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Act now on Hakin Cliff issue say politicians

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Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 09.45.15STEPHEN CRABB MP and Paul Davies AM are calling for action to remedy the long standing problem of a cliff collapse above Hakin Point in Milford Haven. A landslip occurred at the location on 1st July 2012, and two further land slips have occurred since. The cliff has a main sewerage pipe in it, prompting fears that any further landslips could cause damage to the pipe leading to major environmental problems.

The issue was highlighted in a two page report in The Herald last month.

A number of people who own properties under the cliff have had their properties severely damaged, and the footpath above the cliff that leads from Hakin Point to Point Fields has been closed as the area is now deemed too dangerous to allow people to use.

Commenting on the matter, Stephen Crabb MP said “I have been in touch with residents from Hakin Point for more than 3 years about this issue. They remain very concerned about the potential for further landslips and damage to their properties. Clearly this situation cannot continue and Pembrokeshire County Council and Dwr Cymru need to take action now to provide reassurance and clarity about future action.”

Paul Davies AM said “In order to try to resolve the situation, I organised a meeting in November 2014 which was attended by Stephen Crabb and senior officers from Dwr Cymru and Pembrokeshire County Council. I left the meeting with some optimism that Dwr Cymru and Pembrokeshire County Council could resolve this issue. It was agreed that both organisations would share existing reports on the matter and commission new reports to ascertain the current position. However, by June 2015, Dwr Cymru had decided it was not their responsibility to make good the cliff which would protect their mains sewerage pipe.”

Mr Davies continued “The mains sewerage pipe was laid by the then Milford Haven Urban District Council in the late 1960s, prior to the existence of Dwr Cymru. I have seen minutes from the Council between 1968 and 1970, which mention problems encountered when laying the pipe and “the crumbling cliff face”. Dwr Cymru are now responsible for the pipe, and I feel that for them to walk away from the problem is not good enough. It’s quite obvious that urgent action is required to tackle this matter. Dwr Cymru, in conjunction with Pembrokeshire County Council need to take action to stabilise the cliff to give peace of mind to Hakin Point property owners and to safeguard their mains sewerage pipe. In addition, this action would also mean that the footpath would reopen.”

One of the affected householders are Bryan and Ozra Johnson. Commenting on the situation Bryan Johnson said “As a local couple, when we bought our house in Hakin Point, we were convinced we’d found the perfect home. We spent many years restoring the property to its former glory. Then three and a half years ago our dream home literally collapsed around us; the cliff behind the house started to disintegrate showering the property with rocks and debris; no longer a dream but the start of a nightmare. Now large parts of the house are uninhabitable due to the damage but also due to the constant fear of further rock falls.”

Mr Johnson continued “We are further away than ever from a solution, with Dwr Cymru and Pembrokeshire County Council saying it is nothing to do with them. We have the added problem and worry of the sewerage pipe in the cliff face. Of course if we had an option to walk away and start building our lives again elsewhere that might be the answer, but our property at Hakin Point is our life, there is no option to walk away. We have invested financially and emotionally into the property, we’ve brought up our children here. Is it too much to ask for some honesty, some lateral thinking and above all some compassion from these organisations.”

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Covid-19 vaccination venues and timeline announced for everyone locally over 50

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EVERY person in JCVI priority groups 5 to 9 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by 18 April, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

While the health board’s vaccination programme has the capacity to offer a vaccine to everyone in groups 5 to 9 by the original target date of 4 April, the delivery plan has had to be adjusted based on confirmed vaccine deliveries.

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire residents in priority groups 5 to 9 can expect to receive their vaccine as follows:

  • Group 5, people aged 65 – 69 years – delivered by GP practices between 15 February and 12 March
  • Group 6, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers – delivered by GP practices between 22 February and 4 April
  • Group 7, people aged 60 – 64 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 8 March
  • Group 8, people aged 55 – 59 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 22 March
  • Group 9, people aged 50 – 54 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 5 April

The health board currently has mass vaccination centres located in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Tenby, Carmarthen and Llanelli.

Group 6 is significantly the largest cohort to be vaccinated to date and we understand that many in this group will be anxious to receive a vaccine. Please do not contact your GP or the health board to ask about your appointment, you will be contacted directly when it is your turn and we thank you for your patience.

People in groups 7, 8 and 9 will receive a letter with an appointment date and time. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. The letter will include a phone number to contact the health board should you need to rearrange or cancel your appointment but please make every effort to keep your allocated appointment time.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “While  our programme has had to slow  due to supplies, we want to reassure everyone in groups 5 to 9 that our amazing teams of vaccinators and GP practices have the capability and flexibility to deliver our vaccine supplies as they arrive into the region.

“Vaccine supplies will start to increase again from mid-March, and we are confident that everyone living in our three counties in the top 9 priority groups will be offered a vaccine by mid-April.

“In Hywel Dda we have an older population compared to some other health boards and so over 50% of our adult population will have been offered a vaccine by milestone 2.

“To be able to say that as we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown is nothing short of extraordinary.

“And again, I must say thank you to everyone living in our three counties who continue to come forward in substantial numbers for the vaccine. Uptake remains remarkably high and we hope to see this continue through groups 5 to 9 and into group 10.”

People are asked, wherever possible, to use their own private transport to attend an appointment. Lifts can be accepted from someone in their household or support bubble, but not from anyone else due to the risk of transmission of the virus.

The health board has put in place transport support for anyone who may have difficulty attending their vaccination appointment. If you have no other means of travel, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 and we will be happy to assist.

Everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 should have received an offer of a vaccination. If you have not been contacted, or have changed your mind, please contact your GP at the earliest opportunity. No one will be left behind.

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Nolton Haven: Man hospitalised after getting into difficulties in sea

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A MAN was taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Nolton Haven on Friday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.40pm on February 26 by a 999 call to the control centre.

The Little Haven RNLI lifeboat, Broad Haven Coastguard, an ambulance crew and a Coastguard rescue helicopter assisted police in the operation.

The male casualty was stabilised on the beach and shortly before 4.30pm, was then transported to Withybush Hospital.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “We were called to a male who had got into difficulties in the water at Nolton Haven shortly before 3pm.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms

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A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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