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Partnership initiative to ‘ensure Tenby continues to be a safe and popular’

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LAST weekend saw an increase in people visiting, and generally out and about in the Pembrokeshire area as the restrictions eased and the weather got warmer. While it’s great that people are now able to visit Pembrokeshire again, the behaviour of some placed additional pressure not only on the Police but on other services as well. Tenby in particular attracted a large crowd on Saturday evening (Apr 18) resulting in anti-social behaviour, especially in the harbour area.

Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Inspector Louise Harries, said: “We are aware of the concerns of residents and businesses after the anti-social behaviour seen in Tenby on Saturday evening and are working with partners to avoid these issues happening again.

“Operation Lion has been running during the Summer in Tenby and Saundersfoot for a number of years now and following recent incidents and listening to residents’ concerns we are launching the scheme earlier this year and it will begin this weekend.”

Operation Lion is a partnership initiative with the aim to ensure public safety and deter anti-social behaviour, low level public order and drink related problems, to make Tenby an enjoyable place to live, work and visit over the forthcoming months.

Operation Lion, will run every weekend in Tenby and Saundersfoot from this weekend, Friday April 23. More police resources will be dedicated to the area to engage with those visitors and residents and help manage any increase of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour. This will be also be supported by additional staff and measures from our partners.

Officers will be maintaining a visible presence and will be engaging with the public and utilising enforcement powers to disperse those acting in an anti-social manner if required.

Chief Inspector Harries added: “Towns like Tenby get busier during the summer season and after a difficult year it is natural people will want to enjoy our beautiful County – we welcome this but need to ensure it is done so safely for all. I simply want people to think about their behaviour and the impact it may have on themselves and others.  

“As well as extra officers at Tenby train station, there will be extra officers on foot patrol around the town including the harbour area from the early afternoon onwards. We are working closely with local businesses and the community to make sure Tenby continues to be a safe and popular destination for all to enjoy”

Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Cllr David Simpson, said: “Pembrokeshire County Council echoes the point that the overwhelming majority of people are enjoying the County in a safe and responsible manner and we thank them for that. 

“Where there have been isolated incidents of poor behaviour we have been working closely with our partners to plan for and manage future situations. 

“We welcome Operation Lion starting today and have reviewed our services in Tenby, particularly the Tenby Harbour area, in an effort to avoid a repeat of recent incidents.

“Four Street Wardens will visit the area across the weekend to engage with members of the public, reinforce the social distancing message and discourage littering. Our preference is always to engage rather than enforce.

“We would simply ask that people enjoy themselves in a way that does not impact negatively on others. Please use the bins provided or, if the bins become full, take your rubbish home. Help us keep Pembrokeshire beautiful for everyone.”

The public toilets at Castle Beach will also now be opened later until 9pm on weekends, during school holidays and bank holidays.

British Transport Police Inspector Richard Powell said: “We’ve successfully worked alongside our partners at Dyfed Powys Police and Transport for Wales over the last few years to make sure everyone who visits Tenby can have an enjoyable time.

“Our top priority is to keep passengers and rail staff safe. We’ll have extra officers on high-visibility patrols, ensuring those travelling to Tenby can do so safely. Officers will also be reminding passengers of the importance of wearing a face covering on trains and at stations, unless exempt. If you need us, text 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40.”

If you do experience anti-social behaviour or criminality, you can report it to us online: bit.ly/DPP101Online, on email: 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

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Milford Haven: Concerns over council refuse collection staff using drugs on duty

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL have confirmed that they are conducting an ongoing internal investigation.

The probe is relating to “illegal drug use by on-duty refuge collection crews” operating from the Thornton Refuge Depot in Milford Haven.

The Herald understands that following suspicions being raised, drug testing was carried out on refuse crews on Monday (May 10) – all before they left their depot.

This newspaper has been told that a number staff, which includes bin lorry drivers, tested positive for drug use, and that the council called in the police.

That information was passed to The Herald by someone who we have confirmed to be a member of staff working at Pembrokeshire County Council, who did not want to be named.

After a request for a statement, a spokesperson for the council has stressed that none of their vehicles were involved, suggesting that, on the day in question, positive tests were arrived at before any bin lorries had left the depot.

As part of the multi-agency operation the police were called and attended Thornton Refuse Depot, but did not make any arrests, and said they had little involvement in the operation.

Pembrokeshire County Council spokesperson said: “We can confirm that there is an ongoing internal workplace investigation and can clarify that there was no police involvement on the day in question – no Pembrokeshire County Council vehicles were involved.

“We are not in a position to comment any further at this time.”

Dyfed Powys Police told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “At the request of Pembrokeshire County Council, officers attended Thornton Refuse Depot to provide [them with] support on the morning of Monday, May 10.

“Officers attended; however they were not utilised.”

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Council’s Planning Committee approves ambitious dockyard plans

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’s Planning Committee this morning (Tuesday, May 18) approved an application for the construction of a new marine engineering project at Pembroke Dock’s Royal Dockyard.
The plans, vociferously opposed by local heritage groups, passed unanimously.

The matter will now go to the Welsh Government, which has reserved its position on the scheme’s approval.
Committee members expressed the view that the balance between heritage and economic development were balanced, with strong views expressed on either side. They decided the balance of the application favoured economic development subject to conditions regarding aspects of the site’s preservation and its ability to be restored in the future.

The Committee members who attended a site visit on Wednesday, May 12, said it was the most informative and best site visit they had this council term. Visiting the site gave them a clearer idea about what was planned and the scale of the project, which would not have been gained from a paper exercise.

While the approval of the scheme was unanimous, one element of the reserved matters caused some members concern: the height and size of the proposed massive new sheds which would be built at a later phase of the project.
Cllr David Pugh, seconded by Cllr Steve Alderman, moved an amendment which would approve the project and delegate reserved matters to officers apart from the sheds’ construction, which would return to the Committee for detailed approval.

Cllr Tony Wilcox and Cllr Mark Carter emphasised the need for certainty regarding the project’s development, a position supported by Cllr David Howlett, Cllrs Pugh, Alderman and Cllr Stephen Joseph said that little delay would be caused to the scheme by bringing the sheds’ development back to the Committee. They noted the significant intrusion of the sheds into the landscape for miles around.

Planning Officer Mike Simmons advised that the project would proceed in five phases and that the applicant, Milford Haven Port Authority, was keen to proceed with the first phase as soon as possible. The first phase would be the infilling of the docks and pool, removing a caisson gate and preserving it, before the building of new slipways.
The Port Authority already accepted the sheds would only be built if there was commercial demand for them.
The amendment proposed by Cllr Pugh passed by six votes to five with two abstentions.

It means before the sheds are built, the Committee will decide the detailed application relating to them.

All other aspects of the development will be decided by officers.

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Further Covid-19 business support packages to become available soon

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PEMBROKESHIRE businesses that remain affected by Covid-19 restrictions can check their eligibility for a new package of support from the Welsh Government.

This latest support package will help those businesses eligible to meet ongoing costs through to the end of June as they prepare for re-opening and more normal trading conditions.

Businesses that stand to benefit include:

  • nightclubs and late entertainment venues
  • events and conference venues not covered by the Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF)
  • hospitality and leisure businesses, including restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • supply chain business, which have been materially impacted by restrictions

An eligibility checker has opened on the Business Wales website so businesses can find out how much support they are likely to be entitled to and how to apply.

See more information and check your business’ eligibility at: https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/

Funding will be calculated based on the size of the business and the type of restrictions they are under.

Businesses will be able submit applications to the Welsh Government from 24th May 2021 for grants of up to £25,000 and by the end of the month to Pembrokeshire County Council for smaller fixed Discretionary Grants.

To keep up to date and see the future application process for the Discretionary Grants please see: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/business-advice-and-support

The above link will be be updated with the latest information.  

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