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Crippling closure for Milford Docks

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survitecSURVITEC, formally known as Cosalt, have just announced that they will be closing their shop situated on Milford Haven Docks.

Helping to save lives at sea for over 160 years, the Survitec Group are pioneers in marine technology. They supply marine safety equipment to the operators of ferries, cruise lines, cargo ships, tankers, tugs, work boats, port terminals, fishing vessels, sailors and recreational water enthusiasts.

Selling everyday safety items to products of last resort, Survitec’s equipment and services are respected not only in Milford Haven, but nationally. They are replied upon by all corners of the industry.

The shop has supplied marine equipment in Milford Haven for more around 100 years. Their closure is to be a huge blow to the port at Milford Haven, and raises questions about where boat arrivals will buy much needed supplies at the dock.

It has been confirmed that three jobs will be lost as a result of Survitec’s closure. A spokesman from Milford Haven’s Survitec commented that they would be closing due to new owners taking over the shop. Talking to the public, it was clear that this closure is a huge disappointment to many; “It’s been here for many years, it’s a shame,” one local resident said.

A retired Windjammer Marine worker said: “For many years they supplied the vast majority of safety requirements of not only commercial operators, but for many leisure users. Their work included servicing lifejackets and life rafts, and supplying pyrotechnics like marine distress flares. They also supplied the fishing fraternity with different types of ropes, wires and shackles.

“They are going to be missed. Servicing life-rafts requires specific knowledge – that expertise isn’t commonly available. Because of the strict rules concerning explosives, there is a need for places like Survitec to store certain types of flares. That is now a service we will no longer have locally.”

He added that due to the nature of the work carried out by Survitec, anyone looking to fill the gap in the market would need a big initial investment, as well as a large, specific premises.

At the time of going to press Milford Haven Port Authority had made no comment. Clare Stowell, Estates Manager for Quayside Estates which is part of the Port of Milford Haven, said: “It is regrettable when any business employing local men and women closes down and our thoughts are with those who may lose their jobs. Creating sustainable local jobs is really important and that is why the Port is investing in Milford Marina and Milford Fish Docks. New facilities will provide local businesses with opportunities for growth and diversification and attract additional trades to Pembrokeshire, creating more work for local people.”

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Aberystwyth: Driver on drugs hits lorry and causes ‘road chaos’

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A DRIVER high on drugs caused 15 miles of chaos as he approached Aberystwyth on the A44.

Brian Pitts hit an oncoming lorry and road signs as he drove on the wrong side of the road.

A car passenger filmed him because she was sure a serious accident was about to happen.

Pitts, aged 57, of Delmont Close, Tipton, west Midlands, admitted dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drugs he had taken.

Dean Pulling, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that on June 16 last year Pitts had been driving his Rover MGZR, towing a trailer full of wooden fencing posts, towards Aberystwyth from his home.

Richard Brooks followed the car through Llangurig and became so concerned he telephoned the police while his wife Victoria filmed Pitts on her mobile.

The Rover collided with a 13 tonne lorry driven by Andrew Paxton but failed to stop.

Pitts failed to take a roundabout and hit road signs and an embankment but still carried on.

During the 15 miles, said Mr Pulling, oncoming traffic had to swerve off the carriageway to avoid a collision.

Several motorists telephoned the police to report what they were witnessing, he added.

Pitts came to a stop in the middle of the road and another motorist snatched the keys out of the ignition–and noticed that Pitts had been driving with a dog on his lap.

Mr Pulling said police officers could tell there was something wrong with Pitts, but an alcohol text showed he was below the limit.

“He was clearly unfit,” said Mr Pulling, although it was still unclear what drugs he had taken.

Pitts was taken to Aberystwyth police station and then to Bronglais hospital, where he appeared to recover after treatment. But he soon deteriorated and had to be taken back to the hospital.

Pitts developed pneumonia and had to be kept in for nine days.

His barrister, Tom Scapens, said when Pitts had been shown the mobile telephone footage he felt physically sick.

Judge T Mervyn Hughes jailed Pitts for 10 months and banned him from driving for four years.

He told him, “If you had not been stopped I am quite sure you would have caused serious injury if not death.”

Pitts was told to pass an extended driving test before getting his licence back.

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Motion to support the reduction of plastic use in Ceredigion approved

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In a Full Council meeting on 22 February 2018, the Council unanimously supported a motion to reduce the use of plastic and to support plastic reduction initiatives in Ceredigion.

The motion was proposed by Councillor Mark Strong and was seconded by Councillor Gethin Davies. The motion calls on Ceredigion County Council to support the various ‘Plastic Free’ campaigns throughout the county by reducing single-use plastics within Council facilities and offices and to promote the use of sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics at all Council supported events.

Councillor Mark Strong said, “I’m delighted that the Council unanimously supported the motion. This is an important step for the Council but we must carry on to reduce plastic use. Everyone has a responsibility to reduce the environmental damage caused by plastic. Carrying out small acts such as buying milk from your local milkman supports the local economy but in turn also supports our environment by using reusable glass bottles.”

The motion also calls on the Council to encourage local businesses, organisations, schools and communities to move away from single-use plastics and use sustainable alternatives as well as to support beach cleans and other events which aim to raise awareness of the issues of single-use plastics under the “Plastic Free”, Caru Ceredigion, Tidy Towns or any similar initiative.

The motion was amended in the meeting to include the establishment of a Members’ Task and Finish group to support measures to reduce the Council’s use of plastic and to support initiatives in the county that reduce plastic use.

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Richards-Keegan cleared of sending underage girl nude pictures

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A BOW STREET man has been cleared of charges that he sent an underage girl photographs of his penis.

Paul Robert Morgan Richards-Keegan, aged 21, had denied two allegations of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Richards-Keegan, of Tregerddan, said the only messages he sent her via the internet were in response to approaches from her and did not include photographs of his private parts.

Catherine Richards, prosecuting, had told a jury at Swansea Crown Court that the 14-year-old girl had shared messages with Richards-Keegan via Snapchat.

At one stage police issued to him a child abduction notice, which he signed, instructing him not to contact the girl

In 2016 she told her mother that he was again sending her unwanted photographs of his penis attached to messages.

Richards-Keegan was arrested, and told police he had obeyed the order apart from messages he had sent after being contacted by the complainant.

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