2007

19 September 2007

Grow It

Paul-Grow_ItThe week-long event was attended by more than 1,100 schoolchildren from the county who learned about where food comes from and different ways to enjoy it.

"Coming from a farming background I appreciate how important it is for school children to understand where our food comes from," said Mr Davies.

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06 September 2007

Pembrokeshire's AM Hears Plans To Make Carew Airfield a Tourist Magnet

Paul-Carew_AirfieldAmbitious plans to recreate the wartime airfield in Carew have been spelled out to Pembrokeshire's Assembly Members.

The Carew Cheriton Control Tower had been used as a cowshed but has been restored to its former glory by a band of volunteers over the past seven years.

Two school parties a week now visit to learn about Pembrokeshire's role in both the world wars. The group is planning a £1.6 million redevelopment project that includes building a hangar for an Anson aircraft as well as visitor and education centres.

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05 September 2007

Haverfordwest Musuem Enlightens Shadow Culture Minister

Paul-SimonHaverfordwest Town Museum has been revealing the challenges faced by Wales' smaller museums to shadow Culture Minister Paul Davies.

The Preseli Pembrokeshire AM visited the museum in Castle House and was shown around by curator Simon Hancock.

"I was deeply impressed by the museum which is a fascinating resource for our schoolchildren and which is kept afloat by a loyal band of volunteers," said Mr Davies.

Mr Hancock is paid as a part time manager for the museum but more than 2,000 volunteer hours were put into the museum by 16 helpers last year alone.
"As Paul is our local AM and also the shadow Culture Minister I wanted to introduce the museum and to make him aware of what we offer," said Mr Hancock, who is also Neyland's County Councillor.

"I also told him of the challenges faced by smaller museums operating in Wales. We were delighted that he was able to visit and pleased to get his support."

The museum gets a grant of £1,600 a year from the county council but its largest benefactor is Haverfordwest Town Council.

Mr Davies is now writing to the county council to see if they can provide any more funding for the museum, especially in the run up to marking Haverfordwest's 900th anniversary in 2010.

*Haverfordwest Town Museum currently has a Horrible Homicides of Haverfordwest exhibition running. It costs just £1 per adult for entry and it's free for children and those in education. Call 01437 763087 for details.

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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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26 July 2007

Pembrokeshire Tower Power

Angela-Paul-BuilthPembrokeshire's Assembly Members Angela Burns and Paul Davies inspect the new control tower in the main ring at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground in Builth Wells. Pembrokeshire has had the privilege of being the host county of the show this year and a tireless team of fundraisers raised £65,000 for the host county contribution which built the tower.

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21 July 2007

Crumbling School Shocks Politicians

The dilapidated state of St David's Secondary School has shocked the County's politicians.

Stephen Crabb MP and Paul Davies AM were aghast when they were shown round the school by head teacher Ray Bevan.

"We were both appalled by the state of the buildings at St David's School," said Mr Davies.

Parts of the school, which has 464 pupils, date back to 1895 but the majority was built in the 1960's.

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06 July 2007

Fears For Tax Office Jobs Outlined To Assembly

THE fight to save nearly 50 tax office jobs in Haverfordwest has been taken to Cardiff.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has told the Welsh Assembly that it would be disastrous on many levels if plans to downgrade the HMRC office in the town from nearly 50 staff to just three went ahead.

"It would be bad for employees and their families, bad for the public and bad for the environment," he told the Senedd on Wednesday (4 July).

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05 July 2007

Pembrokeshire Missing Out on Vital Culture Cash

Pembrokeshire is missing out on vital culture cash which is being spent in neighbouring counties instead.

The county council has not got a Cultural Strategy, which means that it is unable to apply for funding from the Arts Council of Wales. Last year Carmarthenshire County Council had a budget of £57.7 million to spend on culture, environment and planning whereas Pembrokeshire has just £19.7 million – half the amount per person.

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“A40 Gets Dualled Only if it’s Busy Enough” – Wales’ First Minister

The A40 won't be dualled unless enough traffic uses it, says First Minister Rhodri Morgan.

He was pressed by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies in the Senedd for a commitment to make the dangerous road to Fishguard a dual carriageway.

"Dualling the A40 to Fishguard would benefit the economy of Pembrokeshire enormously, and would certainly attract more investment to the county," Mr Davies told the Chamber.

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28 June 2007

Wales Could Get Language Commissioner Thanks to Preseli Pembrokeshire AM

Wales could be getting its own Welsh Language Commissioner thanks to Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

Mr Davies led a debate in the National Assembly calling for new legislation that would see Welsh get official language status alongside English and a commissioner to protect the rights of Welsh and English speakers.

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MP Awed by Scale of LNG Plant

SCrabb-LNG-PaulThe Albert Hall would fit into the largest of the LNG tanks being built at Milford Haven. This amazing fact was pointed out to Richard Ottaway MP for Croydon South on a visit to the plant.

"The sheer scale of the place is amazing," said Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies who showed Mr Ottaway around. "Thirty per cent of the energy needs for the whole of the UK will come through the plant when it comes on line."

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