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Tenby and Saundersfoot: 7,000 people will need to travel for dental care

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Concerned: Simon Hart MP says he is not satisfied with the current arrangements (File image)

Concerned: Simon Hart MP says he is not satisfied with the current arrangements (File image)

TENBY and Saundersfoot are in desperate need of an NHS dentist a local politician has said.

Simon Hart, MP told that Herald that following the death of one of the NHS dentists based in Narberth, Hywel Dda Health Board opened up the dental contract for tender.

At least two practices offered to take on NHS patients in the Tenby area – but they both lost out to an existing Pembroke dental surgery.

Mr Hart said: “I am disappointed that people from Tenby and Saundersfoot – a total population of about 7,000 – will have to continue to travel for treatment.”

“Huw Jones was providing 15,000 units of dental care a year in Narberth until his death – and a further 10,000 was provided in Pembroke and Pembroke Dock.  With this news all 25,000 units have moved to the far west of the county, leaving Tenby and Saundersfoot without NHS dental provision once again.

“I am sure the Pembroke practice will do a very good job but it is disappointing that so much provision is being limited to this corner of the county.”

Simon Hart MP

Simon Hart MP

Mr Fawaz Abbas of Tenby Dental Haven was one of those who bid to provide the work in Tenby.

He said: “I am extremely disappointed by this decision, there is a desperate need for NHS dental care in Tenby and we are in a very strong position to offer it.”

Mr Hart added: “This tender was the perfect opportunity to fill the gap in the Tenby and Saundersfoot area.  There is a great need for an NHS dentist in the area, a lot of elderly people live there who find it difficult to use public transport to get to Pembroke.

“I am sure that good offers were made to provide the care in the Tenby area and I have written to the Health Board urging them to think again.”

Marc Tierney, Labour’s Assembly Candidate for South Pembrokeshire said: “In turn, I have spoken with the Health Board and discussed the opportunity for bringing together a variety of health services under one roof in the town. We already have a modern facility at Tenby Cottage Hospital, fought for by a previous Labour AM for this area.

“It would make sense for the Health Board to look carefully at how they can bring health services closer to the local community by using the building on Gas Lane.

“I have written to the Health Board asking them to clarify their position regarding this proposal. They must be clear about how they intend to provide NHS dentistry closer to patients in south east Pembrokeshire.”

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Fishguard RNLI launch to attend injured fisherman 13 miles offshore

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FISHGUARD’s RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched early on Monday (Jan 17), with a full volunteer crew, to rendezvous with an Irish scalloper fishing boat which had an injured crew member aboard. The 14-metre fishing boat ‘ Golden Fleece’ had requested assistance by making radio contact with HM Coastguard. 

The lifeboat launched at 7.30am in calm conditions and headed to the fishing boat positioned approximately 13 miles north of Cemaes Head. Once on location the injured fisherman, who had suffered a significant finger injury, was transferred to the lifeboat. No further medical assistance was necessary from the lifeboat crew but he was kept under observation during the return journey to Fishguard where he was transferred to an awaiting ambulance upon arrival at 8.30am.   

 

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Brains’ £100 million sell-off plan includes local pubs in Pembrokeshire

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SA BRAINs is close to completing a £100m deal which will see the sale of 100 Wales pubs, including Pembrokeshire locals, it has been reported.

It is reported that Wales most prominent brewers will sell the freeholds to 100 of it’s pubs to a consortium.

Brains currently has a portfolio of 200 pubs across Wales and the South West.

Sources within the pub industry said that the transaction could be signed in the next few days.

The deal is to be made with Song Capital and Cerberus Capital Management, the former owner of Admiral Taverns.

The deal, which is thought to be around the £100m mark, is expected to be used by the Brains’ family shareholders to pay down debt.

The hospitality sector has been hit severely by the Coronavirus pandemic, being forced to close for long periods at a time and then reopening with strict restrictions.

In 2020, Brains struck a deal with Marston’s to operate 141 of its pubs, under the Welsh brewers brand, following financial pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Six Pembrokeshire pubs are earmarked to be included in the transaction; The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels, Crown Inn, Tenby, Grove Hotel, Narberth, Waterman’s Arms, Pembroke, Harbour Inn, Solva and The Galleon, Broad Haven.

The sale will see the Brains pub estate as a family-owned brewer with a small residual pub portfolio.

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St Clears’ McDonald’s opening delayed for a week

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THE OPENING of the new 100-seater McDonald’s in St Clears has been delayed by a week. 

The restaurant, which will be built along the main approach road to Pembrokeshire, aimed to open its doors on Wednesday, January 19. 

However, the company has confirmed that the opening has been postponed until Wednesday, January 26. 

The new McDonald’s will join Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock McDonald’s as the only members of the company located west of Carmarthen. 

It hoped to provide over 80 full and part time jobs due to being open around the clock. They hosted a recruitment day in December 2021. 

The original applications had previously stated that the McDonald’s would be open 24 hours a day. A premises licence application is currently being made to the County Council for the “provision of late-night refreshments” which, if accepted, would allow the restaurant to be open 24 hours a day.

It will open on the opposite side of the road to Travelodge and Starbucks, which replaced the Little Chef restaurant in 2017.

The restaurant was initially going to include a separate building which would have accommodated a Costa Coffee. However, it will now host a Greggs. 

Alongside this, planning permission has been granted separately for a petrol station with six electric charging points.

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