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Port Authority’s plans ‘flawed’



Redevelopment plans: Milford Docks • Picture Ade Owens - Flickr

Redevelopment plans: Milford Docks • Picture Ade Owens – Flickr

THE DECISION by the County Council to defer a decision on Milford Haven Port Authority’s ambitious plans has given rise to hope that the Authority will now engage properly with local stakeholders and existing tenants before pressing ahead with its planned redevelopment of the marina and docks area. At the meeting in the Milford Town Hall at the end of September, the Port Authority assured the assembled town councillors and members of the public that, upon demolition of the Old Docks Office there would be an exact replica built. The Authority’s Estates Director, Jeff Teague had stated the same in several public meetings: using the phrase “stone by stone and brick by brick”. Over time, that undertaking changed to “preserving the original part of the building”.

At that meeting, Jeff Teague was tackled about the effect of building a cinema on the site and its effect on the Torch Theatre’s widely-praised cinema facility. It emerged that, contrary to previous statements made on the subject, not only had no agreement been reached with the Torch Theatre, but that the idea floated at the meeting by Mr Teague (that the Torch would somehow run the proposed cinema on the marina) had not even been put to the Theatre. Plans placed before the Council, however, show a markedly different approach to the redevelopment of the Old Docks Office. Instead of a sympathetic rebuild, the proposed new building truncates the original in such a way as to leave, in the words of one local, “a potting shed” in its place.

Billa Schleicher of All Pets Vet Care told us: “Rob Peters from Turley, was at the Planning meeting on December 16 as a representative of MHPA. “After his speech, asking for approval of the application for demolition of the Old Docks Office, he was asked by Councillor Jacob Williams why he had specified a partial and not total rebuild. “Mr Peters replied that the existing building has been extended a number of times and the core part of the building, the oldest part of the building, is only the middle five bays.

“But that is not correct: the original part is ten bays long and, more to the point, it is going to be only some doors and windows that will be retained: hardly “brick by brick” as touted to the Town Council.” Billa continued: “I confronted them about this after the meeting – Jeff Teague then told me that they only did what CADW had asked them to do – it was nothing to do with them! My own enquiries suggest that is being very economical with the truth.”

Touching upon a separate concern regarding traffic, Billa said: “The artist impression that graces the front of the application suggests that the development will be a calm, wonderful public space with people strolling along and sitting there enjoying the peace and quiet. A marked area where they can easily cross the road over to the building on the left of the picture, which presumably is the museum.

“What a shame they did not get the dimensions right. What looks like a single lane on the picture would be a double lane, with cars rushing past and delivery lorries passing by to service the supermarket and the other chain retail outlets scheduled for construction; scarcely conducive to trundling along at 10 miles an hour, while people cross the road in a leisurely fashion to visit the museum. The plans are hopelessly flawed.” Billa concluded: “We have seen plenty of different plays, showing plenty of different layouts and several locations for where the Port wants to re-locate our own business. They have actually instructed an architect to design a building for us in the car park close to the Norrard building. The problem is that with so many different versions of plans and different stories being told to different people at different times, how are we supposed to trust them to stick to their end of any deal?”

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Pembroke Dock: Two in hospital following Fort Road car accident



EMERGENCY SERVICES dealt with what has been described by a witness as a “horrific car accident” in the Pembroke Dock area on Wednesday night (Jun 12).

A 23-year-old woman, driving a black BMW, travelled down Fort Road at speed, hit a low wall, catapulting the vehicle some considerable distance across a picnic area. The vehicle ended up irreparably damaged on the beach – which was luckily not in use at the time – landing next to the old Cambridge Gun Tower.

No other vehicles seem to have been involved, police said.

The driver has been arrested but remains in hospital, one passenger is in a critical but stable condition, in Cardiff, and a second passenger sustained only minor injuries.

A spokesperson for Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 10.45pm on Wednesday night (Jun 23), to reports of a road traffic accident near the Fort Road car park in Pembroke Dock.

“We attended the scene with one rapid response vehicle, two emergency ambulances and our Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service.

“Two people were taken to University Hospital Wales, Cardiff for further treatment.”

The police are appealing in the media for information following the crash.

An official statement from the police reads as follows: “We were called to Fort Road, Pembroke Dock, at around 10.45pm on Wednesday night to reports of a single-vehicle collision. Ambulance and fire service also attended.

“A 19-year-old man was taken to the Heath Hospital in Cardiff and remains in a critical but stable condition.

“A second passenger attended hospital for minor injuries but has since been discharged. A 23-year-old woman was arrested, and currently remains in hospital.

“Anyone who witnessed the collision but who has not yet spoken to us should get in touch by emailing, visiting our website, or calling 101.

UPDATE: 24.06.2021, 15:47HRS

On Thursday (Jun 24) said that the female who was arrested was de-arrested because of the need for medical treatment, and is “no longer under arrest at this time.”

The police also added that their investigation was “still active”.

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Pembrokeshire call handler helps deliver Llanelli couple’s new baby



A 999 CALL HANDLER from Pembrokeshire has helped deliver a Llanelli couple’s baby.

Father-of-two Chris Bassett, from Hook, answered the call from the Trust’s Clinical Contact Centre in Carmarthen, and whose instructions on loudspeaker enabled the pair to deliver their 8lb 1oz new arrival safely.

Thanks to Chris, Troy Smith, 34, and partner Abigail Jones, 33, delivered baby Arabella Dilys Smith in the bedroom of their Llanelli home.

Troy said: “I’ve never felt adrenaline like it but I knew I had to focus on the situation for Abigail and the baby’s sake.

“It all happened so quickly, but Chris’ voice on the other end of the phone kept us calm.”

Abigail, a teacher at Ysgol Carreg Hir in Briton Ferry, went into labour at around 10.00pm on Thursday, June 3, and made a trip to hospital, where nurses confirmed she was in the early stages.

The couple returned to their Pwll home, but their soon-to-be daughter had other ideas.

Troy said: “At around 4.30am, Abigail developed a lot of pain and said she had an urge to push.

“I thought, ‘Right, this is happening’ and phoned an ambulance because I knew I’d be delivering the baby right there and then.”

It was Chris, a former RAF Aerospace Systems Operator, who picked up the call in the early hours of Friday, June 4.

The 29-year-old, who has been with the Welsh Ambulance Service for 18 months, said: “As soon as I answered the call, it was obvious that Troy and Abigail were in distress, as anyone would be in that situation.

“The priority was to get Abigail in a comfortable position to deliver the baby safely.

“For me, it was about giving them clear instructions while trying to keep them both calm.”

Troy added: “I just did what came naturally. When you’re in that situation, you just do it.

“As soon as Arabella came, I felt this wave of relief and I just couldn’t believe how gorgeous she was.

“Chris was so professional and handled the situation really well.

“He gave us all the information and kept us calm.”

Ambulance crews arrived soon after, and took Abigail to Carmarthen’s Glangwili General Hospital, where she was treated for shock before being discharged the following day.

Abigail said: “The whole thing was petrifying because I just never expected to be having the baby at home, but we’re so grateful to Chris for helping us to deliver Arabella safely.”

Chris added: “In your role as a 999 call handler, you’re helping people in their darkest hour, but I’m just glad this call had a happy ending.

“This is the third baby I’ve helped to deliver during my time at the ambulance service, but the first one I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.”

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Covid causes partial school closure at Haverfordwest High VC



A PARTIAL school closure is in force today at Haverfordwest High VC school after a pupil in year 9 has tested positive for coronavirus.

All students in year 9 must stay at home , isolate and await further instruction while the school completes all of the necessary Track and Trace processes.

In a statement released by the school, they said: “We have been informed that a Year 9 pupil has tested positive for COVID-19.

“We wish them a speedy recovery.

“As a precautionary measure and to enable us to complete all of the necessary Track and Trace processes, the school will be closed to Year 9 Pupils today.

“The school remains open to all other year groups.

“Until further notice, Year 9 students should stay at home and isolate until further instructions are given. Lessons for all other year groups will continue as usual. Unless your child is in Year 9 they should attend school.”

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