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Motorworld building to be demolished

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Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 11.07.31PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL have made the decision that the ‘Motorworld building’ at 70A-80A Charles Street, Milford Haven, should be demolished and passed onto a developer to be turned into housing.

At Monday’s (Apr 24) cabinet meeting at County Hall, members of the Cabinet said that the premises was not attracting any commercial interest, and that all the units in the dilapidated premises were empty.

Cllr Keith Lewis said to Cabinet:

“This is a site which was held in lease by a company by Libra. We agreed as Cabinet that we should take the building back into our control at some cost.

“This site is an eyesore in Charles street. We have failed to find anyone who is interested in these premises commercially. There was some interest shown by town council, and the police, but that has come to nothing.”

Cllr Lewis added: “I would like to see this morning that we authorise the director of development to move forward.

“We should demolish the building. We should pass this on to a developer as 100% residential development. We are paying money out. We cannot allow this waste to continue.

“We can finance this via the Town Centre Loan Fund”

Leader Jamie Adams added: “We have explored commercial opportunities for this site. It has long been an eye sore. It will provide some valuable accommodation. It will improve the street scene and put people in the heart of the town where all goods and services can be supported as well. It is a pragmatic solution at this juncture, rather than hanging onto this site any longer. It is time for action.”

The Cabinet passed the recommendation that the building be demolished and passed over to a housing association for redevelopment into new residential properties.

The decision has come as a shock to some business people in Milford Haven. The Mayor, Cllr Stephen Joseph told The Herald that he was not convinced that there had been enough effort to find commercial occupants for the property.

Speaking after the Milford Haven Town Council meeting on Monday night, Cllr Joseph said: “I have been keeping my eye on this property for a number of years. The last thing that I heard was that the police were going to take it over as a police station. I don’t know what happened to that proposal. I did not attend the Cabinet meeting, but I was surprised that the decision has been made so easily to turn this into a residential premises.”

“I think that the Council just want to sign it over for a £1 and then there will minimal costs to them.”

“The Council already have been offered £1.5m funding from the Welsh Government to re-develop the property commercially, but now we can expect that this money will be transferred to other projects.”

He added: “You can bet that if this property was in Haverfordwest, then more would have been done about it sooner. My view is that the Council have delayed getting things done because they were not sure what to do with the place. They should have got the property back sooner, before things got this bad.”

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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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