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hart1IN AN attempt to maintain secrecy over the collapse of Mustang Marine in March of this year, Milford Haven Port Authority has told Simon Hart MP that he must sign a non-disclosure agreement before seeing a report handed to Transport Minister Stephen Hammond. Following a meeting on July 3, Mr Hammond asked the Port Authority to prepare and deliver a report to him about events leading to the boatbuilder’s insolvency. The Herald believes that the Transport Minister has told Mr Hart that the DoT has no objections to the publication of the report or its content being made public. The Port Authority, which is a public body, has, however, taken a different view.

It has asked Mr Hart to sign a gagging order before even allowing him to see the report’s contents. Mr Hart has reacted furiously to the Port Authority’s attempt at a cover up: “The report is worthless if it is ‘top secret’,” he said. “The more information placed in the public domain the better. I have asked the Board to reconsider. It is in their interests and everyone else’s interests to have this report made public. “I particularly don’t like the fact that this affair is being carried out in a way that means the public and local companies are being denied access to information they need. “I don’t know why that report and its findings should not be a matter of public record.” Mark Andrews, Corporate Affairs Director for the Port of Milford Haven, said: “The report to which Simon Hart refers was produced by the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Port of Milford Haven, at the request of the former Parliamentary Undersecretary of State, Stephen Hammond and was intended for his eyes only.

“The report relies heavily on commercially sensitive information. Importantly, it also includes the views of named individuals who contributed their comments on the understanding the report would be for the Minister’s sole use. “The Port has taken advice as to how we should properly respond to Mr Hart’s request to sight a report that was clearly not requested nor prepared for his benefit or external publication. The advice received was to require a Non- Disclosure Agreement to be signed prior to a copy of the report being forwarded to Mr Hart.” The collapse of Mustang Marine left local firms out of pocket to the tune of £600,000. Many of the firm’s local creditors have claimed that they were repeatedly persuaded to extend credit to Mustang Marine on the basis that the Port Authority would cover the troubled firm’s debts. Those traders were left out of pocket when – they allege – the Port Authority reneged on its promises to them. The Herald understands that several creditors are contemplating legal action against the Port Authority about events leading to Mustang Marine’s collapse and the Authority’s subsequent conduct.

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Milford Haven: One arrested and two treated for injuries following domestic incident

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A WOMAN was arrested on Thursday following a domestic incident in Milford Haven in which two people were injured.

Police and an ambulance were called to Howarth Close at around lunch time.

Multiple police units responded including armed police.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Following a report of a domestic incident at Howarth Close at around 1pm on Thursday afternoon (Sept 17) , two people were taken to hospital and one female has been arrested.”

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Hakin: Crews put out fire in Observatory Avenue property

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EMERGENCY services were at Observatory Avenue, Hakin, on Wednesday (Sept 16) night responding to a 999 call reporting a domestic fire.

The fire was said to be minor in nature with no injuries reported.

A spokesperson from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said “At 22:21, crews from Milford Haven attended a property fire in Hakin, Milford Haven.

“The cause of fire believed to be related to burnt cooking, which crews isolated and made safe.

“Crews left the scene at 23:08pm”

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Work on new council houses starts in Johnston

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WORK has begun on the first council houses to be built in Pembrokeshire for a generation.

Thirty-three affordable units are being constructed by Pembrokeshire County Council on the site of a former primary school at Cranham Park, Johnston.

They are the first council houses to be built in the County for over 25 years.

Work was held up for a time due to the lock-down but resumed as soon the contractors were able to do so.

The development comprises:

  • 12 one bed flats in three blocks (four flats are identified for assisted living, with communal facilities)
  • seven two-storey two bedroom houses
  • five two-storey three bedroom houses
  • two two-storey four bedroom houses
  • one two-storey five bedroom house
  • four two -bedroom bungalows
  • two bungalows with three or more bedrooms.

The estate also includes parking, open space and associated works.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Michelle Bateman, said it was a red-letter day for the Authority.
“The house-building scheme fulfils a pledge made by the Authority’s Cabinet when it took over the administration of the Council in 2017” she explained.
“I am proud and delighted to say that we are now honouring that pledge.”

Councillor Bateman added that other council house-building schemes were lined up for Tudor Place in Tiers Cross and Charles Street, Milford Haven.
The Houses are being built by WRW Construction Limited. As a result of the Covid-19 interruption there has been a slight delay and construction work is now due to finish in December 2021

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