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Jill Evans backs Community Centre



Jill Evans backs Community Centre

Jill Evans backs Community Centre

A NEW community centre for North Pembrokeshire was officially opened on Saturday (Nov 1) by Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans. The new £600,000 Canolfan Clydau provides a focal point for local communities, business and visitors alike. The innovative and vibrant new development for the ward of Clydau, includes a main hall, kitchen, office space, conference facilities, free Wi- Fi, an online booking system and a state of the art remote entry system – the centre can also be administered from the comfort of an armchair using an iPad or a computer, no need for the old lock or key! The project received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

The centre was commissioned to address the publication of ‘One Wales’ in 2007, the Welsh Government commissioned research into issues affecting ‘deep rural’ areas of Wales. The research explored how residents experience life in ‘deep rural’ parts of Wales focusing on service provision and featured the Clydau ward. Ultimately it aimed to bring long-term sustainability to rural communities. The site was chosen in response to a County Council study on the needs of the most isolated rural areas of the county. Jill Evans MEP said: “As a Member of the European Parliament for all Wales, it was an honour to open Canolfan Clydau, especially as European funding has played a crucial part in making the community centre a reality.

European funding is very important to Wales – to west Wales in particular, and I was pleased that a new £2 billion pound deal was finally agreed this week. It’s important to remember that Wales is a net beneficiary of European money – and this wonderful building is an excellent example of the money being put to good use. The One Wales Government, which included Plaid Cymru, ensured that the interests of so-called ‘deep rural’ areas were not forgotten. It’s important for people to work together in the best interests of their community. And that is why I was so pleased to hear about the community aspects of this project – like being leased to the community, and hosting the village Post Office twice a week.

I am pleased to see new technology being employed – whether that is solar power, using the roof of the centre, or the internet being used to make bookings. I have long believed that through working together we achieve more. The building is already a hive of activity which is proof of this.” County Councillor Rod Bowen, who represents the Clydau Ward, said: “The centre is truly a multipurpose space that can be used for almost any community activity, private event, business or party.” He continued: “This is a fantastic first class Hi-Tec facility the set in heart of Clydau – a wonderful community centre for everyone to enjoy with facilities that are second to none.

The centre is also committed to supporting business growth and offers space for people who wish to develop business ideas, an essential catalyst for the creation of new companies and job opportunities.” Cllr Bowen also thanked Jill Evans MEP for officially opening the centre, staff from the County Council and the trustees of the centre who he said had worked tirelessly in bringing the project to fruition.

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Public urged to take part in Council budget consultation



MEMBERS of the public are being urged to participate in Pembrokeshire County Council’s budget consultation 2022-23.

Launched this week, the consultation asks the public where they think the Council needs to spend money, and where it can save it.

As part of the process, the Council has created an online budget simulator, which includes videos from Cabinet members talking about the financial pressure in their portfolio areas.
Cllr Bob Kilmister, Cabinet Member for Finance, encouraged all those interested in how the Council spends its funds to take part in the consultation.

“It’s very important that we hear from as many people in Pembrokeshire as possible,” he said.

“Like other Councils, we are once again facing significant budget pressures and understanding community and household priorities is vital in helping us to make the difficult choices necessary in setting the 2023-23 budget.

“We look forward to hearing from you.”

How to take part in the consultation:

Teams Live Stream event
Join a Teams Live Stream event on Wednesday 1st December from 7pm – 8pm. Put your budget questions directly to Cllr Kilmister or the Council’s Director of Resources, Jon Haswell, or listen to the discussion. Questions are welcomed in English and Welsh.

Budget Simulator
Give your views on the budget priorities for 2022–23 by using our Budget Simulator which is available at

Download the survey and return to County Hall
Alternatively you can download and complete our hard copy Information and Response Form. Once complete please return to or Pembrokeshire County Council, Policy & Partnerships, County Hall, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP.

The consultation will end on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

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Milford Haven Council cancels annual Christmas lights switch-on event



Council cancels Christmas lights

MILFORD Haven Town Council have announced that they will be cancelling the official switching on the Christmas lights event this year.  

The Christmas lights in Milford Haven will be turned on Wednesday, December 1 at 7pm. However, unlike previous years, this will not be an official event. 

In the past, the event would see Father Christmas switching the lights on while on a balcony at the Town Hall. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the official turning on of the lights is unable to go ahead.

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County Hall to be lit up in orange as part of UN campaign



COUNTY HALL is being lit up in orange tonight (Thursday, 25 November) to highlight the United Nations campaign against gender violence #OrangeTheWorld: End Violence Against Women Now!

The UN is holding 16 days of activism against gender-based violence from 25th November to 10th December 2021 under the global theme set by the UN Secretary General’s UNiTE campaign.

Among the local groups supporting the worldwide campaign are Soroptimists International Haverfordwest which requested the illumination. “This is a campaign that, as a women’s group, we feel it very important to support,” said member Susie Blacklaw-Jones.

Council Leader Cllr David Simpson supported their request, saying: “This is an incredibly important issue and we are grateful to Soroptimist International Haverfordwest for helping to draw attention to the campaign and raise local awareness.”

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