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Three turbine plans get thumbs up

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turbineAT TUESDAY’S planning and rights of way committee meeting, councillors approved three separate plans for wind turbines. The turbines will be built in Tegryn, Nolton Haven and Sageston. Speaking in relation to the turbine that will be built at Tegryn, Llanfyrnach, Daniel Blackburn said: “This will provide extra income for our family. The situation seems to get more difficult as time goes on. “Our farm is part of the farm assured group and we are subject to regular checks. We as a family have worked hard to the point that it is more than just a livelihood for us. “Once again this turbine will be a big help for us in our fight for survival”. Cllr Rod Bowen moved the plans which were approved unanimously. The next turbine discussed was the proposed turbine for Nolton Haven near Haverfordwest. Agent Callum Morris said: “We have worked carefully to ensure this development is appropriately sealed. Costs of farming will be lower and more sustainable for the future. “This will not have an adverse effect on residential amenity or the historic environment. It is vital that agricultural businesses are supported and allowed to diversify. This will also help to contribute to Welsh Government’s targets for renewable energy”. Objecting to the plans, Robin Potter said: “I would like to protest against the proliferation of wind turbines, there are already six or seven in the community. It will be detrimental to the visual impact of the area and there is already existing turbine noise on Marlsborough Farm. “Tests were taken 10 metres away from the turbine – I don’t see how being 10 metres away can provide an accurate reading. The basic information in this report is inaccurate.” Cllr Brian Hall said: “I understand the concerns of the residents, but this application complies with all the policies and I will move the recommendation”. Cllr Jacob Williams asked for the officers to address some of the points made by Mr Potter and it was said that the tests taken were sufficient and appropriate for this application. At this point Mr Potter shouted from the public gallery that he had never been asked about access to his property in order to take the tests. The officer went on to say that it was in line with the guidance of acoustic agreements and the officers were satisfied that the information was robust. The turbine was narrowly accepted by seven votes to five. The final turbine to be accepted will be located to the north of Summerton Farm in Sageston near Tenby. Cllrs were concerned that Carew community council had not responded, but they unanimously voted in favour of the plans.

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Residents invited to a Pembroke Tunnel drop-in event

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NETWORK RAIL is inviting residents to a drop-in event to find out more about essential maintenance work at Pembroke Tunnel, west Wales, which will improve the resilience and reliability of the railway for passengers.
The work includes essential vegetation management and rock netting in the area with work taking place for a week in December before the main work takes place in January and February.
Ahead of the work residents are invited to a drop-in event on Monday 18 November from 3pm to 6.30pm at the Dutton Suite, Pembroke Leisure Centre, Bush, Pembroke, SA71 4RJ.
No appointments are necessary and members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions.
Then between Saturday 14 and Friday 20 December Network Rail will carry out drilling work overnight to install rock anchors at the top of the railway cutting as Network Rail prepare for the main phase of the works.
That will then take place between Sunday 19 January 2020 and Saturday 8 February 2020 where engineers will work day and night to install rock anchors and bolts before installing the rock netting across the railway cutting using road rail vehicles and specialist machinery.
Michael Pinkerton, scheme project manager for Wales and Borders, said:
“We would like to thank residents in advance for their patience and understanding as we carry out this work at Pembroke Tunnel.
“All this planned essential work forms part of our commitment to maintain a safe and reliable railway that is fit for use now and in the future. We are working closely with our partners to keep disruption to the local community to a minimum and encourage anyone wishing to find out more about this work to come along to our drop-in event later.”

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“We have a duty to win” says Crabb at campaign launch

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STEPHEN CRABB has launched his 2019 General Election campaign, highlighting the ‘duty and responsibility’ the Party has to win.
The Welsh Conservative candidate is hoping to be re-elected on December 12, having served as MP for the last 14 years.
At the launch at Martha’s Vineyard on Milford Marina, Stephen addressed a crowd of supporters with a promise to continue being a strong voice for Preseli Pembrokeshire in Westminster.
Stephen Crabb has consistently been one of the hardest working Welsh MPs with a strong track record of standing up for the local community.
Speaking at the campaign launch, Stephen said: “This General Election will be the most important for many years.
“We face a choice between the Conservatives who have a clear plan to unblock Brexit and improve Britain – or a coalition of opposition parties under Jeremy Corbyn, who want more years of delay and division.
“That is not in our national interest nor is it in the best interests of Pembrokeshire. The Conservative Party has a serious duty and responsibility to go out and win this election.
“Over the last 14 years I have fought tirelessly for local people and local businesses and if re-elected, I will continue to work hard to give Pembrokeshire a strong voice in Parliament.”
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Christmas shopping misery for west Wales rail users

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RAIL USERS in west Wales face festive misery due to engineering works which will close the Carmarthen to Milford Haven link for almost a month.

The line will be closed from this Sunday, until the Sunday before Christmas, at a time when many take the train to Swansea and Cardiff shopping for gifts for friends and family.

Signs have already been posted at railway stations confirming the delays.

Trains will be replaced by buses; rail officials have said.

A spokesman from Network Rail said: “Due to essential maintenance work, rail replacement bus services will run between Carmarthen and Milford Haven from Monday, November 18 until Sunday, December 22.

“Pembroke dock and Fishguard services are also affected on Sunday November 24.

“On all other days of operation, the train services will continue to stop at Whitland, Clynderwen and Clarbeston Road, Fishguard and Goodwick, Fishguard Harbour and stations to Pembroke Dock.

“We apologise for any inconvenience.”

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