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Minister reviews Port’s growth plans

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(L-R): Port of Milford Haven Chairman Peter Jones; Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure Ken Skates; and Port of Milford Haven Chief Executive Alec Don

(L-R): Port of Milford Haven Chairman Peter Jones; Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure Ken Skates; and Port of Milford Haven Chief Executive Alec Don

KEN SKATES, Wales’ Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, visited the Port of Milford Haven on Monday (Dec 12) for a briefing from the Port’s Chairman and Chief Executive on future development plans in the Milford Haven Waterway.  

Peter Jones and Alec Don updated the Economy Secretary on the Milford Waterfront project – the proposed £70m investment around Milford Marina and Milford Fish Docks – as well as plans that would see Pembroke Port developed as a world-class marine energy base.

The minister was shown the latest concepts for Milford Waterfront that will include retail units, a hotel and restaurants. He also heard how the Port was working with partners on an exciting bid for £28m investment in the Pembroke Dock Marine Project under the UK’s City Deal programme. The project would transform Pembroke Port into a thriving marine energy centre where firms will be able to draw up, develop and service renewable energy projects to exploit abundant tide and wave resources off the Pembrokeshire coast.

“The Port of Milford Haven is one of Wales’ key economic powerhouses,” said Chief Executive Alec Don. “It is the nation’s busiest trade gateway, connected by efficient sea routes to countries across the world. It is also home to an outstanding supply chain, great businesses staffed by skilled men and women who have serviced world class maritime and energy industries for more than 50 years,” he continued. “We welcome the current Minister’s focus on the development of a 21st century infrastructure with new investments into the road and rail network. These networks need to connect dynamic industrial zones where businesses are empowered to develop the Welsh economy.”

Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure, said: “The development plans for Milford Haven Port are very exciting and present an opportunity to attract more visitors to the area as well as benefit the local community and economy. The Welsh Government is keen to play a role in supporting projects that that will enable Welsh ports to flourish, and I look forward to working with Milford Haven with a view to making it a world-class destination for leisure and industry.”

Alec added: “We look forward to working in close partnership with the Welsh Government on this agenda.

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it is this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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Warrant without bail issued for Milford Haven man who failed to attend court

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A WARRANT without bail has been issued for a Milford Haven man who failed to appear in court yesterday.

Gareth James Mann, 45, of Bunkers Hill was stopped in his VW Golf on October 31, 2020 in Milford Haven.

Mann is accused of driving without a licence, insurance, under the influence of cocaine and whilst in possession of an ounce of cannabis.

Police are now instructed to find Mann, arrest him and bring him before the courts.

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