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First section of ‘Active Travel Route’ opens

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THE FIRST phase of a scheme to link two Pembrokeshire towns with an ‘active travel route’ has opened.

The planned 17-kilometre route between Narberth and Haverfordwest will incorporate traffic-free sections and quiet roads and will follow existing highways, tracks, bridleways and public footpaths.

Wherever possible it will be multi-user – that is accessible to walkers, cyclists, the mobility impaired and equestrians. The first of the Pembrokeshire County Council three-phase project was opened recently by the Authority’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure, Phil Baker.

A section between Eagle Lodge and Blackpool Mill was completed with Welsh Government funding. Work on phase two between Eagle Lodge and Narberth via Canaston Wood and Carding Mill Lane is scheduled to start later this year.

Councillor Baker: “Both Narberth and Haverfordwest are designated active travel settlements and the scheme will not only provide an important link between numerous communities but also provides opportunities for staff to access a number of employment sites by sustainable means.

“We have enjoyed working with our partners and look forward to completing the remainder of the project with them.”

Sustrans – the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle – identified the link between the towns for inclusion in the National Cycling Network (NCN). It has been supporting the County Council to
develop the route by conducting studies and providing engineering and ecology expertise.

Elena Bianchi, network development manager at Sustrans Cymru said: “We are very happy to celebrate the opening of this section of the path. It shows how collaboration and engagement are key to making sure we create high quality traffic-free infrastructure suitable for all users.

“We consider this opening as a major achievement in the context of our Paths for Everyone Programme which aims at making the National Cycle Network safer and more accessible for everyone.

“During this process, we have learnt a lot and we will be happy to make this learning available for the future phases of the project and for other similar projects around the UK.”

For information on local cycle routes go to Cycle Pembrokeshire on the County Council’s website: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/cycle-pembrokeshire

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Coronavirus patient being treated at Withybush intensive care unit, say staff

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STAFF working at Withybush General Hospital in Haverfordwest have confirmed that there is a patient in intensive care suffering from Covid-19.

A Health Board spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “COVID-19 is circulating in our communities and our hospitals are not exempt from this.

“An enormous amount of planning and preparations have taken place in our hospitals and they are set-up to care for both patients who have COVID-19 and those who don’t. Patients will be signposted appropriately through our hospitals.”

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Covid-19 grants for small businesses now being distributed

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, Paul Miller, has announced that payments to businesses started today (April 1).
Said Councillor Miller: “The team have been working flat out to get this scheme up and running as we know just how important this support is to business right now.
“Government promised the money would be with us by the 1st April and, now that the first tranche of cash has arrived, we have started distributing that support to our businesses.
“We undertook a short test run yesterday to make sure the system was running correctly and from today we are running daily payment runs so that as many can be processed in the shortest possible time.”

The following grants are available to small businesses to support the costs associated with the impact of Covid-19 on their businesses as follows;
• small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief;
• grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.
Councillor Miller added “I know our local businesses are doing all they can to sustain jobs and livelihoods. Our job is to get assistance to them as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

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The Country Food Trust’s helping hand

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Yesterday The Country Food Trust’s amazing Trustee and chef Tim Maddams drove from Dorset to West Wales and, with the help of Founding Trustee Andrew Stone, loaded his van with all the ready meals that we have left and went out on his first delivery run.

He delivered over 1,000 meals to Patch Charity in Milford Haven, run by the amazing Tracey Olin before returning home to Dorset.

Tracey Olin said “We are overwhelmed with the amazing donation from The Country Food Trust. We always struggle most with having meat meals. This will help so many people. Meeting Tim Maddams was also lovely”.

A spokes person for The Country Food Trust said “Big thanks to Simon Hart MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire and Secretary of State for Wales for alerting us to the need at this amazing charity.”

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