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Cabinet supports three-weekly waste collections

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PEMBROKESHIRE ​COUNTY COUNCIL’S Cabinet has unanimously supported the move to a three-weekly waste collection service.

Cabinet members met on Monday (Mar 19) to discuss the changes with a number saying they were originally against the changes but that they had seen that the new service would work.

The changes will mean that each household will have its residual waste collected on a three-weekly basis but recyclable waste will be collected on a weekly basis.

Residents will have the opportunity to purchase boxes for glass, paper and cardboard and a separate bag for plastic and cans.

Absorbent hygiene products will also be collected on a two-weekly basis and will be provided on application.
The Council has also held a lengthy consultation on the waste service and has hosted a number of Facebook live sessions to discuss a number of issues that people had.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Welsh Language, Cllr Cris Tomos​,​ said: “It’s been a long journey, over a year and a half now, since the waste working group met and went around Wales looking at other developments in other local authorities. From that working group and scrutiny there has been a considerable amount of consultation and we’re looking at the full conclusion of all that research and development.

“We’re also faced with an imminent need to review our fleet of waste collection vehicles so it is very opportune now that we do review the best method going forward by considering also that Welsh Government are putting forward quite stringent collection levels that we have to hit recycling rates and by 2019/20 Pembrokeshire and all counties in Wales will need to hit a 64% recycling rate.

“If we do not do that we will be fined £200 a tonne, and with our 70,000 tonnage of waste it would lead to, for every 1% below that target, a £140,000 fine and hitting 3 or 4% below that could result in a half a million pound fine for the authority and at this time of tightening budgets we do not want to spend our money on fines.

“We are proposing that we continue with the collection of the weekly recycling but enhancing that with glass collections moving from 2-weeks to 1-weekly, continuing with food waste but also looking at a more segregated kerb-side sorting of our waste and currently we have the orange bag and we would see that orange bag replaced with two collection plastic boxes and an additional bag so we are asking the residents, households of Pembrokeshire undertake a more robust weekly segregation of our waste.”

Council Leader David Simpson said he could see that the three-weekly system ‘could work’ for the large majority of people but said he was concerned that the bags could be left on doorsteps and blown away or they could be mixed up with other people’s bags and that he didn’t want seven or eight bags flying around every day.

Head of Environment and Civil Contingencies, Mr Richard Brown said: “There wouldn’t be an intention that a bag would just be left, the top box stacks on top of the bottom box and there is a lid on the top box to stop everything blowing around, when it’s emptied they can stack back inside each other and the bag could go in the top box so it won’t go anywhere.”

Cllr Bob Kilmister said he was concerned that people would be paying for the boxes and paying over the top of that to allow the council to recover the costs of them saying: “It doesn’t sit very easily with me because I don’t think it is the right thing to do.”

Cllr Tomos said it would depend on how many households took up the trolley system as to whether or not there would be additional costs.

Richard Brown added that he would expect them to come in under £30 a unit but that it could be £45 if there were less people taking up the service.

Cabinet members also debated changing Absorbert Hygiene products to a weekly collection but Cllr Paul Miller said there was no evidence to suggest that the change was required.

Cllr Miller went on to say that he had long been ‘sceptic’ of proposals to reduce residual waste collections to three-weekly and that it was something he had been ‘dead against’.

However, he paid tribute to the officers and councillors who had worked on the process saying: “This has been one of the best policy changes we’ve undertaken and I mean that in the way we have gone about this.

“This has been a really good engagement process with all members and I have learnt a lot, my knowledge of the industry has improved dramatically and I have genuinely gone from being against the change to being a big supporter.

“The reason that I am so supportive of these changes today is that the evidence from the consultants supporting us clearly shows that limiting residents’ residual collections is about the best way to change resident behaviour in favour of more recycling.

“We anticipate significant improvements in recycling rates as a result of these changes and that’s got to be a positive thing for everyone, including the future generations who will inherit the environment we leave them.”

Cllr Kilmister also moved an amendment that the words ‘full cost recovery’ be removed from the first recommendation and that it be replaced with ‘at a cost to be agreed’ and that the decision on that be delegated to the Cabinet member responsible for the waste service.
Cabinet members unanimously supported the recommendations.

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Public engagement exercise over new hospital between St Clears and Narberth

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HYWEL DDA is asking the people of Pembrokeshire to help it further shape and deliver future services by taking part in a six-week engagement exercise.

Since the publication of its strategy, A Healthier Mid and West Wales: Our Future Generations Living Well in 2018, the health board has worked with partners to provide care and develop services. However, the coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on health and care services. As a result, the health board now wants to learn from the public about how the pandemic has affected their health and care, and access to it.

This week, Hywel Dda UHB has been distributing a discussion document for the public to consider, along with a questionnaire for completion.

Hywel Dda UHB is also asking for the public’s feedback in relation to its long-term strategy to develop and build a new hospital in the south of the Hywel Dda area, somewhere between and including St Clears, in Carmarthenshire, and Narberth, in Pembrokeshire.

This location is the most central for most of the population in the south of the Hywel Dda area, and it was determined through the public consultation held in 2018.

The public is also being asked to nominate sites for a new hospital based four criteria:

The nominated site must be within the zone between and including St Clears in Carmarthenshire and Narberth in Pembrokeshire. This location is the most central to most of the population in the south of the Hywel Dda area.

The nominated site should be a minimum of 35 acres of reasonably developable land.

The nominated site should have realistic prospects of obtaining planning permission for a new hospital.

There should be appropriate transport infrastructure for a major hospital site.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “The global pandemic has had a major impact on all areas of our lives so it’s crucial that the health board considers, reflects and learns from this extraordinary period. This engagement exercise will allow the public to tell us in their own words how COVID-19 has affected their health and care, and access to it.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to participate because the feedback we receive will play a major role in helping shape future services. This in turn will allow us to deliver on our long-term commitment for a healthier mid and west Wales.

“I would also stress that this engagement exercise is part of an ongoing process. Over the coming months and years, we plan to engage with the public, stakeholders and partners on a wide variety of issues, such as service models. Everyone will have their chance to give their views and opinions because we are committed to continuous engagement with the public to ensure we provide the best possible care.”

The engagement exercise will run until Monday June 21.

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Paul Sartori taking action to support climate with National Lottery grant of nearly £14,000

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LOCAL hospice at home charity, Paul Sartori Hospice at Home, is taking action to support the climate with the installation of solar panels at its main head office in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.

The charity which delivers end of life care services across Pembrokeshire, has been awarded a grant to fund the purchase and installation of solar panels at Paul Sartori House, Winch Lane. This investment is part of an ongoing commitment to address the climate emergency and the charity joins many others who are taking action. Paul Sartori was one of 35 community groups, who were selected to take part in the Climate Action Boost scheme, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Working alongside Renew Wales, a partner in the initiative, the group explored methods to help tackle the causes and consequences of climate change, and to operate more sustainably. A number of options were discussed to reduce their impact on the environment and Renew Wales helped the charity to develop an environmental action plan, which is to be implemented over the coming months. The scheme available to cover a variety of environmental reduction activities, including renewable energy, reducing consumption, local food and reduced or less impactful travel.

Paul Sartori Hospice at Home wouldn’t normally be associated with environmental activity. Through regular consultation over many months, the charity has been really encouraged by what they have learnt.

“We have invested a lot of time in developing the plan; discussed a number of alternatives along the way, but feel that the solar panel installation will have the biggest impact for the charity in the long term”, said Sandra Dade, Charity Manager. “The National Lottery Climate Action Boost has really inspired our charity to minimise our impacton the environment and we will continue this journey,” added Sandra.

Jemma Nurse, Funding Manager at The National Lottery Community Fund said, “The climate emergency is everyone’s business, which is why The National Lottery Community Fund is acting to support and inspire communities to minimise their own impact on the environment. We are proud to be a significant funder of environmental projects and Paul Sartori Hospice at Home, along with the other groups participating in Climate Action Boost, will play a valuable part in building our knowledge so we can share our learning with other funders across Wales and the UK.”

The services provided by the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home enable people in the later stages of any life-limiting illness to be cared for and to die at home with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear, if that is their wish.

All of the services are free of charge, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, thanks to the generosity of the Pembrokeshire Community. Further information on the charity and its services can be obtained by visiting their website www.paulsartori.org, or by phoning 01437 763223.

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New nursing service to support carers of people living with dementia

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HYWEL DDA UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD, in partnership with Dementia UK, is launching a new nursing service to support carers of people living with dementia.

The Admiral Nurse service will be a significant addition to the current support available to people living with dementia and their carers. The initiative is in line with the Dementia Action Plan for Wales 2018-2022, a Welsh Government strategy that aims to recognise the rights of people with dementia, make them feel valued, and help them live as independently as possible in their communities.

The team will cover Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire with a focus on delivering person–centred and relationship-centred dementia care. The Admiral Nurses will work collaboratively in a family-centric manner, across health and social care pathways, to provide support, expert guidance & practical solutions to enable families/carers, including the person living with dementia, to maximise their wellbeing and improve the experience of those affected by dementia.

Dementia UK is the only charity in the UK dedicated to supporting families affected by dementia through dementia specialist Admiral Nurses.  When things get challenging or difficult for people with dementia and their families, Admiral Nurses work alongside them, giving the compassionate one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions that can be difficult to find elsewhere. They are a lifeline, helping families to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.  

The service launched on 29th March 2021 and is now accepting referrals.

Charlotte Duhig, Admiral Nurse Clinical Lead, said: “I am honoured to be leading this new service to support carers and families of people living with dementia across the counties served by Hywel Dda University Health Board. The COVID-19 pandemic has been an incredibly challenging time for people living with dementia and their carers but I’m confident that this much-needed service will make a difference to the lives of those affected by dementia.

“Having previously set up an Admiral Nurse Service, I know the benefit of working as an Admiral Nurse as families can get the emotional and practical support to allow them to plan for the future. Health and social care professionals can also take advantage of our in-depth knowledge of dementia.”

Dr Hilda Hayo, CEO and Chief Admiral Nurse at Dementia UK, says: “We are delighted to announce this new Admiral Nurse service in partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board. The fact that this service extends to a large rural area within West Wales, with the support of two Welsh-speaking Admiral Nurses, means that we are improving access to dementia specialist support for families.”            

To be able to access this service, the following referral criteria applies:

  • The person being supported/cared for by the carer has a diagnosis (or likely diagnosis) of dementia.
  • The person with dementia and/or carer lives in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire (or is registered with a GP in those areas).
  • The carer agrees to their referral to the Admiral Nurse
  • The carer should have identified need(s) that impact upon their caring role or as a consequence of their caring role*

If you are a health or social care professional or 3rd sector working with someone you believe this service could benefit, or you are a carer of someone living with dementia and would like to be referred to the service, please contact a health or social care professional who can refer you. 

For further information, contact the nursing team direct:

Clinical Lead: Charlotte.Duhig@wales.nhs.uk

Admiral NurseContact detailsLocality covered
Bethan BulmanBethan.Bulman@wales.nhs.ukCeredigion North
Donna Phillips Ceredigion South
Emma VenablesEmma.Venables@wales.nhs.ukPembrokeshire North
Rosie BellRosie.Bell@wales.nhs.ukPembrokeshire South
Siriol DyerSiriol.Dyer2@wales.nhs.ukCarmarthenshire (3Ts)
Liz WrightElizabeth.Wright@wales.nhs.ukCarmarthenshire (Amman Gwendraeth)
Donna OwensDonna.Owens2@wales.nhs.ukCarmarthenshire (Llanelli)
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