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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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Climate change protesters pack the streets of Haverfordwest

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Hundreds of protestors flooded the streets of Haverfordwest today to join in one of the biggest global climate strikes to date.

The event took place at County Hall from 11am on Friday, September 20, where hundreds flocked in unison to show their support for the many global activists around the world in protest of the way we live on our planet.

Leading the charge for the world-wide events were multiple organisations including Extinction Rebellion and UK Student Climate Network, as well as 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, a Swedish activist for the planet’s well-being. Children all across the globe have been puled out of their schools to join the protests for change on how we consume our planet’s resources and these acts have been met with mixed responses.

Some are happy that others are taking a stand for the greater good of our planet, whilst others seem to be disgruntled by all the commotion the protests have caused in their areas.

At County Hall in Haverfordwest, singing and chanting could be heard as the school children, toddlers, pensioners, families and college students all joined the call for imminent action to tackle the climate emergency.

The climate protest was also attended by Cllr David Simpson and director of development Dr Steven Jones, who assured the public that the authority was working towards its zero carbon goal.

In a statement on Facebook, Extinction Rebellion said: “Hundreds turned out to support today’s Global Climate Strike in Haverfordwest alongside hundreds of thousands around the world! A clear message was delivered and responded to by the leader of Pembrokeshire County Council who has invited you to be represented in their work in months to come to meaningfully address the climate emergency in our beautiful county and beyond. The tide is rising, and so are we!”

The protests ended as the groups made their way to Castle Square, where final chants and songs echoed around Haverfordwest.

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Refinery protest over: Two activists arrested at scene, others reported for summons

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THE PROTEST organised by Extinction Rebellion at Valero Refinery came to an end last night (Sept 19).

Specialist officers were deployed to the scene and as a result of that, two protestors were arrested for unlawful obstruction of the highway and transferred to Haverfordwest custody.

Others who took part, police said, decided to end their protest and have been reported for summons and the items used by them have been seized by the police.

Police said: “All protestors have now left the area and police are maintaining high visibility patrols.”

Superintendent Robyn Mason said: “Officers spoke to the protesters and partner agencies throughout the day to ensure a balance was maintained between allowing people the right to peaceful protest and the requirement to ensure the safety of, and minimise the disruption to, business and the community. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

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Pembroke Dock: Man hospitalised after ‘jumping through pizza shop window’

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A PEMBROKE DOCK man has been taken to hospital after becoming injured by glass in Pembroke Dock.

According to a passing motorist a male was seen shouting and screaming in the street – he was being restrained by others.

He then jumped into the glass window of the PizzaTime take away in Meyrick Street, cutting his stomach on the glass.

Multiple police vehicles and an ambulance attended the incident which took place at around 15.30 HRS.

The road was temporarily blocked.

Once police car remains on scene (16:49 HRS)

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