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Haverfordwest: Refrigeration unit hampers council

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99THE COUNCIL is to look at buying the old Woolworths store in Haverfordwest in order to progress plans for a proposed footpath from Castle Lake car park to Castle Square.

At a meeting of the Cabinet on Monday (Nov 30), the council heard how a ‘trivial’ refrigeration unit is hampering the council from progressing with the plans.

Council Leader Jamie Adams asked for the Director of Development to look into the possibility of buying the store to help get rid of the unit and open up the path.

Cllr Simon Hancock said: “At the moment it is seen as squalor and it looks dreadful.”

Cllr Keith Lewis said: “This is a most frustrating situation that we find ourselves in and this originated from a notice of motion from Cllr Tom Tudor but you’ll see from the dates in the report that we have been batting this one backwards and forward for a long time.

“The current position is that following a takeover within the budget shop areas where Poundland have taken over 99p stores the operating of the 99p store has moved into another portfolio of stores.

“Despite repeated approaches we have continually failed to get to an agreement regarding an element that is most trivial because all that is required to put in place this link is that we need to remove one element from the side of the building, a refrigeration condenser, approximately half a day’s work.

“This is most frustrating because it not only stops a project but it is a project that is important for the regeneration of Haverfordwest because it provides an ideal link from the castle down into Castle Square, Bridge Street and so on.

“The best that we have at the moment is that the people have said they will look at it in the New Year but I find that unacceptable.”

Cllr Simon Hancock said: “This link pathway has been under discussion for years and I know that this authority has been very frustrated at the inability to progress this.

“Visitors to Haverfordwest go up past this store but they are greeted with a site of dereliction, an absolute eyesore. We could remove that and have a linkway so people can park in Castle Lake car park and walk through into Castle Square. It would be a huge benefit to the town.”

Cllr Rob Lewis added: “It is seen from all involved in the town, and in the chamber of trade, as a really important step forward for the town. They are really keen to see this access improved an opened up.

“It is extremely frustrating that we find ourselves with such a trivial thing as the refrigeration unit that means we can’t proceed.”

Council Leader Jamie Adams said this had been discussed for eight to ten years describing it was ‘an awfully long time’.

He added: “Perhaps it is time to take the matter under our own control recognising that the store in question, the old Woolworths store, is an extremely strategically important site in Haverfordwest and does have the opportunity to, if control could be taken of the site, to deliver an anchor store in the centre of the town with good links from the car park.”

The leader changed the recommendation, asking the Director of Development to look at the possibility of making a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) on the store.

Cllr Keith Lewis welcomed the idea and said it would send out a positive message that the authority was committed to working with the town team to improving and regenerating the centre of Haverfordwest.

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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DYFED POWYS POLICE has confirmed that a 20-year-old male passed away in Milford Haven last Saturday, April 17.

Police were called to the USA Fried Chicken store on Charles Street at around 1:30pm but have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

A Herald reporter was at the scene and witnessed a number of police cars and an ambulance while plain-clothed officers were also seen.

HM Coroner has been informed.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We were called to Charles Street in Milford Haven on Saturday 17 April at approximately 1.34pm to reports of a medical emergency. We attended the scene with one emergency ambulance where we assisted colleagues from the police.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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