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Moveable shed proves to be a ‘wheelie’ hard case

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ATTEMPTS by Pembrokeshire County Council to prosecute a Milford Haven man under planning enforcement law have stalled after it was decided that the case was too complicated for Magistrates to deal with.

James Kershaw of Lower Priory, appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Monday (Mar 11) to confirm his name and address.

The Court heard that Kershaw was charged with failing to comply with an enforcement notice served by the local authority on September 26, 2016.

The case related to a large shed that Kershaw constructed in his driveway – pictured here on wheels during the recent flood – without the relevant permission of the planning authorities.

Defiant: James Kershaw

Kershaw’s property, makes up part of the ruins of Pill Priory, and in his front garden stands the priory arch – a well known Milford landmark – which is a CADW protected monument.

Mr. Kershaw told the Herald that he has informed council solicitor of the grounds of his defence to the case, he said that having raised the shed off the ground and put it onto wheels it “was no longer development, but a chattel”.

The crux of the argument it seems, is that now the shed is on wheels it is now a mobile unit, not covered by planning regulations.

At court the clerk Michael Cray said “There are various issues on points of law before we are ready for this trial, I also recommend that a District Judge be assigned to this case as there are various points of law that are quite complicated – and there are likely to be cases stated from the High Court”.

Magistrates decided to adjourn the case until May 9 at 10am.

The court ordered that the defendant serve on Pembrokeshire County Council and the Court, within 21 days, skeleton arguments detailing his defence to the allegation in full.

The prosecution was given 14 days thereafter to give their response to the skeleton argument on the defendant and the Court.
Jonathan Webb was in court, but clarified that he was not there in his capacity to act for Kershaw, but as a court appointed solicitor there only for the purposes of enabling cross-examination of witnesses.

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Meet the Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor

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A NEW Pembrokeshire business is proving to be an inspiration for young people after its recent launch.

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor is the brainchild of Ewan Griffiths, who turned his dream into reality thanks to the advice and support of Cam Nesa.

The project aims to reduce the number of young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, training or employment.

Before signing up to Cam Nesa, Ewan was out of work and struggling for direction, and anxiety was preventing him from maximising his potential.

Throughout his journey with Cam Nesa, Ewan worked closely with youth worker Donna Wright to devise a plan that provided support and guidance to improve his confidence and self-esteem, and provide mechanisms for coping with anxiety.

In addition, the project provided Ewan with opportunities to gain qualifications and obtain information that would help him with starting his own business.

Ewan’s message to other young people is simple, “If you find yourself struggling, there is help.”

“Cam Nesa supported me in all aspects of my plan, and working with Donna was fantastic.”

“I would definitely encourage others to reach out for support.”

Donna Wright, who supported Ewan throughout his Cam Nesa journey, said that the launch of his new business is a great source of pride for Cam Nesa and Pembrokeshire Youth Service.

“Ewan has come on leaps and bounds, and it was his engagement and determination that has made his outcome with Cam Nesa so successful and inspiring”, she said.

“Congratulations Ewan on your achievements, and we all wish you good luck with your new business.”

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor provides repairs and servicing for mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, and most agricultural engines, with the mobile service providing collection and returns.

For more information, search ‘Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor’ on Facebook.

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Milford Haven: Mount estate death not being treated as suspicious say police

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POLICE have confirmed that following a welfare visit to a property in Mount Estate, they discovered a male occupant, in his 30’s, in need of medical help.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff he sadly passed away on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the police confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a property at the Mount Estate, Milford Haven on Friday 30th April 2021, following a report of concern for the welfare of the occupier.

“A male was taken to hospital where he died on Sunday 2nd May 2021.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

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Polling station changes in Pembrokeshire

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POLLING STATIONS in Pembrokeshire are open today (May 6) but a small number may have changed from the last time you voted.

In Neyland, the polling station will be at the new Community Hub building on John Street.

St Katherine’s Church Hall will be the new host for the station in Milford Haven, having previously been held at the Murray Suite in the town hall.

A polling station will be placed at the leisure centre in Haverfordwest while one at Trecwn has been moved to the Gate, Scleddau.

Voters in the county will be electing for the Preseli Pembrokeshire and the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituencies.

People will also be able to select five MSs to represent the Mid and West Wales Region.

The candidate with the most votes will win the constituency but the ballot for the region will be decided by a different process.

People will be elected according to their share of the vote, using a mathematical process, and gives parties who may have won fewer or no constituencies a better chance of winning regional ones.

It will also be a big day for 16 and 17 year olds as they will be able to vote in Welsh elections for the first time.

The ballots will be counted on Friday (May 7) with results expected to come in from the afternoon.

Polling stations opened at 7am and will close at 10pm.

All those who vote will be required to stick to Covid-19 safety measures including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

Clean pencils will be available but voters can bring their own pen or pencil.

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