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Update on housing developments by Pembrokeshire County Council



THERE are new updates for the Pembrokeshire County Council housing development programmes at Old School Lane, Johnston and Tudor Place, Tiers Cross.

Old School Lane, Johnston

Unfortunately, underground investigations have identified faults with the utility infrastructure that provides drainage throughout the site. 

Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC) has been working with Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water to resolve these issues before the site is occupied. This will avoid causing extensive disruption and inconvenience to contract holders after completion.

This has resulted in a further delay to the programme, but solutions have been identified allowing the remedial works to commence imminently.

As works are continuing on site, PCC plan a phased handover of the Old School Lane properties and anticipate that the first phase of properties will be available before Christmas 2023.

This will include mainly general needs properties, allowing a selection of homes to be allocated before the development is fully completed.

It is anticipated that the handover of the remaining properties in Old School Lane will take place in Spring 2024, signalling the completion of the development.

Cllr Jon Harvey, Cabinet member for Housing Delivery, said: “We regret that further delays have occurred in completing the Old School Lane development due to circumstances outside our control, but the completion of these works are considered essential in order to avoid any further disruption to  contract holders at a  later date.

“We have been working closely with the developer to ensure that these final works are completed as swiftly as possible and for these much needed properties to be made available to our residents, hence why we have agreed to a phased handover of properties as they become available.”

This development contains a selection of general needs, adapted and supported living homes. The allocation of the adapted properties has already taken place to applicants who were registered on the Accessible Housing Register in November 2022; both the successful and unsuccessful applicants for the adapted homes will shortly be notified by letter.

When Old School Lane is closer to completion, general needs properties will be advertised via Choice Homes @ Pembrokeshire with preference given to applicants with a local connection to the community council area of Johnston.

Further updates on the development will be shared when they become available.

Tudor Place, Tiers Cross

Work has been progressing well in Tudor Place in recent months, with scaffolding imminently due to be taken down, which will allow for the external hard and soft landscaping to commence. A completion date of Autumn 2023 has been agreed with the contractor.

When Tudor Place is closer to completion, general needs properties will be advertised via Choice Homes @ Pembrokeshire with preference given to applicants with a local connection to the community council area of Tiers Cross.

At this time the Council will also write to applicants who are registered on the Pembrokeshire Accessible Housing Register (PAHR) to ascertain their local connection to the community council area of Tiers Cross. Further updates on the development will be shared when they become available.

Cllr Michelle Bateman, Cabinet Member for Housing Operations said: “As both Old School Lane and Tiers Cross are nearing completion, we expect a lot of interest in these properties and allocations will take place at different times.

“To be considered for allocation, it is therefore important to be registered with Choice Homes @ Pembrokeshire. Keep a close eye out on our social media pages, letters from the council and publicity about allocations of these developments.”

Please follow the PCC Housing Services Social Media for further development updates on

If you have any queries, please contact the Customer Liaison Team via [email protected] or 01437 764551.


Broad Haven’s Music Festival set to rock village



GET ready for an electrifying day of music and fun as the Havens Events Crew proudly presents the highly anticipated Broad Haven Music Festival. Scheduled for Saturday, July 20, from 3 PM to 11:30 PM, this event promises a vibrant mix of live bands, local talent, and a delightful BBQ, making it an unmissable occasion for music lovers and families alike.

The festival, at Broad Haven School Field, will feature an impressive lineup of performers. Attendees can look forward to the acoustic melodies of Cadence Acoustic, the energetic rhythms of Coastal Horizon, and the dynamic performances by Loose Change. These local bands are set to deliver a variety of genres, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

In addition to the musical performances, the festival will offer a range of delicious BBQ options, perfect for enjoying a summer evening outdoors. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a visitor, the Broad Haven Music Festival is an ideal opportunity to experience the local culture, connect with the community, and enjoy high-quality entertainment.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase at the Broad Haven Post Office and Lobster and Môr. Early acquisition is recommended to secure a spot at this popular event.

It promises to be a memorable day filled with music, food, and community spirit. The Broad Haven Music Festival is more than just a concert; it’s a celebration of local talent and a testament to the vibrant culture of our town. Don’t miss out on this fantastic event!

For more information, visit the Havens Events Crew’s official website or follow their social media pages for updates and announcements.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, July 20
  • Time: 3 PM – 11:30 PM
  • Location: Broad Haven School Field
  • Performers: Cadence Acoustic, Coastal Horizon, Loose Change
  • Tickets Available At: Broad Haven Post Office, Lobster and Môr

Be sure to mark your calendars and get your tickets soon – we look forward to seeing you there!

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England’s Euro 2024 semi-final victory captivates millions



ENGLAND’S Euro 2024 semi-final victory over the Netherlands garnered a peak audience of 20.3 million on ITV, cementing its status as the most-watched television programme of the year. Broadcasters are now hopeful that Sunday night’s final against Spain will attract over 30 million viewers, surpassing the numbers that tuned in for England’s Euro 2020 final defeat.

The overnight viewing figures, provided by ratings agency Digital-i, do not account for the millions who streamed the match on ITVX or watched in public venues. The coverage of Euro 2024 in the UK is split between the BBC and ITV, with the channels alternating first choices for matches in each round. ITV executives celebrated Jordan Pickford’s crucial penalty save against Switzerland, which secured another high-profile England match and delivered a substantial advertising boost to the channel.

Both the BBC and ITV will broadcast the final, with approximately a fifth of viewers typically opting for ITV over the BBC. Euro 2024 has demonstrated the enduring appeal of live sports broadcasting, which continues to draw massive audiences, particularly when the events are free to watch. Even matches not involving home nations have attracted significant viewership, with the Spain v France semi-final on BBC One peaking at 11 million viewers.

The Euros are part of the UK’s “crown jewel” sporting events, which include the football World Cup, Wimbledon, and the Olympics, all mandated by law to be shown on free-to-air channels. In contrast, other sports have opted for the higher revenue available from pay TV channels, resulting in substantially lower audiences for international matches. The England and Wales cricket board successfully lobbied in the 2000s to keep England test matches off the free-to-air list. Consequently, Jimmy Anderson’s farewell match against the West Indies at Lords, broadcast behind a paywall on Sky, attracted a peak audience of only about 700,000 viewers.

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Welsh Snooker star Michael White jailed for assaulting partner



A WELSH snooker star has been jailed after assaulting his then-partner. Michael White, 33, of Penshannel, Neath Abbey, assaulted the woman, causing actual bodily harm, on two separate occasions. The first incident occurred on February 12, 2022, and the second on December 10, 2022.

White pleaded guilty to the charges. A further charge of intentional strangulation on December 10 was directed to lie on file. White, whose snooker world ranking peaked at 15 in 2016, was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on Thursday, July 11, 2024.

He received a total jail term of 36 months – 19 months for the first incident and a consecutive 17 months for the second. The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has announced that White has been removed from the world ranking list and the World Snooker Tour with immediate effect.

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