The news seems to have gone quiet over the last week. It is almost as if everything is awaiting the country’s grand reopening on Monday. It feels like a “wait and see moment “… when only time will tell what is going to happen next.
After the last few months nothing would surprise me ……
- The front-page lead this week is the fact that despite the U turn in Cwm Taf Health Board to retain A and E services at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, the Welsh Government is still discouraging the retention of A and E services at Withybush Hospital Haverfordwest . Urgent treatment will instead be provided at a new hospital on the Carmarthenshire/ Pembrokeshire border. Could this possibly be closer than current services for those of us in Saundersfoot and South Pembrokeshire?
- Pembrokeshire County Council will need to make cuts to services totalling More than £1 million to cover the cost of fighting Coronavirus .
- The gates of Parc Gwyn crematorium are being locked to prevent funerals of over 12 mourners.
- Hywel Da Health Board is to keep its field hospital facilities , including that at Bluestone open in case of another Outbreak of the virus
- Pubs and restaurants can open their gardens and open spaces to customers from Monday July 13th
- Folly Farm is reopening on 13th July
- Dental and optical services in Wales are gradually reintroducing a wider range of services …if you require urgent treatment please ring 111
- Pembrokeshire Library Services have launched a new “order and Collect Service “ from Tenby Library. Details from the County Council Website
- Tenby’s new Mayor Sam Skyrme-Blackwell has called on visitors to “respect our Resort“. Sam played a leading part in Facebook page for Tenby that is equivalent to “Saundersfoot Connect “
- Tenby Post Office has now moved to the old National Park shop by the Five Arches. The office offers extended opening and extra services
- A job with the Saundersfoot Harbour Board and the Wales International Coastal Centre is advertised. The post is for a senior financial and administration officer. Contact info @suandersfootharbour.co.uk for details.
- Pembrokeshire County Council are working hard to support the opening of as many businesses , as it is safe to do so. They have emphasised that enforcement teams will where necessary, visit premises to ensure that the Welsh Governments rules are being followed. Those with concerns should contact the Councils Licencing Department .
- The Tenby pedestrianisation scheme has begun, with hopes that as regulations allow the town will be able to take advantage of the outdoor space to allow outdoor eating and drinking
- The Park and ride service from the Salterns carpark into Tenby is now in operation , but in much reduced capacity to allow for social distancing
- Those businesses who manage their own buildings are being urged to follow the CIEH advise , especially regarding water systems and legionella , after such a long period of closure .
- The Welsh Education Minister has announced that all children will be returning to school in Wales, in September
- Saundersfoot Connect is featured with the murals on Cambrian Terrace receiving high praise . The announcement that Saundersfoot will be hosting the 2022 -World Rowing Coastal Championships and Beach Sprint Finals.
- The Welsh Government is to be challenged with a judicial review by the Welsh Association of Visitor Attractions. The Association is questioning the Governments decision not to allow the opening, at present of indoor attractions like museums and castles
- Pembrokeshire Social Services are considering new ways of working post lock-down .
- PCC have approved the creation of a Covid-19 contingency budget at £1.8 million to fund ongoing financial costs of the pandemic.
- A new fund of £4 million has been launched Sport Wales to help grassroots sports clubs and community organisations. The new Be Active Wales fund will give grants of between £300 and £50000. Applications are now open – see website.
- Debts of over £470 million for NHS Wales have been written off by the Welsh Government to help prepare for Covid-19 recovery.
- Enforcement of dog regulations on beaches has commenced as has patrols to monitor that littering and dog fouling.
- Pembrokeshire Trading Standards Team are warning of a series of scams across the county. Fraudulent calls and emails relating to council tax bands, BT accounts and TV licencing are involved – beware.
- PCC Childcare provision for children of keyworkers will end on Friday 24th
- WASPI campaigning for pensions of those women born in the 1950s are hopeful that a hearing at court of appeal in July will result in a favourable outcome.
- RNLI Lifeguards have returned to Pembrokeshire beaches with the charity urging parents to take particular care of their children this summer.
- Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents not to burn household waste and plastics.
- Fewer than 50% of independent pubs cafes and restaurants will be able to open outside from 13th. A trade body estimates that most will only get 25% of their usual turnover. Brains Brewery will not open its premises.
- Aldi stores across Wales are now selling locally produced Puffin produce potatoes.
- A major campaign to improve health and safety in the fishing industry has been launched. Latest figures show that the fatality rate in this area remains higher than others.
- Pembrokeshire residents are being encouraged to contact Social Services if they are worried about family member, friend, or neighbour at risk of abuse, neglect, or harm.
- Post lockdown, the Kennel Club has announced that the demand for puppies has increased dramatically. It now calls upon the Welsh Government to ensure that law surrounding the welfare of dogs are strong and robust. It has unveiled a 10-point plan highlighting key issues facing dogs in Wales.
- First Minister Mark Drakeford has ordered an urgent audit of statues, street names to address Wales’ connection with the slave trade. Those connected with the county’s Sir Thomas Picton will be included.
The national news as featured in newspapers is grim. Job losses abound and uncertainty is leading to confusion and lack of confidence. We have all got used to ‘lockdown normal’ and now have to get used to huge change and the unknown. The local papers this week give us more questions than answers and let us hope by next week we all know more of what our futures hold.
Keep Safe. Keep connected. Keep informed
Scott & Ladan Harper