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Work set to begin on multi-million pound redevelopment at Llys-y-Frân Reservoir

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WELSH Water is set to begin work on the highly anticipated redevelopment of Llys-y-Frân visitor attraction and recreation park, following the appointment of new contractors this week.

The work, which will be carried out by WRW Construction Ltd, will create an exciting recreational park and activity centre that will help support the local tourism industry. Once complete the new site is intended to attract an estimated 40,000 additional tourists, outdoor enthusiasts and residents each year.

The not-for-profit water company had to delay work at the site earlier this year after the contractor originally appointed unexpectedly went into administration a few weeks after beginning work on site.

After a rigorous procurement process, the work at Llys-y-Frân has now restarted on site, following the appointment of new contractors, WRW Construction Ltd.

The redevelopment at Llys-y-Frân will include a refurbishment and expansion of the visitor centre and full refurbishment of the café.

The new Outdoor Activity Centre and Waterside Cabin will be built to support walkers, cycling and water sports enthusiasts and will include a food stop, meeting rooms, changing facilities and cycle hire.

£1.7 million of EU funds was secured through the Welsh Government’s Tourism Attractor Destination programme, led by Visit Wales, which aims to create 13 must see destinations across Wales.

The EU funding will enable the development of a year-round offering both for recreation and education and will have a positive economic, social and environmental impact whilst also improving the health and wellbeing of both residents and visitors.

Vicky Martin, Head of Visitor Attractions at Welsh Water, said: “We are pleased that our work to create a world-class, vibrant visitor attraction at Llys-y-Frân Country Park will soon recommence on site, with the appointment of WRW Construction Ltd.

“This redevelopment will create a hub for health and wellbeing, bring benefits to the local, rural tourism industry in Pembrokeshire, and represents a further investment in Wales to enable our customers and communities to enjoy the fantastic countryside, recreational and educational facilities.

We are of course grateful for the support from the Welsh Government and EU funding which is enabling us to deliver this exciting project for the area.”

To carry out our work safely, Llys-y-Frân Country Park and Reservoir will remain closed until our work is completed in summer 2020.

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Cemeteries re-open to public

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Following the issuing of revised guidance by Welsh Government
yesterday evening (Friday, 3 rd April), all 11 of Pembrokeshire County
Council-owned cemeteries will be re-opened to members of the public
from 8 am tomorrow, Sunday, 5 th April.

The grounds of Parc Gwyn Crematorium in Narberth will now also be
accessible at their normal hours (10 am to 5 pm) although the Chapel
of Remembrance will remain closed until further notice.  

Welsh Government is in the process of making amendments to the
Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions Wales) Regulations 2020
which clarify the arrangements for funerals and crematoriums.
This includes the revision that cemeteries can remain open but social
distancing must be taken into account.

The list of persons who may attend a funeral – namely members of
the deceased’s household, close family, and a friend (only if no
household or family members were attending) plus carers of persons
attending – is also being changed.

The revised legislation states: ‘This will now include the person
arranging the funeral and anyone invited by that person (or any carer
of any of those persons) who may attend a funeral (and will be
considered to have a reasonable excuse for leaving their homes).’
The numbers of mourners attending funerals at Parc Gwyn
Crematorium or burials in any Pembrokeshire County Council-owned
cemeteries remains unchanged at 12.

The Council’s 11 cemeteries are:
 Rosemarket
 Llangwm
 Freystrop
 St Ishmaels
 City Road, Haverfordwest
 Nolton Haven
 Llanfair Nanty Gof (Trecwn)
 Llanwnda
 Llanion, Pembroke Dock
 Monkton
 St Michael’s, Pembroke.

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Childcare for children aged 0-4 of critical workers

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Following the announcement today (Monday 6th April) made by the
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, funding is being
provided to each Local Authority in Wales to support the cost of
Childcare for children 0-4 years of Critical Workers and also
vulnerable children who also need to access registered childcare. 

From today, Critical Workers with children aged 0-4 years will be able
to access childcare at a registered setting at no cost.

To make this funding possible, The Welsh Government has had to
suspend the Childcare Offer for Wales with immediate effect.

Applications are now closed and all children who were due start on
the Childcare Offer this April will be cancelled until further notice.

However, The Welsh Government will continue to pay booked hours
for children who are currently participating in the Childcare Offer until
mid-June 2020, with a review to be undertaken at the end of that
period.   

Pembrokeshire County Council will manage all bookings for the
Critical Workers childcare Offer.

To access this, you must register your child with Pembrokeshire
County Council.

For more information and to register please visit: 
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-guidance/childcare-provision-for-children-of-critical-workers-and-vulnerable-children

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Learners ‘Dream Team’ logo is a hit

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Learners studying on the Cornerstone programme at Pembrokeshire College recently entered a competition set by Pembrokeshire People First (PPF) to design a logo for their Dream Team.

Made up of PPF’s four learning disability champions, The Dream Team make sure that the voices of people with learning disabilities are heard and they needed a logo that shows what they do.

College lecturer, Heidi Baker saw the competition and thought this would be a great project for her Cornerstone learners – a group of 14 students with learning disabilities who love to get creative.

To start the process the learners undertook some research into what makes a good logo and found that effective logos are: easy to recognise, colourful, simple, vibrant and don’t contain too many different colours or words.

The learners then invited members of The Dream Team into the College to ask them questions about what they do and what kind of logo they needed. This allowed the learners to build everything they needed into the design, including the fact that the logo had to be bilingual.

The learners submitted several designs and provided the judges with information on how they had developed their ideas. The judges were overwhelmed by the learners’ ideas and the efforts they had put into creating a logo including providing mock-ups of their designs on t-shirts and bags.

Following a couple of tweaks, The Dream Team will soon proudly be wearing the logo designed by Cornerstone learners.

Lecturer Heidi Baker commented: “It is great to have students with learning disabilities designing for The Dream Team. We’re proud to have created a truly collaborative logo – all the students had a hand in creating it – and we hope The Dream Team enjoy using it. We might be up for designing more logos in the future if anyone else out there is interested in commissioning us!”

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