2008

26 September 2008

No More Funds To Help Valuable Farm Support Work, AM Told

The valuable work carried out in rural Pembrokeshire by Farm Crisis Network has been highlighted in the Senedd by Paul Davies AM.

The Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member told Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones of the important role carried out by the charity in providing support and advice for farmers.

"The organisation provides excellent support for farming families," Mr Davies told the Senedd.

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22 September 2008

Shadow Health Minister Hears Of Hospice Hopes

The challenges faced by the Paul Sartori Foundation in providing hospice at home care throughout Pembrokeshire have been outlined to the shadow health minister Jonathan Morgan.

Mr Morgan spent a day in the county as the guest of local Conservative Assembly Member Paul Davies and visited the charity's headquarters in Haverfordwest.

They met with hospice director Lorna John and matron Sophie Thomas who outlined the way the organisation works and how it is funded.

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Need Proven For New Family Group On First Day

THE NEED for a new family support group in St Davids was proved within hours of it opening.

Plant Dewi launched a new family group last week (Mon 15th) and within a few hours it was able to provide help to a mother in need.

"Our launch was carried on local radio and a mother who only moved to the area earlier in the year heard the item and came to see us," said Plant Dewi senior project worker Dilys Fletcher. "She was in tears and had big problems.

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17 September 2008

Haverfordwest Choir Wins Royal Seal Of Approval For Charity CD

A musical tribute to Princess Diana has been released by Haverfordwest Male Voice Choir for charity – and it's been given the Royal seal of approval. Choir musical director Christine Kelly set the famous prayer Ave Maria to a piece of music she wrote last year. Before recording and releasing it the choir won endorsement from Prince William and Harry's office.

"I wrote to the princes saying we wanted to release a CD as a Welsh tribute to their mother and that we wanted to raise money for their mum's charities," said Ms Kelly from Hook.

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12 September 2008

PBI Workforce Cut By A Third And Businesses Suffering After Funding Delays

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is concerned that delays in the distribution of European cash grants means Pembrokeshire Business Initiative has had to lay off a third of its workforce and cut back on its work drastically.

The company, which offers advice and support to start-up and existing businesses, has also warned that more staff may have to go. However, it is also emphasising that its core business is still going strong.

Convergence funding, which replaced the Objective One grants, was due to be awarded in October this year but the Welsh Assembly Government has delayed any handouts until at least April next year. This means that PBI cannot apply for funding, nor bid for any funded projects, until sometime next year.

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10 September 2008

Free Swimming Not Making As Big A Splash With Youngsters

THE number of youngsters taking advantage of the Assembly Government's free swimming initiative has fallen by almost 190,000 in four years, Welsh Conservatives have learned.

Official figures show that the number of under-16s using the scheme dropped from 807,838 in 2004/5 to 618,344 in 2007/8.

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04 September 2008

Planning Problems Mustn't Lead To Wrong Location

FAILED plans to build Cardigan's new hospital at Bath-house must not result in a rushed decision to build in the wrong place, says Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

Councillors have thrown out plans to build the new hospital, social care housing and a new supermarket on a town centre site.

Now Mr Davies is pressing for a local solution to be found.

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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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