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School road safety improvements made following parents’ requests

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Cllr Viv Stoddart and Gelliswick VC School Headteacher Nick Dyer with the new bollards and safety rails.

A SERIES of road safety improvements have been made at Gelliswick VC School in Milford Haven.

Bollards and safety rails were installed over the summer following concerns about parking on pavements on the approach to the school.

Work was completed in August in time for the start of the new term in response to requests from the local County Councillor and parents.

Viv Stoddart is the County Councillor for the Hubberston Ward. She welcomed the Council’s work as “a very positive start to the autumn term at Gelliswick VC School.”

Cllr Stoddart added: “I am pleased the authority has prioritised this issue as a result of listening to my and the community’s concerns regarding the dangerous practice of some drivers parking on the pavement at the school’s busy drop off and pick up times. 

“During a site meeting in the spring at pick up time, parents were very vocal on airing their concerns about pavement parking.

“There are also long-standing issues about the traffic dangers posed by the limited parking available for staff, visitors, and parents to the 500 pupil-strong school. 

“Meetings with stakeholders has resulted in the Authority reviewing various options to mitigate the situation. 

“I hope the siting of the pavement safety rails is just the start of additional improvements that the authority is considering to progress in the autumn.”

Cllr Phil Baker, the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, confirmed further adaptations are under review at the site.

This includes examining the current configuration of the car park opposite the school and considering time-limited parking bays.

Cllr Baker added: “I’m pleased to see that these improvements have been completed in time for the new term.

“The safety of young people attending school is of the highest priority and we thank parents and the local Councillor for raising the issues so they could be dealt with effectively.”

Gelliswick VC School Headteacher Nick Dyer, added: “Gelliswick School is very pleased to see the bollards and railings installed at the top of Gelliswick Hill. 

“This has been the most recent stage in working with our partners in Pembrokeshire County Council to make Gelliswick Road safer for our children.”

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Haverfordwest: Police appeal after moped stolen from College Court

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for witnesses after a moped was stolen from College Court, Haverfordwest at approximately 8pm on October 6.

The black and orange SYM Jet moped was found abandoned a short time later on Dew Street, Haverfordwest. Two 17/18-year-old males are believed to be involved and are both described as wearing black clothing and wearing rucksacks at the time of the incident.

We urge anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DP-20211006-328.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Coast to Coast grabs gold at national award ceremony

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PEMBROKESHIRE COAST NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY’S long-running visitor newspaper Coast to Coast was one of the gold winners at the recent CIPR Cymru Wales PRide Awards.

The free annual visitor newspaper picked up the award for Best Publication at an online ceremony hosted by broadcaster Jason Mohammad, having last won the award in 2014.

National Park Authority Communications and Marketing Manager Marie Edwards said: “We are delighted that Coast to Coast has been recognised once again alongside so many other great entries and winners from the private and public sectors.

“Hundreds of thousands of copies are picked up across Pembrokeshire and beyond each year, helping people to learn more about the National Park and enjoy their visit.

“We would like to thank all the readers, stockists and advertisers for their ongoing support as we prepare to publish the 40th edition in 2022.”

In assessing the Coast to Coast entry, the judges felt there was “a very clear brief for Coast to Coast, with well thought through targets. The entry demonstrated a strong alignment to the organisational goals as well as importantly, giving staff the opportunity to contribute.

“Ultimately this approach led to excellent metrics in the evaluation and fantastic feedback from customers, which the judges were particularly impressed with.”

National Park Authority Chairman Cllr Paul Harries added: “The team should be extremely proud to have won another gold at these prestigious awards, which follows on from an incredibly successful few years despite the challenges posed by the pandemic and emphasises the high calibre of officers we have working for the Authority.

“The team works tirelessly to promote the National Park and the Authority in so many different ways, including the ever popular Coast to Coast, which continues to go from strength to strength.”

To read this year’s edition online or find out more about advertising in the 2022 edition of Coast to Coast visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/coast-to-coast.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

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It was held in the beautiful lounge at St Brides Spa Hotel who also donated all the coffee for the morning. Cakes were supplied by the community who baked some fabulous, tasty treats!

Saundersfoot Connect hosted a very successful Coffee Morning on Friday October 8th , raising a very impressive £1,070 for the cause.

It was held in the beautiful lounge at St Brides Spa Hotel who also donated all the coffee for the morning. Cakes were supplied by the community who baked some fabulous, tasty treats!

The raffle prizes were many and varied – lots donated by those who came along, and a huge number generously donated by local businesses. Over £500 of the total was raised on the raffle alone.

Organiser, Ladan Harper, said “We were blown away by the number of beautiful cakes that were brought along, and the many lovely prizes donated by guests and local businesses. We were very busy all morning, with over 100 people attending!”.

“It was so lovely to come out and meet people at an event” said one of the guests “it’s the first time I’ve done something this social in 18 months!

“I’ve just moved to the area, so it was great to be able to say ‘hello’ to some new friends and make connections with people I’ve only met online so far!” said another.

Many people commented how lovely it was to meet up and expressed an interest in maybe doing something like this more often. So, watch this space – a monthly Saundersfoot Coffee & Connect is on the cards!

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