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Councillor queries Old Coronation School grant payments

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queriesA MILFORD HAVEN county councillor has raised queries about grants payments for work claimed to have been done to buildings using public funds.

County Councillor Mike Stoddard has posted on his internet blog, Old Grumpy, information and photographs which he suggest shows that money has been paid out for improvements to a property which have never been carried out.

The claims relate to Old Coronation School in Pembroke Dock, which is owned by an Irish property developer.

Cllr. Stoddard posted:
“I managed to find the information during the public audit inspection in August. This was after the County Council refused my request for the full and final costings for projects under the Haven Towns Regeneration Scheme on the grounds of commercial confidentiality. I am waiting for the Information Commissioner to rule on whether that decision was correct.

“I was particularly interested in the two large chimneys/turrets at the Coronation School. The rebuilding of these had been costed at almost £14,000 (including scaffolding) in the final account for the grant-aided project.

“When I visited previously, I came away with the impression that these chimneys/turrets were still in their original condition. I heard, however, that Cabinet members were assured that they have been rebuilt and that the final account certificate is accurate. So, I made a return visit and took some photographs.

“One thing I noticed on closer inspection was the extensive plant life on the south facing wall of the left hand chimney.

“I realise that Coronation School is in a conservation area, but this is taking biodiversity to ridiculous extremes.

“I will leave it to readers to decide whether this sort of growth is possible in the period since these chimneys were, allegedly, rebuilt.

“Mind you, on reflection, this could all be part of the £20,000 planting scheme that also appears in the final account. £20,000 was supposed to buy a landscaped and sympathetically planted area. What it appears to have purchased is a truckload of gravel.

“The final account includes: slate felt and batten £46,924 and ridge tiles £3,645.

“The photos show what that £50,000+ has actually bought. “The Council has published a press release saying the scheme has been a great success. But I think they are cherry picking relative successes to disguise serious failures.”.

Controversial Cathal McCosker’s ability to corner the market in European grant aid in Pembroke and Pembroke Dock has already hit the headlines in Pembrokeshire’s Best Magazine. The sister publication to The Herald revealed that Mr McCosker or companies with which he was involved, had circumvented the upper limit on receipt of grant aid for building projects in Pembroke Dock.

This was done by using different companies to apply for European grant assistance for his projects. Christening Mr McCosker “The Baron of the Bedsits”, the magazine revealed that there was at least one instance where a grant was provisionally offered to Mr McCosker before he had completed his purchase of the property in question. It is not suggested that Mr McCosker did anything unlawful by attracting grant funding for his projects by using different corporate vehicles to obtain the grant money.

Earlier this year, a stormy meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council’s planning committee threw out an application made by Mr McCosker for retrospective planning permission for bedsits in the old NatWest branch in Meyrick Street, Pembroke Dock.

Council officers had backed the grant of planning permission, even though the meeting revealed that they had withheld information from Councillors on the committee about criminality and antisocial behaviour at the premises.

Shortly after that meeting, Pembrokeshire’s Best reported that the Council had agreed with Cathal McCosker for a scheme to convert buildings near the iconic Pembroke Castle into yet more bedsit accommodation.

Mr McCosker later withdrew from the scheme in the face of local opposition to his plans.

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Health board: COVID-19 vaccinations will be by appointment only from end of this month

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THE LOCAL health board has announced that from August 31, access to Mass Vaccination Centres (MVCs) in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire for COVID-19 vaccinations will be by appointment only in preparation for the start of the winter vaccine programme.

Anyone wishing to drop-in for their first or second dose during August is advised to check opening times on the day before travelling by visiting hduhb.nhs.wales/healthcare/covid-19-information/covid-19-vaccination-programme/mass-vaccination-centres or calling 0300 303 8322 as these are subject to change. If you still require a booster, please wait to be offered an appointment.

From 31 August 2022 onwards, please book an appointment by calling 0300 303 8322 or by emailing COVIDEnquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk

Bethan Lewis, Interim Assistant Director of Public Health at Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB), said: “Throughout the vaccination programme we’ve aimed to make the vaccine easily accessible through a combination of drop-ins and appointments. This change will allow us to deliver the COVID-19 in partnership with primary care and minimise the risk of duplication or vaccine waste.

“If you are eligible for an autumn COVID-19 booster, please wait to be invited by either your GP or the health board. Everyone eligible will be offered an appointment by November.

“GP practices are also preparing to invite eligible patients for their seasonal flu vaccine and aim to offer an appointment to everyone eligible by December. Again, please do not contact your GP practice at this time, you will be invited when it is your turn.”

Scheduled drop-in sessions for children and young people who are home-educated or not in education to access childhood vaccinations routinely offered through school nursing teams will continue as advertised at selected MVCs.

The remaining drop-in sessions for children aged 5 to 17 years of age will be held between 12pm and 6pm in the following locations:

Aberystwyth MVC (Thomas Parry Library, Llanbadarn Campus, SY23 3AS) – Tuesday 30 August
Carmarthen MVC (Y Gamfa Wen, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, SA31 3EP) – Friday 2 September
Cwm Cou MVC (Ysgol Trewen, SA38 9PE) – Monday 22 August
Haverfordwest MVC (Pembrokeshire Archives, SA61 2PE) – Wednesday 31 August
Llanelli MVC (Dafen Industrial Estate, SA14 8QW) – Tuesday 23 August
These drop-in sessions are also open to any Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire or Ceredigion school attendees who may have missed their vaccinations.

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions and have any queries or wish for your child to receive their scheduled vaccines, please complete the form available here hduhb.nhs.wales/healthcare/services-and-teams/immunisation-and-vaccination/childhood-and-young-people-vaccinations/vaccine-access-for-home-schooled-children or call 0300 303 8322 to be contacted by a member of the health board’s immunisation nursing team.

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Police appeal for information after man ‘was slapped on the back of the head’

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POLICE in Pembroke Dock are appealing for information after an alleged assault.

A male was slapped to the back of his head outside Lloyds Bank on Monday, August 8, 2022 between 5pm and 5.15pm following an argument with another male.

If you have any information please contact the Police on 101, quoting reference DPP/3231/08/08/2022/02/C

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Gareth Mann from Milford Haven sentenced to seven years in prison for drug offences

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DRUG dealer Gareth James Mann, aged 46, from Bunkers Hill, Milford Haven has been sentenced to a total of 7 years in prison.

A Misuse of Drugs Act search warrant was executed at Manns’ home address on 17th March 2022, where he was found to have controlled drugs including Heroin, Cocaine, Cannabis, Morphine, Pregabalin, Buprenorphine and Diazepam with a combined street value of up to £3660. Cash totalling £3430 was also found in his possession.

He was arrested and later charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and with possession of criminal property.

Garth Mann: Drugs worth £3660, and cash totalling £3430 was found in his possession.

Mann appeared at Llanelli Magistrates court on Friday, March 18 where he entered a not guilty plea. He was remanded in custody to appear at Swansea Crown Court.

Following a 6-day trial Mann was found guilty of all counts by a majority verdict on Monday 15th August 2022 and sentenced to a total of 7 years in custody.

DS Vinny Barrett said told The Herald: “Tackling the supply of illegal drugs is a priority for police in Pembrokeshire and the misery that illegal drugs bring to local communities will not be tolerated.

“We are taking a positive approach in targeting those that supply illegal drugs, and I would encourage anyone with information about the misuse of drugs to contact police.

“This information will be acted upon and will help us in preventing the supply of illegal drugs and the criminality that can be associated with them.”

To report suspicious behaviour in your community, visit https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, email 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or call 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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