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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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Nolton Haven: Man hospitalised after getting into difficulties in sea

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A MAN was taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Nolton Haven on Friday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.40pm on February 26 by a 999 call to the control centre.

The Little Haven RNLI lifeboat, Broad Haven Coastguard, an ambulance crew and a Coastguard rescue helicopter assisted police in the operation.

The male casualty was stabilised on the beach and shortly before 4.30pm, was then transported to Withybush Hospital.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “We were called to a male who had got into difficulties in the water at Nolton Haven shortly before 3pm.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms

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A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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Pembrokeshire residents urged to take a virtual GP consultation when offered

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PEMBROKESHIRE residents are being urged to take up the offer of a virtual consultation, over the phone or video call with their GP, to help Keep Wales Safe during the current lockdown ‘stay at home’ restrictions.

The way we access local NHS services is changing, with more ways in which you can consult your doctor or nurse. Most surgeries now offer telephone as well as electronic advice consultations in the first instance. Following your advice call, a face to face appointment may be organised, but video consultations are also available. You can now speak to a doctor or healthcare professional using the video camera in your smartphone, tablet or computer and a connection to the internet. This is often more convenient and can save you time, as you will not need to travel for a face-to-face appointment. The system used is confidential and secure.

In a recent YouGov survey carried out for the Welsh Government’s Keep Wales Safe campaign only 27% of residents in Mid and West Wales had made use of the GP virtual service over the past 12 months with just 57% having heard of the service. However, 88% believed it was important to have access to a remote GP consultation once they had learnt of its existence.

Jill Paterson, Director of Primary Care, Community and Long Term Care at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “If you are offered a video consultation appointment this is because your Health Care Professional has indicated that is it safe and appropriate to do so. Your video appointment will be confidential and will not be recorded. If you require support please contact your GP surgery using the number provided in the appointment confirmation.”

She continued: “By putting off small problems or regular appointments you could potentially be putting more strain on NHS emergency services so please, help us to help you, do not put anything off. Local GP surgeries are open and are there to offer medical advice and consult patients.”

After being offered a video consultation you will be sent a letter, email or text with details of your appointment. This communication will contain details of the service that has requested to see you by video and have provided a web address link. You can type or copy the web address link into a web browser via an internet enabled device and this will take you to the video clinic waiting area.

  • In order to access your virtual appointment, you will need:
  • Access to a device that will allow you to access the internet. You should use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge web browser on a desktop or laptop, or on an Android tablet or smartphone or Safari web browser on an Apple iMac, MacBook, iPad, or iPhone.
  • Your device will need a webcam (camera), speakers and microphone.
  • A good internet connection (if you can watch a YouTube video, this is good indication that you have a good connection).
  • An internet usage plan that is sufficient to cover the data consumption of a video call – ideally use a Wi-Fi connection if you have this available.

Sixty two percent of those surveyed by YouGov in Mid and West Wales said they will continue to access NHS services using the new ways that have been introduced as a result of the pandemic. The new methods include making more use of pharmacists; virtual GP consultations and using the NHS 111 online and telephone services.

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