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Discover Môr Ffres: North Pembrokeshire’s new chip shop sensation



IN THE QUAINT coastal town of Dinas Cross, North Pembrokeshire, a delightful new fish and chip shop has emerged – Môr Ffres. From the moment its doors swung open on a balmy Thursday evening (July 20), locals and visitors alike were instantly captivated by the impeccable attention to detail and commitment to quality that exudes from every corner of this culinary haven.

Môr Ffres, which translates to “Fresh Sea” in Welsh, is the brainchild of talented chef Paul Thomas, who has made it his mission to create a community-led chip shop that warmly welcomes one and all. Passionate about offering a gastronomic delight that locals can truly enjoy, as well as enticing passing travellers, Paul shares his vision for Môr Ffres.

“Nothing quite beats the joy of indulging in a sumptuous fish and chips meal on a Friday night, especially during the glorious summer months, whether it’s by the beach or in the park. Our ultimate goal is to support and satisfy our local people,” says Paul, his eyes gleaming with pride.

A visit to Môr Ffres is an unparalleled experience. From the outset, the emphasis is on serving only the finest cuts of fish, paired with chips crafted from the freshest Pembrokeshire potatoes. But that’s not all – Môr Ffres prides itself on catering to diverse palates, offering an array of options that cater to different dietary preferences. Whether you crave gluten-free delights, vegetarian sensations, or delectable vegan treats, Môr Ffres has something special for everyone.

But wait, there’s more! As you stroll through the mouthwatering menu, tantalizing takeaway dishes catch your eye. Picture a succulent slow-cooked brisket with a hint of jalapeños and homemade gravy, or a tempting Katso curry that promises to tickle your taste buds. And during the summer season, prepare to be amazed by the inclusion of fresh lobster and chips, a true coastal delicacy that’s sure to leave you craving more.

Môr Ffres hasn’t forgotten the little ones either. The chip shop offers children’s value meals, with options like chicken chunks, chips, and a drink for just £6, or sausage, chips, and a drink for a mere £5. An affordable and delicious treat for the young adventurers!

As if all of this wasn’t enough to entice you, Môr Ffres has an exciting surprise in store for its loyal patrons. Starting October 1, residents living within the SA42 postcode area can take advantage of the Mor Ffres loyalty card, unlocking discounts on all their delectable meals. A heartfelt gesture to show appreciation to the local community that has embraced this culinary gem with open arms.

Nestled on the main road coursing through Dinas Cross, Môr Ffres has become an emblem of hope and progress. Rhys, a local resident, expresses his joy, “Over the past ten years, I’ve seen this chip shop change hands multiple times. Now, it’s wonderful to witness its revival as a community hub, offering fresh produce and delighting our locals.”

As the aroma of freshly prepared fish and chips wafts through the air, and the cheerful chatter of patrons fills the charming space, Môr Ffres stands proud as a testament to the passion and dedication of its chef and team. With its commitment to quality, inclusivity, and community spirit, Môr Ffres has secured a place in the hearts of all those who seek a memorable dining experience.

So, whether you’re a seasoned resident of Pembrokeshire or a curious traveler passing through, a visit to Môr Ffres is an invitation to embark on a culinary journey like no other. Prepare to be tantalized, delighted, and captivated by the fresh tastes of the sea that Môr Ffres brings to the table. Bon appétit!



The former Parsonage Inn could be turned into two homes



A CLOSED south Pembrokeshire inn, which sparked hopes it could become the latest community pub in the county will now be turned into two homes.

Earlier this year, The Parsonage Inn, St Florence closed its doors to the public, and a public meeting – at the behest of St Florence Community Council – was held in early February with hopes it could be run as a community venture.

In the last 20 years has seen eight tenants, with the closure coming about “due to the prolonged and sustained pressures faced to both the economy though the cost-of-living crisis with less trade, along with increases in utility, food and alcohol bills, as well as increases in business rates, minimum wage increases and further legislation on waste disposal”.

Local county councillor Rhys Jordan, who supported the meeting, said there was a strong desire to see The Parsonage Inn reopen its doors, but there was a need to temper enthusiasm with realism.

However, hopes the Parsonage would become a community pub have come to no avail, as just three per cent of the funds needed were raised.

Owner Daniel Scriven, in a recently submitted application, sought to turn the pub into two homes.

Referring to the hopes The Parsonage could become a community pub, an application before Pembrokeshire planners says: “Following its closure in January 2024 a community meeting was held on February 5 in the village hall to discuss its future, during the meeting the challenges facing the hospitality industry were discussed and the community reviewed raising funds to take the Parsonage Inn into community ownership.

“Regrettably we understand following the meeting it has become evident that only three per cent fundraising of the asking price has been raised and no offer or approach to the applicant/owner has been made by the community to the owner to put forward a viable proposal, it would therefore appear unviable.

“Following its closure in January 2024, in March 2024 the final tenant along with some members of the community have opened a small community social club in the village hall during evenings on a more ad-hoc basis which would appear more reflective in scale and usage to the community it serves, alongside The [nearby] Sun Inn.”

The application has now been conditionally approved by Pembrokeshire planners.

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First Cymru bus workers secure 11.6% pay increase



UNITE, the UK’s leading union, has secured an inflation busting 11.6 per cent pay increase for bus drivers employed by First Cymru.

The 300 plus drivers operate buses in South and West Wales working from depots in Swansea, Bridgend, Ammanford, Port Talbot, Carmarthen and Haverfordwest.

The pay deal, which was hammered out through long and detailed negotiations, will see pay increase by 11.6 per cent over a six month period. In addition, there will also be improvements in overtime and weekend rates.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is an excellent result and demonstrates the power of having Unite in your corner to improve jobs, pay and conditions.”

Unite regional co-ordinating officer Sarah Davies said: “Unite will be looking to build on this significant pay deal in future negotiations.

“Our members at First Cymru recognise the importance of being represented by Unite and all workers looking for a better deal should join Unite and get their colleagues to join too.”

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Legal challenge to £6m holiday park expansion



A CAMPAIGN group which has launched a legal challenge against a recently-granted scheme for a £6m expansion of a south Pembrokeshire holiday park is appealing for financial support to cover its legal fees.

Back in February, Pembrokeshire planners heard a legal challenge to a granted application for works at Heritage Park, Pleasant Valley/Stepaside had been launched.

The holiday park scheme had previously been backed twice by county planners after a ‘minded to approve’ cooling-off period was invoked as it was against repeated officer recommendations to refuse.

The controversial scheme by Heritage Leisure Development (Wales) Ltd includes the installation of 48 bases for holiday lodges, a spa facility at a former pub, holiday apartments, a café and cycle hire, equestrian stables, a manège and associated office, and associated works.

It is said the scheme, next to the historic remains of the 19th century Stepaside ironworks and colliery, will create 44 jobs.

Officer grounds for refusal, based on the Local Development Plan, included the site being outside a settlement area.

Along with 245 objections to the current scheme, Stepaside & Pleasant Valley Residents’ Group (SPVRG Ltd) – formed to object to an earlier 2019 application – also raised a 38-page objection, with a long list of concerns, describing the current application as “a reincarnation of an earlier application, which first alerted the residents of Stepaside, Pleasant Valley and the surrounding villages of the applicant’s plans to implement a complex and sprawling development which would take over the whole valley”.

The 2019 application – which had been recommended for refusal – was later withdrawn.

Legal challenges have also been mounted in connection with applications on the site.

A legal challenge to try and overturn a council decision to approve three planning applications at Heritage Park was launched in 2021 by the Stepaside and Pleasant Valley Residents Group (SPVRG Ltd), which failed in early 2022.

Following that challenge failure, a question was submitted to full council last year after it was revealed the costs awarded to the council amounted to £10,000, despite the costs being higher.

Members heard that the external legal fees paid totalled £34,000 plus VAT.

In its latest legal challenge, and fundraising appeal, SPVRG Ltd has said: “Permission was granted, even though it was against the recommendation of the planning officers and despite the objections of the three community councils involved, the two local county councillors and 245 residents. It also went against the Local Development Plan.”

It added: “This has been a stark example of a majority of county councillors, first on the planning committee and then in the full council, failing to listen to those who know best – the people who live and work in the area, and their own expert officers.”

Legal fees for the first stage of a judicial review are expected to be at least £14,000, with £1,200 raised to date through SPVRG’s crowdfunding page.

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