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Milford Haven: ‘Unexploded bomb’ at Costa Coffee site

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POLICE in Milford Haven have sealed off the Costa Coffee Drive Thru site after builders working there found what they believe is an unexploded bomb World War II this morning (Sept 11).

Emergency services arrived at the scene at around 11.00am, and shortly afterwards construction workers showed photographs which they had taken of the suspected unexploded ordinance to officers.

Police sealed off the pavement nearest the site, but allowed traffic to flow along the A4076, near the Tesco roundabout as they deemed it was safe.

Police: Talking with workers at the scene (pic. Herald)

An official from Milford Haven Port Authority, which owns the site, was on hand to assist police with their operation.

A spokesperson from the Port of Milford Haven said: “We have been informed by contractors working at the Costa Coffee site that they have uncovered a suspicious looking object which they believe to be an unexploded World War ordnance device, although this has not yet been confirmed.

“The contractors contacted the police who have arrived on site and are directing public away from the nearby footpath as a precaution until the identity of the object can be confirmed.  

“We understand that the object uncovered this morning at the Costa Coffee site is believed to be a World War Two Ordnance Device.  Dyfed Powys Police have advised us that the Bomb Disposal Unit are on route.”

A police spokesperson added: “Dyfed-Powys Police was called to a building site on Victoria Road at Milford Haven Docks following the discovery of a suspected unexploded bomb at around 11am this morning (September 11).

“Experts from the Bomb Disposal Unit are en route to safely dispose of the item, which is believed to be an Ordnance Spigot Mortar.”

Construction site: The mound of dirt is believed to have been where the discovery was made (pic. Herald)

50 raids in Milford’s history

During the Second World War, Milford Haven housed roughly 1,000 American military personnel.
They manned an amphibious base which included a hospital built in Hakin and a docks complex at Newton Noyes, and activity was focused on mine sweeping of the Haven, which was subject to aircraft attack on 50 occasions.

The town itself avoided serious damage as bombs were seldom dropped on land, despite being home to a large fish market, flax factory, mines depot and housing the previously mentioned military personnel.

Yet some incidents did occur, and in the summer of 1941 a bomb fell in fields near Priory Road, and later that same year, a bomb damaged a house in Brooke Avenue. There were no casualties in either incident.

August 1941 saw the Meades Farm hit in an unsuccessful attack on Air Ministry underground petroleum tanks in Priory Pill, which resulted in non-fatal injuries.

Empty: Staff had stopped all construction work (pic. Herald)

In June 2012, Bomb disposal experts have carried out a controlled explosion on a German Second World War mine found by a diver on the bed of Milford Haven waterway just off Watwick Point, near Dale.

Just one month later, Navy bomb disposal officers were once more called to Milford Haven after environmental research divers found an unexploded 250kg bomb less than a mile from the port’s LNG Dragon terminal.

A spokesman for the Milford Haven Port Authority said at the time that in one of the world’s deepest natural harbours, the ordinance did not pose a danger to the gas works.

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New Eco Feature For Haverfordwest

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Plans have been submitted for a ‘living green wall’ to be planted in the centre of Haverfordwest in a bid to enhance local biodiversity and wildlife.

The green wall would be situated alongside the river opposite Glan-yr-Afon, the town’s library and cultural centre, and planted with 25 species of native plants including ferns, grasses, flowers and wild herbs including basil, sage and clary.

As well as providing an important habitat for pollinators, the wall would also be an attractive natural feature in its own right, says Sara Morris, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Development Plans and Conservation Manager.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to re-introduce nature in the heart of Haverfordwest,” she said. “As with all planting, it will take some time for the plants to grow and flourish but given time it will look very attractive.”

The maintenance of the wall, which is scheduled for installation towards the end of October, would be carried out by a team of volunteers. New benches made from Welsh slate would also be installed to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy spending time in the area.

The green wall is part of the Cleddau Reaches partnership project which forms one of the priorities in the Haverfordwest Regeneration framework.

The Cleddau Reaches partners are Pembrokeshire County Council, the Bridge Meadow Trust, Haverfordwest Town Council, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Haverfordwest Kayak Club.

Pembrokeshire College and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority have also supported the project.

The aim is to improve and enhance the rights of way network in and around Haverfordwest and in particular, around the Western Cleddau, through several different inter-linked schemes.

Grant funding of approximately £250,000 has been provided by the NRW, Haverfordwest Town Council and the Landfill Disposals Tax Community Scheme.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, says the project’s focus on the river follows recognition that for too long, it has been an under-utilised resource despite being one of the town’s key natural assets.

“The Cleddau Reaches project brings together many ideas which the community has put forward over the last 20 years,” he said.

“As well as boosting biodiversity, the project forms part of the wider package of investments we are bringing forward to support Haverfordwest Town Centre.

“This administration is determined to revive the fortunes of the County Town, transforming Haverfordwest Town Centre from a traditional retail centre that’s being left behind into a vibrant leisure destination where residents and visitors alike want to spend their time.”

Some of the work currently taking place as part of the Cleddau Reaches project includes new riverbank paths near the Bridge Meadow with plans to create a new footbridge connecting to the Old Mill Grounds.

Other plans include creating habitats for sand-martins, otters and lampreys upriver, creating a trail linking up with the Town Council’s Priory Saltings project, and installing five interpretation boards along the route describing the flora, fauna and history of the local area.

The green wall planning application is currently registered with Pembrokeshire County Council for determination.

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Homes in Pembrokeshire can get free boilers and insulation

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PEMBROKESHIRE HERALD is teaming up with Blackburn based company Euro Insulation, who are working on a Pembrokeshire County Council backed energy scheme called the ECO: Help to Heat programme.

The scheme intends to utilise government funding for the reduction of fuel poverty within the county.

The council says that it has worked for many years to improve homes locally, and is keen for as many households to sign up as possible.

The local authority is working with ECO energy installers.

Funding is only available for private owner occupiers and private rented tenants. Qualification of flexible eligibility in Pembrokeshire will be determined by certain criteria.

Grants are available to a range of households including those with someone aged over 60, with a child under 5, and homes with children in primary or secondary school, or with a pregnant mother.

The Pembrokeshire Herald is letting as many homeowners know as possible about the scheme and has a call centre open to take queries on behalf of Euro Insulation who will be doing the work.

The aim is to reduce C02 emissions and make homes more energy efficient in Wales.

They are with the Welsh Assembly Government to show homeowners how they can get a brand-new boiler, internal wall insulation and room-in-roof insulation

The funding is only available until December.

To be considered for a FREE boiler or INSULATION call our call centre on 01437 70 70 70

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Fishguard: Armed police presence at Fishguard port

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ARMED officers from Dyfed-Powys Police were on scene at the port in Fishguard this morning (Sept 18).

Border Force and the RNLI were involved in the operation, which reportedly involved a vessel being escorted into the harbour.

Details of the incident are still unfolding, and the police have been contacted for a statement.

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