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Smoke free town idea put forward

FOLLOWING the successful trial of smoke-free beaches in Pembrokeshire, the Council’s leader has suggested trialling smoke-free towns.

Cabinet met on Monday (Mar 13) to discuss the outcomes of the smoke-free beach pilot and agreed to keep the scheme running.

Members agreed to the continuation of the scheme and Cllr Jamie Adams suggested the council should also look at extending this to towns within the county.

Cllr Adams added that this could also be considered as part of St Davids’ bid to be UK City of Culture for 2021.

Cllr Huw George said that the effect of the scheme had been tremendous and that there was overwhelming support from the community in Little Haven.

It was also pointed out that no smoking related litter was found on the beach during an impartial survey carried out by NRW.

He added that it would be nice to have a ‘necklace of beaches’ which were all smoke free where children could play.

Cllr Adams said: “I would further challenge our ambition on this as to whether consideration could be given to a town centre being involved in a pilot, and I think that would be a really interesting exercise.

“It may require an awful lot of good will between the council and town council but I think that our relationships with town councils are at a stage where we can demonstrate that ability to work together and I think it would be an interesting next step.”

Cllr Sue Perkins said: “I think Pembroke Dock would be the first to put their hands up. When you’ve got town centres that are very small and there are a lot of pubs and betting shops where people smoke outside and for some reason don’t put the cigarette butts in the boxes provided.”

Cllr George added: “If we’re going to designate a town centre as no smoking, I know Cardiff are looking at being ‘child friendly’, would it not be best to think of town centres as being child friendly, elderly friendly, dementia friendly and smoke free so when people come here, not only is there something you can’t do, this is something you can do and we will support people within our communities.”

Cllr Adams amended the recommendation that the council should also support further smoke free initiatives where possible and that was supported by the Cabinet.