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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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Redberth: Police appeal following fatal crash

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POLICE are appealing for information following a fatal crash yesterday evening (Nov 21) on the A477 at Redberth.

The crash happened on the stretch of road between Pembroke Dock and Kilgetty and involved a red Renault Clio and Red Mazda 6.

The incident happened at approximately 6:40pm.

Tragically, the 80-year-old driver of the Clio died.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “At approximately 6.40pm on Tuesday, November 21, a fatal road traffic collision occurred between two vehicles on the A477 at Redberth between Pembroke Dock and Kilgetty.

“A red Renault Clio travelling towards Kilgetty, and a Red Mazda 6 travelling towards Pembroke Dock have collided, and the driver of the Clio sustained fatal injuries.

“Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact PC 1049 Griffiths of the Roads Policing Unit on 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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High winds could cause disruption to travel

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DRIVERS have been warned that high winds which are hitting the county today (Nov 22) may lead to the closure of the Cleddau Bridge.

Pembrokeshire County Council has said that a closure for high-sided vehicles is likely. A full closure to all vehicle is ‘less likely’, it was said.

The sustained high winds may also cause debris to be blown onto roads causing delays.

Drivers are advised to take caution at all times.

A spokesperson for Pembrokeshire County Council said: “Pembrokeshire is forecast to be hit by strong winds over the next 48 hours.

“With a view to helping road users plan any journeys during this period, and given that the disruption may extend through the peak commuter times, please be advised of the following:

“Looking at the current forecast for the bridge, it is thought likely that the bridge will be closed to high sided vehicles tomorrow morning (Wednesday, 22nd November) possibly from as early as 7 am or 8 am, and lasting through the majority of the working day untill say 5 pm or 6 pm.

“Please note that this information is indicative only and it is impossible to give any guarantees. A small change in wind direction may result in no closures being implemented.

“A full bridge closure is not anticipated, at this time.

“Road users are advised to monitor the situation carefully and adjust travel plans accordingly.

“It is stressed that the above information is based on current information and experience and provided to give maximum notice of possible disruption. However, the bridge status can change at any time, and no guarantees can be given.”

To check Cleddau Bridge closures either:

· Visit www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/bridge
· Text BRIDGE or PONT to 80039. (Texts are charged at standard network rates)

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Saundersfoot: Hampshire man admits sexual assault following plea bargain

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A MAN who was accused of raping a woman in Saundersfoot has this week admitted a charge of sexual assault (Nov 20).

Fritz Ortega, aged 35, was warned by a judge at Swansea Crown Court a prison sentence could still be the outcome.

Ortega, from Farnborough in Hampshire, had been due to go on trial today for rape, which he had denied.

The Crown Prosecution Service introduced a lesser charge of sexual assault, to which he pleaded guilty.

Nicola Powell, prosecuting, said the charge represented the full extent of Ortega’s offending as alleged by the prosecution

Ortega will be sentenced on December 11 after a probation officer has prepared a report into his background.

He was granted bail until then, but warned by Judge Heywood that prison could still be outcome.

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