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Pembrokeshire’s six Waste and Recycling Centres (WRCs) are set to re-open

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Pembrokeshire’s six Waste and Recycling Centres (WRCs) are set
to re-open on Tuesday, 26 th May, for essential use only and under
strict new guidelines.

All visitors will have to pre-book a slot and follow a number of
restrictions and guidelines to ensure that social distancing is
observed.

This is to make sure that the facilities are used in a safe manner for
staff and the public while remaining fair for all households in
Pembrokeshire.

The booking system will open from 9 am, Wednesday, 20th
May.

Slots can be booked at: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-bookings
or by phoning the Council’s contact centre on: 01437 764551.
People are asked to book online if possible and only phone the
contact centre if they do not have internet access.

Initially the first two weeks of slots will be opened and this will
continue on a two-weekly rolling basis.

Over 6,300 slots per week will be available initially across all sites
and we will work to improve this number while ensuring the sites can
operate in a safe manner for staff and the public

Please see the new guidelines for Waste and Recycling Centres
below:

 Do not visit a WRC if you or anyone in your household has COVID
19 symptoms – you will not be permitted on site.

 Anyone shielding must not put themselves at risk by visiting the
WRCs. The same applies to other vulnerable people.

 WRCs will be open to Pembrokeshire householders ONLY.
Initially no commercial users will be allowed on site and are asked to
use private waste disposal companies at this time.

 Only bring items that can’t be stored safely at home or cannot be
collected through your kerbside waste and recycling collections

 Only cars and small vans will be permitted on site – no high sided
vehicles, large vans (i.e. transits or equivalent) or trailers at this
time.

 Only households who have a pre-booked a 15 minute slot will be
permitted on site. Anyone who hasn’t booked a slot will be turned
away.

 Slots will need to be booked at least 48 hours in advance.

 Only ONE visit per household to any site within a 14-day period to
enable more households to access the facilities.

 There will be a strict 15-minute slot per vehicle to dispose of items in
the correct containers. Therefore please sort all waste and recycling
into the different material types before arriving at the site to help
keep your visit short.

 Vehicles should arrive no more than 15 minutes before their booked
time slot (to avoid traffic queues on the highway).

 Please display ID (eg driving licence / utility bill) in the windscreen
for staff to view and verify the booking.

 A maximum of five vehicles will be allowed on a site at any one time
(staff will monitor this). This number will be kept under review.

 Only ONE person may exit the vehicle to unload the waste and
recycling. Staff are unable to help unload or carry any items,
therefore householders need to ensure that this person is able to
safely unload items from the vehicle and place them in the correct
container.

 Strict social distancing rules will be in place at all times.
Householders must observe two-metre social distancing on the site

and only one user will be able to access each skip or container at a
time.

 We are currently unable to accept tyres. Please store them at
home safely until this service resumes.

 Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before and after visiting
the site.

 Please be patient and follow instructions on site. For the benefit and
welfare of everyone, any users not following instructions or abusive
to staff will be instructed to leave the site and further action taken if
necessary.

County Councillor Cris Tomos, Cabinet Member for the
Environment, said: “People must feel confident and safe if they have
to visit our sites.

“That is why we are restricting numbers and are asking people only
to visit if absolutely necessary. Please think carefully before deciding
to visit one of our Waste and Recycling Centres.

“All of us must do our bit to help continue to reduce and slow the
spread of coronavirus.”

He added that the re-opening of WRCs is in response to changes to
Welsh Government (WG) regulations and that Pembrokeshire had
worked closely with WG and other local authorities on the new
guidelines.

WRCs will be re-opening under normal summer opening hours,
namely opening seven days a week.

 To pre-book a slot at a Waste and Recycling Centre, please go
online at: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-bookings

 If you don’t have internet access, please phone the
Pembrokeshire County Council’s contact centre on 01437 764551.

 For the latest information visit the Council’s website:
www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Delight as foundation phase learners return to class

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PEMBROKESHIRE Headteachers have reported very positive returns to school for Foundation Phase Learners.

All Foundation Phase Learners returned to schools on Monday, March 1st and attendance has been reported at almost 90% since.

The Council’s Director for Education, Steven Richards-Downes, said: “A wide range of council services have worked together to ensure that Foundation Phase pupils have been able to return
safely to school.

“I am particularly grateful to all school staff and families for ensure that learning is now available for our youngest learners face to face.”

Headteachers remarked how schools have filled with smiles and laughter following the safe and phased return of Foundation Phase learners.

Cora O’Brien, Headteacher at Waldo Williams School in Haverfordwest emphasised how quickly learners have settled back in to a routine.

“It has been an absolute joy to hear their laughter in the playground and to observe their love of learning face to face once again. I thank everybody in the Waldo Williams School
community for working so hard to ensure that the transition went smoothly.”

Vicky Hart-Griffiths, Headteacher of Ysgol Hafan y Mor in Tenby, said: “It has been wonderful to welcome all our Foundation Phase learners back to school. They are thriving, being amongst
friends and back to a school routine.  

“All the pupils have spoken about how happy they are to have returned and it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome them back and we can’t wait until we have all our pupils back in school.

“The school feels alive again and there’s a positive buzz and laughter once again echoing throughout the school.”

Gareth Lewis, Headteacher at Broad Haven CP School said children had returned “with real enthusiasm, and have been very keen to meet up with their friends.”

Mr Lewis added: “Our parents have been very supportive and positive about the return, and those with older children are very much looking forward to a wider return to schooling.”

Mr Richards-Downes said plans were now turning to more learners returning to schools in the near future.

“We are looking to the next phases of the re-opening of schools on the 15th of March as long as the government guidelines allow.”

Further details will be released in due course.

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Pembrokeshire County Council: This week’s Leader’s coronavirus update

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL Leader, Councillor David Simpson, has provided a further coronavirus update for Friday, 5th March as follows:

‘Welcome everyone to my weekly update.

“It is with rather a heavy heart that I tell you that it’s almost 12 months since my first statement on the coronavirus pandemic.

“On 9th March 2020, I addressed our Cabinet meeting with the following words:

“Further to the news yesterday that two people in Pembrokeshire had tested as positive for the Covid 19 virus, I am sure you will join me in wishing them both a speedy and full recovery.

“I can reassure you that our services will continue as usual, and all our employees can continue to attend to their work, appointments, schools and services as they normally would.

“We should all help protect ourselves and our communities by following Public Health Wales advice, particularly around washing hands and using a tissue for symptoms associated with cold and flu and then safely disposing of it.

“I am grateful to the co-operation and hard work of all of our staff and we will provide further updates and information when we have them.

“In the meantime I can confirm that detailed planning arrangements, both internally, with partner agencies and through the Dyfed Powys Local Resilience Forum, are well underway to ensure that the Council and Pembrokeshire are as well placed as possible for whatever challenges we may face. Thank you.”

“I am sure you will join me while I take a moment now to remember all those people in Pembrokeshire and further afield, who, very sadly, passed away since I made that announcement.

“I continue to be incredibly grateful, as I’m sure you are, to everyone who is helping to beat this pandemic, working so very hard now for over a year.

“We are fortunate now to be in a position where the vaccine programme is protecting older members of our community and starting to roll out among one of the biggest groups – the over 65s and those with underlying health conditions.

“This time next week (12th March) the Welsh Government will have notified us of their plans for the next three weeks.

“In the meantime, we remain in Alert Level 4 and the stay at home message continues to be more important than ever as we reach the threshold of better times.

“I wish you all a good weekend and thank you once again to the vast majority of wonderful Pembrokeshire residents who are doing the right thing and waiting patiently at home for restrictions to lift.

“We do really appreciate your efforts and determination to help bring this pandemic to an end.”

 

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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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