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Park Rangers make plea to drivers following Preseli Hills litter pick

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DRIVERS are being urged by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Rangers not to throw litter from their vehicles, after ten bags of rubbish were collected during an annual litter pick along a road through the Preseli Hills.

Aided by eight National Park Voluntary Wardens, North Area Rangers Richard Vaughan and Carol Owen recently removed the rubbish from the verge and hedges either side of the B4329, on the stretch between the two cattle grids.

Ranger Richard Vaughan, said: “I’ve been running a litter pick along this stretch of road for 15 years now and sadly, the issue hasn’t improved at all in that time. With such a focus on marine litter at present, it’s important to remember the impact rubbish can have on inland ecosystems too.

“Disappointingly, the litter collected included three large bags worth of items that could be placed in the recycling bags that are collected weekly by Pembrokeshire County Council.

“This road is the main route through the Preseli Hills so some of the people throwing these items live and work locally but obviously don’t appreciate the amazing landscape that’s on their doorstep.

“It makes you angry that people expect someone else to clear up their mess. Although Pembrokeshire has one of the best recycling rates in Wales, it shows some people could obviously be doing more to help the effort to reduce litter and waste.”

A report released last year estimated the cost of collecting and disposing of roadside litter in Wales is £3.5 million each year.

Keep Wales Tidy’s Tackling Litter on Our Roads report also outlined plastic drink bottles and fast food packaging were the items most likely to be discarded at roadsides.

To read the report in full visit www.keepwalestidy.cymru/roadside-litter.

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Newgale: New £30m road proposed to combat coastal damage

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has revealed a preferred new route for a road around Newgale today (Sept 25) at an event in Roch.

The new stretch of road would begin at Pencym and end at a new roundabout near Roch.

A new route is needed due to fears about road closures during high tides and winds, as well as coastal damage caused by global warming.

Reports have suggested that the current Newgale road may not exist in 20 years times.

The new route could cost up to £30m – compared to £40m a proposed viaduct would cost – and would need funding from the Welsh Government.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “Transport officials will continue to work closely with the authority as they progress with their studies and firm up their proposals for addressing the current problems with the A487.

“Welsh Government is open to consider an application for funding to move forward the development work.”

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MP calls on Welsh Government to explain broadband delays

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STEPHEN CRABB has called on the Welsh Government to come clean over broadband rollout delays.

Minister Julie James AM, whose responsibilities include digital infrastructure and inclusion, has been urged to explain the reasons for delays to the rollout of superfast broadband to rural properties across Wales.

Last year, the Superfast Cymru scheme saw BT receive £425m in return for connecting the vast majority of premises in Wales to next-generation broadband.

When the contract ended, 90,000 mainly rural properties still had not been connected. Further details of another scheme to complete the work were due to be announced in July, but at the start of August, Julie James AM suddenly announced that ‘unforeseen issues’ were causing delays which could not be further discussed because of ‘commercial confidentiality’.

Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said: “It’s simply unacceptable for the Minister responsible to announce delays to the next stage of Broadband rollout but refuse to explain why. Access to reliable, fast broadband is of increasing importance to businesses, large and small, in Pembrokeshire and I have worked with many across the constituency to improve their broadband access.

“However, the digital divide continues to exist with rural communities in Pembrokeshire suffering again. It is an inescapable fact that delivery of broadband infrastructure is devolved to the Welsh Government and Julie James AM should now come forward and explain the reasons for these delays.”

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Air ambulance lands at ‘serious’ crash scene

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THE WALES AIR AMBULANCE has landed at the scene of a serious crash this morning (Sept 25) between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts on the A477.

Posts on Facebook from witnesses at the scene say a man is being treated by paramedics.

Police have said one car was involved in the incident.

In addition to the helicopter, Dyfed-Powys Police, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

The road is currently closed with diversions in place.

A police spokesperson said:  “Dyfed-Powys Police is at the scene of a serious RTC between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts, Pembrokeshire.

“The A477 stretch between those roundabouts is currently closed while emergency services deal with the incident. One car is involved; the driver has received serious injuries.

“No further information is available at this time.”

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