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Future of Ocean Lab decided

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Sea Trust’s Cliff Benson announces future plans: A collaboration between Pembrokeshire County Council and Conygar Stena Line has been signed off

SEA TRUST have announced that the future of Fishguard and Goodwick’s Ocean Lab has been secured for at least two years as part of a collaborate partnership.

A two-year lease was recently signed between Pembrokeshire County Council and Conygar Stena Line, for whom Sea Trust manages the Ocean Lab.

It was three years ago when the authority decided to close the Ocean Lab as a part of their ongoing cost cuttings.

With the support of Conygar Stena Line, Sea Trust took it upon themselves to take over the management of the Ocean Lab back in April 2013.

Thanks to Conygar’s involvement, the life of the Lab has been extended under the control of Sea Trust, who have also managed to increase the contributions that the Ocean Lab makes to the surrounding community.

On top of this collaboration announcement, Sea Trust have also been assured that when the development of the marina goes ahead, the Ocean Lab will be involved in the refurbishments to be eventually highlighted as one of the significant features of the marina development.

Sea Trust’s Cliff Benson said: “I was lucky enough to meet with Dafydd Jones, Director of Conygar Stena Line, some years ago when he sponsored a groundbreaking live internet link with Sea Trust and a group of pupils from Ysgol Bro Gwaun and some Marine Educators working on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

“I never thought that 12 years later, I would still be asking for and getting Dafydd’s support.

“Had he and Conygar not backed us, the seafront here at Goodwick would have, by now, been derelict. The windows of the Ocean Lab would probably have been broken and boarded up.

“I should point out that Conygar could easily not have helped us but they gave their word that they would and, as the old saying goes, the proof is in the pudding!”

Mr Benson continued, stating that he has read of Goodwick residents who think that the regeneration of the marina will be an eyesore, and are suspicious of the changes that are appearing in the plans. He said: “Anyone who buys a house overlooking a commercial port must realise that change is inevitable and will probably add value to property.”

In the three years that Sea Trust have been working with Conygar keeping the Ocean Lab open as a community asset, it has been used by thousands of residents and visitors each year.

Hundreds of local school children have attended the lab to take part in activities that have been arranged for them.

“There can hardly be a parent or grandparent locally whose children have not been crabbing with us or making sand sculptures or used the soft play area,” Mr Benson added.

The lab is also a meeting place where societies, such as the University of the Third Age (U3A) hold events, and a host of small business meetings happen. Social workers also use the lab to meet clients and researchers sit with a cup of coffee using the lab’s free Wi-Fi.

“I happen to think that the marina is really going to open up opportunities for other businesses to grow in the area. In turn, that will mean jobs and visitors.

“I know Dafydd and the Conygar team are working hard and spending a lot of money to try and move the project on. It is a complex project and inevitably there will be tweaks to the plans.

“So far, in the 12 years I have known Dafydd Jones, he has been completely open and we have been kept informed of developments by Conygar as they have happened.

“In all that time, they have been true to their word. My trust in Dafydd and Conygar is not just blind faith, but built on over 12 years of experience!”

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Launch of Haverfordwest Castle Conservation Management Plan

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MEMBERS of the public are being asked to help shape the future of Haverfordwest Castle as a draft Conservation Management Plan (CMP) is launched.

One of Pembrokeshire’s most important historical assets, the Castle is owned by Pembrokeshire County Council, which has produced the CMP.

The plan:

▪ sets out the significance of the castle and describes how the building will be protected with any new use, alteration, repair or management; 

▪ will help with the planning of maintenance, conservation and repair work and adaptation of the site to meet new or changing uses; 

▪ will help promote understanding of the site and look at improving public access and activities for local people and visitors; 

▪ will support proposals to conserve the castle and adaptations of the site in response to climate change; 

▪ and underpin funding applications to support improvements

An engagement exercise has been launched alongside the Plan, giving members of the public with an interest in the historic and/or environmental significance of the castle an opportunity to comment on the document and share their views.

To take part in the engagement exercise, please click on the following link: 

https://haveyoursay.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/regeneration-communities

The deadline for responses is Sunday, March 28, 2021.

 

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Natural Resources Wales approves Ireland-UK interconnector licence

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GREENLINK INTERCONNECTOR LIMITED says it welcomes the decision by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to approve its application for a Marine Licence for the Greenlink electricity interconnector project, which will link the power markets of Great Britain and Ireland.

An important project for Pembrokeshire, and the UK as a whole, NRW’s go-ahead is one of several consents required for the construction of the project and covers installation of the marine cable in UK waters.

The approval is a major milestone for Greenlink and joins the onshore planning consents granted unanimously in July last year by Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

Greenlink’s proposed 190km subsea and underground electricity cable will run beneath the Irish Sea to connect National Grid’s Pembroke Power Station in Wales and EirGrid’s Great Island substation in County Wexford, Ireland. It will have a nominal capacity of 500 MW.

The Wales-Ireland link is just one of four interconnectors being installed

Nigel Beresford, CEO for Greenlink Interconnector Limited, said: “We are delighted by Natural Resources Wales’s decision to grant this licence. This marks a significant milestone for Greenlink and another important step towards project construction, which we expect to commence later this year.

“The Greenlink team has worked constructively with Natural Resources Wales and Welsh marine stakeholders to find workable solutions to the many technical and environmental challenges facing a large infrastructure project like this, and this has been reflected in the quality of the final proposal.

“The thorough environmental and technical assessments we have undertaken, supported by the practical and value-adding feedback we have received from key marine stakeholders, have ensured that we move forward confident that we are delivering a well-designed project with the interests of the Welsh marine habitat at its core.”

The subsea section of the cable will be approximately 160km in length and uses high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology. The preferred route and installation methods were chosen following the conclusion of subsea surveys and consultation with key stakeholders.

In Ireland, a Foreshore Licence application was submitted to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Foreshore Unit) in 2019 and the onshore planning application was submitted to An Bord Pleanála in December 2020.

Greenlink is one of Europe’s most important energy infrastructure projects and brings benefits on both sides of the Irish Sea for energy security, regional investment, jobs and the cost-effective integration of low carbon energy. The project will offer important local supply chain opportunities and plans are being drawn up for ‘meet-the-buyer’ events in the local area prior to construction.

Once fully consented, Greenlink is expected to have a three-year construction programme, with commissioning planned by the end of 2023.

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Appeal from Fire and Rescue Service to install working smoke alarms

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AT 01:17am this morning, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, crews from Milford Haven were called to a property fire in the Hakin area of Milford Haven.

The fire was confined to a pan on a stove in the kitchen area and extinguished by firefighters using two breathing apparatus, a hose reel jet and a thermal imaging camera.

Crews also ventilated the property and fitted smoke alarms within the property.

The Fire Service left the incident at 02:00am.

Watch Manager Alun Griffiths, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said “This fire was the result of cooking left unattended. It is so important to remove all pots and pans from a heat source when you are called away from the cooker.

“Thankfully, the occupiers of the property managed to exit the property before our firefighters arrived, but it could have ended very differently as there were no smoke alarms fitted in the property.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of installing working smoke alarms in your homes and testing them regularly. In the dreadful event of a fire, they can alert you to the danger sooner and could mean the difference between life and death.

“As a Fire and Rescue Service, we provide Home Fire Safety advice which is free of charge. We also offer Safe and Well Visits which you can arrange by phoning us on 0800 169 1234 or by visiting the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service website.”

For further Home Fire Safety advice or to talk about the possibility of a Safe and Well Visit by Fire and Rescue Service personnel, please phone us on 0800 169 1234.​​​ Alternatively please complete an online Request a Safe and Well Visit​ form on the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service website: https://www.mawwfire.gov.uk/eng/your-safety/in-your-home/

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