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Murco Task Force asking for expressions of interest for £3.5m funding

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Recovery fund: Business will apply for funding

Recovery fund: Business will apply for funding

TWO FUNDS, worth £3.5m, to boost employment opportunities in Pembrokeshire in the wake of the collapse of the Murco deal will be opened later this month, Edwina Hart told members of the Murco Task Force on Thursday (Dec 4).

The opening of the expression of interest phase of the Wales Economic Growth Fund on December 15 will follow the first in a series of events arranged by the Murco Task Force, which has been established to support the Murco employees and contractors and businesses in the supply chain. An event to provide business advice and support for the wider contractor network will take place on December 9 and a jobs fair will take place on December 10.
 
A £3 million Wales Economic Growth Fund will support current suppliers to Murco  to diversify and projects which will create or safeguard jobs in Pembrokeshire. Providing grants of between £50,000 and £500,000, it aims to support some 30 businesses and safeguard or create up to 300 jobs in the area.
A £500,000 Small Capital Investment Fund is also open for applications from Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Pembrokeshire. This fund will provide grants between £5,000 and £25,000 (and £50,000 in exceptional circumstances) in this financial year, towards projects that create or sustain jobs, or grow businesses. Priority will be given to SMEs in the Energy and Environment sector or supply chain which have been heavily impacted by the Murco position and those in deprived wards.
Edwina Hart AM

Edwina Hart AM

The Minister said: “The collapse of the sale of the Murco Oil Refinery was a bitter blow for the whole of Pembrokeshire and our priority now is safeguarding as many jobs as possible in the area. These two funds will go a considerable way towards achieving this by supporting businesses and individuals in the area to diversify or grow their businesses and to make the most of the opportunities provided by Superfast Broadband. “

The Wales Economic Growth Fund will be open for expressions of interest from December 15 until January 19 2015. The application window will then be open from January 26  until February 23 and the first awards are expected to be made in the next financial year.
The Small Capital Investment Fund operated through Business Wales is already open for applications and will remain open until the end of January 2015. Grants will be awarded to projects that can use the grant funding in this financial year and will result in the creation and sustaining of jobs, or growth of businesses Both funds are discretionary, terms and conditions apply
Commenting on the news that two funds, worth a total of £3.5 million and introduced by Welsh Business Minister Edwina Hart to support Murco employees, contractors and suppliers following the closure of the facility, Preseli MP Stephen Crabb said:

“I am very pleased with this latest support package for those affected by the closure of Murco refinery – which will assist direct employees and those local businesses up the supply chain.”

“Without doubt these two funds will help a number of local companies to diversify their business following the closure of the refinery. But this is only a first step – money alone won’t solve the underlying problems facing the Pembrokeshire economy.”

“That is why I am writing to Carwyn Jones to call for a strategic long-term plan for the West Wales economy. We need a more supportive business environment, better transport links and all levels of government working together to make Pembrokeshire a great place to start or grow a business. For too long our County has relied on oil and petroleum alone for economic strength. This needs to change.”

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Solva village pub Cambrian Inn on the market for £1.25m

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THE CAMBIAN INN, a beautifully presented 16 century inn with letting rooms, located in the extremely popular harbour village of Solva, Pembrokeshire has gone on the market. Christie & Co have been instructed to market the property.

The Cambrian Inn is a thriving and highly profitable inn which enjoys a prime location on the main road leading into Solva. The village, which is nestled in the Pembrokeshire National Park a few miles from St David’s, boasts a picturesque harbour, bustling quay, and a charming high street, with an array of craft shops, cafés and art galleries.

The area is a tourist hotspot which attracts visitors year-round thanks to its Blue Flag beaches, sublime walking tracks along the Pembrokeshire National Coast Path, stunning views, and wide range of water-based activities such as sailing, sea angling and rowing.

The family-owned inn has been operated by Jeremy Barton and his family since 2012 and has long been renowned as a popular destination pub due to its summer terrace, high-quality food and beverage offering and welcoming atmosphere. The inn also features five stylish en suite letting bedrooms across the first and second floors, making it an ideal base to explore the surrounding area.

The family has decided to bring the inn to market as they are now seeking a lifestyle change.

Jeremy comments, “A decade ago, when my wife and I were looking to settle back in the UK after being abroad for 15 years, Pembrokeshire was the obvious choice with its stunning scenery, beaches and space. We were lucky enough to find The Cambrian Inn in Solva, a popular and very pretty harbour village. It was under traded and needed work but we, together with the help of a great team, have taken it from a sleepy village pub to a popular destination pub-restaurant with rooms. The business is thriving and there is clearly more potential but we both have other business interests out of the hospitality sector and feel we can’t give The Cambrian Inn the attention it deserves going forward, so it feels like the right time for new owners to take it on and fully capitalise on a booming market.”

The sale of The Cambrian Inn presents a rare opportunity to acquire a substantial and reputable destination pub in a popular tourist location, with scope to expand the building and business.

Marc Blackford, Associate Director in Christie & Co’s Hospitality team, who is handling the sale, comments, “With coastal areas in high demand and the surge in staycations likely to continue over the next few years, this is a fantastic opportunity to acquire an established freehold business in one of Wales’ most desirable spots.”

Cambrian Inn is available on a freehold basis with a guide price of £1,250,000.

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Locals looking to buy ironmongers shop in Newport, Pembrokeshire

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THE POWER of community ownership is what the residents of Newport, Pembrokeshire wish to achieve as they prepare to buy the local shop known as Havards. 

The project has gained great momentum over the first few weeks of launching the initiative.

The volunteers involved in developing the project wish to purchase the Havards Ironmongers shop in Newport to ensure the shop is kept open. 

Committee chairman Adrian Varney noted “We are asking people to fill in a pledge form to buy £200 community shares or giving a community loan to the project that was launched in July”

The project has currently received pledges to the value of £163,400 within a few weeks. Cris Tomos of PLANED who has supported many community asset purchases explained “There is a target of £240,000 to be raised locally to buy the shop in Newport, the list of pledges will be a great demonstration of how there is a demand to save the historic ironmongers” 

Cris added “The funds raised will be used to draw down match-funding from the Community Ownership Fund”  

Details about the community shop project can be found on www.siophavards.cymru where a copy of the form can be downloaded. Paper copies of the forms are available at the Havards Shop.

The next public meetings to update locals will be held at the Newport Memorial Hall on  Wednesday evening the 25th of August at 6.30pm.

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Multi-agency operation tackles illegal waste and fly-tipping in Pembrokeshire

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IN RESPONSE to a rise in the level of fly tipping offences, and that refuse then subsequently being set alight in the local area, a multi-agency operation was undertaken on Thursday last week (Aug 12), to tackle illegal waste carriers.

The partnership response was carried out on Scoveston Road, the Broadmoor to Sageston road and the Cresselly to Carew road, Pembrokeshire.  

Waste crime is on the rise across the UK and is estimated to cost the UK economy £600 million a year. Illegal waste crime can take many forms but most often within our communities we recognise it in the form of fly tipping and increasingly by way of illegal waste sites being set up by unscrupulous landowners where waste is illegally deposited without any form of regulation often resulting in significant environmental pollution and damage. As they are unregulated, there are no controls in place as to the type and volume of waste being dumped. Inevitably, this illegal waste is subsequently burnt to reduce its volume and get rid of it, and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are regularly called out to deal with these fires. 

Figures suggset waste crime is on the rise across the UK and is estimated to cost the UK economy £600 million a year (Pic Herald)

Noxious smoke from these fires can affect residents living in and around these areas, and impact upon their quality of life and health. These illegal waste sites and resultant burning also have an adverse impact on the local environment in these communities.

This operation therefore aimed to target, stop and take enforcement action against illegal waste carriers operating in the area. Members of Pembrokehsire Roads Policing Unit, Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Rural Crime Team, Pembrokeshire County Council Waste Enforcement and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) set up road check sites, where they stopped and checked any vehicle suspected to be carrying waste. This was in order to disrupt and deter illegal waste carriers heading to any sites. The local authority waste enforcement teams provided drivers with advice around waste carrier licences.

Fly tipping has become an increasing problem in west Wales (Pic file)

As a result of this roadside operation, over 60 vehicles were stopped, checked, and examined and eight sites visited. Police issued one prohibition notice for the condition of a vehicle, two traffic offence reports for no insurance and a number of intelligence submissions were made. The DVSA issued one fixed penalty notice, three immediate suspensions and two delayed suspensions for the condition of vehicles.    

Sergeant Terri Harrison, seconded to Arson Reduction Team Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Waste crime damages our environment, community and economy. It is a real challenge for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and partner agencies. Every year there are reports of hundreds of refuse fires and we are seeing a very clear and obvious link between deliberate refuse fires, fly tipping and the operation of illegal waste sites.  Waste crime has a real adverse impact upon the quality of life for those affected by these illegal activities. This operation also coincided with Crimestoppers national month-long rural crime campaign, that focussed on waste crime specifically last week.

“We all have a duty to dispose of our waste safely, legally and responsibly – and it’s important to ensure that any individual or business disposing of your waste does so too.”

Pembrokeshire County Council has reiterated its commitment to prosecute unlicensed waste operators and fly-tippers. Cllr Cris Tomos says: “The focus of this joint operation was ensuring commercial waste collectors and operators had the appropriate licences and permits in place to ensure these operators complied with legislation and duty of care, to make sure waste is being disposed of appropriately to tackle Envirocrime and Flytipping.

“Operation Tornado sends out a strong message that fly-tipping will not be tolerated and those who carry out this scourge on society will be prosecuted. We need the public’s help on this to be our eyes and ears. Please continue to report incidents of fly-tipping but also pass on any details you can about the perpetrators.”

Pembrokeshire County Council returns included:

·                One warning issued for non-compliance with waste carriers licence;

·                Valuable information gathering on waste collection operators and compliance;

·                A number of vehicles were advised of their requirements regarding the transportation and disposal of waste.

Pembrokeshire County Council has set up a special team to deal with fly-tipping and will always seek to prosecute where possible. You can provide information, in confidence, by emailing fly.tipping@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or by phoning the dedicated fly tipping phone line: 01437 775253. Anyone who provides information on fly-tipping that leads to successful enforcement action is eligible for a £100 reward.

Cllr Cris Tomos (Holding the recycling box) says he wants to see waste handled propertly in Pembrokeshire (Pic PCC)

Businesses and householders are reminded to be aware that they have a duty of care for their waste and that simply handing it onto another person to dispose of does not absolve them of their responsibility. Cllr Cris Tomos said: “The public need to use registered waste carriers and be satisfied that they are disposing of waste legitimately. Failure to do so, may in certain cases lead to their actions being investigated, fines or prosecution.’

See more information on the duty of care here: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/householders-duty-of-care

A booking system continues to be in place for Pembrokeshire’s six Waste and Recycling Centres (WRCs) for all users both Household and Commercial.

Slots can be booked up until 6am on the day when there are time slots available.

To pre-book a slot or for more information about the Waste and Recycling Centre’s, please go online at: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-bookings

For further information and guidance on disposing of waste safely, legally and responsibly, visit the Fly Tipping Action Wales website: flytippingactionwales.org

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