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Council announces Eco Park proposals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is planning to build an Eco Park to support the county’s very successful kerbside collection service and the public is being urged to give their views through a pre application consultation (PAC) exercise.

In November 2019 Pembrokeshire County Council introduced a new household recycling and waste collection service and Pembrokeshire is now very proud to be Wales’ top recycler.

The introduction of the new service has resulted in the household recycling rate for Pembrokeshire increasing from 57% in 2017/18 to 71.65% for 2019/20, with a further increase to 73.2% for 2020/21.

To support the kerbside collection service, the Council has been operating an interim facility at Pembroke Port (Units 29 & 41).

However, due the temporary nature of the facility, future plans at the site, and to allow the Council to continue to further increase recycling capabilities, land has been identified at Amoco Road, Milford Haven, SA73 3FB, as a suitable site for a permanent Eco Park for Pembrokeshire.

The proposed development is essential to ensure the Council can continue to provide the statutory services surrounding Waste and Recycling Collections across Pembrokeshire.

The facility will enable materials collected across Pembrokeshire to be bulked, sorted and stored prior to onward transfer to a processing and disposal facilities across Wales and the UK.

It is proposed that the Eco Park be built in four stages:

  •  Phase 1: Recycling transfer facility and associated access roads.This phase will also contain an office and visitor centre, offering the opportunity for groups to come learn about waste and recycling.
  • Phase 2: Vehicle / staff parking area. A vehicle maintenance workshop and staff welfare facilities are also planned as part of this phase.
  • Phase 3: Residual waste and recycling facility
  • Phase 4: Publicly accessible waste and recycling centre (WRC)

The proposed site will not only future proof the waste facility but will allow a much needed modern replacement for the Winsel Waste and Recycling Centre (WRC) to be built.

Winsel currently services a substantial proportion of Pembrokeshire households (about 30% of all WRC waste and recycling collected went through Winsel over the last three years), but the facility is no longer fit for purpose.

This is due to infrastructure works required associated with Environmental Permit Regulations and limitations associated with development options and access.

Pembrokeshire County Council wants to hear your views on the proposed Eco Park via the PAC and through a community engagement event.

Cllr Cris Tomos, the Council Cabinet Member for Environment, urged members of the public to learn more about the proposed development.

“This is an important development for waste and recycling in Pembrokeshire,” he added.

“Pembrokeshire has established itself as the number one recycling county in Wales but to maintain that position and recycle even more, we need the infrastructure to be able to do so.

“Please take the opportunity to learn more about the proposed Eco Park and add your views.”

More information and the ability to have your say on the proposals is available via www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/haveyoursay Consultation documents can be obtained by emailing: PECO-PAC@capita.com

Computer facilities are available to view this information at County Hall Reception, Freeman’s Way, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1TP via prior appointment only between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. 

You may also view this information at a community engagement event on Wednesday 17 th November at County Hall, by prior appointment only between the hours of 10:30am and 6:30pm. 

To make an appointment to view the documents online at County Hall or attend the community engagement event please email ecopark@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or call 01437 764551.

Anyone who wishes to make representations about this proposed development should complete the form on www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/haveyoursay

Alternatively, write to Pembrokeshire County Council at Waste and Recycling Department, Pembrokeshire County Council, Unit 23, Thornton Business Park, Milford Haven, SA73 2RR or via email to ecopark@pembrokeshire.gov.uk by 9 th December 2021.

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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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