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Regeneration Plans for Haverfordwest Given The Go Ahead

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A NEW vision of Haverfordwest received public praise on Thursday (Sept 19) when Pembrokeshire County Council and their partners unveiled early-stage plans at a consultation session in County Hall.

Focussing on the Riverside site, which already boasts the superb Glan-yr-Afon Library and Visitor Centre, the plans presented a modern, open and vibrant County town that will seeks to add significant value to Pembrokeshire’s impressive destination portfolio.

Furthermore, the event gave residents of Haverfordwest an opportunity to make suggestions on the plans, playing a role in shaping their
hometown – an aspect of the delivery phase that PCC are committed to incorporating throughout.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Head of Regeneration, Rachel Moxey, was delighted with the consultation evening and the contribution from
those in attendance: She said: “The event was very successful and we were delighted to be able to present our ideas for a redevelopment that has a lot of public interest attached.

“We had a number of positive comments about what we have presented so far, as well as suggestions about what residents of Pembrokeshire might like to see as part of a new Haverfordwest town centre. It’s vital that we take a consultative approach throughout and that’s what we will do.”

State-of-the-art technology was also available on the evening with a Virtual Reality (VR) headset enabling attendees to immerse themselves
in a vision of a Haverfordwest of the future.

“The VR was an excellent addition to our presentation and was popular with attendees of all ages. With such significant change coming, it really helped people to imagine what the changes may look like” said Rachel.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, Paul Miller was unequivocal in his praise for the event, viewing
it as a critical part of the delivery of Pembrokeshire’s Regeneration vision.

“After a long period of inaction I’m determined to demonstrate real and tangible progress on our regeneration agenda. At last Thursday’s event we were able to demonstrate that we have sketched out just the first phase of proposals to provide a vibrant and viable future for
Haverfordwest Town Centre” said Councillor Miller.

‘We’re committed to engaging meaningfully with anyone interested in working with us to build a new and successful Haverfordwest. That is
part of our wider plans to deliver a step change in the support we are offering as the Local Authority, to the Pembrokeshire economy as a
whole.

“There will be new announcements regularly as we begin to scale up our ambitious programme but events like last Thursday offer the first
glimpse of our vision for the future.”

The redevelopment plans will shortly be available online on the Pembrokeshire website, with a Regeneration page currently under construction. The public will be able to download and view plans for all the County Council’s redevelopment projects, with regular updates and information on consultation events.

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Trial date for son accused of killing mum

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THE SON of Judith Rhead, 68, who was found dead in her home in Market Street, Pembroke Dock on Feb 20 will now appear in Crown Court again in October.

Dale Morgan, 43, said to be a scout master, appeared in court only to confirm his name, date of birth and address – which was listed as Honeyborough Green, Neyland.

A plea and trial preparation hearing date was set for March 26 with a provisional trial date set for October 4.

He was remanded in custody.

In court papers it stated that the alleged murder took place between December 10, 2020 and February 21, 2021.

The paperwork demonstrates that the police are unsure of the exact date that Ms Rhead died. The large date range, two months, points to the likelihood that this will be a challenging case for all those involved.

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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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