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Pembroke Dock: Council has approved plan for new KFC drive thru

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LOCAL chicken lovers will finally be able to enjoy a KFC – without a drive to Carmarthen – now that permission has been granted for a new restaurant to be built in Pembrokeshire.

The drive thru will be built on the soon to be demolished training centre on London Road, opposite the entrance to Tesco supermarket in Pembroke Dock.

The new development will require 25 full time employees, a planning application document stated.

But even though work has not started on the new food outlet, jobs are already being advertised online.

A planning application was submitted last year by Euro Garages Group for a drive thru restaurant in Pembroke Dock has been given full approval by Pembrokeshire County Council officers.

Finger licking good – local chicken lovers will be pleased (File photo)

Pembrokeshire County Council said in their report: “This full planning application seeks permission for the demolition of the existing structures on the site and the erection of a drive thru and associated development.”

In reaching their decision council planners said: “The proposal would result in the delivery of new food and drink retail development that would have positive economic and social impacts through the provision of a new facility.

“In addition there would be no adverse environmental impacts due to construction to improved environmental standards and the site’s sustainable location.

“Given the length of time the training centre has been vacant (in excess of 5 years) and the subsequent retail planning permission the loss of this facility has previously been established.

“The proposed development is located within Pembroke Dock, and due to the fact there are no existing facilities with drive thru within the town
centre, the direct impact is likely to be limited and therefore the proposed use would not impact negatively on the vitality and viability of any Town or Local Retail Centre.”

Haverfordwest and Pembroke are two areas that KFC has recently listed as targets for expansion.

Speaking last year a spokesman for KFC said Pembroke Dock was one of their target locations, bit said “it was not a guarantee” that any store would open.

They said: “We always have a list of areas where we’re on the lookout for new restaurants. We know there’s loads of chicken lovers out there waiting patiently for the Colonel to arrive in their town so watch this space.”

KFC also said: “We have bold ambitions to have over 1,000 stores in the UK and Ireland by 2020 and we are looking to build over 50 new stores a year.”

Publicity of the application was undertaken, and three letters of representation were received objecting to the proposed development. Objections included there being no access statement or traffic management proposal. There were fears about the impact on the highway network, and alleged lack of detail about the specifics of the site occupant (The application does not mention KFC and the council report describes the project as a coffee shop).

Traffic concerns: Objectors said there was no traffic management plan for the new development, which could be very popular (File photo)

There were concerns about low level wage nature of the job creation as a result of the development.

One objector argued that there should be retention and reuse of the existing building rather than demolition. There are concerns over increased litter, and one correspondent said that the development should incorporate use of renewable energy.

Pembroke Dock Town Council also objected to the development.

In March 2020, planning applicant Euro Garages Group became KFC’s largest franchisee in Europe through the acquisition of 145 KFC outlets in the UK and Ireland. The application was given full approval on December 22.

The picture at the top of this article is a photo of a new KFC store in Carlisle. According to the plans, the Pembrokeshire store will looks very similar.

 

 

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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