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School’s playground plans made possible thanks to leading Welsh property firm

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WELSH property developer Waterstone Homes has donated money to a local primary school to help it achieve a much-needed playground refresh, aimed at improving the quality of playtimes and school life for pupils.

The housebuilder has donated £500 to Broad Haven Primary School as part of its commitment to supporting and bringing value to the communities that it builds within.

The money will be used to purchase new playground equipment and to construct a secure storage shed to safely store equipment while it is not in use.

In addition to the financial donation, pupils from the school also received a visit from the developer’s Health and Safety Advisor, Ian John, to learn all about the importance of health and safety around building sites.

During the presentation, the children heard about what they need to be aware of around building sites, before Waterstone Homes’ Sales and Marketing Director, Andrea Gardner, presented Head Teacher Mr Lewis with the cheque.

The collaboration between the housebuilder and primary school comes as the property developer completes work on its latest residential development, Sand Banks, made up of 12 luxury four-bedroom homes in the centre of Broad Haven.

Broad Haven Primary school was chosen by Waterstone Homes to receive its support due to its close proximity to the Sand Banks development. The family firm is keen to educate children on the dangers of building sites and how important safety is within the industry.

The presentation follows an initial safety visit to the development by the pupils last summer, where they were given a tour around the building site, shown plans and artist impressions for the scheme, as well as educated on the machinery being used on site.

Speaking about the donation and visit, Mr Lewis, Head Teacher at Broad Haven Primary School said: “We are very thankful to Waterstone Homes for their kind donation. The new playground equipment will provide pupils with a variety of much needed games to enjoy during their class breaks.

“The site safety visit was extremely useful for our pupils. Being so close to the development, it’s important that our children understand how to be safe around potentially dangerous areas, the information is very transferable too, so to get our children safety aware at such a young age can only be a good thing. They thoroughly enjoyed the talk and are all looking forward to putting what they have learnt into practice.”

Andrea Gardner, sales and marketing director at Waterstone Homes said: “We’re so pleased to be helping Broad Haven Primary school. Our donation will go a long way towards enhancing important play areas for the children outside.

“With a lot of our developments being built in areas ideal for families, we think it’s important to educate children on how to behave around these kinds of locations, which is why we chose to offer the pupils an educative session on health and safety in addition to the donation of playground equipment. We hope the pupils at the school learnt a lot and enjoyed themselves.”

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Campers from Cardiff sent packing

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PEMBROKESHIRE Road Policing Unit (Pembrokeshire RPU) have this morning, June 5, reported nine individuals for breaching coronavirus regulations.

The occupants of the three vehicles, all from the Cardiff area, had moved barriers that had been in place to close off the carpark to the public and set up camp for the night.

A Pembrokeshire RPU spokesperson said ‘Three vehicles from the Cardiff area located at Abereiddy this morning.

“The occupants of the vehicles, who’d travelled down overnight, had moved the barriers that had been used to close the car park. Having done so they then set up camp nearby.

“All nine persons present were reported for breaching coronavirus regulations. One was further dealt with by means of an out of court disposal for possession of cannabis.

“Rubbish cleaned up, car park closure reinstated, vehicles escorted out of Pembs.”

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Police urge visitors to ‘check the rules’

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POLICE in Powys are reminding people to check the rules before they travel, as tourists from the Midlands, London and Bristol continue to visit despite lockdown restrictions.

Last weekend more than 1,000 cars were turned around by police in the Brecon Beacons after visitors attempted to access the area around Ystradfellte known as ‘waterfall country’.

Many of those stopped claimed they thought the rules around travel were the same as in England, while others had deliberately flouted them.

Seventy-two per cent of people reported for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions in Powys since March 27 have been from outside the police force area.

“I would like to thank the communities of Powys for their cooperation in recent months in complying with requirements of the Covid 19 legislation and also reassure them we are still working hard with our partners to police the restrictions that remain in place across Wales,” said Superintendent Steve Davies.

“Our officers have worked hard to engage with the public at every opportunity throughout these unprecedented times by explaining what we are doing and why, and encouraging people to make the best choices to protect public health in Wales.

“But where people have clearly flouted the rules we have dealt with them appropriately and issued fines.”

He said officers will continue to conduct stop checks throughout Powys and across the force area this weekend.

In England, people can now travel an unlimited distance for exercise and to access so-called ‘beauty spots’.

But the Welsh Government has said people must remain local – ideally not travelling further than five miles from their home – for exercise or limited leisure pursuits, and this also applies to anyone travelling across the border.

Wales’ three national parks – which include popular sites such as Snowdon, the Elan valley and the Pembrokeshire coast – currently remain closed to the public, as do all National Trust car parks and properties.

The latest Welsh Government advice is available at gov.wales/coronavirus.

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Coastal car parks at beauty spots remain closed

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THE RECENT changes in regulations reinforce that movement is restricted to your local area.

This has been identified by the Welsh Government as an approximation of a five mile radius from your home.

Members of two separate households from the same local area (not travelling more than five miles) can now meet outdoors, as long as they maintain social distancing.

You should aim to meet another local household as close to your home as possible. Always take care to maintain social distancing and hand hygiene.

Pembrokeshire County Council car parks at attractions and beauty spots (including public toilets) currently remain closed so you should check before travelling.

They remain closed as a clear message that travel remains restricted, and associated tourism amenities remain closed.

A critical point for all to note is that lifeguards are not currently patrolling beaches and toilets and other facilities are not open.

Full details of the car parking facilities which remain open for the local community can be found on the Council’s website:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/emergency-planning/service-changes

Councillor Phil Baker, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure said: “The emphasis is on careful, structured unlocking, and not to put in danger any of the recovery measures that relate to public health and not to undo the safeguarding that lockdown has delivered.

“We will continue to review and monitor this carefully and take cautious, measured steps only to provide the benefits of the eased regulations without putting our residents at risk.”

Motorists are reminded not to contravene parking restrictions – such as yellow lines – where they exist as parking enforcement is still being undertaken.

As with other service areas, car parks will be reviewed in line with current advice.

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