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Boris Johnson, his wife and chancellor Rishi Sunak to be fined for breaking lockdown rules

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THE PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie, and chancellor Rishi Sunak, have been notified that they will be issued with fines for breaking lockdown rules.

The fixed penalty notices are the result of a Metropolitan Police investigation into parties in Downing Street and Whitehall in 2020 and 2021.

Mr Johnson will become the first sitting prime minister to receive a punishment for breaking the law.

Labour immediately called for both to the PM and chancellor resign while Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey called for parliament to be recalled for a vote of confidence in Mr Johnson.

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon also demanded that they should quit.

Those calls have been echoed this week by Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds has called on the Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies and Welsh Secretary Simon Hart to “show a backbone” and call for Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to resign following the news that both men are to be fined over lockdown parties.

Commenting Jane Dodds MS told The Herald: “Boris Johnson & Rishi Sunak have broken the law & repeatedly lied, they must resign from their positions at once.

“While people in Wales were playing by the rules at great personal expense, those in charge thought they were above the law.

“This also will come as a painful blow to all those covid bereaved families in Wales.  The behavior of Johnson and Sunak

“The Welsh public deserves much better. For the sake of the country, both Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak must resign immediately.

“If the Conservative Party is to have any legitimacy in Wales Andrew RT Davies and Simon Hart need to show some backbone and be calling for resignations immediately. No Welsh Conservative MP should be backing the Chancellor or Prime Minister staying in post.”

Jo Stevens, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, commenting on the latest Downing Street fines said: “Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak should resign immediately. Their positions are completely untenable.

I think back to those daily press conferences during the pandemic and the PM and Chancellor telling everyone to follow the law and the severe hardship people suffered and the impossible decisions people made in order to comply with the law – and all the time Johnson and Sunak both knew they had broken the law.

The hypocrisy and lack of integrity is appalling. They are not fit to govern and should resign today.”

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Former councillor’s pub works expected to be refused

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ALTERATIONS to a bar in a seaside village’s conservation area, partly owned by a former county councillor, are expected to be turned down by national park planners next week.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park’s Development Management committee, meeting on June 7, is recommended to refuse an application, by Ross Barnes, to replace an existing glass balustrade with a variable height glass balustrade and the installation of two permanent parasols at Harbwr Bar and Kitchen, Wogan Terrace, Saundersfoot.

The item is being considered by the Development Management Committee as former committee member – and former county councillor – Mike Evans, who had left the authority less than 12 months prior to the application’s submission, has a material interest in its outcome.

Local community council Saundersfoot had objected to the application, stating: “Following consideration of all the information provided by the Planning Authority, Saundersfoot Community Council advise the planning officer that it is not in support of this planning application, considering that the proposed plans are not within the keeping of the surrounding buildings nor in keeping with the conservation area in which the building is situated.”

The authority’s Buildings Conservation Officer recommended refusal, stating: “The property is prominent within Saundersfoot Conservation Area, denoted as a positive building.

“Section 72 of the 1990 Act requires that when considering planning applications, special attention must be paid to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of the area.

“The scheme includes extendable glass balustrading and two permanent ‘pergolas’ (gazebos), these extending across the whole of the fascia, filling the front courtyard.

“This is my view comprises over-development that cannot reasonably be said to preserve or enhance the character of Saundersfoot.”

The officer also raised concerns about the impact on the character and appearance of the conservation area.

The plans are recommended to be refused on the grounds of visual impact, overdevelopment within the conservation area, and “The proposal does not preserve the setting of Listed Buildings within Saundersfoot.”

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Image Caption: The Harbwr Bar and Kitchen, Saundersfoot

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Engineering learner Reuben heading for ‘pole position’

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ENGINEERING learner Reuben Whitehead has been turning heads with his mechanical talents when he recently designed and built his very own battery powered go-kart.

Reuben, who is a passionate Formula One fan, works part-time at West Wales Karting and decided to rebuild the kart earlier this year after they kindly donated a pre-existing kart to him.

The process involved stripping the kart down to a bare chassis and then refurbishing it. This was followed by implementing the electrical aspect of the kart and fabricating mounts for both the batteries and motor made from carbon fibre and steel.

The key components and materials used were steel for the chassis, aluminium for the rims, and an inclusion of carbon fibre for both the motor mounts and battery.

The motor produces 2.5hp and has an efficiency rate of 90% when in operation. The torque produced is 8.4-foot pounds when in operation and the motor revs 1500RPM.

Reuben explained the purpose of his project, “I built the Go-Kart because I am passionate about motorsport and enjoy karting both in local competitions and with friends so for me the opportunity to build an electric kart was exciting and something that would require me to use my skills that I have developed throughout my time at the College. I also built the project as I knew it was something that I would enjoy undertaking and be able to learn new skills along the way. Being able to get hands on with a kart and understand both the fundamentals and intricate aspects was important for my development as an aspiring motorsport engineer, hopefully one day with Formula One.”

Reuben took his first test drive in the car earlier this month using the track based up at West Wales Karting.

Reuben also discussed what inspires him to achieve his dream career.

Reuben explained, “The individuals who inspire me are my mum, for how brave and courageous she is, for always believing in me and supporting me. My late stepdad, he never gave up even at the toughest of times and always kept fighting even when the odds were against him as well as teaching me that if you work hard enough anything is achievable. Finally, Lewis Hamilton for showing that again with hard work you can achieve anything and that no dream/goal is too big, also the way in which he conducts himself after tough losses on the racetrack.”

An articulate learner, Reuben spends a large amount of time in the machine workshop whilst studying at the College where he has developed skills in working with lathes and milling machines, hand fitting tool techniques as well as CAD and precision measurement practices which has aided his knowledge into the world of car design and engineering.  

Aside from Reuben’s College studies, he has self-taught himself many transferable skills.

Reuben said, “I can’t take all the credit, having been fortunate enough to have experience of refurbishing classic cars with my stepdad growing up, as well as being able to build rally cars when on work experience whilst studying in my first year of College, this has certainly helped me learn and build a skillset that can be applied in numerous engineering environments. Spending time in the workshop and learning from tutors who have real industry experience has helped me.”

Curriculum Area Manager for Engineering Will Bateman, expressed how proud the department is of Reuben, “Reuben has worked at a consistently excellent standard throughout the two-year programme. We are incredibly proud of his final project, that has showcased his skills and learning from the course. Reuben is a true engineering ambassador having spoken to numerous 14–16-year-old groups on choices post-compulsory education.”

Reuben plans on becoming a Motorsport Engineer in Formula One after his studies and this project has fuelled his motivation to show potential employers just how talented he is.

To find out more about the Engineering courses available at the College please visit: www.pembrokeshire.ac.uk/courses/mechanical-engineering-3/

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One week to go until deadline for 20 MPH consultation, says Council

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IN JULY 2022, the Senedd passed legislation to reduce the default speed limit from 30mph to 20mph on restricted roads in Wales.

The legislation will come into force across Wales, including Pembrokeshire, on 17 September 2023.

However in some places, a 20mph speed limit will not be appropriate or feasible.

In these locations, the 30mph speed limit can remain on the basis of an ‘exceptions’ process, which will be introduced by way of Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO).

Pembrokeshire County Council has proposed twenty-seven 20mph exceptions across the county’s road network, having reviewed criteria and requested local feedback.

The public consultation on the proposed exceptions opened on 17th May and closes at midnight on Wednesday, June 7.

The consultation will also seek the public’s views on proposed 20mph speed limits on those 30mph roads in Pembrokeshire which won’t automatically default to 20mph in September as they are not classified as ‘restricted roads’ (these roads are known as 30mph by order).

The proposed exceptions and proposed 20mph limits can be viewed at: View map | DataMapWales (gov.wales) or alternatively in person at County Hall reception.

How to take part in the consultation:

Online:

Members of the public will be able to take part in the consultation online until midnight on Wednesday 7th June on the Council’s website at Traffic Regulation Orders – Pembrokeshire County Council

In person:

Documents will also be available to view at County Hall in Haverfordwest until 5pm on Wednesday 7th June. A laptop has been set up in Reception and a member of the Traffic Team is available from 0900 – 1700 Monday to Thursday, and 0900 – 16:30 on Friday to assist members of the public in person if required.

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