2008

19 June 2008

Government Must Do More to Halt Drop in Visitor Numbers

The worrying drop in visitor numbers to Wales must be halted, says Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies.

Mr Davies, AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire, told the Senedd that Wales had a quarter of a million fewer tourists last year than the year before.

The number of trips made by visitors from Britain to Wales also fell by almost eight per cent and foreign visitor numbers fell by 12 per cent.

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Answers Sought Over Delays in Bus Grants

Bus routes in Pembrokeshire could be affected because of delays in getting the government grants that help pay for them.

The payment hold-up by the Assembly government has been highlighted in the Senedd by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

He told the Senedd that improving public transport in rural areas is vital, especially for the elderly and frail.

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13 June 2008

AM Seeks Assurance That Community Health Councils are Here to Stay

Preseli Pembrokeshire's AM has sought reassurance from the Assembly Government that local Community Health Councils (CHCs) are here to stay.

Paul Davies fears that the CHCs could follow in the footsteps of the health trusts and be merged into super-councils.

"Community health councils play an important role by representing people who have health problems," he told the Senedd.

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12 June 2008

Commenting on HM Revenue and Customs Plans for Tax Offices

Commenting on the news that HM Revenue and Customs plans to withdraw from both Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock tax office Paul Davies, Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member, said:

"I am very concerned to hear that fears about the closure of the tax offices in Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock appear to be coming true.

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09 June 2008

New Hospital Must be Built in Cardigan, Not Elsewhere

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is fighting to ensure that any new hospital in Ceredigion is built in Cardigan, not elsewhere.

Planning issues have held up the building of a new hospital in Cardigan and sites in Lampeter and Felinfach have been put forward as alternatives.

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Labour "Pass the Buck" Back to Pembrokeshire on Bulford Raod Scheme

The Welsh Assembly Government has "passed the buck" back to Pembrokeshire County Council on road improvement work in Johnston.

Ieuan Wyn Jones, the Welsh Minister for the Economy and Transport, told Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies that it was up to the county council to prioritise the Bulford Road improvement scheme.

The failure by the Labour-led Welsh Assembly Government to fund the work needed in Johnston was branded as "criminal" by council leader John Davies last week.

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02 June 2008

Post Office Closures Blow to Pembrokeshire

Commenting on the news that Penally and Templeton Post Offices face closure and another seven in the area are earmarked for outreach, Angela Burns Assembly Member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire said: "At last this lengthy and very stressful process which has been hanging over post office workers is over.

"The closure of a post office will have a detrimental effect on many communities, especially in rural areas, and once again we are seeing people's choices being taken away."

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20 May 2008

Drop in Tourist Numbers Cannot be Ignored

Commenting on figures released today showing the number of tourists visiting Wales last year fell by more than quarter of a million, Shadow Culture Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"These figures are very worrying for everyone working within the tourism industry in Wales.

"We cannot afford to simply attribute the drop in numbers to the bad weather last summer.

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15 May 2008

First Minister Refuses to be Drawn on Fishguard Train Improvements

Wales’ First Minister Rhodri Morgan has refused to reveal once again whether rail services will be improved from Fishguard.

The Jacobs Report into transport recommends that another five services a day should be laid on to the busy north Pembrokeshire port.

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14 May 2008

Tourism Plans Need Review After Spending Decline

TOURISM generates less money for the Welsh economy than seven years ago, figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives have revealed.

News that visitors spent £159mn in Wales last year than in 2000 demonstrates the need for a review of the Assembly Government's tourism strategy, the party said today.

Figures obtained by Assembly Opposition leader Nick Bourne AM also reveal that visitor spend in Wales last year was £280mn lower than the year before the Wales Tourist Board was abolished.

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09 May 2008

AM Lobbies in Assembly for Better Rail Services to the West

Preseli Pembrokeshire's AM is fighting for more trains to Fishguard and an upgrading of Goodwick station.

Paul Davies has highlighted the findings of a Welsh transport report which recommended both improvements.

"The Jacobs report recommended putting another five services per day to Fishguard and upgrading the rail station in Goodwick," said Mr Davies.

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08 May 2008

Councils Should Reveal End Destination of Our Waste, Says AM

County councils should reveal the end destination of our recyclable waste, says Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

Many items that are collected for recycling such as plastic bottles are shipped abroad for final processing.

Assembly Members are now pressing to make the business more transparent by placing a duty on councils to report

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07 May 2008

Language Plans Will Widen Access to Public Services in Welsh

COMMENTING on today's announcement that the Assembly Government plans to specify 57 more public service bodies under the remit of the Welsh Language Act, Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"We welcome this announcement which, if approved, will allow Welsh speakers to access more public services through the medium of Welsh.

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04 May 2008

Pembrokeshire's Conservatives Celebrate

Paul-Pembs_Conservatives_CelebratePembrokeshire Conservatives are celebrating after increasing their councillor numbers five-fold.

"We have gone from no representation on the Council just eight months ago to winning five seats," said newly re-elected Aden Brinn. Mr Brinn, who originally won his Pembroke St Michael seat at a by-election last September, was returned this time with a much-increased majority.

The party also won in Rudbaxton, Milford Haven North, Wiston and Scleddau.

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01 May 2008

Carers Centre Visit

Paul-Carers_CentrePreseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies visited the Pembrokeshire Carers Outreach Centre in Meyler House, Haverfordwest where he was given an introduction to the services offered by the organisation.

"Carers are the unsung heroes of our society and the wonderful service and support offered by the Centre is clearly very important to many people," said Mr Davies.

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