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Pupils send messages to the future

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pupilsignMILFORD HAVEN pupils went back to the future last week, imagining themselves in 25 years time, as part of a project to celebrate the big switch on for power at Liddeston Ridge Solar Park. The students were set the task of tackling climate change and transporting themselves into the future to consider what life will be like for them as adults living near the Port of Milford Haven. Some pupils wrote letters to themselves and predicted what their future careers may be – from footballers to lawyers and shop-keepers. The messages have been sealed and buried in two time capsules at the Liddeston Ridge Solar Array to be opened in 25 years time. The project coincided with the official opening of a flagship Solar Photovoltaic Project that has been established at Liddeston Ridge, Milford Haven, capable of powering up to one thousand homes. Jessica Duckworth, energy projects co-ordinator at the Port of Milford Haven, has been working directly with Milford School. She said “Giving local schools a chance to learn about renewable energy and environmental awareness, is a key long term strategy for this project. Liddeston Ridge Photovoltaic Array provides an opportunity to show them first-hand how the sun can be used to generate ‘green’ electricity.” The students spent the morning at the solar park and heard from the project team, including taking a look at the hitech behind-the-scenes systems that keep the site operating. A film of the project has been produced which is available on the Port’s website. Geography teacher and head of R.E. Gareth Williams, said: “This experience has proved really worthwhile for our learners who have gained knowledge of new technology, energy-generation using solar power and also started to consider themselves as adults in 25 years time. The letters and posters generated by the students have shown that our young people have great hopes for the future and an understanding of the challenges they will face and for that we are most grateful to the Port of Milford Haven for facilitating this project”. Tim James, energy development manager at the Port said: “As a trust port in the energy sector, we are diversifying and looking at opportunities in the renewables industry to ensure that, as energy markets shift, we continue to provide benefits to the local economy. “This project is so much more than a solar farm; we are committed to investing in young people’s education and understanding of these challenges. Today’s young people are growing into a society that faces serious resource and climatic challenges. Through having a ‘part of the solution’ resource they can visit to get tangible experience on, we hope they can build on the work of the current pioneering generation and come back to this site in 25 years’ time in a society that is well on the way to sustainability”. The five-megawatt Photovoltaic Array covers 28 acres, holds 20,000 panels and represents a significant investment by the Port of Milford Haven. It’s been built with high regard for the environment using construction techniques that can be reversed with minimal impact at the end of the project’s life. The ambitious habitat management plans will also transform the land into an ecological site of local significance during and at the end of the project.

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Plan your Year of Discovery in Pembrokeshire with Coast to Coast

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PEMBROKESHIRE’S visitors and residents can discover how to make the most of the UK’s only coastal National Park during Wales’ Year of Discovery by taking inspiration from the National Park Authority’s information-packed newspaper Coast to Coast.

The must-read paper, which is distributed across the county, is full of information about where to go to discover Pembrokeshire’s coastline, beaches, its castles and historic sites, as well as promoting self-discovery and personal health.

Helping locals and visitors make the most of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park from spring through to early autumn, Coast to Coast has been produced by the Park Authority for 37 years and features galleries, arts and crafts, watersports, gardens and boat trips.

Speaking of the publication, the Authority’s Chief Executive Tegryn Jones said: “Coast to Coast is a fantastic introduction to the National Park and surrounding area and includes features on the Park Authority’s popular family attractions: Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids and Castell Henllys Iron Age Village.

“More than 200,000 people pick up a paper copy of Coast to Coast each year, but you can still use this great resource if you prefer to get your information from a smartphone, laptop, tablet or PC, including a map and six-month tide table, at www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/coasttocoast.

“There are ideas for coastal walks for all abilities, and discovering new and varied activities and landscapes in the National Park and area, including a ‘Try Something New’ page.

“It also includes the Authority’s activities and events programme which offers a unique opportunity to discover the heritage, wildlife, countryside and coastline of the National Park.”

 

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Sincere apology to whistle-blower following Mik Smith cover-up

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THE COUNCIL has apologised after a damning report into the Mik Smith affair has heavily criticised senior council officers, including the former Head of Youth Service Eirian Evans, former Chief Executive Bryn Parry Jones, and former Council leader Jamie Adams.

The report prepared by a task and finish group of councillors takes no prisoners as it lays into the series of missteps and attempted cover-ups regarding the way the local authority’s then-leadership responded to a whistle-blower who reported serious concerns about the convicted paedophile’s relationship with young people in his care while a youth worker for the Council.

As the Leader of the present Administration of Pembrokeshire County Council, I am extremely pleased to see this report produced by the Members of the Task and Finish Group and I appreciate the input of Members, Officers and individuals to produce the conclusions in the report.

Cllr David Simpson said in a statement: “I am however drawn to the involvement of the Whistle Blower in this case. It is never an easy thing to whistle blow in the workplace and I appreciate this is something people have concerns over. It is crucial to ensure that we continue to encourage people to whistle blow and our policy and procedures, I am pleased to say have been updated and reviewed significantly since the period of time these matters occurred. These procedures now can empower people to whistle blow when they wish to report matters of concern.

“Regarding the case in question, I would very much like to thank the Whistle Blower who came forward in the first instance and who provided information of that experience to the Task and Finish Group process. That experience and insight is crucial when organisations like ours seek to learn from negative situations and by adopting recommendations from the group today we are continuing to ensure ever improving safeguarding procedures.

“Therefore I am extremely thankful for the involvement of the whistle blower in this process and would like to offer my sincere apology to her for having to be engaged in this sensitive matter over such a protracted period of time and having to re-visit what would have been a challenging and upsetting set of circumstances.

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Pembroke Dock: Extraordinary stories of arctic exploration

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YOU can discover extraordinary stories of arctic exploration at a special event at Pembroke Dock Library this week.

On Wednesday 18th April from 7pm, David Saunders MBE will be discussing the journeys of three ships built in Pembroke Dock and bound for the Arctic, only to be lost in some of the most mysterious stories in the history of exploration.

David is a maritime historian, a subject he has studied extensively and has always been passionate about.

He is also a well-known naturalist, having become the first warden of Skomer Island in 1960. He was awarded a MBE in 2003.

The event is free to attend and no booking is required.

For more information, contact Pembroke Dock Library on 01437 775 825.

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