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Car park charging trials refused



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A NOTICE of motion calling for the council to consider introducing trials on a number of car parking charges in Pembrokeshire has been refused.

The matter was discussed at a meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet on Monday, February 22.

Cllr Bob Kilmister had called for the introduction of a parking passport, trialling 10p parking charges and short stay parking areas.

However, he was told that there was already work being done and that free Pop and Shop bays had already been implemented in some areas.

Cllr Kilmister had submitted his proposals on the back of evidence in Cwmbran and Ceredigion where free parking had increased the trade within those areas.

Cllr Bob Kilmister said: “This Notice of motion is designed to help this council achieve a balance between its income from car parks and the clear evidence that our traditional town centres are struggling while many out of town retail parks thrive.

“If this council benefitted directly from business rates I put it to you that this council would view this subject very differently.

“Empty retail businesses do not have a direct impact on this council’s revenue. They do, however,  have a huge impact on the economy and employment. This explains why this council has done so little since its inception to support its town centres. It’s just about the money.

“The evidence presented in respect of the Cwmbran and Cardigan experiences is completely one-eyed.

“A letter from The British Parking Association is provided as evidence but they’re simply a vested interest whose business is car parking and there letter is simply an expression of them wanting a justification for their business.

“The experience of what happened in Cwmbran as a direct result of them doing something different has not been investigated in any shape or form. Nobody actually reviewed what happened in either town.

“I put forward suggestions for possible trials this council could take. It seems to me that if members of the public brought parking tickets in advance they are much more likely to use our car parks and it would boost trade.

“This report suggests that you carry on regardless. You could be innovative but that might be too much of a risk for you.

“This notice of motion suggests that you do an in-depth study and look at trials and the fact that that idea is being rejected is entirely the wrong approach.”

Council Leader Jamie Adams said that the Cwmbran centre was owned by the land owner and also added that the High Street in Ceredigion was clogged up when CPE’s were not undertaking.

He added: “Parking charges in Ceredigion are considerably higher. Highlighting the issue of vandalised machines in cardigan as a sign of progress is something we should not be considering.”

Cllr Rob Lewis disagreed that the Council had a ‘one-eyed approach’ and said: “You are not looking at the wider traffic management matters. When we introduced the last raft of charges on new car parks we, as part of that process, have asked the officers to look at the impacts and this is something that is ongoing and is something that is already happening.”

Head of Highways and Transportation, Darren Thomas said: “With regard to the free spaces, the most recent example of this is the introduction of the pop and shop bays but it is very early to comment but at the moment it is having a positive impact.

“There is no doubt that the charging regime does have an impact.”

Cllr Huw George said: “We’ve mentioned Narberth, what is important about Narberth is the offer.

“The offer in Narberth is very good and perhaps we need to be concentrating on this to make sure that the offer in our town centres is drawing people to them so they get what they want.”

Cllr Sue Perkins said that the car parking charges in Pembroke Dock hadn’t made any difference to the town.

Cllr Myles Pepper added that retailers needed to be ‘more clever’ in how they present their offers.

Responding to the comments, Cllr Bob Kilmister said: “Cwmbran used to charge and the centre wasn’t thriving so they decided to change their process and it became completely different.

“I understand we need car parking revenue and I am not saying that we take away charges.

“I am not suggesting that anyone should go out and vandalise a machine but the experience there was somewhat dramatic. You have two places in Wales where something has happened but we have chosen not to take account of that.

“Short stay parking as a retailer can be complicated because you are not able to stay there long enough to do all the shopping you need.

“The offer is absolutely critical in any retail environment and that is the problem we have at the moment.”

The recommendation to refuse the notice of motion was accepted by Cabinet members.

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Police and drugs advice service issue warning over ‘deadly batch’ of heroin



POLICE have asked the media to issue a warning over a batch of heroin.

The drug circulating in west Wales, first detected in Llanelli, is particularly dangerous, it has been confirmed.

“We are warning drug users to take extra care following reports of a particularly harmful batch of heroin circulating in the Llanelli area” said a Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson.

“We have reasons to believe some drugs being distributed and used in the Carmarthenshire area at present have been contaminated with other substances and could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately if they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone you believe could come into contact with these drugs.

”In an emergency or if you think someone’s life is at risk always dial 999.”

Earlier this week Barod, the drug and alcohol abuse service reported a dangerous and toxic heroin circulating in Pembroke Dock which a spokesperson described as being ‘potentially deadly’.

To comes as Public Health England issued a formal alert about the risks of heroin containing fentanyl or carfentanyl.

The warning reads: “There is significant evidence from a small number of post-mortem results of recent drug user deaths and from police seizures that some heroin may contain fentanyl or carfentanyl added by dealers.

“These are highly potent synthetic opioids and very small amounts can cause severe or even fatal toxicity.

“Those of you in contact with heroin users should be alert to the increased possibility of overdose arising from heroin cut with these synthetic opioids, be able to recognise possible symptoms of overdose and respond appropriately.”

The fentanyls are a group of synthetic opioids; some have legitimate uses while others are illicit drugs.

Fentanyl is about 100 times more potent than morphine and is a licensed medicine used to treat severe and terminal pain. Carfentanyl is 4,000 – 10,000 times more potent than morphine and principally used as an animal tranquilliser.

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Tenby’s famous walrus ‘Wally’ has been spotted again



TENBY’S most famous marine animal has been spotted again after fears she had been scared away.

Wally was spotted on Friday evening by the seaside town’s Lifeboat station.

Thought to be a two-year-old male, the walrus’s return comes after it was feared she had been disturbed by people flocking to catch a glimpse of her and “getting too close”

The animal has attracted hundreds of people to the seaside town now that the travel restrictions with Wales have been lifted to coincide with the Easter school holidays.

Wally was last seen on Monday, but  members of the public were warned it was in the animal’s “best interests” to be “left alone” as much as possible and they were urged to “avoid the temptation to get near and disturb” her.

A joint statement was issued by the RSPCA, Tenby harbour master Chris Salisbury, Welsh Marine Life Rescue, Tenby lifeboat coxswain Phil John, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Natural Resources Wales and CSIP Marine Environmental Rescue said that they were concerned to hear that people had tried to get close by using personal watercraft or paddle and surfboards.

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Police plan to deter badly behaved youths from gathering in Tenby



POLICE in Tenby responded to community concerns over antisocial behaviour and groups of between 15-20 youths gathering and clashing over the Easter bank holiday weekend. They moved the youths on, seized alcohol from them and stopped matters escalating when there were clashes between the groups. And they have a clear message ahead of this weekend – there will be extra police patrols and presence in Tenby, including on the trains, so this type of behaviour won’t be tolerated.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers used powers under the Antisocial Behaviour Act to disperse groups of youngsters meeting to drink alcohol in and around Tenby, many of whom had travelled by train to the area to meet up.

Based on these scenes from last weekend, plans are in place as part of a joint operation with Pembrokeshire County Council licensing officers and British Transport Police, to address and prevent any further gatherings.

A Section 34 Order is in place covering Tenby, which allows officers to move people out of the area and prevent them from returning for up to 48 hours.

Sergeant Stuart Wheeler said: “Following last weekend we had some concern from the community of Tenby, due to antisocial behaviour related to the groups of youths from Pembroke, Pembroke Dock and Tenby, and subsequently those groups clashing. Alcohol consumption by these youngsters was a factor.

“Proactive action was taken, and we are keen to avoid a repeat of this behaviour this weekend, and have therefore put plans in place. Additional resources have been allocated, which will allow us to respond quickly and prevent matters from escalating.

“Tenby Neighbourhood Policing Team and response officers, will be carrying out high visibility patrols in the area, covering areas known to be popular with youngsters. Pembrokeshire County Council licensing officers will be assisting us in ensuring youngsters can’t buy alcohol in the area by visiting shops and reminding them of the laws around selling alcohol, and if they bring it with them it will be seized. And our colleagues in British Transport Police will be patrolling the train network to prevent problematic groups getting to Tenby by train.”

Police are also appealing to parents and carers to know where their children are, and what they are doing.

Sergeant Wheeler added: “We would like to appeal directly to parents to be aware of where their children are, and prevent them from gathering in large groups. This type of behaviour is distressing for people living and working in Tenby, and we are urging you to be accountable for your children’s actions.

“We understand that the past few months have been difficult, and that children want to see their friends, but remember that only 6 people from 2 households can meet outdoors still. Please do your best to ensure they are adhering to regulations that are in place for all our safety.”

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