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allpetsvetcareMILFORD HAVEN Port Authority’s ‘masterplan’ means relocation for a local vets practice, as the grade two listed building in which they operate is destined to be either demolished or moved to make way for port access. Bille Schleicher, of the All Vets Pet Care, told The Herald what the Docks redevelopment meant to their practice and the building she sees as part of Milford’s rich maritime history: “When we came here in 2009 the building was a wreck, it was not nice at all but it is such a lovely building which is what it’s about. We are guardians of a building that was here for generations and should remain here for generations. It was the old Docks Office. “It has so much history involved with Milford Haven and people come in here and have a connection with this building. It seems crazy to sacrifice this building for buildings that are the same as everywhere else. The Port Authority are proposing to build another building. It would be difficult to get the same feel of this building”. The Herald spoke exclusively with Jeff Teague, from the Port Authority, who gave us his perspective on the controversial plan for demolition: “One of the main issues for this development is access. The existing entrance couldn’t cope with it, so our engineers came up with nine schemes, eight were rejected and only one was acceptable: to open the old dock entrance and widen it with two lane entries and exits. “This was accepted by County Highways. Of the two listed buildings (on the pier) one must be sacrificial, so we went for the single story building which we will replicate and re-site. The proprietor is aware of us designing a purpose built new building. It is not a decision we have taken lightly.” He continued by stating that the local authority, Pembrokeshire County Council, had given the go ahead to knock down the grade 2 listed building, in order to facilitate the development. On whether they (the Council) would therefore gain financially from this development, Mr Teague simply said: “I can’t speculate on that, that’s a question to put to the County Council.” The masterplan, to which the redevelopment is referred, proposes a complete overhaul of the Milford Docks area, in terms of both heritage and commercial viability. Jeff Teague described the proposals: “Here is an opportunity to correct things economically, to create a new attraction which brings more money in to Milford Haven. It is estimated that the ‘leakage’ in spend out of the town is about £50 million, because of a lack of ‘offer’. “We want to capture a share of that and with more visitors we estimate pulling back £45m in revenue per annum. Our share is small; economic regeneration is the important thing, equating to about 650 new jobs. Milford benefits little from tourism. Over the last two seasons only 12% of all tourists to our county admitted to visiting Milford Haven. We think Milford should change its image and upgrade; another 10% should come to Milford.” Claire Palmer, Business Manager, spoke about the potential impact on local fishing: “We want to upgrade facilities to add value to fish that are landed here, so instead of product going out of the area we want to see it processed and value added here, creating an identifiable Welsh brand. We are largest fishing port in Wales. An upgrade would create opportunities to diversify.”

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‘Take your children directly to Glangwili’ advice as Withybush’s Paediatric Ambulatory Care Unit closes

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HYWEL DDA Health Board has confirmed that as part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Paediatric Ambulatory Care Unit (PACU) at Withybush General Hospital has been converted into an Adult Urgent Care Assessment area.

The news means that parents of children with unknown urgent symptoms are asked to either contact their local GP, out of hours services via NHS 111, or take their child directly to Glangwili Hospital.

There will be no staff available to deal children with unknown urgent symptoms in children at Withybush Hospital.

The Health Board say that for children with emergency conditions, parents are still asked to dial 999.

But there has been concern as the number of ambulances serving the county of Pembrokeshire is mooted to be cut from 7 to 5.

The Health Board have released the following guidance on Monday (Sept 20): “To help keep you and your child safe at Glangwili Hospital, we have set up a new temporary Paediatric Assessment Area adjacent to the Emergency Department that will assess children in a separate facility to Adults. “This area is for children who attend from General Practitioners, Out of Hours, Welsh Ambulance and walk in admissions and will see children with illnesses.

“For injury, your child will be directed via minor injuries or Emergency Department.

The local ambulance service is under great pressure, with many crews spending long waits at the hospital (Pic Herald)

“Once an assessment has been made, if your child requires admission staff will explain that one parent can be resident on the ward, due to restrictions that we have imposed as part of our COVID-19 response.”

Mrs Paula Evans, Head of Nursing for Paediatrics and Neonates as said that: “We understand that families will be anxious at this time if their child becomes unwell or injured. COVID-19 is worrying but there may be other reasons why your child might be unwell and it is important not to delay in getting care and treatment.”

The Health Board added: “Your GP surgery can provide telephone triage and most have also introduced, or are in the process of introducing, an online consultation service called e-Consult.

“You can access this service by visiting your GP surgery’s website; follow the link to e-Consult then choose the ‘I want help for my child’ option.

“Our Health Visiting teams are also continuing to support families and new babies. If you are unable to reach your usual health visitor, please contact your local hub, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Pembrokeshire residents should call 07766 992316.”

The Health Board are saying they are hoping to re-open the Paediatric Ambulatory Care Unit (PACU) at Withybush General Hospital in the Spring of 2022.

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Wins for Pennar, Carew and Monkton

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PENNAR Robins, Monkton Swifts and Carew all earned good wins on Saturday (Sept 18) in Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League.

Pennar had beaten rivals Monkton Swifts the previous week and they followed that up with a thumping 12-0 win over Narberth.

Ross Jones opened the scoring two minutes in and he bagged a second inbetween goals from Sean Edmundson and Craig Asparassa.

Asparassa scored early in the second half to make it 5-0 before Jones claimed his hat trick.

Carl Rees got his name on the scoresheet, just seconds after coming on as a sub and he got his second and Pennar’s eighth with ten minutes to go.

Connor Roberts, Kieran Smith, Nick Willis and Ceri Griffiths all scored to seal an emphatic win.

MONKTON Swifts bounced back from their defeat to Pennar with a narrow 1-0 win away at Neyland.

Both sides had chances throughout the game but just as it looked the game would finish goalless, Monkton’s Jamie Wilkes scored in the 86th minute to seal the three points.

There was another close game between Carew and St Ishmaels but it was the Rooks who got the win.

The only goal of the game came in the second half as Zac Rowell set up Adam Muskett to score.

Action from Neyland’s game with Monkton
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Pembrokeshire dog sniffs out £10k of illicit tobacco in a single raid

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Cooper and Worcester Police. Image by West Mercia Police

AN OPERATION has successfully been carried out in Worcester, where an estimated £10,000 worth of counterfeit and illicit tobacco was seized

Cooper, from BWY Canine LTD in Clynderwen, assisted in seizing the tobacco from two premises in Worcester city centre. 

West Mercia Police carried out the operation on September 13 in partnership with Worcestershire County Council’s Trading Standards Team.

A spokesperson for BWY Canine Ltd, the leading specialists in detection dogs for the UK, said: “We were working on two operations.

“In Worcester, we found a substantial seizure from two shops, where a large quantity of the tobacco was hidden in freezers.

“Cooper located one of the most sophisticated illegal tobacco concealments that we have seen in the last 10 years.”

PC Susan Parr of West Mercia Police added: “Working with specially trained search dogs, seizures were made at two premises.

“There had previously been seizures of illegal tobacco there and significant intelligence reports and test purchases.”

Councillor Matt Dormer, cabinet member with responsibility for communities, added: “I am pleased to see this great example of Trading Standards Officers working with colleagues at West Mercia Police to tackle illegal activity in the county. Organised crime is at the heart of the trade in illicit tobacco and it can impact on our communities by reducing the takings of local honest businesses.

“The availability of cheap products also makes it much easier for young people to get hold of tobacco, creating a risk to their long term health. Our Trading Standards team will continue to work hard to remove illegal products and where necessary we will prosecute businesses and individuals that ignore the law.”

Officers took part in this joint operation as part of the force’s crack down on serious and organised crimes under West Mercia’s Protect campaign.

Recently, BWY Canine Ltd has been creating headlines across the county by working alongside law enforcement agencies.

Another canine, Yoyo, additionally assisted Warwickshire Police detect £17k of unlawful cigarettes stowed away in a sewer, at a raid on two Rugby shops.

Scamp also, working with West Midlands Police, helped sniff out a huge haul of cannabis in Walsall, with a street value of £200k.

Since 2012, Scamp alone has found over £10 million illegal tobacco products, and in 2019 he found over £1.6 million criminal cash.

Yoyo and Scamp additionally helped officers of Kent Police seize more than 35,000 illegal cigarettes from shops in Maidstone.

The award-winning family-run BWY Canine Ltd business has provided clients with professional search dog services since 2009.

The dogs are able to detect explosives, firearms, drugs, cash, tobacco, meat/products of animal origin, live bodies, human remains (cadaver), blood and semen (crime scene).

Their clients typically include police services, trading standards, private companies, NHS Trusts, Oil Refineries and the third largest Port Authority in the UK.

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