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WAG needs to follow the coalition’s lead over parks

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powell amWILLIAM POWELL AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for National Parks, has welcomed the inclusion in the Queen’s Speech for a Bill to provide for the holding of local elections for a proportion of the membership of the National Park Authorities in England. 

William Powell AM has long campaigned for improved democratic accountability in Welsh National Parks and recently held a short debate on their future in the Senedd. There is criticism that members of the National Park Authority have no direct mandate from the people for whom they make important decisions on planning, rights of way, nature conservation and the local economy. Having direct elections will give an opportunity for candidates to set out their views on how the national parks should carry out these important functions. Welsh National Park Authority members are currently a combination of Welsh Government appointees and County Councillors, the latter appointed to reflect the political balance in local authorities at a particular point in time. Commenting William Powell, Mid and West Wales, said: “I am pleased to see that Liberal Democrats in England will legislate to bring direct elections to National Park Authorities. I have been campaigning for this in Wales for many years and I again call on the Welsh Government to introduce improved democratic accountability as part of their review of designated landscape governance. ‘’I would like to pay particular tribute to my fellow Liberal Democrats Roger Williams MP and the late Lord Richard Livsey of Talgarth. Both were lone voices calling for direct elections to National Parks when the Natural Environment & Rural Communities (NERC) Bill was debated at Westminster in the last decade. Their fortitude in campaigning for this important reform has been rewarded – but unfortunately only for English National Parks at this stage. “In this context, it is now urgent that we accelerate and broaden out the debate on National Park governance in Wales. We must all work to ensure that National Parks are subject to a greater measure of democratic accountability, to enable them to foster, rather than stifle economic development and job creation within their boundaries, while remaining true

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Sergeant Hillier ‘died doing the job he loved’, says his heartbroken father

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THE ARMY SERGEANT who died after being injured in a live firing exercise, has been named locally.

The incident occurred at Castlemartin Training Area, and led to the death of Sgt Gavin Hillier, who was in the Welsh Guards.

In a post on social media, his father wrote: “Absolutely devastated to be writing this post, probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.

“At 3.45am this morning I received a phone call that will forever change my life. My eldest son Gavin Mark Hillier was in a fatal accident yesterday in the army (the job he loved).

“Sleep tight & rest in peace son. I’m so proud of you. Goodnight and god bless, love your heartbroken dad.”

An Army spokesperson said: “It is with great sadness we can confirm the death of a soldier on March 4.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time.

“The circumstances surrounding this death are being investigated and it would be inappropriate to comment any further.”

It is understood that Sergeant Hillier, who served as part of the Welsh Guards’ motor transport platoon, was due to be deployed to Iraq and had previously been awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct medal by Prince Charles, the regiment’s Colonel in Chief, in 2019.

The tragic incident is the latest in a number of accidents at Castlemartin.

In 2017, The Herald reported that two soldiers died in a tank explosion, which a coroner ruled was due to a design flaw.

The following year, an Army captain was jailed in July 2018 after a 21-year-old soldier was killed by a stray bullet during an exercise at the range in 2012.

An investigation has been launched into the death of a soldier at Castlemartin RAC Range following a military exercise.

Police were called to the site at just before 10.45pm on March 4.

Sadly, a man was pronounced dead shortly after. Our thoughts are with his family, who have been informed of the incident and are being supported by specialist officers.

An investigation is underway led by Dyfed-Powys Police. Officers are liaising with the Health and Safety Executive and MoD.

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Welsh Guards sergeant shot dead during Castlemartin live-fire training exercise

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A BRITISH ARMY sergeant was killed on Thursday night (Mar 4) in a shooting accident at Castlemartin Training Area, The Herald can confirm.

The solider was training with live ammunition, ahead of a planned deployment to Iraq this summer.

Five police cars and an ambulance were seen screaming through Pembroke towards the incident at approximately 10pm towards the incident.

A coastguard helicopter, CG187, was scrambled to the scene, and hovered near Bosherston for a while, but was stood down and returned to base.

The Herald has contacted the MOD for a comment, who said: “It is with great sadness we can confirm the death of a soldier on the 4th of March.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time.

“The circumstances surrounding this death are being investigated and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

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Pembrokeshire County Council bills Home Office for Penally camp costs

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THE COUNCIL has sent an invoice for more than £80,000 to the Home Office.

It is to cover some of the costs that the local authority has incurred in connection with the Penally Asylum Seeker Centre, near Tenby.

Following a question on the issue from Cllr Jonathan Preston at Full Council the Council have confirmed that a bill has been sent.

The Member for Penally ward asked: “Please can the relevant Cabinet Member provide a breakdown of all costs to this authority which have been incurred in providing staff, services and other associated resources to Penally camp since its re-purpose by the Home Office last September?”

Council leader Cllr. David Simpson confirmed that on February 22 Pembrokeshire County Council submitted an invoice for £83, 858 which includes £65,564 in staff costs, £12,799 of specialist support and £5,495 for works such as barriers.

Pembrokeshire County Council is currently awaiting payment, the Authority confirmed.

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