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Board looks to advance cancer plans

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lynA DOCUMENT released by the Local Health Board and sent to the Pembrokeshire Herald has revealed the extent of the deceit previously practised by the Board towards local cancer services fund raisers. 

The document states that NO business case for the construction of a CDU has ever been presented to the Welsh Government by the Board. This means that assertions made in the past to campaigners that the construction of a CDU was near were pie in the sky promises which the Board knew – or should have known – that it was not in a position to fulfil. In addition, the Board has not provided any guarantees that oncology services will be developed at Withybush at all.

The Board has expressed its commitment to improving cancer services at Withybush only in conditional terms and made no outright promise to provide those services at Withybush. Instead of a written and firm commitment the Board said: “We are unable to provide you with a fixed timescale for the work to begin at this stage. A plan is being developed which requires the movement of other services within the Withybush Hospital site. Progress is also dependent on a robust service model for the provision of oncology services within Pembrokeshire which as you know is being addressed by a Review Group.”

Cancer campaigners at the meeting were also aghast at the Board implying that oncology services will not be provided at Withybush at all. On the one hand the Board has said that the provision of a Cancer Day Unit is “a major objective for the Pembrokeshire County Team”, the same document injects an element of doubt by saying: “Should the new unit be created within the Withybush site …”

The conditional nature of the last expression continues to cause considerable disquiet among the county’s campaigners. At its Executive Board meeting at Withybush on July 24, local authority representative Simon Hancock commented upon the Health Board’s failure to reassure cancer campaigners: “The Chemotherapy Day Unit and Ward 10 are not just the elephants in the room, they are a whole herd of elephants in the room. “The Board has got to regain public trust.” Local campaigner Lyn Neville says that the failure of the Board’s communication strategy in Pembrokeshire was acknowledged by the Board’s new Chair Bernadine Rees at the meeting of the Oncology Services Committee on Monday, August 4.

Lyn Neville told the Herald that he was aware the Board had lost the confidence of people in Pembrokeshire and she was very keen to regain and develop trust with the community. “In response to my direct question, Bernadine Rees not only said that improved cancer services would be provided but that they would definitely be provided at Withybush. There is a project group meeting on September 8 and I am hopeful that the Board will finally provide a firm public commitment on this matter without any reservations whatsoever. “It appeared to me that there are encouraging signs that Bernadine Rees means what she says on this topic. It is about time the Board got moving and reassured Pembrokeshire that the commitment to a CDU and improvements to Ward 10 at Withybush will be delivered upon.”

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Blue Gem Wind begins digital aerial surveys for 300MW Valorous floating wind project

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BLUE GEM WIND, the joint venture between TotalEnergies, one of the world’s largest energy companies, and Simply Blue Energy, has begun offshore digital aerial surveys for a proposed 300MW floating wind project.

APEM Ltd have been chosen by Blue Gem Wind to deliver 24 consecutive monthly bird and marine mammal surveys of the early-commercial scale Valorous site. The high resolution data obtained will support baseline environmental characterisation of the site and environmental impact assessments for key ecological receptors.

The survey programme commenced in March 2021 and four of the 24 monthly surveys have been completed
to date.

Sean Evans, Environmental Specialist at Blue Gem Wind said, “It is important for us to begin long-lead in items
such as bird and marine mammal surveys as early as possible. These surveys will provide crucial species specific
data on the number, spatial distribution and activity of individuals across the Valorous site. This enables us to
undertake robust environmental impact assessments ahead of our planned consent application submission in
2023.”

Matt Rohner, Senior Consultant at APEM, “APEM Ltd are delighted to be able to support Blue Gem Wind’s
proposed Valorous offshore wind farm with our best-in-class survey design approach. Imagery captured using
state-of-the-art cameras is of ultra-high (1.6cm) resolution, providing industry leading image quality that is
essential for species level identification.”

The Celtic Sea is poised to play a key role in Net Zero, the Committee on Climate Change’s 100GW offshore
wind target, and crucially, the UK Government’s target of 1 GW of floating wind by 2030. The ORE Catapult also
estimated that the first GW of floating wind in the Celtic Sea could potentially deliver over 3,000 jobs and
£682m in supply chain opportunities for Wales and Cornwall by 2030.

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Three arrests as suspected cocaine worth £12,000 seized in Milford Haven

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POLICE in Milford Haven have disrupted the supply of cocaine in the town in a major operation which saw people detained and a large quantity of drugs found.

Three people were arrested and suspected cocaine worth up to £12,200 was seized, police said.

Dyfed-Powys Police carried out a warrant at a house in Hubberston on the evening of Friday, June 11, “where 122g of what is believed to be cocaine was found.”

This is estimated to have a street value of between £9,760 and £12,200 depending on its purity.

The occupant of the address – a 59-year-old man – was not present at the time, however he was later arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.

He has been released under investigation pending the result of forensic, digital and financial enquiries.

As enquiries progressed, officers made two further arrests over the weekend.

A 33-year-old man from Manchester, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and possession of an offensive weapon after police stopped the car he was driving.

A quantity of white powder was seized by Greater Manchester Police during a warrant at the address he gave officers in custody.

A 27-year-old woman from the Stockport area was also arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Both have been released on bail with the condition not to enter Pembrokeshire.

Detective Constable Phillip Jones said: “This was a significant drugs seizure, and we will continue our enquiries with the view to securing a swift outcome.

“I would like to thank all officers involved over the weekend for their dedication and diligence.”

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Major blaze destroys well known Tenby chip shop

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EMERGENCY services have sealed off part of Tenby following a major fire at a chip shop.

Fire fighters rushed to Park Road Fish & Chip Shop after a blaze broke out late on Tuesday morning (Jun 15).

Emergency services are still at the scene. Police are asking people to avoid the area.

Diversions for traffic are in place.

Four fire appliances responded to the blaze at the Tenby chip shop (Image G Davies Photography)
Fire fighters take off BA kits after the blaze was put out (Image G Davies Photography)

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