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The Herald helping hand community project continues

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FRIDAY’S in The Herald office are normally a day where we can take the foot off the gas and start thinking about the next edition of the newspaper.

We normally have a flick through the paper over a coffee and have a chat about things in the pipeline for next week.

Last Friday, October 30, was a bit different though, we weren’t sipping a coffee or taking it easy, we were out and about around Johnston and Milford Haven as part of our community project; Helping Hands.

During the first Lockdown earlier this year, we knew we had to help older and more vulnerable people in our community the only way we could, with food, with milk, with eggs, with whatever we could beg for or borrow off of generous local businesses who, like us, wanted to help but didn’t know how to in a world of social distancing and shielding those with underlying health conditions.

So, we filled up one of our vans, normally used for delivering newspapers, with as many essential things as we could lay our grubby mitts on and we went to areas with sheltered housing, whether it be for the elderly or the vulnerable, we knew we had to help those people first.

This time around though, we could organise, we could plan and we could make sure that the help offered by the amazing people behind Pembrokeshire businesses got to those who needed it the most as soon as possible.

Behind our masks and hand sanitiser, we packed bags full and gave them out to grateful members of our community, we, like those supporting us, want everyone to know that even in the worst of times, we stand together and we help each other out, not for praise or column inches, because it’s the only thing to do when we’re all up against it.

The gratitude we could just about make out behind the masks was enough, and if it wasn’t for our supporters and their super-human selflessness and generosity then we simply couldn’t have been able to help as many people as we have.

We need help to do more, we need supporters so that our Helping Hand can be offered to as many local people as possible. We won’t stop trying to help and we won’t stop being grateful that we can help people during the toughest of times and it’s obvious from the level of support that we’re not alone.

To local businesses: thank you, thank you so very much for giving all you can to help us help others and every week this lockdown continues we will continue giving all we can so that the most vulnerable people never have to feel cut-off or alone, every little action makes a truly profound difference.

 

A massive thank-you to these local business who gave a helping hand:

VC Gallery

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheVCGallery

Website: https://www.thevcgallery.com/

 

Marks Autos

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Marksautosdiagnostics

Website: http://www.marks-autos.co.uk/

 

Prendergast Butchers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrendergastButchers

Website: http://prendergastbutchers.co.uk/

 

Peter Kidney Boiler Maintenance

Telephone: 07968315350

 

T & S MOTORS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tandsmotors199

Telephone: 01437 890199

 

Williams Sheds Ltd.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Williams-Sheds-Ltd-2095772077335776

Website: http://www.willsheds.co.uk/

 

Clever Cloggs

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CleverCloggsHaverfordwest

Website: https://clevercloggs.uk/

 

S.Craig & Sons Ltd

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SCraig-Sons-Ltd-520185294759029t

Website: https://www.scraigandsonsfloorscreeding.co.uk/

 

Honeyborough Garage

Telephone: 01646 603 838

Address: Unit 6, Honeyborough Ind Est, Neyland

 

H.R. Havard & Sons

Telephone: 01437 762 751

Website https://www.hrhavardandson.co.uk/

 

The First & Last

Telephone: 01646 682687

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themaynardspembrokedock

 

Brocklis Bitumen Limited

Telephone: 07851 778 236

Address: 49 Harfod Cwnin, Carmarthenshire, SA31 2AT

 

Mike Howling Car Sales

Telephone: 01437 899 355

Website https://www.mikehowlinmotors.co.uk/car-sales/

 

Nisa – Hakin

Telephone: 01646 278150

Address: 1 Wellington Road, Hakin

 

Terry’s Tiles

Telephone: 01646 601121

Website: www.terrystiles.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Terrys-Tiles-387289311351538

 

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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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