EDF Renewables has announced a joint venture partnership with Pembrokeshire-based international renewable project developer DP Energy, to generate up to 1GW of low carbon green energy in the Celtic Sea.
The project is likely to span English and Welsh waters.
The floating offshore wind project called ‘Gwynt Glas’ will provide power for approximately 927,400 homes. EDF say this will contribute a significant part of the Crown Estate’s ambitions for 4GW of capacity in the Celtic Sea as announced in October 2021.
Work including identification of a refined area of search and detailed constraint studies for the proposed location of the project are already underway. An area of interest encompassing some 1,500km2 has been identified, approximately 70km from the shore, with initial remote aerial surveys for marine mammal and birds taking place since Spring 2021. The project team will be consulting with key stakeholders and interested parties in the coming weeks to refine the proposed site location.
EDF Renewables UK Head of Offshore Wind Scott Sutherland said: “This is a great start to 2022 for us and we are very pleased to announce this partnership with DP Energy. We firmly believe Gwynt Glas will be a catalyst for further supply chain growth across the UK which is something we as a company are very supportive of.
“We will use our experience in offshore wind to help bring opportunities for local, regional and national companies on this project and on others, such our Blyth floating project and the two we are bidding for in the ScotWind process.
“Floating offshore wind is an exciting new technology and will bring much needed inward investment which can regenerate coastal economies and communities.”
Simon De Pietro, CEO of DP Energy said: “DP Energy’s 30-year approach to renewable project development puts the environment and local community front and centre. In our partners, we look for organisations that are as committed as we are to combating climate change.
“With EDF Renewables UK we have found a strong ally to develop Gwynt Glas, who place strong emphasis on capturing the regional supply chain and local community opportunity, alongside protecting our environment.
“Each member of the DP Energy UK team based in Pembroke Dock was born and raised in Wales and are passionate about supporting the growth of a new energy sector that can sustain skilled, well-paid jobs for future generations in coastal regions, in Wales and in the South West of England.”
(Lead image: EDF Renewables)
Pembroke Dock knife-point robber jailed for five years
A man who robbed a woman at knifepoint has started a five-year prison sentence just one month later.
Kieran Steven Brumby admitted holding a knife to the woman’s throat and demanding the £160 she was withdrawing from a cashpoint at Asda in Pembroke Dock at around 7.45pm on April 15.
Within an hour Dyfed-Powys Police were able to track down Brumby at his home in Water Street, Pembroke Dock.
Despite the incident being captured on CCTV, Brumby denied it was him during the police investigation.
However, at Swansea Crown Court on Monday, May 16, he pleaded guilty robbery, possession of a knife and possession of 0.9 grammes of cocaine.
DI Owen Thomas said: “This is a positive outcome, with Brumby arrested soon after the offence.
“He has been on remand since and is now beginning a five-year prison sentence just a month later, which I hope offers some solace and reassurance to the victim.”
The court heard how the woman had stopped to get cash on her way to meet friends in Haverfordwest when Brumby held the knife to her throat and said ‘give me the money’.
In a victim impact statement read out to the court the woman, who could feel the knife touching her throat, said that she was suffering from sleepless nights, palpitations and nightmares.
“I feel depressed and anxious and constantly feel like somebody is behind me,” she said.
“I am checking over my shoulder every five minutes. If I leave the house feelings of panic rise.”
Judge His Honour Geraint Walters handed down a five-year sentence for the robbery, with a 12-month sentence for possession of the knife and a one-month sentence for cocaine possession to run concurrently.
(Lead image: Dyfed Powys Police)
Unique Pembrokeshire furniture maker shuts up shop
After years of making bespoke furniture in Pembrokeshire, local company Uniqueworks have decided to close in March, to pursue a new direction on the Welsh Borders.
More than four hundred individual items of furniture have been hand-crafted for customers, by Jake Humphries, cabinet-maker and co-founder.
Based from a workshop overlooking the estuary in Pembroke Dock, founders Stephanie Smith and Jake opened their first high street shop in Pembroke in 2009. Successive shops in Carmarthen and Narberth followed.
Their speciality lay in blending traditional woodworking techniques with a classic look and insisting on using only Welsh and British native trees for their timber. Very often it was the very gnarly bits of wood, full of knots and character which caught Jake’s attention, to incorporate into the design.
Having appeared in Vogue magazine, Uniqueworks have also been commissioned to make furniture for Pembroke Castle, The National Botanic Garden of Wales and The World Leader’s Lounge at the NATO Summit Wales.
Centre-piece dining tables have also been made for The Grove, Narberth and for the new wild food restaurant, Annwn, at Lawrenny.
“We’ve been making furniture here for thirteen years now and it seems to have been all we’ve lived and breathed throughout that time,”says Jake.
“It’s hugely sad to be not making any more furniture, but an opportunity has emerged for us at our sawmill in Herefordshire and it feels like the right time to try something new”.
“We really will miss our customers,” says Stephanie, “and we’d like to send a big thank you to everyone who’s supported us along the way and sent us good wishes for our new adventure”.
A sale of furniture stock and equipment at the workshop will start immediately.
(Lead image: Uniqueworks)
Pembrokeshire livestock owner convicted of animal welfare offences
Animals experienced ‘a large amount of suffering over a period of time’ according to District Judge Chris James at the prosecution of Richard Scarfe at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on 26 January by Pembrokeshire County Council.
Scarfe, of Park Street, Pembroke Dock, pleaded guilty to offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 by causing unnecessary suffering to animals at Highland View Fold, The Ridgeway, Lamphey, and failing them in his duty of care.
There were additional guilty pleas in relation to Cattle, Sheep and Pig Identification and Animal By-Products offences and obstructing authorised officers whilst carrying out their duty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Pembrokeshire County Council’s Animal Health and Welfare team began investigating complaints on land at Highland View Fold in late 2019, offering Scarfe advice on animal husbandry and record keeping.
When officers visited the holding on the Ridgeway at Lamphey, they were shocked and appalled at the conditions of the fields and the accommodation for the animals.
The land was heavily poached and the grazing poor due to overstocking. During their visits officers noted that stock were without drinking water and feed and that bedding was heavily soiled leaving the animals with no clean dry lying area.
A vet who attended the land raised serious concerns over the poor body condition of the animals and condition scored the livestock from 1 to 2.5. Body conditions are scored from 1 (emaciated) to 5 (obese.)
On several occasions, animal carcasses were seen in varying stages of decomposition in fields where other livestock could access them.
In early 2021 following these serious failings under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, Animal By Products Regulations and other animal identification non compliances on the holding, the County Council’s Animal Health and Welfare team sought an order under the act to seize and remove livestock from the holding to prevent further suffering.
Scarfe had been given guidance and support by Pembrokeshire County Council Animal Health team along with professional veterinary advice, to which he had total disregard.
Summing up, District Judge Chris James said: “There was high culpability of prolonged neglect motivated by Mr Scarfe. The care provided had been wholly neglectful with levels of incompetence.
“The multiple number of animals in this case seen graphically by photographs are serious. Greater harm has been met and as a result, a number of animals have died. There has been a large amount of suffering over a period of time.
“You were given numerous opportunities to address these issues and failed to comply fully. Only when court enforcement began, you began to take this seriously.
“The fact that you thought you did your best is not enough. You have not followed advice when you have been under scrutiny.”
Mr Scarfe was disqualified from keeping cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and donkeys for a total of five years. In addition, he was given a community service order of 240 hours and a 14-week custodial sentence, suspended for 2 years.
Costs were awarded to Pembrokeshire County Council.
Cllr Cris Tomos, Pembrokeshire CouncilCabinet Member for the Environment and Welsh Language, said: “This was a deeply distressing case. Despite being given guidance and support by our Animal Welfare team, Mr Scarfe demonstrated a complete lack of care towards the animals in his ownership.
He added: “We will always strive to work with livestock owners when we are notified of concerns, but we will always prosecute in cases of neglect.
“We are satisfied with the judge’s decision.”
(Lead image: Pembrokeshire Council)
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