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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.

Reports of 'tornado' in Pembrokeshire

Crews working to make houses safe after suspected 'mini tornado' Credit: @PembMAWW

Residents in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire say they've experienced a 'mini tornado' this evening, after a violent hail storm reportedly hit the county.

One resident filmed this video as emergency crews attended.

Credit: @mybcreations / Baines Dazer

Crews from Mid and West Fire Service were also busy tonight in Haverfordwest, after reports of roof tiles being blown off buildings.

A yellow alert for snow and ice remains in place for much of the country.


Thousands take part in Saundersfoot New Year's swim

The event is now in its 31st year Credit: @charlieshivers

Thousands of people turned out today for Saundersfoot's annual New Year's Day swim.

The event, which is now in its 31st year, attracted 1,521 swimmers, and around 8000 spectators to the town in Pembrokeshire.

This group won the award for best fancy dress Credit: @celtichaven
X-Factor finalist and proud Saundersfoot-boy Jay James was on hand to start the swim for the second year in a row. Credit: @SfootHammy
More than 1,500 swimmers took part Credit: @FITM8PT

Those taking part dressed in World War 1 fancy dress.

The event started in 1984, as a way to raise money for new sports facilities in the town. It has since raised over £500,000 for 50 different causes.

Camera snaps otter in Pembrokeshire survey

The otter took a liking to pond fish. Credit: Ella Black

An otter has been snapped in Pembrokeshire as part of a county-wide survey of the animals.

Solva resident Ella Black set up a camera after half the fish in her pond disappeared one night in September.

The intrepid animal's 'caused quite a stir' in the village. Credit: Ella Black

The National Park Authority teamed up with Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Officer Sue Burton in late 2013 to ask people to report coastal otter sightings for a county-wide research project.

Since then more than 130 sightings have been logged at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids, with each sighting marked with a pin on a special map, showing how they are distributed around the Pembrokeshire Coast.

We’ve received a number of sightings from people surfing, kayaking or swimming off the coast, but the photo and video evidence captured in Solva shows otters are also exploring the areas around the coast as they search for food.

– Ian Meopham, National Park Authority Ranger

Council boss was given £90,000 Porsche as work car

Pembrokeshire Council has confirmed that its controversial former chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones was given a £90,000 Porsche as his work vehicle.

This is a hybrid electric Porche Panamera of the type Mr Parry-Jones used. Credit: Porsche

The council has revealed details of the car's lease after a Freedom of Information request.

Mr Parry-Jones left his post at the council last month, with a pay-off of nearly £275,000.

Bryn Parry-Jones had been the highest paid council chief executive in Wales. Credit: Pembrokeshire Council

He had been under scrutiny after the Wales Audit Office ruled cash payments given to him in lieu of pension contributions were unlawful.

Read More: Council boss payments ruled 'unlawful'

Announcement due on future of Murco workers

Murco Oil refinery near Milford Haven Credit: ITV News

An announcement is due to be made today by the Welsh Government over the future of workers at a Pembrokeshire Oil refinery.

Almost 400 jobs are being lost at the site after a deal to buy it collapsed.

Leader of the task force Economy Minister Edwina Hart, said it's important to be 'realistic' about finding jobs for those affected.

Last week's announcement has been described as 'devastating news' for the people of Pembrokeshire.

The site is now due to be closed and used as a storage and distribution facility.

Read more: Milford Haven oil site deal collapses

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