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DJ Tommo: Tributes to a big personality with a massive heart

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TRIBUTES are flooding in this evening after the death of popular Cardigan DJ ’Tommo’.

The Cardigan-born radio presenter hosted shows for Radio Cymru and Nation Radio, and was also a stadium announcer at Wales’ home football matches and at Parc y Scarlets rugby ground in Llanelli.

It was only in the last few days that he had he was planning to make a return to Radio Pembrokeshire and Radio Carmarthenshire.

Former colleague and manager Carl Hartley said Tommo was “a lovely person, a big personality with a massive heart.”

He went on to say: “He would light up a room whenever he walked in with his booming gruff voice.

“There was the creative and fun Tommo that brought a smile to everyone’s face, but he was also so sensitive and caring. His love for Donna and Cian shone through everytime he spoke about them.

Some of my best broadcasting memories involve him, from a spoof James Bond video to a sun dance in the rain in just a towel after a very wet summer in Pembrokeshire. He was totally mad.

“The entertainment world in Wales has lost such a talented man, who was taken from us far too soon.”

Marc Tierney, who also worked with Tommo said: “I’m very sorry to hear of the untimely passing of local legend.

“I first met Tommo when he joined Radio Pembrokeshire – I had to ‘manage’ him! – what seems like a very long time ago now. Words you could use to sum up Tommo – wild, caring and genuine.”

“He will be remembered fondly by so very many people across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire but Donna and Cian – our thoughts are with you at this sad time.”

Scarlets posted this evening: “We are devastated to hear that the voice of Parc y Scarlets, Andrew ’Tommo’ Thomas has passed away suddenly. Tommo was a hugely popular figure as the Parc y Scarlets matchday announcer, a passionate Scarlets fan who brought his huge character and energy to every match.”

Former Nation Radio Sales Manager Kevin Hire said: “I think God has just won a Radio licence and wanted the best presenters to host the Breakfast show and Late night show on Heaven FM

“Because hes taken two of the best in a matter of days in Chris Needs and today. The world is a lesser place without you in it mate.

“We will all miss your larger than life character, you made the people who knew you feel special and loved. I hope and pray that you are cwtching your Dad tonight.,RIP my friend.”

 

More recently, Tommo had been doing promotional work for CK Foodstores. Richard Arnold, on behalf of CK Foodstores told said: “We were with him from 6.30am this morning though to 2pm. He was on amazing form, and we’ve hours of footage to prove it.

“We’ve been working with him for almost two years now, he was wonderful with our staff, our suppliers and our customers, and went way beyond what was asked of him at every turn.

“He will leave a huge hole in so many lives, not least ours.

“We were due to meet up on Thursday to record more material with another supplier.

“He left us at the top of his game, with a huge lust for life, and delighted to be back on the radio too.

“Our thoughts are with his wonderful family, and his legion of friends.”

The one-time local footballer launched his broadcasting career with Radio Ceredigion whilst still working as a postman in his home town.

Ceredigion MS Elin Jones said: “Such sad news of Tommo’s death.

“A natural radio DJ on Radio Ceredigion and Radio Cymru. He had a big voice and a big heart.

“Cardigan is a quieter town tonight.

“My thoughts are with his dear family.”

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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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Appeal from Fire and Rescue Service to install working smoke alarms

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AT 01:17am this morning, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, crews from Milford Haven were called to a property fire in the Hakin area of Milford Haven.

The fire was confined to a pan on a stove in the kitchen area and extinguished by firefighters using two breathing apparatus, a hose reel jet and a thermal imaging camera.

Crews also ventilated the property and fitted smoke alarms within the property.

The Fire Service left the incident at 02:00am.

Watch Manager Alun Griffiths, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said “This fire was the result of cooking left unattended. It is so important to remove all pots and pans from a heat source when you are called away from the cooker.

“Thankfully, the occupiers of the property managed to exit the property before our firefighters arrived, but it could have ended very differently as there were no smoke alarms fitted in the property.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of installing working smoke alarms in your homes and testing them regularly. In the dreadful event of a fire, they can alert you to the danger sooner and could mean the difference between life and death.

“As a Fire and Rescue Service, we provide Home Fire Safety advice which is free of charge. We also offer Safe and Well Visits which you can arrange by phoning us on 0800 169 1234 or by visiting the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service website.”

For further Home Fire Safety advice or to talk about the possibility of a Safe and Well Visit by Fire and Rescue Service personnel, please phone us on 0800 169 1234.​​​ Alternatively please complete an online Request a Safe and Well Visit​ form on the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service website: https://www.mawwfire.gov.uk/eng/your-safety/in-your-home/

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