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Tiers Cross: Housing estate to be demolished and replaced

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A HOUSING development in Tiers Cross, which has reached the end of its usable life, is to be demolished and replaced with new housing to better meet local families’ needs.
That was the decision made by Cabinet Member for Housing Pat Davies at an Executive Board decision meeting last Thursday (Jun 13).

Tudor Place is a small estate of houses on the edge of Tiers Cross. It is unique in that it is the sole estate where all properties are still in Council stock and none have been sold under the Right to Buy.

The houses are of a prefabricated design pioneered in the years following the end of the Second World War. 26,000 of them were built across the UK to meet the need for rural housing stock during the 40s and early 50s.

Part of the Emergency Factory Made housing programme, the homes’ frame is made from concrete columns reinforced with tubing recycled from the canvas tilt frames of military trucks. A series of shiplap style concrete panels, tied back to the columns, form the external envelope.

At the time they were built, the houses were intended to last for around 30 years. They are now long past their end-dates.

The astronomical costs of their upkeep were noted as long ago as 1983 when the price of Airey Houses’ maintenance was the subject of a parliamentary debate.

In order to upgrade the properties to meet the Halifax certificate standard extensive work to each of the properties would be required with estimated totals for each property of £99,000.

Refurbishing and upgrading similar properties in England has proven similarly expensive. Pricy cosmetic changes made at high cost in the mid-1980s in order to lengthen the properties’ lives have run into the same problem as that confronting PCC at Tudor Place; namely that the steel tubing used in the properties’ support has corroded.

Representatives from Housing and Building Maintenance met with the residents from the estate to explore the option of redeveloping the site.

Residents raised concerns and requested a follow-up meeting to explore options for the site’s development.

While architectural drawings were being arranged, inspectors from the Building Maintenance department inspected the structure of the properties namely the steel pillars and found that there was significant rusting at the base of the pillars.

Matters will now move forward through the normal planning process.

While the estate is being redeveloped, residents will move to other County Council properties and, in the case of three households, to ateb homes nearby.

Had the Council been able to refit the properties, it would have incurred the costs of storage of residents’ furniture and other property; arrangements have been made to meet those costs.

By law, where the Council requires its tenants to give up their properties in similar circumstances, it must pay compensation. The Council will pay £5,900 at the time the development is finalised and residents return to their home

Taking into account the length of time required for the planning process, requisite surveys, design, and building of the new house, the schedule is for completion of the rebuild in under two years.

The Council will also meet the school transport costs of the families affected.

One resident told The Herald that while they would miss their old house, they were happy with the proposed location of their temporary accommodation and their family was looking forward to returning to a new home in the village.

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Monkton man with ‘no regard for the law’ jailed for two attempted robberies

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A MAN who threatened to stab a vulnerable victim just a day after trying to commit a robbery against a stranger has been jailed.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers arrested 29-year-old Jamie Rawlinson 20 minutes after receiving a report that he’d threatened to stab a stranger on June 26.

The victim reported that Rawlinson, of Colley Court, in Monkton, had approached him outside his home and held a sharp object to his chest.

The victim managed to get inside his house safely, and called the police.

Rawlinson was arrested 20 minutes later and taken to police custody, where he was interviewed the following day, and released on bail with conditions while officers carried out enquiries.

But just hours later, he was under arrest for a second time.

Detective Sergeant Tanya Rendell said: “The suspect was released on bail with stringent conditions to comply to while we carried out an investigation into the offence. There were a number of enquiries we needed to progress, which would take longer than we would have been able to keep him in custody. Despite the conditions imposed the suspect clearly had no regard for the law or the conditions imposed, and with less than three hours after being released, went on to commit another attempted robbery, this time against a vulnerable man who was known to him.

“The pair had met at a friend’s house and had gone for a walk, when they ended up in an alleyway.

“The victim was physically assaulted – punched and kicked – and was threatened that he would be stabbed if he didn’t give Rawlinson £40 and tobacco.”

PCSOs on patrol saw the victim and took him to a place of safety. Rawlinson, who was still in the area was arrested following this.

He was charged with two counts of attempt robbery and appeared at Swansea Crown Court, where he was sentenced to six years in prison.

DS Rendell said: “This was a swift an comprehensive investigation, involving officers from a number of teams. Evidence was captured by Neighbourhood Policing Teams at the scene, which was followed up with house-to-house and CCTV enquiries, as well as work from the dog unit, CID and firearms officers.

“This excellent teamwork secured the evidence needed to get a charge, conviction and a prison sentence for a man who is clearly a danger to the community.”

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Surge in reports of personal watercraft incidents on the South Pembrokeshire Coast

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THE NATIONAL PARK is appealing for riders of personal watercraft to consider the impact of their activities on other visitors and wildlife following a recent rise in reported incidents.

Launching the small jet-powered boats has already been banned in a number of locations around the Pembrokeshire Coast due to the actions of irresponsible riders and the noise nuisance generated by the crafts.

Recent reports include a personal watercraft weaving at high speed through the moorings close to the shore in Dale and a near miss with a kayaker in Freshwater East.

Park Authority Chief Executive, Tegryn Jones said: “Noisy, intrusive activities such as personal watercraft riding are not generally welcome on the Pembrokeshire Coast due to their impact on the special qualities of the National Park.

“Peace and tranquillity are some of key things that our residents and visitors value and perhaps more importantly our rare and protected wildlife depends on it. One inconsiderate jet-powered craft user has the potential to ruin the day of hundreds of other people.

“High visitor numbers mean many people are taking to the water in various vessels and kayaks and stand up paddleboards are particularly vulnerable to being overturned by the heavy wakes generated by personal watercraft.

“We are urging people to stick to the dedicated aquabatics zones on the Milford Haven Waterway and follow the ‘dead slow’ and minimum wake guidelines that are in place around beaches, harbours and other people.”

Anyone heading out into the water around the Pembrokeshire Coast is reminded to read and follow the Pembrokeshire Marine Code to minimise any disturbance to wildlife and to enable you to have the best experience possible.

Further information and maps highlighting the dedicated personal watercraft and aquabatics zones on the Milford Haven Waterway is available from the Port of Milford Haven website: https://www.mhpa.co.uk/powered-craft/.

To find out how you can minimise disturbance to wildlife while enjoying the waters around the Pembrokeshire Coast visit the Pembrokeshire Marine Code website: https://www.pembrokeshiremarinecode.org.uk/.

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Johnston: Police appeal after boy on scooter injured in collision

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a collision in Johnston, near Haverfordwest, on Wednesday (Aug 5).

A boy on a scooter sustained minor injuries during the collision, which took place at around 4.20pm.

A red 4×4 is also believed to have been involved.

Anyone who was in the area of the St Peters Road pelican crossing, or nearby Langford road, and either witnessed the collision or who has CCTV that covers this area is asked to get in touch with Dyfed-Powys Police

As spokesman said: “You can telephone 101 or email contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired you can text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Please quote Dyfed-Powys Police Ref DP-20200805-249.”

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