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One step forward, two steps back



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COUNCILLORS have voted in favour of finding a new model of secondary school provision in Pembrokeshire.
Following the Council’s decision on May 12 to vote against plans to put sixth form provision in Pembrokeshire College,Councillor Paul Miller submitted a notice of motion calling for the council to look at providing an 11-19 school in Haverfordwest.

However, at Thursday’s (Jul 7) Extraordinary Council meeting, Councillors were told that they could not pass the notice of motion because it would go against the school re-organisation code.

Council Leader Jamie Adams tried to submit an amendment whereby the door was kept open for every opportunity, but that was ruled out by Chairman Tony Brinsden.

A motion was later tabled to include other areas of the county as well as Haverfordwest but some Councillors said they had come specifically to debate about the future of education in the town.

New Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor David Lloyd, spoke of the need for a county- wide model, adding: “I approached the leader to tell him I was prepared to assist in the development of a model for secondary education in Pembrokeshire that will be acceptable to this entire chamber. It is an urgent and serious task.
“With joined-up thinking, we could create a model that works.”

Councillor David Bryan said he was ‘sorry’ that lessons had not been learned from May 12, with Councillor Mike Stoddart adding: “We rejected the idea of an 11-16 school in Haverfordwest.”

There was also talk of Fishguard and St Davids being included in the new model, but Councillor Reg Owens said: “This feels like we are taking one step forward and two steps back. Fishguard and St Davids are done and dusted.

“On May 12, we rejected the proposals. There are certain people who want to put a stumbling block in the way. The people of Haverfordwest want sixth form education in the new school.”

After breaking for lunch, Council Leader Jamie Adams came back to c ouncil with the following amendment: “This Council task the Education Department to work up proposals for secondary school provision in Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Pembroke, Tenby and Crymych and that regard is given to undertaking this provision with existing proposals for Fishguard and St Davids.”

Councillor Jacob Williams felt the amendment was not legitimate, adding: “There was a strong voice – a clear viewpoint – that they want an 11-19 school.”

Councillor Jonathan Nutting said he felt very upset about the advice they had been given by officers, saying that it had not done them any good at all. Cllr Mike Stoddart said this was a ‘wrecking amendment’ and added: “This is an attempt to do up the damage round the back door.”

Councillor John Allen-Mirehouse said that the amendment was the correct way forward and that it would lead to an improvement in standards of secondary schools.

Councillor Mike Evans called on the Haverfordwest councillors who had voted against the proposals on May 12 to do so again on Thursday.

Cllr Paul Miller concluded: “I still feel there is a majority in favour of an 11-19 school but the process has to start again and I hope we are not going to forget what went on at the previous meeting.”

Following a lengthy debate, the matter was put to a recorded vote. 28 members voted in favour while 20 voted against. Among those 20 were Haverfordwest Councillors David Edwards, Lyndon Frayling, Umelda Havard, and Steve Yelland.

The Council must now look at all options for sixth form provision across the county, with every outcome still possible. After the meeting, an opposition councillor told The Herald: “It is a shocking day for democracy in Pembrokeshire.”

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Appeal after woman sexually assaulted on cycle path near Haverfordwest



POLICE officers in Haverfordwest are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted at approximately 4.30pm on Sunday (May 16).

The woman was walking along the cycle path between Haverfordwest and Tiers Cross when she was approached by a man who threatened and assaulted her, before walking away towards Haverfordwest town.

The male is described as a white male, between 5ft 4 and 5ft 11 tall , normal build with a welsh accent. He has short dark hair, a beard and a moustache, brown eyes, and wearing light blue jeans, navy/dark blue jersey with grey sleeves. Anyone who saw a man matching this description in the area between 3.30pm and 5pm in the afternoon.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

The cycle path is currently closed while the investigation continues.

Detective Superintendent Jayne Butler, who is leading the investigation, said “Incidents of this nature are extremely rare in the Dyfed-Powys area. The public may see an increased presence of police officers in the coming days as police investigate the incident. Anyone with concerns or information that could help our enquiries can speak to those officers or contact police. While a man was quickly arrested we would still like to speak to anyone who saw a man matching the above description in the area yesterday afternoon.”

Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to contact police. This can be done online at, by emailing, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet endorses STEP Fusion application



PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S Cabinet have today endorsed proposals from Cllr Paul Miller (Cabinet Member for Economic Development) to further progress the nomination of a Pembrokeshire site to host a Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) fusion power station in the county.

Working with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the proposed site is adjacent to the existing energy facilities on the South Shore of the Haven waterway.

If approved, the facility will initially host research with the ultimate aim of developing this technology which could offer a virtually limitless source of clean electricity by copying the processes that power the sun.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “I am pleased my Cabinet colleagues endorsed this important programme of work. The Haven Waterway has provided livelihoods, underpinned by fossil fuels, for thousands of Pembrokeshire families, mine included, for more than 50 years. It’s my job to help ensure the waterway continues to provide high skilled, engineering, science and technology jobs for the next generation of this county – and so linked to our focus on climate change (and in addition to our existing multi-million pound commitments to supporting wind, wave and tidal clean power generation) my team have been exploring whether we can also support the development of clean, green fusion technology.

“It’s very early days in the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s site selection process but we’ll provide regular updates as things progress.”

•       STEP is an ambitious programme to design and build a prototype fusion power plant;
•       It is a UKAEA programme, currently with £222m funding from the UK Government to produce a concept design by 2024:

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Re-opening of indoor hospitality and attractions at Milford Waterfront



RESTAURANTS and indoor visitor attractions in Milford Waterfront are welcoming the return of indoor services from today.

The re-opening of indoor dining allows all restaurants at Milford Waterfront to seat customers indoors. As well as all restaurants on the Waterfront now being able to offer this service, the brand-new Foam Domes overlooking the Milford Haven Waterway are able to open, with bookings being taken from the 19th May.

Indoor visitor attractions are also allowed to re-open. This includes the Waterfront Gallery, which is open today and Phoenix Bowl & Pirate Pete’s Adventure Play which is making preparations to open from Wednesday 19th May. Also, Milford Museum, which has had a new rendered exterior finish, is preparing to open for the end of May.

Lucy Wonnacott, Marketing Manager for Milford Waterfront commented: “We are delighted to see the re-opening of indoor hospitality and visitor attractions here at Milford Waterfront. Each business has their own safety and social distancing measures in place and we kindly ask that you respect and adhere to these for your own safety, and that of others. We hope you enjoy your visit to Milford Waterfront and stay safe!”

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