Improvements to call waiting times at Pembrokeshire council contact centre

CALL waiting times have reduced for those ringing the council’s customer contact centre after last year’s waste changes caused significant issues. Councillors raised concerns about the contact centre’s capacity when the number of calls spiked in response to waste and recycling changes across the county with three extra staff taken Continue Reading

Richard Brown appointed interim CEO of Pembrokeshire county council

HE’S been heading up the council’s response to Covid 19 and Richard Brown is now set to take on the top job at County Hall. Following an interview involving all councillors of today (Friday, November 20) Mr Brown has been appointed interim chief executive, taking over from departing Ian Westley Continue Reading

Renewable energy projects awarded sustainable development grants

FOUR out of seven renewable energy projects asking for sustainable development grants from the national park were successful. At the beginning of November Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’ sustainable development fund committee discussed seven applications from local projects and organisations. Decisions were made behind closed doors with all schemes asking Continue Reading

Plans for ‘border control points’ for Pembrokeshire ports

PEMBROKESHIRE council had contacted UK government about concerns about port procedures following Brexit. The details of ‘border control points’ for Fishguard and Pembroke Dock ports and the vehicles transporting goods through them are being discussed currently, Dr Steven Jones, director of communities said. An update on Covid 19 recovery in Continue Reading

Pembrokeshire council review budget for disabled facilities grant

Funding for grants helping making homes accessible for disabled people will need to be looked at in future with demand outstripping resources and the potential for means testing to be scrapped in future. Pembrokeshire County Council administers a disabled facilities grant for people who need to make changes to their Continue Reading

Pembrokeshire council planning service struggling with staffing shortages and budget cuts

THE PLANNING department at Pembrokeshire County Council is struggling against reduced budgets, staffing shortages and determination deadlines, a review has highlighted. The planning department – which includes enforcement, development, conservation and rights of way as well as planning application determination – has dropped to 18th out of 25 in Wales Continue Reading

Invitation to tender for £2.65m council flat plan in Milford Haven

CONTRACTORS to build council flats in Milford Haven are being invited to tender for the £2.65million project. Pembrokeshire County Council’s director of social services and housing Jonathan Griffiths, in consultation with cabinet member for housing Cllr Michelle Bateman, has signed off a delegated decision to invite and evaluate tenders. The Continue Reading

Applications for Pembrokeshire’s new CEO down to two

Applications to take on Pembrokeshire’s interim chief executive role have been whittled down to two from the six senior officers who put their names forward, with final interviews due later this month. Minutes of a meeting held in private last month state that Richard Brown (head of environment and civil Continue Reading

Plan for 56 houses in Crymych back before planning committee

A PLAN for 56 new homes in Crymych – with 25 per cent affordable housing –  is back before councillors next week and is expected to be approved. In May 2019 Tai Ceredigion’s proposal for an “eclectic mix” of housing on land at Villa Farm had been granted permission for Continue Reading

Pembrokeshire action plan to recruit social care workers showing signs of success

AN ACTION plan to improve recruitment and retention of staff across social care roles is showing signs of success despite delays due to Covid-19. Vacancies in some departments, including social workers, are at the lowest level of recent years, a committee heard as it discussed an update of the social Continue Reading

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