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Police step up patrols on troubled estate

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milfordestateRESIDENTS of a new Milford housing estate have expressed their anger and frustration at what they say are ‘neighbours from hell’. Jane Jarma, of Wentworth Close on the Fairways Estate in Hakin, spoke exclusively with The Herald about the on-going problem: “We have had a lot of abuse from these neighbours. The police have had seven complaints from us and this couple have already been issued with a harassment warning, not to mention having been arrested and charged for death threats.

I have two children with autism and they have been shouting abuse at them and calling them ‘mongos’ and ‘retards’.” She went on to explain how one worrying aspect has developed: “They are taking pictures of my children out of the window. Why would you do that? The police even said they were allowed to do this. How can that be right? We are getting continual harassment on a daily basis. “The male of the couple is also doing car repairs on his drive, damaging the property in the process, and we have filled out countless logs to Pembrokeshire Housing who don’t seem to be doing anything, even after the other residents have signed a ‘bound over’ agreement and this couple refuse to even turn up to mediation.

Everyone in the community has had a gut’s full.” Tony Craig, another resident of the Milford estate, spoke to The Herald about an incident that occurred on the estate as recently as last week: “On Wednesday of last week a couple were arrested for making death threats to the residents that are causing everyone so much trouble. As I understand, they were taken to Cardigan Police station for several hours, but it turned out that they (the troublesome neighbours) had concocted the whole thing up. “My daughter tried to run off with a knife to commit suicide the very same day, so I called the police and they took her to hospital. As I was pulling out of our drive to follow her, the evil couple yelled out ‘there goes tonight’s entertainment’, whilst laughing their heads off. When we returned from hospital they were hanging from their windows, laughing at my daughter.

What can I do to protect my kids? I am at my wit’s end. Pembrokeshire Housing’s solution? Offering me the chance to move – from my own home – not on my nelly!” He went on to describe the level of abuse, he alleges, he and his family have been dealing with: “My daughter was assaulted a month ago by them, yet no charges were brought despite six witnesses. I have complained to the Chief Constable’s office and a Sergeant Walters is investigating everything that was going on, but we have had no communication with Walters for weeks.

My daughter is 14 and has special needs and this problem of bullying from these neighbours, who continue to shout abuse at her, recently contributed to an earlier attempted suicide. They are taking pictures of kiddies in swimming costumes out of the window. My son (11) is sleeping on the sofa with a hammer he is so scared.” The Herald asked Pembrokeshire Housing to comment on the situation, and the couple that seem to be causing so much trouble to their neighbours. Jane Robinson, Housing Manager, said: “Pembrokeshire Housing is currently working with four families in Wentworth Close to support them in resolving problems around neighbour nuisance and anti-social behaviour which have arisen recently.

“We are working closely with the Police and other agencies to resolve such matters through the Safer Pembrokeshire, Community Safety Partnership. Neighbour nuisance and anti-social behaviour issues are inherently complex and often difficult to resolve. We will continue to work with the residents and the partnership to obtain a positive resolution.” In relation to what action might be being taken over the problem couple, Pembrokeshire Housing declined to comment.

Temporary Chief Inspector Ross Evans, of Dyfed Powys Police, spoke with The Herald, commenting on the latest developments: “Police in Milford Haven are continuing to patrol Wentworth Close regularly and a proportionate amount of resources has been allocated to the area. A dedicated officer has been assigned to investigate. We are working very closely with our partners in Pembrokeshire Housing Association to help resolve issues as a matter of urgency, and a number of Acceptable Behaviour Contracts have been served. “A 42 year old woman was arrested on Saturday, August 9 and subsequently charged with Section 5 Public Order Act. She will appear before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday, September 2. We would like to reassure residents in Wentworth Close that we will continue to work with them, and additional police patrols will remain in place as part of that support.”

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Aberystwyth waste pilot launched

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AN innovative pilot scheme has been launched in North Parade, Aberystwyth to help promote positive waste behaviours in the town centre.

The initiative sees communal wheelie bins being delivered to the pilot area on the afternoon before the usual scheduled waste collections. The bins provide a means of containing the waste for the time between it being presented and being collected. Protecting the waste from attack by animals, including seagulls, will help keep the town centre’s streets clean.

The new approach will also help support more local residents, especially those living in properties where space to store waste is limited, to make full use of the weekly recycling and food waste collection services. Reducing the amount of recyclable waste that goes into black bags is not only better for the environment but it also helps ensure it is dealt with in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.

The days and frequency of waste collections will remain the same with wheelie bins being provided each week for clear recycling bags and food waste and fortnightly for black bags. Waste should be presented in the correct wheelie bin by 8am on the day collection.

Once the waste is collected the wheelie bins are removed which avoids problems that would arise if they were left there permanently which includes causing unnecessary street clutter and obstructions as well as potentially being misused and attracting fly-tipping.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards, the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services, said: “I am fully supportive of this initiative. It is an example of the Council working in partnership with communities on resolving issues. I wish the initiative every success and look forward in the future, to further working closely with our communities on finding creative solutions to the issues we are all concerned about.”

The scheme started on August 6-7. If it proves to be successful, consideration will be given to extending the pilot to other areas where it may work. Consideration is also being given to other ways of further supporting positive waste behaviours in Aberystwyth and Ceredigion in general ahead of a new domestic waste collection system that will be introduced in 2019.

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Consultation on future of gas network for west Wales enters final week

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PEOPLE from west Wales are being urged to have their say as a public consultation on the future of the local gas network is set to close on Friday (Aug 17).

Wales & West Utilities look after the pipes that bring gas to homes and businesses across Wales and the south west of England. The company has received almost 20,000 responses to its consultation but is now urging as many people as possible to take two minutes to pipe up and shape its plans for the future. Everyone who completes the consultation will be entered into a weekly draw to win a £100 Amazon Gift Card.

The company is asking people to give their views on issues such as the gas emergency service, investment to keep the gas network safe and reliable and how it supports those most in need. It is also seeking views on preparing the gas network for a greener future, making sure it can continue to deliver essential services for generations to come.

Wales & West Utilities charge for their services through consumer gas bills. Currently, their services make up 20% of an annual gas bill – so for the average gas bill of £630, that’s £128 a year – or 35 pence per day.

Graham Edwards, Chief Executive at Wales & West Utilities, explains: “The pipes we look after are mostly underground and out of mind, but we provide an essential service in keeping people safe and warm in their homes and powering businesses. Now, as we plan for the future, we want as many people in West Wales as possible to have their say on the future of their gas network and the services we provide.”

“This consultation is about ensuring our customers’ views are heard so that we plan and work towards getting the balance right between investing to maintain and improve our services and preparing the gas network for the future, while keeping bills low.

“We understand the financial pressure households across the area are under and we remain committed to keeping our portion of the gas bill to a minimum – we have already reduced the cost of our services since 2013 from £145 to £128 today.

“We’re looking forward to hearing customer feedback from West Wales as this will play a vital role in shaping our business for the future.”

Wales & West Utilities also connects around 11,000 homes and businesses to the network each year. And, for customers in need of extra support, the company has a scheme offering low-cost gas connections and financial help for appliance repairs. There is also a priority register to make sure people in vulnerable situations are prioritised when things go wrong.

To have your say on the future of your gas network and the services Wales & West Utilities provides please go to PipeUpOnline.co.uk or Facebook.com/wwutilities and be in with a chance to win a £100 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card.

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Elin Jones welcomed to Gorsedd as ‘Elin Ceredigion’

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AT THIS year’s National Eisteddfod, held in Cardiff Bay, Elin Jones, AM for Ceredigion, was welcomed into the Gorsedd.

The ceremony of the Gorsedd of the Bards is an integral part of the National Eisteddfod, and honours people who have made a significant contribution to the Welsh language and to Wales. Upon being admitted to the Gorsedd, the member is able to choose their ‘Bardic name’. Elin Jones has chosen to be known as Elin Ceredigion.

Elin Jones said: “It’s an honour to be admitted to the Gorsedd at this year’s National Eisteddfod, and to be known there as Elin Ceredigion.

“This was a very different and diverse National Eisteddfod. People from all over Wales and from many different cultures were able to see the Welsh Language thriving.

“The National Eisteddfod is important in whichever part of Wales it may be held. In two years’ time, it will be in Tregaron in Ceredigion which will be equally as exciting and important an Eisteddfod.

“The Gorsedd will next meet in Ceredigion in July 2019 – to proclaim the 2020 Ceredigion Eisteddfod.”

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