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Bid to stop overnight car park camping

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Pembrokeshire County Council’s parking services have been
undertaking early morning enforcement patrols to combat
unauthorised overnight camping in car parks.

Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) have been issuing Penalty Charge
Notices (PCNs) to those illegally camping overnight in both Council-
run car parks and those managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast
National Park Authority.

Over the last week over 25 PCNs have been issued and the Council
has warned that the early morning patrols will continue.

Failure to comply with conditions in a car park can lead to fines of up
to £70.

The Council is keen to remind the public that car parks are
designated for parking purposes and not as camp sites and CEOs are
also engaging with motorhome owners to remind them of the no
overnight camping rule County Councillor Phil Baker, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said:

“Unfortunately people have been using our car parks to camp
overnight and I am aware that in some cases anti-social behaviour is
also occurring in the car parks.

“I urge everyone to use our car parks for parking only and not for
other purposes. As an Authority we are obliged to enforce the
conditions relating to each car park.

“We trust that everyone who use our car parks will enjoy their visit
and leave with a smile on their face.”

The Council also highlights the following points:

 the Authority issues pre-paid permits which give discount on
the daily charges – information on our web site or email
parking@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

 all the Pay and Display machines are regularly cleaned

 cashless machines are  available at the following locations

o Perrots Road, Haverfordwest
o Castle Lake, Haverfordwest

o Rifleman’s Field, Haverfordwest
o St Thomas Green, Haverfordwest
o High Street, St Dogmaels
o The Green, Tenby
o The Salterns, Tenby
o North Beach, Tenby

Customers using car parks are asked to respect social distancing
rules and park according to the conditions. The car parks are in place
to provide convenient parking to beaches, beauty spots and access to
town centres

For details of charges in Council-run coastal and town centre car
parks go to: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/parking-in-
pembrokeshire

For the latest advice and press releases relating to coronavirus,
please view: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Blue Gem Wind begins digital aerial surveys for 300MW Valorous floating wind project

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BLUE GEM WIND, the joint venture between TotalEnergies, one of the world’s largest energy companies, and Simply Blue Energy, has begun offshore digital aerial surveys for a proposed 300MW floating wind project.

APEM Ltd have been chosen by Blue Gem Wind to deliver 24 consecutive monthly bird and marine mammal surveys of the early-commercial scale Valorous site. The high resolution data obtained will support baseline environmental characterisation of the site and environmental impact assessments for key ecological receptors.

The survey programme commenced in March 2021 and four of the 24 monthly surveys have been completed
to date.

Sean Evans, Environmental Specialist at Blue Gem Wind said, “It is important for us to begin long-lead in items
such as bird and marine mammal surveys as early as possible. These surveys will provide crucial species specific
data on the number, spatial distribution and activity of individuals across the Valorous site. This enables us to
undertake robust environmental impact assessments ahead of our planned consent application submission in
2023.”

Matt Rohner, Senior Consultant at APEM, “APEM Ltd are delighted to be able to support Blue Gem Wind’s
proposed Valorous offshore wind farm with our best-in-class survey design approach. Imagery captured using
state-of-the-art cameras is of ultra-high (1.6cm) resolution, providing industry leading image quality that is
essential for species level identification.”

The Celtic Sea is poised to play a key role in Net Zero, the Committee on Climate Change’s 100GW offshore
wind target, and crucially, the UK Government’s target of 1 GW of floating wind by 2030. The ORE Catapult also
estimated that the first GW of floating wind in the Celtic Sea could potentially deliver over 3,000 jobs and
£682m in supply chain opportunities for Wales and Cornwall by 2030.

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Three arrests as suspected cocaine worth £12,000 seized in Milford Haven

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POLICE in Milford Haven have disrupted the supply of cocaine in the town in a major operation which saw people detained and a large quantity of drugs found.

Three people were arrested and suspected cocaine worth up to £12,200 was seized, police said.

Dyfed-Powys Police carried out a warrant at a house in Hubberston on the evening of Friday, June 11, “where 122g of what is believed to be cocaine was found.”

This is estimated to have a street value of between £9,760 and £12,200 depending on its purity.

The occupant of the address – a 59-year-old man – was not present at the time, however he was later arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.

He has been released under investigation pending the result of forensic, digital and financial enquiries.

As enquiries progressed, officers made two further arrests over the weekend.

A 33-year-old man from Manchester, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and possession of an offensive weapon after police stopped the car he was driving.

A quantity of white powder was seized by Greater Manchester Police during a warrant at the address he gave officers in custody.

A 27-year-old woman from the Stockport area was also arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Both have been released on bail with the condition not to enter Pembrokeshire.

Detective Constable Phillip Jones said: “This was a significant drugs seizure, and we will continue our enquiries with the view to securing a swift outcome.

“I would like to thank all officers involved over the weekend for their dedication and diligence.”

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Major blaze destroys well known Tenby chip shop

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EMERGENCY services have sealed off part of Tenby following a major fire at a chip shop.

Fire fighters rushed to Park Road Fish & Chip Shop after a blaze broke out late on Tuesday morning (Jun 15).

Emergency services are still at the scene. Police are asking people to avoid the area.

Diversions for traffic are in place.

Four fire appliances responded to the blaze at the Tenby chip shop (Image G Davies Photography)
Fire fighters take off BA kits after the blaze was put out (Image G Davies Photography)

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