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The future’s bright: The Milford Dock Master Plan an investment to create local jobs and economic growth in Milford Haven

 

THE PORT of Milford Haven has begun a wide reaching survey called Your Port, Your Community in order to understand current perceptions and expectations amongst all its stakeholders, which includes anyone who uses or is connected to the Port, or whose livelihood and welfare may be dependent on or affected by the Port. 

Opinions are being sought from individuals, groups and local community representatives throughout the county including local residents, leisure users and business-owners. The previous survey captured valuable feedback that informed a strategy to focus on tourism, growing the fishery industry, encouraging more cruise ships and the provision of boat trips.

An independent group – the Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum- is conducting the survey and will be feeding back findings to the Port to inform decision-makers who are planning the Port’s future. The survey is available in printed format and also online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Perceptionsurvey2014

Mark Andrews, corporate affairs director at the Port, said: “This survey helps us gain vital feedback from our community. It is important to us that all of our stakeholders have a clear understanding of our activities. The Milford Haven Waterway is supporting around 5,000 jobs in Wales; 4,000 of those jobs are highly skilled, well-paid jobs within Pembrokeshire, which amounts to 40% of total employment around the Port”.

The Port of Milford Haven is a Trust Port, which means it has no shareholders and is an independent commercial entity financing its operations out of retained profit and cash flow.

Mr Andrews added “All of our profits are reinvested in the business for the benefit of our stakeholders. In recent times it has become evident that we need to diversify the business in order to offset fluctuations in the energy market. That is why we are very focused on our assets at Pembroke Port and Milford Dock. We are looking at how best to use those assets to attract further investment to Pembrokeshire, bringing with it more job opportunities for local people”.

A similar survey conducted in 2009 revealed that local communities valued the Port’s various commercial activities with some suggestions to provide additional support to the local fishing fleet at Milford Dock. Since then the Port has been developing ideas to improve facilities at Milford Dock in order to help grow this sector and add value to fish products landed locally.

91% of people surveyed in 2009 also indicated that they considered tourism as important for the economic wellbeing of waterway communities and nearly half of those felt that the Port had a role to play in promoting tourism.  Last year the Port strengthened its marketing resource with the recruitment of a marketing manager and marketing executive whose roles are specifically to market the commercial activities at Pembroke Port and Milford Dock.  The Port is confident that these important changes will result in tourism playing a much larger role in the Milford Haven and Pembrokeshire economy.

Please complete the survey by July 4. If you would like a hard copy please contact Anna Malloy, PR and Communications Officer for the Port, on 01646 696156 or email anna.malloy@mhpa.co.uk or simply follow this link and take the survey online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Perceptionsurvey2014

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Last chance to have your say on National Park’s new Local Development Plan

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THE PEMBROKESHIRE Coast National Park Authority is seeking your views, having made amendments to its forthcoming Local Development Plan following the recent Examination Hearing Sessions.

These amendments are called Matters Arising Changes and any comments received will be passed on to the Inspector for consideration.

The relevant documents and representation form are available on the National Park Authority’s website: www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/haveyoursay and in paper format at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, St Davids and the Authority’s main office in Pembroke Dock.

Copies of the documents are also available for inspection free of charge on publicly accessible computers at local libraries during their normal opening hours.

Representations should be sent by 4.30pm on Friday 13 March 2020, either by email to devplans@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk or in writing to:

Park Direction
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Llanion Park
Pembroke Dock
SA72 6DY.

For further information or assistance, email devplans@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk or call 01646 624800 and ask to speak to someone in the Park Direction Team dealing with the Plan.

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No opt-out for learning about religion, relationships and sexuality

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PARENTS will not be able to prevent their children from learning about religion, relationships and sexuality in the new curriculum.

Education Minister Kirsty Williams made the announcement this week, emphasising the need for ‘careful and sensitive implementation’ of the decision.

Education Minister Kirsty Williams told The Herald: “Our responsibility as a government is to ensure that young people, through public education, have access to learning that supports them to discuss and understand their rights and the rights of others.

“It is essential that all young people are provided with access to information that keeps them safe from harm.

“Today’s decision ensures that all pupils will learn about issues such as online safety and healthy relationships.

The announcement was made following an eight-week Welsh Government consultation on ensuring access to the full curriculum, including the teaching of Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) and Religious Education (RE).

Kirsty Williams added: “I recognise this is a sensitive matter and the consultation responses reflected a wide range of views.

“There is clearly a need for us to work with communities and all interested parties in developing the learning and teaching for RSE and RE – this work will be vital to enable everyone to have trust in how the change is implemented.”

The Minister outlined plans for implementation which include the creation of clear guidance, resources and professional learning for schools and the creation of a Faith/BAME Community Involvement Group to hold its first meeting this February.

The group will engage in the development of RSE guidance, develop a shared understanding of the new curriculum and address the concerns raised by faith and community groups during the consultation.

The Minister continued: “It is vital that we continue to work with communities across Wales to ensure parents have the right to develop, care for and guide their children into adulthood while allowing our schools to provide a broad and balanced education.  

We will build on the community engagement which accompanied the consultation with a long term investment in listening to our communities and finding ways to address the issues which concern them.

The Minister also confirmed plans to establish a new RSE Working Group that will oversee the refinement of the new RSE statutory guidance to form part of the new curriculum guidance.

The Minister added: “I want to take the opportunity in 2021 to test the approach for RSE prior to it being made statutory in the new curriculum.  

This will provide valuable intelligence to inform the refinement of our approach and will also enable learners, parents and carers and communities to see it working in practice and to feedback their views.”

Further details on this approach will be announced over the coming weeks.  The consultation also showed support for renaming the subject ‘Religious Education’.

The most popular choice from respondents was ‘Religion, Values and Ethics’ and, as a result, the Minister confirmed the subject name would change when the new curriculum comes into effect. The Terrence Higgins Trust said that the news was something they very much welcomed, and said that they have been campaigning for this for a number of years. The Trust said that Wales has very much lead the way on this one as the UK Government has resisted calls to remove the parental opt-out for lessons when RSE lessons become compulsory in England from September. Debbie Laycock, Head of Policy at the trust said: “By guaranteeing access to Relationships & Sexuality Education lessons for all pupils, Wales is leading the way. We’ve campaigned for compulsory RSE lessons for nearly four decades and until now far too many young people have learned about sex through whispers in the playground. 
“This decision by the Welsh Government will go some way to fixing this. It’s absolutely vital lessons are LGBT+ inclusive and have a strong focus on HIV and sexual health so all young people have the knowledge they need to form healthy and fulfilling relationships. We are now looking to the Welsh Government to continue leading the way by providing all schools with the resources and training they need to deliver these new lessons to the highest standard across the board.” 

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Air Link Wales now flying from Haverfordwest

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AVIATION company Flitestar Private Air have launched their new Air Link Wales Programme connecting Haverfordwest, Caernarfon and Cardiff with other regional airports in the UK and Europe.

The company has opened an office in Menai Bridge on Anglesey – managed by James Blackler – and said it is particularly committed to improving air connectivity from North Wales.

The Air Link Wales network currently offers flight charter services from Caernarfon Airport to destinations such as Isle of Man, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Southampton as well as London for connections to and from Gatwick and Heathrow.

They believe Southampton will be particularly popular for passengers connecting to cruises who wish to avoid the long road or rail trip down south.A flight to the south coast for two passengers from Caernarfon would cost £1,820 per person on a Piper PA34 Seneca plane.

Neil Baines, CEO of the Chester based company, said: “As a resident of Wales myself, I’ve often been frustrated by the lack of air connectivity and we are pleased to start to address this through our new Air Link Wales Charter programme which is ideally suited to both leisure and corporate customers.“Flying private can save hours of travel time which is of particular value to Wales-based organisations.”

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