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Road safety measures to improve

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road safetyMOTORISTS and pedestrians across Dyfed-Powys will benefit from increased road safety activity this summer.

Police officers are planning extra work in response to an action plan issued by Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon.

Their work is due to feature an enhanced Operation Darwen, the region’s annual summer road safety campaign, including new neighbourhood policing activity, increased publicity and closer links with neighbouring forces South Wales and Gwent.

The campaign will also see partners remove noisy vehicles from the road.

Mr Salmon said: “I continue to stress to all relevant agencies that road safety is properly addressed. Where I can I’ll make the necessary resources available and I’m pressing the Welsh Government and others to play their part.”

The Commissioner has explained the 2014 activity to members of the public and local councillors who had told him about their concerns about A40 safety matters.

He has written to the Motorcycle Action Group and Institute of Advanced Motorists, to the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Powys County Council, Brecon and Radnorshire MP Roger Williams and Brecon and Radnorshire AM Kirsty Williams.

Mr Salmon, who hosted a public meeting in Sennybridge last summer in response to public road safety concerns, is eager to keep people updated. He said: “There’s much frustration and concern about anti-social road use across Dyfed-Powys.

“My road safety action plan focuses on road design, law enforcement and safety education. They’re the responsibility of various bodies and I am pursuing them.

“Welsh Government Transport Minister Edwina Hart has held discussions with the police and is, I believe, considering support for policing trunk roads.

“I’ve raised the matter of law enforcement with the Chief Constable and his roads policing team, with the result being an improved Operation Darwen. We’re also looking into the use of average speed cameras.”

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New mobile visitor centre ready to help visitors gear up for the Pembrokeshire Coast

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Park Authority Ranger Richard Vaughan and Summer Ranger Megan Holt with the new information van at Poppit Sands.

PEOPLE visiting some of Pembrokeshire’s top beaches and events may soon encounter a new mobile information centre, with a specially converted van ready to hit the road and help people enjoy their visit.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s new information van will be set up at seaside locations and popular local events, with Rangers on hand to give advice to those who need help and suggest free activities for those looking to discover the area’s wildlife.

National Park Authority Ranger Service Manager, Libby Taylor said: “This new vehicle will help our staff provide a range of information at locations where we know many people head to enjoy the National Park.

“As well as helping people learn more about the area and the different ways they can make the most of their visit, people can also find out how they can make the least impact on the Park during their stay.

“As well as having an awning to provide shelter, the van also includes space for magnetic panels that can be changed so the information that’s most relevant to the location or event can be provided.”

The vehicle, which has been converted by local company Poppit Campers, also includes a solar panel, which will help to power two iPads, which will give members of the public a chance to find further information on subjects such as nearby walks and wildlife identification.

The purchase and conversion of the vehicle was made possible through the support of the Welsh Government.

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Deadline approaching for £500 payment to unpaid carers

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THE DEADLINE to apply for a one-off £500 payment to eligible unpaid carers in Wales is rapidly approaching.

The Welsh Government scheme, administered by Pembrokeshire County Council, is open to all unpaid carers in Wales who were in receipt of Carers Allowance on 31 March 2022.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 15th July 2022 and those who believe they are eligible are urged not to miss out.

The Council is also sending out 400 letters this week to those they believe may be eligible and who have not yet applied.

The payment is in recognition of the increased financial pressures many unpaid carers experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic and to help with some of the additional costs they have incurred. 

The payment is targeted towards those individuals who care for someone for at least 35 hours a week and have low incomes.

You will not be eligible for the payment if:

  • You have an underlying entitlement to Carers Allowance but do not receive a payment because you are in receipt of another benefit at the same or higher rate; or
  • You only receive the carer premium  

If you have already applied please be assured the Council is working its way through the applications as quickly as possible.

How to apply

Applicants (this should be the person in receipt of carer’s allowance)

are required to complete the online form at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/grants/unpaid-carers-500-pound-payment

Required information is:

  • Your name, address, telephone number and email address
  • Date of Birth
  • National Insurance Number
  • Post code
  • A bank statement showing your name, address, account number and sort code

If you are having problems completing the on-line application form please email: UnpaidCarers@pembrokeshire.gov.uk alternatively call 01437 764551 for assistance.

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Lola James: Two people have denied charges in connection of the death of 2-year-old

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TWO people who have been charged in connection with the death of a Haverfordwest toddler have denied charges.

30-year-old Kyle Bevan of Aberystwyth, denied a charge of murder at Swansea Crown Court.

Lola’s mum Sinead James, 29, denied a charge of causing or allowing the death of a child.

Lola died in Hospital on July 21, 2020, four days after sustaining a severe head injury at her home address in Princess Royal Way, Haverfordwest.

Bevan was remanded into custody.

James was released on conditional bail.

The trial will take place in 2023 and Judge Thomas said it is expected to last four weeks.

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