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Mayberry Kayaking voted ‘Most Loved’

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PEMBROKESHIRE based Mayberry Kayaking has been crowned the ‘Most Loved’ business in their area as part of a national competition, the Local & Loved

Most Loved: Mayberry Kayaking.

Most Loved: Mayberry Kayaking.

Awards 2015.

As voted for by local people, the awards showcase those great local and loved independent businesses that Pembrokeshire wouldn’t be without.

Mayberry Kayaking, run by Mike Mayberry offers sea kayaking courses, tours and trips in Fishguard and around the Pembrokeshire coastline. Mike offers Kayaking activities for all abilities. An expert Kayaker, Mike has over 26 years experience, combined with Pembrokeshire’s breathtaking coastline, with beautiful seals, puffins and caves to explore , you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable holiday. Between the gentle, peace and tranquillity of quiet days or the rush and excitement of kayaking through gaps in the rocks, in the ferocious tide races – Kayaking will satisfy your every need. Taking the competition to the wire Mike has 57 unique Local and Loved reviews all agreeing that he is a competent guide who shares his knowledge in a generous and engaging manner.

Organised by ‘thebestof’, a national network that is dedicated to supporting local businesses, the Local & Loved Business Awards 2015 came to its final crescendo in January, and saw local people vote in categories such as ‘UK Business of the Year’ and ‘Most Loved’ in a specific industry sector.

Other businesses from Pembrokeshire who received acclaim include: Ann-Marie Harries -The Farmer’s Arms, Mathry, Michelle Summers-Davies – Michelle Davies Hair, Goodwick, Linda Wilshaw – Apple Blossom Cleaning, Narberth.

The Local and Loved Campaign, set up by Diana Vickers of thebestof Pembrokeshire said: “Reviews like awards are a must for any business and we are proud to support the very best businesses in the county. All the reviews we receive are validated so customers can trust what they read. However for businesses to truly benefit they should strive for great reviews on a regular basis. We know independent validated reviews bring more enquiries for our business members.”

Mike Mayberry, the owner of Mayberry Kayaking said: “A huge thank you to Neil, Tom, Lou, Diana, Tavi and Shelley for all their hard work last year making customers happy. Without you we wouldn’t be loved half as much!”

This campaign has really shared the love locally and really given everyone a great Valentines to remember!

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The former Parsonage Inn could be turned into two homes

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A CLOSED south Pembrokeshire inn, which sparked hopes it could become the latest community pub in the county will now be turned into two homes.

Earlier this year, The Parsonage Inn, St Florence closed its doors to the public, and a public meeting – at the behest of St Florence Community Council – was held in early February with hopes it could be run as a community venture.

In the last 20 years has seen eight tenants, with the closure coming about “due to the prolonged and sustained pressures faced to both the economy though the cost-of-living crisis with less trade, along with increases in utility, food and alcohol bills, as well as increases in business rates, minimum wage increases and further legislation on waste disposal”.

Local county councillor Rhys Jordan, who supported the meeting, said there was a strong desire to see The Parsonage Inn reopen its doors, but there was a need to temper enthusiasm with realism.

However, hopes the Parsonage would become a community pub have come to no avail, as just three per cent of the funds needed were raised.

Owner Daniel Scriven, in a recently submitted application, sought to turn the pub into two homes.

Referring to the hopes The Parsonage could become a community pub, an application before Pembrokeshire planners says: “Following its closure in January 2024 a community meeting was held on February 5 in the village hall to discuss its future, during the meeting the challenges facing the hospitality industry were discussed and the community reviewed raising funds to take the Parsonage Inn into community ownership.

“Regrettably we understand following the meeting it has become evident that only three per cent fundraising of the asking price has been raised and no offer or approach to the applicant/owner has been made by the community to the owner to put forward a viable proposal, it would therefore appear unviable.

“Following its closure in January 2024, in March 2024 the final tenant along with some members of the community have opened a small community social club in the village hall during evenings on a more ad-hoc basis which would appear more reflective in scale and usage to the community it serves, alongside The [nearby] Sun Inn.”

The application has now been conditionally approved by Pembrokeshire planners.

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First Cymru bus workers secure 11.6% pay increase

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UNITE, the UK’s leading union, has secured an inflation busting 11.6 per cent pay increase for bus drivers employed by First Cymru.

The 300 plus drivers operate buses in South and West Wales working from depots in Swansea, Bridgend, Ammanford, Port Talbot, Carmarthen and Haverfordwest.

The pay deal, which was hammered out through long and detailed negotiations, will see pay increase by 11.6 per cent over a six month period. In addition, there will also be improvements in overtime and weekend rates.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is an excellent result and demonstrates the power of having Unite in your corner to improve jobs, pay and conditions.”

Unite regional co-ordinating officer Sarah Davies said: “Unite will be looking to build on this significant pay deal in future negotiations.

“Our members at First Cymru recognise the importance of being represented by Unite and all workers looking for a better deal should join Unite and get their colleagues to join too.”

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Legal challenge to £6m holiday park expansion

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A CAMPAIGN group which has launched a legal challenge against a recently-granted scheme for a £6m expansion of a south Pembrokeshire holiday park is appealing for financial support to cover its legal fees.

Back in February, Pembrokeshire planners heard a legal challenge to a granted application for works at Heritage Park, Pleasant Valley/Stepaside had been launched.

The holiday park scheme had previously been backed twice by county planners after a ‘minded to approve’ cooling-off period was invoked as it was against repeated officer recommendations to refuse.

The controversial scheme by Heritage Leisure Development (Wales) Ltd includes the installation of 48 bases for holiday lodges, a spa facility at a former pub, holiday apartments, a café and cycle hire, equestrian stables, a manège and associated office, and associated works.

It is said the scheme, next to the historic remains of the 19th century Stepaside ironworks and colliery, will create 44 jobs.

Officer grounds for refusal, based on the Local Development Plan, included the site being outside a settlement area.

Along with 245 objections to the current scheme, Stepaside & Pleasant Valley Residents’ Group (SPVRG Ltd) – formed to object to an earlier 2019 application – also raised a 38-page objection, with a long list of concerns, describing the current application as “a reincarnation of an earlier application, which first alerted the residents of Stepaside, Pleasant Valley and the surrounding villages of the applicant’s plans to implement a complex and sprawling development which would take over the whole valley”.

The 2019 application – which had been recommended for refusal – was later withdrawn.

Legal challenges have also been mounted in connection with applications on the site.

A legal challenge to try and overturn a council decision to approve three planning applications at Heritage Park was launched in 2021 by the Stepaside and Pleasant Valley Residents Group (SPVRG Ltd), which failed in early 2022.

Following that challenge failure, a question was submitted to full council last year after it was revealed the costs awarded to the council amounted to £10,000, despite the costs being higher.

Members heard that the external legal fees paid totalled £34,000 plus VAT.

In its latest legal challenge, and fundraising appeal, SPVRG Ltd has said: “Permission was granted, even though it was against the recommendation of the planning officers and despite the objections of the three community councils involved, the two local county councillors and 245 residents. It also went against the Local Development Plan.”

It added: “This has been a stark example of a majority of county councillors, first on the planning committee and then in the full council, failing to listen to those who know best – the people who live and work in the area, and their own expert officers.”

Legal fees for the first stage of a judicial review are expected to be at least £14,000, with £1,200 raised to date through SPVRG’s crowdfunding page.

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