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RENEWABLE ENERGY developers vogt solar and Solafields have kicked off the construction of Crundale Solar Farm at Fenton Home Farm, east of Crundale. 

The solar farm will have the capacity to generate 31.28 MW AC of clean, renewable energy. This is enough to power approx. 9,200 average UK homes each year, and will save around 460,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions over the 30-year life of the solar farm. A community benefit fund will be set up by vogt solar and Solafields once the solar farm is up and running, to enable local people to share in the benefits of the project. This will provide grants to community projects and initiatives, preferably in relation to renewable energy or energy efficiency. The developers are keen to hear from local groups needing support. Please contact Sarah Bower at vogt solar on info@vogtsolar. co.uk or call 01273 615273 if you have any suggestions for the community benefit fund Agricultural use of the land at Fenton Home Farm will continue alongside renewable energy generation, with sheep grazing around and beneath the solar panels. A wildflower and grass meadow will be planted, attracting birds and insects and improving biodiversity on site. Bird and bat boxes and log piles for insects will be installed. An Environmental Management Plan has been put in place to manage the site, which will be looked after by a dedicated site ranger employed by the developers. A Construction Management Plan has been developed to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum during the three-month build period. Construction and delivery vehicles will first travel to a holding area to the west of Crundale village, where they will be held until given permission to access the solar farm site. From here, vehicles will travel to the site via Dingle Lane. HGV movements will be managed to avoid a build up of traffic on Dingle Lane, and will be controlled at the railway crossing by stop-go boards. A series of temporary road signs will be erected in the village at key points to ensure safe movement of traffic. The Highway Authority advises that HGV movements along Dingle Lane may only take place Monday to Saturday outside of peak hours. After 30 years the solar panels will be removed and recycled.

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it is this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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Warrant without bail issued for Milford Haven man who failed to attend court

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A WARRANT without bail has been issued for a Milford Haven man who failed to appear in court yesterday.

Gareth James Mann, 45, of Bunkers Hill was stopped in his VW Golf on October 31, 2020 in Milford Haven.

Mann is accused of driving without a licence, insurance, under the influence of cocaine and whilst in possession of an ounce of cannabis.

Police are now instructed to find Mann, arrest him and bring him before the courts.

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