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Milford Haven: Pub hopes to re-open following flooding with community’s help

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Concerned residents: Talking to Stephen Crabb MP in November 2018 after the flood

FOLLOWING the devastating flooding in Lower Priory and Haven’s Head in November, residents and business owners are doing their best to get back on their feet.

However, as the landlady of the still closed Priory Inn has explained to the Herald, it has not been easy having to deal with the many agencies involved with the clear-up, and the most difficult of all has been the insurance company.

At a meeting called by Glenda German, her regular customers met at the Kimberly public house in Milford Haven on Tuesday (Feb 5), to decide what is to be done about getting the pub re-opened following the insurance company’s refusal to pay out compensation.

The residents are united in their belief that the flood was caused by the culvert which drains water underneath Haven’s Head Business Park being blocked.

Indeed, the Herald was on the scene a few days after the flooding and witnessed contractors for the Port of Milford Haven, Austwell, clearing out the culvert intake with a JCB-type excavator.

Glenda German told the meeting of her regular customers that she hoped to get the pub open soon, but it would only be with their help, and if everyone pulled together ‘it would be possible’.

She told the Herald: “I do have limited savings but it’s thank to you, my regular customers, we can get it re-opened. I really miss having you around and I’m sure you all miss drinking in The Priory.”

The meeting was told that Stephen Crabb MP had written to the insurance underwriter to express his concern that a pay-out was not being made.

Nathan McGee agreed to help with the electrics, Chris Bevan will help with the plumbing, Nigel Swan will be co-ordinating the renovation of the pub as project manager, and editor of the Herald, Tom Sinclair, will be donating £500 towards the project – along with a beer fridge, and agreed to help locate a second hand kitchen.

Other regulars said they will help with painting, decorating and cleaning up.

Glenda added: “We have to get the pub open first, but we also need to take legal action against the Port of Milford Haven.

“This is clearly the fault of the Port, I believe everyone agrees they are at fault, and those who have been flooded and had their lives turned upside down deserve justice – and to be compensated for what they have lost due to the neglect of the culvert.”

Residents of Lower Priory and Haven’s Head will be meeting councillors for a further discussion on the way forward generally on February 14.

The Port, however, denies that it is responsible for the incident. Tim Bownes, Engineering Director at the Port, released a statement saying that the flooding was not caused by any failure to act. He said it was caused by ‘two days of heavy rainfall, combined with extremely high tides combined with a tidal surge of up to half a metre.’

Mr Bownes also said that water was ‘flowing as expected’ down the Port’s culvert system on November 8

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Crime Commissioner continues to secure funding for organisations that support victims of domestic and sexual violence

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THE POLICE and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys Police is again making the offer for organisations that support victims of domestic and sexual abuse to bid for additional funds.

Funding was made available last year, in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on organisations supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence.

It was part of a £76 million package of support made available by the UK Government.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “Thanks to this additional funding, we can ensure that victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Dyfed-Powys can access specialist services for support, at a time when they are needed the most.

“Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in domestic violence during the pandemic and victims need help now more than ever and I am grateful for the work of all the service providers across the Force area that help these men, women and families who are most in need.

“I want to reassure anyone who is in an abusive situation or relationship that you do not need to suffer in silence, and I urge anyone to report abuse to the Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

“This funding is open both to providers whom I currently commission and those that I do not currently fund. However, unlike the extraordinary Covid-19 funding provided in 2020/21, organisations do not need to be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise to be eligible for this funding. They must, however, provide support services which have the purpose of helping victims of sexual violence or domestic abuse cope with the impacts of crime and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced. We would also encourage applications from small specialist organisations that support groups with protected characteristics.

“If you wish to submit a request for this funding, further guidance is available on my website, and can be requested via the office e-mail address.”

Closing date for submissions is close of play on Friday, March 12, 2021.

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Covid alert level lowered for whole of UK

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THE COVID alert level for all four nations of the United Kingdom has been lowered to alert level 4.

The decision comes following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in light of the most recent data.

In recent weeks, the R-rate and the number of covid cases has been on the decline.

Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton said: “Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the four UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director agree that the UK alert level should move from level 5 to level 4 in all four nations.

“The health services across the four nations remain under significant pressure with a high number of patients in hospital, however thanks to the efforts of public we are now seeing numbers consistently declining, and the threat of the NHS and other health services being overwhelmed within 21 days has receded.

“We should be under no illusions – transmission rates, hospital pressures and deaths are still very high. In time, the vaccines will have a major impact and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they receive the offer. However for the time being it is really important that we all – vaccinated or not – remain vigilant and continue to follow the guidelines.

“We know how difficult the situation has been and remains to be for healthcare workers, we thank them for their immense effort, skill and professionalism throughout the pandemic.”

Under the Welsh Government’s Alert level 4 restrictions, schools and colleges, places of worship, community centres, playgrounds and public parks are among those that can be opened.

Theatres, entertainment venues, leisure facilities and outdoor visitors attractions are among the places that must remain close while the country is in Alert Level 4.

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Postmaster and politicians welcome Goodwick cash machine U-turn

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GOODWICK post office will now be keeping its ATM, after a U-turn by Post Office Ltd.

The machine was due to be removed within months with the post master, Jon Moverley saying that it would be a disaster for the village.

If the ATM had been removed, there would have been just two 24-hour ATMs serving the whole of Fishguard and Goodwick in the short term and three when the Co-op renovations are completed.

Both politicians and local residents then got behind the campaign to keep the ATM

Pembrokeshire politicians Paul Davies and Stephen Crabb have welcomed the news that Goodwick post office is now set to keep its ATM facility. Following representations made by both politicians to the Post Office, it’s now been confirmed that Goodwick Post Office will be included in the rollout of ATM machines across the post office network.

Mr Davies said “This is really welcome news. I’m pleased that the Post Office has listened to the representations made by the local community and decided to retain the ATM at Goodwick post office. The facility is so important for local people and businesses and it’s great that that’s been recognised and the Post Office has committed to keeping it.”

Following the Post Office’s decision to invest in Goodwick’s ATM rather than remove it, Stephen Crabb MP, who campaigned for the ATM to stay, commented: “It’s great news that the Post Office has overturned its own decision and will be keeping an ATM machine in Goodwick.

“Access to cash continues to be incredibly important for a number of people and businesses and I’m pleased to have played my part in working with John from the Post Office in Goodwick, Paul Davies MS and the wider community to highlight the ATMs importance to the area. It shows what can be achieved when we work together.”

The postmaster described the news as ‘brilliant’. Mr Moverley thanked supporters.

He said “Many thanks to all of you who have used the machine and complained to POL about the removal. We were also supported by our MP, MS and mayor, the National Federation of Sub-postmasters and our Chamber of Trade.

“Everyone did their bit, and it says an enormous amount about the strength of the community.

“We are delighted that locals and so many other people have come together to save this essential facility in the village.”

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