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Green light for new county library

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CABINET members have approved proposals to develop a new County Library at the Riverside Market in Haverfordwest.

Riverside regeneration: New location of library

Riverside regeneration: New location of library

Members also recommended that the Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee should also look at the proposals.

The matter came before Cabinet in January but it was resolved that further work was needed on the Riverside Market option. It was also revealed that Natural Resources Wales does not object to the change of use of the market to a library.

Cllr Elwyn Morse said that the proposal should be considered as part of the emerging masterplan for Haverfordwest.

He added: “The library relocation offers a wonderful opportunity for Pembrokeshire County Council to play its part and to lead the way in the regeneration of the town centre. The county library and information centre facilities are a key part of the wider regeneration for the county town which will bring significant, enhanced footfall to the town centre. The old site in Dew Street attracted 143,000 visitors a year and we anticipate if the plan emerges there will be a significant increase on that. Occupation of the Market building by the county library will necessitate the relocation of the market traders to alternative suitable premises. The council is working with the individual traders. Council recognises there will be a cost implication involved in relocating groups of traders and will provide financial support during this period, particularly in the first two years following any move. If the relocation is successful the old building will become surplus to requirements. Good progress has made in addressing the issues relating to the Cabinet resolution in January and with a commitment to relocating and supporting existing traders for an extended period, the project aims to deliver a triple bottom line; those being: A first class library, a gallery and a visitor centre which will generate increased visitor numbers, a keystone regeneration project that will be the catalyst for a range of complimentary projects to support the Haverfordwest Masterplan.”

The Director of Development Stephen Jones added: “We considered eleven different options and the outcome of the analysis was that the market building provided the best option in terms of providing a full range of service for a new library and information centre with the added benefit of a catalyst that the regeneration would bring. We’re not in business of putting businesses out of business. We are absolutely committed to making sure the traders are supported all the way through this process and I’m firmly of the view that we can facilitate that.”

Head of Cultural Services, Mike Cavanagh said: “Performance hasn’t been discussed as much. Overview and Scrutiny received a paper recently which showed that the library service, in terms of national performance, indicating the number of visits, had dropped into the bottom quartile. This is a major opportunity to change that, we needed a facility in the right place. This is the right facility and it will generate a large footfall. I am very confident, because of the offer, that there will be a large increase in footfall.”

Council Leader Jamie Adams indicated that the Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee should also look at this and Cllr Mike John, sitting at the back of the room and chair of that committee, said they would be happy to look at the proposals.

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Police appeal after biker sadly killed in A40 crash with campervan

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A MOTORCYCLIST was sadly killed in a crash with a campervan on the A40 on Wednesday (Jun 12).

Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed that the male rider of the motorcycle died at the scene of the collision which took place at around 1.05pm.

The road between Llanwrda and Llandovery was subsequently closed for ten hours.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the crash to anyone from Pembrokeshire who may have been in the area.

The incident was also attended by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) crews from Llandovery and Llandeilo; the Wales Ambulance Service and the Wales Air Ambulance.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred at about 1.05pm, Wednesday, 12th June 2024.

“A beige Volkswagen campervan and a blue and white Honda motorcycle collided on the A40 between Llanwrda and Llandovery.

“Sadly, the male rider of the motorcycle died at the scene.

“The road was closed and reopened at about 11.15pm.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or anyone living or travelling on the A40 between Llandeilo and the collision site, between 12.30pm and 1pm, with dashcam or ring doorbell footage, is asked to contact police on 101.

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Savers store to shut up shop in another yet blow to county town’s centre

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ANOTHER Haverfordwest chain store has announced when it is shutting up shop, it what seems to be a growing trend in large businesses abandoning the market town’s centre

A spokesperson for the health, home and beauty retailer Savers told The Pembrokeshire Herald that it was hoped that the staff from the Haverfordwest store would be able to take up positions at other branches in Tenby and Carmarthen.

The final day of trading will be this Saturday (Jun 15).

The closure notice on the shop door.

On Facebook the store’s management posted: “It is with great sadness that Haverfordwest Savers will be closing its doors for the last time on Saturday 15th June.

“Management and team would like to take this opportunity to thank all our amazing customers, past and present, for your custom and support, and wish you all well in the future.

“Thank you all.”

The herald broke the story back in march 2024
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Generous legacy donation boosts St Davids RNLI lifesaving fund

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A LIFELONG RNLI supporter and fundraiser who enjoyed visits to Pembrokeshire has made a generous donation of £10,000 to St Davids RNLI lifeboat station following his recent death.

John Broadhurst of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire joined the Aylesbury fundraising branch in 1974, volunteering as a committee member and secretary for almost 40 years. In 2013 he was awarded a gold badge for his dedicated support of the charity through his service and fundraising support.

The large contribution will go towards lifeboat station running costs, including essential lifesaving kit and training. The family have also made a donation to the RNLI ‘launch a memory’ all-weather lifeboat to be based at Exmouth.

The Broadhurst family started visiting Pembrokeshire in 1972 when family members moved to the area.

Jo Lynch, John’s daughter, said: ‘Visits to lifeboat stations were always an inherent part of our holidays, and St Davids was always part of that. Dad was a keen sea fisherman, and used to fish regularly from Newgale, Solva and Whitesands. In the early 80’s, mum and dad bought a touring caravan and we used to stay all around the local coast, including at the caravan club site at Lleithyr Meadow near Whitesands on a regular basis. St Davids has always been a favourite part of the county and we continue to holiday in the area.’

Alice Coleman, RNLI Community Manager, said: ‘On behalf of all the crew and members of St Davids lifeboat station I’d like to extend our sincere heartfelt thanks to John and his family for this very generous donation. Knowing John devoted so much time to our charity over many years, and he chose St Davids to benefit from this legacy, is humbling and greatly appreciated. This donation will enable us to continue delivering a lifesaving capability from our lifeboat station.

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