May 2008

20 May 2008

Drop in Tourist Numbers Cannot be Ignored

Commenting on figures released today showing the number of tourists visiting Wales last year fell by more than quarter of a million, Shadow Culture Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"These figures are very worrying for everyone working within the tourism industry in Wales.

"We cannot afford to simply attribute the drop in numbers to the bad weather last summer.


15 May 2008

First Minister Refuses to be Drawn on Fishguard Train Improvements

Wales’ First Minister Rhodri Morgan has refused to reveal once again whether rail services will be improved from Fishguard.

The Jacobs Report into transport recommends that another five services a day should be laid on to the busy north Pembrokeshire port.


14 May 2008

Tourism Plans Need Review After Spending Decline

TOURISM generates less money for the Welsh economy than seven years ago, figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives have revealed.

News that visitors spent £159mn in Wales last year than in 2000 demonstrates the need for a review of the Assembly Government's tourism strategy, the party said today.

Figures obtained by Assembly Opposition leader Nick Bourne AM also reveal that visitor spend in Wales last year was £280mn lower than the year before the Wales Tourist Board was abolished.


09 May 2008

AM Lobbies in Assembly for Better Rail Services to the West

Preseli Pembrokeshire's AM is fighting for more trains to Fishguard and an upgrading of Goodwick station.

Paul Davies has highlighted the findings of a Welsh transport report which recommended both improvements.

"The Jacobs report recommended putting another five services per day to Fishguard and upgrading the rail station in Goodwick," said Mr Davies.


08 May 2008

Councils Should Reveal End Destination of Our Waste, Says AM

County councils should reveal the end destination of our recyclable waste, says Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

Many items that are collected for recycling such as plastic bottles are shipped abroad for final processing.

Assembly Members are now pressing to make the business more transparent by placing a duty on councils to report


07 May 2008

Language Plans Will Widen Access to Public Services in Welsh

COMMENTING on today's announcement that the Assembly Government plans to specify 57 more public service bodies under the remit of the Welsh Language Act, Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"We welcome this announcement which, if approved, will allow Welsh speakers to access more public services through the medium of Welsh.


04 May 2008

Pembrokeshire's Conservatives Celebrate

Paul-Pembs_Conservatives_CelebratePembrokeshire Conservatives are celebrating after increasing their councillor numbers five-fold.

"We have gone from no representation on the Council just eight months ago to winning five seats," said newly re-elected Aden Brinn. Mr Brinn, who originally won his Pembroke St Michael seat at a by-election last September, was returned this time with a much-increased majority.

The party also won in Rudbaxton, Milford Haven North, Wiston and Scleddau.


01 May 2008

Carers Centre Visit

Paul-Carers_CentrePreseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies visited the Pembrokeshire Carers Outreach Centre in Meyler House, Haverfordwest where he was given an introduction to the services offered by the organisation.

"Carers are the unsung heroes of our society and the wonderful service and support offered by the Centre is clearly very important to many people," said Mr Davies.


Majority of Arrests in Pembrokeshire are Alcohol Related

THE majority of weekend arrests in Pembrokeshire are alcohol related, says Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies. He is now calling for greater funding for detoxification centres to help solve the problem.

"My local police have informed me that the majority of arrests during the weekend are alcohol-related," he told Social Justice Minister Brian Gibbons in the Senedd.


Funding for Welsh Language Newspaper "Not enough"

THE SHADOW Welsh Culture Minister fears that a planned Welsh language newspaper has not got enough funding to become reality.

Paul Davies, who is also Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, says that media professionals have expressed concerns that the planned £200,000 funding is simply not enough.


AM Presses for Answers on TIR GOFAL Payments

Fears over late Tir Gofal payments have been raised by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

He has received a number of complaints from farmers having difficulties getting their payments.

"It seems that the reason is that the Welsh Assembly Government has had to change its rules in order to work within new European Union regulations," said Mr Davies.


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