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Paul Davies Raises Fishguard Trains in Chamber



arrivaTHE future of rail services between Fishguard and Carmarthen has been raised in the Assembly Chamber, thanks to local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies questioned the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport on when a firm decision over the future of these services would be forthcoming.

 Mr Davies said, “Doubt over the future of rail services from Fishguard to Carmarthen have been a cause for concern for many Pembrokeshire residents, and so I was pleased to question the Minister on this issue. It’s now important that the Welsh Government makes a firm decision so that rail users can plan their rail journeys in the future and I hope that the Minister looks favourably on these services and rolls them out on a permanent basis.” This continues Paul Davies’ efforts in securing the permanent roll out of the train services, which launched in 2011.

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Ted’s medals and beret presented to Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre



THE WARTIME story of D-Day Royal Marine Commando Veteran Ted Owens will always live on in his home town of Pembroke Dock.

This is thanks to his family who have gifted his medals, green Marines beret and Commando dagger to the town’s Heritage Centre.

The presentation was made on the opening day of the Centre’s new season and the framed display is a centrepiece of a new exhibition to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

One of Pembroke Dock’s best known characters, Ted Owens died last August at the age of 98. Over the years he was a big supporter of and a regular visitor to the Heritage Centre. It was his express wish that his medals and Commando items be displayed at the Centre.

Making the presentation were his brother Wyn, nieces Gloria Elford and Liz Halsted, cousin Margaret Black and close family friend Shobha Edgell. They were joined by Kevin Stanley of the VC Gallery, Pembroke Dock, with which Ted also had a special connection.

The Centre’s D-Day exhibition will run for the whole year. It features Ted’s wartime story and that of others who, like Ted, took part in the June 1944 landings in Normandy. It includes a mannequin of an airborne soldier in full equipment and many items of uniform and kit used by both Allied servicemen and their German opponents. Many of these items are from the personal collection of military historian Andrew Ludlow who was recently appointed a trustee of the Centre.

The Heritage Centre is open Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 4pm.

Pictured with the Ted Owens framed display are, left to right: Kevin Stanley of the VC Gallery, Liz Halsted, Margaret Black, Gloria Elford, Wyn Owens, Shobha Edgell, and Andrew Ludlow and John Evans, of the Heritage Trust. (Martin Cavaney Photography)

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Saundersfoot Beach voted among world’s most sustainable shores



SAUNDERSFOOT BEACH has been recognised among the world’s most sustainable beaches by TripAdvisor users. This Welsh treasure finds itself in prestigious company, sharing the spotlight with stunning sandy stretches from locations as diverse as Sicily, Australia, India, South Africa, and the UAE.

The announcement comes as part of TripAdvisor’s esteemed Best of the Best Beaches for 2024, unveiled within the framework of its annual Travellers’ Choice Awards. These awards, celebrated for highlighting the crème de la crème of global travel destinations, derive from an exhaustive analysis of tens of millions of reviews submitted by TripAdvisor’s vast community of international travellers over the past year. Specifically, this year’s rankings have been meticulously compiled based on both the quality and quantity of ratings for beach experiences, spanning several categories including the top beaches worldwide, the premier beaches in Europe, and, notably, a new subcategory dedicated to recognising the best in sustainable beach destinations.

This innovative sustainability category is evaluated through a combination of inputs from BeCause, via the renowned Blue Flag program, and TripAdvisor traveller feedback. It honours beaches that exemplify exceptional commitments to sustainability, with a focus on practices such as sustainable transport options, efficient waste disposal mechanisms, and superior water quality standards.

Although Welsh beaches were notably absent from the top 10 list overall, Saundersfoot Beach emerged as a beacon of sustainability, securing the third spot in its category. TripAdvisor lauds Saundersfoot as “a sandy beach with clear blue waters,” ideal for activities ranging from paddle boarding to rockpool exploration. The beach’s adjacent promenade, replete with an array of shops and cafes, further enhances its appeal.

Testimonials from recent visitors have been overwhelmingly positive, with one user praising the beach for its cleanliness and accessibility: “A really tidy beach with plenty of parking close by, we really enjoyed walking along the beach with some great views to see.” Another review highlighted its pristine condition: “Very lovely beach, nice and clean.”

Sarah Firshein, Head of Editorial at TripAdvisor, reflected on the significance of the 2024 awards, stating, “Last year, TripAdvisor received millions of reviews for beaches—it’s clear that our community absolutely loves them. But as our Travellers’ Choice lists reveal, there’s no one-size-fits-all ‘beach day’.” She also noted the dominance of European beaches in this year’s top rankings, a testament to the growing preference among travellers for the unique coastal experiences offered by the continent, over the traditionally favoured Caribbean destinations.

The list of the Top 10 Beaches in the World for 2024 showcases a diverse array of locations, with Europe’s shores leading the way, while the Top 10 sustainable beaches highlight global efforts towards maintaining the beauty and integrity of our planet’s coasts, with Saundersfoot Beach proudly representing the UK alongside Sandbanks Beach in Dorset.

This recognition not only celebrates Saundersfoot’s natural beauty and the community’s dedication to preserving it but also positions Pembrokeshire as a must-visit destination for eco-conscious travellers from around the globe.

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Heavy rain leads to flood alerts and closed roads in Pembrokeshire



FOLLOWING a night of heavy rain, Natural Resources Wales has issued a series of flood alerts for multiple areas across Pembrokeshire, as adverse weather conditions have led to rising river levels, posing a significant risk of flooding to low-lying lands and roads.

The Eastern Cleddau catchment is currently experiencing river levels above the normal, triggered by a period of adverse weather affecting the region. Authorities warn of expected flooding in low-lying areas and roads, urging the public to remain vigilant. Natural Resources Wales has committed to continuous monitoring of the situation and encourages residents to keep abreast of developments via the ‘River Levels, Rainfall and Sea Data’ available on their website.

Similar conditions have been reported along the north and west coasts of Pembrokeshire, where the adverse weather has resulted in elevated river levels. The risk of flooding to low-lying areas and roads persists, with continuous monitoring promised by Natural Resources Wales.

In south Pembrokeshire, particularly concerning is the situation around the River Ritec in the Salterns area of Tenby. Due to restrictions at the tidal outfall, river levels are likely to remain high for several days. The public may notice a slight rise in river levels with each high tide, heightening the flood risk in the area.

Moreover, the Western Cleddau catchment is bracing for a period of adverse weather expected to commence from midnight. Forecast rainfall is anticipated to cause river levels to rise above normal on Wednesday, 21st February, leading to potential flooding of low-lying lands and roads.

Natural Resources Wales has reiterated its commitment to monitoring the evolving situation across these regions closely. Residents are strongly advised to utilise the ‘River Levels, Rainfall and Sea Data’ on the Natural Resources Wales website to monitor local conditions and prepare accordingly.

With the forecast predicting continued adverse weather, the agency underscores the importance of staying informed and ready to respond to any emergency instructions. The public’s safety remains a top priority as these weather-related challenges continue to unfold across Pembrokeshire.

Roads affected in the county today are as follows

  • A40 between Haverfordwest and Wolfscastle is currently closed due to flooding.
  • Rosemarket River has burst its banks and the surrounding roads are barely passible
  • B4318 Gumfreston also currently closed due to heavy flooding with no indication of
  • reopening times.
  • Reports of disruption due to rainfall between from The Troopers Inn to Llangwm
  • Reports of high levels of surface water to roads in around Crackwell Holiday Park, Tenby
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