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Pembrokeshire County Council Leader’s update: Advice to stay safe in 2022

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THE LEADER of Pembrokeshire County Council has issued the first of his regular updates for the New Year. Cllr David Simpsons full message is as follows:

Hello everyone, welcome to my first Leader’s Update of 2022

Let me start by firstly wishing you a happy and healthy New Year and thanking you for your efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19 over the festive season.

It has been heartening to hear of the numbers of people getting boosted over the past few weeks and I thank everyone working and volunteering to help get jabs into arms.

Walk-in vaccination centres are open across the Hywel Dda University Health Board region. See: https://hduhb.nhs.wales/healthcare/covid-19-information/covid-19-vaccination-programme/mass-vaccination-centres/ for more information and join the thousands coming forward every day.

With such a rapidly changing situation due to omicron, it is no surprise that there have been a series of changes to self isolation measures and testing introduced over recent days.

I will recap some of the major announcements.

Now, a person showing no symptoms who has a positive lateral flow test will no longer be advised to have a follow-up PCR test to confirm the result, unless they are in a clinically vulnerable group,

Also, people who are un-vaccinated contacts of positive cases and are self-isolating for 10 days should now take a lateral flow test on day two and day eight instead of a PCR test.

Without a follow up PCR test it is even more important for people to report the result of every lateral flow test they do and self-isolate as soon as they test positive.

Without reporting, contact tracing will not be possible, nor will advice and support be provided by the system.

We need everyone to continue to play their part in disrupting the transmission of Covid-19 by reporting their lateral flow test results on the gov.uk website or by calling 119.

The Welsh Government has also this week launched an eligibility checker for the £120m omicron business support package.

The application window will open in the week commencing Monday 17 January 2022.

The Welsh Government statement on the funding package is here:

https://gov.wales/emergency-covid-financial-support-businesses

To access the eligibility checker, see: https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/businesssupport

Details on how to register / apply will be placed on the Pembrokeshire County Council business support pages in due course: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/business-advice-and-support

As I write, our schools are re-opening after the Christmas break.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in our schools, including all staff, learners and parents, plus those supporting in our education department.

We have returned some of the measures seen previously to continue to slow the spread of the virus.

Most notably this includes masks in all areas, including classrooms in secondary schools, and contact groups or ‘bubbles’.  

Please ensure you keep in contact with your school(s) social media or others communication methods where they will keep you up to date with the latest information.

Please stay safe and continue to support one another.

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Fishguard RNLI launch to attend injured fisherman 13 miles offshore

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FISHGUARD’s RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched early on Monday (Jan 17), with a full volunteer crew, to rendezvous with an Irish scalloper fishing boat which had an injured crew member aboard. The 14-metre fishing boat ‘ Golden Fleece’ had requested assistance by making radio contact with HM Coastguard. 

The lifeboat launched at 7.30am in calm conditions and headed to the fishing boat positioned approximately 13 miles north of Cemaes Head. Once on location the injured fisherman, who had suffered a significant finger injury, was transferred to the lifeboat. No further medical assistance was necessary from the lifeboat crew but he was kept under observation during the return journey to Fishguard where he was transferred to an awaiting ambulance upon arrival at 8.30am.   

 

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Brains’ £100 million sell-off plan includes local pubs in Pembrokeshire

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SA BRAINs is close to completing a £100m deal which will see the sale of 100 Wales pubs, including Pembrokeshire locals, it has been reported.

It is reported that Wales most prominent brewers will sell the freeholds to 100 of it’s pubs to a consortium.

Brains currently has a portfolio of 200 pubs across Wales and the South West.

Sources within the pub industry said that the transaction could be signed in the next few days.

The deal is to be made with Song Capital and Cerberus Capital Management, the former owner of Admiral Taverns.

The deal, which is thought to be around the £100m mark, is expected to be used by the Brains’ family shareholders to pay down debt.

The hospitality sector has been hit severely by the Coronavirus pandemic, being forced to close for long periods at a time and then reopening with strict restrictions.

In 2020, Brains struck a deal with Marston’s to operate 141 of its pubs, under the Welsh brewers brand, following financial pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Six Pembrokeshire pubs are earmarked to be included in the transaction; The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels, Crown Inn, Tenby, Grove Hotel, Narberth, Waterman’s Arms, Pembroke, Harbour Inn, Solva and The Galleon, Broad Haven.

The sale will see the Brains pub estate as a family-owned brewer with a small residual pub portfolio.

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St Clears’ McDonald’s opening delayed for a week

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THE OPENING of the new 100-seater McDonald’s in St Clears has been delayed by a week. 

The restaurant, which will be built along the main approach road to Pembrokeshire, aimed to open its doors on Wednesday, January 19. 

However, the company has confirmed that the opening has been postponed until Wednesday, January 26. 

The new McDonald’s will join Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock McDonald’s as the only members of the company located west of Carmarthen. 

It hoped to provide over 80 full and part time jobs due to being open around the clock. They hosted a recruitment day in December 2021. 

The original applications had previously stated that the McDonald’s would be open 24 hours a day. A premises licence application is currently being made to the County Council for the “provision of late-night refreshments” which, if accepted, would allow the restaurant to be open 24 hours a day.

It will open on the opposite side of the road to Travelodge and Starbucks, which replaced the Little Chef restaurant in 2017.

The restaurant was initially going to include a separate building which would have accommodated a Costa Coffee. However, it will now host a Greggs. 

Alongside this, planning permission has been granted separately for a petrol station with six electric charging points.

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