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Pub hours extended to officer’s wish

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inn1THE LICENSED opening hours of the Sherlock Holmes Inn in Pennar, Pembroke Dock, have been extended by the council’s Licensing Sub-Committee, following a request from the Dyfed-Powys Police Licensing Officer. The committee met on Wednesday (Dec 9), to discuss an application from Mr Brian Revill to extend the opening hours of the pub to 1.30am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The application also asked to extend the opening hours from Sunday to Wednesday to 00.30hrs. However, the committee heard from Dyfed Powys Police’s Licensing Officer, Mr Nigel Hayes, who said that if the hours applied for were granted it would ‘have a detrimental effect on the community’.

He also recommended that the hours be changed to 24.00hrs on Friday and Saturday nights and 23.30hrs for the rest of the week. The sale of alcohol would be permitted up until 23.30hrs on Fridays and Saturdays and 23.00hrs from Sundays to Thursdays. The committee agreed with Mr Hayes and granted permission for the pub to be open between those hours. Appearing on behalf of Mr Revill, Mrs Revill told the committee: “All we are asking for is to have the same as everybody else in Pembroke Dock. “Our hours are too short at the moment and we haven’t had any trouble. “This is something that Pennar deserves. Locals attend the pub which is a community pub.

“Without having an extension to our license, we may not be able to keep it open as we are losing business. “We have done everything that is asked of us. We have put in a smoking pen, notices on the door telling people to respect the neighbours as they leave. We want to do everything we can to make sure this stays as a community pub. “We do have an open mic night which is all acoustic and it attracts all ages and they are gone by 11pm.

“All we are asking is that we just have the same as everybody else.” Licensing Officer Nigel Hayes said: “This application seeks to extend the licensing hours quite considerably in our opinion, going beyond late evening and into the early hours of the morning. “The location of the premises is also an issue for us. There are a number of terraced houses on what is a narrow street. “Police expect there to be problems as there will be people in the street talking and taxis tooting their horns.

“We have visited the premises to speak to Mr Revill in the past and we were impressed with what we saw and it was clear at the time that this was a new venture for him. “It was a surprise for us when we saw this application come forward. “I would have thought that it would have been a better approach to test the water with temporary event notices. “This is not an ideal location and the longer hours, if granted, will have a detrimental effect on the community.

“We are not slamming the door completely and would accept a slight increase for sale of alcohol and the opening hours.” Pembrokeshire County Council’s Pollution Control Officer Nathan Miles added that there had also been three complaints about people leaving the premises and music coming from it and that there was also an allegation that the pub was already operating beyond its current licensed conditions. There were also two letters of objection from residents who live nearby.

Mrs Revill responded saying that one of those complaints had originated from noise during one of the Rugby World Cup matches and that she would not be changing the open mic nights. After deliberating for nearly half an hour, the committee returned to tell Mrs Revill that they had agreed to extend the licensing hours but to the ones that were outlined by Mr Hayes. Mrs Revill indicated that she would be looking to appeal the decision made by the committee.

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Further coronavirus restriction relaxations brought forward

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FURTHER changes to the coronavirus restrictions have been announced by the First Minister Mark Drakeford today.

The Welsh Government has confirmed further relaxations will be brought forward from 17 May to 3 May – including the resumption of indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults, such as exercise classes, and the re-opening of community centres.

This means Wales will have completed the move to Alert Level 3 by Monday 3 May.

From Saturday 24 April, the rule of 6 will allow for up to six people from six households to meet outdoors, not including children under 11 years of age or carers from those households.

The Welsh Government has also confirmed the relaxations that will take place on Monday 26 April. Outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to reopen, while outdoor hospitality can also resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people will be able to take place and weddings receptions can begin again outdoors for up to 30 people.

Wales has the lowest coronavirus rates of the UK nations.  The successful vaccine programme continues with a higher proportion of people vaccinated in Wales than other nations of the UK for both first and second doses.

Changes from Monday 3 May:

  • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen;
  • People will also again be able to form extended households with one other household.

Relaxations planned for 17 May will be brought forward to the 3 May, including:

  • The resumption of indoor supervised activities for children;
  • Indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults (such as exercise classes and swimming lessons);
  • And the re-opening of community centres.

The First Minister said:

“The sacrifices we have made continue to show results. By us all working together and sticking to the rules, combined with our vaccination programme, mean we continue to make progress. Rates of the virus continue to fall and the public health situation is improving. 

“Due to these efforts we are able confirm more easing of the restrictions from 26 April and for early May we are again able to bring forward some of our plans. However, this progress is dependent on all of us continuing to work together to keep Wales safe.

“At the last three-week review, I set out a forward-look of how the restrictions could continue to be lifted in the weeks ahead, if the public health situation remains stable.

“It will be for the incoming Welsh Government to confirm these arrangements at the next three-week review, which will be held on May 13 – a week after the election. It is my assessment that the hospitality sector – bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes – will be able to open indoors from May 17, together with all other tourist accommodation, indoor entertainment and attractions.”

Further possible easements are subject to the public health situation remaining favourable.

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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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