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Smoke-free beach proposals get council's support

Plans for a trial smoke-free beach in Pembrokeshire have been backed by the local council.

Australia's Bondi Beach already has a ban on smoking Credit: PA

The ban would be voluntary, on a designated local beach, for a trial period.

It mirrors similar initiatives in Italy, Australia and the US, and council members say it would be 'a tremendous health and economic driver' for the county - although it would not be enforced.

A council committee also backed proposals to introduce a ban on cigarettes and e-cigarettes on playgrounds, extending to playing fields, sports grounds and nearby car parks.

We need to safeguard our children and young people from the harm of smoking and the rapidly developing interest by the under 18s in e-cigarettes.

Seeing adults smoking in areas where sports are taking place and children are playing helps to normalise smoking making it seem harmless.

Tobacco kills more than 5,000 people in Wales every year, not to mention the costs to health and other services from treatment of smoking related illnesses

– Cllr Huw George, Cabinet Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services

Both proposals will be discussed further before a final decision is made.

Read more: Could smoking on Tenby beach be banned? Council looks at outlawing lighting-up at seaside


Man dies in Pembrokeshire motorcycle crash

A motorcyclist has died in a crash in Pembrokeshire.

Emergency services were called to the A4139 in Penally at 1am this morning.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, his next of kin have been informed.

The crash happened on the A4139 in Penally Credit: ITV Wales

Police are investigating a single vehicle road traffic collision.

The road remains closed while officers deal with the incident.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this very sad time.

– Dyfed-Powys Police

Police are asking anyone with information about the crash to call them on 101.

Bottled water company to double workforce

The family business started in 1991 Credit: Princes Gate

Princes Gate Spring Water has announced plans to invest £5.5 million in a major expansion project, which aims to double staff numbers and more than triple production volumes.

As part of the project, the Narberth-based business is investing in a new bottling line, which is capable of producing 37,000 bottles an hour - increasing their annual production to a potential 370 million.

The expansion is being supported by £250,000 business finance from the Welsh Government.

Over the next three years the company is expected to create 25 new jobs, bringing the total number of people working on site to over 50.

This investment will create a range of news jobs in rural Wales and help Princes Gate Spring Water - one of our iconic Welsh brands - reach new markets both in the UK and overseas and increase turnover.

– Edwina Hart, Economy Minister

75 year old woman dies after being hit by bus

The woman's family have been informed Credit: ITV News

A 75 year old woman has died after being hit by a bus in Pembroke.

The incident happened just after 10am on Saturday morning on Mill Pond Bridge, and involved a single decker bus.

The woman's family have been told.

A 54 year old man has been arrested in connection with the incident, and a police investigation is currently underway.

The road remains closed while specialist officers examine the scene.


Public meeting to fight closure of St Davids sixth form

Parents and pupils in St Davids are due to hold a public meeting tonight, to fight plans to close the sixth form at Ysgol Dewi Sant.

It is the only secondary school in the city - and was under threat of being closed altogether - before Pembrokeshire County Council last week changed those hugely controversial plans.

Hundreds of people protested outside an extraordinary council meeting last week.

The sixth form only is now due to be closed, due to a forecasted fall in student numbers.

Post-16 provision would be provided at a new integrated sixth form centre, as part of a formal collaboration between the council and Pembrokeshire College.

Other proposals include the closure of Sir Thomas Picton School and Tasker Milward VC School in Haverfordwest, with a new Welsh medium secondary school to be established.

Pembrokeshire County Council is aiming to improve school standards, and invest in poor school buildings. Its plans are now due to go to official public consultation before final approval can be given.

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Parents and pupils celebrate St Davids school reprieve

Hundreds of parents and pupils turned out this morning to protest against controversial plans to close the only secondary school in the city of St Davids.

Ysgol Dewi Sant was under threat, as part of plans to reorganise education and improve performance in Pembrokeshire.

But, the council then offered the school a reprieve - in an unusually quick victory for people power.

Tom Sheldrick reports:

New motion would see Ysgol Dewi Sant saved

The proposals were passed by Pembrokeshire Council and will now go to consultation.

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Hundreds protest over planned school closures

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Hundreds of people have turned up outside Pembrokeshire Council offices in Haverfordwest this morning, protesting against planned school closures - particularly Ysgol Dewi Sant in St Davids.

Past, current and potential future pupils, as well as parents, chanted "save our school" as councillors entered to start the extraordinary council meeting.

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