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Turf cutting at new Pembroke learning campus

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Participants pictured at the turf cutting ceremony at the Pembroke site.

Participants pictured at the turf cutting ceremony at the Pembroke site.

WORK has officially started on the new 1,463 place 11-18 secondary school and autism centre for 30 learners at Pembroke Learning Campus.

Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Jamie Adams, performed the official turf cutting at the site.

He was accompanied by Chris Stevens from contractor Bouygues UK and Iwan Davies of property and construction consultancy Gleeds, together with representatives from the school including pupils.

Councillor Adams said:  “This is a flagship scheme and – as part of the 21st Century Schools programme – the largest school project undertaken to date by this Council.

“It will create a learning environment designed to improve the delivery of education in the 21st Century and will address some of the accommodation issues on the Pembroke site.”

Mr Stevens, managing director of Bouygues UK’s Central, West and Wales region, said: “We are delighted that work has begun on creating this modern, vibrant learning environment that will inspire generations of local children for years to come.”

Project manager for Gleeds, Mr Davies, added:  “It’s great to see construction beginning on Pembroke Learning Campus.

“This is a unique project and we’re working very closely with the wider project team to ensure that collaboratively, we create an inspirational and versatile learning campus that best suits the needs of the local community.”

The ceremony was also witnessed by the chair of the governing body, Brian Pratt; headteacher Frank Ciccotti; teacher Rachel Edwards and construction director, Justin Moore.

Also present were pupils Lewys and Ethan Kettle, Joseph Wiggins, Ben James and Chelsea Smythe.

The school is due to move to the new building in September, 2018, when work will commence to demolish the old school and form the new external areas.

All work is scheduled for completion by May, 2019.

The scheme is part of a significant programme of investment being planned by the County Council as part of its £149 million 21st Century Schools Capital Programme.

The Council underwent a rigorous five point business case process in order to gain approval for 50 per cent match-funding from the Welsh Government.

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Re-opening of indoor hospitality and attractions at Milford Waterfront

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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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Newly elected Member of the Senedd completes first week in the role

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FOLLOWING on from the Welsh Parliamentary elections, the newly elected member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Samuel Kurtz MS, has reflected on his first week in his new role.

The election saw Samuel receive 11,240 votes from across the constituency, the largest number of votes for any Welsh Conservative candidate in the constituency for a Senedd election. It was a closely fought campaign which was conducted respecting Covid-19 restrictions.

Commenting after a busy first week, Sam said:

“It has certainly been a whirlwind. From the moment that the results were announced last Friday my feet haven’t touched the ground.

“After speaking with a number of local and national media outlets, I managed to spend some time with loved ones before heading up to the Senedd early on Monday morning to be sworn in.

“As a Welsh speaker, I was delighted to swear my oath bilingually and will ensure that I continue to do so when speaking in the chamber.

“I’m in the process of recruiting my staff and getting both my Senedd and Constituency office set up to ensure that I can continue the good work of my predecessor, Angela Burns, in standing up for the interest of all my constituents whether they voted for me or not.

“On Wednesday, we elected the Llywydd and Deputy Llywydd as well as confirming Mark Drakeford as the First Minister. As one of 19 new members across the chamber and nine Welsh Conservatives, the coming weeks will be spent learning the ropes and procedures in Cardiff Bay. Over the course of the campaign, I have picked up a several issues and pieces of  casework from across the constituency and will be ensuring that the constituency work is always my priority.

“As we emerge from the Covid restrictions and society begins to open back up I am looking forward to getting to every corner of the constituency, meeting more businesses and individuals.

“I am planning in making use of both modern and traditional methods of connecting with constituents, from email newsletters, social media platforms and virtual surgeries to doorstep surgeries and face to face meetings, to ensure I provide a strong voice in Cardiff Bay for this beautiful part of the country.”

Samuel is contactable via email on Samuel.kurtz@senedd.wales

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Fatality confirmed in school bus collision, say police

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A FATALITY has been confirmed in a collision involving a school bus and a car this morning (May 17).

The A478 near Llandissilio remains closed after a fatal crash while officers investigate.

The collision happened at around 8.30am as the bus was taking pupils to Ysgol y Preseli.

The bus involved in the fatal collision with another vehicle was the number 636, travelling on the Tenby to Crymych route.

Thirteen young people were hurt in the incident, with two being taken to hospital via ambulance with minor injuries.

Sadly the driver of the motorcar was pronounced dead at the scene.

The next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police is at the scene of a serious collision on the A478 near Llandissilio in Pembrokeshire.

“The incident was reported to police at 8.35am, and the ambulance and fire services also attended.

“The collision involved a motorcar and a bus carrying school children.

“Sadly the driver of the motorcar died at the scene.

“Next of kin have been advised and are being supported by specialist officers.

“A number of children received minor injuries with two taken to hospital by ambulance with what are described as minor injuries.

“The road is currently closed while investigations continue.”

However, any parents and guardians of young people travelling on the 636 can also call the dedicated line set up by Pembrokeshire County Council: 01437 775400.

Only parents and guardians of the young people who were travelling on the 636 bus at the time of the incident are kindly requested to use the dedicated line above.

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