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Immigration control separates family

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visaA PEMBROKESHIRE hotelier has been forced to set up a brand new local tourist business on his own whilst his wife awaits a Visa to enter the UK. 

As the British Government is forced to tighten working visas, during the current climate of immigration hysteria, it seems that a family are caught up in the red tape that is forcing them to live apart, separating a devoted Asian born mother, Koi Leng Chi (Jan), 47, from her young children who have British dual citizenship, along with her husband of 21 years who is a British National. Mr Rummery started by telling The Herald, “There are probably many people in the same situation. I’m extremely grateful that my late appeal has been recognised and we are now waiting for a court hearing. There was one part of the criteria that didn’t fit for the Spouse Visa. It was simply that I wasn’t here working (when we applied) earning £18,600 per annum. having invested and contributing to the community, I still can’t honestly put down that I’m earning £18,600. She (my wife) just can’t get inside the border under any circumstances. Tristram is 17 and in the first year of his A levels; a crucial time for the family unit. My 11 year old is in the first year of secondary school. He misses his mum and the bond with him and my wife is very close. The younger one is a concern. The older son is more independent, but he has his own frustrations about what is happening here. The idea was, rather than go back to Surrey, where we have a house that we sold to move our resources here, we would be here with my family. This property came up as an opportunity last year. We applied for the Visa (for my wife) in January 2013. It was refused in June/July 2013. Immigration wanted it, I think, that I had a job first and then she came over. We immediately appealed. The only area we had to explain was that I was still in Kuala Lumpur and not in the UK. It didn’t make much sense to do it that way round: I figured set up the family first and then when the time is right then resign in the Malaysian job and then take up the work in the UK. It was very difficult to fit their criteria, as I wasn’t in the UK earning that £18,600. Am I supposed to invest my money in a business in Malaysia or should I invest it here in the UK?” He talked about the adverse affect this is happening on his family life. “We are a close knit family. There is now due to be a court hearing that could be in 6 months time and that is only the first step. This whole thing could be dragged out over two years. My wife is staying with friends throughout the process, not knowing how long this thing is going to take. We are just a family who wants to live together, I and my two sons are British subjects, we (me and my wife) married in Hong Kong when it was under British rule. There is this article 8, that maybe can come in on humanitarian grounds: a mother’s rights to be with their children”.

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Launch of Haverfordwest Castle Conservation Management Plan

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MEMBERS of the public are being asked to help shape the future of Haverfordwest Castle as a draft Conservation Management Plan (CMP) is launched.

One of Pembrokeshire’s most important historical assets, the Castle is owned by Pembrokeshire County Council, which has produced the CMP.

The plan:

▪ sets out the significance of the castle and describes how the building will be protected with any new use, alteration, repair or management; 

▪ will help with the planning of maintenance, conservation and repair work and adaptation of the site to meet new or changing uses; 

▪ will help promote understanding of the site and look at improving public access and activities for local people and visitors; 

▪ will support proposals to conserve the castle and adaptations of the site in response to climate change; 

▪ and underpin funding applications to support improvements

An engagement exercise has been launched alongside the Plan, giving members of the public with an interest in the historic and/or environmental significance of the castle an opportunity to comment on the document and share their views.

To take part in the engagement exercise, please click on the following link: 

https://haveyoursay.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/regeneration-communities

The deadline for responses is Sunday, March 28, 2021.

 

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Natural Resources Wales approves Ireland-UK interconnector licence

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GREENLINK INTERCONNECTOR LIMITED says it welcomes the decision by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to approve its application for a Marine Licence for the Greenlink electricity interconnector project, which will link the power markets of Great Britain and Ireland.

An important project for Pembrokeshire, and the UK as a whole, NRW’s go-ahead is one of several consents required for the construction of the project and covers installation of the marine cable in UK waters.

The approval is a major milestone for Greenlink and joins the onshore planning consents granted unanimously in July last year by Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

Greenlink’s proposed 190km subsea and underground electricity cable will run beneath the Irish Sea to connect National Grid’s Pembroke Power Station in Wales and EirGrid’s Great Island substation in County Wexford, Ireland. It will have a nominal capacity of 500 MW.

The Wales-Ireland link is just one of four interconnectors being installed

Nigel Beresford, CEO for Greenlink Interconnector Limited, said: “We are delighted by Natural Resources Wales’s decision to grant this licence. This marks a significant milestone for Greenlink and another important step towards project construction, which we expect to commence later this year.

“The Greenlink team has worked constructively with Natural Resources Wales and Welsh marine stakeholders to find workable solutions to the many technical and environmental challenges facing a large infrastructure project like this, and this has been reflected in the quality of the final proposal.

“The thorough environmental and technical assessments we have undertaken, supported by the practical and value-adding feedback we have received from key marine stakeholders, have ensured that we move forward confident that we are delivering a well-designed project with the interests of the Welsh marine habitat at its core.”

The subsea section of the cable will be approximately 160km in length and uses high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology. The preferred route and installation methods were chosen following the conclusion of subsea surveys and consultation with key stakeholders.

In Ireland, a Foreshore Licence application was submitted to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Foreshore Unit) in 2019 and the onshore planning application was submitted to An Bord Pleanála in December 2020.

Greenlink is one of Europe’s most important energy infrastructure projects and brings benefits on both sides of the Irish Sea for energy security, regional investment, jobs and the cost-effective integration of low carbon energy. The project will offer important local supply chain opportunities and plans are being drawn up for ‘meet-the-buyer’ events in the local area prior to construction.

Once fully consented, Greenlink is expected to have a three-year construction programme, with commissioning planned by the end of 2023.

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Appeal from Fire and Rescue Service to install working smoke alarms

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AT 01:17am this morning, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, crews from Milford Haven were called to a property fire in the Hakin area of Milford Haven.

The fire was confined to a pan on a stove in the kitchen area and extinguished by firefighters using two breathing apparatus, a hose reel jet and a thermal imaging camera.

Crews also ventilated the property and fitted smoke alarms within the property.

The Fire Service left the incident at 02:00am.

Watch Manager Alun Griffiths, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said “This fire was the result of cooking left unattended. It is so important to remove all pots and pans from a heat source when you are called away from the cooker.

“Thankfully, the occupiers of the property managed to exit the property before our firefighters arrived, but it could have ended very differently as there were no smoke alarms fitted in the property.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of installing working smoke alarms in your homes and testing them regularly. In the dreadful event of a fire, they can alert you to the danger sooner and could mean the difference between life and death.

“As a Fire and Rescue Service, we provide Home Fire Safety advice which is free of charge. We also offer Safe and Well Visits which you can arrange by phoning us on 0800 169 1234 or by visiting the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service website.”

For further Home Fire Safety advice or to talk about the possibility of a Safe and Well Visit by Fire and Rescue Service personnel, please phone us on 0800 169 1234.​​​ Alternatively please complete an online Request a Safe and Well Visit​ form on the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service website: https://www.mawwfire.gov.uk/eng/your-safety/in-your-home/

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