September 2009

25 September 2009

Findings Of Haverfordwest Access Study Revealed At Welsh Assembly

A major study into accessibility carried out in Haverfordwest has revealed that disabled people are still excluded from many high street shops.

Disability Wales chose the Pembrokeshire town to carry out the research for its "Streets Ahead" survey earlier this year.

The organisation sent 38 disabled mystery shoppers into the town centre during March and April. They discovered problems with physical access, staff attitudes and communication.

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Paul Davies AM Calls For Crippling Business Rates To Be Cut

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is calling for business rates to be cut by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Mr Davies is supporting Fishguard Town Council's bid to get a 12‐month business rate holiday to help them survive the recession.

He is also supporting the many other traders throughout the county who have told him that business rates are crippling them.

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Fear Of Uncertain Future Under Glastir Raised With Minister

The Welsh Rural Affairs Minister must spell out the details of the Glastir programme as soon as possible, says local AM Paul Davies.

Mr Davies has written to Elin Jones to pass on the concerns of farming groups that not enough is known about the new land management scheme that's due to come into operation from 2012.

The £89 million a year Glastir programme will replace the existing Tir Gofal, Tir Cynnal, Tir Mynydd, the Organic Farming Scheme and Better Woodlands for Wales schemes.

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24 September 2009

Blood Pressure Check For AM As Part Of Stroke Campaign

Paul Davies AM has had his blood pressure checked as part of a stroke awareness campaign.

The test was carried out by the Stroke Association as part of Healthy Living Week.

"Many people are suffering from undiagnosed high blood pressure and this is the single biggest risk factor for stroke," said Mr Davies. "Getting your blood pressure tested is quick, simple and painless."

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23 September 2009

Childrens Learning Threatened By Fresh Funding Concerns

COMMENTING on today's report that teachers are concerned about the future funding of the Foundation Phase early years learning programme, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"Teachers, parents and pupils have every reason to be worried.

"There have been concerns over funding for this initiative ever since it was launched. It's almost as if through her own incompetence, the minister was setting it up to fail.

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11 September 2009

Pembrokeshire Business Hit By Funding Fiasco

Pembrokeshire businesses are being hit by a funding fiasco which means that European grant aid is getting tied up in Cardiff Bay. EU aid used to be handed directly to initiatives in target areas. But now it is paid via the Welsh Assembly Government in Cardiff Bay with the result that it is being delayed by bureaucracy.

"It is quite clear that this money is now taking longer to get to the areas that most need it," said South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns. She and Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies were briefed on the situation by board members of Pembrokeshire Business Initiative at a recent meeting.

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Ambulances Still Taking Too Long To Reach Emergencies

Pembrokeshire's Conservative Assembly Members are worried that four in ten ambulances in the county are taking longer than eight minutes to respond to emergency 999 calls.

New figures show that 59.5 per cent of ambulances called out during July arrived on the scene within the target time of eight minutes.

"Our ambulance crews are doing a great job but many are still not reaching emergency call outs such as suspected heart attacks within eight minutes," said Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

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03 September 2009

New Library Stacks Up 160 New Members In A Month

Milford Haven's new library has proved a hit and attracted 160 new members in its first month. The Haven's Head facility is four times the size of the old library in the town centre.

The County Council was congratulated on its investment by shadow Welsh Local Government Minister, Darren Millar, when he visited the new library.

"I am very impressed with this new facility, it is great for local residents," said Mr Millar.

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Welsh Assembly's Health Committee Chairman Hears Paul Sartori Funding Problems

The Paul Sartori Foundation has spelled out its funding problems to the chairman of the Welsh Assembly's Health Committee.

Darren Millar AM was in Pembrokeshire to learn more about the unusual hospice at home movement that operates in the County.

"I was very impressed with the Paul Sartori Foundation and the way it works," said Mr Millar.

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