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More electric vehicle charging points in Pembrokeshire

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Further publically available electric vehicle charge-points have been provided via a partnership between Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

‘Fast’ electric vehicle (EV) charging is now operating in fourteen different locations around the county.

This will expand to eighteen locations once four further sites are completed for Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority later this year.

Two locations (Tenby Multi Storey Car Park and Haverfordwest County Hall Car Park) offer both ‘Fast’ and ‘Rapid’ charging.

The car park charging locations available now are:

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  • Multi-storey, Upper Park Road, Tenby, SA70 7LT
  • Town Moor, Narberth, SA67 7AB
  • Gordon Street, Pembroke Dock, SA72 6DW
  • Long Street, Newport, SA42 0TJ
  • West Street, Fishguard, SA65 9NJ
  • Charles Street, Milford Haven, SA73 2AJ
  • High Street, St Dogmaels, SA43 3EA
  • Multi-storey, Cartlett Road, Haverfordwest, SA61 2LX
  • County Hall car park, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP
  • Quickwell car park, St Davids, SA62 6NT
  • Mart Ground car park, Crymych, SA41 3QE
  • High Street car park, Neyland, SA73 1TF
  • The Parade car park, Pembroke, SA71 4JY
  • The Parrog car park, Goodwick, SA64 0DE

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park EV charging locations that will be available by end of 2020 are:

  • Brewery Meadow (Regency Hall) car park, Saundersfoot, SA69 9ND
  • The Hoppers car park, Porthgain, SA62 5BN
  • Millmoor Way car park, Broad Haven, SA62 3JH
  • Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre car park, St. Davids, SA62 6NW

The project was designed and commissioned by the Council’s Infrastructure team, is funded by Welsh Government and delivered by Narberth-based Silverstone Green Energy.

The charge-posts are part of the www.dragoncharging.co.uk network which is a regional network being used by neighbouring local authorities in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion and also further afield in Powys, Blaenau Gwent, Newport (Gwent), Torfaen, Monmouthshire and Caerphilly.

In advance of first use it is advised that potential users read the information on how to use the charging stations which can be found on the Dragon Charging Website at www.dragoncharging.co.uk/FAQ

Charging is currently priced at 85 pence each time a user connects with 25 p/kWh charged for electricity consumed. All revenue is used to support and maintain the network.

Pembrokeshire County Councillor Phil Baker, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, praised the progress made by the partnership, particularly in view of recent news that new petrol and diesel cars will not be sold in the UK after 2030.

“As well as helping residents and visitors switch to a low carbon future, the project aims to satisfy the needs of motorists by providing charging hubs for those who do not have off-street parking,” he said.

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“The project also promotes the concept of ‘eco-tourism’. All the charge-points are in centrally located car parks so that users can visit local businesses and attractions whilst charging their cars.”

Councillor Paul Harries, Chairman of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, added: “Promoting sustainable transport is just one of a range of measures the Park Authority is taking to respond to the climate change emergency.

“As well as enabling visitors and residents to charge their vehicles, these charging points will also support the Authority’s efforts to green its fleet to include as many electric vehicles as possible.”

(Lead image: Pembrokeshire Council’s Sustainable Development and Energy Manager, Steve Keating (centre) at the electric vehicle charge-point at the Parrog in Goodwick, Andrew Mackay (left), Construction Project Manager at Silverstone and Andrew Muskett, Building Projects Manager at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. Pembrokeshire Council)


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City parks flying the green flag for excellence

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The lake at Brynmill Park

Six of Swansea’s main parks have once again been awarded green flag status, recognising the vital role they play in boosting residents’ wellbeing and improving the natural environment.

The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government. Sites are judged against eight strict criteria, including biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.

In Swansea, the Council’s Clyne Gardens, Singleton Botanical Gardens, Brynmill Park, Parc Llewelyn, Cwmdonkin Park and Victoria Park have all gained the prestigious flag status.

Two more green flags have been awarded to Penllergare Trust for their efforts at Penllergare Valley Woods and Swansea University has received recognition for Singleton Campus.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement and Infrastructure Management, said: “Once again, our parks and cleansing teams have had their commitment to keeping our much loved parks in wonderful condition rewarded. It’s also important to recognise our council staff have achieved this during the pandemic making this achievement even more special.

“Retaining green flag status is important to the council in terms of making a wider statement on our commitment to ensure the public and visitors to the city have excellent green spaces they can visit and enjoy what we have to offer.

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“I’m also pleased to see a large number of community gardens also get recognition for what they offer residents. This is largely down to community groups and volunteers who take it upon themselves to look after these green spaces and make sure that wherever you live in Swansea, there is certain to be somewhere nearby that families can visit.”

A total of 13 ‘community awards’ have also been given to smaller community based gardens and green spaces, including two new winners – Clydach Community Garden and Blaenymaes Community Garden.

Julie James, the Welsh Government’s Minister for Climate Change, said: “Green spaces are vital for mental and physical well-being and throughout the pandemic we have seen how important these spaces have been for local communities. 

 “Wales still holds more than a third of the UK’s Green Flag community sites and it is fantastic to see more places in Wales receiving Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award. 

 “These landscapes play a vital role in delivering rich ecosystems and vibrant and resilient communities, and I congratulate all of the sites for providing excellent, year-round facilities and events for people in Wales.”

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 Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy said: “The pandemic showed us just how important high-quality parks and green spaces are to our communities. With more visitors than ever enjoying our green spaces, I’d like to congratulate the hard work of staff and volunteers who have maintained excellent standards at these sites.”

Lead Image: The lake at Brynmill Park (Image: Swansea Council)

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Swansea University gains double recognition for its outstanding green spaces

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Swansea University has once again been named among the country’s best green spaces.

The hard work of the University’s grounds team means the prestigious Green Flag will continue to fly at both its Singleton Park and Bay campuses.

The Green Flag is the international mark of a quality park or green space and recognises excellent visitor facilities, high environmental standards, and a commitment to delivering great quality green space.

This year the University has also achieved Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the first time. This special award, endorsed by Cadw, recognises sites that are both historically significant and meet Green Flag criteria. 

Grounds manager Paul Edwards said: “After what has been a challenging time for everyone, I am delighted we’ve not only retained the Green Flag but also gained the Heritage Award status.

“Singleton’s historic features are an important and celebrated part of the campus that students, visitors and the public alike have enjoyed for many years.

“The grounds team’s in-depth knowledge of these original features ensures that they will continue to preserve and enhance such assets for future generations.”

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The University’s historic Singleton site is set in lush parkland and boasts well-established grounds providing a wide variety of habitats, with grassland, mature woodland, planted areas and ponds which help to support an extensive variety of wildlife.

The Bay Campus, adjacent to Crymlyn Burrows Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), offers beachside habitats and plenty of room to explore its variety of species.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle said: “We are extremely proud that our fantastic University campus has once again been recognised with Green Flag status. We understand the importance of our grounds for people and wildlife alike, and know that they play a key role in supporting the wellbeing of our staff, students and local community. We are committed to managing them with respect and care, with sustainability at the heart of all developments.

“After the challenges of the past year, Swansea University is pleased to once again be able to welcome people back onto our campuses to enjoy these special green spaces.”

The University is among 248 parks and green spaces – from country parks and formal gardens, to allotments, woodlands, and churchyards –   to be recognised by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government.

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Independent green space experts volunteered their time in early autumn to judge applicant sites against eight strict criteria, including biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management, and community involvement.

Congratulating all the winners, Minister for Climate Change Julie James described green spaces as vital for mental and physical wellbeing.  

She said: “These landscapes play a vital role in delivering rich ecosystems and vibrant and resilient communities.”

Lucy Prisk, of Keep Wales Tidy said: “The pandemic showed us just how important high-quality parks and green spaces are to our communities. With more visitors than ever enjoying our green spaces, I’d like to congratulate the hard work of staff and volunteers who have maintained excellent standards at these sites.”

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Pembrey Country Park retains prestigious Green Flag award

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Pembrey Country Park has once again received the prestigious Green Flag Award.

The international award has been given to the popular tourist attraction for its amazing green space for the last three years.

The award is recognised for having the highest possible standards, being beautifully maintained and boasting excellent visitor facilities.

Around £4 million is being invested into the park as part of a masterplan to continue its development as a major tourism destination within Carmarthenshire and Wales.

This is the second award for Pembrey Country Park after it celebrated winning the Blue Flag status for Cefn Sidan earlier this year.

Since the Blue Flag awards were first introduced in 1988, Pembrey Country Park has won more Blue Flags than anywhere else in Wales. Cefn Sidan was also the first Welsh beach to win the accolade.

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Much of the investment has been completed with upgrading and extending camping and caravanning including the installation of a new amenity block and the opening of Yr Orsaf restaurant.

Work has already been completed on a national closed road circuit, a BMX pump track, an adventure golf course, a changing places facility at the ski and activity centre and new accessible toilets.

Improvements will soon be underway to upgrade the outside area surrounding Yr Orsaf restaurant and hub to give visitors a better experience.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths said a lot of effort has been put into making the park what it is today. He said: “We are thrilled to be receiving this award once again which is only given to those green spaces that have demonstrated high standards. The coronavirus pandemic has shown us how important our green spaces are and they clearly provide health benefits for everyone.”

The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government.

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Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy said: The pandemic showed us just how important high-quality parks and green spaces are to our communities. With more visitors than ever enjoying our green spaces, I’d like to congratulate the hard work of staff and volunteers who have maintained excellent standards at these sites.”

Wales still holds more than a third of the UK’s Green Flag community sites.

(Lead image: Carmarthenshire Council)

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