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Pembroke Dock: 17-week roadworks ‘absurd’ says AM

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CALLS have been made for roadworks on the A477 in Pembroke Dock to work overnight to reduce disruption.

The roadworks, which started on February 5, will last for 17 weeks in total.

The area, which has seen an increase in traffic since the opening of Aldi last year, will have traffic signal equipment and pedestrian crossing facilities added, and the road is also being resurfaced.

Concerns have been raised by Pembroke Dock Town Council of the disruption that these roadworks will cause local businesses and residents, and now an AM has echoed the concerns.

Neil Hamilton AM, from UKIP, said: “The A477 is a crucial artery into and out of Pembroke Dock. It’s absurd that this project, which involves the installation of new lights and resurfacing is taking so long. These delays are destructive to local businesses, in an area so heavily dependent on transport links.

“There are also concerns about access for ambulance crews based at Waterloo – the local health service already faces challenges and this only increases the difficulties they face.

“I support Clr. Hall’s call for the project to be treated with greater urgency. It’s ridiculous that the contract for this critical project omits work outside of regular hours. They should be working on this around the clock in order to get the job done.

“I call on First Minister Carwyn Jones to work with the Trunk Road Agency so that night and shift work can be undertaken in order to complete the project as soon as possible.”

Prior to the roadworks starting, a Pembrokeshire County Council spokesperson said: “In order to improve road safety, a Traffic Signalisation scheme is proposed at Ferry Lane A4139 with its junction with the TRA477 London Road, Pembroke Dock.

“The Trunk Road Agency scheme will commence on Monday, 5th February, for a duration of approximately 17 weeks.

“It will involve the installation of traffic signal equipment, pedestrian crossing facilities and resurfacing of the area.

“As a result, a permanent ‘Prohibition of Right-Turn Movements’ will become operational whereby vehicles travelling from Ferry Lane will have to turn left and negotiate Waterloo roundabout in order to travel east.

“Temporary traffic signals will be in operation 24-hours with a five day works programme (with potential weekend work).”

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Haverfordwest Youth Club hosts successful open evening

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Credit - Haverfordwest Youth Club

HAVERFORDWEST Youth Club posted to their Facebook page to thank those who attended their open evening last night (June 30). 

They celebrated Youth Work Week by sharing their amazing new facility in Haverfordwest with the local community. 

Haverfordwest Youth Club

The open evening was located at the new venue at The Picton Centre. They had a range of activities including VR goggles, face painting and jewellery making.

Haverfordwest Youth Club wrote: “A special thank you to Haverfordwest Town Council, Sian – Haverfordwest Morrison’s Community Champion and Martin Jones from Ogi for supporting the evening. Also, to our members Sara, Amelia, Sureya, Pippa and Lily for volunteering their time to help on the evening”.

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Milford Haven’s “To The Sea” carnival returns this weekend

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To The Sea is this year's theme

THE CARNIVAL returns to Milford Haven this Saturday (July 2), after a two year break. With a variety of events, rides and food, it is expected to be fun for all the family. 

This year’s theme is “To The Sea”. Milford Haven Round Table have organised an Under The Sea Parade which will form part of the procession.

This year’s procession will take on an exciting new route, ending at the new and exciting  Carnival Arena on Milford Waterfront. 

It will leave Waterloo Square at 1pm, and travel across Hakin Bridge and up Hamilton Terrace. The carnival will then proceed down Charles Street and Dartmouth Street before arriving at the Carnival Arena. 

Map of the procession (Credit – Milford Haven Round Table)

Acrobats, an animal club, live music, street food stalls, and an amazing “fly board” act on the water are among the fun activities and events planned for the Carnival Arena.

Entry to the arena is £1 for adults and 50p for children. The festivities are expected to begin at 1:30pm. 

Andrew Holmes Fun Fairs will be providing a range of rides and stalls at the Arena, such as the Sizzler, the Can Can, the Terminator and a Circus Funhouse. A superslide and games stalls will also be available. 

Rides and stalls will not accept cash on Carnival Day, but will instead be accepting tokens which are available from the grey token box at the entrance of the arena. 

Each token costs £1. It is advised to pay for tokens with cash. Although card is accepted to purchase tokens, due to the location of the Carnival Arena the signal may be a problem so the card readers may not work as planned. 

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Deputy chief whip made ‘massive misjudgements’, says cabinet minister

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A PEMBROKESHIRE MP has said that Tory deputy chief whip Chris Pincher appears to have made “massive misjudgements”.

Simon Hart, Secretary of State for Wales, told GB News: “…my first reaction with all of this is always one of sadness rather than anger because so many people are affected by this.

“Clearly massive misjudgements appear on the face of it to have been made and and I think our first priority, rather than turning this into a sort of part of political discussion, with which it sounded almost dangerously like it was about to be, that we look after the interests of people who have been adversely affected by this.

“They must be and will remain our absolute first priority so that anybody in Parliament for any party who feels that they have ended up in one of the very unfortunate positions has an independent grievance procedure they can go to.

“They can expect to be heard, as I say, anonymously, and independently and I, that for me seems to be the priority that we should be addressing, rather than so try to use this as an opportunity to say notch up a couple of political goals that seems sort of sounds and feels to me a bit unedifying, in a very difficult situation.”

Speaking during an interview on Breakfast with Stephen Dixon and Anne Diamond, he was asked what he could say that will restore people’s faith in MPs.

Mr Hart said: “Me standing here alone, I probably, there isn’t a sentence or a word that I can use which is instantly going to change all of this and suddenly make everybody feel better about it.”

He added: “There isn’t a workplace in the land, which could say with absolute certainty that these sorts of things never happened.

“We want to minimise the risk and above all, we want to make people, we will make people proud to work here, people love working in this place, it is fantastic that most MPs do a really good job and take their standards incredibly seriously as do most of the staff who work here too.

“So yes, there are some really sad and unfortunate, very stark examples of where this goes wrong.

“Nine times out of 10 it doesn’t go wrong but when it does, I hope that there are measures in place…it’s still in its infancy. I hope it protects people’s interests as well, best we can.

“Nobody likes hearing these things. I mean, I’d much rather come on here and talk about other stuff but we have to confront these things when they come off.”

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