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Guilty pleas over breach of planning conditions at waste and recycling facility

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A PEMBROKE DOCK man who operated a waste and recycling facility has been ordered to pay more than £1,900 after a court case brought by Pembrokeshire County Council.

Darren Jones, of Ferry Terrace, Waterloo, Pembroke Dock, admitted two counts of breaching planning conditions and a single charge of failing to comply with an enforcement notice.

The offences related to the operation of a waste and recycling centre at Ferry Terrace and parking of heavy goods vehicles.

Conditions attached to the planning permission granted in July 2017 prevented the stacking of waste material at a height above four metres. The condition was put in place to ensure neighbouring amenity is not adversely affected.

A second condition was to ensure that the use of the site was in accordance with the site layout plan.

Monitoring by Council officers observed that the height of the material was above the conditioned limits and that material was being stored outside the designated areas, leading to heavy goods vehicles being parked on the public highway outside the site.

A breach of conditions notice was served in December, 2017.

A second breach of condition notice was served in June, 2019.

In August 2019 enforcement officers also became aware that two buildings had been constructed without planning permission.

An enforcement notice to cease use of residential land for storage of site materials and demolition of the buildings was served and not complied with.

A further visit in January, 2020 showed materials being stored at a height of about seven metres.

Jones appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Wednesday 30th September and was fined £105 for each charge of breaching planning conditions and £1000 for failing to comply with the enforcement notice.

Costs of £601.65 and a £100 surcharge were also imposed.

Following sentencing, Cllr Jon Harvey, Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “Since I have taken up the role of Cabinet Member for Planning, I have in conjunction with officers been determined to take a hard line in respect of planning breaches.

“The planning system is there to regulate the use of land and part of this involves safeguarding the amenity of adjoining residents.

“The message is simple, obtain the necessary planning permissions, comply with the conditions or face the enforcement action and a potential criminal conviction.”

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Electrician has ‘fallen from height’ at Neyland Community Hub

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EMERGENCY SERVICES are attending to an injured electrician who has fallen from a height at Neyland Community Hub, whist working on the project.

The air ambulance has been called and is now in Neyland, ready to medivac the casualty.

Cllr Paul Miller, Development Director at Neyland CIC said in a statement: “This afternoon one of our electrical contract staff has unfortunately fallen from height during the course of his work. He has been attended to on site by paramedics and is currently being prepared for “transfer to hospital by air ambulance.

“The thoughts of everyone at Neyland CIC are with him and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

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Local politician reacts to Corbyn’s suspension

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A LOCAL politician has commented on Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension from the Labour party.

With the announcement that former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the party, local parties have reacted.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who became leader in April, suspended predecessor Jeremy Corbyn from the party after Corbyn said the scale of it’s anti-Semitism problem had been dramaticall overstated.

In an official statement, Labour said that the suspension came after Corbyn’s failure to retract his words.

Jeremy Corby reacted to the suspension by stating he was going to strongly contest it, calling the move ‘political’.

Corbyn in Haverfordwest before election

Commenting on the news that Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the Labour Party after an inquiry found the party was “responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination” during his time in charge, Paul Davies MS, Leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Parliament said:

“Mark Drakeford was the first Senedd Member to back Jeremy Corbyn for leader of the Labour Party. He needs to confirm whether he supports Sir Keir Starmer in suspending Corbyn or if he backs his political idol.

“The Jewish community in Wales, alongside all those who have fought against anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, deserve to know whether he’s with them or against them.”

The decision was made by Starmer following the publication of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) report.

Speaking on the findings, Starmer said the report had brought forward a day of shame for the Labour party.

The report found 23 instances of what they called ‘inappropriate involvement’ by Corbyn’s office – with the Labour party responsible for three breaches of the Equality Act.

These were: Failure to provide adequate training to those handling anti-Semitism complaints, Harrassment and political interference in Anti-Semitism complaints.

Speaking on the suspension, Jeremy Corbyn said: “I will strongly contest the political intervention to suspend me. I’ve made absolutely clear that those who deny there has been an antisemitism problem in the Labour Party are wrong.

“It’s also undeniable that a false impression has been created of the number of members accused of antisemitism, as polling shows: that is what has been overstated, not the seriousness of the problem.

“I will continue to support a zero tolerance policy towards all forms of racism. And I urge all members to stay calm and focused – while this problem is resolved amicably, as I believe it will be – to defeat this awful government, which is further impoverishing the poorest in our society.

The implementation of the recommendations following the report will be ‘as soon as possible in the New Year’ promises Sir Kier.

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Penally asylum seekers warned for breaking Fire-Break Lockdown rules

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POLICE have warned asylum seekers staying at Penally camp that there is currently a Firebreak Lockdown in Wales, and that they must follow the rules or face legal action.

Residents in Penally have said that they have groups of asylum seekers from the facility walking through the village.

“They were shouting, and drinking with a police van following them” one resident said.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police issued the following statement on the incident: “On the evening of Tuesday, October 27, police were made aware that a number of men were on the village green in Penally, breaking the current Welsh Government restrictions.

“The men, from the Penally Asylum Accommodation Centre, were spoken to and advised to return to their accommodation. Officers followed the men to ensure they returned to the centre.

“Officers will always aim to engage, educate and encourage adherence to the national measures with enforcement being the last action.

“The management team at the centre will be advised so that the firebreak requirements can be reinforced to the service users resident at the centre,” they added.

Last weekend police issued a fixed penalty notice to a female who was deemed to be breaking the current lockdown rules by traveling to the Centre.

A spokesman told The Pembrokeshire Herald said: “A female who was spending time with the asylum seekers over the weekend was advised about her non-essential travel to the asylum accommodation centre”

“After failing to adhere to a warning she was issued with a Covid fixed penalty notice and made to leave the area.”

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