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Pembroke: Cabinet cautious over car park plans

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Caution: Cabinet members urged caution over the inclusion of the car park

PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL could include the South Quay car park in Pembroke as part of plans to market a number of properties in the town.

Two properties on Castle Terrace and another two on Northgate Street have been empty for a number of years and the Council has continually tried to find a solution for the sites.

At a meeting of the Cabinet on Monday (Jun 12) it was mentioned that the car park behind the buildings, South Quay, could be included in any potential sale to increase development opportunities.

However, that idea was met with some caution by Cabinet members Paul Miller and Tessa Hodgson who said the Council would need to be careful and that they would need to consult properly with the Town Council and other stakeholders.

Cllr Paul Miller said: “This is a fairly prominent site in the town of Pembroke, it’s been a long time in a dilapidated state, that state is deteriorating and not for lack of trying I fancy, but we have nonetheless failed to procure a solution to this issue and we still have near derelict buildings not far from Pembroke Castle in the middle of their town.

“It is incumbent on us to make sure we do procure a solution and this report sets out the mechanism by which we hope to facilitate some form of development on that site.

“The joint venture line is interesting and positive but I will point out that the additional land that is identified to be marketed does include the car park adjacent to the Mill Pond, that wasn’t immediately apparent to me when I first read the report, it only became apparent when I read it properly.

“I do think that is an area that we need to consult properly with the community of Pembroke about because loss of car parking has the potential to be a divisive issue and we need to get out there and consult with the Town Council and other stakeholders how that impacts the town centre.”

Cllr Tessa Hodgson added: “I welcome any progress on this site. These buildings are an eyesore in the heart of what is our most prestigious town.

“Pembroke is steeped in history, the new statue has just been unveiled and it provides a real focal point. But right behind that statue are the derelict buildings covered in ivy, left to decay.

“The car park is a very popular amenity for the people of Pembroke, leading to the footpath which goes around the Castle so I think we have to tread very carefully and make sure we consult fully with Pembroke because it is a very popular area.”

A report to the Cabinet states that potential developers have estimated unconfirmed costs of between £1,800,000-£2,000,000 to refurbish the buildings. They go on to say that when finished, the buildings would only have a potential value of £1,250,000-£1,500,000.

One Pembroke resident, Mike Hillen, said: “My own opinion is that it is utter madness to sell this car park, they have just placed a statue of Henry VII only yards away, and are about to place picnic benches around it.

“South Quay car park also has numerous events on it during the summer, the very popular River Festival being one.

“Car parking in Pembroke is already a nightmare for anyone with disabilities living or visiting the town, the nearest car park to this is Long Entry which is opposite the castle with very few spaces available and it’s always full.”

Cabinet voted in favour of going ahead with the proposals, subject to legal confirmation and if nothing has come forward by October 30, the Council will consider a re-development scheme under its control.

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Former Haverfordwest keeper investigated after racism claims

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FORMER Haverfordwest County goalkeeper Lee Kendall is being investigated by the FA for racist comments he allegedly made towards Eni Aluko.

The current England Women’s Goalkeeping Coach is the latest person to be caught up in the FA’s racism row after former England Coach Mark Samspon was found to have made a racist remark towards her.

Aluko had been giving evidence at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee hearing, held on Wednesday (Oct 18).

She said that the England women’s goalkeeping coach, Lee Kendall, used to speak to her in a fake Caribbean accent.

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Eni Aluko said that Sampson had made a ‘racist joke’ to her about Ebola and her family which was later revealed to be him allegedly telling her to be careful her Nigerian relatives did not bring the virus to Wembley.

The FA has also issued an apology to Aluko for the comments made.

A spokesperson for the FA told the Herald: “The FA can confirm we are investigating England Women goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall following new evidence that came to light on Wednesday alleging unacceptable behaviour towards Eniola Aluko during an England camp.”

Kendall made 136 appearance for Haverfordwest County between 2003-2007.

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Pembroke: Wheelchair-bound man jailed for repeatedly attacking woman

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A WHEELCHAIR-BOUND Pembroke Dock man left a woman with scars and injuries after he attacked her on four different occasions.

Lewis Laville, aged 23, threw heavy objects at the woman, twice striking her on her head causing serious bleeding and permanent scars.

On another occasion he caused her such serious leg injuries that she could not get up off the floor. But Laville ignored her pleas for an ambulance and left her on the floor for an hour.

In the final incident, Laville knocked out a front tooth.

Laville, of Powell Close, admitted four offences of assault causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for 18 months.

In one incident, Laville had begun insulting her and, after a row, through a can of hairspray at her. It struck her head, causing two cuts and scars.

Shortly afterwards he threw a glass ashtray at her, again hitting her on the head. Later, he through a heavy metal horseshoe at her, striking her leg, and finally a glass photo frame, which knocked out one tooth and cut another in half.

The victim had to attend a wedding with a missing tooth, the court heard.

In a victim impact statement the woman said she still had nightmares about Laville.

Laville, who wept throughout the hearing, had previous convictions for assaulting a partner.

Jon Tarrant, the barrister representing the victim, said he had had issues with alcohol but had been taking steps to deal with them.

And there had been fears about his mental stability, but he was also receiving treatment for that.

Mr Tarrant said he was now in a relationship and his partner was pregnant.

Judge Geraint Walters said he noted that Laville had not entered a guilty plea until the day of his trial.

He told Laville: “You subjected her to some very real violence and routinely and systematically abused her, causing not insignificant injuries.

“You were quite sadistic towards her.

“It is true you had your own difficulties as a result of an accident that left you confined to a wheelchair.

“The court has shown you considerable leniency in the past and has bent over backwards to see if you could be helped. But you rewarded that leniency by reoffending and breaching orders.”

Judge Walters issued a 10 year restraining order preventing Laville from contacting the woman after his release from prison.

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Storm Brian set to hit Pembrokeshire this weekend

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A YELLOW storm warning has been issued for Saturday (Oct 21) as Storm Brian is set to hit the UK.

A warning issued by the Met Office reads: “A spell of strong southwesterly winds is expected.

“Some coastal routes and communities are likely to be affected by large waves, with potential for flooding of properties. Some transport disruption is likely across the warning area, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport. Short term loss of power and other services is also possible.”

Winds of up to 50mph are anticipated to hit Pembrokeshire, which is enough to cause damage, however it is significantly less than the gusts experienced during Storm Ophelia on Monday (Oct 16).

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