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Wedding fees and charges agreed despite private sector concerns

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CABINET members have approved changes in charges for the council’s registration services although some councillors said they were uncomfortable about giving their support.

Councillor Tessa Hodgson said they needed to consider the difficulties that private businesses had been having while Cllr Neil Prior said there were other areas they should be looking at.

Cllr Phil Baker thanked the officers at the registration services for their hard work over what he described as an ‘extremely difficult 12 months’.

He added: “The report seeks cabinet approval for the changes to the registration service fees and charges. The fees and charges are reviewed annually to ensure they are set at the optimal level that achieves full cost recovery where appropriate but is also mindful of the need for market pricing in a small number of situations in order to stay competitive.

“I would like to confirm that as a result of the pandemic, the majority of bookings for summer 2021 are the postponed ceremonies from 2020 and last year’s fees will be honoured in these cases.”

Cllr Tessa Hodgson said: “I think it is important that we acknowledge the difficulties that private businesses in the wedding sectors will have faced this year and the year to come. They will be in extreme financial difficulty and I think we need to be extremely mindful that we are entering a competitive market but with the cushion that we can afford to take some losses in the first year which a private company is not able to do.

“I’m going to abstain from voting on this today because I think we do need to consider the private companies who work in what is an extremely competitive field.”

Cllr Phil Baker understood her concerns but said it was going to be a ‘bumper year’ for everyone.

Scolton Manor will also be looking to host wedding this year but it was highlighted that they would only looking to host around ten so it would not undermine the private sector.

Cllr Neil Prior added that he was uncomfortable with the charges stating that there were other areas to be offering subsidies rather than for a small number of weddings.

When it was put to the vote, there were eight votes in favour, Cllr Neil Prior voted against and Cllr Tessa Hodgson abstained.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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