November 2008

29 November 2008

Green Company Being Hampered By Power Shortage

A Pembrokeshire recycling company is being stopped from expanding and employing 12 extra staff because it can't get enough electricity.

A J Recycling in Boncath already employs 14 people and wants to expand and take on more. But it needs a stronger electricity supply and has been told it would cost £60,000 to install.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has now taken up their case with the Welsh Environment Minister.

"It is ridiculous that a successful Pembrokeshire business which is creating jobs in a green industry is being hampered by a lack of power supply," said Mr Davies.


28 November 2008

Pembrokeshire's Hauliers Hit Once Again

Pembrokeshire's hauliers are up in arms after the pre-Budget report hit them hard where it hurts most - in the wallet.

Every business that uses the roads will be hit by the 2p rise in fuel duty that came into effect on Monday (Dec 1).

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies said: "This won't just affect large haulage firms with 44 tonne lorries but also individuals like the plumber who uses his van for work."

Industry experts estimate the price rise will hit 4.7 million company cars, 2.5 million vans, 500,000 lorries and could cost traders up to £1 billion.


24 November 2008

Not Enough Being Done To Safeguard HMRC Jobs, Says AM

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies says not enough is being done to safeguard tax office jobs in Haverfordwest.

He is appalled that Wales' deputy first minister, who has responsibility for the economy, has not been in touch with Westminster over the issue.

"Protecting high quality jobs should be a priority for any Government, particularly in the current vulnerable economic circumstances," he told Ieuan Wyn Jones at the Senedd.


Eisteddfod Economic Role Must Not Be Ignored

COMMENTING on concerns raised today about the level of public subsidy for the National Eisteddfod, Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"The Assembly Government must work with Eisteddfod organisers to ensure a satisfactory solution is reached.


20 November 2008

AM Helps Highlight Fire Brigade's Anti Flood Measures

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is helping to highlight the work done by Mid and West Wales fire brigade in preventing problems caused by flooding.

Mr Davies joined representatives from the three Welsh Fire and Rescue Services at an awareness-raising event held in the Welsh Assembly's Senedd building in Cardiff Bay.


Increased Funding Settlement For Paul Sartori Foundation Welcomed By County AMs

Pembrokeshire's Assembly Members have welcomed the news that the Paul Sartori Foundation is to get an extra £6,500 in funding from the Welsh Assembly.

The hospice at home charity had warned it may have to fold after it was awarded just eight days' worth of transitional funding.

An urgent meeting to discuss the situation was set up by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies between the charity, the Welsh Health Minister and Baroness Finlay who made the funding recommendation.


15 November 2008

Fears About Lack Of Hours GP Cover Raised In Senedd

Fears about lack of out of hours GP cover has been raised in the Welsh Assembly by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

Mr Davies is concerned about plans to cut GP cover by two thirds at weekends and nighttimes. It will leave the whole of Pembrokeshire with just one on-call GP based at Withybush.


14 November 2008

Local AM Encourages People To Use New Online Charity Register

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has helped to launch a new online register that will give people easier access to their favourite charities.

The new version of the independent charity regulator's register aims to increase the transparency and accountability of the charity sector and to help people access information about charities.

"The Charity Commission's new register makes it far easier for the public to see how charities are using their money," said Mr Davies, who was a co-sponsor of a Welsh Assembly Statement of Opinion that highlighted the new register at the Senedd.


"Useful And Constructive" Meeting Held On Funding Of Paul Sartori Foundation

A "useful and constructive meeting" about the funding of the Paul Sartori Foundation
took place in Cardiff yesterday. (13th)
Four representatives from Pembrokeshire's hospice at home movement travelled to the Welsh capital to a meeting organised by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

The charity had warned it may have to fold after being allocated just eight days' worth of funding by a Welsh Assembly Government last month.


11 November 2008

Ministerss Need To Reassure Viewers Over Digital TV Coverage

RESPONDING to claims today by First Minister Rhodri Morgan that Wales' mountainous landscape means some TV viewers will not be able to get Welsh channels after the switch from analogue to digital next year, Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"If this is the best the First Minister can do to reassure viewers in Wales then his response is deeply worrying.


08 November 2008

Pembrokeshire's AM's Backs Plastic Bag Charge Plan

Pembrokeshire's Assembly Members are backing plans to introduce charges for all plastic carrier bags used in Wales.

The Welsh Assembly's Sustainability Committee has suggested that a charge of between 10p and 20p is levied on all disposable plastic bags.

"On average, we each use 300 plastic bags every year for just 12 minutes to carry shopping from the store to our car or house," said Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.


AM's Make Irish Trip To Forge Stronger Transport Links

Irish politicians, planners, road haulage bosses and ferry companies are just some of the movers and shakers that South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns will visit during a tour aimed at forging better transport links between Ireland and Wales.

Mrs Burns, who was recently appointed shadow Welsh Transport Minister, will be using the visit to strengthen the case for dualling the A40. Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies will also be joining her on the trip.

"With two major Irish ferry ports in our county, our main roads are practically an extension of the Irish road network," said Mrs Burns.


Vital Paul Sartori Meeting Takes Places This Week

A VITAL meeting looking at the future funding of the Paul Sartori Foundation takes place in Cardiff this week. (13th Nov)

Welsh Health Minister Edwina Hart and charity bosses will be attending the meeting organised by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

The Pembrokeshire-based hospice at home charity warned it may have to fold after being allocated just eight days' worth of funding by the Welsh Assembly Government last month.


AM Urges Council And Driving Test Agency To Keep Dialogue Open

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is urging both sides in the Haverfordwest driving test centre row to keep talking to each other.

Pembrokeshire County Council has told the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), which runs the test centre on council-owned land at Withybush airfield, to vacate part of the centre by February 15th.

The DSA says this will mean they have to close the entire centre, forcing people who want to take their driving test to travel to Cardigan or Pembroke Dock.


07 November 2008

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Asks For Extra Rail Service To Be Top Priority

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has issued a plea that five extra trains a day planned between Fishguard and Carmarthen are made a top priority.

A Welsh Assembly committee looking into the future of rail use in Wales has said that improving train services in west Wales is vital. Mr Davies has now highlighted the recommendation in the Senedd and asked that the government acts on it quickly.


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