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Minister visits luxury boat builder in Pembrokeshire

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boat1THE FIRST MINISTER, Carwyn Jones, has visited a familyrun business Dale Sailing Company that makes bespoke luxury yachts in Neyland. Dale Sailing Company, run by brothers Mike and John Reynolds, has gained an international reputation as an expert boatyard that makes one-off, top quality, custom designed boats that are personalised to meet the requirements of each individual owner. The company, based in Brunel Quay, Neyland, recently unveiled the Dale Classic 35 at the Southampton Boat Show where it won rave reviews and was a big hit with the crowds at the international marine event.

The Dale Classic 35 has also been nominated for the prestigious Motor Boat and Yachting awards 2015 which will take place at this year’s London International Boat Show. The Welsh Government provided funding towards Dale Sailing’s marketing materials and the berth at the Southampton show in September.

The First Minister said: “I was delighted to hear the Dale Sailing’s latest luxury motor launch made a big impression at the Southampton Boat Show and that the high quality craftsmanship and attention to detail has been singled out for praise and helped the company make such an impact.” “I am pleased that the Welsh Government was able to provide support to the company to achieve this.” Mike Reynolds said: “The Dale Classic 35 was a big hit at the Southampton Show and we’ve had huge interest from potential customers in the UK and Europe.”

“We are proud to have a reputation for top quality craft and our success is down to our attention to detail, high quality craftsmanship and customer service.” “We have consolidated and restructured the company over the recent few years and are now looking at further ways of developing and expanding the business.”

The business, which has 40 employees, also has a commercial boat building arm specialising in catamarans for use as passenger boats, support vessels for off shore wind farms and for fishing fleets. Mike added that there was potential for growth in increasing its dry berth facilities, the leisure and tourist side of the business, expanding its commercial boats services and boat building in the specialist and commercial catamaran markets. Dale Sailing was set up in 1961 by Mike and John’s father Campbell Reynolds in Dale.

Mike and John took over the business in 1979 and moved to larger premises in Neyland Marina in 1983 where it has boat building, boat repair, lift out and storage facilities on a 4.5 acres site with 10,000 sq ft of workshops. Over the years Mike and John have developed a strong management team and a highly skilled workforce who are committed to the further development, expansion and long term success of the company. John’s son Gareth is maintaining the family connection as he recently joined the company and is taking responsibility for the Leisure and Commercial boats.

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Appeal after woman sexually assaulted on cycle path near Haverfordwest

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POLICE officers in Haverfordwest are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted at approximately 4.30pm on Sunday (May 16).

The woman was walking along the cycle path between Haverfordwest and Tiers Cross when she was approached by a man who threatened and assaulted her, before walking away towards Haverfordwest town.

The male is described as a white male, between 5ft 4 and 5ft 11 tall , normal build with a welsh accent. He has short dark hair, a beard and a moustache, brown eyes, and wearing light blue jeans, navy/dark blue jersey with grey sleeves. Anyone who saw a man matching this description in the area between 3.30pm and 5pm in the afternoon.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

The cycle path is currently closed while the investigation continues.

Detective Superintendent Jayne Butler, who is leading the investigation, said “Incidents of this nature are extremely rare in the Dyfed-Powys area. The public may see an increased presence of police officers in the coming days as police investigate the incident. Anyone with concerns or information that could help our enquiries can speak to those officers or contact police. While a man was quickly arrested we would still like to speak to anyone who saw a man matching the above description in the area yesterday afternoon.”

Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to contact police. This can be done online at bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet endorses STEP Fusion application

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S Cabinet have today endorsed proposals from Cllr Paul Miller (Cabinet Member for Economic Development) to further progress the nomination of a Pembrokeshire site to host a Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) fusion power station in the county.

Working with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the proposed site is adjacent to the existing energy facilities on the South Shore of the Haven waterway.

If approved, the facility will initially host research with the ultimate aim of developing this technology which could offer a virtually limitless source of clean electricity by copying the processes that power the sun.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “I am pleased my Cabinet colleagues endorsed this important programme of work. The Haven Waterway has provided livelihoods, underpinned by fossil fuels, for thousands of Pembrokeshire families, mine included, for more than 50 years. It’s my job to help ensure the waterway continues to provide high skilled, engineering, science and technology jobs for the next generation of this county – and so linked to our focus on climate change (and in addition to our existing multi-million pound commitments to supporting wind, wave and tidal clean power generation) my team have been exploring whether we can also support the development of clean, green fusion technology.

“It’s very early days in the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s site selection process but we’ll provide regular updates as things progress.”

•       STEP is an ambitious programme to design and build a prototype fusion power plant;
•       It is a UKAEA programme, currently with £222m funding from the UK Government to produce a concept design by 2024: https://step.ukaea.uk/

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Re-opening of indoor hospitality and attractions at Milford Waterfront

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RESTAURANTS and indoor visitor attractions in Milford Waterfront are welcoming the return of indoor services from today.

The re-opening of indoor dining allows all restaurants at Milford Waterfront to seat customers indoors. As well as all restaurants on the Waterfront now being able to offer this service, the brand-new Foam Domes overlooking the Milford Haven Waterway are able to open, with bookings being taken from the 19th May.

Indoor visitor attractions are also allowed to re-open. This includes the Waterfront Gallery, which is open today and Phoenix Bowl & Pirate Pete’s Adventure Play which is making preparations to open from Wednesday 19th May. Also, Milford Museum, which has had a new rendered exterior finish, is preparing to open for the end of May.

Lucy Wonnacott, Marketing Manager for Milford Waterfront commented: “We are delighted to see the re-opening of indoor hospitality and visitor attractions here at Milford Waterfront. Each business has their own safety and social distancing measures in place and we kindly ask that you respect and adhere to these for your own safety, and that of others. We hope you enjoy your visit to Milford Waterfront and stay safe!”

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