August 2008

27 August 2008

AM Slams Post Office Closures

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM, Paul Davies has today spoken out following the Post Office Ltd's announcement that it is continuing with all proposed closures in the constituency.

Mr Davies said: "To say that I am disappointed with Post Office Ltd's decision to go ahead with the closures of the Bwlchygroes and Prendergast branches is an understatement.

"When Post Office Ltd announced that it would review the proposals to close these branches, both my affected constituents and I hoped that the decision would be overturned.

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23 August 2008

AM's Press For Badger Test Cull To Go Ahead Urgently

The Welsh Assembly Government must stop "shilly-shallying" around and start the test cull of badgers as soon as possible, Conservative politicians and FUW officials agreed.

They met at the county show to discuss urgent problems facing farmers today and top of the agenda was the bovine TB problem.

The Welsh Assembly Government announced months ago that a test cull of badgers, thought to spread the disease from one herd to the next, but has yet to announce any further details.

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21 August 2008

Teritorial Centenary

The Territorial Army in Pembrokeshire is celebrating its centenary this year and is on the look out for more recruits.

Serving members told Paul Davies, Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire and Conservative Parliamentary candidate for South Pembrokeshire Simon Hart about a special open day when they visited the Royal Logistics Corps stand at the County Show last week.

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Village Being 'Held To Ransom' By Lack Of Sewerage Capacity

A PEMBROKESHIRE village is "being held to ransom" by Welsh Water because the sewers can't cope with any new homes being built.

The company has said that no new homes can be built on greenfield sites in Llandissilio for up to the next seven years because of a lack of capacity.

And it's not the only community being stopped from developing by the same problem.

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Welsh Athletes Excel At Beijing Olympics

party next week for Wales' Olympic champions.

With Nicole Cooke, Geraint Thomas and Tom James all bringing home with them Gold medals and David Davies a Silver, it is fitting that this record-breaking performance is honoured.

Leader of the Official Opposition Nick Bourne AM said:

"Wales is welcoming back from Beijing some of the Worlds best sportsmen and women.

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Young Farmers Success

The Pembrokeshire Federation of YFCs was celebrating at last week's County Show because it now has 600 members and has won lottery funding to help pay for a trip to London during which they will be given a tour of the Palace of Westminster by Mr Crabb.

"We have fantastic support throughout the county," said Rhiannon Llewellin, County Chair (pictured centre). "We visited the Welsh Assembly last year and this October will be taking about 40 members of the county youth forum to London."

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20 August 2008

Stunning Skomer

The Shadow Tourism Minister was invited to the bird reserve to learn more about its wildlife and visitor amenities

"I was shown around the newly refurbished farm complex which can now sleep 15 people and is powered by wind and solar energy," said Mr Davies.

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14 August 2008

HMRC Needs To Be More Open And Accountable

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies says the Government needs to be more open and accountable when it comes to scaling down Haverfordwest's tax office.

Mr Davies was given a tour of the office in Cherry Grove only after a six-week wait and it was made clear to him that he was forbidden from taking any photographs inside the premises.

"I feel that the Government was deliberately obstructive and difficult when it came to letting us inside the building and talking to staff members," he said. "It really smacks of control freakery."

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12 August 2008

More School Pupils Being Taught in Welsh

WELSH Conservatives today welcomed figures showing the number of pupils being taught solely or mainly in the medium of Welsh has risen.

The figure has risen from 20.3% last year, to 20.6% in 2008, which translates as 480 more children.

Shadow Culture Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"These figures show there is a growing confidence in Welsh language education.

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11 August 2008

Congratulations to Nicole Cooke

Commenting on Nicole Cooke's gold medal win at the Beijing Olympics in the women's cycling road race, Leader of the Official Opposition Nick Bourne AM said:

"This is a magnificent achievement for Nicole Cooke.

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The Truth Behind The Botanic Garden Bail Outs

THE full extent of the financial difficulties facing the National Botanic Garden of Wales has been revealed by the Welsh Conservatives.

Following a Freedom of Information request, letters, emails and business plans spanning the last five years are now in the public domain.

Information obtained by the Leader of the Official Opposition Nick Bourne AM reveals:

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10 August 2008

Work Of Sea Fisheries Vessel Outlined To Assembly Member

Stopping rogue scallopers and checking the size of fish catches are just two of the vital duties carried out by the South Wales Sea Fisheries protection vessel, The
Cranogwen.

The Fishery Protection Vessel, which operates out of Milford Haven, patrols the sea from Cardigan to Cardiff – an area of 4,685 square kilometres.

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09 August 2008

Post Office Lifeline "Too Little Too Late" As Residents React To Closure Plans

Plans by the Assembly Government to throw a lifeline to some Post Offices have been branded "too little, too late" by Pembrokeshire's Assembly Members.

The news that the Post Office Development Fund is to be re-opened came as residents expressed their dismay at the axing of 57 branches across south west Wales. Thirty eight are to close outright, including Tiers Cross and Penally, and a further 19 - including Tavernspite and Clarbeston Road - will be closed and replaced by a visiting post bus.

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07 August 2008

AM Delighted By Senior Citizens' Big Lottery Grant

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is pictured presenting members of the Ambleston and Tufton Senior Citizens Group with a cheque for £2,103 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The award will ensure that the group will be able to fund their full programme of events for the coming year.

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Review Needed Into Welsh As A Second Language

TEACHING Welsh as a second language needs to be reviewed to ensure it is more effective, Welsh Conservatives said today.

Ministers need to reassess methods used to teach the language to encourage more people to use it, Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies AM claimed.

The review would allow every school pupil in Wales to develop an understanding of the depth and extent of Welsh language culture and history, the Preseli Pembrokeshire AM said.

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