June 2009

01 July 2009

Neighbours Stage Public Meeting To Discuss Community Woodland

Residents concerned that a community woodland was bought with half a million pounds of public money are holding a public meeting next week (July 9) to discuss the issue.

The Ffynone and Cilgwyn woodlands near Boncath were bought by the Growing Heart Workers Co‐operative two years ago. The purchase was funded by a £500,000 grant given to them under the Cydcoed scheme managed by the Forestry Commission Wales (FCW).

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Scrapping Community Councils Will Disengage People From Politics

There are fears that plans to scrap eight community and town councils across Pembrokeshire will switch people off from local politics. Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has expressed his concern that local councils may be forced into merging.

He also says there's a danger that getting rid of grass roots politicians will make people even less inclined to get involved n community politics.

"By making community councils merge and turning them into much larger organisations, people can get disengaged from the local democratic process," he said.

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30 June 2009

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Lobbies For Milford ‘Super Surgery’

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is lobbying for the planned "super‐surgery" in Milford Haven to go ahead.

He is writing to Welsh Health Minister Edwina Hart to ask her to make an exception to the Welsh Assembly guidelines which have ruled that the planned facility will be too big.

It was hoped the new Milford Primary Resource centre in Manchester Square would house the Robert Street and Barlow House GP practices. But a change in Welsh Assembly guidelines means the new centre was refused for being too big and there is now a shortfall in funding.

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29 June 2009

Pembrokeshire's AMs Call For Better Hospice Funding

Pembrokeshire's Assembly Members have joined forces to call for better funding of the County's hospice service. The Welsh Conservatives put palliative care at the top of the agenda last week when they devoted a debate in the Senedd to the subject.

"Even the Welsh Assembly Government's own report has labelled hospice funding in Wales as "patchy"," said South Pembrokeshire's AM Angela Burns.

She highlighted the fact that polls show 78 per cent of people believe the Government should provide at least half the cost of palliative care.

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28 June 2009

Lung Disease Must Be Made A Priority

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is highlighting the lack of any lung rehabilitation services in the County.

Although one in five people in Pembrokeshire live with a lung condition, there are no pulmonary rehabilitation services in the whole of the County. There are no other services nearby so sufferers have to go without. Mr Davies, who has now written to the Local Health Board to ask what it is doing to introduce such a service, said:

"I was surprised to hear that we have no pulmonary rehabilitation services in the county and that there's nowhere nearby for people to travel to for the service either.

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Michael Gove Visit

CONSERVATIVE PARTY: Michael Gove, Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families is pictured (2nd from left) at a Conservative fundraising dinner held at the Wolfscastle Hotel near Haverfordwest, with (from l to r) Preseli Pembrokeshire's AM Paul Davies, South Pembrokeshire's parliamentary candidate Simon Hart and North of County MP Steven Crabb.

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23 June 2009

Jones Review Just Reiterates What We've Been Saying

RESPONDING to the publication of the second part of the Merfyn Jones Review into Higher Education in Wales today, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"We welcome this report, but as a party we are unfortunately not at all surprised by its findings.

"We have been stressing for some time now the vital role that Higher Education plays in helping Wales out of the recession.

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18 June 2009

Pembrokeshire Rugby Fans Mustn’t Miss Out On Televised Matches

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is calling for Welsh rugby international matches to stay on terrestrial TV– so everyone can afford to watch them.

The BBC's deal to show the autumn internationals runs out next year and Mr Davies is concerned that Sky Sports may buy the rights to show them.

"It is estimated that if the Welsh Rugby Union and Sky strike a deal approximately two thirds of Welsh viewers would not be able to watch the games," Mr Davies told the Senedd.

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Local AM Meets Friendly Club

FRIENDLY CLUB: Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is pictured at the lunch club held by the Phoenix Well Being Society at Haverfordwest Cricket Club every month. Mr Davies spoke to the club about his life as an Assembly Member and answered questions from the members of the charitable social group.

"The fact that this Society has only been going for three years but already has 60 members shows just what a need there is for a regular companionship club," said Mr Davies who is pictured (centre) with Founder chairman Gerald White (left) and club member Stephen Jones.

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16 June 2009

Postponement Of Recession Busting Scheme Helps Nobody

RESPONDING to the news that an Assembly Government funded scheme to get Welsh universities helping businesses through the recession has been postponed, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies said:

"The situation is a complete shambles.

"The Assembly Government announced this money was available in March and the schemes were supposed to be up and running by June.

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11 June 2009

Pembrokeshire Must Make The Most Of Irish Invasion

Pembrokeshire businesses need to be first out of the starting blocks if they are to benefit from Irish horseracing fans travelling to Wales' new racecourse, says local AM Paul Davies.

The new Ffôs Las racecourse near Llanelli holds its first meeting next Thursday evening (June 18). The sell‐out event is just the first of many in a packed schedule which is expected to attract thousands of racing enthusiasts from Ireland.

Mr Davies is now encouraging local tourism operators, B&B owners and pubs to make sure they don't miss out on the travelling punters.

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Too Many Welsh Students Are Dropping Out

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has expressed his concern that more Welsh students are dropping out of university than eve before.

The most recent UK average drop out rate figures reveal that significantly more Welsh students are giving up on their studies than their English counterparts.

In 2006/2007 8.9 per cent of Welsh full time first degree students dropped out, compared to 7.1 per cent in England. Mr Davies, who is also the Welsh Shadow Education Minister, said:

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Proposed Water Tests Are Costly Extra Red Tape, AM Tells Meeting

New rules which could see farmers paying up to £600 a year for compulsory testing of private water supplies are too expensive and too heavy‐handed, Paul Davies AM has told a public meeting.

More than 50 farmers and smallholders packed a public meeting held in Bwlch‐y‐groes last week to discuss the proposed change in legislation.

Under a European Council Directive local councils will be given wide‐ranging powers to enter farmhouses, using force if necessary, to test private water supplies and to then pass the costs on to farmers.

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09 June 2009

Ministers Must Support Students To Complete Studies

COMMENTING on new figures showing a continued rise in the number of students dropping out of university in Wales, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"These are worrying figures which undermine the Assembly Government's efforts to broaden access to higher education and create more opportunities for younger people.

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04 June 2009

Challenges Of Rural Transport Spelled Out

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has spelled out the challenges of getting about in rural West Wales.

Speaking at the AGM of the Preseli Rural Transport Association, he outlined the difficulties of travelling around the area by bus and train. Mr Davies said he was lobbying the Welsh Assembly Government to implement the recommendations of the Jacobs Report which included adding another five rail services a day to Fishguard.

"Arriva Trains Wales and others have seen an increase in passengers of 13 per cent per year over the past five years, where services have been reintroduced," he told the AGM at Café Beca.

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