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Milford Haven: New visitor centre opens at town’s museum

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THE NEWLY renovated multi-purpose visitor centre was officially opened at Milford Haven Museum yesterday evening by Cllr Colin Sharp (Mayor of Milford Haven, and Chair of Milford Haven Museum) and chief executive of the Port of Milford Haven, Alec Don. A number of guests attended including Trustees and friends of Milford Haven Museum, the team from the Port of Milford Haven who managed the project, businesses from around Milford Waterfront, and local trades people and contractors who were involved in the project throughout.

The revamped facility means that the existing museum reception area is now a flexible space which can be used for events, and can now offer extra services such as information for tourists, mini golf, bookings for the new Discover Coast and Cleddau boat trips, plus public conveniences. The investment was made by the Port not only to enhance the visitor experience at Milford Waterfront, but to provide the museum with a sustainable source of income.

It truly was a Milford Waterfront event, with catering supplied by Martha’s Vineyard, and the ribbon was kindly donated by In House Crafts.

Clare Stowell, Director of Property and Tourism at the Port of Milford Haven, is delighted with the new visitor centre. She commented “This project was completed within just a couple of months to ensure it was ready for the Easter holidays. I’m really pleased that the museum trustees and volunteers collaborated with us on this venture as it will generate additional funds for the charity and raise their profile.”

She continued “The Port is investing in its tourism offering substantially this year with the introduction of boat trips, a holiday let, the build of four floatel cabins within the marina and a busy calendar of events. Added to this we have recruited a new Tourism Manager, Boat Trip Skipper, Activities and Events Co-ordinator and will shortly be advertising for seasonal staff who will all be working towards attracting more visitors to Milford Waterfront and providing a fantastic experience whilst they’re here.”

Colin Sharp, Museum Chair and Town Mayor, said “The teams at the museum and Milford Waterfront have been working closely together to improve the entrance and introduce a visitor centre. The changes have proven to be amazing and, with an improved mini golf course next to the museum, it shows how two organisations can work together for the benefit of local residents and visitors to Milford Haven. We look forward to future developments”.

Milford Haven Museum is open Easter to October, Monday to Saturday from 10.30am until 4pm.

In the photo: Alec Don and Councillor Colin Sharp cut the ribbon at Milford Haven Museum’s new visitor centre

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Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet endorses STEP Fusion application

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S Cabinet have today endorsed proposals from Cllr Paul Miller (Cabinet Member for Economic Development) to further progress the nomination of a Pembrokeshire site to host a Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) fusion power station in the county.

Working with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the proposed site is adjacent to the existing energy facilities on the South Shore of the Haven waterway.

If approved, the facility will initially host research with the ultimate aim of developing this technology which could offer a virtually limitless source of clean electricity by copying the processes that power the sun.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “I am pleased my Cabinet colleagues endorsed this important programme of work. The Haven Waterway has provided livelihoods, underpinned by fossil fuels, for thousands of Pembrokeshire families, mine included, for more than 50 years. It’s my job to help ensure the waterway continues to provide high skilled, engineering, science and technology jobs for the next generation of this county – and so linked to our focus on climate change (and in addition to our existing multi-million pound commitments to supporting wind, wave and tidal clean power generation) my team have been exploring whether we can also support the development of clean, green fusion technology.

“It’s very early days in the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s site selection process but we’ll provide regular updates as things progress.”

•       STEP is an ambitious programme to design and build a prototype fusion power plant;
•       It is a UKAEA programme, currently with £222m funding from the UK Government to produce a concept design by 2024: https://step.ukaea.uk/

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Re-opening of indoor hospitality and attractions at Milford Waterfront

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RESTAURANTS and indoor visitor attractions in Milford Waterfront are welcoming the return of indoor services from today.

The re-opening of indoor dining allows all restaurants at Milford Waterfront to seat customers indoors. As well as all restaurants on the Waterfront now being able to offer this service, the brand-new Foam Domes overlooking the Milford Haven Waterway are able to open, with bookings being taken from the 19th May.

Indoor visitor attractions are also allowed to re-open. This includes the Waterfront Gallery, which is open today and Phoenix Bowl & Pirate Pete’s Adventure Play which is making preparations to open from Wednesday 19th May. Also, Milford Museum, which has had a new rendered exterior finish, is preparing to open for the end of May.

Lucy Wonnacott, Marketing Manager for Milford Waterfront commented: “We are delighted to see the re-opening of indoor hospitality and visitor attractions here at Milford Waterfront. Each business has their own safety and social distancing measures in place and we kindly ask that you respect and adhere to these for your own safety, and that of others. We hope you enjoy your visit to Milford Waterfront and stay safe!”

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Newly elected Member of the Senedd completes first week in the role

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FOLLOWING on from the Welsh Parliamentary elections, the newly elected member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Samuel Kurtz MS, has reflected on his first week in his new role.

The election saw Samuel receive 11,240 votes from across the constituency, the largest number of votes for any Welsh Conservative candidate in the constituency for a Senedd election. It was a closely fought campaign which was conducted respecting Covid-19 restrictions.

Commenting after a busy first week, Sam said:

“It has certainly been a whirlwind. From the moment that the results were announced last Friday my feet haven’t touched the ground.

“After speaking with a number of local and national media outlets, I managed to spend some time with loved ones before heading up to the Senedd early on Monday morning to be sworn in.

“As a Welsh speaker, I was delighted to swear my oath bilingually and will ensure that I continue to do so when speaking in the chamber.

“I’m in the process of recruiting my staff and getting both my Senedd and Constituency office set up to ensure that I can continue the good work of my predecessor, Angela Burns, in standing up for the interest of all my constituents whether they voted for me or not.

“On Wednesday, we elected the Llywydd and Deputy Llywydd as well as confirming Mark Drakeford as the First Minister. As one of 19 new members across the chamber and nine Welsh Conservatives, the coming weeks will be spent learning the ropes and procedures in Cardiff Bay. Over the course of the campaign, I have picked up a several issues and pieces of  casework from across the constituency and will be ensuring that the constituency work is always my priority.

“As we emerge from the Covid restrictions and society begins to open back up I am looking forward to getting to every corner of the constituency, meeting more businesses and individuals.

“I am planning in making use of both modern and traditional methods of connecting with constituents, from email newsletters, social media platforms and virtual surgeries to doorstep surgeries and face to face meetings, to ensure I provide a strong voice in Cardiff Bay for this beautiful part of the country.”

Samuel is contactable via email on Samuel.kurtz@senedd.wales

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