‘Bold, innovative and transformational’ say Pembrokeshire Council. That’s the aim of the £6.287m Western Quayside project in Haverfordwest.
The 18-month scheme of work at the three-storey building on the Riverside in Haverfordwest is part of the Council’s comprehensive regeneration programme for the town.
Formerly the Ocky White department store, the site will be developed into an attractive and vibrant local produce destination and marketplace, combined with the potential for leisure and community use to encourage greater vitality, resiliency and vibrancy within the town centre over time.
The quality-led approach includes plans for external seating and displays and a focal space for community events and activities which could extend its use into the early evening. In this way, the development will connect and enhance the riverside aspect of Bridge Street, improving visitors’ first impression of the town.
Existing businesses in the area will remain open throughout the 18-month construction scheme.
As well as supporting local business growth, stimulating prosperity and long-term economic investment, the project is evidence of the County Council delivering on its commitment to support the regeneration of Pembrokeshire’s county town, said Cllr Paul Miller.
“This is a clear example of us taking ownership for transforming our towns,” said Cllr Miller, Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture. “Obviously, the local authority cannot transform Haverfordwest town centre on its own, but together with our partners, we can.”
“Western Quayside is a really ambitious and positive project,” he added. “Not only will help drive footfall to the town, it will also support business growth and create an additional community hub. Moreover, at a time of such economic uncertainty, the need to help deliver economic uplift for Pembrokeshire has never been more crucial.”
The appointed contractors for the site, John Weaver Ltd, has been carrying out preliminary work, including installing perimeter fencing, ahead of the partial demolition of the rear of the building.
Site materials will be delivered via the Swan Square entrance between the normal working day times of 8am and 4.30pm during the scheme, and pedestrian access will be maintained from the Riverside area to Bridge Street via the footbridge and along the footway alongside the Friars.
The ‘Hole in the Wall’ car park has been closed to allow contractors to use it as a compound. Alternative parking is provided nearby.
Local Councillor Tom Tudor said the future for the town looked ‘very bright indeed’.
“As the County Councillor for the Castle Ward I welcome this news,” he said.
“Combined with other initiatives such as the new Castle Lake – Castle Square walk way link, I am very optimistic that Haverfordwest Town Centre will become a thriving commercial and residential location of choice with a resilient, vibrant community.”
Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn said: “Our Transforming Towns Programme aims to increase vibrancy, resilience and footfall in our town centres and the redevelopment of the Ocky White department store will do just this.
“Regenerating this well-known building into a hub that will not only benefit local people but also provide a major boost for the town and local economy. I look forward to seeing how the work progresses.”
Cllr Paul Miller said Western Quayside is a key element of the town’s regeneration programme, which began with the opening of the successful Glan-yr-Afon library and cultural centre and will include the redevelopment of the town’s multi-storey car park, plans to enhance Haverfordwest Castle, and the acquisition of Riverside Shopping Centre.
“All these projects are designed to ensure that we as a local authority are playing our part in transforming the fortunes of Haverfordwest,” he said.
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Health board lifts visiting restrictions at Glangwili and Withybush hospitals
Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed that restrictions for people visiting patients will be lifted in Glangwili and Withybush hospitals from Wednesday 20 July 2022.
Visiting to Bronglais Hospital, Prince Philip Hospital and community hospitals remain open, by appointment only.
The health board are advised that it will still be a requirement to wear masks in Glangwili, Prince Philip and Withybush hospitals.
Mandy Rayani, Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Experience, said: “Last week we had to make the decision to extend measures at Glangwili Hospital in addition to Withybush Hospital to reduce the risk to our patients and staff and we thank people for their support and co-operation.
“We can all continue to take protective measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to protect vulnerable people and the NHS.
“We strongly advise anyone in our locality who has the classic symptoms, or who suspects they may have COVID-19 to isolate and take an LFD test. If positive, we urge people to isolate – this will help you to rest and recover while protecting others from risk of transmission.”
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Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society make land available for community garden group to grow fruit and vegetables
Grwp Resilience are enjoying the fruits of their labour this summer thanks to Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society making land available to the group of local Haverfordwest residents for the production of fresh fruit and vegetables as part of a Community Garden. The Society believes it is the first in the UK to take on such a project.
Just over an acre has been allocated initially on the County Showground in Haverfordwest for the project which has already seen over 40 local residents interested in being part of the group and using the land to grow fruit and vegetables. Some of those interested have been waiting for over ten years for such an opportunity to arise!
Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society Board Chairman, Mike Davies, said, “We really look forward to working with these hugely enthusiastic local residents on this project. It is great to see young families already learning from very experienced and knowledgeable growers. Here on the showground we have the valuable resource to kick start the process – fertile soil – and we are delighted to assist. Our charitable objectives cover the valuable opportunities which this great project offer.”
The community garden project came about on the showground following a request to local landowners in the Haverfordwest area from a local resident, retired GP Dr Roger Burns, who was interested in starting a scheme in the area. Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society responded positively to the request and GWRP, a Wales-wide organisation which helps stimulate community engagement and collaboration, then got involved to help officiate the agreement.
The growers have formed their own community interest company called Parc Helyg which is now managing the site. Sian Wells, Co-ordinator, said, “Thank you to the Society for providing the land and the farmers who ploughed the ground. We have waited ten years to grow food. We are delighted to now be on the land and already seeing the fruits of our labour.”
Haverfordwest multi-storey car park to close ahead of transport hub construction work
The Haverfordwest multi-storey car park at Cartlett Road will close to the public on Monday 20th June and remain out of use while the existing facility is demolished and a new Public Transport Interchange built.
Pembrokeshire Council say that following the closure, work will begin on an initial strip out of the building ahead of full demolition.
The council say letters will be sent to nearby properties and businesses, and signs are to be placed at the car park to notify travellers of the closure. Existing signage leading to the facility will also be amended.
The project to create a new Public Transport Interchange is part of Pembrokeshire County Council’s wider regeneration work to revitalise Haverfordwest town centre.
The council say the current multi-storey car park is in a poor state of repair and is an unwelcoming space at the heart of the County Town.
It is also difficult to negotiate for larger, modern vehicles so is often under-utilised.
It adds that the new Public Transport Interchange will create “a seamless journey and a clear transition for passengers using the transport facilities – including integrated bus station – encouraging people to alight and explore the town centre”.
Cllr Rhys Sinnett, Cabinet Member for Residents Services said: “The Haverfordwest Public Transport Interchange is an important project for the County Town and a significant opportunity to provide a modern facility, sensitively designed in a gateway location.
“We will aim to keep disruption to a minimum throughout the demolition and rebuild and kindly request that members of the public plan ahead when visiting Haverfordwest to consider alternative parking sites.
“The bus station has been moved to what was the Bridgend Square car park to ensure that bus services can continue throughout the demolition and rebuild phase.”
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