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Pembrokeshire’s six Waste and Recycling Centres (WRCs) are set to re-open

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Pembrokeshire’s six Waste and Recycling Centres (WRCs) are set
to re-open on Tuesday, 26 th May, for essential use only and under
strict new guidelines.

All visitors will have to pre-book a slot and follow a number of
restrictions and guidelines to ensure that social distancing is
observed.

This is to make sure that the facilities are used in a safe manner for
staff and the public while remaining fair for all households in
Pembrokeshire.

The booking system will open from 9 am, Wednesday, 20th
May.

Slots can be booked at: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-bookings
or by phoning the Council’s contact centre on: 01437 764551.
People are asked to book online if possible and only phone the
contact centre if they do not have internet access.

Initially the first two weeks of slots will be opened and this will
continue on a two-weekly rolling basis.

Over 6,300 slots per week will be available initially across all sites
and we will work to improve this number while ensuring the sites can
operate in a safe manner for staff and the public

Please see the new guidelines for Waste and Recycling Centres
below:

 Do not visit a WRC if you or anyone in your household has COVID
19 symptoms – you will not be permitted on site.

 Anyone shielding must not put themselves at risk by visiting the
WRCs. The same applies to other vulnerable people.

 WRCs will be open to Pembrokeshire householders ONLY.
Initially no commercial users will be allowed on site and are asked to
use private waste disposal companies at this time.

 Only bring items that can’t be stored safely at home or cannot be
collected through your kerbside waste and recycling collections

 Only cars and small vans will be permitted on site – no high sided
vehicles, large vans (i.e. transits or equivalent) or trailers at this
time.

 Only households who have a pre-booked a 15 minute slot will be
permitted on site. Anyone who hasn’t booked a slot will be turned
away.

 Slots will need to be booked at least 48 hours in advance.

 Only ONE visit per household to any site within a 14-day period to
enable more households to access the facilities.

 There will be a strict 15-minute slot per vehicle to dispose of items in
the correct containers. Therefore please sort all waste and recycling
into the different material types before arriving at the site to help
keep your visit short.

 Vehicles should arrive no more than 15 minutes before their booked
time slot (to avoid traffic queues on the highway).

 Please display ID (eg driving licence / utility bill) in the windscreen
for staff to view and verify the booking.

 A maximum of five vehicles will be allowed on a site at any one time
(staff will monitor this). This number will be kept under review.

 Only ONE person may exit the vehicle to unload the waste and
recycling. Staff are unable to help unload or carry any items,
therefore householders need to ensure that this person is able to
safely unload items from the vehicle and place them in the correct
container.

 Strict social distancing rules will be in place at all times.
Householders must observe two-metre social distancing on the site

and only one user will be able to access each skip or container at a
time.

 We are currently unable to accept tyres. Please store them at
home safely until this service resumes.

 Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before and after visiting
the site.

 Please be patient and follow instructions on site. For the benefit and
welfare of everyone, any users not following instructions or abusive
to staff will be instructed to leave the site and further action taken if
necessary.

County Councillor Cris Tomos, Cabinet Member for the
Environment, said: “People must feel confident and safe if they have
to visit our sites.

“That is why we are restricting numbers and are asking people only
to visit if absolutely necessary. Please think carefully before deciding
to visit one of our Waste and Recycling Centres.

“All of us must do our bit to help continue to reduce and slow the
spread of coronavirus.”

He added that the re-opening of WRCs is in response to changes to
Welsh Government (WG) regulations and that Pembrokeshire had
worked closely with WG and other local authorities on the new
guidelines.

WRCs will be re-opening under normal summer opening hours,
namely opening seven days a week.

 To pre-book a slot at a Waste and Recycling Centre, please go
online at: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-bookings

 If you don’t have internet access, please phone the
Pembrokeshire County Council’s contact centre on 01437 764551.

 For the latest information visit the Council’s website:
www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

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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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