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Fire at TBS Waterston: Cause identified as yard reopens

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FIREFIGHTERS from across Pembrokeshire and Carmarthen have successfully extinguished a major fire at an industrial unit in Waterston, Milford Haven. The fire, which caused thick black smoke and a strong odour of burning plastic, was tackled by emergency services with the aid of local farmers.

Residents in Waterston had been advised to keep their windows closed while the fire was being brought under control. The Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that crews from Milford Haven, Pembroke Dock, Haverfordwest, Tenby, Fishguard, and Carmarthen responded to the blaze at the 25m x 50m industrial unit. Hose reel jets were utilised to extinguish the fire, and thankfully, no casualties were reported.

The cause of the fire has been identified as a lithium battery short-circuiting in the controlled area for Waste electronics at TBS Skip Hire & Recycling. Lithium batteries, increasingly common due to the popularity of vapes and rechargeable household items, have been the main cause of waste yard fires in recent years.

TBS Skip Hire & Recycling has now announced that their yard is open as usual. In a Facebook post, they expressed immense gratitude towards their staff, the fire department, friends, family, and neighbours for their assistance during the fire. Special thanks were extended to individuals and local farmers who provided tankers and ponds for firefighting efforts.

The company emphasised the dangers of lithium batteries and urged caution, noting that it only takes one to short circuit and cause significant damage. Despite the challenges posed by the fire, TBS Skip Hire & Recycling, a strong, local, family-run business, remains optimistic for a better 2024, thanks to the support of their staff, friends, and family.

Residents are reminded to be vigilant and aware that only TBS workers in uniform will be picking up skips. The company’s resilience and the community’s solidarity have been pivotal in overcoming this incident and ensuring the continuity of operations.

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Council renews legal pressure on smelly landfill site’s owner

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As part of its approach to jointly tackling the ongoing odour issues at Withyhedge with NRW, Pembrokeshire County Council has said this week it is progressing with its legal challenge against RML.

On April 26, the Council asked RML to give legally binding undertaking to stop the odour coming from Withyhedge Landfill. If it refused, the Council expected RML to provide disclosure of documents, as a potential defendant to a claim for nuisance.

RML refused both to give undertakings or to provide disclosure. Therefore, on 20th May, the Council made an application for pre-action disclosure at Haverfordwest County Court. The Council will be asking the Court to compel RML to handover documents, which it believes are important to its claim for nuisance. The Council expect the Court to confirm a hearing date shortly.

In addition to pursuing the legal avenue our Public Protection team continues to undertake air quality monitoring and working in collaboration with our partners to do all in our power to address the situation.

Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, Cllr Rhys Sinnett has pledged to continue addressing the ongoing issue in Withyhedge as a top priority for the council. He said: “Our intention is to ask the Court for an injunction requiring RML to stop the odour nuisance arising from the landfill. Whilst we are pleased with the operators decision to completely seal off the cell (cell eight) causing the problem, and are genuinely hopeful this will resolve the problem, we remain concerned over future operations and cannot allow this situation to ever recur.

“I understand the frustration and upset that the residents living near the Withyhedge site have been experiencing – and the odour is simply unacceptable, and I am committed to working tirelessly to find a solution.

“Maintaining clean air is a priority for our community – and this Authority along with our partners – are committed to proactive pollution monitoring, and working closely with NRW and the site operator to ensure they move to a position whereby foul odours from the site impacting upon our communities are eliminated.

“Our monitoring is ongoing and will align with colleagues from NRW to gather information on air quality levels both from a health and nuisance perspective – including providing early morning and evening visits. Furthermore, and in partnership with NRW, more advanced static monitoring equipment has been commissioned and delivered for deployment next month.

“In addition, we would like to work with as many residents as possible and encourage them to report any odour concerns they may have – this information is vital in helping us address the issue effectively.”

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Big day for The Hanger as licensing appeal goes ahead in court

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MAGISTRATES in Llanelli will today (May 29) hear an appeal from the management of The Hangar, a venue in Milford Haven.

Following the decision by Pembrokeshire County Council’s licensing committee to stop a charity boxing event, Steve Bartram, the manager and applicant for the Temporary Events Notice intended to cover the event has asked for a court to look at if the council’s decision was correct.

Both Pembrokeshire County Council and The Hanger’s management will be represented in court by counsel. The case will start at 2pm.

At the original hearing, on May 1, where the event was stopped, the objection was raised by one of the council’s own officers, who stated that the venue has become a public nuisance due to noise complaints received. The role of the councillors on the sub-committee was to examine this single objection and determine whether the noise complaints were substantial enough to justify halting the event. The committee heard from The Hangar’s manager, Steve Bartram, that the event was planned as a ‘boxing night’, would inherently be quieter than other events held at the venue.

Speaking for the Council Environmental Officer, David Walters countered that complaints had been received not only in connection with music at the venue but also concerning the ingress and egress of patrons, as well as the noise from vehicles leaving the event. However, when pressed for details, Mr Walters could not provide the committee with a definitive number of complaints received, nor was the nature of the complaints discussed in detail.

At the meeting, Steve Bartram earnestly tried to persuade the members to allow the boxing night to proceed, stating, “Since the initial decision to open The Hangar, I have done everything within my power to meet all the licensing objectives, before any work was carried out inside. I also sought guidance from all responsible authorities on my plans and how I intended to manage The Hangar. These included Geraint Griffiths, Nathan Miles, Stuart McDonald, and Nigel Lewis. During these meetings, everything was discussed in detail, outlining the plans and intentions for the event hub.

“Not once was it suggested by any of the responsible authorities that planning permission should have been sought, should it have been necessary at the time, as I have done since receiving the planning enforcement warning letter.

“Regarding the temporary events notices, according to regulations, up to 15 can be issued within a calendar year, and currently, I am well within that limit at nine.

“As part of the planning application, I have had, at substantial cost, noise surveys carried out—one at a scientific ‘pink noise’ survey and another during a ‘dance event’ on Saturday 30th March. I have a 36-page document supporting these findings which confirms that we are operating well within legal noise limits.”

Members of the Licensing Sub-Committee, despite being advised to focus solely on the noise issue, questioned The Hangar’s management on a broad array of topics, including their long-term plans for the venue, why a Full Public Entertainment License had not been applied for, and why planning permission for a change of use for the building had not yet been sought. Bartram explained that a ‘Change of Use Planning Application’ had been submitted on Tuesday 30th April, with the assistance of a planning professional.

Journalists covering the original hearing noted that much of the discussion was irrelevant to the issue at hand, which was whether the event proposed was likely to cause a public nuisance.

We will cover the outcome of the appeal as it happens.

The original licensing meeting (video recording) can be watched here.

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How Printing Workflow Software Can Transform Lifestyle Content Creation

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In today’s fast-paced world of creating lifestyle content, it’s essential to stay organized and efficient. From coordinating photo shoots to editing and printing top-notch images, the process can feel overwhelming. That’s where printing workflow software steps in. In this blog, we’ll delve into how this cutting-edge technology can revolutionize your lifestyle content creation journey.

Enhancing Photo Shoot Coordination

Capturing the essence of a lifestyle demands well-executed photoshoots. With printing workflow software, you can seamlessly manage crew schedules, locations, props, and shot lists. This digital platform serves as a hub for team communication, minimizing errors and misunderstandings. All team members have real-time access to information, fostering collaboration and ensuring a more seamless photoshoot experience.

Improving Editing Efficiency

Post-production editing is crucial in bringing your lifestyle content to fruition. Yet edits can easily become overwhelming and time-consuming without management. By leveraging printing software capabilities, editors can streamline their tasks effortlessly. This technology offers user-friendly tools for handling large image volumes, allowing editors to concentrate on enhancing each photo’s quality rather than getting bogged down by administrative duties.

Fostering Collaboration Among Teams

Creating lifestyle content involves teams working together toward a shared objective, including photographers, writers, editors, stylists, and designers. Utilizing workflow software streamlines collaboration among these teams by offering a platform for sharing files and exchanging feedback. By using shared folders and timed commenting features within the software, team members can effectively communicate their ideas or needed revisions, saving time and ensuring everyone is aligned.

Maintaining Brand Consistency

Establishing a brand identity necessitates consistency across all platforms; however, achieving coherence across diverse media formats can be challenging without the right systems in place. Workflow software aids in upholding consistency by enabling users to develop and distribute templates for print designs like brochures, catalogs, and promotional materials. Through these templates, lifestyle brands can uphold a consistent identity across various marketing channels, resulting in a unified brand image.

Simplified High-quality Printing

Producing high-quality printed materials is crucial for creating lifestyle content. Navigating the complexities of printing procedures can pose challenges without tools such as print management software. With this software tailored for printing tasks, you can streamline the printing process by automating tasks such as color adjustments and resizing. This program also includes tools for preparing images for printing, which helps enhance the quality of prints and reduce errors. Lifestyle content creators can utilize this technology to save time and consistently deliver high-quality prints to their audience.

Streamlined File Organization

Managing a large volume of files related to lifestyle content creation can be challenging. Printing workflow software simplifies file organization by creating a repository for all images, documents, and assets. This system allows users to categorize and tag files for access, eliminating the hassle of searching through folders or dealing with unhelpful file names. Keeping everything in one place improves efficiency, saves time, and ensures files are always accessible.

Personalized Automation Options

Each lifestyle content creator has a unique approach to producing content. Printing workflow software recognizes this diversity and offers automation features. Users can set up tasks, milestones, and deadlines within the software to align with their individual workflow preferences. By automating tasks such as file conversions or proofing reviews, creators can allocate time for creativity and innovation. Customizable automation ensures effectiveness while accommodating the changing requirements of lifestyle content creation.

Enhancing Efficiency from Idea Generation to Publishing

Creating top-notch lifestyle content involves stages from brainstorming ideas to publishing. Managing these stages efficiently can be quite daunting without the right tools. Print workflow software comes in handy with its project management functionalities that seamlessly guide you from idea generation to publishing. It fosters smooth communication among team members throughout the process, ensuring no details are overlooked, and goals are achieved effectively. The transparency offered by platforms lets you monitor progress in time, easily spot bottlenecks, and make necessary adjustments as needed.

In Summary

To sum up, print workflow software serves as an asset for lifestyle content creators seeking efficiency and consistency in their endeavors. From coordinating photoshoots to streamlining editing tasks and maintaining brand uniformity across channels, this technology offers a plethora of advantages. By leveraging its capabilities, lifestyle content creators can concentrate on their work while delivering content that resonates with their audience, ultimately paving the way for success in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape.

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