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Pembrokeshire County Council: Leader’s coronavirus update, Friday, April 30

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PEMBROKESHIRE County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson, has provided a further coronavirus update for Friday, 30th April, as follows:

‘Welcome to my weekly update

‘As I write we are heading into the bank holiday weekend, the start of May and looking forward to enjoying the outdoors once more.

‘Let us hope for a continuation of the good weather.  

‘It is clear and great to see that our county is re-opening and welcoming both visitors and our community back out to explore.

‘There is a real buzz around and long may it continue.

‘I’m very pleased to see and hear how our officers are reacting to the reopening and recovery and it has been wonderful to receive feedback from our residents and visitors.

‘I’m very aware that our front line officers continue to deliver exceptional service across the county and I want to personally thank them all. They play a huge role in ensuring our county is kept clean, tidy and open for everyone.

‘I’d also like to thank our partners as I’m very aware of the work they are doing to resource the reopening and recovery.

‘This collaborative working, including the support of our communities, is key both now and for the future and I’m pleased at how this is operating.

‘This weekend we are predicting a higher volume of visitors to our county and I’m sure the famous Pembrokeshire welcome will be out in force.

‘We know that a lot of residents and visitors will be keen to get out and about with their four-legged friends so I would ask everyone to please take note that the annual dog restrictions on some Pembrokeshire beaches come into force tomorrow, 1st May.

‘Pembrokeshire is a dog friendly county and we are promoting and encouraging responsible dog ownership so everyone can enjoy their day at the beach this summer.

‘I’d encourage everyone to have a read of the press release on this at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/encouraging-responsible-dog-ownership-so-everyone-enjoys-their-day-at-the-beach

‘I’m pleased to say the Covid-19 situation continues to head in the right direction.

‘As I write no new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Pembrokeshire today and this has been the case several times over recent weeks. This is testament to all of our collective efforts. Thank you and keep going!

‘A further 23,515 first and second doses of the vaccine were delivered across the Hywel Dda region in the past seven days and Pembrokeshire now has 56.6% of the population who have received the first dose.

‘A further 24, 338 have received the second dose, or 19.3% of the county population.

‘I want to wish you all a lovely weekend and please note I will not be doing a Leader’s update next Friday due to the elections.’

Public Health Wales (PHW) publishes an interactive daily dashboard of data about coronavirus cases across Wales broken down by health board and local authority area, at: https://public.tableau.com/profile/public.health.wales.health.protection#!/vizhome/RapidCOVID-19virology-Public/Headlinesummary

PHW also provides a daily update focusing on key public health information and updates at: https://covid19-phwstatement.nhs.wales/

Information about coronavirus is available here on the Welsh Government’s website: https://gov.wales/coronavirus

Also, please keep an eye on our newsroom at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom

For service updates visit: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/emergency-planning/service-changes

And to get daily email updates, log onto our website and sign into My Account at:

https://myaccount.pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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Meet the Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor

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A NEW Pembrokeshire business is proving to be an inspiration for young people after its recent launch.

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor is the brainchild of Ewan Griffiths, who turned his dream into reality thanks to the advice and support of Cam Nesa.

The project aims to reduce the number of young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, training or employment.

Before signing up to Cam Nesa, Ewan was out of work and struggling for direction, and anxiety was preventing him from maximising his potential.

Throughout his journey with Cam Nesa, Ewan worked closely with youth worker Donna Wright to devise a plan that provided support and guidance to improve his confidence and self-esteem, and provide mechanisms for coping with anxiety.

In addition, the project provided Ewan with opportunities to gain qualifications and obtain information that would help him with starting his own business.

Ewan’s message to other young people is simple, “If you find yourself struggling, there is help.”

“Cam Nesa supported me in all aspects of my plan, and working with Donna was fantastic.”

“I would definitely encourage others to reach out for support.”

Donna Wright, who supported Ewan throughout his Cam Nesa journey, said that the launch of his new business is a great source of pride for Cam Nesa and Pembrokeshire Youth Service.

“Ewan has come on leaps and bounds, and it was his engagement and determination that has made his outcome with Cam Nesa so successful and inspiring”, she said.

“Congratulations Ewan on your achievements, and we all wish you good luck with your new business.”

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor provides repairs and servicing for mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, and most agricultural engines, with the mobile service providing collection and returns.

For more information, search ‘Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor’ on Facebook.

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Milford Haven: Mount estate death not being treated as suspicious say police

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POLICE have confirmed that following a welfare visit to a property in Mount Estate, they discovered a male occupant, in his 30’s, in need of medical help.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff he sadly passed away on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the police confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a property at the Mount Estate, Milford Haven on Friday 30th April 2021, following a report of concern for the welfare of the occupier.

“A male was taken to hospital where he died on Sunday 2nd May 2021.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

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Polling station changes in Pembrokeshire

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POLLING STATIONS in Pembrokeshire are open today (May 6) but a small number may have changed from the last time you voted.

In Neyland, the polling station will be at the new Community Hub building on John Street.

St Katherine’s Church Hall will be the new host for the station in Milford Haven, having previously been held at the Murray Suite in the town hall.

A polling station will be placed at the leisure centre in Haverfordwest while one at Trecwn has been moved to the Gate, Scleddau.

Voters in the county will be electing for the Preseli Pembrokeshire and the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituencies.

People will also be able to select five MSs to represent the Mid and West Wales Region.

The candidate with the most votes will win the constituency but the ballot for the region will be decided by a different process.

People will be elected according to their share of the vote, using a mathematical process, and gives parties who may have won fewer or no constituencies a better chance of winning regional ones.

It will also be a big day for 16 and 17 year olds as they will be able to vote in Welsh elections for the first time.

The ballots will be counted on Friday (May 7) with results expected to come in from the afternoon.

Polling stations opened at 7am and will close at 10pm.

All those who vote will be required to stick to Covid-19 safety measures including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

Clean pencils will be available but voters can bring their own pen or pencil.

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