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Pembrokeshire County Council: Leader’s coronavrius update, Thursday, 9th April

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Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson,
has provided a further coronavirus update for Thursday, 9th April, as
follows:


‘Once again I want to reinforce this week’s message which is: “stay at
home and help stop the virus spreading.”


‘I appreciate that the lockdown is difficult and I want to thank you for
sticking to the rules. We are all making sacrifices each day. However,
it is vital that we continue to do so in order to beat this pandemic. Now
is not the time to ignore the advice.


‘Easter weekend is a special time so please spend time with your
family at home, enjoy the garden but please stay at home.
‘Most people are sticking to the rules but, frustratingly, some people
are ignoring the advice. Sadly many have died after catching
coronavirus. If we all do not act now more lives will be lost.


‘Your actions and decisions over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend
and coming weeks will shape our county – so Stay at Home!


‘I can confirm that we will be working with the Police to monitor “hot
spots” over the Easter weekend to ensure people are complying with
government advice and legislation. Enforcement officers will also be
working over the weekend.


‘‘During these unprecedented times we are asking people not to visit
Pembrokeshire now. Please visit us later when the crisis is over.
‘I now want to highlight some key items.


‘Safeguarding children and adults at risk is a critical area for social
services which remains fully operational.


‘Our Children and Adults duty teams remain in operation to receive
calls about children and adults at risk of harm, abuse or neglect. We
all have an important role to play in helping to protect children, young
people and adults from harm.

‘If you think a child or young person is being abused, or at risk of
being abused, please report it by ringing the Child Care Assessment
Team on: 01437 776444.


‘If you think an adult is being abused, or at risk of being abused,
please report it by ringing the Adult Safeguarding Team on: 01437
776056.


‘If you have concerns outside of office hours, you should contact the
Emergency Duty Team on: 0300 333 2222.


‘I want to confirm that there are no changes to the waste and
recycling kerbside collections over the Bank Holiday weekend. These
services continue to run as normal.


‘Please help our collection crews by minimising the amount of
household waste you create over the Easter weekend. With pressure
on services and with waste and recycling centre’s temporarily closed,
try and avoid any big clear-outs at home or undertaking any DIY or
garden projects which are likely to generate large amounts of waste.


‘And please do not burn household waste at home. This creates air
pollution that could harm people nearby who may already have
breathing difficulties due to Covid-19. There is also the danger that
fires could get out of control. Fire services around the country are
reporting an increase in call-outs due to garden fires.


‘I want to end my newsletter by wishing everyone a Happy Easter
weekend. I appreciate we are all facing difficult times. However, we all
need to pause and reflect and ensure we act collectively to beat this
pandemic

‘Remember: together we are stronger and together we will get
through this.

‘Public Health Wales is updating and adding to their resources
regularly. Please find all assets here:
https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-
covid-19/coronavirus-resources/

‘Press releases issued since my update yesterday are:
Hundred Helped By Coronavirus Hub Team:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/hundreds-
helped-by-coronavirus-hub-team

Police And Council Work Together:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/police-and-
council-work-together-to-enforce-coronavirus-restrictions

Council Staff To Work Easter To Keep Grant Cash Flowing:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/council-staff-to-
work-easter-weekend-to-keep-grant-cash-flowing

Next Batch Of School Meal Vouchers On Their Way:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/next-batch-of-
free-school-meals-vouchers-on-their-way

Council Kick-Starts PPE Facemasks Project:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/county-council-
kick-starts-ppe-facemasks-project

Pembrokeshire Extends Suspension of Parking Charges:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/pembrokeshire-
extends-suspension-of-car-park-charges

‘Public Health Wales is updating and adding to their resources
regularly. Please find all assets here:
https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-
covid-19/coronavirus-resources/

‘Also, please keep an eye on our newsroom at:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom


‘And to get daily email updates, log onto our website and sign into My
Account at:
https://myaccount.pembrokeshire.gov.uk

‘Stay Safe. Thank you.’
Useful links:
www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
www.sir-benfro.gov.uk/coronafeirws
https://phw.nhs.wales/
Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru – Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19)
– Cyngor hunan-ynysu
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-
19-list-of-guidance

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Milford Haven: Concerns over council refuse collection staff using drugs on duty

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL have confirmed that they are conducting an ongoing internal investigation.

The probe is relating to “illegal drug use by on-duty refuge collection crews” operating from the Thornton Refuge Depot in Milford Haven.

The Herald understands that following suspicions being raised, drug testing was carried out on refuse crews on Monday (May 10) – all before they left their depot.

This newspaper has been told that a number staff, which includes bin lorry drivers, tested positive for drug use, and that the council called in the police.

That information was passed to The Herald by someone who we have confirmed to be a member of staff working at Pembrokeshire County Council, who did not want to be named.

After a request for a statement, a spokesperson for the council has stressed that none of their vehicles were involved, suggesting that, on the day in question, positive tests were arrived at before any bin lorries had left the depot.

As part of the multi-agency operation the police were called and attended Thornton Refuse Depot, but did not make any arrests, and said they had little involvement in the operation.

Pembrokeshire County Council spokesperson said: “We can confirm that there is an ongoing internal workplace investigation and can clarify that there was no police involvement on the day in question – no Pembrokeshire County Council vehicles were involved.

“We are not in a position to comment any further at this time.”

Dyfed Powys Police told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “At the request of Pembrokeshire County Council, officers attended Thornton Refuse Depot to provide [them with] support on the morning of Monday, May 10.

“Officers attended; however they were not utilised.”

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Council’s Planning Committee approves ambitious dockyard plans

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’s Planning Committee this morning (Tuesday, May 18) approved an application for the construction of a new marine engineering project at Pembroke Dock’s Royal Dockyard.
The plans, vociferously opposed by local heritage groups, passed unanimously.

The matter will now go to the Welsh Government, which has reserved its position on the scheme’s approval.
Committee members expressed the view that the balance between heritage and economic development were balanced, with strong views expressed on either side. They decided the balance of the application favoured economic development subject to conditions regarding aspects of the site’s preservation and its ability to be restored in the future.

The Committee members who attended a site visit on Wednesday, May 12, said it was the most informative and best site visit they had this council term. Visiting the site gave them a clearer idea about what was planned and the scale of the project, which would not have been gained from a paper exercise.

While the approval of the scheme was unanimous, one element of the reserved matters caused some members concern: the height and size of the proposed massive new sheds which would be built at a later phase of the project.
Cllr David Pugh, seconded by Cllr Steve Alderman, moved an amendment which would approve the project and delegate reserved matters to officers apart from the sheds’ construction, which would return to the Committee for detailed approval.

Cllr Tony Wilcox and Cllr Mark Carter emphasised the need for certainty regarding the project’s development, a position supported by Cllr David Howlett, Cllrs Pugh, Alderman and Cllr Stephen Joseph said that little delay would be caused to the scheme by bringing the sheds’ development back to the Committee. They noted the significant intrusion of the sheds into the landscape for miles around.

Planning Officer Mike Simmons advised that the project would proceed in five phases and that the applicant, Milford Haven Port Authority, was keen to proceed with the first phase as soon as possible. The first phase would be the infilling of the docks and pool, removing a caisson gate and preserving it, before the building of new slipways.
The Port Authority already accepted the sheds would only be built if there was commercial demand for them.
The amendment proposed by Cllr Pugh passed by six votes to five with two abstentions.

It means before the sheds are built, the Committee will decide the detailed application relating to them.

All other aspects of the development will be decided by officers.

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Further Covid-19 business support packages to become available soon

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PEMBROKESHIRE businesses that remain affected by Covid-19 restrictions can check their eligibility for a new package of support from the Welsh Government.

This latest support package will help those businesses eligible to meet ongoing costs through to the end of June as they prepare for re-opening and more normal trading conditions.

Businesses that stand to benefit include:

  • nightclubs and late entertainment venues
  • events and conference venues not covered by the Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF)
  • hospitality and leisure businesses, including restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • supply chain business, which have been materially impacted by restrictions

An eligibility checker has opened on the Business Wales website so businesses can find out how much support they are likely to be entitled to and how to apply.

See more information and check your business’ eligibility at: https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/

Funding will be calculated based on the size of the business and the type of restrictions they are under.

Businesses will be able submit applications to the Welsh Government from 24th May 2021 for grants of up to £25,000 and by the end of the month to Pembrokeshire County Council for smaller fixed Discretionary Grants.

To keep up to date and see the future application process for the Discretionary Grants please see: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/business-advice-and-support

The above link will be be updated with the latest information.  

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