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Hundreds to protest at Pembrokeshire Council offices

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Pembrokeshire County Council HQ in Haverfordwest Credit: ITV News

Trade union members are expected to protest outside Pembrokeshire County Council headquarters later, after hundreds responded to a ballot of 'no confidence' in the council's chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones.

An investigation is currently underway by Gloucestershire Police after salary supplement payments of around £45,000 were paid to Mr Parry-Jones and another senior official.

The Wales Audit Office declared them as 'unlawful' earlier this year. The chief executive has been asked to repay the money.

Ballot papers went out to all our members in Pembrokeshire last week and the speed and size of the response has been overwhelming.

This is in direct response to calls from our respective membership to have their voices heard in relation to numerous failings in Pembrokeshire County Council. The continuing pension debacle is the last straw for our members, many of whom now say they are embarrassed to admit they work for PCC.

– Vic Dennis, UNISON

The council says it has no comment to make about the protests.

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Wales' first full-scale tidal energy generator unveiled

The 'Spirit of the Sea' generator
The device will be installed in Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire Credit: Tidal Energy Ltd

Wales' first full-scale energy generator has been unveiled today at Pembroke Port by First Minister Carwyn Jones.

The device, which was developed by a tidal stream technology company in Cardiff, will be installed in Ramsey Sound in Pembrokeshire.

It's among the first in the world to generate green, sustainable and predictable tidal power.

The generator, named 'Spirit of the Sea', or 'Ysbryd y Mor', has been assembled by Pembroke-Dock based company Mustang Marine over the last six months, thanks to £8 million worth of EU funding.

“I’m delighted that Wales’ first full scale tidal stream energy generator has been supported with almost £8million from the European Regional Development Fund."

This is a landmark project for Wales, which will not only help us to meet our sustainable energy ambitions, but will also provide significant opportunities for local people and businesses.”

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister

Controversial changes to maternity care in west Wales begin

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The changes come into effect today Credit: PA

Controversial changes to complex baby care in West Wales begin today.

Health bosses at Hywel Dda local health board are moving consultant led maternity services from Withybush hospital in Pembrokeshire, to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen.

The plans have sparked protests in the area and on the steps of the Senedd.

The new neonatal unit at Glangwili Hospital will be operational from today.

Pembrokeshire cottage left to National Trust

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The traditional Pembrokeshire cottage left by Mr Glyn Griffiths to the National Trust Credit: National Trust

One of the last unaltered examples of a classic Pembrokeshire cottage has been bequeathed to the National Trust.

It was left by the late Mr Glyn Griffiths with the wish that it is restored and it's character restored.

Close to the coast near St. David's, the Grade 2 listed cottage is a small 'two up two down' traditional lime-washed cottage, which dates back to the late 1700s.

The cottage and its outbuildings are in a very poor state of repair and will need substantial conservation work, which will be carried out thanks to the National Trust's Neptune Coastline Campaign.

It's hoped the cottage will be opened as a National Trust Holiday Cottage in the future, with regular open days each year for visitors to see the restoration work.

"We're delighted that Mr Griffiths has chosen the National Trust to safeguard his cottage and we know it holds a special place in the hearts of many people.

"The restoration work planned will preserve the layout as far as possible to provide simple accomodation, whilst retaining the spirit and charm of the traditional Pembrokeshire cottage."

– Jonathan Hughes, General Manager Pembrokeshire

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Commission's comments 'being considered'

Natural Resources Wales says the European Commission's actions are the next step in a process that has been ongoing for more than 12 months.

We have been expecting the commission's latest opinion on these matters. We will now fully consider these in order to submit evidence and advice to the Welsh and UK Governments to help with their responses.

– Ceri Davies, Natural Resources Wales

Power station 'damaging surrounding ecosystem'

Pembroke Power Station is Europe's largest gas-fired power station Credit: ITV News

Pembroke Power Station is breaching environmental quality standards, according to the European Commission.

It says the plant's cooling system has 'a damaging impact on the surrounding ecosystem' and that development consent for the site was given before full environmental assessments were completed.

The commission states that warm water returned from the plant to the Milford Haven waterway - a Marine Special Area of Conservation, protected under EU law - has a heavy biocide load, which affects smaller fish, their eggs and other organisms.

The plant, which is Europe's largest gas-fired power station, officially opened in 2012 and the commission first raised concerns about its environmental impact in December that year.

The UK Government has two months to respond and if no action is taken, the EU could start court proceedings and ultimately impose fines.

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