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Children find dirty nappies on beach

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dirty nappies on beachCHILDREN FROM St Marks School in Merlins Bridge were shocked to find two dirty nappies at one of the county’s most beautiful beaches.

The young people were taking part in a litter pick at Freshwater East, as part of the Dragon LNG Darwin Experience education programme. The Darwin team take about 10 schools per annum to beaches across the county in partnership with Dragon LNG and Keep Wales Tidy.

“The hundreds of pupils we litter pick with each year are always horrified by the amount of litter we find, but they are particularly upset when they find dog mess in bags left lying around, cigarette butts, and dirty nappies,” says Darwin Manager Marten Lewis.

The litter picks are part of a wider educational programme in partnership between the Darwin Centre, Dragon LNG, Pembrokeshire College and the local authority, working with thousands of young people every year to help them understand the world around them.

The science and engineering field trips and workshops have been offered to schools in Pembrokeshire for free for nine years and have shared £500,000 worth of funding with every school in the county. Astonishingly the nappies were found less than five metres from a bin, and the children found it difficult to understand why someone would do such a thing.

“A word that many pupils used was selfish, and I think that is a very good description of the type of people that would leave nappies, dog mess, and cigarette butts on a beach.

“Littering at any level is selfish and a blight on our beautiful county, but to discard dirty, smelly, and even poisonous waste shows an incredible disregard for others and our environment,” added Marten Lewis.

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Public urged to take part in Council budget consultation

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MEMBERS of the public are being urged to participate in Pembrokeshire County Council’s budget consultation 2022-23.

Launched this week, the consultation asks the public where they think the Council needs to spend money, and where it can save it.

As part of the process, the Council has created an online budget simulator, which includes videos from Cabinet members talking about the financial pressure in their portfolio areas.
Cllr Bob Kilmister, Cabinet Member for Finance, encouraged all those interested in how the Council spends its funds to take part in the consultation.

“It’s very important that we hear from as many people in Pembrokeshire as possible,” he said.

“Like other Councils, we are once again facing significant budget pressures and understanding community and household priorities is vital in helping us to make the difficult choices necessary in setting the 2023-23 budget.

“We look forward to hearing from you.”

How to take part in the consultation:

Teams Live Stream event
Join a Teams Live Stream event on Wednesday 1st December from 7pm – 8pm. Put your budget questions directly to Cllr Kilmister or the Council’s Director of Resources, Jon Haswell, or listen to the discussion. Questions are welcomed in English and Welsh.

Budget Simulator
Give your views on the budget priorities for 2022–23 by using our Budget Simulator which is available at https://haveyoursay.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/

Download the survey and return to County Hall
Alternatively you can download and complete our hard copy Information and Response Form. Once complete please return to surveys@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or Pembrokeshire County Council, Policy & Partnerships, County Hall, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP.

The consultation will end on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

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Milford Haven Council cancels annual Christmas lights switch-on event

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Council cancels Christmas lights

MILFORD Haven Town Council have announced that they will be cancelling the official switching on the Christmas lights event this year.  

The Christmas lights in Milford Haven will be turned on Wednesday, December 1 at 7pm. However, unlike previous years, this will not be an official event. 

In the past, the event would see Father Christmas switching the lights on while on a balcony at the Town Hall. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the official turning on of the lights is unable to go ahead.

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County Hall to be lit up in orange as part of UN campaign

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COUNTY HALL is being lit up in orange tonight (Thursday, 25 November) to highlight the United Nations campaign against gender violence #OrangeTheWorld: End Violence Against Women Now!

The UN is holding 16 days of activism against gender-based violence from 25th November to 10th December 2021 under the global theme set by the UN Secretary General’s UNiTE campaign.

Among the local groups supporting the worldwide campaign are Soroptimists International Haverfordwest which requested the illumination. “This is a campaign that, as a women’s group, we feel it very important to support,” said member Susie Blacklaw-Jones.

Council Leader Cllr David Simpson supported their request, saying: “This is an incredibly important issue and we are grateful to Soroptimist International Haverfordwest for helping to draw attention to the campaign and raise local awareness.”

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