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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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Public should ‘be alert’ as flood water causes disruption across Wales

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NATURAL RESOURCES WALES is warning people to be alert as flood water causes disruption across Wales.

Coastal areas in west Wales have taken a battering, with Newgale flooding again.

The situation is stabilising, and river levels have started to peak but there are still warnings and alerts in place, and Natural Resources Wales are continuing to monitor the situation.

There are currently 2 Severe Weather Warnings, 83 Flood Warnings and 63 flood alerts in place across Wales.

Donna Littlechild, Duty Tactical Manger said: “Storm Dennis has caused significant impacts across Wales particularly in the south and west, from strong winds and heavy, persistent rain. With further rain forecast for the next few hours, we are urging people to heed advice from ourselves and emergency services.

“Our teams have been out day and night over the last 48 hours to reduce the risk to people and their homes. We have installed temporary defences to protect communities as much as possible, as well as deploying pumps, closing flood gates and supporting emergency services.

“Our thoughts are with those people who have been affected as we know how devastating flooding can be. If you’ve been affected, please keep safe and listen to the advice of the emergency services. Advice and information available about what to do if you’ve been flooded in available on our website”

People are advised to take extra care and allow extra time for their journey as driving conditions may be hazardous. People should also avoid walking or driving through any flood waters as it can be extremely dangerous. People should also avoid fast flowing rivers and streams as they could get swept away and avoid coastal areas.

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes and are available to view at www.naturalresources.wales/flooding

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Farmer Sean Burns has been given a 20 weeks custodial sentence

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THE FARMER behind the ‘farm of horrors’, Bramble Hall Farm, in Pembroke has been sent to prison following a sentencing hearing this morning.

Sean Burns has been given a 20 weeks custodial sentence, to commence immediately, for illegal dog breeding, animal welfare charges and other summary matters.

He was given an indefinite ban from keeping animals (which by virtue of the legal definition includes having any involvement or influence over the care or welfare of animals),

No costs were awarded against him due to prison sentence being instigated.

The date for the sentencing in Crown Court for operating an illegal slaughterhouse, related hygiene offences, supply of unsafe food and animal by-product offence is currently awaited.

The hearing took place in front of District Judge Chris James at Swansea Magistrates’ Court

FULL REPORT IN TOMORROW’S HERALD

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Rear windscreen smashed, Haverfordwest

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating after a car window was smashed in Haverfordwest.

The red Volkswagen Golf was parked in Castle Lake car park, near to the steps to Castle Square, when the damage to the rear windscreen was caused. A rock was found in the car.

The incident took place sometime between 7.30am and 6pm on Saturday, February 8.

Anyone with information is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote ref: DPP/0029/12/02/2020/01/C

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