2008

02 April 2008

Not Spot Consultancy Money "A Waste of Resources"

A QUARTER of a million pound Welsh Assembly contract to discover how to solve the "broadband not spot" problem is a waste of money, says Paul Davies AM.

The £254,000 contract has been awarded to London-based accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers (correct) as part of a campaign to enable the whole of Wales to get broadband.

However local experts say that the money would be better spent on installing direct solutions to the problem rather than yet more advice on solving the problem.

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21 March 2008

"Action Soon" On Goodwick Lorry Problem

Paul Davies AM is hopeful that action will soon be taken to resolve the problem of lorries parking overnight illegally at Goodwick.

Up to 35 lorries are staying on the Moor car park where there are no toilet facilities. Verges and hedgerows are being used instead.

After seeing the problem first hand Mr Davies met with Ian Westley, Director of Highways for Pembrokeshire County Council and Councillor Jamie Adams, cabinet member for Highways, to discuss the situation.

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15 March 2008

Campaign Launched to Turn Pembrokeshire Blue - 15th March 2008

The Conservative party is fielding more candidates than ever before in May's county council elections.

At least 25 candidates will be standing in wards throughout the county on May 1st.

Preseli Pembrokeshire's Conservative MP Stephen Crabb, the two Conservative Assembly Members for Pembrokeshire Paul Davies and Angela Burns and parliamentary candidate Simon Hart will be helping the candidates on the campaign trail.

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Impact of Closing Schools Must be Studied More Closely - 15th March 2008

The impact that closing a school has on a community and the Welsh language must be studied more closely, says Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

Mr Davies, who is Shadow Minister for Culture and Welsh language, has called on the Welsh Assembly Government to conduct independent Welsh language impact assessments before consultation on any school closure.

"Closing a small rural school, particularly in Welsh-speaking areas, is like ripping the heart out of a community," he told the Senedd.

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13 March 2008

Pembrokeshire Misses Out on Green Transport Cash

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has expressed deep disappointment at the county being almost ignored in a Government hand out of green transport cash.

The Labour-Plaid coalition has announced £28 million-worth of Transport Grant to county councils aimed at ensuring "sustainable development and prosperous communities".

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07 March 2008

Putting the "Welsh" into Welsh Conservatives

Welsh Conservatives by delivering a keynote speech at the party conference in his mother tongue for the first time.

Mr Davies, who is Shadow Minister for culture, Welsh language and sport gave two thirds of his address to the party conference in Llandudno in his first language.

"It was the first time that we've had the translation facilities available at our Welsh conference and I took full advantage of them," said Mr Davies.

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AMs Briefed on Plans to Raise Haven Sunderland

Pembrokeshire's Assembly Members have learned about exciting plans to raise a unique Sunderland flying boat from the seabed and put it on display in Pembroke Dock.

Angela Burns and Paul Davies met Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust to hear about the only surviving Mark 1 Sunderland that sank in the Milford Haven waterway during a stormy night in 1940.

They were told about a survey of the Sunderland wreck site, which is in 65 feet of water between Pembroke Dock and Llanstadwell, and the support the project is already receiving.

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06 March 2008

Urgent Solution Needed for Goodwick Lorry Problem

Urgent action needs to be taken to stop lorries parking overnight in Goodwick, says Paul Davies AM.

Mr Davies has met local haulier Martin Hall at the Moor car park and seen the problem first hand.

"The lorry drivers are parking up there at the weekends and as there are no toilet facilities they are using the hedgerows and verges," said the Preseli Pembrokeshire AM. "Quite frankly it is absolutely disgusting.

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04 March 2008

Minister Hanging On The Telephone Over Olympics

HERITAGE Minister Rhodri Glyn Thomas has only made one phone call to organisers of the London Olympics since he took office last July, Welsh Conservatives have learned.

And it will take him nine months to meet Lord Coe and his team to discuss the role of Wales in the 2012 games, the party can reveal today.

The minister is also not due to meet the chair and chief executive of the London Organising Committee LOCOG until the end of June, almost a year after he took office.

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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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