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Wind turbine approved at second attempt



windturbinesAN APPLICATION for a wind turbine was approved by eight votes to four at Tuesday’s (Oct 7) Planning and Rights of Way meeting. The turbine will be located on Mountain Park in Hayscastle and will be 21m to hub height and 27m to blade tip. The application came before the committee as the plans had been submitted under a different application in 2013. On that occasion the turbine was rejected as the visual impact assessment was considered inadequate by officers. The new application has not had any objection from the National Park Authority or from Hayscastle Community Council but there were 47 letters of objection.

Cllr Tom Richards said: “This application was with us in July 2013 and we’ve had considerable time to consider the matter. This turbine is to provide a power supply for the applicant’s farm. It is not considered that the landscape impact would change and the small scale of the turbine has also been emphasised.” Speaking on behalf of the objectors, Ray Simpson said: “Here we are again, how has this happened? This is an identical proposal at the same height and at the same location that was put to you in July 2013 and was rejected by you.

In his report to you at that meeting he says: ‘The turbine would be readily visible in the immediate vicinity for example, along the main country road between Hayscastle and Castle Morris and the adjoining country lanes.’ This area of countryside is particularly open in character and it’s overlooked by the Preseli Mountains some 10km to the north east.It is considered therefore that the turbine, by virtue of its location, siting and scale would not be compatible with the capacity and character of the area. It was considered that the turbine could have a detrimental, cumulative impact on the landscape when considered with others having regard to the open nature of the landscape and the proximity to the National Park.

As such the proposal would be contrary to the requirements of criteria 1 and 3 of policy GN 1.” He then went on to explain: “Finally the director of development wrote: ‘the proposal would result in an adverse impact on the immediate vicinity in an area that has limited capacity to accommodate large structures’.There are no conditions that could be imposed that would acceptably mitigate the harmful effects. The benefits of the scheme, in terms of renewable energy, do not outweigh the harmful impacts.So nothing has changed in the landscape since last year, since those comments were written. So it’s a bit difficult as an outsider to conclude that perhaps the planning authority is a bit more overbound by the number of appeals they are suffering.

There are 46 objections from local people to this proposal. The proposal would severely impact on our lives. The turbine would be directly in our sight line. The turbine would be visible for miles across the countryside, as far away as Roch. An industrial sized turbine of this scale would be completely out of character and as the council’s planning officer stated last year this landscape is incapable of absorbing the proposed turbine. Please, let’s do the right thing, let’s not spoil this piece of countryside, let’s refuse it.”

Cllr Brian Hall said: “This is 8 metres lower than our previous application this morning – that’s quite significantly lower. I think this application has met the concerns and if the National Park had objected it would be something for us to consider refusal. There were 76 objections last time, this time there are only 47 now. If we refuse this it is highly likely that this will go to appeal and I will move the recommendation for approval.” Cllr Keith Lewis added: “I spoke in support on the last occasion this came to us and this time there are no planning grounds for refusal. Size does have a considerable bearing but it does meet the criteria that are laid down.” Cllr Phil Baker asked: “What has changed in the last 12 months?” The Council’s presenting officer Kerry Jones added: “Last time it was supported by poor quality information. We have now got a proper extensive planning application that does allow us to make the judgement calls.” The turbine was passed by eight votes to four.

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Inquest opened into tragic death of Ianto Jenkins, 3, at family’s farm



THE CORONER has opened and adjourned the inquest into the tragic death of a three-year-old boy who died after being hit a vehicle at the family farm.

The inquest, in Llanelli, was adjourned with a date to be fixed in four months.

Ianto Cerwyn Sior Jenkins was sadly pronounced dead at Rhosfach Farm near Efailwen, which is north of Clunderwen, at about 19:40 HRS on August 3.

He had been playing with his sister and cousin at the time.

It was explained Ianto was struck by a pick-up truck and trailer while playing on his bicycle.

Coroner’s officer Hayley Rogers said the emergency services were called to the farm at 19:00, after reports that a child had been in a crash with a piece of farm machinery but he died at the scene.

Coroner Paul Bennett extended his “belated personal condolences” to the family and told them the coroner’s service would conduct its enquiries with the “appropriate diligence and propriety”.

Ianto’s mother, Chloe Picton, previously paid tribute to her “blue-eyed boy… who was always smiling and laughing. He loved being out on the farm and going on the tractor with his daddy. Ianto and I had a very strong bond, he was ‘mummy’s little boy’ and was always by my side everywhere we went, now that’s been taken from me.”

Inquiries by the Health and Safety Executive and police are still ongoing.

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A40 accident leads to three people being airlifted to hospital



POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a serious accident on the A40 on Friday (Sept 25) near the turning for Trecwn. The accident happened just before midnight .

Three people were airlifted to hospital with suspected life-threatening injuries, and a further four people were injured.

Dyfed-Powys police told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “We are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision on the A40.

“Three people were airlifted to hospital with suspected life-threatening injuries, and a further four people were injured.

“Ambulance and fire service also attended, with Coastguard helicopter assisting.

“The road was closed overnight as investigations took place.

“If you saw what happened, or noticed a white Skoda or red Chrysler travelling along that stretch of road in the time before the collision, please contact police by calling 101, or share what you know anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A spokesperson for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue told The Herald: “We can confirm that two fire engines were on the scene with the first call received at 11:55pm.

“We had two engines there with crews from Fishguard and Haverfordwest at the scene. There were numerous casualties with two vehicles involved. Casualties with numerous injuries were transported to hospital by ambulance crews on the scene.

“One person was trapped and there were two walking wounded.”

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Pembrokeshire pensioners set to be hit by removal of triple lock pension



THE WELSH LIBERAL DEMOCRATS have published figures showing that Pembrokeshire is set to be hit hard by the Government’s decision to break its manifesto promise and suspend the triple lock on pensions after Conservative MPs voted to approve the change.

Figures released by the Party show Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire is set to be the 9th hardest-hit area in Wales with 18,753 people or 23.9 percent of the constituency consisting of state pensioners. 

Meanwhile Preseli Pembrokeshire will see 18,244 people or 22.9 percent of the constituency hit, ranking 12th hardest hit in Wales. Both of Pembrokeshire’s Conservative MPs, Simon Hart and Stephen Crabb voted in favour of ending the triple lock.

The figures are based on analysis by the House of Commons Library commissioned by the Liberal Democrats. The Liberal Democrats had tabled an amendment to the Social Security Bill that called for additional support to address the impact of the pandemic on the two million pensioners currently living in poverty and making the uplift to Universal Credit permanent. However, the Conservatives, including Simon Hart and Stephen Crabb, voted against the amendment.

Commenting, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader and Mid & West Wales MS, Jane Dodds stated: “The Conservatives have broken yet another manifesto promise that will hit people in the pocket.

“With so many pensioners living in poverty, the triple lock was a guarantee that vulnerable elderly people were relying on. Yet this winter the Government will instead turn its back on the poorest pensioners, some of whom risk no longer being able to heat their homes as energy costs spiral.

“The Conservatives claim that suspending the triple lock is just a temporary move, but how can pensioners have any faith that this is the one promise ministers will keep?

“I and the Welsh Liberal Democrats will continue to demand that the Government doesn’t leave pensioners living in poverty high and dry and that we don’t return to the days of the derisory 75p rise to the state pension.”

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