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Pembrokeshire Leader’s Coronavirus Update 28th April

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Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson,
has provided a further coronavirus update for Tuesday, 28th April, as
follows:

‘I want to highlight today that although there is talk of recovery in the
media, we are still in lockdown. We all need to continue to adhere to
the advice: stay at home and stay safe.

‘We have set up a Provider Hub to support the social care sector in
managing the challenges associated with Covid-19. The hub is
maintaining regular communication with the care homes and care
sector as well as providing ongoing guidance, support and mitigating
action.

‘Support from the Provider Hub includes taking measures to protect
individuals and staff in care settings to reduce the risk of infection,
including monitoring and replenishing the levels of Personal
Protective Equipment (PPE).

‘So far we have supplied more than 460,000 items of PPE to
providers across Pembrokeshire

‘Other work taking place by the hub includes arrangements for Covid-
19 testing referrals for individuals receiving care and also staff;
additional payments to providers to assist with the extra costs
associated with delivering a service in the current environment, and
condensed, specific guidance for managers in care settings.

‘As the local authority I want to reassure everyone that we are doing
everything possible, by working with, and alongside, partners – such
as residential care homes, domiciliary care workers and those in the
health and public health sector – to ensure the safety and well-being
of our most vulnerable and the people caring for them and that it is
maintained during this crisis.

‘I want to thank everyone working in the Provider Hub and care sector
for everything they are doing.

‘I would highlight that our schools have adapted remarkably well
during the lockdown period. I am grateful for the work that school
leaders and their workforce have been doing to develop learning for
their students in these challenging times. The changes have
happened at a significant pace.

‘For primary schools the resource www.dysguarlein.com has been
developed and has been well received by families who have
contacted us about it.

‘Schools have taken onboard the guidance “Stay Safe, Stay Learning”
from Welsh Government and are using the full range of tools available
on the hwb platform. Families can access a wide range of resources
at: hwb.gov.wales

‘Schools have also used Google Classrooms and Microsoft 365 to
good effect to engage learners.

‘Traditional pen and paper methods have also been used with schools
leaving packs at its doors so that families can collect them while
observing social distancing. We will continue to support learners and
families at this challenging time.

‘Press releases issued since my last update yesterday are:

 Hub Keeps Loved Ones Connected:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/community-
hub-staff-kindness-helps-keep-couple-connected

 Council Supporting Vulnerable Residents:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/cabinet-
member-reassurance-that-council-is-working-hard-to-
look-after-vulnerable-residents

‘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

‘Don’t risk catching or spreading the virus, why risk it? Stay Strong,
Stay Safe and Stay at Home. 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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Appeal after woman sexually assaulted on cycle path near Haverfordwest

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POLICE officers in Haverfordwest are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted at approximately 4.30pm on Sunday (May 16).

The woman was walking along the cycle path between Haverfordwest and Tiers Cross when she was approached by a man who threatened and assaulted her, before walking away towards Haverfordwest town.

The male is described as a white male, between 5ft 4 and 5ft 11 tall , normal build with a welsh accent. He has short dark hair, a beard and a moustache, brown eyes, and wearing light blue jeans, navy/dark blue jersey with grey sleeves. Anyone who saw a man matching this description in the area between 3.30pm and 5pm in the afternoon.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

The cycle path is currently closed while the investigation continues.

Detective Superintendent Jayne Butler, who is leading the investigation, said “Incidents of this nature are extremely rare in the Dyfed-Powys area. The public may see an increased presence of police officers in the coming days as police investigate the incident. Anyone with concerns or information that could help our enquiries can speak to those officers or contact police. While a man was quickly arrested we would still like to speak to anyone who saw a man matching the above description in the area yesterday afternoon.”

Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to contact police. This can be done online at bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet endorses STEP Fusion application

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S Cabinet have today endorsed proposals from Cllr Paul Miller (Cabinet Member for Economic Development) to further progress the nomination of a Pembrokeshire site to host a Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) fusion power station in the county.

Working with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the proposed site is adjacent to the existing energy facilities on the South Shore of the Haven waterway.

If approved, the facility will initially host research with the ultimate aim of developing this technology which could offer a virtually limitless source of clean electricity by copying the processes that power the sun.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “I am pleased my Cabinet colleagues endorsed this important programme of work. The Haven Waterway has provided livelihoods, underpinned by fossil fuels, for thousands of Pembrokeshire families, mine included, for more than 50 years. It’s my job to help ensure the waterway continues to provide high skilled, engineering, science and technology jobs for the next generation of this county – and so linked to our focus on climate change (and in addition to our existing multi-million pound commitments to supporting wind, wave and tidal clean power generation) my team have been exploring whether we can also support the development of clean, green fusion technology.

“It’s very early days in the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s site selection process but we’ll provide regular updates as things progress.”

•       STEP is an ambitious programme to design and build a prototype fusion power plant;
•       It is a UKAEA programme, currently with £222m funding from the UK Government to produce a concept design by 2024: https://step.ukaea.uk/

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Re-opening of indoor hospitality and attractions at Milford Waterfront

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RESTAURANTS and indoor visitor attractions in Milford Waterfront are welcoming the return of indoor services from today.

The re-opening of indoor dining allows all restaurants at Milford Waterfront to seat customers indoors. As well as all restaurants on the Waterfront now being able to offer this service, the brand-new Foam Domes overlooking the Milford Haven Waterway are able to open, with bookings being taken from the 19th May.

Indoor visitor attractions are also allowed to re-open. This includes the Waterfront Gallery, which is open today and Phoenix Bowl & Pirate Pete’s Adventure Play which is making preparations to open from Wednesday 19th May. Also, Milford Museum, which has had a new rendered exterior finish, is preparing to open for the end of May.

Lucy Wonnacott, Marketing Manager for Milford Waterfront commented: “We are delighted to see the re-opening of indoor hospitality and visitor attractions here at Milford Waterfront. Each business has their own safety and social distancing measures in place and we kindly ask that you respect and adhere to these for your own safety, and that of others. We hope you enjoy your visit to Milford Waterfront and stay safe!”

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