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Leading seabird researchers called in by Blue Gem Wind

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LEADING seabird researchers from universities across the UK have been called in by Blue Gem Wind to support their work.

Blue Gem Wind is the joint venture between TotalEnergies, one of the world’s largest energy companies, and Simply Blue Group.

They have commissioned researchers from Oxford, Sheffield, and Heriot-Watt Universities to support current offshore Environmental Impact Assessment work.

Mike Scott, Project Managing Director at Blue Gem Wind said: “As part of our Environmental Impact Assessment we commissioned 2 years of offshore Digital Aerial Surveys in September 2019 to understand and characterise seabird, and marine mammal use, of the proposed Erebus project.

“On completion of these Aerial Surveys we are supplementing this work by engaging the services of several academic institutions responsible for long term seabird tagging and tracking projects from the Pembrokeshire Islands.”

The supplementary data will provide tracking analysis for key species including Gannet, Manx shearwater and Guillemot and provide information on connectivity between the Erebus site and Grassholm, Skomer and Skokholm using existing long term GPS tracking data.

This data provides a unique view of behavioural usage of the Erebus site for these species, including understanding whether birds are travelling, feeding or resting and assists in understanding seabird behaviour during daylight and darkness.

Ben Huskinson, Consenting Manager, Blue Gem Wind, added: “The decision to proactively commission the additional work was taken after continuous engagement with the Wildlife Trust, RSPB, JNCC and Natural Resources Wales.

“As Wales’s first floating wind project, we wanted to engage and source the best available data and ensure that the introduction of a new technology into the Celtic Sea is fully understood and assessed. We remain on track to submit our Environmental Statement to Natural Resources Wales in December. ”

Erebus is Wales’ first floating offshore windfarm and will create enough low carbon energy to power 90,000 homes. 

The Celtic Sea is poised to play a key role in Net Zero, the Committee on Climate Change’s 100+GW offshore wind recommendation and the UK Government’s target of 1 GW of floating wind by 2030.

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Public urged to take part in Council budget consultation

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MEMBERS of the public are being urged to participate in Pembrokeshire County Council’s budget consultation 2022-23.

Launched this week, the consultation asks the public where they think the Council needs to spend money, and where it can save it.

As part of the process, the Council has created an online budget simulator, which includes videos from Cabinet members talking about the financial pressure in their portfolio areas.
Cllr Bob Kilmister, Cabinet Member for Finance, encouraged all those interested in how the Council spends its funds to take part in the consultation.

“It’s very important that we hear from as many people in Pembrokeshire as possible,” he said.

“Like other Councils, we are once again facing significant budget pressures and understanding community and household priorities is vital in helping us to make the difficult choices necessary in setting the 2023-23 budget.

“We look forward to hearing from you.”

How to take part in the consultation:

Teams Live Stream event
Join a Teams Live Stream event on Wednesday 1st December from 7pm – 8pm. Put your budget questions directly to Cllr Kilmister or the Council’s Director of Resources, Jon Haswell, or listen to the discussion. Questions are welcomed in English and Welsh.

Budget Simulator
Give your views on the budget priorities for 2022–23 by using our Budget Simulator which is available at https://haveyoursay.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/

Download the survey and return to County Hall
Alternatively you can download and complete our hard copy Information and Response Form. Once complete please return to surveys@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or Pembrokeshire County Council, Policy & Partnerships, County Hall, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP.

The consultation will end on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

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Milford Haven Council cancels annual Christmas lights switch-on event

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Council cancels Christmas lights

MILFORD Haven Town Council have announced that they will be cancelling the official switching on the Christmas lights event this year.  

The Christmas lights in Milford Haven will be turned on Wednesday, December 1 at 7pm. However, unlike previous years, this will not be an official event. 

In the past, the event would see Father Christmas switching the lights on while on a balcony at the Town Hall. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the official turning on of the lights is unable to go ahead.

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County Hall to be lit up in orange as part of UN campaign

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COUNTY HALL is being lit up in orange tonight (Thursday, 25 November) to highlight the United Nations campaign against gender violence #OrangeTheWorld: End Violence Against Women Now!

The UN is holding 16 days of activism against gender-based violence from 25th November to 10th December 2021 under the global theme set by the UN Secretary General’s UNiTE campaign.

Among the local groups supporting the worldwide campaign are Soroptimists International Haverfordwest which requested the illumination. “This is a campaign that, as a women’s group, we feel it very important to support,” said member Susie Blacklaw-Jones.

Council Leader Cllr David Simpson supported their request, saying: “This is an incredibly important issue and we are grateful to Soroptimist International Haverfordwest for helping to draw attention to the campaign and raise local awareness.”

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