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Public views sought on bid to restore disused mill in Pembrokeshire

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Plans have been unveiled to restore Black Pool Mill near Narberth. The 19th Century building is Grade 2* listed and was fully operational until the Second World War but has survived with a full set of machinery.

Bluestone resort wants to restore it to its Victorian prime. The flour mill sits within a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

A public consultation gets underway today.

In consultation with some of the UK’s leading heritage, ecology and biodiversity experts, we have designed an ambitious restoration programme for the mill and its surrounding landscape, to preserve, manage and improve the site in its entirety.

Historic integrity runs through the very core of this project and we are proposing a thoughtful and sympathetic approach, enabling the architectural features of the past to shine through and offering visitors a rare opportunity to take a step into history.

– William McNamara OBE, Bluestone CEO


50 tonnes of rubbish cleared in first three months of Newport campaign

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Newport City Council says its Pride in Newport campaign is making a positive impact across the city.

Since the campaign was launched this summer, three waste enforcement officers have been actively targeting fly-tippers and people who fail to take responsibility for dealing with their rubbish disposal.

In just three months, the Pride in Newport scheme has removed 119 loads of fly- tipped waste, which equates to 50 tonnes of rubbish.

Fifteen warning letters have been issued to people who have failed to properly or legally dispose of their waste and recycling items.

We have set up a 24 hour hotline number (07973 698582) so people can report incidents of fly- tipping, which is a blight on our communities.

We hope residents will help us track down the culprits so we can prosecute them through the courts.

Despite limited resources officers are doing a sterling job and we hope the public will take on board that they can help the campaign by disposing of waste in the proper manner.

– Councillor Ray Truman, Deputy Leader Newport City Council

Work to begin next month to protect 400 properties in St Asaph

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Natural Resources Wales (NRW) says construction of a scheme to improve flood protection for more than 400 properties in St Asaph will start in October.

It involves removing Spring Gardens Bridge and replacing it with a higher and wider bridge. NRW says this will increase flow capacity downstream of the city, which will reduce flood water levels in St Asaph.

The second phase of the scheme will see flood defences improved and enhanced in the city and at other locations. This is scheduled to start in January 2017.

This scheme will make a real difference to people living and working in St Asaph who suffered such devastating flooding in November 2012 and have lived with the threat of flooding for many years.

While we can’t always prevent flooding from happening, we believe we have a robust scheme for St Asaph that will significantly reduce the risk and provide effective, long-term, peace of mind for people in the city. It will also improve the environment and create new recreational opportunities in the city as well.

We’re grateful to local residents for their support and we will keep everyone informed about the work along every step of the way

– Tim Jones, Executive Director of Operations for North and Mid Wales for NRW


New wave energy scheme for Pembrokeshire

The site of the scheme has not yet been revealed. Credit: Mike Fuhrmann/The Canadian Press/PA Images

A £5.8m scheme to generate energy from sea waves off the Pembrokeshire coast has been announced.

Wave-tricity will develop and test a new device called the Ocean Wave Rower backed by EU funding.

The Welsh Government says the project is the latest investment to help create a world-leading marine energy sector in Wales.

£12m has been committed to clean energy projects including Minesto’s Deep Green initiative, being developed in Anglesey, and Marine Power Solutions’ WaveSub technology which will also be deployed in Pembrokeshire waters.

Marine energy is an important sector and Wales has excellent natural resources which can be harnessed. I am delighted this investment will bring another significant energy project to Pembrokeshire.

It’s very encouraging that this scheme, which has such potential is being developed in Wales, particularly as it will lead to good employment and business opportunities in the local area.

– Mark Drakeford AM, Finance Secretary

Sea defence work begins on Gwynedd coast

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Work begins this week on strengthening the sea defences at Fairbourne on the Gwynedd coast.

Natural Resources Wales says local contractors will move around one thousand tonnes of beach shingle on Fairbourne beach to fill in the eroded area next to the concrete defence at Friog corner.

The work will take between five and 10 days, depending on the weather.

An excavator and dumper truck will collect and move the shingle, working along a 500 metre length of the beach. NRW says the work will be done in a way that minimises the impact on the beach which will re-profile naturally.

Some of the Second World War tank traps on the beach will be moved during the work, under CADW’s approval, and will be put back afterwards.

We are committed to maintaining and monitoring the flood defence in the short and medium term to help reduce the risk of flooding for the people of Fairbourne. Replenishing the shingle at Friog corner is part of this ongoing commitment.

– Sian Williams, Head of Operations in North Wales
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