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£70m plan for Milford Dock given green light

Credit: Milford Haven Port Authority

Milford Haven Port Authority says a £70m plan to develop Milford Dock has been granted outline planning permission.

It says the development will feature a wide range of new attractions for visitors and local residents , as well as creating new opportunities for the local fishing industry.

Now that Outline Planning has been approved we can move forward with marketing this exciting development opportunity which will create up to 600 new jobs and generate an estimated £45 million of extra spend in the town. We are already talking to a number of development agents who are interested in working with us. They will carry out extensive market testing and it is at this stage that detailed plans will begin to define and shape the specific parts of the development

– Jeff Teague, Estates Director

Police appeal to help find missing teenager

Police are appealing for information about the whereabouts of teenager, Chelsea Burgess, who is missing from the Milford Haven area.

The 16-year-old was reported missing yesterday afternoon.

Chelsea went missing yesterday afternoon Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

She is described as 5’1” tall, slim build, with shoulder length blonde hair and was wearing a black hoody, black vest top, light blue jeans and tan colour boots.

Police are concerned for her wellbeing and officers are appealing to anyone who has seen Chelsea or who knows of her whereabouts to contact Dyfed Powys Police by calling 101.

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£3.5m to boost employment following Murco deal collapse

Two funds worth a combined £3.5m will open later this month to try to boost employment opportunities in Pembrokeshire following the collapse of the Murco oil refinery deal last month.

A deal to buy the Murco site had been agreed, but collapsed at the eleventh hour last month, costing hundreds of jobs.

The collapse of the sale of the Murco oil refinery was a bitter blow for the whole of Pembrokeshire and our priority now is safeguarding as many jobs as possible in the area. These two funds will go a considerable way towards achieving this by supporting businesses and individuals in the area.

– Edwina Hart, Economy Minister

Recruitment drive held for Murco refinery workers

American company Klesch Refinery Ltd had agreed a deal to buy the Murco site back in July. Credit: ITV News

A recruitment drive is being held in Milford Haven today after an announcement earlier this month that the Murco refinery was to close.

More than three hundred jobs are to be shed at the site after a deal to take it over collapsed.

The company behind the recruitment drive, petrochemical company Ineos, is hoping to fill vacancies at its site in Scotland.

The site in Milford Haven is due to be closed and used as a storage and distribution facility.

Read more: Get euro aid for Murco workers says Plaid MEP.

Get Euro aid for Murco workers says Plaid MEP

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans has called on the UK Government to apply for European funding to help the 400 workers facing redundancy with the closure of the Murco refinery in Milford Haven. Production there is expected to end after a sale to a Swiss company fell through.

Jill Evans wants Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb, who's also the local MP, to get the UK Government to apply for funding from the European Union's Globalisation Adjustment Fund. It supports workers who lose their jobs and small businesses which close down as a result of changes in world trade and the global economic crisis.

Any payment from the fund would reduce the size of Britain's EU rebate.

The Secretary of State for Wales has called this 'a hammer blow for the local economy'. That merits the strongest response and I call on him to ensure the UK government does not block an application to the globalisation adjustment fund.

– Jill Evans MEP

"Every route explored" to save refinery, AMs told

Economy minister Edwina Hart has told AMs that every route was explored to save the Merco refinery in Milford Haven, where a sale expected to save the 400 hundred jobs there has now fallen through.

Right up to the line we were trying to explore if there was any more we could do. I haven't given up hope about potential buyers, I have asked my officials to pursue that vigourously. I won't give any false hopes but I know that I have the support of the UK government as well.

This is a sad day for Pembrokeshire and for the Welsh economy.

– Economy Minister Edwina Hart AM

The minister added that she was really worried about the effect on businesses in the refinery's supply chain. She promised additional support with a physical presence in Milford Haven by Welsh Government officials offering help.

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PM: Oil refinery deal collapse "very disappointing"

The collapse of a deal for the oil refinery in Milford Haven is "very disappointing", David Cameron has said.

PM says work will continue to find job opportunities at Milford Haven. Credit: PA

But the Prime Minister insisted ties should not be cut with Klesch Group, which is also in the process of buying Tata Steel's long products division.

Mr Cameron made the remarks in answer to Labour MP Tom Greatrex who highlighted concern about the Swiss-based firm's intentions given its record of "asset stripping".

Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Cameron said, "First of all, let me agree with you it is very disappointing what has happened at Milford Haven and we will continue to work with the company concerned and try to find employment opportunities for all those that work there.

Meetings take place over Milford Haven oil refinery

Union representatives will be holding urgent meetings with Welsh Government ministers later today and will press the Westminster to intervene to secure an alternative buyer.

Britain’s largest union, Unite is calling for a taskforce originally set up to secure the future of Murco’s Milford Haven oil refinery to be reconvened following the collapse of the refinery’s sale. The refinery employs over 400 people and its closure could undermine the future security of fuel supply, warns the union.

The workforce has shown great professionalism and resilience in these deeply uncertain times and need to be assured that every avenue will be explored to ensure there is a future for oil refining at Milford Haven.

– Andy Richards, Unite

Collapse of oil refinery deal “devastating news”

A deal aimed at securing the future of an oil refinery has collapsed, threatening hundreds of job losses. Welsh and UK Government ministers expressed their disappointment that an agreement to safeguard the future of the Murco refinery at Milford Haven in West Wales could not be achieved.

Around 400 jobs are now at risk in Milford Haven. Credit: ITV News

Pembrokeshire County Council says it is liaising with other agencies, such as Job Centre Plus and Pembrokeshire College in order to offer as much assistance as possible to the refinery employees and the supply chain companies.

Council Leader, Council Jamie Adams, said the announcement by Murphy Oil was “devastating news” for the workforce and their families, especially as the sale of the refinery seemed to have been agreed earlier this summer.

“We will be doing everything we can to soften the blow for the individuals affected,” he said.

Murphy Oil: Refinery in 'period of shut-down'

US firm Murphy Oil Corporation said its wholly owned subsidiary, Murco Petroleum Limited, was unable to complete the sale of the Milford Haven refinery and terminal assets to Klesch Refining Limited by a deadline of October 31.

"The refinery is currently in a period of shut-down, and will be decommissioned and operated solely as a petroleum storage and distribution terminal. The company will seek a buyer for the terminal facility along with three inland terminals. The sale of the company's retail assets is unaffected by the inability to sell the refinery," it said a statement.

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