August 2007

20 August 2007

Shadow Welsh Culture Minster Say's Save The Torch

Milford Haven's Torch Theatre must be saved, says Shadow Welsh Culture Minister and Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

A vital £120,000 Arts Council for Wales grant for the theatre is at risk after Milford Haven Town Council halved its grant to the arts venue.

Mr Davies has contacted the Theatre's artistic director and general manager to pledge his full support.

"I do feel that the town council is taking a rather short-sighted view on this as the Torch Theatre brings business into the town," said Mr Davies.

"It doesn't just benefit Milford but the whole of Pembrokeshire. It's also a vitally important asset to the county, not just for cultural reasons but also educational ones."

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17 August 2007

Foot and Mouth Restrictions Could Be Lifted Soon Says Rural Affairs Minister

Paul-ElinFoot and Mouth restrictions on Pembrokeshire farmers will be lifted as soon as possible, the Welsh Rural Affairs minister has reassured Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

The issue was raised at a meeting held between the AM and Elin Jones when she visited the Pembrokeshire County Show on Wednesday.

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16 August 2007

Warm Welcome at National Esitedfodd

Paul-EisteddfodShadow Welsh Culture Minister and Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies made closer links with Welsh language campaigners at the National Eisteddfod.

"I was given a very friendly welcome," said Mr Davies who led a debate in the Senedd in June calling for new legislation that would see Welsh get official language status alongside English.

During his two-day visit to the premier cultural event in Wales Mr Davies, who speaks Welsh as his first language, met representatives from the National Library of Wales and the Welsh Language Society.

"We spoke about the role of the Welsh language in Wales today and I have set up another meeting with them to discuss issues such as establishing a Welsh Language Commissioner," he added.

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08 August 2007

Pembrokeshire Has Critical NHS Dentist Shortage

Eleven thousand people in Pembrokeshire - almost ten per cent of the population – are waiting for an NHS dentist.

It's feared that many of those who have signed on to the Local Health Board's NHS dentist waiting list have not seen a dentist for years.

The shortage of NHS dentists has become one of the biggest sources of concern at the local AMs surgeries.

"It would be fair to say that there is a whole generation of children growing up in some parts of the county who have never seen a dentist," said Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns.

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02 August 2007

Dialysis Patients Can't Wait Two Years

Pembrokeshire could be getting its own renal dialysis unit in less than two years, says local AM Paul Davies.

At the moment about 40 people in the county have to travel up to three times a week to Carmarthen to receive the life-saving treatment.

A two-year £39 million revamp of Withybush will see the hospital get its own unit, but the county needs one sooner says Mr Davies.

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