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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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Trial of Haverfordwest primary school teacher starts at Swansea Crown Court

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A HAVERFORDWEST primary school teacher who is accused of sexually abusing eleven children thinks he is a victim of a which hunt by the police, a jury has heard.

But at Swansea Crown Court on Monday (Apr 12), the Clare Wilks for the prosecution said that the defendant had “abused the trust of parents and staff” by sexually touching children in his care.

James Oulton, denies 30 charges of sexual assault against the eleven children who were aged eight or nine years old at the time.

The alleged offences took place between 2012 and 2018.

The jury heard how the pupils, now aged between 11 and 17, claimed he touched them sexually.

But the court was also told that Mr Oulton claimed he received cards at the end of term, and he believed letters sent by Pembrokeshire council to parents encouraged false complaints and collusion between pupils.

Oulton, 34, of Richmond Crescent, Haverfordwest, told the court he had behaved appropriately.

The jury heard how the alleged abuse occurred while Mr Oulton was working at a primary school in Haverfordwest.

Clare Wilks, prosecuting, said some of the children alleged that they had been assaulted on a daily basis, while others had had given statements to say it only happened the one time.

The trial continues.

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Kill the Bill protest to take place in Haverfordwest on Saturday

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INDIVIDUALS and activists from local groups, including Extinction Rebellion Pembrokeshire, Stand Up to Racism West Wales, Pembrokeshire People’s Assembly and Reclaim These Streets Pembrokeshire are campaigning against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and are to hold a demonstration against the Bill at 1pm this Saturday April 17, in Haverfordwest.
One of the organisers told  The Herald: “This is an enormous piece of draconian legislation that includes significant expansion in police powers to curtail the right to protest. The right to peacefully assemble and protest are a fundamental part of any democracy; empowering people to have their voices heard, in addition to holding the Government to account. These rights are universal –they protect peaceful and legitimate protest whatever the cause.
“The events at the Clapham vigil and at demonstrations over the last few weeks are a dangerous indication of what the future of protest will look like if the police powers bill gets through parliament.”
A local campaigner, a mother and grandmother said “We are in the process of losing a fundamental part of our democracy, It is important we protect it for future generations. We have messed up so much of their future already-we need to hold the Government to account”.
Aspects of the Bill include:
  • The power for Police forces to shut down protests that they deem too disruptive at their own discretion.
  • Up to a 10-year sentence for demonstrators considered to be causing a “public nuisance”.
  • The power for police forces to impose start and end times on static protests of any size.
  • The power to expand stop and search powers, which already discriminate against marginalised communities. If you live in the Dyfed Powys police area, you are 5 times more likely to be stopped and searched if you are black than white.
  • Up to 10-year sentences for damage to public monuments’ Police powers will be expanded and custodial sentences increased to “protect” women.
  • These measures are not sufficient to prevent violence and are troubling, considering some police officers’ involvement in cases of violence against women. Significant restrictions on where protests around Parliament may take place.
  • The elevation of trespass from a civil offence to a criminal offence, meaning police and courts can give harsh sentences to Travellers.
  • Increased power of police to seize vehicles and homes from Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities and demanding proof of permission to travel.
  • The bill will criminalise a way of life for these communities.
A peaceful, Covid-compliant march and rally will be taking place in Haverfordwest on Saturday April 17 , assembling at Picton Fields at 1pm.
People will be asked to wear masks and keep to social distancing regulations.  It is one of a number of protests being organised nationally on the same day against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill.
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Everything you need to know about the current coronavirus restrictions in Wales

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THE GOVERNMENT guidelines in Wales are changing today (Apr 12).

There are major changes coming into force today across the country as the government coronavirus guidelines are starting to relax.

The changes affect household bubbles, non-essential retail, education and travel.

As of Monday, April 12, the following changes have come into force:

  • Six people from two different households (not counting children under 11) can meet and exercise outdoors and in private gardens
  • Households or support bubbles can holiday in self-contained accommodation – including hotels with en-suite facilities
  • All pupils and students can now return to school, college and other education
  • All shops and close-contact services can open
  • The ban on travelling in and out of Wales has ended
  • Driving lessons can resume and some driving tests (Remainder on April 22)

Non-essential retail are able to open up today for the first time since the country was put into a national lockdown with non-essential retail ordered to close in December of last year.

With infection rates falling and the national vaccine rollout success, the Welsh Government have set out a road map of restriction easing.

Unlike England, the hospitality industry in Wales will have to wait until April 26 to open their doors to customers, but only for those who can operate in an outdoor space such as beer gardens.

The current guidelines in force for Wales are as follows:

Meeting friends and family

From May 3:

  • Two families can once again form an “extended household” and meet indoors.

The following rules currently apply:

  • Six people from two different households (not counting children under 11) can meet up outdoors, including gardens.
  • If you are an adult living alone or you’re a single responsible adult in a household (a single parent, for instance), you can form a support bubble with one other household.
  • You can also end it and form another support bubble with a different household, as long as you leave a 10-day gap between.

Going to work

  • You must work from home if you can. The only exceptions will be critical workers and jobs where working from home is not possible.
  • Tradespeople can work in someone else’s private home, as long as it is managed in a safe way and both the worker and household members are well and have no symptoms of coronavirus.

Schools and nurseries

  • All pupils will return to face-to-face teaching at school from 12 April.
  • From that date all students can return to further education and training centres.
  • University campuses will be able to open for blended (face-to face and online) learning for all students.
  • Internal GCSE, A-level and AS-level assessments have been cancelled.

Leisure time

From April 26:

  • Outdoor attractions, including funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to reopen.
  • Outdoor hospitality can resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants, but indoor hospitality will remain restricted.

From May 3:

  • Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people can again take place.
  • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities can reopen. This will include individual or one-to-one training but not exercise classes.

The following rules currently apply:

  • Self-contained holiday accommodation, including hotels with en-suite facilities and room service, can open to people from the same household or support bubble.
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as golf, tennis and basketball are open. A maximum of six people from two households can take part.
  • Organised outdoor sport for under-18s can now take place.
  • All gyms and leisure centres are closed.
  • Professional sports will continue but stadiums are closed to fans.
  • Bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs are closed – except for takeaway and delivery.
  • The outdoor areas of some historic places and gardens can reopen in a limited way.
  • Libraries and archives can reopen

Shopping

From April 12:

  • All shops can reopen.
  • All close contact services such as hairdressers or beauty salons can open, including mobile services.

The following rules currently apply:

  • Hairdressers and barbers are open for business – by appointment only.
  • Non-essential shops remain closed.
  • Garden centres are now open.
  • Alcohol cannot be sold in shops between 22:00 and 06:00 BST.
  • Face coverings must be worn by customers and staff.
  • Indoor shopping should be done alone, or with people in your household.

Other

From April 12:

  • You can travel anywhere in the UK or the Common Travel Area (Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands)
  • Outdoor canvassing for the Welsh elections can begin.
  • Driving lessons can resume and some driving tests (remainder on 22 April).

From April 26:

  • Weddings receptions can take place outdoors, but will be limited to 30 people.

The following rules currently apply:

  • Weddings and civil partnerships can take place at licensed venues, but receptions are not allowed.
  • Care home residents can receive one designated visitor.
  • You can travel anywhere within Wales.
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