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Council ‘frozen’ over ice cream van



picCONCERNS have been expressed that Pembrokeshire County Council has ‘turned a blind eye’ to an unlicensed seaside trader operating at Freshwater West this summer.

A source who has approached the Herald but who did not wish to be named, claims that a Saundersfoot-based ice cream van trading under the name ‘Holly’s Lollies,’ has been operating from the roadside at Freshwater West for months without a trading license. It is also claimed that the local authority has done nothing to intervene, despite being aware of the situation.

Photographs that were sent to us show the ice cream van trading at Freshwater West on 23rd July, details which can be corroborated from an RNLI safety information noticeboard placed on the verge which the van pulled up alongside.

A license of the type required to trade from an ice cream van could cost in the region of £4,000. It is claimed that Pembrokeshire County Council, the licensing authority responsible for issuing licenses and regulating trading activity, was made aware by a member of the public about the unlicensed trading some weeks before the photographs were taken.

The van was also seen operating at the same spot opposite the Freshwater West car park by a Herald correspondent as recently as last week.

A spokesperson for the council, Len Mullins, denied that the council was turning a blind eye, and said: “The Authority is aware that ‘Holly’s Lollies’ has been street trading without the appropriate consent. We have written to the owner and he has attended a meeting in County Hall which highlighted the illegal trading.”

Mr. Mullins claimed that the council had ‘intervened’ and ‘issued appropriate warnings to the owner,’ however when asked, he revealed that no application for a license had yet been received by the authority.

We also asked what stance the council took on unlicensed trading activity, and were told: “Unlicensed trading will be reviewed and appropriate action will be taken. Current street trading policy has been in force since 2011. To date no prosecutions have been brought for illegal trading.”

In response to whether the authority would consider offering recompense to traders who had paid their necessary trading license fees, no response was received, however the Herald has been told that ‘the issue at Freshwater West is under review.’

Hollys Lollies boss Kevin Goldsworthy told The Herald: “I don’t need consent to sell Ice Creamat Fresh Water West if doing so is part of my mobile rounds. I have been inspected by the Environmental Health and have been selling ice cream for thirty years. If there are new rules how am I supposed to abide by rules that I don’t even know about.”

He added: “The Council told me that even if I was willing to pay £1,500 for a licence to sell icecream at Fresh Water West they wouldn’t grant me one. The Council are in with the National Trust and would prefer that there was no ice cream van, so people can pay £6 for a burger at the cafe instead”

Mr Goldsworthy concluded by saying “Mobile rounds are obviously allowed so how long am I actually permitted to stop for, and how will they enforce the rules? Are they going to get a traffic warden to follow me around?”

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Fishguard RNLI launch to attend injured fisherman 13 miles offshore



FISHGUARD’s RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched early on Monday (Jan 17), with a full volunteer crew, to rendezvous with an Irish scalloper fishing boat which had an injured crew member aboard. The 14-metre fishing boat ‘ Golden Fleece’ had requested assistance by making radio contact with HM Coastguard. 

The lifeboat launched at 7.30am in calm conditions and headed to the fishing boat positioned approximately 13 miles north of Cemaes Head. Once on location the injured fisherman, who had suffered a significant finger injury, was transferred to the lifeboat. No further medical assistance was necessary from the lifeboat crew but he was kept under observation during the return journey to Fishguard where he was transferred to an awaiting ambulance upon arrival at 8.30am.   


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Brains’ £100 million sell-off plan includes local pubs in Pembrokeshire



SA BRAINs is close to completing a £100m deal which will see the sale of 100 Wales pubs, including Pembrokeshire locals, it has been reported.

It is reported that Wales most prominent brewers will sell the freeholds to 100 of it’s pubs to a consortium.

Brains currently has a portfolio of 200 pubs across Wales and the South West.

Sources within the pub industry said that the transaction could be signed in the next few days.

The deal is to be made with Song Capital and Cerberus Capital Management, the former owner of Admiral Taverns.

The deal, which is thought to be around the £100m mark, is expected to be used by the Brains’ family shareholders to pay down debt.

The hospitality sector has been hit severely by the Coronavirus pandemic, being forced to close for long periods at a time and then reopening with strict restrictions.

In 2020, Brains struck a deal with Marston’s to operate 141 of its pubs, under the Welsh brewers brand, following financial pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Six Pembrokeshire pubs are earmarked to be included in the transaction; The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels, Crown Inn, Tenby, Grove Hotel, Narberth, Waterman’s Arms, Pembroke, Harbour Inn, Solva and The Galleon, Broad Haven.

The sale will see the Brains pub estate as a family-owned brewer with a small residual pub portfolio.

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St Clears’ McDonald’s opening delayed for a week



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THE OPENING of the new 100-seater McDonald’s in St Clears has been delayed by a week. 

The restaurant, which will be built along the main approach road to Pembrokeshire, aimed to open its doors on Wednesday, January 19. 

However, the company has confirmed that the opening has been postponed until Wednesday, January 26. 

The new McDonald’s will join Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock McDonald’s as the only members of the company located west of Carmarthen. 

It hoped to provide over 80 full and part time jobs due to being open around the clock. They hosted a recruitment day in December 2021. 

The original applications had previously stated that the McDonald’s would be open 24 hours a day. A premises licence application is currently being made to the County Council for the “provision of late-night refreshments” which, if accepted, would allow the restaurant to be open 24 hours a day.

It will open on the opposite side of the road to Travelodge and Starbucks, which replaced the Little Chef restaurant in 2017.

The restaurant was initially going to include a separate building which would have accommodated a Costa Coffee. However, it will now host a Greggs. 

Alongside this, planning permission has been granted separately for a petrol station with six electric charging points.

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