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More electric vehicle charging points in Pembrokeshire

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Pictured with the Council’s Sustainable Development and Energy Manager, Steve Keating (centre) at the electric vehicle charge-point at the Parrog in Goodwick are: Andrew Mackay (left), Construction Project Manager at Silverstone and Andrew Muskett, Building Projects Manager at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

FURTHER publically available electric vehicle charge-points have been provided via a partnership between Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

‘Fast’ electric vehicle (EV) charging is now operating in fourteen different locations around the county.

This will expand to eighteen locations once four further sites are completed for Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority later this year.

Two locations (Tenby Multi Storey Car Park and Haverfordwest County Hall Car Park) offer both ‘Fast’ and ‘Rapid’ charging.

The car park charging locations available now are:

  • Multi-storey, Upper Park Road, Tenby, SA70 7LT
  • Town Moor, Narberth, SA67 7AB
  • Gordon Street, Pembroke Dock, SA72 6DW
  • Long Street, Newport, SA42 0TJ
  • West Street, Fishguard, SA65 9NJ
  • Charles Street, Milford Haven, SA73 2AJ
  • High Street, St Dogmaels, SA43 3EA
  • Multi-storey, Cartlett Road, Haverfordwest, SA61 2LX
  • County Hall car park, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP
  • Quickwell car park, St Davids, SA62 6NT
  • Mart Ground car park, Crymych, SA41 3QE
  • High Street car park, Neyland, SA73 1TF
  • The Parade car park, Pembroke, SA71 4JY
  • The Parrog car park, Goodwick, SA64 0DE

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park EV charging locations that will be available by end of 2020 are:

  • Brewery Meadow (Regency Hall) car park, Saundersfoot, SA69 9ND
  • The Hoppers car park, Porthgain, SA62 5BN
  • Millmoor Way car park, Broad Haven, SA62 3JH
  • Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre car park, St. Davids, SA62 6NW

The project was designed and commissioned by the Council’s Infrastructure team, is funded by Welsh Government and delivered by Narberth-based Silverstone Green Energy.

The charge-posts are part of the www.dragoncharging.co.uk network which is a regional network being used by neighbouring local authorities in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion and also further afield in Powys, Blaenau Gwent, Newport (Gwent), Torfaen, Monmouthshire and Caerphilly.

In advance of first use it is advised that potential users read the information on how to use the charging stations which can be found on the Dragon Charging Website at www.dragoncharging.co.uk/FAQ

Charging is currently priced at 85 pence each time a user connects with 25 p/kWh charged for electricity consumed. All revenue is used to support and maintain the network.

Pembrokeshire County Councillor Phil Baker, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, praised the progress made by the partnership, particularly in view of recent news that new petrol and diesel cars will not be sold in the UK after 2030.

“As well as helping residents and visitors switch to a low carbon future, the project aims to satisfy the needs of motorists by providing charging hubs for those who do not have off-street parking,” he said.

“The project also promotes the concept of ‘eco-tourism’. All the charge-points are in centrally located car parks so that users can visit local businesses and attractions whilst charging their cars.”

Councillor Paul Harries, Chairman of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, added: “Promoting sustainable transport is just one of a range of measures the Park Authority is taking to respond to the climate change emergency.

“As well as enabling visitors and residents to charge their vehicles, these charging points will also support the Authority’s efforts to green its fleet to include as many electric vehicles as possible.”

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Port boss: Pembroke Dock development full permission an ‘important step’

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THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of the Port of Milford Haven has welcomed a decision of “non-intervention” by the Welsh Government over plans to re-vamp Pembroke Dock’s historic port facilities.

The redevelopment scheme, approved by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Planning Committee in May, will see some areas such as a dock covered with sand and “infilled”.

Plans also include the demolishing of some buildings, erection of buildings and ancillary works.
Despite planning being granted at council level, full authorisation to go ahead with the development was not to be issued until the Welsh Government made its decision regards the matter.

More about the planning application can be read here: https://www.herald.wales/west-wales/pembrokeshire/major-marine-project-causes-concern-about-visual-impact-and-heritage-loss/

Now that the Welsh Government has decided not to interfere with Pembrokeshire County Council’s grant of planning permission, the Port’s boss, Andy Jones, expressed his delight, saying: “This marks an important step forward in the development of Wales’ clean energy centre at Pembroke Dock.

“It will provide sustainable opportunities for the many people who rely on the activity along the Milford Haven Waterway for employment.

CEO: Port Authority’s Andy Jones (Pic MHPA)

“Pembroke Dock Marine will unlock new opportunities for young people to enter the maritime, renewable and engineering sectors, build resilience within Pembrokeshire’s business community, and make a positive contribution to our natural environment as we transition to a low carbon energy generation.”

Tim James, head of commercial and energy at the Port of Milford Haven called the project a “once in a generation opportunity to improve Pembrokeshire’s economy for years to come”.

Objectors had complained that the plans were too large and would damage the historic dockyard, as well as having a visual impact on the dock.

The was opposition from local heritage campaigners, with complaints over the size of two huge proposed hangars which the project’s critics said would impact adversely the landscape.

The economic benefits of the £60 million marine energy “far outweigh” any impact on the historic environment, a report earlier this year to council planners said.

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Medical evacuation from LPG tanker off St Ann’s Head

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ANGLE Lifeboat was launched on service at 12:59pm on Thursday afternoon (Jun 10) to assist in a medical evacuation from a LPG tanker 13 miles SSW off St Ann’s Head.

The coastguard helicopter from Newquay in Cornwall was also on route. With the poor visibility due to fog, Angle all-weather lifeboat was to stand by the vessel to provide an alternative route for evacuation if needed.

After a choppy route in the poor visibility the RNLI volunteers arrived on scene at 2:07pm.

At the time of their arrival, the paramedic from the coastguard helicopter was aboard the vessel preparing the casualty to be winched to the helicopter.

In less than ten minutes the casualty was winched up to the helicopter and flown to hospital, at which point the lifeboat and crews were stood down and headed back to the station.

After rehousing shortly after 3:30pm the lifeboat was washed fuelled and made ready for service shortly after.

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Milford Haven child sex offender Colin Sharpe jailed for 10 years

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A MILFORD HAVEN child abuser sat crying in court as details of his four-year long abuse of a schoolgirl were read out.

Colin Sharpe’s teenage victim says she is now “plagued by nightmares” that he will return and abuse her again, Swansea Crown Court heard.

Sharpe, 40, of Howarth Close was told by Judge Paul Thomas QC at Swansea Crown Court that “Your only concern was your own selfish sexual pleasure.”

The court heard that after the matter was reported to police and officers began a search for tSharpe. He was found in his vehicle in a car park at St Ann’s Head.

The court was told that police used their car to block Sharpe’s exist from the car park but he “sped off” across the grass towards the cliff edge before crashing into a fence.

The defendant abandoned his vehicle and made off on foot to the clifftop. A standoff then developed during which police brought in a specialist negotiator to talk him down.

After a lengthy negotiation Sharpe was arrested.

Passing sentence, the judge told Sharpe: “You had no concern for the psychological damage you did.”

He added: “But it is to your credit that you immediately admitted what you had done; this had saved his victim the further ordeal of giving evidence in a trial.

Judge Paul Thomas jailed Sharpe for 10 years and imposed an indefinite order requiring him to sign the sexual offences register on release.

Sharpe will now be subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and an indefinite restraining order when he is released.

As The Herald previously reported, Sharpe, who has been on remand since March, admitted one charge of sexual assault and five of sexual activity with a child, all between July 2017 and March 2021.

Police were informed about the sexual abuse by a third party, who discovered what he had done, and he was arrested and questioned early last year.

Earlier, Ian Wright, counsel for the CPS said that Sharpe used “emotional blackmail to frighten the girl into staying silent”.

He added “Matters seem to have come to a head on March 12 this year after Sharpe had once again sexually abused his victim.”

Dean Pulling, defending, said that when the police interviewed Sharpe he gave ‘guilty pleas and admissions’ at the earliest opportunity.

Excerpts from a personal victim statement highlighting the ongoing ordeal of Sharpe’s teenage victim were also read out in court.

“I am having nightmares,” the statement reads.

“I have nightmares of him coming back from prison and starting to do worse. My life has been greatly affected.”

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