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Closing day approaching for deposit plan consultation

The deadline is nearing for public comments on Pembrokeshire County Council’s replacement Local Development Plan – known as the Deposit Plan.

The public consultation on the Deposit Plan opened in January and will end at 4.30pm on Wednesday, 18th March.

The consultation has included seven drop-in sessions at locations around the county. Cllr Jon Harvey, Cabinet Member for Planning, said they had been well-attended and thanked members of the public for their feedback.

“We would encourage anyone interested in the future development of Pembrokeshire to participate in the consultation if they haven’t yet done so,” he added.

The Deposit Plan and related documents are available to view on the Council’s website at: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/local-development-plan-review/deposit

The Deposit Plan covers the area of Pembrokeshire excluding the National Park.

It identifies a need for 6,800 new homes between 2017 and 2033 (425 a year) including 2,000 affordable homes. This growth will be distributed across the Plan area in accordance with a whole County strategy, which promotes sustainable development.

Residents can look at the Deposit Plan text and maps to view proposals in their area. The Plan proposes revised town and village boundaries (known as settlement boundaries) and a range of sites are allocated for different land uses, including 70 sites for housing. It also identifies a range of industrial sites (known as Strategic Employment Sites), local employment sites and two quarry sites.

The Deposit Plan seeks to respond to the challenges of climate change by including policies and designations to protect sites and species that are of importance for their biodiversity and nature conservation interest, open spaces and Green Wedges.

New growth is directed to sustainable locations. Proposals for vulnerable uses are directed away from flood risk areas and new development will be limited in areas at risk because of climate change. All new dwellings will be built to high quality, energy efficient designs and will incorporate charging points for ultra-low emission vehicles. Three sites are allocated for solar photovoltaic arrays.

The Deposit Plan and related documents are available to view on the Council’s website at: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/local-development-plan-review/deposit

Hard copies are also available at County Hall, Haverfordwest, in Pembrokeshire County Council Customer Service Centres and in local Libraries, during normal opening hours.

If you wish to have your say on the Deposit Plan you can do so using the Representations Form available online at the above website address, or in paper format from County Hall, Haverfordwest. This form should be used for making comments wherever possible.

Please email your representation forms to ldp@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or post to The Development Plans Team, County Hall, Freeman’s Way, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1TP by 4.30pm on Wednesday, 18th March 2020.

Source: The Pembrokeshire Herald / Thomas Sinclair http://pembrokeshire-herald.com/58429/closing-day-approaching-for-deposit-plan-consultation/

Artisan food award for Local Pembrokeshire Cafe

PEMBROKESHIRE Beach Food Company’s Café Môr has been awarded a prestigious artisan food award.

The award was given by food and drink journalist and broadcaster Nigel Barden and cooking appliance manufacturer Britannia.

Set up nine years ago by Jonathan Williams, and joined a year later by Susan Davenport, the Pembroke Dock-based company is an ethical seafood supplier specialising in seaweed and laverbread products.

Nigel said: “The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company’s welsh sea black butter is a fabulous product from a fascinating company – I’ve never tasted anything quite like it. The bedrock is a creamy, nicely salted organic local butter but the addition of laver seaweed provides an extra rockpool of seaside flavour but in a controlled, subtle manner.

“The whole Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company’s range is impressive. A huge amount of work has gone into its development and it captures the flavour of a centuries-old ingredient – seaweed – but in a colourful, modern, cleverly packaged fashion.”

The Britannia Artisan Food Collection launched at the end of last year in Wales. The public was invited to nominate artisan food producers from across the country. A shortlist was chosen by Nigel Barden and awarded a place on Britannia’s Artisan Food Collection map, before a top three were chosen and a winner awarded.

Source: Western Telegraph – https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/18253362.artisan-food-award-pembrokeshires-cafe-mor/

Pembrokeshire Pub Named Best in England and Wales

The beautiful Stackpole Inn has been named as the best pub in England and Wales by a respected travel guide.

Sawday’s, a specialist in finding special places to stay and eat, has named the Stackpole Inn as the best overall pub in its 2018/19 awards.

The Sawday’s judges said that it’s ‘a dreamy Pembrokeshire inn just a short walk from glorious Barafundle Bay’.

They added: “The food is tasty, the bedrooms are super, kids and dogs are welcomed.

“You won’t want to leave and it really wasn’t difficult to choose our best all-rounder.”

The Stackpole Inn is no stranger to awards, having been awarded the ‘BEST IN OUR COUNTY’ for The National Pub and Bar Awards twice.

The Stackpole Inn also went onto win the Wales Regional Award at the BAFTA Theatre London in May.

Other titles include Best Gastropub in Wales, Great British Pub Awards 2011 and Best Food Experience Pembrokeshire Tourism 2016 & 2011

Source: Western Telegraph

Chat benches launched across Milford

MILFORD Haven School are proud to be launching ‘Chat Benches’ within the community that serves their school catchment area.

If you walk through Milford Haven, Neyland or Johnston in the coming weeks you will notice some new benches with an exciting twist. The ‘Happy to Chat’ bench will say: sit here if you don’t mind someone stopping to say hello.

These benches are clearly marked so that people are encouraged to take a seat and start a conversation.

More than nine million people in the UK say they “often or always” feel lonely, according to the British Red Cross, and in 2013 then-Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt described loneliness as “our national shame.”

The geography of Pembrokeshire means that many residents are at an increased risk of loneliness and social isolation, and it is hoped that the ‘Chat Benches’ will offer a platform to start up conversations and strengthen links within communities, reducing the disconnect that some local residents might feel from the world around them.

Public benches like these can be a real asset to help improve people’s mental health and social wellbeing.

They serve as resting places for those with limited mobility, and a study published by the university of Sheffield in 2015 found sitting on benches allows people to spend longer outside, which is beneficial for mental health and connects them with others in their community. This is particularly important for people who find popular social venues like cafes too expensive.

Ms Mansell said: “I love the fact that as a community we now have designated spaces for people to take a moment, reflect, and connect, especially in a society that often never seems to stop and be present.”

Ms Morris, Headteacher of Milford Haven School said she was excited that they were able to base a ‘Chat Bench’ at the secondary School. She added: “Although loneliness is often talked about as an issue that affects the elderly, we know that young people can also at times feel alone and may need a safe place to reach out and connect with those around them.

“Tomorrow (February 6, 2020), is national ‘Time to Talk’ day, the perfect day we feel to launch our ‘Chat Benches’ and get the conversations flowing.”

One bench is to go to Johnston, one to Neyland, two to Milford Haven and one to be based at the school.

Milford Haven Town Council has already discussed the benches at their last meeting on Monday (January 27), and they agreed to invite organisations from the area to express an interest in having one of the benches.

Source: Milford Mercury

Help Riley save the koalas!

8-year old Riley absolutely adores koalas and is devastated with the current situation in Australia, and will be running 3 miles non-stop in the coming weeks to raise £100 to help the brave people that are trying to save his favourite animal.

Riley’s mum, Tressa Devine (a beloved member of the West Wales Properties team for over 10 years!), shared that he has blown through his original target, and has so far managed to raise a whopping £325.00!

We are so happy to share this amazing achievement with you all, and ask that any donations be made to Riley’s JustGiving website: https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rileydevinekoalarun

New bridge for main route from North to West Wales

THE proposed Dyfi Bridge on the A487 north of Machynlleth, has been given the go ahead by the Welsh Government.

The £46m scheme will improve road safety, strengthen links between communities, provide active travel opportunities and build resilience against flooding, as well as improve transport connectivity to help stimulate further economic development.

The scheme will include traffic calming and improved drainage on the A493 immediately north of the bridge to protect the existing cottages, and there will be a flood bund constructed to protect the Dyfi Eco Park from river flooding.

The removal of large scale traffic from the 19th century bridge and provision of a walking and cycle path will improve active travel opportunities increasing the attraction of Machynlleth and surrounding area as a tourist destination.

Ken Skates, Minister for the economy and transport, said: “The A487 is a key route between North and South Wales linking Gwynedd, Powys, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. It is also an important local route providing access to the amenities and services of Machynlleth.

The next stage will include detailed design works and further ground investigation work. Construction could begin in Summer 2020, subject to the statutory process, with completion by Summer 2022.

Source: Allan George at North Wales Chronicle