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MP’s fury over vandalism to local councillor’s car

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Vandalism: The word ‘TORY’ was scratched into the car

SIMON HART MP has taken to social media with a scathing rant about an act of vandalism which saw the word ‘TORY’ scraped into a local councillor’s car.

Mr Hart claims that ‘every panel’ of the car was damaged in the incident, which will cost around £2000 to repair.

He said on Facebook: “Hope the perpetrators of this £2000 damage to a local councillor’s car feel good about themselves. This is increasingly the face of modern politics – ugly, intimidating, abusive, intolerant and unlawful, and ultimately self defeating.

“And I hope nobody even tries to ‘justify’ it (some will no doubt) as there are no circumstances in which this is acceptable, in our area, or anywhere else.

“Be passionate, contrary, challenging, vocal or argumentative if you want to win your political case, but not criminal. I have no idea which party this person supports (but I’m pretty certain its not mine!) but rather than bring us down it is their own that they will destroy before too long…”

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police received a report of criminal damage to a car whilst parked at Llanteg, Pembrokeshire.

“The car was deliberately scratched and included a word of a political nature was scratched into the vehicle, between midnight on Saturday, June 10 and 11am on Sunday, June 11.

“Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.”

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Police and Crime Commissioner: Stark financial pressures facing the force

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THE POLIC AND CRIME COMMISSIONER, Mr Llywelyn has launched a public consultation on police funding, giving the public the opportunity to have their say on the police precept level for the next financial year.

Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for setting the police precept which is the amount that local council taxpayers contribute towards policing.

The Commissioner’s overall budget for 2022/23 is £127.4m with £60.7m of funding coming from UK/Welsh Government and £66.7m from local council tax precept. Currently, a Band D Council tax payer in Dyfed-Powys pay £290.16 through their Council Tax to support policing.

In launching the precept consultation for 2023/24, Mr Llywelyn has warned of stark financial pressures and resultant operational risks which could threaten the continued safety of our communities.

Mr Llywelyn said: “Deciding on the precept level is always a challenging process but this year sees unprecedented challenges given the severe financial landscape.

“Inflation, rapidly rising costs and uncertainty about how much money forces will receive from the Government for the next financial year through the Police Grant Settlements, has put policing in an incredibly difficult position.

“There are also additional pressures arising from both the increase in volume and complexity of crime, which we must take into consideration as we look to the future.

“Given the scale of all the challenges, the Chief Constable initiated a Force Review during the summer to critically assess all areas of activity seeking efficiencies, savings and transformational opportunities.

“I am painfully aware of the pressure the cost-of-living crisis is putting on people across Wales and indeed locally.

“Sadly, these challenges and rising costs are hitting emergency services too, and we need to act now to protect our vital service to the public.

“Despite careful financial planning by the force, we will have to make increasingly difficult decisions over the next few years, but my priority is to ensure we can continue to run an efficient and effective Police force to continue to keep our communities safe.

“All options being put forward within this precept consultation rely on the force making efficiency and savings of between £4.1m and £5.9m in the next year.”

As he appealed to the public to complete the short consultation, Mr Llywelyn concluded: “It is a very challenging year, but it is very important for me to hear people’s views, therefore I am urging our residents and businesses to have their say through this consultation.”

The survey will remain open until 8 January 2023, and can be accessed here:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R2WY8HV

Other formats of the survey are available on request from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office by emailing OPCC@dyfed-powys.police.uk or calling 01267 226440.

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Council announces temporary closure of Narberth Library

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NARBERTH LIBRARY is closed until further notice for essential building maintenance.

Library members who currently have books on loan will not be charged any fines during the closure (their books will be automatically extended during this time).

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused to library users,” said Mike Cavanagh, Head of Cultural Services.

“The library is likely to be closed for a number of weeks until the work is completed.

“We will keep customers updated on progress via our web pages and social media.”

Library members are welcome to use other local libraries while Narberth is closed (membership automatically enables access to all libraries).

They can also access e-books, e-audio books and e-magazines free of charge at: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/using-library-services/24-7-e-library

Narberth Library is a community managed partnership between Pembrokeshire County Council’s library service, the Friends of Narberth Library and Narberth Town Council.

The library will be moving to the Old School site in Narberth late 2023/early 2024.

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Drop-in information event on Pembroke’s South Quay plans

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THE LATEST updates on multi-million plans to redevelop the South Quay site in Pembroke will be available to view in an Information Event on Monday, 12th December.

The drop-in event will be held at Pembroke Town Hall between 3.30pm and 6.30pm.

New images, plans, timelines, and detailed project information will be available to view, and architects, contractors and Council officers will be on hand to chat about the project and answer questions.

There will also be the opportunity to provide comments and feedback.

The South Quay redevelopment project, led by Pembrokeshire County Council, has two phases:

Phase 1 (Castle Terrace):

Commenced earlier this year, the project focuses on the refurbishment and rebuild of properties on Castle Terrace and the creation of a new public visitor centre, library and café. A landscape/public realm treatment is also included, aiming to connect Northgate Street to the new café level and the quay.

This phase is supported by the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns initiative, which aims to improve the viability of town centres.

Phase 2 (Northgate Street):

The proposed centre will provide co-located services in a new bespoke facility to provide support, training and activities for members of the community who may be disadvantaged due to social or health challenges. The centre will provide (subject to funding agreements) access to services including:

  • a social care day centre
  • a training centre for supported employment
  • a training flat to enable people to learn to live independently

A range of administration, ancillary and shared support accommodation will also be available.

This phase is supported by Levelling Up Funding (LUF) from UK Government.

The project team procured and led by the County Council to deliver both phases of the redevelopment project comprises DB3 Architecture, Atkins, Faithful and Gould and Roger Casey Associates.

  • The South Quay Information Event will be held on Monday, 12th December at Pembroke Town Hall between 3.30pm and 6.30pm.
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