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Swim charities visit with local sponsors

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Left to right: Adam Uka (TenFoot Swim), Karen Smith (FBM Holidays), Chris Williams (TenFoot Swim), Phil Thompson MBE (Paul Sartori), Des Rees (Dai Rees Foundation), Hazel Garrod (FBM Holidays) & Tony Key OBE (Wales Air Ambulance)

ORGANISERS from the second annual TenFoot Swim, dubbed ‘Wales’ Toughest Sea Swim’ have visited local sponsors with members of each beneficiary charity that the event will seek to raise funds for.

Representatives from the Dai Rees Foundation, The Wales Air Ambulance and Paul Sartori were all recently welcomed to the Tenby offices of main sponsor FBM Holidays to really kick the event promotion into gear and to put the focus on the real reason the event takes place.

With three charities due to benefit from the event proceeds this year, spotlight has turned to the individual charities and the vital services they play in the local community.

The Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service provides a range of services to Pembrokeshire people living in the final stages of a life limiting illness, including home nursing care, equipment loan, complementary therapy, bereavement and counselling, to name just a few services, and provides immense support to those who need it.

Wales Air Ambulance is funded by the people of Wales and they rely entirely on the public’s support to help keep the helicopters flying. The charity does not receive direct funding from the government so vital helicopter services are kept in the air through charitable donations, fundraising events and membership, so donations from the Tenfoot Swim are vital to them.

The Dai Rees Foundation (DRF) is an organisation set up to facilitate projects around the world that provide emergency life-support training and education.

FBM Holidays are excited to be the main sponsor for such an amazing event that will aim to give back so much to 3 very deserving charities. The event is a challenging open sea 5k swim from North beach, Tenby to Monkstone beach in Saundersfoot on Saturday, July 21, and to be completed within two hours.

The partner of FBM Holidays, Tim Brace, commented: “We are extremely excited to be sponsoring this fantastic event, and to be supporting these very worth charities; Wales Air Ambulance, Dai Rees Foundations and Paul Sartori. The team at FBM Holidays, look forward to attending the events planned for the whole weekend!”

Places for the TenFoot Swim are already starting to fill up, with interest in this year’s event already overwhelming. Couple that with the other events going on over the same weekend however, in the TenFoot Trek, but also the Footstep Run taking place on the Friday night before the Swim, and again being sponsored by the Estates arm of FBM. Aimed at those wishing to take part but not in the gruelling swim event, the run consists of a one, three or five mile route stretching from Saundersfoot to Stepaside.

For more information please visit the Tenfoot Swim, the Trek or the Footstep Run events and to enter the events, please visit the TenFoot Swim website; www.tenfootswim.co.uk.

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Milford Haven: Concerns over council refuse collection staff using drugs on duty

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL have confirmed that they are conducting an ongoing internal investigation.

The probe is relating to “illegal drug use by on-duty refuge collection crews” operating from the Thornton Refuge Depot in Milford Haven.

The Herald understands that following suspicions being raised, drug testing was carried out on refuse crews on Monday (May 10) – all before they left their depot.

This newspaper has been told that a number staff, which includes bin lorry drivers, tested positive for drug use, and that the council called in the police.

That information was passed to The Herald by someone who we have confirmed to be a member of staff working at Pembrokeshire County Council, who did not want to be named.

After a request for a statement, a spokesperson for the council has stressed that none of their vehicles were involved, suggesting that, on the day in question, positive tests were arrived at before any bin lorries had left the depot.

As part of the multi-agency operation the police were called and attended Thornton Refuse Depot, but did not make any arrests, and said they had little involvement in the operation.

Pembrokeshire County Council spokesperson said: “We can confirm that there is an ongoing internal workplace investigation and can clarify that there was no police involvement on the day in question – no Pembrokeshire County Council vehicles were involved.

“We are not in a position to comment any further at this time.”

Dyfed Powys Police told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “At the request of Pembrokeshire County Council, officers attended Thornton Refuse Depot to provide [them with] support on the morning of Monday, May 10.

“Officers attended; however they were not utilised.”

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Council’s Planning Committee approves ambitious dockyard plans

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’s Planning Committee this morning (Tuesday, May 18) approved an application for the construction of a new marine engineering project at Pembroke Dock’s Royal Dockyard.
The plans, vociferously opposed by local heritage groups, passed unanimously.

The matter will now go to the Welsh Government, which has reserved its position on the scheme’s approval.
Committee members expressed the view that the balance between heritage and economic development were balanced, with strong views expressed on either side. They decided the balance of the application favoured economic development subject to conditions regarding aspects of the site’s preservation and its ability to be restored in the future.

The Committee members who attended a site visit on Wednesday, May 12, said it was the most informative and best site visit they had this council term. Visiting the site gave them a clearer idea about what was planned and the scale of the project, which would not have been gained from a paper exercise.

While the approval of the scheme was unanimous, one element of the reserved matters caused some members concern: the height and size of the proposed massive new sheds which would be built at a later phase of the project.
Cllr David Pugh, seconded by Cllr Steve Alderman, moved an amendment which would approve the project and delegate reserved matters to officers apart from the sheds’ construction, which would return to the Committee for detailed approval.

Cllr Tony Wilcox and Cllr Mark Carter emphasised the need for certainty regarding the project’s development, a position supported by Cllr David Howlett, Cllrs Pugh, Alderman and Cllr Stephen Joseph said that little delay would be caused to the scheme by bringing the sheds’ development back to the Committee. They noted the significant intrusion of the sheds into the landscape for miles around.

Planning Officer Mike Simmons advised that the project would proceed in five phases and that the applicant, Milford Haven Port Authority, was keen to proceed with the first phase as soon as possible. The first phase would be the infilling of the docks and pool, removing a caisson gate and preserving it, before the building of new slipways.
The Port Authority already accepted the sheds would only be built if there was commercial demand for them.
The amendment proposed by Cllr Pugh passed by six votes to five with two abstentions.

It means before the sheds are built, the Committee will decide the detailed application relating to them.

All other aspects of the development will be decided by officers.

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Further Covid-19 business support packages to become available soon

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PEMBROKESHIRE businesses that remain affected by Covid-19 restrictions can check their eligibility for a new package of support from the Welsh Government.

This latest support package will help those businesses eligible to meet ongoing costs through to the end of June as they prepare for re-opening and more normal trading conditions.

Businesses that stand to benefit include:

  • nightclubs and late entertainment venues
  • events and conference venues not covered by the Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF)
  • hospitality and leisure businesses, including restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • supply chain business, which have been materially impacted by restrictions

An eligibility checker has opened on the Business Wales website so businesses can find out how much support they are likely to be entitled to and how to apply.

See more information and check your business’ eligibility at: https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/

Funding will be calculated based on the size of the business and the type of restrictions they are under.

Businesses will be able submit applications to the Welsh Government from 24th May 2021 for grants of up to £25,000 and by the end of the month to Pembrokeshire County Council for smaller fixed Discretionary Grants.

To keep up to date and see the future application process for the Discretionary Grants please see: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/business-advice-and-support

The above link will be be updated with the latest information.  

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