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Stay vigilant as more heavy rain expected say Natural Resources Wales

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NATURAL RESOURCES WALES is reminding people to stay vigilant as heavy rain will continue to affect parts South Wales, and in particular Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire on Friday (9 November).

Significant river and further surface water flooding impacts are likely in West Wales as heavy rain is forecast to fall this afternoon on already saturated ground, which could lead to some localised flooding and disruption to travel.

Pembrokeshire was worst hit on Thursday (8 November) as the amount of rain combined with leaves and other debris blocking drains causing flooding of road surfaces and properties.

The Mid and West Wales Fire Service crews were called to action to flooded properties, and some businesses and garages were inundated by flood water across the county. Pumps were used in Lower Priory, Milford Haven try to reduce the level of the pill below Lower Priory during the high tide, and Fire Service and Police were on hand to assist residents affected by flooding.

NRW has issued four flood warnings for the Haverfordwest and Solva areas, and these remain in force.

Officers from NRW will be monitoring forecasts closely and may issue further warnings, and teams are continuing to check that flood defences are in good working order and that rivers are clear of debris which could restrict river flows.

People are advised to take care near fast-flowing and swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water.

Andrea Winterton, NRW’s Duty Tactical Manager for South West Wales, said:

“We’re asking people to take care and regularly view our flood alerts and warnings, updated every 15 minutes on our live flood warning map available on our website.

“With more wet weather forecast it is also advisable to check local weather reports and news for any disruption in your area and leave extra time for journeys.

“If you want to find out if you are at risk of flooding or want to sign up for our free Flood Warning Service, please visit our website or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.”

Pembrokeshire County Council has also warned property owners in Haverfordwest to be prepared for the possibility of more flooding tonight.

A council spokesperson said: “Predicted heavy rainfall this afternoon and evening is expected to significantly increase the level of the River Cleddau running through the town.

“Quay Street and the Riverside – including County Hall – are expected to be most at risk along with Prospect Place and properties in the vicinity of Cartlett Brook.

“Four flood warnings are currently in place in Pembrokeshire at Solva and nearby Middle Mill and for the Western Cleddau at Merlins Bridge and Riverside, Haverfordwest.

“Last night six cottages near the Havenshead retail park in Milford Haven were evacuated due to flooding as were four properties at Lower Priory on the outskirts of the town.

“The town’s library on the retail park is closed today and other businesses nearby have been advised of the risk of further flooding. Pembroke library is also closed today.

“For further flooding updates.”

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Launch of Haverfordwest Castle Conservation Management Plan

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MEMBERS of the public are being asked to help shape the future of Haverfordwest Castle as a draft Conservation Management Plan (CMP) is launched.

One of Pembrokeshire’s most important historical assets, the Castle is owned by Pembrokeshire County Council, which has produced the CMP.

The plan:

▪ sets out the significance of the castle and describes how the building will be protected with any new use, alteration, repair or management; 

▪ will help with the planning of maintenance, conservation and repair work and adaptation of the site to meet new or changing uses; 

▪ will help promote understanding of the site and look at improving public access and activities for local people and visitors; 

▪ will support proposals to conserve the castle and adaptations of the site in response to climate change; 

▪ and underpin funding applications to support improvements

An engagement exercise has been launched alongside the Plan, giving members of the public with an interest in the historic and/or environmental significance of the castle an opportunity to comment on the document and share their views.

To take part in the engagement exercise, please click on the following link: 

https://haveyoursay.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/regeneration-communities

The deadline for responses is Sunday, March 28, 2021.

 

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Natural Resources Wales approves Ireland-UK interconnector licence

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GREENLINK INTERCONNECTOR LIMITED says it welcomes the decision by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to approve its application for a Marine Licence for the Greenlink electricity interconnector project, which will link the power markets of Great Britain and Ireland.

An important project for Pembrokeshire, and the UK as a whole, NRW’s go-ahead is one of several consents required for the construction of the project and covers installation of the marine cable in UK waters.

The approval is a major milestone for Greenlink and joins the onshore planning consents granted unanimously in July last year by Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

Greenlink’s proposed 190km subsea and underground electricity cable will run beneath the Irish Sea to connect National Grid’s Pembroke Power Station in Wales and EirGrid’s Great Island substation in County Wexford, Ireland. It will have a nominal capacity of 500 MW.

The Wales-Ireland link is just one of four interconnectors being installed

Nigel Beresford, CEO for Greenlink Interconnector Limited, said: “We are delighted by Natural Resources Wales’s decision to grant this licence. This marks a significant milestone for Greenlink and another important step towards project construction, which we expect to commence later this year.

“The Greenlink team has worked constructively with Natural Resources Wales and Welsh marine stakeholders to find workable solutions to the many technical and environmental challenges facing a large infrastructure project like this, and this has been reflected in the quality of the final proposal.

“The thorough environmental and technical assessments we have undertaken, supported by the practical and value-adding feedback we have received from key marine stakeholders, have ensured that we move forward confident that we are delivering a well-designed project with the interests of the Welsh marine habitat at its core.”

The subsea section of the cable will be approximately 160km in length and uses high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology. The preferred route and installation methods were chosen following the conclusion of subsea surveys and consultation with key stakeholders.

In Ireland, a Foreshore Licence application was submitted to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Foreshore Unit) in 2019 and the onshore planning application was submitted to An Bord Pleanála in December 2020.

Greenlink is one of Europe’s most important energy infrastructure projects and brings benefits on both sides of the Irish Sea for energy security, regional investment, jobs and the cost-effective integration of low carbon energy. The project will offer important local supply chain opportunities and plans are being drawn up for ‘meet-the-buyer’ events in the local area prior to construction.

Once fully consented, Greenlink is expected to have a three-year construction programme, with commissioning planned by the end of 2023.

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Appeal from Fire and Rescue Service to install working smoke alarms

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AT 01:17am this morning, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, crews from Milford Haven were called to a property fire in the Hakin area of Milford Haven.

The fire was confined to a pan on a stove in the kitchen area and extinguished by firefighters using two breathing apparatus, a hose reel jet and a thermal imaging camera.

Crews also ventilated the property and fitted smoke alarms within the property.

The Fire Service left the incident at 02:00am.

Watch Manager Alun Griffiths, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said “This fire was the result of cooking left unattended. It is so important to remove all pots and pans from a heat source when you are called away from the cooker.

“Thankfully, the occupiers of the property managed to exit the property before our firefighters arrived, but it could have ended very differently as there were no smoke alarms fitted in the property.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of installing working smoke alarms in your homes and testing them regularly. In the dreadful event of a fire, they can alert you to the danger sooner and could mean the difference between life and death.

“As a Fire and Rescue Service, we provide Home Fire Safety advice which is free of charge. We also offer Safe and Well Visits which you can arrange by phoning us on 0800 169 1234 or by visiting the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service website.”

For further Home Fire Safety advice or to talk about the possibility of a Safe and Well Visit by Fire and Rescue Service personnel, please phone us on 0800 169 1234.​​​ Alternatively please complete an online Request a Safe and Well Visit​ form on the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service website: https://www.mawwfire.gov.uk/eng/your-safety/in-your-home/

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