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Cleddau Bridge: Motorists get taste of toll-less future

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MOTORISTS crossing the Cleddau Bridge this afternoon (Nov 30) got a taste of what life without the tolls would be like.

Many drivers got in touch with this newspaper to alert us to the fact that the barriers were up and no tolls were being charged on the bridge.

The pleasant surprise is not an early Christmas gift, but a response to bridge staff being otherwise engaged.

A Pembrokeshire County Council spokeperson told us that the bridge was free for all because of a pre-arranged meeting with staff.

Last month, the council said that tolls for crossing the Cleddau Bridge could be scrapped by March 31, 2019.

The Welsh Government have said since the announcement that they will not be trunking the road: “We will not be taking over the management of the Cleddau Bridge or surrounding road.

“We continue to liaise with Pembrokeshire Council on work to remove the tolls.”

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Milford Haven: Man remanded in custody following Haven Hotel ‘attack’

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A MILFORD HAVEN man has been remanded inro custody following a vicious attack at a public house in the town.

Lemmy Best, 27, of Vicary Crescent appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (Mar 19) to face six charges.

He confirmed his name and address, but did not indicate any plea.

The court heard that Best is accused of common assault, ABH, two charges of GBH, affray and possession of an offensive weapon (a broom) at The Haven Hotel on Sunday, 17 March.

He was remanded into custody to attend Swansea Crown Court on April 18, at 10am.

A police Twitter account posted on Sunday: “Police have responded to an incident on Sunday night at around 8.15pm, where multiple people received serious injuries. Police were on scene at Hamilton Terrace quickly and the suspect was arrested. The investigation is still ongoing.”

“Code B response team would like to thank PCSOs Brown and Osmolak for staying on duty to assist and also to the attending Tenby police officers for providing resilience.”

On Tuesday, police confirmed: “Officers in Milford Haven responded to an incident on Sunday 17 March at around 8.15pm in Hamilton Terrace where 5 people were assaulted. 27 year old Lemmy Best from Milford Haven was arrested at the scene and has since been charged with GBH with intent, two counts of ABH, two counts of common assault and affray. He will be appearing in Haverfordwest Magistrates Court this morning (19 March).

“The 5 assaulted people are receiving medical attention for their injuries.”

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Japanese dignitaries visit Pembrokeshire to study maritime heritage

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JAPANESE visitors have been given unique insights into their long naval and maritime heritage connections with Pembrokeshire.

In a visit arranged by David James, of the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society, the party braved the rain during a packed schedule which took them to Angle, Freshwater West and Pembroke Dock – special locations in Japan’s maritime story.

The distinguished party consisted of Mr Isao Kano, Regional CEO, Europe, and MD Mitsubishi Corporation and with him were Mr Misumi, Mr Takahashi and Mr Matsushita, also of Mitsubishi Corporation.

They were joined by Mr Kubota, European Vice President and CEO, Nippon Yusen Kaisha Group, Europe Ltd, and Major General (Retd) Ken Matsui and Mrs Matsui.

At Angle’s St Mary’s Churchyard they saw the recently dedicated memorial to members of the crew of the Japanese liner Hinaro Maru which was torpedoed by the German submarine UB91 in the Irish Sea on October 4, 1918 – just weeks before the end of the Great War. In several locations in Pembrokeshire the bodies of crew and passengers were washed ashore and the Angle
memorial replaces a long lost one from the 1920s. David James was instrumental in arranging for the new memorial to be placed at Angle last autumn.

At the invitation of John and Rosanna Allen-Mirehouse the group visited The Hall at Angle for coffee before travelling to a wet and windy Freshwater West beach. It was here that victims from the Hinaro Maru were washed ashore.

Final port of call was Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre were naval historian and volunteer Ted Goddard introduced the visitors to the remarkable connections with the Japanese Navy and the story of the warship Hiei – built locally forJapan and launched in 1877. A model of the Hiei – one of several made by David James – is on display at the Centre and was the focus of much interest.

Before leaving Pembroke Dock the visitors went to the former Master Shipwright’s House in the Royal Dockyard and viewed the Ginko tree which was given by the then Japanese Ambassador who attended the launching of the Hiei in 1877. The Ginko is now a huge and impressive tree in the garden.

Mr Keiji Kubota’s organisation, the Nippon Yusen Kaisha Line (one time owners of the Hirano Maru) had, together with local donors, funded the construction and erection of the Japanese War Memorial in St Mary’s Churchyard in Angle marking the last resting place of ten sailors from the Hirano Maru.
Mr Kubota is a close friend of Mr Isao Kano and so when the topic of the war grave and the Ginko tree project came up Mr Kano was very interested and wished to see the grave and the now famous Ginko tree; hence the visit was arranged.

Cuttings have been taken from the Ginko tree and are being grown on in the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, and the delegates are arranging for the cuttings, once strong enough, to be taken back to Japan to be planted in Places of Honour. One of these places is Kure, the naval base near Hiroshima in Japan.

The Mayor of Kure was told that David James had said ‘The Imperial Japanese Navy was born in Pembroke Dock’. He replied that his city was born because of a ship built in Pembroke Dock.

Pictured: Left to right, Ted Goddard, Naval Historian; Major General( Retd) Ken Matsui, Mr Isao Kano , regional CEO Mitsubishi Corporation Europe, Mr Misumi (Director Mitsubishi), Mr David James local naval historian and secretary West Wales Maritime Heritage; Mr Takahashi (director Mitsubishi) Mr Keiji Kubota , European Vice President and CEO Nippon Yusen Kaisha Europe, Mr Matsushita (Director Mitsubishi). They are admiring the model of Hiei 1877 built by David James. This was one of the first ships in the Imperial Japanese Navy and was once Commanded by Lieutenant, later Marshal Admiral, Hehachiro Togo, a Japanese National hero.

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Petrol station could be demolished to make way for Costa Drive Thru

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THE PETROL station at Withybush Retail Park could be demolished to make way for a Costa Coffee drive-thru.

Milford Haven has just seen the opening of its new retail park and Haverfordwest could soon follow suit if the plans are approved by the Council.

The new store would have 29 parking spaces and there would also be an indoor seating area.

The application states that the new store would be a ‘more attractive gateway’ for those entering the Retail Park.

It also states that it would be an ‘important supporting facility’ to visitors.

Costa already has stores in Withybush Hospital and one in the Debenhams store and the new one would be built directly opposite Marks and Spencers which also has its own cafe area.

18 full and part time jobs would be created by the new store which could be open between 5am and 11pm.

The site notice will be up until April 3 and members of the public are invited to give their views on the plans.

All underground fuel infrastructure would have to be removed and a car wash service would also have to be relocated to make way for the new store.

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