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Cabinet u-turn on £1 bus journey for school pupils

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PEMBROKESHIRE County Council will not implement a charge of £1 per journey for pupils who do not meet the criteria for free school transport.

Cabinet members discussed the charge at their meeting on Monday, February 15, but many said that they had changed their mind since the last meeting.

Cllr Guy Woodham said it did not ‘sit comfortably’ with him that they could be adding an extra burden on families at a time when the number of child poverty cases in Pembrokeshire was the highest in Wales.

In October, the Cabinet agreed that prior to implementation of the charges, a further report would be done on the implications of the potential charge.

Cllr Woodham added that it was an ‘ever-changing situation’ and said that although the net budget contribution had originally been set at £86,000, that figure was now less than £10,000.

The Cabinet member for education moved that they receive the report but that they did not introduce the charges at this time.

Cllr Paul Miller added that he had not been supportive of this and said he had never seen the merit of introducing the charge which could restrict pupil’s access to education settings.

Cllr Michelle Bateman added that she had changed her position and agreed with what Cllr Woodham had said.

The proposal from Cllr Woodham was seconded by Cllr Neil Prior who said he was ‘pleased’ to see other changing their minds and added it was the ‘wrong thing to be doing’.

Cllr Cris Tomos said that rural wards in the north east of county were among some of the areas most impacted adding that buses were running through these wards with empty seats.

Before it was put to a vote, Cllr Phil Baker thanked officers for their report but said he was happy to support the recommendation from Cllr Woodham.

The proposal not to introduce the charge was supported unanimously.

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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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