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Tenby: Five Arches car park set to become permanent

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THE FIVE ARCHES car park in Tenby is set to become permanent after members of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park were minded to approve an application.

The Park’s Development Management Committee met today (Mar 14) to discuss the car park becoming permanent but were faced with a recommendation of refusal from officers.

Officers were of the opinion that the town already has sufficient car parking spaces and a park and ride service.

However, members of the committee felt that the car park could only be of ‘benefit’ to the town describing the ‘huge amount of support’ for it from the public.

The application, submitted by Five Arches Car Park Ltd, will now be subject to a cooling off period and will come back to the next meeting of the Committee for final determination.

Since the garage on the site closed down, temporary car parking orders have been in place from 2011, and the application would also bring an uplift to the state of the car park and new pay machines.

Speaking in support of the application, Tenby Town Council Clerk Andrew Davies told the committee: “This car park is a valuable asset to the town and has had no adverse impact. We agree with reducing the traffic in the centre of Tenby and this car park is an asset towards achieving that goal as it is within easy walking distance of the Town centre.

“Since initial temporary consent was given for the car park, residents parking permits have increased. This car park is located close to the centre and a number of hotels and they welcome its availability.

“The additional car park has eased congestion and the Town Council believes it would be better to utilise and upgrade this rather than allow it to be left vacant.”

The agent for the application, Mr Giles Birt added: “I am very familiar with the parking issues and this is why we want to invest in this site and it would benefit from resurfacing. There have been no instances of the car park causing congestion and revenue has increased year on year.

“Tenby is one of the most visited towns and the use of this car park has proved its need. The site has significantly improved traffic management and it supports all employment sites in the town. It has also been used for the Ironman event and mobile banks.”

Cllr Phil Baker said: “There is a great amount of on-street parking and this car park is used extremely well. I would hate to see the site surrounded by boarding whilst we wait for a client for the site to be found and many people still use their cars to get in to the town.”

Tenby Cllr Mike Williams added that the car park had been an ‘outstanding success’ over the last six years saying: “There is a huge amount of support for this, people park in the car park with easy access to the town and this can only be for the benefit of Tenby.”

Mr Ted Sangster called for a bit of common sense, stating that if it was refused the site would be empty for a certain amount of time until a buyer was found for it.

Mrs Julie James considered whether or not another temporary parking arrangement could be made to allow for the site to be included in the new Local Development Plan is brought out but members were told that would not be ready until late 2019.

Cllr Mike Evans added: “This area has been a game changer for hard working people, this car park has transformed businesses with parking on the doorstep. There has been an uplift in Tenby and its people.

“This site also protects employment and it has been used for car parking for many more years. The Park and ride is being undermined; that runs for seven hours a day from 11am to 6pm, Tenby is open for more than seven hours a day. Traffic congestion has been improved in the area and it is also vital to events.

“The need has been demonstrated, Tenby needs visitors and this is aiding this. I propose that we pass this and allow the owners of the site to invest in it.”

When it was put to the vote, thirteen voted in favour of approval, with two voting against and one abstention.

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Haverfordwest High School ski trip updated statement

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Haverfordwest High VC School is closed for a pre-arranged Inset day today (Wednesday, 26th February) for staff training.

The school is intending to re-open tomorrow (Thursday) in line with guidance from Public Health Wales.

The family of two pupils who went on a family trip to Northern Italy over half-term have also sought advice from Public Health Wales. Although the family visited the region of Veneto, they did not visit the quarantined town of Vo. The advice for them is the same as for other people who have visited Northern Italy – that they do not need to self-isolate unless they have symptoms of coughing, shortness of breath or fever. Neither of the pupils have presented any symptoms.

To view the statement released by the school yesterday (Tuesday), please visit https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/haverfordwest-high-school-ski-trip-statement

* For the latest advice on coronavirus, please visit the Public Health Wales website at https://phw.nhs.wales/news/public-health-wales-statement-on-novel-coronavirus-outbreak-in-china/

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Pembroke child was kept in almost ‘unimaginable filth and deprivation’

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WHEN Police entered a Pembroke house to investigate an allegation a child was being kept in unsanitary, they found a scene of almost unimaginable filth and deprivation.
On Tuesday (Feb 25), Magistrates in Haverfordwest heard Police officers attended the property earlier this year. They were barely able to open its door to squeeze inside the filthy dwelling.
Officers found the rotting corpse of a dog on the kitchen floor, the toilet bowl overflowing with excrement, and water with a film of scum in the sink.
No food was found in the fridge apart from a single container of out-of-date coleslaw.
The woman’s bedroom was littered with empty boxes of wine.
When officers examined the child’s bedroom, they found the child grubby and unkempt. The child hadn’t been washed for a long time. Its only food appeared to be rice scattered on its bed.
The child is now in foster care.
Given the seriousness of the case, the Prosecution invited the Bench to send the case to Swansea Crown Court.
Neither the child nor its mother can be named for legal reasons.
Mr David Elvey, defending, did not object to the Crown’s application and made no submissions on his client’s behalf.
Magistrates committed the case to Swansea Crown Court for a hearing on March 27.
The Bench extended the woman’s unconditional bail to the Crown Court date.

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Last Pembroke bank to close HSBC confirms

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THE LAST bank branch in Pembroke is due to close in the summer, HSBC has confirmed this week. Pembroke is one of 27 branches HSBC is set to close by the end of this year, with the Pembroke branch closing on July 31.

The bank has said that jobs may be at risk due to the closure.

HSBC was the last bank in Pembroke. Barclays and Santander closed last year.

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