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Question and answer session on Council’s draft budget

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A PULIC meeting is being held on Wednesday, (Jan 22) where members of the public can question Pembrokeshire County Council members and officers directly on the Authority’s draft budget for 2020-2021.

The question and answer session will be held in Committee Rooms 1 and 2 at County Hall in Haverfordwest, starting at 2pm.

It is being organised by the County Council as part of its month-long draft budget consultation. Comments made will be taken into account in the setting of the draft budget document.

A second Facebook Live session will also be taking place, on Monday (20th January), starting at 7pm.

Both sessions will feature Bob Kilmister, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, and Jon Haswell, the Authority’s Director of Resources.

The consultation process also allows members of the public to give their view via the online response form at www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/haveyoursay

The consultation ends on Monday, 27th January 2020.

Responses will be compiled into a report which will be presented to Cabinet on 10th February 2020 and to Full Council on 27th February 2020.

“The County Council’s settlement from Welsh Government for the coming financial year is a 4.9 per cent increase on last year” explained Councillor Kilmister.

“Although this is a bigger rise than we anticipated, as a local authority we still face some really tough decisions on how we allocate the money.”

“We want the public to tell us where they would like us to spend the money so that when the time comes, the Council’s Elected Members can make informed decisions.

“I hope this draft budget will be seen by residents as pay a little more and get a lot more in return.

“It does not mark the end of austerity but it is a very positive first step

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Haverfordwest High School ski trip updated statement

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Haverfordwest High VC School is closed for a pre-arranged Inset day today (Wednesday, 26th February) for staff training.

The school is intending to re-open tomorrow (Thursday) in line with guidance from Public Health Wales.

The family of two pupils who went on a family trip to Northern Italy over half-term have also sought advice from Public Health Wales. Although the family visited the region of Veneto, they did not visit the quarantined town of Vo. The advice for them is the same as for other people who have visited Northern Italy – that they do not need to self-isolate unless they have symptoms of coughing, shortness of breath or fever. Neither of the pupils have presented any symptoms.

To view the statement released by the school yesterday (Tuesday), please visit https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/haverfordwest-high-school-ski-trip-statement

* For the latest advice on coronavirus, please visit the Public Health Wales website at https://phw.nhs.wales/news/public-health-wales-statement-on-novel-coronavirus-outbreak-in-china/

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Pembroke child was kept in almost ‘unimaginable filth and deprivation’

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WHEN Police entered a Pembroke house to investigate an allegation a child was being kept in unsanitary, they found a scene of almost unimaginable filth and deprivation.
On Tuesday (Feb 25), Magistrates in Haverfordwest heard Police officers attended the property earlier this year. They were barely able to open its door to squeeze inside the filthy dwelling.
Officers found the rotting corpse of a dog on the kitchen floor, the toilet bowl overflowing with excrement, and water with a film of scum in the sink.
No food was found in the fridge apart from a single container of out-of-date coleslaw.
The woman’s bedroom was littered with empty boxes of wine.
When officers examined the child’s bedroom, they found the child grubby and unkempt. The child hadn’t been washed for a long time. Its only food appeared to be rice scattered on its bed.
The child is now in foster care.
Given the seriousness of the case, the Prosecution invited the Bench to send the case to Swansea Crown Court.
Neither the child nor its mother can be named for legal reasons.
Mr David Elvey, defending, did not object to the Crown’s application and made no submissions on his client’s behalf.
Magistrates committed the case to Swansea Crown Court for a hearing on March 27.
The Bench extended the woman’s unconditional bail to the Crown Court date.

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Last Pembroke bank to close HSBC confirms

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THE LAST bank branch in Pembroke is due to close in the summer, HSBC has confirmed this week. Pembroke is one of 27 branches HSBC is set to close by the end of this year, with the Pembroke branch closing on July 31.

The bank has said that jobs may be at risk due to the closure.

HSBC was the last bank in Pembroke. Barclays and Santander closed last year.

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