows you to think outside the box and be as creative as you can! I would 100% take part in this competition again.”

Holly plans to go into full-time employment when she completes her course and hopes to one day work on cruise ships or even own her own salon.

The next stage involves the candidates submitting photographic entries on the 12th March where six will be shortlisted for the national finals which is set to take place virtually in April.

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Environmental projects supported by Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund

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PROJECTS involving worm composting, community planting and solar panels were just some of the projects that recently received support from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.

More than £140,000 was awarded to eight projects at the committee’s January meeting with the next deadline for applications set for 12 noon on 23 March.

Clynfyw Care Farm was successful with an application for a vermicomposting project, which will create a quality rich sustainable compost that can be used to improve soil conditions organically. This will support local vegetable producers and sequestrate carbon in the process.

The Newport Area Environment Group will receive funding to lead a community planting project promoting decarbonisation through biodiversity.

Cwm Arian Renewable Energy secured financial support to research a Pembrokeshire-wide Energy Efficiency program, with the aim of reducing energy use and tackling fuel poverty by increasing and normalising the uptake of low carbon life choices.

Funding for photovoltaic (PV) panels was agreed for projects submitted by Herbrandston Sports and Recreation Association, South Ridgeway Community Association, Neuadd Gymuned Bwlchygroes Community Hall, Ramsey Island Nature resort and Visitor Centre, and Crymych Rugby club, who all received funding to help harness solar energy.

Directors from Clynfyw Care Farm said: “Thanks to funding from SDF, this worm composting project will be a useful tool for engaging with people, reducing CO2 and teaching a simple sustainable process with important stages in a safe, supported environment. Once established, vermicompost will be available for purchase in local outlets, providing an environmentally-friendly alternative for local growers.”

Applications for funding are encouraged from not for profit groups, including village halls, community councils and environmental groups in the county who have a project that will contribute towards a reduction in carbon and help respond to the climate emergency.

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Council: Despite a rise Pembrokeshire still has lowest council tax in Wales

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCILLORS have voted to back a recommendation of a 3.75 percent increase in Council Tax for the coming year.

The increase equates to an extra 82p per week for Band D properties.

Pembrokeshire will still have the lowest Council Tax in Wales with Pembrokeshire Band D Council Tax payers paying £214.11, or £4.11 per week, less than the average across the country.

Cllr Bob Kilmister, the Cabinet Member for Finance, said the increase had been reduced from a proposed 5 per cent to 3.75 per cent to reduce the impact on Council Tax payers.

Introducing the budget to members, Cllr Kilmister said to go for a figure below 3.75 per cent would inevitably lead to much higher rises in future years.

Falling below 3.75 per cent would also lead to cuts in Council services, Cllr Kilmister said.

He added: “A reduction in services and staff numbers will affect the poorest in our communities the most. I believe we have a duty to these people.”

Councillors also voted for Council house rents to be increased by 1.5% for the coming year plus increases of up to 50p per week where properties are not at target rent levels.

The votes were taken at the full meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council held on Thursday, March 4.

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