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Hook: Welsh Water’s project enters final phase

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THE FINAL phase of Welsh Water‘s £8.5 million investment in Hook and Johnston is set to begin this summer.

The major project by the not-for-profit company will help protect the environment, reduce flooding and improve river water quality in the area for decades to come.

The work will also bring long-term benefits to the area by upgrading the wastewater network to improve the network’s performance, particularly during wet weather.

The work involves the construction of a brand new treatment works at Hook which will replace the existing works, using the latest technology to treat the wastewater to an even higher standard, which in turn will help further improve local bathing water quality.

The project also involves the decommissioning of the wastewater treatment works in Johnston; replacing it with a new pumping station and an underground pipeline to Hook.

Anthony McKenna, Welsh Water’s Capital Delivery Project Manager, said: “Despite battling with Storm Emma and the challenges that brought to both our clean and wastewater networks in Pembrokeshire, our work in Hook and Johnston remains on track with almost 75% of the construction complete.

“The final phase of the project is due to begin this summer where we will start the work to bring the new treatment works and pipeline into operation.

“In order to complete this section of work we will need to bring a number of large vehicles into the area. To prepare local residents for this we have planned an information session for Wednesday, July 4, at Freystrop Village Hall. My team and I will be there from 2pm till 7pm to provide an update on the work so far and answer any questions you may have on this next phase of work.”

Welsh Water is aiming to ensure that its work causes the least disruption possible, having engaged with local residents and the community councils, and working closely with Pembrokeshire Council throughout the work. The remaining work will not impact on the wastewater service to local people and businesses.

McKenna added: “Welsh Water is proud to support a number of events across Pembrokeshire this summer including the Pembrokeshire County Show and IRONMAN Wales. We’re also keen to give back to communities such as Hook, Johnston and Freystrop who have supported us during our essential investment schemes.

“We’d like to encourage community groups to apply for the Welsh Water Community Fund and more information can be found on our website.”

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Pembrokeshire man drowned in stormy Cardiff waters

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A PEMBROKESHIRE man tragically drowned in the stormy waters at Penarth Marina near Cardiff at the weekend.
The 32-year-old, was originally from Wolfscastle but had moved to Cardiff, was named locally as Owain Jones. He died after plunging into the stormy seas as Storm Callum hit on Saturday (Oct 13).
He was taken to University Hospital in Wales, but couldn’t be saved, The Daily Star reported.
A woman, 35, who had been with him in the water at the time was rescued the Herald understands.
The couple are believed to have been walking by the Marina when they were swept into the sea.
Friends have already started to pay tribute to Owain on his Facebook page.
Friend Jon Davis wrote: “Deepest condolences, we only caught up on Friday, such a nice guy, sleep tight pal.”
Matthew Divry added: “Feel absolutely devastated since hearing the news yesterday and can’t stop thinking about it. Definitely one of the good guys – and always the life and soul of the party. RIP mate, you will never be forgotten.”

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​Pembrokeshire Women’s Institutes visits Senedd

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MEMBERS from Women’s Institutes across Pembrokeshire visited the Senedd last week.

Mid and West Wales AM Helen Mary Jones met Pembrokeshire residents and gave a speech giving background to her work as an Assembly Member.

The focus of the meeting was how more women can get involved in politics at a local and national level, particularly when marking 100 years since some women got the vote for the first time.

Plaid Cymru Mid and West Wales AM Helen Mary Jones said: “I was pleased to chat with WI members from Pembrokeshire about how we can get more women involved in Welsh politics.

“There are persistent barriers to get more women involved in public life including the cost involved in standing for election, the time it takes particularly because caring activities usually falls on women. There is also a confidence issue.

“While the National Assembly has a strong reputation in relation to balanced gender representation, more has to be done to protect Wales’s achievements. I’m pleased therefore to see the panel on Assembly Electoral Reform recommend parties put forward balanced slates of male and female candidates.

“Women are the minority in our council chambers and in the House of Commons – making up 28 per cent of Welsh county councillors and 28 per cent of Welsh MPs. Plaid Cymru is taking active steps by passing a motion in last week’s conference to increase representation of women. We need deeds not just words.

“The private sector also has a long way to go. In 2017 in Wales, only six per cent of chief executives of the top 100 businesses in Wales are female.

“A number of issues were addressed during the question and answer session from the election of Donald Trump to the need for the protection of services at Withybush Hospital. I made sure the women were aware that the buck stops with the Cabinet Secretary for Health Vaughan Gething when it comes to the health service in Wales.”

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Police name Carmarthenshire man killed by Storm Callum landslide

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has confirmed the man who died in a landslide at Cwmduad during Storm Callum yesterday (Oct 13) is 21-year-old Corey Thomas Sharpling, from Newcastle Emlyn.

Corey’s family has paid tribute to him, saying: “We are heartbroken at the tragic loss of our beautiful son Corey.

“Many knew his wit, charm and sense of loyalty and we take those things with us in our hearts. We would like to thank the community for their support at this time and also friends and colleagues at University of Wales Trinity, St David, Carmarthen.

“As a family we would appreciate time to grieve and ask to be given privacy in which to do so.”

Specialist police officers are supporting Corey’s family. Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the circumstances of his death.

Inspector Chris Neve said: “Dyfed-Powys Police officers attended the A484 near Cwmduad on Saturday, October 13, following reports a tree had fallen on to the road.

“While officers were dealing with the obstruction a large scale landslide occurred, which tragically resulted in Corey losing his life at the scene.

“We are currently working with partner agencies to make the area safe for residents and road users and I urge people to stay away from the location at this time. The road is closed.

“Corey’s death will no doubt be a shock to the local community and on behalf of Dyfed-Powys Police I offer my deepest sympathy to his family and friends.”

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