The Bedroom Tax has had a big impact on Neyland and I am really worried by the people who have been hit hard and are enduring hardship and worry. Figures which I have obtained from the Local Authority show that 22 households in Neyland East Ward, my own ward and 24 in Neyland West have seen a 14 per cent drop in their housing benefit because they are deemed to have one spare bedroom. Those with two spare bedrooms have seen a drop of 25% and this involves 9 households in Neyland East and 6 in Neyland West.
Anyone needing advice or assistance should by all means give me a ring and I will signpost them to appropriate advice. I know that the Revenues Department of the County Council have been incredibly supportive of those seeking answers.
The Neyland Carnival held on 13 July was absolutely great. The overcast patchy drizzle did nothing to dampen spirits as hundreds of spectators lined the route from the starting point of the Rose & Willow. It then proceeded down Honeyborough Road, Kensington Road, Riverside Avenue, Promenade, Hish Street and John Street to the Athgletic Club field.
The floats and walking contestants put in so much effort; everything was of the highest quality. The best street went to Harbour Close with their take on the Roaring Twenties.
Here are some of the pics of some of the entries. Huge thanks must go to Malcolm Hawkins and his small band of RAOB brothers for arranging the carnival and everyone agreed it was an outstanding success. The merriment lasted all day and there was no incident or disturbance of the slightest kind.
The Neyland Good Neighbours Scheme members met recently and are planning to hold an information day at the Hazelbeach Community Mission Hall during the autumn. The GNS is one of thirteen in Pembrokeshire and represents low-level, non-emergency chores and assistance from members of the public to older, more vulnerable residents. Please contact Ms Rachel Gibby of PCC on 01437 764551 for further information.
The Pembrokeshire County Council changing village is being constructed by WJG Evans and should be finished in August. It is one of the best improvements over the past few years and represents a £500,000 investment. The new building will house four changing rooms and a gym and replaced the dilapidated old pool and stand.
The Pembrokeshire Housing Association scheme in St Clement’s Road is progressing well. There will be four one-bed flats and one two-bed unit. The investment is around £400,000 and local housing applicants will be given preference. When it is remembered how this was an overgrown mess, a dumping ground, this scheme is an excellent regeneration project tidying up the area which will provide housing for local people.