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Pembroke Dock: Council has approved plan for new KFC drive thru



LOCAL chicken lovers will finally be able to enjoy a KFC – without a drive to Carmarthen – now that permission has been granted for a new restaurant to be built in Pembrokeshire.

The drive thru will be built on the soon to be demolished training centre on London Road, opposite the entrance to Tesco supermarket in Pembroke Dock.

The new development will require 25 full time employees, a planning application document stated.

But even though work has not started on the new food outlet, jobs are already being advertised online.

A planning application was submitted last year by Euro Garages Group for a drive thru restaurant in Pembroke Dock has been given full approval by Pembrokeshire County Council officers.

Finger licking good – local chicken lovers will be pleased (File photo)

Pembrokeshire County Council said in their report: “This full planning application seeks permission for the demolition of the existing structures on the site and the erection of a drive thru and associated development.”

In reaching their decision council planners said: “The proposal would result in the delivery of new food and drink retail development that would have positive economic and social impacts through the provision of a new facility.

“In addition there would be no adverse environmental impacts due to construction to improved environmental standards and the site’s sustainable location.

“Given the length of time the training centre has been vacant (in excess of 5 years) and the subsequent retail planning permission the loss of this facility has previously been established.

“The proposed development is located within Pembroke Dock, and due to the fact there are no existing facilities with drive thru within the town
centre, the direct impact is likely to be limited and therefore the proposed use would not impact negatively on the vitality and viability of any Town or Local Retail Centre.”

Haverfordwest and Pembroke are two areas that KFC has recently listed as targets for expansion.

Speaking last year a spokesman for KFC said Pembroke Dock was one of their target locations, bit said “it was not a guarantee” that any store would open.

They said: “We always have a list of areas where we’re on the lookout for new restaurants. We know there’s loads of chicken lovers out there waiting patiently for the Colonel to arrive in their town so watch this space.”

KFC also said: “We have bold ambitions to have over 1,000 stores in the UK and Ireland by 2020 and we are looking to build over 50 new stores a year.”

Publicity of the application was undertaken, and three letters of representation were received objecting to the proposed development. Objections included there being no access statement or traffic management proposal. There were fears about the impact on the highway network, and alleged lack of detail about the specifics of the site occupant (The application does not mention KFC and the council report describes the project as a coffee shop).

Traffic concerns: Objectors said there was no traffic management plan for the new development, which could be very popular (File photo)

There were concerns about low level wage nature of the job creation as a result of the development.

One objector argued that there should be retention and reuse of the existing building rather than demolition. There are concerns over increased litter, and one correspondent said that the development should incorporate use of renewable energy.

Pembroke Dock Town Council also objected to the development.

In March 2020, planning applicant Euro Garages Group became KFC’s largest franchisee in Europe through the acquisition of 145 KFC outlets in the UK and Ireland. The application was given full approval on December 22.

The picture at the top of this article is a photo of a new KFC store in Carlisle. According to the plans, the Pembrokeshire store will looks very similar.




Permit applications open for Tenby pedestrianisation scheme



PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is now accepting applications for vehicle access during this year’s Pedestrianisation of Tenby.

The scheme, which is due to start on Monday, July 5 and conclude on Friday, September 10, will again see the walled town divided into three ‘zones’, each having varying degrees of vehicle access.

Whilst all necessary plans are being put in place for it to start and finish on the above dates, the scheme will remain under constant review in light of Government guidance relating to Covid-19, and the Council will provide any updates as necessary.

Possession of an ‘access permit’ does not provide any exemption from Government restrictions, and any regulations relating to travel and the occupation of holiday accommodation or second homes must be observed at all times.

Following the success of last year, the permit application process will continue online, with paper application forms and guidance notes no longer being delivered to residents and businesses.

The application form and guidance notes are available from

Residents and business within Tenby are encouraged to complete the application process as soon as possible, to ensure that there is sufficient time for the application to be processed.

Permits will be issued approximately 7-10 days prior to the start of the scheme.

For enquiries, e-mail

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Join the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel as an independent member



THE Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel is looking for two members to join them in their work to support and challenge the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Panel is made of up of members nominated by Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys county councils along with at least two independent members.

Opportunities have now arisen for two independent members to join the Panel and carry out key statutory roles that will support the Commissioner exercise his role effectively.

Members will be expected to attend and take part in regular meetings and take part in decision making, creating reports and making recommendations to the Commissioner.

They will review the Commissioner’s annual draft Police and Crime Plan and annual draft budget, review and scrutinise his decisions and actions, and if necessary review the proposed appointment or removal of the Chief Constable and other senior police force appointments.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they can take a balanced and objective approach in supporting the Panel and the Commissioner, make strategic and well-informed decisions, and interpret and question financial, statistical and performance related information.

They will also need to be able to act as a ‘critical friend’, challenging views or proposals for change constructively.

Applications close on May 31, and appointments to the Panel will be made until October 31, 2024. 

For further information, visit

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Successful Fire Service and Health Board partnership to enhance COVID-19 vaccine roll out comes to end



TUESDAY 11 May 2021 marked the end of a hugely successful partnership between Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Hywel Dda University Health Board, initiated to enhance the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine to the communities of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Since February, Community Safety Staff from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have transported 125 passengers over 9450 miles to ensure they were able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

Chris Davies, Chief Fire Officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Recognising the configuration of our Service, the areas we cover and indeed the people we employee, this seemed an ideal opportunity for us to widen our response to the pandemic and support our partners in safeguarding our communities.

“Whilst we already collaborate with the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, this opportunity enabled us to expand our assistance further within the health arena. This partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board was the first of its kind for Fire and Rescue Services in Wales and paved the way for a number of similar partnerships for us and the other Fire and Rescue Services in Wales.

“I am extremely proud of our staff who have participated in this collaboration and have made a huge difference to the lives of so many people. Their contribution has without doubt had a positive impact on our response to this global pandemic”.

Mydrian Harries, Corporate Head of Prevention and Protection for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, coordinated the Service’s response to this call for assistance.

“Our communities are at the heart of our core business. Knowing we were in a position to make an impact, we put in place a robust solution in record time, to not only ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, but to also safeguard those who were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, but may have had barriers preventing them from attending their appointments.

“Using this partnership as template within which we could expand, we have since been able to offer our assistance to other Health Boards across the Service area. Indeed, a group of 10 vaccine heroes from our Service have joined Powys Teaching Health Board’s vaccination team, playing their part in distributing vaccines at mass vaccination sites in Newtown and Builth Wells. This is another fantastic example of how working together has been vital in our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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