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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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Haverfordwest drug dealer jailed for more than three years

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A MAN caught in possession of drugs twice in a month by Dyfed-Powys Police has been jailed for three years and nine months.

Nabil Ali Syed, aged 29, of St Issells Avenue, Merlin’s Bridge, Haverfordwest, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession with intent to supply drugs and two counts of possession when he appeared at Swansea Crown Court on Friday, 31 July.

“This sends a clear message that drug dealing will not be tolerated and when caught you are going to face a lengthy custodial sentence even if you are of a previously clean character, as was the case here,” said Phillip Jones.

Syed was first arrested when he was pulled over after concerns over the manner of his driving on the A40 near St Clears on April 18.

A subsequent search found a quantity of cocaine and other class A, B and C drugs in his possession.

A month later, on 19 May, Syed was stopped while walking in Hawthorn Rise, Haverfordwest, during checks over Covid-19 restrictions, when he was once again searched and found to be in possession of a quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine.

DC Jones added: “This is a positive result. Although he was relatively unknown to police, it is clear he was very active in drug supply in Pembrokeshire.

“We hope this result will send shockwaves to people involved in drug supply in West Wales.”

To report anything suspicious or concerns about the selling and taking of drugs in the community call 101, or report online. To report information anonymously, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Porthgain: Stranded kayakers recovered by Fishguard RNLI

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A FAMILY of four in two kayaks became stranded on an isolated beach near Porthgain on Thursday evening (Jul 30).

The RNLI said: “The incident resulted in both Fishguard RNLI lifeboats launching to recover them and their kayaks.

“The all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat launched at 8.30pm with full crews and were on scene at 9.30pm with the all-weather lifeboat standing off whilst the inshore lifeboat picked up the two parents and two children, who were all well, from the remote beach and delivered them and their kayaks back to Porthgain and then returned to base shortly before 11pm.”

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NEW rules have come into force today (Monday Aug 3) to make it easier for family and friends to meet outdoors, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced on Friday 31 July as he set out further changes to the coronavirus regulations in Wales.

The latest package of changes follow the sixth review of the coronavirus regulations and focus on enabling friends and family to meet each other outdoors and enabling more businesses to open indoors.

The First Minster has explained that consideration has been given to extend the number of people able to meet indoors, however this will depend on people continuing to follow the rules and levels of the virus in Wales.

And has urged people to follow the new rules and guidance to help keep Wales safe and control the spread of coronavirus in the face of worrying trends across Europe.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said:

“We are becoming accustomed to living with coronavirus but we shouldn’t forget the danger it poses. This is a deadly disease and the risk to our health has not gone away – as we can see in parts of Europe where there have been new outbreaks and new measures introduced to control its spread.

“The rates of the virus in Wales remain low, allowing us to relax the restrictions further over the next few weeks but we can only do this if everyone continues to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones.

“Businesses are required to take all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of spreading the virus on their premises. They have worked really hard to put in place measures to protect staff and customers. And we all need to do our bit too by complying with these and to keep our distance whenever we leave home and meet others.

“To the small minority who aren’t following the rules – we will take action. We’re working with our enforcement authorities here in Wales to ensure they have the powers and resources they need. I want to make sure all the measures developed to keep us safe are complied with.”

A series of changes will be made to the coronavirus regulations over the next three weeks:

From 3 August:

The restrictions preventing more than two households or extended households meeting outdoors will be changed to allow up to 30 people to meet outdoors. Physical distancing must be maintained at all times.
Pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes will be able to re-open indoors. As will indoor bowling alleys, auction houses and bingo halls.

Licenced wedding venues will be able to re-open to provide wedding ceremonies. However, indoor receptions will not be able to take place for the time being – they will be considered as part of the changes for August 15.

The guidance will be updated to relax the position on children under 11 having to maintain a 2m distance from each other or from adults. This reflects the scientific evidence, which shows the risk of transmission is lower among this age group. However, it is very important older children and young adults continue to follow social distancing and the other measures to keep them safe.
If conditions remain favourable, from 10 August:

Swimming pools, indoor fitness studios, gyms, spas and indoor leisure centres will be able to re-open.
Children’s indoor play areas will be able to open.

The Welsh Government is also exploring whether changes can be made to the rules to enable people to meet indoors with other people who aren’t part of their household or extended household from August 15.

The First Minister added:

“It is thanks to the hard efforts of everyone in Wales that we have been able to control the spread of coronavirus and relax the restrictions. We can only continue to do this if everyone carries on this hard work.

“If we stop now, there is a real risk we will see new outbreaks of coronavirus and we may have to reverse some of these restrictions to control its spread again.

“We are facing the likelihood of a resurgence of the virus over the autumn and winter –this will not be over by Christmas. We all have an ongoing responsibility to keep Wales safe. This means maintaining social distancing, washing our hands often and thinking carefully about where we go, what we’re doing and why.”

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