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Reports continue about holiday businesses receiving visitors and second homes use



Reports of holiday businesses receiving visitors and second homes
being occupied locally continue to be received by Pembrokeshire
County Council.

The regulations are clear that residents should stay at their primary
residence and that travel to holiday accommodation or second homes
is not essential travel.

Police officers have the power to issue fixed penalty notices and turn
those travelling around.

Across the Easter weekend police and Council officers stopped 1,660
vehicles with 39 fixed penalty notices issued to those deemed to have
left their homes without reasonable excuse.

Further traffic checks are continuing day and night.
Travelling to a second home or holiday accommodation risks
introducing the virus to rural communities from areas where the
disease might be more prevalent.

It also places additional strain on local health services where
provision is based on resident population.

There are also concerns of increasing anxieties and possible tensions
in rural communities.

For clarity, all holiday accommodation businesses listed below are to
remain closed to the public until further notice, apart from the certain
limited exceptions described.

 Holiday sites

 Camping sites

 Hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation

 Other holiday accommodation (including holiday apartments, hostels
and boarding houses)

These businesses can be specifically requested to operate by the
Welsh Ministers or by Local Authorities for a limited number of
reasons. Such reasons include:

 accommodating key / critical workers (as defined by Welsh

 accommodating those who have been displaced or are
homeless, or;

 providing accommodation for health patients.
If a business is specifically requested to open by Welsh Ministers or a
Local Authority, this provision should not be taken to mean that the
whole site or business can reopen.

Any permitted re-opening will be specific and limited to the purposes
set out in the request.

The fact the Welsh Ministers or Local Authorities may request a
business to open for a specific purpose does not authorise it to open
for any other purpose and nor does it oblige the business to open.
Some holiday businesses in the County are currently accommodating
key workers but if such businesses have not yet been asked to do so
by the Welsh Ministers or a Local Authority, they must make
Pembrokeshire County Council aware of this as a matter of urgency.
They need to ensure that a written request is forthcoming from the
Welsh Ministers or Local Authority and they may only remain open in
response to such a request.

Enforcement action will be undertaken against any holiday
accommodation business that continues to operate without such a
request having been made.

Our communities continue to be monitored in partnership with Dyfed
Powys Police and officers of the Council’s Public Protection team for

If you have information that causes you concern in your community
relating to the use of holiday accommodation and buildings please
contact the Council at
There is also currently a particular challenge in terms of securing
sufficient accommodation for vulnerable groups.

Holiday accommodation businesses in Pembrokeshire are being
requested to consider providing accommodation for such groups.
If you currently own or manage holiday accommodation businesses in
Pembrokeshire and would like to make this accommodation available

for this purpose, please email with
contact details.

If you have already responded to the Welsh Government’s request,
please let the Council know to update records.

If you are operating a business in Pembrokeshire and want to make
sure that you are only operating within the correct permission under
The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations
2020  please contact email



Proposed locations for new hospital site to be reviewed



HYWEL DDA UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD (UHB) will this week undertake a review of potential sites as part of the ongoing process to identify a suitable location for a new hospital.

Eleven sites will be assessed on Friday 22 October, including those identified by members of the public during the six-week engagement exercise, which took place earlier this year.

This stage of the process is intended to lead to the creation of a shortlist of sites. This will be subject to further detailed appraisal with significant public and wider stakeholder involvement. The final decision about the chosen site will be made by the health board, in agreement with Welsh Government.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “The building of a new hospital is a major long-term project, which is why we place great emphasis on being open and transparent about the process involved.

“The process we are following includes developing a programme business case to support our strategy for community and hospital-based health and care. As part of the process to apply for funding from the Welsh Government, we will submit the programme business case, and then individual outline business cases, then the final business cases for the new infrastructure we will need. The health board will therefore engage with the public on a regular basis between now and the submission of the final business cases to ensure your views are fully considered.

“I understand and recognise there are passionate feelings about a new hospital, but we strongly believe a new facility is essential for urgent and planned care in the south of the Hywel Dda area. It will provide trauma care and be the main emergency department for the south of our area.

“I can also reassure the public that we have no plans or intention to close either Glangwili or Withybush hospitals. We will engage further on how these hospitals could work alongside the proposed new hospital.”

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Unprecedented demand on health and social care services in local area



Joint statement by Hywel Dda University Health Board, the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Pembrokeshire County Council, Carmarthenshire County Council and Ceredigion County Council

The urgent statement we have asked to publish is as follows:

THERE is currently an unprecedented demand on health and social care services across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, which is leading to significant delays in care provision. Put simply, the difficulty in discharging medically-fit patients from hospital – many of whom have complex personal circumstances and needs – is leading to significant bed shortages, and consequently, lengthy ambulance waits at the ‘front door’ of A&E departments, which mean that paramedics are unable to respond to other 999 calls in the community.Social care and Health teams are doing everything possible to support people who are well enough to leave hospital but need ongoing care. Priority is being given to the most vulnerable, and alternative health and care packages are being offered as a short-term measure. More carers and health staff are also being recruited to support people in need.

If you have a relative or loved one in hospital who is well enough to go home, but is waiting to be discharged with homecare and community health support, you may be able to help them to get home more quickly if you and your family are in a position to support them at home. If your relative is waiting for a formal package of care, you may be able to offer support and care on a short term, temporary arrangement or you might want to consider whether your loved one could be supported in a temporary residential or nursing care setting. If you feel that this is an option that you could consider, please speak to the ward manager or your social worker to explore further.

Spending as little time in hospital is better for patients and means that NHS beds can be freed up for others with urgent care needs. Supporting older patients to get home from hospital efficiently is an important part of their recovery and it also protects them from negative consequences of hospital admission, such as hospital acquired infection, falls and a loss of independence.  You can find out more about the hospital discharge process and guidance here: Inpatient information – Hywel Dda University Health Board (

Your support not only helps your loved one, but it is a huge support to the NHS and social care services as well.

Thank you.

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Child taken to hospital following collision with car outside school



AN EARLY morning collision outside Ysgol Harri Tudor school, Pembroke, has seen a child taken to hospital.

The collision happened between a child and a car on Pembroke Road, Pembroke, at approximately 9am this morning.

A secondary school pupil has been taken to hospital via ambulance for what is said to be minor injuries.

Police and ambulance service were on the scene and were helped by school staff to manage the incident.

A police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a road traffic collision involving a car and a secondary school pupil this morning, 21st October 2021. The collision occurred on Pembroke Road, Pembroke at approximately 9:00am.

“The Ambulance Service also attended and escorted the teenage boy to hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries.”

A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesperson said: “We can confirm that there has been an incident outside Ysgol Harri Tudur in Pembroke this morning where a pupil came into contact with a car. 

“The police and ambulance have been on the scene and were assisted by school staff. We are not able to release any further details at present.”

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