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Council ignored parents’ views

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councillorYESTERDAY’S full council meeting debated a number of issues relating to school services. The first item dealt with the proposed amalgamation of the Hakin and Hubberston schools. Cllr Viv Stoddart addressed the chamber saying that the process has been one of misrepresentation. She said: “Lots of objections were submitted, I do not understand why you ask for opinions and then completely ignore them. “Hakin agreed to merge on the promise of a new school; a year ago Hubberston also came into the mix because someone in the council thought it would be a good idea. “Hubberston parents were unanimous in their objections. “There has been a lack of openness, the people I represent have been left with a stark proposal.” Cllr Stoddart added that she was in favour of a new school for Hakin and an upgrade for Hubberston. Cllr Mike Stoddart added: “The alternative is no money at all or back to the drawing board. We are already dealing with massive delays in this project. The whole thing is a complete scandal.” Council leader Jamie Adams claimed: “The process has been entirely in line with Welsh Government guidance. “The views of the community are being considered carefully and we always look to act as advocates for our children. “I remain determined to deliver a school that everyone will be proud of.” Cllr Ken Rowlands, recently removed as Cabinet member in charge of education loyally supported his leader and told the meeting: “I am confident that the availability of services will be second to none for the community.” Cllr Jonathan Nutting added: “Diversity is very important; I don’t believe that we are offering the same diversity in Hubberston and Hakin with what is in front of us.” The recommendation to discontinue Hakin and Hubberston schools and establish a new school for both was approved. Councillors also approved that the director for Children and Schools undertake a review of primary education in the Pembroke family of schools area. It is feared that the review will be first step towards the closure or amalgamation of the small rural schools on the Angle Peninsula, such as Orielton and Angle. Finally, Councillors approved an alteration to Johnston CP School adding an SEN provision to the school. Cllr Sue Perkins said: “The need for SEN is very important.” Cllr Jamie Adams added: “There is a clear desire to address this to meet the aspirations for those needing it.” It is not clear how the proposal will affect other SEN services delivered at other schools in the area, but the plans for a new school in Johnston already incorporate SEN facilities.

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Dale Road: Several have minor injuries after two vehicle accident

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EMERGENCY SERVICES are attending a two-vehicle road traffic accident on the B4327 Dale Road.

Two fire crews from Haverfordwest as well as police were called at around 3pm today (Aug 16).

A van and a car are involved.

Avoid the area at the present time

The Herald understands that several people are being treated for minor injuries.

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Tenby: Hotel goes into administration as new owner’s business empire collapses

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A POPULAR Pembrokeshire hotel has gone into administration.

The Fourcroft Hotel in Tenby how faces an uncertain future. It’s parent company Northern Powerhouse Developments reportedly suffered a £14m operational loss last year.

The 40-bedroomed hotel, which had been in the ownership of the same family for over 70 years, was bought by Northern Powerhouse Developments for an undisclosed sum in January 2017.

New boss Gavin Woodhouse said at the time: “This is the first of four hotels we are acquiring and opening in South Wales to complement our existing hotels up and down the coastline of the United Kingdom.”

“The Fourcroft will be the sister hotel to the Llandudno Bay Hotel and Spa and part of the group’s premier hotel collection.

“We are keen to compliment the local businesses and hope to be part of the future success of Tenby and the surrounding areas.”

NPD was founded by Gavin Woodhouse to focus on investment in the leisure and tourism industry.

According to ITV News, at the High Court hearing, Justice Alastair Norris was told that Woodhouse had been withdrawing tens of thousands of pounds from a bank account he had kept secret from administrators.

Below: Video by The Guardian regarding the missing millions which have plagued Gavin Woodhouse’s businesses

Appointment of Administrators

In the High Court of Justice

Court Number: CR-2019-005297

FOURCROFT HOTEL (TENBY) LIMITED

(Company Number 00772050)

Nature of Business: Hotels and similar accommodation

Registered office: Unit D2 Elland Riorges Link, Lowfields Business Park, Elland, HX5 9DG

Principal trading address: The Croft, Tenby, SA70 8AP

Date of Appointment: 8 August 2019

Names and Address of Administrators: Philip Francis Duffy (IP No. 9253) and Sarah Helen Bell (IP No. 9406) both of Duff & Phelps Ltd, The Chancery, 58 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 1EW

Further details contact: The Joint Administrators, Tel: 0161 827 9000. Alternative contact: Chloe Chan, Email: Chloe.Chan@duffandphelps.com

Ag JG50885

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Coastguard call-out after missing cliff climbers fears

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EMERGENCY services were called to the Stack Rocks area on Thursday August 15, following concerns for the safety of two climbers.

The emergency services were called following fears over the safety of some climbers when climbing gear had been found at the top of the cliff near Bullslaughter Bay, with the owners nowhere to be seen.

At 9.11pm, Tenby Coastguard rescue team, St Govan coastguard rescue team, Tenby Lifeboats RNLI ALB, Angle Lifeboat RNLI ALB and Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 were called to search for possible missing persons in the vicinity of Stack rocks.

Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched just after 9pm and made best speed towards the scene, 10 miles west of Tenby, while Tenby and St Govans Coastguard rescue teams and Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 also made their way.

An RNLI spokesman said: “Once on scene, the volunteer crew began their search from Stackpole Head towards Bullslaughter Bay.

“With darkness fast approaching, it was decided to launch Angle all-weather lifeboat so that the search for anyone in difficulty could be widened.

“Sometime later, the helicopter spotted some climbers and directed Angle lifeboat to their position, and, while speaking to them, they confirmed it was their climbing gear and that they were in no difficulty.

“All units stood down and returned to their respective stations, with Tenby lifeboat arriving back on station at about 12.15am.”

H M Coastguard Tenby, posting on Facebook, added: “Coastguard and RNLI were quickly on the scene with the Coastguard officers searching from land along the coastline and RNLI lifeboats commencing a water search.

“Once Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 arrived on scene they managed to quickly locate two climbers using FLIR [Forward-Looking Infra-Red].

“Angle RNLI was then directed to the persons and made contact with the climbers and confirmed that the equipment found belonged to them and that they did not require assistance.”

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