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Fishguard Town Hall: Red Ensign, and Welsh flag,
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Stena Europe inbound at Fishguard ... more
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Koningin Beatrix departing Fishguard ... more
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Stena Galloway departing Fishguard ... more
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Port of Fishguard
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MS Europa off Fishguard's north breakwater ... more
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FISHGUARD

Fishguard's 6th Form, like Fishguard itself, a PCC wrecking job
"My question was why these two schools had been included in a calculation regarding future A-level provision when sixth-formers from both schools were doing their A-levels at Pembrokeshire College." more

Great News
What remains of Fishguard retailing is to be gutted like a dead fish. more

Quick! Call the FBI
The thieves have been robbed of, as little as, a fraction of a penny: £6/7/24/12 = 0.3 pence more
The scumbags certainly know how to look after their pals, and guess whose paying for it? more

Blow to Fishguard port/marina "investment"?
New Irish Ferries 144 million euro 55,000 tonnes cruise ferry, delivered next July for Dublin to Holyhead and Ireland to France route: 1,900 passengers and crew,435 cabins, 165 freight vehicles and 300 cars ... more

PCC sells marina for £1,160,000
A 420 berth Neyland Marina, freehold, for just £1,160,000 ... Wow! ... What does that value Fishguard's, yet to be built, marina at ... a fraction of its construction cost? more

Another PCC "brainwave" bites the dust.

Marina (yawn) for £10,000,000 ... better get two
A £10m scheme to create a 540-berth marina ... 80 full-time jobs (bullshit) more

Gasp! Cost of marina rockets 10x to £100,000,000
Gosh! Up the order ... get half a dozen of these, another four railway stations, and 20 additional tapestries .... 807,000 new jobs, 10 zillion extra train passengers, £10 quadrillion economic kick-back and all the locals made £billionaires ... more

We're Back
Atkins, having previously bulldozed Fishguard Square, return to finish the town off ... PCC's paid servant/saleswoman had this to say: "will prove to be catalyst for the regeneration of our town and give confidence to potential investors" more

Another four buildings to bite the dust
Shangri-la here we come ... bulldozer claims another four ... Council School, Transition Bro Gwaun, the old library, and the Ship and Anchor pub ... more

Town hits rock "bottom"
Visitors and shoppers advised to bring their own potty. more

Possible potty rental business to cater for 2018 cruise-ship calendar
Potties to have bilingual instructions and hired and maintained by Fishguard Tourist Forum: £5 for a basic plastic model, with delux at, just, £20. Business launch may feature on Dragons Den.

Flagmented thinking
British flag atop flag pole a "disgrace". Farmer Richard Grosvenor, then town mayor, said: "My personal view is that I'm not bothered" more

Flagmented ending
The dump's flags to be flown like rags more

Fishguard Town Council ... the sack of gobshites who voted 6:2 to wreck the town (Dec 1999) ... Ideas (2017) to regenerate the carcass of what had been an attractive and busy market town
"It was agreed previously that bunting would be good" more

27 years of "regeneration" = 27 years of retail collapse.

The 27 years on both sides of the equation cancel each other out.

regeneration = retail collapse.

Examining "their" little fibs explains why the equation is correct.
And, why their forced to keep repeating nonsense as fact ... keep up the good work.

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Regeneration: a kind of magic - black magic

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Killing Fishguard

An ice-age scar, a Group 1 IARC carcinogen and funding an Arts delusion (later, replaced by some Deutsche Bahn AG gobbledygook) are the three coordinates of a triangle whose angles add up to a problem whose lowest cost solution is to wreck the market town of Fishguard.

That Fishguard cannot get its head around the causes of its 27 year dose of economic dysentery, which, for each of those years, has left retailing smaller and weaker is testament to the intelligence of a small cabal and their incestuous tightly controlled organizations which fielded a never ending vomit of propaganda on behalf of their, hoped for, benefactor: PCC, who just happened to be ... "secretariat to the Pembrokeshire Partnership Management Board (PPMB), the body that oversaw Objective 1 funding in the County" and, later, the buyer of a logistics hub for intergalactic travel, well, something like that anyway ... not that a bit of long division and a note about abstraction wouldn't clarify the reality of incinerating £10,000,000 in less than 7 years.

Why were Fishguard Civic Society so keen to see the historic Council School bulldozed in favour of a supermarket?

Did Fishguard Civic Society have an alter-ego who they thought stood to gain massively from their promotion of all things "regeneration"?

Regeneration is their code word for euthanasia which means, some how, regeneration will dissolve and absolve the issues of paragraph one ...they have explained all of this, over and over and over, but as a road map to Shangri-la.

Didn't the reader notice the town's most recent death knell being rung ... two banks have abandoned ship (no, not Halifax and Santander - Lloyds and HSBC), and a local supermarket has greatly down-sized its floor-space - hardly signs of a market town about to recover any time before the next asteroid hits.

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Gobbledygook

Transport Lunacy? A return railway ticket from Goodwick to Carmarthen (45 miles away) costs about £10, but the subsidy has reached £232 ... 23 times as much as the actual ticket!

Incinerating over £10,000,000 in 7 years, Goodwick Station with 5 new trains, and the 2 "old" boat-trains averaged, just, 2.64 passengers per train movement in / out Goodwick (FY 2012/13), and 3.77 passengers per train movement from FY 2012/13 to FY 2015/16.

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Official figures re: FY 2012/13 to FY 2015/16 show a huge drop in railway passenger movements (12,874) in / out Fishguard Harbour 's station.

Taxpayers money is being gobbled-up in life-support for Goodwick Station's 5 extra trains at a rate equivalent to buying a different Fishguard family a brand new small car every two days!

If 5 people travel in one of their cars to shop in Carmarthen it might cost £15 for fuel, the same 5 on one of the 5 new trains would cost the taxpayer up to £1,160 and that train trip might only be to the next station (Clarbeston Road) cos that's where their forced to exit and board the H'west train to Carmarthen ... and getting by car to H'west Railway Station (and back) would only cost £5 in fuel.

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A minibus replaces the Manchester train - an indicator of actual passenger numbers

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Ice-age scar

Work to dismantle Fishguard as a nucleated market town centred on the intersection of the A40 and A487 began with the ripping-out of the town centre's attractive roundabout (pictured above) and its replacement with the current piece of puke. The foul mass was then surrounded on adjacent pavements by Pedestrian Deterrent Cobbled Paving - well able to smash the skulls, faces, arms and legs of the town's shoppers and tourists - a brave fight by Barbara from Carmen's saw its removal, but the damage was done.

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And, soon, the gits and yobs began a take-over of a once proud town centre: building after building was attacked, window after window was smashed, roofs were battered, vandalism ruled, people were beaten to a pulp, and some stabbed, cars raced through the streets, and the village morons sat on The Square screaming till four o'clock in the morning - a serenading of sorts for passing motorists and anyone not, earlier, hospitalised.

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Adding to the shopping eperience, human waste from the Abergwaun Hotel's over-flowing tank ran away through the main pedestrian walkway from/to The Square and Golden Mile.

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IARC carcinogen

"The Government have not assessed the scale of the problem and have excluded asbestos from the Property Data Survey Programme, despite the fact that it is probably one of the most expensive items when a school is maintained or refurbished. This means that their financial forecasts will be meaningless. There is a lack of transparency and the risks are played down so that the public are generally unaware that there is a problem, which has meant that successive Governments have felt able to indefinitely delay taking the necessary action to make schools safe". Session 2012-13, Asbestos in Schools: Mr Michael Lees ... more

Ysgol Dewi Sant Design Parameters & Options, 10th May 2017: "Section 2-(hall/main classrooms, circa 1950): Modular style aluminium frame with ACM lining boards under a profile sheet roof or straw board flat roof. Extensive amount of asbestos. Over clad in MDF boards."... more

"An HSL series of tests at Cwmcarn School in Caerphilly has confirmed that amosite fibres are released from classroom heaters. Levels up to 4,300 amosite fibres per cubic metre of air ((0.0043f/ml) were released when the heaters were running and representative disturbance was carried out. Each occupant of the room would inhale around 7,000 fibres during a two hour sampling time. The average of all the samples was 1,900 fibres per cubic metre of air (0.0019 f/ml). The potential for asbestos fibre release was identified by an astute asbestos consultant last October who identified damaged asbestos insulating board (AIB) panels in the classrooms walls and heaters.

Regeneration: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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Gaining Traction

A buoyant trading summer has laid a solid foundation of business confidence amongst local retailers, and gross sales across all sectors are motoring ahead of expectations.

The powerful 2.35 multiplier from the millions invested in Goodwick's re-opened railway station and the dramatic increase in cruise-ships docking or anchoring off the north breakwater has vastly increased tourist spend.

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Regeneration?

The Fishguard economy continues to outperform and employment levels are robust. Against this background, the rental market remains remarkably positive. Take-up increased quarter on quarter, and above average take-up was recorded for the second quarter since the referendum. National and international Last Invasion Tapestry visitors continue to pump significant cash volumes in to all aspects of market town commerce.

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Regeneration?

"Lloyds Banking Group revealed that profits doubled during the first quarter of the year as the lender brushed aside concerns it could be hit by a bubble in consumer credit ... Last week it emerged that the Government had already recouped the £20.3bn it was forced to pump into the lender, an achievement that Mr Horta-Osorio today said was a huge source of pride for all of us at Lloyds."
(Daily Telegraph)

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Regeneration?

"Branch usage at Fishguard is low; visits by personal customers are 60% lower than a typical HSBC branch and visits by business customers 27% lower than a typical HSBC branch. Additionally, 87% of personal customers who use this branch are already registered for Online Banking and/or Telephone Banking. A further consideration is that our lease is due to expire. As a result we have decided to close Fishguard branch on Friday 26 May 2017."
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Regeneration?

Fishguard's urban culture and heritage continues to maintain a unique sense of place, and its town centre remains ever resilient and future-proof through tremendous citizen engagement.

Networking clusters, urban future manifesto, gobshite economic gurus, astrophysicists from the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, professional and academic focused visionaries ... Fishguard's got what it takes.

So, little chins up, keep taking the blue pills, and have your antennae tuned for the next "regeneration" broadcast from PCC or its paid operatives.

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Regeneration?

Its a difficult ask ... sitting, soaked, alongside the Farmers and wanting ten grand for one's artwork? And, not that much easier inside Goodwick seafront's Ocean Lab? But, perhaps, an easier sell for those with a £2,800,000 Arts Centre ... especially if someone else is funding the building plot and construction costs and attending to bothersome annual operating expenses. But, who'd give you a free building plot and £1,000,000 in Objective One, and help in getting the other £1,800,000, and be dumb enough to underwrite all the operating loses? WOW! What a friend? And, a friend in need is a friend indeed. Its a strange connection ... that of supermarket and Last Invasion Arts Centre?

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Regeneration?

PCC's 1997 plan: Regeneration by bulldozing Fishguard ... business by business, job by job, shopper by shopper, and tourist by tourist ... whatever it takes to free-up High Street, The Square, and Main Street from pedestrians ... traffic on the A487 isn't heavy, the A487 isn't the problem ... a busy thriving Fishguard economy was ... and that's why Fishguard was wrecked, and the code name for that wrecking was (and still is) regeneration. Fishguard's attractive big roundabour was "regenerated" in to a piece of junk, and that is what's meant for local retailing - wrecked and replaced with a large supermarket on the site of the Council School.

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Regeneration?

That's better - this summer has seen the main walkway to the town centre much improved ... little, if any, vomit or graffiti, and no sign of previous years' sewage overflows, or smashed windows and doors.

A collaboration between art business Yobs-R-us Inc. and social enterprise G.I.T.S. International, both from Fishguard, has given a new lease of life to the aber tunnel. This is an opportunity to improve Fishguard's shopper and tourist experience and facilitate young artists to express themselves, giving them a space for people to be creative and claim back the community space and art scene.

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Regeneration?

Looking stunning: Fishguard Square's international communications hub, with its well tended herb garden, shows not a sign of its use as a public convenience.

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Much missed, Fishguard's former post office come former gift shop demonstrates how biological growth can enhance the appearance and character of buildings.

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Fishguard Town Hall: Merchant Navy Red Ensign and Welsh flag flown like a pair of old rags off rusty flag pole supports.

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Another trader enjoying PCC's 20+ year regeneration fueled Fishguard boom.

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Abergwaun Hotel

Former town centre hotel moving ahead of the regeneration curve.

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Pet shop walking hand-in-hand with PCC's regeneration plan.

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Regeneration and rental market remain best of pals.

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Regeneration?

Another one for the regeneration scrap pile.

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Debris still looking for a buyer

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The town centre's badly sloping public seating leaves much to be desired?

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The centre of Fishguard - beautiful doesn't come close

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Salvation?

With the local retailer busting in-town supermarket and Last Invasion Arts Centre tag team now dead and buried behind some Lost Horizon, Fishguard's last great hope of a ticket to Shangri-la is yet more dead in the water lunatic nonsense.