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Moveable shed proves to be a ‘wheelie’ hard case

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ATTEMPTS by Pembrokeshire County Council to prosecute a Milford Haven man under planning enforcement law have stalled after it was decided that the case was too complicated for Magistrates to deal with.

James Kershaw of Lower Priory, appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Monday (Mar 11) to confirm his name and address.

The Court heard that Kershaw was charged with failing to comply with an enforcement notice served by the local authority on September 26, 2016.

The case related to a large shed that Kershaw constructed in his driveway – pictured here on wheels during the recent flood – without the relevant permission of the planning authorities.

Defiant: James Kershaw

Kershaw’s property, makes up part of the ruins of Pill Priory, and in his front garden stands the priory arch – a well known Milford landmark – which is a CADW protected monument.

Mr. Kershaw told the Herald that he has informed council solicitor of the grounds of his defence to the case, he said that having raised the shed off the ground and put it onto wheels it “was no longer development, but a chattel”.

The crux of the argument it seems, is that now the shed is on wheels it is now a mobile unit, not covered by planning regulations.

At court the clerk Michael Cray said “There are various issues on points of law before we are ready for this trial, I also recommend that a District Judge be assigned to this case as there are various points of law that are quite complicated – and there are likely to be cases stated from the High Court”.

Magistrates decided to adjourn the case until May 9 at 10am.

The court ordered that the defendant serve on Pembrokeshire County Council and the Court, within 21 days, skeleton arguments detailing his defence to the allegation in full.

The prosecution was given 14 days thereafter to give their response to the skeleton argument on the defendant and the Court.
Jonathan Webb was in court, but clarified that he was not there in his capacity to act for Kershaw, but as a court appointed solicitor there only for the purposes of enabling cross-examination of witnesses.

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Council’s cannon stolen from outside Cleddau Bridge Hotel

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A LARGE cannon has been stolen from the now closed Cleddau Bridge Hotel in Pembroke Dock in the last few days.

A local councillor and the police have appealed for information which will lead to the safe return of the gun.

Ward councillor Joshua Beynon said: “Dyfed-Powys Police have just telephoned me to say they are investigating the cannon that was stolen from the former Cleddau Bridge Hotel. It is believed to have gone missing sometime between the evening of Wednesday 20th March to the morning of Thursday 21st March.”

The police said in a statement: “If anyone has any information then can I urge you to call the police on 101 and quote the crime number: DPP/0064/21/03/2019/01/C as soon as possible.”

The cannon, one of two dug up from the ground at Hobbs Point and later restored, used to stand outside Llanion Park, the former offices of South Pembrokeshire District Council, which is now the head office of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

The canon is the property of Pembrokeshire County Council and was given to the hotel on loan.

The hotel’s management neglected to make arrangements for its return to the local authority on closing down.

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How to get a refund for unused Cleddau Bridge tickets after April 1

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has announced details on how it plans to refund Cleddau Bridge users left with unused books of bridge tickets after it becomes toll-free.
From 1st April until 30th June refunds will be available from the Cleddau Bridge office itself and the North Wing Customer Service Centre in County Hall, Haverfordwest.
Refunds for all three classes of tickets will be available at the Cleddau Bridge office.

The classes are:

Class A blue-coloured tickets (for motorcycles)
Class B red tickets (cars and light commercial vehicles)
Class C orange tickets (HGVs).

Refunds at the office will be available round-the-clock from 12 noon on 1st April and will be paid – wherever possible – back to the original debit/credit cards up to a maximum of £150 with cash refunds up to £30.

Any refunds over £150 will be made by BACS transfer unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Only Class B red tickets will be refunded at the North Wing Customer Service Centre in Haverfordwest.

Here, refunds will be paid back to the original debit/credit card up to a maximum of £90 (ie three books of 50 tickets)

The maximum cash refund at this location will be £30 (ie one book of 50 tickets).

Refunds at the North Wing Customer Service Centre will be available weekdays between 9 am and 1 pm and 2 pm until 5 pm.

Organisations which have previously purchased tickets with a value exceeding £400 will be contacted during the week commencing Monday, 25th March with instructions on how to reclaim their refunds on an appointment basis at the Cleddau Bridge office.

The County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Paul Miller, said: “I am delighted to announce that bridge users who have unused tickets due to the cessation of tolls will be reimbursed and not find themselves out of pocket.”
Those who qualify for refunds are asked to wait a few days before making a claim so as to avoid a long wait. This particularly applies to refunds at the Cleddau Bridge office.

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Council issue ‘rave alert’ to farmers, landowners and local communities

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL and Dyfed-Powys Police are asking farmers, landowners and local communities to be on alert over the coming weekend (23rd and 24th March) for warning signs of any illegal raves planned for their land.

Any suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the police, especially if there are unusual numbers of vehicles – in particular, camper vans, vans or trucks – seen in the locality.

Illegal trespassers may recce sites in advance of any rave, or people may approach landowners and ask around for land, in the guise of hiring it for acceptable activities such as gymkhanas or scout camps.

Raves can cause anxiety to the community they are held in and, if not dealt with swiftly, are difficult to stop due to the sheer numbers of people involved. There is also a safety concern involved in breaking up such events.

Anyone with concerns should call Dyfed Powys Police on 101 and ask to speak to the Duty Sergeant or Duty Inspector at Haverfordwest Police Station.

Alternatively, please call Pembrokeshire County Council’s out-of-hours service on 01437 775522.

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