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Controversial wigwams approved

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wigwamCOUNTY COUNCILLORS have gone against the recommendations of officers as they were minded to approve an application to build twelve wigwams at a site in Jameston, Tenby. The plans were recommended for refusal by officers but members of the National Park’s Development Management Committee gave their approval by nine votes to six.

The applicant, Mr W Staniland, has applied for a diversification of his own business, Brumwells Garden Machinery, with the addition of 12 wigwam lodges. Highlighting reasons for approval, Cllr Bob Kilmister said that it was in the social and economic interests of the community to do so. Cllr Reg Owens said he fully supported the application and added: “I am keen to support small communities within Pembrokeshire. The services that these communities have got are struggling to survive, out of the summer season it is very difficult for them.

This is a very modest development and it will be a boost to the village. We’re being told about the excess of caravans in Pembrokeshire but not everybody wants to stay at a caravan site. I really feel this would be an extra string in the bow of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park if we approve this. It would give visitors something different to come to and I move that we approve this application.” Cllr Tony Wilcox added: “This sort of enterprise is going to attract people 52 weeks a year and we should be encouraging this.

I can honestly see nothing wrong with this. This cannot be seen as blight on the landscape. No one is objecting to this other than ourselves. This is as much removed from a caravan and I would like to second Reg’s approval.” Cllr Bob Kilmister said: “This is a very different market and I’m not aware that anyone else in Pembrokeshire has got this.” Ted Sangster added: “In my view, there are sufficient material considerations that outweigh the reasons why the officers have made their recommendations.

There is full support for this in the community because it would bring significant economic benefit all year round to the village. It would improve the quality of the range of accommodation available within the National Park and it will keep a business together.” Mr Allan Archer then seconded the motion to refuse the application and Cllr Michael Williams added: “We’ve held a line for many years on new caravan sites and we’ve always said no. There is an excessive supply and I don’t think we need any more camping facilities.
I think we would be contributing to the destruction of the very thing we are duty-bound to protect. This would be creating an awful precedent. This is a very small area of the National Park and we are duty bound to protect it.” Councillors were asked to come up with valid planning reasons for accepting the plans and Cllr Bob Kilmister put forward the following: “This is within the curtilage of the property and it is in the social and economic interests of the community and it does not harm the special characteristics of the National Park.” That was deemed acceptable and nine members voted to approve with six voting against and two abstaining.

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Tenby: Air Ambulance medivac patient with suspected broken leg

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PARAMEDICS asked for assistance, and the Wales Air Ambulance were subsequently tasked with tending to an incident at Tenby harbour on Sunday (Oct 2).

A male required assistance due to a fall around the beach area, and suffered a suspected broken leg.

A spokesperson for the air ambulance said: “Our overnight crew arrived on scene at 8.12 pm.

“Following treatment at the scene from our on-board medics, we airlifted the patient to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. Our involvement concluded at 10.31 pm.”

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Cleddau Bridge was closed due to concerns over person in distress

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THE CLEDDAU BRIDGE was closed just after midnight on Sunday morning after reports of concern over a person in distress.

A number of police units attended the incident, and an ambulance was put on standby, but thankfully was not needed. The bridge was closed for around a hour, with a diversion put in place.

Nearby residents noted the flashing lights from multiple emergency services on the bridge and posted statuses on Facebook wishing for the person’s safety.

Some other witnesses on the Pembroke Dock side of the estuary noted activity in the water from small vessels in the area under the bridge, which they believed may have been boats put on standby.

In a statement a spokesperson from the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called in the early hours of Sunday morning at 12:43am to reports of an incident on the A477, Cleddau Bridge.

“We sent one emergency ambulance but were subsequently stood down.”

At just after 1am Sunday the police posted the following on their official Facebook page, confirming that the incident was over: “Cleddau Bridge has now reopened. Thank you for your patience.”

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Thirty bags of cocaine – worth £90m – wash up on west Wales beach

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has confirmed that what is expected to be a large quantity of the class A drug cocaine has washed up on on a west Wales beach this weekend.

The Herald understands that a man walking on Tan-y-Bwlch beach, south of Aberystwyth, made the discovery early on Saturday morning – which at street value could be sold for as much as £90m.

The beach walker found 30 black bags on the sand which had been tied together with a rope and empty gallon jerry cans for buoyancy.

Inside each black bag were 30 x1kg blocks, labelled with the name of fashion brand Dior – the mark of a Latin-American cartel – indicating 100% purity.

A similar brick of cocaine confiscated in Australia (File)

Thinking the package was suspicious, the man called the police.

When the police arrived, one of the bags was cut open and inside was what appeared to be cocaine.

The suspected cocaine was then taken away by officers, and it has now been confirmed that the white powder inside the bags is believed to be cocaine.

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “We are investigating the discovery of a significant quantity of what is thought to be cocaine, spotted along the Ceredigion coast this weekend.

“Enquiries are being undertaken to establish how such an unusually large amount of the controlled drug came to wash up on the Welsh shore, following recent storms.

“The precise quantity is still being established and at this time no-one has been arrested in relation to this matter. Officers have thanked those who found the packages and their sensible actions in reporting the matter immediately.”

No arrests have been made.

The UK’s cocaine market is estimated to be worth more than £25.7 million daily, according to the National Crime Agency’s latest strategic threat assessment.

Figures released by the agency earlier this year revealed how cocaine seizures nationwide have soared by 161 per cent between early 2020 and early last year.

A suspected £90million haul of cocaine was found on beach
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