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Council Invests in Haverfordwest’s Historical Regen Project

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PEMBROKESHIRE’S Regeneration programme has taken an important step forward with major funding from Pembrokeshire County Council now available to support a new phase of Haverfordwest’s Castle site redevelopment.

Haverfordwest Castle is an important historical and tourism asset to the County with enormous,
previously untapped potential. Since 2015, the castle’s owners Pembrokeshire County Council have
been working with a wide range of local organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors to
realise ambitious plans to bring the castle back into use to play an important role in the regeneration
of the county town.

With first-phase costs of £4 million, Pembrokeshire County Council has shown its intent by pledging
£475,000 as match funding towards the vision. Critically, the Authority are also busy putting
together a funding application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and researching other funding
opportunities and partners to drive forward what promises to be a stunning piece of regenerative
work.

Now over 900 years old, Haverfordwest castle has a rich and fascinating history. In 1289 Queen
Eleanor, the wife of Edward I ‘The Longshanks’ – of Braveheart infamy – acquired it.  In 1648, Oliver
Cromwell ordered the castle to be dismantled but thankfully, that order was not carried out. The
ruins of the castle were robbed of dressed stone over successive centuries, leaving what can be seen
today. With so many more stories to tell, the completion of these renovations will unveil more of the
castle’s fascinating secrets – and its important place in Welsh history – to enthralled visitors from
near and far.

Mike Cavanagh, Head of Culture, Leisure and Registration, sees this work as vital to the
transformation of Haverfordwest and PCC’s vision of making the town a destination of choice. He said: “Although the castle is very centrally placed, it does not look or feel close to the town centre. You can see the castle looming above but it soon disappears and it is very hard to know how to get to it from the town centre. The first phase of our exciting plans are to make the castle much more accessible to people by improving the different routes from the town centre to the castle. We will also complete a perimeter wall walk so that it is not just possible but positively enjoyable and easy to walk all the way around the outside of the castle.”

Mike is excited about the prospect of the historical sites of the town driving its future success. “The
castle redevelopment can help regenerate the town by bringing both local people and tourists to
Haverfordwest. It really can become a cultural showpiece. We know that towns cannot survive on
retail alone these days. They need high quality leisure opportunities to draw people back into our
destinations. The castle gives us a great opportunity to add an attractive leisure offer to
Haverfordwest’s arsenal.”

Perhaps the most exciting element of the scheme will be the creation of an outdoor events space in
the castle grounds with a capacity of around 500. The events space will have an all-weather cover,
hosting everything from comedy, music, theatre through to specialist, local markets. Interaction and
technology will play a role in the castle’s makeover with visitors able to interact with the castle via a
visitor app, digitally discovering more about the castle’s fascinating heritage.

Plans do not stop there: The second phase of the vision for Haverfordwest Castle will see the prison
building within the castle grounds transformed into a modern, digitally enabled and family-friendly
visitor attraction based around the unique and fascinating heritage of the county.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s commitment to the regeneration of the town means that after
centuries of neglect, Haverfordwest castle will become a new jewel in the crown of a County that
is determined to make its regeneration ambitions a reality.

 

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Dale Road: Several have minor injuries after two vehicle accident

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EMERGENCY SERVICES are attending a two-vehicle road traffic accident on the B4327 Dale Road.

Two fire crews from Haverfordwest as well as police were called at around 3pm today (Aug 16).

A van and a car are involved.

Avoid the area at the present time

The Herald understands that several people are being treated for minor injuries.

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Tenby: Hotel goes into administration as new owner’s business empire collapses

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A POPULAR Pembrokeshire hotel has gone into administration.

The Fourcroft Hotel in Tenby how faces an uncertain future. It’s parent company Northern Powerhouse Developments reportedly suffered a £14m operational loss last year.

The 40-bedroomed hotel, which had been in the ownership of the same family for over 70 years, was bought by Northern Powerhouse Developments for an undisclosed sum in January 2017.

New boss Gavin Woodhouse said at the time: “This is the first of four hotels we are acquiring and opening in South Wales to complement our existing hotels up and down the coastline of the United Kingdom.”

“The Fourcroft will be the sister hotel to the Llandudno Bay Hotel and Spa and part of the group’s premier hotel collection.

“We are keen to compliment the local businesses and hope to be part of the future success of Tenby and the surrounding areas.”

NPD was founded by Gavin Woodhouse to focus on investment in the leisure and tourism industry.

According to ITV News, at the High Court hearing, Justice Alastair Norris was told that Woodhouse had been withdrawing tens of thousands of pounds from a bank account he had kept secret from administrators.

Below: Video by The Guardian regarding the missing millions which have plagued Gavin Woodhouse’s businesses

Appointment of Administrators

In the High Court of Justice

Court Number: CR-2019-005297

FOURCROFT HOTEL (TENBY) LIMITED

(Company Number 00772050)

Nature of Business: Hotels and similar accommodation

Registered office: Unit D2 Elland Riorges Link, Lowfields Business Park, Elland, HX5 9DG

Principal trading address: The Croft, Tenby, SA70 8AP

Date of Appointment: 8 August 2019

Names and Address of Administrators: Philip Francis Duffy (IP No. 9253) and Sarah Helen Bell (IP No. 9406) both of Duff & Phelps Ltd, The Chancery, 58 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 1EW

Further details contact: The Joint Administrators, Tel: 0161 827 9000. Alternative contact: Chloe Chan, Email: Chloe.Chan@duffandphelps.com

Ag JG50885

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Coastguard call-out after missing cliff climbers fears

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EMERGENCY services were called to the Stack Rocks area on Thursday August 15, following concerns for the safety of two climbers.

The emergency services were called following fears over the safety of some climbers when climbing gear had been found at the top of the cliff near Bullslaughter Bay, with the owners nowhere to be seen.

At 9.11pm, Tenby Coastguard rescue team, St Govan coastguard rescue team, Tenby Lifeboats RNLI ALB, Angle Lifeboat RNLI ALB and Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 were called to search for possible missing persons in the vicinity of Stack rocks.

Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched just after 9pm and made best speed towards the scene, 10 miles west of Tenby, while Tenby and St Govans Coastguard rescue teams and Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 also made their way.

An RNLI spokesman said: “Once on scene, the volunteer crew began their search from Stackpole Head towards Bullslaughter Bay.

“With darkness fast approaching, it was decided to launch Angle all-weather lifeboat so that the search for anyone in difficulty could be widened.

“Sometime later, the helicopter spotted some climbers and directed Angle lifeboat to their position, and, while speaking to them, they confirmed it was their climbing gear and that they were in no difficulty.

“All units stood down and returned to their respective stations, with Tenby lifeboat arriving back on station at about 12.15am.”

H M Coastguard Tenby, posting on Facebook, added: “Coastguard and RNLI were quickly on the scene with the Coastguard officers searching from land along the coastline and RNLI lifeboats commencing a water search.

“Once Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 arrived on scene they managed to quickly locate two climbers using FLIR [Forward-Looking Infra-Red].

“Angle RNLI was then directed to the persons and made contact with the climbers and confirmed that the equipment found belonged to them and that they did not require assistance.”

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