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Cabinet to decide on major school sports and leisure facilities

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CREATING state-of-the-art leisure provision at the new Haverfordwest High VC School site will be discussed by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet next week.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Leisure, Culture and Tourism has been working with the school and leisure team on the proposals and welcomed the report to cabinet.

He said: “Following the Council’s decision to develop the new Haverfordwest school at the site in Prendergast, we’ve been reviewing the leisure facility options.

“The leisure strategy the team developed and I presented in 2018 set out ambitions to invest substantially in leisure facilities across Pembrokeshire and on Monday I’ll be asking colleagues to support the creation of a first-class sport and leisure campus as part of the school proposals.

“The proposals I’m putting forward are for a £4.6m investment to create Pembrokeshire’s first eight court sports hall, allowing the space for multiple activities to take place side by side, together with a full size rugby specific 3G pitch, to complement the football specific 3G already developed at the neighbouring Caer Elin.

“These facilities will sit alongside the existing artificial pitch, the six tennis courts and six lane running track and athletics facility, all of which will be retained, creating an amazing sport and leisure campus facility for the whole county.”

The report to members details the scale of the work involved, including the demolition of the existing Prendergast (Former Sir Thomas Picton School) Leisure Centre.

The cost of the work is estimated at £4.6m to be completed in a two phase strategy.

Demolition of the Prendergast Leisure Centre is planned for July 2021 with the build of the new leisure provision set to begin in January 2022 for an August 2022 completion.

The report states that work on the main school is due to begin in October this year for an August 2022 completion.

However, the report acknowledges the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and there is a risk of not achieving the desired August 2022 deadline.

A further verbal update will be provided when Cabinet meets on Monday, 18th May.

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Drug drive arrest following routine check

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A MALE has been arrested following a positive roadside test.

The vehicle, which was stopped this morning, June 6, by the Pembrokeshire Road Policing Unit (Pembrokeshire RPU) was part of a routine check.

Traffic officers suspected the driver may be under the influence after smelling cannabis coming from the vehicle.

A roadside drug test was performed with a positive result with the drugswab provided. A small quantity of cannabis was also found inside the vehicle.

The cannabis was seized and the driver was arrested, later released under investigation, pending the male’s blood test result for the drug drive offence, out of court disposal for the possession.

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Campers from Cardiff sent packing

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PEMBROKESHIRE Road Policing Unit (Pembrokeshire RPU) have this morning, June 5, reported nine individuals for breaching coronavirus regulations.

The occupants of the three vehicles, all from the Cardiff area, had moved barriers that had been in place to close off the carpark to the public and set up camp for the night.

A Pembrokeshire RPU spokesperson said ‘Three vehicles from the Cardiff area located at Abereiddy this morning.

“The occupants of the vehicles, who’d travelled down overnight, had moved the barriers that had been used to close the car park. Having done so they then set up camp nearby.

“All nine persons present were reported for breaching coronavirus regulations. One was further dealt with by means of an out of court disposal for possession of cannabis.

“Rubbish cleaned up, car park closure reinstated, vehicles escorted out of Pembs.”

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Police urge visitors to ‘check the rules’

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POLICE in Powys are reminding people to check the rules before they travel, as tourists from the Midlands, London and Bristol continue to visit despite lockdown restrictions.

Last weekend more than 1,000 cars were turned around by police in the Brecon Beacons after visitors attempted to access the area around Ystradfellte known as ‘waterfall country’.

Many of those stopped claimed they thought the rules around travel were the same as in England, while others had deliberately flouted them.

Seventy-two per cent of people reported for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions in Powys since March 27 have been from outside the police force area.

“I would like to thank the communities of Powys for their cooperation in recent months in complying with requirements of the Covid 19 legislation and also reassure them we are still working hard with our partners to police the restrictions that remain in place across Wales,” said Superintendent Steve Davies.

“Our officers have worked hard to engage with the public at every opportunity throughout these unprecedented times by explaining what we are doing and why, and encouraging people to make the best choices to protect public health in Wales.

“But where people have clearly flouted the rules we have dealt with them appropriately and issued fines.”

He said officers will continue to conduct stop checks throughout Powys and across the force area this weekend.

In England, people can now travel an unlimited distance for exercise and to access so-called ‘beauty spots’.

But the Welsh Government has said people must remain local – ideally not travelling further than five miles from their home – for exercise or limited leisure pursuits, and this also applies to anyone travelling across the border.

Wales’ three national parks – which include popular sites such as Snowdon, the Elan valley and the Pembrokeshire coast – currently remain closed to the public, as do all National Trust car parks and properties.

The latest Welsh Government advice is available at gov.wales/coronavirus.

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