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Experience the Iron Age at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village.

IF YOU’RE searching for somewhere new to explore or want to find fun for all the family this Easter holiday, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park promises to offer up a wide range of days out during the Year of Discovery.

Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, Castell Henllys Iron Age Village and Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre all have Easter-themed fun in store, while there are also a range of other experiences to enjoy out in the National Park’s landscape.

Castell Henllys Iron Age Village will be giving you an opportunity to Experience the Iron Age on 12, 13, 25 and 27 April, offering a chance to see what life was like 2,000 years ago. There is a small charge for activities plus normal admission.

The Easter Fun Days on 19, 20 and 21 April will provide you with a chance to discover a new skill or follow the Easter Trail. There is a small charge for activities plus normal admission.

For full details including all events, entry prices and opening times visit www.castellhenllys.com or call 01239 891319.

At Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, you will be able to join the Easter Bunny Trail from 13-28 April, which will see you hop around the Castle in search of clues. Find them all to claim your yummy Easter prize. £1 per child plus normal admission.

Follow the Easter Bunny Trail at Carew Castle and Tidal Mill.

For those who want to try something new, Have-a-Go: Coracles on 21, 22 and 23 April will give you an opportunity to try out the traditional one person boat on the Carew Millpond, following expert tuition. Normal admission plus £5 for a 15 minute session or £10 for a 30 minute session. Booking advisable.
For full details including all events, entry prices and opening times visit www.carewcastle.com or call 01646 651782.

At Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, you can take on the Easter Treasure Hunt from 13 to 21 April with a challenge to find the clues left around the Centre and grounds in order to reveal a secret answer to win a prize. £2 per sheet.

Create your own masterpiece at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre.

The Discover Art workshop on 23 April will see children encouraged to get creative and produce a masterpiece to take home with them, having explored the gallery to find inspiration. £3 per child.
For full details including all events, prices and opening times visit www.orielyparc.co.uk or call 01437 720392.

Highlights out and about in the National Park landscape include a chance to Discover Reptiles with a walk around St Anne’s Head on 17 April. You’ll join a National Park Ranger and a reptile expert to search for native species and help with the effort to monitor threatened wildlife. Children £4, adults and seniors £6.

For those with an interest in geology and history, the Reading the Landscape: A Journey Through Time guided walk around St David’s Head on 24 April will uncover a wealth of historic and natural features. The five-mile route will pass by evidence of life in the Neolithic, Iron Age and Medieval eras and costs £4 per person.

To book your place on these events, please call 01437 720392.

To see details for all the activities and events run by the National Park Authority visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/events or alternatively pick up a copy of Coast to Coast.

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Milford Haven: Concerns over council refuse collection staff using drugs on duty

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL have confirmed that they are conducting an ongoing internal investigation.

The probe is relating to “illegal drug use by on-duty refuge collection crews” operating from the Thornton Refuge Depot in Milford Haven.

The Herald understands that following suspicions being raised, drug testing was carried out on refuse crews on Monday (May 10) – all before they left their depot.

This newspaper has been told that a number staff, which includes bin lorry drivers, tested positive for drug use, and that the council called in the police.

That information was passed to The Herald by someone who we have confirmed to be a member of staff working at Pembrokeshire County Council, who did not want to be named.

After a request for a statement, a spokesperson for the council has stressed that none of their vehicles were involved, suggesting that, on the day in question, positive tests were arrived at before any bin lorries had left the depot.

As part of the multi-agency operation the police were called and attended Thornton Refuse Depot, but did not make any arrests, and said they had little involvement in the operation.

Pembrokeshire County Council spokesperson said: “We can confirm that there is an ongoing internal workplace investigation and can clarify that there was no police involvement on the day in question – no Pembrokeshire County Council vehicles were involved.

“We are not in a position to comment any further at this time.”

Dyfed Powys Police told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “At the request of Pembrokeshire County Council, officers attended Thornton Refuse Depot to provide [them with] support on the morning of Monday, May 10.

“Officers attended; however they were not utilised.”

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Council’s Planning Committee approves ambitious dockyard plans

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’s Planning Committee this morning (Tuesday, May 18) approved an application for the construction of a new marine engineering project at Pembroke Dock’s Royal Dockyard.
The plans, vociferously opposed by local heritage groups, passed unanimously.

The matter will now go to the Welsh Government, which has reserved its position on the scheme’s approval.
Committee members expressed the view that the balance between heritage and economic development were balanced, with strong views expressed on either side. They decided the balance of the application favoured economic development subject to conditions regarding aspects of the site’s preservation and its ability to be restored in the future.

The Committee members who attended a site visit on Wednesday, May 12, said it was the most informative and best site visit they had this council term. Visiting the site gave them a clearer idea about what was planned and the scale of the project, which would not have been gained from a paper exercise.

While the approval of the scheme was unanimous, one element of the reserved matters caused some members concern: the height and size of the proposed massive new sheds which would be built at a later phase of the project.
Cllr David Pugh, seconded by Cllr Steve Alderman, moved an amendment which would approve the project and delegate reserved matters to officers apart from the sheds’ construction, which would return to the Committee for detailed approval.

Cllr Tony Wilcox and Cllr Mark Carter emphasised the need for certainty regarding the project’s development, a position supported by Cllr David Howlett, Cllrs Pugh, Alderman and Cllr Stephen Joseph said that little delay would be caused to the scheme by bringing the sheds’ development back to the Committee. They noted the significant intrusion of the sheds into the landscape for miles around.

Planning Officer Mike Simmons advised that the project would proceed in five phases and that the applicant, Milford Haven Port Authority, was keen to proceed with the first phase as soon as possible. The first phase would be the infilling of the docks and pool, removing a caisson gate and preserving it, before the building of new slipways.
The Port Authority already accepted the sheds would only be built if there was commercial demand for them.
The amendment proposed by Cllr Pugh passed by six votes to five with two abstentions.

It means before the sheds are built, the Committee will decide the detailed application relating to them.

All other aspects of the development will be decided by officers.

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Further Covid-19 business support packages to become available soon

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PEMBROKESHIRE businesses that remain affected by Covid-19 restrictions can check their eligibility for a new package of support from the Welsh Government.

This latest support package will help those businesses eligible to meet ongoing costs through to the end of June as they prepare for re-opening and more normal trading conditions.

Businesses that stand to benefit include:

  • nightclubs and late entertainment venues
  • events and conference venues not covered by the Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF)
  • hospitality and leisure businesses, including restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • supply chain business, which have been materially impacted by restrictions

An eligibility checker has opened on the Business Wales website so businesses can find out how much support they are likely to be entitled to and how to apply.

See more information and check your business’ eligibility at: https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/

Funding will be calculated based on the size of the business and the type of restrictions they are under.

Businesses will be able submit applications to the Welsh Government from 24th May 2021 for grants of up to £25,000 and by the end of the month to Pembrokeshire County Council for smaller fixed Discretionary Grants.

To keep up to date and see the future application process for the Discretionary Grants please see: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/business-advice-and-support

The above link will be be updated with the latest information.  

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