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Tenby: Mayor calls for review of pedestrianisation scheme

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THE MAYOR of Tenby has called for an urgent review of the town’s summer pedestrianisation initiative, after citing failings that have occurred with the scheme over the 2017 holiday season.

The rules prohibits unauthorised vehicles from entering the town walls between 11am and 5.30pm during the summer, with restrictions in force from July 10 until last Friday (Sept 8), which coincides with the school summer holidays.

The local authority initiated the ban as a trial 2002 and then there was a public consultation in 2006, which was called for by campaigners living within the town’s walls.

Speaking at last Tuesday night’s (Sept 5) meeting of Tenby Town Council, Mayor Cllr. Sue Lane, said that a review of the scheme was needed.

“Now we do not have a town bus, anybody who is not too good on their feet can’t come in!” she said.

“When the scheme was first started, Pembrokeshire County Council had the Park and Ride scheme running to help people into town who had problems with mobility, but now, due to budget cuts and the ‘park and ride’ scheme no longer running as it was, people with ‘blue badges’ living within the town walls now themselves struggle to get in and out.

“These were conditions in place when the scheme started to help look after residents and visitors. People living within the town with ‘blue badges’ were assured they wouldn’t suffer, but it’s no longer working and people can’t get down to areas such as the harbour.

“The county council either have to reinstate the ‘park and ride’ buses, or look at the scheme again, as it can’t possibly work without bus access for people, as those with mobility issues shouldn’t be expected to walk that distance.”

Pembrokeshire County Council said in response that the pedestrianisation scheme has run successfully for a number of years now since the pilot scheme in 2005. The scheme was extended in 2015 so that it now runs for the period commencing the Monday following Long Course Weekend to the Friday preceding Ironman Wales.

Over this period, the Authority said the officers involved in co-ordinating the scheme on the ground have worked hard to ensure it runs well.

A spokesman added: “There continues to be a Park and Ride bus operation that runs from the Salterns car park. This operates on a free-basis, funded collaboratively through contributions from the County Council; the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority; Kiln Park (Bourne Leisure); Tenby Town Council and Tenby Chamber of Trade and Commerce.

“The former North beach service was discontinued in 2014 to reduce vehicle movements within the town and for cost efficiency.

“It is already a complex scheme that has an extensive list of journey exemptions.

“We do not prevent the disabled, nor those with mobility problems, accessing the harbour. If a blue badge holder requires access to that area then staff advise that they are permitted access to drop-off or pick-up a person.

“To date, the Council has received very few observations on the operation of the scheme this year.

“Notwithstanding, the Council is receptive to constructive feedback and welcomes the opportunity to work with partners to review the operation and look at improvements where possible.

“We are already in the process of organising a discussion meeting with Tenby Town Council to review the 2017 pedestrianisation scheme.”

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New Harbourmaster takes the helm at the Port of Milford Haven

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A FORMER Commanding Officer with the Royal Navy has been appointed the new Harbourmaster at the Port of Milford Haven.

Mike Ryan took up the role of Marine Director/Harbourmaster on August 29 and brings with him extensive experience of delivering operations safely and successfully worldwide, and in complex situations.

In recent years Mike has held senior positions on shore with responsibility for over 600 personnel, covering all aspects of maritime and aviation management. At sea, as a Master Mariner, he was Commanding Officer on board Royal Navy mine hunters and, in a Service career spanning almost 30 years, has served on a wide variety of ships including aircraft carriers.

Commenting on the new role, Mike said: “I am delighted to be joining the Port at this exciting time and am really looking forward to working with the team, and wider stakeholders, to ensure Milford Haven’s continuing status as one of the UK’s most strategically important ports.”

Alec Don, Chief Executive of the Port of Milford Haven, said: “We’re delighted that Mike has joined us. There is so much happening within the Port so it’s a great time for him to take on this esteemed role. Mike has a wealth of experience within the maritime industry and has already fitted in well during the handover period.”

Bill Hirst, the Port’s outgoing Harbourmaster, will retire at the end of October after almost 18 years service.

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Milford Haven: Local Muslims raise funds in support of Rohingya refugees

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A MILFORD HAVEN business man is collecting donations in aid of the Rohingya Muslims who are currently fleeing from government sponsored violence in Myanmar.

Nearly 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar over the past few weeks, with numbers increasing every day.

Most of the Rohingya refugees are women and children, and they are in desperate need of food, shelter, clean water and medical aid. Many people have been injured and are exhausted as they arrive in Bangladesh, The Herald has been told.

Violence in North Rakhine means that families are being forced to flee their homes and walk for days to find safety across the border.

Abdul Kalik who is a partner in the Bombay Mix takeaway in Hakin has already collected so far well over £2,270 in donations from generous donors.  Much of the funds raised have come from local businesses with connections to the Muslim community, including local restraints and takeaways. The money has been raised as part of an effort in conjunction with the mosque in Milford Haven.

Mr Kalik said: “We urgently need your help to support our community response to this crisis. Please donate now to help make sure we can reach every person in need.”

Anyone wishing to donate to help the Rohingya refugees please contact Mr. Kalik on 07811552038. The fund in Bangladesh is being organised by Aklthar Hossen, who is organising the delivery of aid at the crossing point between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

In addition to the funds raised for the purchase of provisions, £210 has been donated by Bombay Mix and staff to facilitate the delivery of the aid to the necessary location on the border, for the lorry and fuel.

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Women meet to discuss ‘unfair’ pension changes

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WOMEN from across Pembrokeshire met to discuss changes to pensions in Haverfordwest on the weekend.

Speakers at the event, organised by Pembrokeshire WASPI, included Joyce Watson MP, Jocelyn Morgan, Dilys Jouvenant and Kay Ann Clarke.

Carolyn Harris, the Labour MP of Swansea East and chairman of the Westminster All Party Parliamentary Group for Pension Inequality, also attended the event.

Many at the event felt that recent changes to the way in which women would receive their pension is unfair – and also claim that the way it was handled means that hundreds of thousands of women will now struggle financially.

The changes have increased the age women can collect a pension from 60 to 65, so that it is in line with men.

However many women feel the changes were implemented with too short a notice for those impacted to prepare for.

County Councillor Tom Tudor also attended the event and said: “I was very pleased to put forward my notice of motion calling on Pembrokeshire County Council to send a letter to the Government minister in Whitehall to support the case to make fair transitional state pension arrangements for all women born on or after the 6th of April 1951 who have unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the state pension age with lack of appropriate notification.

“This issue affects many women in Pembrokeshire in total 3,800 including many women from my ward the Castle Ward.

“I do feel that this situation is grotesquely unfair, when in government if you make changes it is the duty of the government to inform people who will be affected, and in this case it is quite clear that the information exercise the government says it carried out was completely inadequate and ineffective.

” I was disappointed that the Cabinet on Pembrokeshire County Council rejected my NOM, but was very pleased with those on the cabinet who did support it. I was also pleased that Cabinet member Cllr David Lloyd who abstained on voting did in fact come to meet the representatives of the women from Pembrokeshire who have been affected and I am hopefully Cllr Lloyd will go back to cabinet so that they can rethink their position and support this cause before Carolyn Harris MP’s Bill is read on this for the second time in the House of Commons on the 27th April 2018.

” The 1995 State pension Act included plans to increase women’s pension age from 60-65, so that it was the same as men’s. I agree with this equalisation, but I don’t agree with the unfair manner in which the changes have been implemented.”

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