October 2008

26 October 2008

Residents Fears About Community Woodland Taken To The SENEDD

CONCERNS about the way a community woodland was set up have been taken to the Welsh Assembly by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

Mr Davies has been contacted by a number of residents worried about the Ffynone and Cilgwyn woodland near Boncath.

"I have heard from a number of people who are worried about the way public money was used by a co-operative to buy this woodland," said Mr Davies.

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Crymych GP Fears Aired By 300 Residents At Public Meeting

Fears that Crymych will be left with inadequate GP coverage after its current doctor retires have been aired at a massive public meeting.

More than 300 people packed out the school hall to make their fears known to the Community Health Council and the Local Health Board. Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies told the meeting that it was vital that the village had continuous GP coverage and said he would be pressing for a permanent health centre to be built.

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25 October 2008

AM's Concerns At Lack Of GP Out Of Hours Cover

Plans to cut GP out of hours cover in Pembrokeshire by two thirds have been criticised by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

At present there are GPs on call in Pembroke, Tenby and Haverfordwest through the night and at weekends. However the Local Health Board wants to merge Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire's out of hours services. They plan to have one GP based at Withybush Hospital, another at Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth and another at Llandysul.

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22 October 2008

Community Farm Flourishes Thanks To National Grid

Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb and Assembly Member Paul Davies have been down on the farm to see the fruits of a three-year funding partnership between utility company National Grid and the Mount Community Association in Milford Haven.

Visiting the Mount's farm at Llanstadwell, they met the three part-time employees who have gained jobs through the New Deal Scheme thanks to the National Grid partnership. A further six jobs have been created at the Mount Community Association, three of which have gone to Mount Estate residents.

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19 October 2008

Plans To Shut Haverfordwest Test Centre "Unacceptable"

Commenting on plans to shut Haverfordwest's driving test centre from February 15 Paul Davies AM said:

"This will be a huge blow to everyone who lives in this end of the County and who is planning to take their test whether on a car, motorbike or lorry.

"Car learner drivers will have to travel to Pembroke Dock or Cardigan to take their test in unfamiliar surroundings and it's still not known where motorbike or LGV learners will have to go for their tests.

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14 October 2008

Pembrokeshire Politicians Welcome Motorbike Test Centre News

Plans to move all motorbike riding tests to Swansea have been postponed for six months – a move welcomed by Pembrokeshire's politicians.

Learner motorbikers and their instructors had been warned that from the end of September they would no longer be able to take their test in Haverfordwest but instead have to travel to Swansea. The move would have caused job losses as well as huge inconvenience.


"This was because the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) was supposed to be using larger Multi Purpose Test Centres (MPTC) rather than local test centres for the tests from the end of September," explained Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

"However there aren't enough MPTCs ready yet so Pembrokeshire learners can still take their tests in Haverfordwest for the next six months."

Motorbike instructor Gerry Sutton from Lampeter, who teaches drivers from all over Pembrokeshire, says the move will cost him his job.

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National Gallery Needed To Widen Access To Art

COMMENTING on this afternoon's Assembly Government statement on the display of visual art in Wales, Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"Showing art is crucial to improving awareness of culture as a nation.

"I'm pleased to see the establishment of a National Gallery remains a government aspiration. It is something Welsh Conservatives have long-called for.

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12 October 2008

Now You Have It, Now You Dont - Broadband Service In Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire's broadband service is a hit-and-miss affair that is driving local businesses up the wall, says Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

"One Pembrokeshire businesswoman tells me that after having broadband since January it then disappeared about a month ago," said Mr Davies.

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Preseli Pembrokeshire's Assembly Member Backs Council In Historic Planning Process

Pembrokeshire County Council has made history by triggering the Welsh Assembly Government's first ever special assembly procedure committee.

The committee is meeting to decide whether the Robeston Wathen by-pass should be a dual carriageway or a three-lane road. And the council's view that the road should be dualled has been backed by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

"I fully support the council's decision to object to this order and wish them every success," said Mr Davies.

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10 October 2008

Plight Of PBI Raised in National Assembly

The problems facing Pembrokeshire Business Initiative have been raised in the Welsh Assembly by local AM Paul Davies.

The company, which offers advice and support to start‐up and existing businesses in the county, has had to lay off a third of its workforce after delays in the distribution of European funding.

"It is vital that organisations that support small businesses getthe help that they deserve," the Preseli Pembrokeshire AM told Rhodri Morgan during First Minister's questions.

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03 October 2008

Concerns In Cutbacks At Pembrokeshire College Voiced At SENEDD

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has raised concerns about a cutback in courses at Pembrokeshire College in the Senedd.

Mr Davies has been told by the college that a number of courses will have to be axed because of a lack of funding.

"The college's budget has reduced this year compared with last year," Mr Davies told the Senedd.

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Fears For Local News Programming In ITV Wales Cutbacks

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has expressed fears that the cutbacks in ITV Wales will lead to Pembro keshire being dropped from the news agenda.

Following broadcast watchdog Ofcom's announcement that ITV Wales can reduce its news output by 20 per cent, the company cut 17 jobs across Wales.

"I am concerned that the cutbacks at ITV Wales could eventually leave us with only one English-language local TV news station, thereby handing BBC Wales a monopoly on Welsh news coverage," said Mr Davies who is also the Shadow Culture Minister.

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01 October 2008

Assembly Government Not On Top Of WMC Risks

COMMENTING on the Auditor General's report published today on funding for the Wales Millennium Centre, Shadow Culture Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"This is a damning report that highlights in no uncertain terms the failings of the Assembly Government.

"It is one thing to monitor a multi-million pound project well while it is being built, but that must continue into the next phase of the project.

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