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County flies the flag for fisherman

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fishermanA NEW European funded programme supporting fishing communities in Pembrokeshire is well underway with the funding of two projects. 

A group of bass fishermen have become the first to benefit from the Pembrokeshire Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) – Cleddau to Coast – support which has enabled them to buy vital equipment to maintain the quality of their catch. Assisted by the European Fisheries Fund and the Welsh Government, the FLAG programme aims to encourage collaboration, promote innovation, regenerate communities and add value to the fish caught off the Pembrokeshire coastline. The European Fisheries Fund (EFF) provides funding to the fishing industry and coastal communities to help them adapt to changing conditions in the sector and become economically resilient and ecologically sustainable. Stretching from St Dogmaels to Amroth, the FLAG area covers 71% of the county’s land area and 72% of its population. FLAG was established in 2011, with members drawn from across the fishing industry, private and public sector bodies in the county. Its aim is to help fishermen, fisheries communities and related organisations to access funding for equipment and services and provide the support they need to promote fish landed in the county and safeguard the local fishing heritage. “The approach to the delivery of the FLAG has given the county a great opportunity to access funds to support research, collaborative and community centred fisheries related projects,” said Nia Marshall, chair of the Cleddau to Coast FLAG. “We have been encouraged by the level of engagement and the interesting and wide ranging project applications submitted to date and are hopeful that the new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund will build on our current success. “At a time when funding is limited it has been exciting and rewarding to be able to assist organisations and individuals in accessing this grant.” The first project to be approved under the FLAG has provided a group of bass fishermen with vital ice making equipment. Under the scheme the bass fishermen’s group received support under the Small Grants Scheme of the FLAG for an ice making machine, which is used to store their catch and deliver it to end customers in as fresh a condition as possible. The purchase of the machine has meant the group – who all fish in the Saundersfoot area – have been able to widen their customer net and meet the requirements of buyers further afield. The six strong group of line caught bass fishermen fish in the waters out of Saundersfoot using registered inshore boats, targeting high quality sea bass. Berwyn Dennis has been fishing off the coast for over 30 years, as did his father before him. Accessing funding for such vital equipment has he believes helped secure his future and that of his fellow fishermen. Said Mr Dennis: “Having the ice machine has made a tremendous difference. Before we had to travel to Milford Haven to get ice, but now it is on hand. “Being able to make our own ice has not just saved us money and travelling time but it has given us flexibility and we are self-sufficient – we can now have as much ice as we want and when we need it.” A second grant of £31,000 was approved by the FLAG to support Pembrokeshire Fish Week, and other projects are in the pipeline. Now in its 15th year, Pembrokeshire Fish Week has grown to become a hugely popular, award winning festival that has ensured Pembrokeshire maintains its strong links within the fishing industry. Kate Morgan, co-ordinator of the event said: “The activities supported through the FLAG project included workshops, demonstrations and tasting events at Saundersfoot, Goodwick and Milford Haven which were really successful engaging the public in recognising the fish and shellfish available in Pembrokeshire. “We have really made an impact increasing the public knowledge and confidence in using fish and shellfish landed in Pembrokeshire.”

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Permit applications open for Tenby pedestrianisation scheme

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is now accepting applications for vehicle access during this year’s Pedestrianisation of Tenby.

The scheme, which is due to start on Monday, July 5 and conclude on Friday, September 10, will again see the walled town divided into three ‘zones’, each having varying degrees of vehicle access.

Whilst all necessary plans are being put in place for it to start and finish on the above dates, the scheme will remain under constant review in light of Government guidance relating to Covid-19, and the Council will provide any updates as necessary.

Possession of an ‘access permit’ does not provide any exemption from Government restrictions, and any regulations relating to travel and the occupation of holiday accommodation or second homes must be observed at all times.

Following the success of last year, the permit application process will continue online, with paper application forms and guidance notes no longer being delivered to residents and businesses.

The application form and guidance notes are available from pembrokeshire.gov.uk/tenby-pedestrianisation

Residents and business within Tenby are encouraged to complete the application process as soon as possible, to ensure that there is sufficient time for the application to be processed.

Permits will be issued approximately 7-10 days prior to the start of the scheme.

For enquiries, e-mail tenby.pedestrian@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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Join the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel as an independent member

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THE Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel is looking for two members to join them in their work to support and challenge the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Panel is made of up of members nominated by Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys county councils along with at least two independent members.

Opportunities have now arisen for two independent members to join the Panel and carry out key statutory roles that will support the Commissioner exercise his role effectively.

Members will be expected to attend and take part in regular meetings and take part in decision making, creating reports and making recommendations to the Commissioner.

They will review the Commissioner’s annual draft Police and Crime Plan and annual draft budget, review and scrutinise his decisions and actions, and if necessary review the proposed appointment or removal of the Chief Constable and other senior police force appointments.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they can take a balanced and objective approach in supporting the Panel and the Commissioner, make strategic and well-informed decisions, and interpret and question financial, statistical and performance related information.

They will also need to be able to act as a ‘critical friend’, challenging views or proposals for change constructively.

Applications close on May 31, and appointments to the Panel will be made until October 31, 2024. 

For further information, visit www.dppoliceandcrimepanel.wales

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Successful Fire Service and Health Board partnership to enhance COVID-19 vaccine roll out comes to end

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TUESDAY 11 May 2021 marked the end of a hugely successful partnership between Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Hywel Dda University Health Board, initiated to enhance the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine to the communities of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Since February, Community Safety Staff from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have transported 125 passengers over 9450 miles to ensure they were able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

Chris Davies, Chief Fire Officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Recognising the configuration of our Service, the areas we cover and indeed the people we employee, this seemed an ideal opportunity for us to widen our response to the pandemic and support our partners in safeguarding our communities.

“Whilst we already collaborate with the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, this opportunity enabled us to expand our assistance further within the health arena. This partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board was the first of its kind for Fire and Rescue Services in Wales and paved the way for a number of similar partnerships for us and the other Fire and Rescue Services in Wales.

“I am extremely proud of our staff who have participated in this collaboration and have made a huge difference to the lives of so many people. Their contribution has without doubt had a positive impact on our response to this global pandemic”.

Mydrian Harries, Corporate Head of Prevention and Protection for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, coordinated the Service’s response to this call for assistance.

“Our communities are at the heart of our core business. Knowing we were in a position to make an impact, we put in place a robust solution in record time, to not only ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, but to also safeguard those who were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, but may have had barriers preventing them from attending their appointments.

“Using this partnership as template within which we could expand, we have since been able to offer our assistance to other Health Boards across the Service area. Indeed, a group of 10 vaccine heroes from our Service have joined Powys Teaching Health Board’s vaccination team, playing their part in distributing vaccines at mass vaccination sites in Newtown and Builth Wells. This is another fantastic example of how working together has been vital in our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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