2007

19 December 2007

Pembrokeshire Will Lose Out In Merger Says AM

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has reacted angrily to the news that Pembrokeshire NHS Trust is to be merged with Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire.

"The merger was always a done deal with only the merest nod to a consultation period and even that didn't include those who'll be affected most – the public," he said.

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14 December 2007

Carers' Rights Highlighted by AM

Paul-Carers_RightsThe rights of carers in Pembrokeshire have been highlighted by local AM Paul Davies.

Mr Davies took part in a one-day conference organised by Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services (PAVS) to mark National Carers Day.

"I took part in a question and answer session at the conference and discussed various matters relating to carers," said Mr Davies.

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07 December 2007

ifs Young Business Writer of the Year 2008

Pembrokeshire's AM have called on teenagers in the county to take part in a national writing competition organised by financial education charity, the ifs School of Finance.

The ifs Young Business Writer of the Year competition is open to anyone aged between 14 and 19. To compete for the top prize of £500 they have to write an article of no more than 1,000 words in a business magazine style.

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04 December 2007

Welsh Conservatives Meeting Botanic Garden Boss - 4th Deceber 2007

Welsh Conservatives are to meet with National Botanic Garden bosses this week, after the institution called on the Assembly Government to wipe out their debts.

Reports last week claimed Garden management are asking Ministers to write off its £1.7million debt, and provide it with an annual grant of £500,000.

Following the request last week, the Government has still not made a statement to the Assembly about what it intends to do.

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01 December 2007

Pembrokeshire Told To Prove Need For A40 Dualling

Welsh transport chiefs have told Pembrokeshire's Assembly Members that the county must prove the A40 needs dualling.

Angela Burns and Paul Davies met deputy first minister Ieuan Wyn Jones and the head of transport for the Welsh Assembly Government to discuss the issue.

"We were told that we should talk to Pembrokeshire Council and businesses and to come back with a business plan for dualling the road," said Mrs Burns.. " The comment was also made that the Irish should probably contribute as they would benefit the most."

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29 November 2007

Botanical Garden Cash Request Forces Government's Hand

COMMENTING on a report to be aired on BBC Wales' Dragon's Eye programme tonight that the National Botanic Garden has called on the Assembly Government to write-off its £1.7mn debt and provide an annual grant of £500,000, Shadow Heritage Minister and Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies said:

"I am extremely concerned at this news.

"I find it utterly incomprehensible that the National Botanic Garden is asking for another public handout just four years after taxpayers bailed it out for the first time.

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21 November 2007

Pembrokeshire's Conservative AMs Both Up For Award

Pembrokeshire's two Conservative Assembly Members have both been nominated for a prestigious Welsh media award.

Angela Burns and Paul Davies, who between them represent Pembrokeshire at Cardiff Bay, are two of the five AMs shortlisted for BBC Wales's AM:PM programme Best Newcomer award.

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16 November 2007

A40 So Busy It Must Be Dualled, Says AM

Paul-A40-DuallingThe amount of traffic using the A40 has increased by more than a quarter in the last six years.

Monitoring stations on the main artery from St Clears to Fishguard have also revealed that traffic is increasing almost twice as fast as on other roads.

The figures have been highlighted in a short debate at the Welsh Assembly by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

"I spoke about the need to dual the A40 in a short debate because it is such an important matter to me and because the First Minister has refused point blank to dual the road."

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AM Only A Click Away With New Website

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has launched a new website which makes it easier for people to get in touch with him.

As well as information about Paul and his work in Pembrokeshire and Cardiff, http://www.pauldaviesam.co.uk also contains a surgery booking form so constituents can make appointments to see him on-line.

"For some people it's a lot easier to use the internet to get in touch," said Mr Davies.

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15 November 2007

Tourism Industry Needs More Support

Commenting on new government figures that show a drop in the output of hotels and restaurants in Wales, Shadow Culture Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"These figures are clearly very worrying for everyone working in the tourism industry in Wales, especially because output across the UK as a whole is increasing.

"Wales is a beautiful, culturally diverse small country with everything from cosmopolitan cities to magnificent rural countryside. Tourism should be a booming industry here.

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14 November 2007

Dual Carriageway Essential For Pembrokeshire

Welsh Conservatives are calling on the Assembly Government to think again about their "point blank" refusal to consider dualling the remaining stretch of the A40.

The idea of expanding the single carriageway into a double has been discussed since the 1950's but nothing has been done, despite the idea having huge public support in the Pembrokeshire area.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies will raise the issue in the Assembly this afternoon:

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07 November 2007

Support For Arts Centre Not Unconditional

Commenting on the announcement today by the Assembly Government that the £13.5 million overdraft of the Wales Millennium Centre will be cleared using public money, Shadow Culture Minister Paul Davies has said:

"There is absolutely no doubt that we must continue to support the Wales Millennium Centre. It is a national icon, helping to showcase the best in Welsh arts and culture to the world.

"However, while it is clear the WMC has been an artistic success, the same cannot be said from a commercial point of view.

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05 November 2007

Paul Davies Comments On A40

Commenting on the news that First Minister Rhodri Morgan ruled out the dualling of the A40 while on a visit to Pembrokeshire, Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies said:

"I am amazed at the short-sighted view that Rhodri Morgan is taking by ruling out the dualling of the A40. To say that the road is not busy enough to justify the work because the ferry traffic splits at St Clears is nonsense. Dualling it will not only benefit local businesses but also cut down on the number of serious accidents.

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03 November 2007

Help Hospice Help Us, Says AM

Paul-HospicePEMBROKESHIRE'S Hospice at Home movement desperately needs more money to carry on doing its good work, AM Paul Davies has learned.

He was told about the funding crisis facing the Paul Sartori Foundation when he visited their headquarters in Haverfordwest.

Paul Sartori is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and employs 32 nurses and carers who provide 14,000 hours of care to the terminally ill in Pembrokeshire every year.

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27 October 2007

AM Makes A Difference

Paul-BarnadosJust a few hours each week can make a huge difference!

That was the message learned by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies when he spent a morning volunteering in a Haverfordwest charity shop.

He was helping out at Barnardo's in the town centre as part of the charity's "Make a Difference Day".

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