February 2008

28 February 2008

Fishguard Roads "Not Busy Enough" To Solve Lorry Problem

Wales' First Minister Rhodri Morgan has described driving through Fishguard as "extremely difficult" for lorries, but says there are no plans to build a by-pass to solve the problem.

The issue was raised in the Welsh Assembly by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul

Davies.

He asked Mr Morgan whether the Government would consider building a by-pass north of Fishguard to prevent lorries getting stuck in the Lower Town.

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27 February 2008

Assembly Members' Concern At "Done Deal" On Health Trust HQ

Pembrokeshire's Assembly Members are concerned about an apparent "done deal" which will see the new super health trust based in Cardigan.

Health minister Edwina Hart has written to Cardigan's AM Elin Jones saying: "I have discussed the siting for the new headquarters with the chairs of the existing trusts, including my thoughts that it could be located in Cardigan."

Angela Burns and Paul Davies, Assembly Members for Pembrokeshire, are worried that a full and fair inquiry into the best location for the Hywel Da Trust headquarters has not been held.

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26 February 2008

Mwy O Gymraeg I'r Ceidwadwyr Cymreig

BYDD y Ceidwadwyr Cymreig yn torri tir newydd yr wythnos hon, gan ddangos eu hymrwymiad i gynyddu'r defnydd o'r iaith Gymraeg.

Heddiw, bydd grŵp Cynulliad y blaid yn briffio'r cyfryngau yn y Gymraeg am y tro cyntaf erioed, a'r penwythnos hwn darperir gwasanaeth cyfieithu ar y pryd Cymraeg am y tro cyntaf yng nghynhadledd y blaid.

Dywedodd Paul Davies, Gweinidog Treftadaeth yr Wrthblaid ac AC Preseli Sir Benfro fod y ddau ddatblygiad hwn yn bwysig iawn i'r blaid.

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Canolfan Y Mileniwm Yn Cau'r Llenni Ar Wariant Cyhoeddus

Heddiw cyhuddwyd rheolwyr Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru o fod ag agwedd "ddi-hid a thrahaus" tuag at wariant cyhoeddus gan y Ceidwadwyr Cymreig.

Wrth feirniadu'r ganolfan yn hallt, honnodd Nick Bourne, arweinydd y Ceidwadwyr yn y Cynulliad, fod Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru yn defnyddio pwynt cyfreithiol technegol i osgoi datgelu manylion ei gweithrediadau a'i hymdrechion i osgoi argyfwng ariannol.

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WMC Pulls Down Curtain on Public Spending

WELSH Conservatives today accused Wales Millennium Centre management of a "cavalier, high-handed" approach to public spending.

In a strongly worded criticism of the centre, Assembly leader Nick Bourne AM claimed the WMC is using a legal technicality to avoid revealing details about its operations and efforts to avoid a cash crisis.

Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies AM has also expressed his astonishment that a publicly funded body is trying to dodge scrutiny of its use of public money.

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Welsh Language Firsts for Welsh Conservatives

WELSH Conservatives will achieve two firsts this week - underlining their commitment to increasing use of the Welsh language.

The party will today hold its first Assembly group media briefing in both Welsh and English, while this weekend they will provide a Welsh language translation service at their party conference for the first time.

Shadow Heritage Minister and Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies said both are important developments for the party.

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25 February 2008

Pembrokeshire Shows Tories The Way

Paul-Shows_ToriesThe Conservative Shadow cabinet has spent a day in Pembrokeshire learning more about the County.

Seven of the Conservatives' nine Assembly Members spent the night at the St Bride's Hotel in Saundersfoot before visiting places that were relevant to areas of their expertise.

Shadow leader Nick Bourne was shown around Lawrenny and Tenby Cottage Hospital by local AM Angela Burns.

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22 February 2008

Pembrokeshire Musn't Lose Out to the Olympics

Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has raised fears that local charities will lose out because of the cost of hosting the Olympics in London in 2012.

It is estimated that the voluntary sector in Wales could see £7.5 million of its funding channelled to help pay for the Games.

"If the impact was shared across parliamentary constituencies, then Preseli Pembrokeshire would lose around £730,000," he said.

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15 February 2008

Green Award-Winning Machine

re-use project, has been awarded Star Social Firm status by Social Firms UK. FRAME is the first Social Firm in Wales to receive this new award which is the social enterprise equivalent of an Investors in People award. Pictured are - Jackie Williamson (FRAME volunteer director), Karen Davies (business manager), Jenny Sims (chief executive officer), Paul Davies AM, and Cllr Sian James (cabinet member for health and social wellbeing).Pembrokeshire's community re-use organisation FRAME has been commended by Paul Davies AM for going from strength to strength.

Pembrokeshire FRAME has just won an industry award and now has plans to expand to a third premises in the north of the County.

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Government Must Back Welsh Language Written Media

COMMENTING on today's reports that plans to publish the first daily newspaper in Welsh have been abandoned, Shadow Heritage Minister and Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies said:

"I am extremely disappointed the plans to publish Y Byd look set to be abandoned.

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14 February 2008

First Minister Admits Pembrokeshire Dental Crisis

Wales' First Minister has admitted that Pembrokeshire needs more help to solve its dentist shortage.

In a letter to Mid and West Wales AM Nick Bourne about solving the shortage of dentists he wrote: "I am aware there's more to be done, particularly in areas such as Pembrokeshire, but we are committed to providing an NHS dental service to tackle the oral health inequalities which meets the needs of the people of Wales."

His letter comes after the Community Health Council admitted there were still 14,000 people on the waiting list for an NHS dentist in the county, despite six new dentists starting work in November.

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13 February 2008

Assembly Government Stuck On Starting Blocks Over 2012 Olympics

Welsh Conservatives have voiced concerns that Culture Minister Rhodri Glyn Thomas has not yet met organisers of the 2012 London Olympics.

A statement from the minister, obtained by the party, shows he has had no discussions with the team behind the Games about tourism opportunities relating to Wales.

Welsh Conservatives have also discovered that to date no additional funding has been allocated to the organisation VisitWales to maximise the tourism potential for Wales of the London games.

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09 February 2008

Paul Davies AM Calls For Solution To Lorry Jams

PRESELI Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is calling for a solution to lorry jams in Lower Fishguard.

A number of large lorries have got stuck in the narrow streets of the town, causing damage to property and raising fears of injuries.

Mr Davies has written to the Trunk Roads Agency to try to solve the problem.

"This has become a serious issue and it doesn't have an easy solution," said Mr Davies.

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08 February 2008

Olympics Funding Has Ministers Running In Circles

WELSH Conservatives today accused the Assembly Government of 'running round in circles' over funding for the 2012 London Olympics.

The claim follows contradictory comments from ministers over whether the National Assembly and other devolved bodies should or will receive money from the Treasury as a consequence of spending on the games.

Last October Finance Minister Andrew Davies told AMs "there will not be any consequentials" for Wales arising from infrastructure spending on the event. Now the Assembly Government says there should be.

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06 February 2008

Botanic Garden Debt Wiped Out

Commenting on the announcement today by the Assembly Government that the £1.9 million overdraft of the National Botanic Garden will be cleared using public money, Shadow Culture Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"The Garden is a national treasure and there is no doubt that we must continue to support it.

"We are also pleased to see the Gardens are looking into various opportunities now to attract private investment.

"However, as we see another institution bailed out by the Labour-Plaid administration, it does beg the question how many more times will this happen?

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