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Expansion of Enterprise Zone welcomed

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Paul Davies: on the waterway.

Paul Davies: on the waterway.

The Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone is set to expand, offering help to more local businesses.

The zone, introduced in 2012, will be expanded to include Brunel Quay, Neyland; areas west of Milford Haven; the Martello Quay and Stockwell Road areas of Pembroke Dock; and Trecwn and Goodwick. It offers financial help for small and medium businesses by offering a grant which allows them to offset their business rates for up to two years. It is open to businesses looking to start up in the area, as well as established firms looking to expand or develop. The Maximum grant available is £55,000.

This extra funding was announced by the Minister for the Economy, Edwina Hart AM, on Tuesday (Feb 3) with applications for funding being accepted the following day

It comes as part of the Welsh Government’s response to the closing of Murco oil refinery last year, with the loss of more than 300 jobs.

The extension of the Enterprise Zone was welcomed by politicians.

Speaking to The Herald, Rebecca Evans, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, said: “I back the expansion of this scheme, and I know that many businesses will also welcome this good news.” She added that “I would encourage all small or medium-sized businesses that are either located in the newly extended area of the Enterprise Zone, or anybody who is looking to start a business in these areas to apply.”

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies said: “I welcome the Minister’s announcement today and I am pleased that action is being taken. Extending the enterprise zone to allow other businesses to benefit is a common sense move. Along with Stephen Crabb MP, I will continue working with all those affected to ensure appropriate support is provided following Murco’s recent announcement.”

Local Labour Councillor Paul Miller also spoke in favour of the scheme: “News that the Enterprise Zone is to be extended in Pembrokeshire is a really welcome step. This scheme can provide business with real cash relief to expand and grow in Pembrokeshire. As I said when talking about this week’s developments with the South Hook LNG CHP project, Pembrokeshire Jobs are disappearing fast right now and we have to have a clear plan and be completely focused on making sure we’ve a viable economy in this county going forward.”

The Enterprise Zone already supports 130 local businesses, and provides £7.5m of funding. Further details, including eligibility criteria and application forms, can be obtained by contacting the business Information Helpline on 03000 603000, or by emailing businesssupport@wales.gsi. gov.uk.

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Covid-19 vaccination venues and timeline announced for everyone locally over 50

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EVERY person in JCVI priority groups 5 to 9 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by 18 April, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

While the health board’s vaccination programme has the capacity to offer a vaccine to everyone in groups 5 to 9 by the original target date of 4 April, the delivery plan has had to be adjusted based on confirmed vaccine deliveries.

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire residents in priority groups 5 to 9 can expect to receive their vaccine as follows:

  • Group 5, people aged 65 – 69 years – delivered by GP practices between 15 February and 12 March
  • Group 6, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers – delivered by GP practices between 22 February and 4 April
  • Group 7, people aged 60 – 64 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 8 March
  • Group 8, people aged 55 – 59 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 22 March
  • Group 9, people aged 50 – 54 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 5 April

The health board currently has mass vaccination centres located in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Tenby, Carmarthen and Llanelli.

Group 6 is significantly the largest cohort to be vaccinated to date and we understand that many in this group will be anxious to receive a vaccine. Please do not contact your GP or the health board to ask about your appointment, you will be contacted directly when it is your turn and we thank you for your patience.

People in groups 7, 8 and 9 will receive a letter with an appointment date and time. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. The letter will include a phone number to contact the health board should you need to rearrange or cancel your appointment but please make every effort to keep your allocated appointment time.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “While  our programme has had to slow  due to supplies, we want to reassure everyone in groups 5 to 9 that our amazing teams of vaccinators and GP practices have the capability and flexibility to deliver our vaccine supplies as they arrive into the region.

“Vaccine supplies will start to increase again from mid-March, and we are confident that everyone living in our three counties in the top 9 priority groups will be offered a vaccine by mid-April.

“In Hywel Dda we have an older population compared to some other health boards and so over 50% of our adult population will have been offered a vaccine by milestone 2.

“To be able to say that as we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown is nothing short of extraordinary.

“And again, I must say thank you to everyone living in our three counties who continue to come forward in substantial numbers for the vaccine. Uptake remains remarkably high and we hope to see this continue through groups 5 to 9 and into group 10.”

People are asked, wherever possible, to use their own private transport to attend an appointment. Lifts can be accepted from someone in their household or support bubble, but not from anyone else due to the risk of transmission of the virus.

The health board has put in place transport support for anyone who may have difficulty attending their vaccination appointment. If you have no other means of travel, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 and we will be happy to assist.

Everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 should have received an offer of a vaccination. If you have not been contacted, or have changed your mind, please contact your GP at the earliest opportunity. No one will be left behind.

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Nolton Haven: Man hospitalised after getting into difficulties in sea

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A MAN was taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Nolton Haven on Friday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.40pm on February 26 by a 999 call to the control centre.

The Little Haven RNLI lifeboat, Broad Haven Coastguard, an ambulance crew and a Coastguard rescue helicopter assisted police in the operation.

The male casualty was stabilised on the beach and shortly before 4.30pm, was then transported to Withybush Hospital.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “We were called to a male who had got into difficulties in the water at Nolton Haven shortly before 3pm.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms

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A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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