October 2009

22 October 2009

Pembrokeshire’s Popular Car Boot Sales Hit By Tax Blitz

Pembrokeshire’s popular car boot sales could be hit by a tax crackdown.

The Labour‐Plaid Assembly Government is conducting a revaluation of local business rates and inspectors have been told to take into account any car boot sales held regularly on premises such as pub car parks.

Any popular sales could be targeted and the owners of their venues hit with higher business rates.

That could mean higher costs for organisers of the regular sales at Withybush and Carew, as well as pub landlords running occasional sales in their car parks.

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21 October 2009

Local AM Wears It Pink To Help Breast Cancer

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is pictured wearing it pink this week to support the Breast Cancer Campaign.

Everyone is encouraged to wear something pink on Friday October 30 to support the fight against breast cancer.

"Every year over 2,400 women in Wales are diagnosed with breast cancer," said Mr Davies. "Like many others, I know people who have lost friends and family members to the disease.

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15 October 2009

Pembrokeshire’s AMs Urge People To Get Free Energy Advice Booklet

Pembrokeshire residents are being urged by their AMs to get hold of a free booklet to help them save money and stay warm this winter.

The "Little Book of Energy" is full of practical tips and advice that can help people cut their energy bills.

"By calling the freephone number 0800 33 66 99 anyone can get hold of a copy," said shadow Welsh Environment Minister and South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns.

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Pembrokeshire Schools Left In Disrepair As Budget Slashed

Pembrokeshire's school buildings may be left in disrepair because the improvement budget for Welsh schools has been slashed by ore than a third.

The figure set aside for repairs to Welsh schools has gone from £99 million to £65 million in the recent local government settlement.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies fears that the number of school buildings in the county needing repairs will only increase.

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School Buildings Budget Grant Cut By A Third

THE schools building improvement grant has been slashed by more than a third in the recent local government settlement.

The figure has gone from £99million to £65million.

Shadow Local Government Minister Darren Millar said:

"In 2000, the Assembly Government made a commitment to get all school buildings in Wales into good physical shape by 2010.

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14 October 2009

Pembrokeshire Businesses Facing Business Rates Time Bomb

Pembrokeshire's small businesses have been handed a business rates time bomb, say the County's Conservative Assembly Members.

Shops, restaurants and hotels across the county have been getting new rateable valuations in the post in the past few weeks.

"I have had an avalanche of calls from worried businesses, some have been told their valuation has increased almost three‐fold," said Mrs Burns.

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Tough Times Ahead As Council Deals With One Of Lowest Budget Increases In Wales

Pembrokeshire's Conservative AMs are warning of tough times ahead as the county council deals with one of the lowest budget increases in Wales.

Pembrokeshire County Council has been awarded a 1.4% yearly increase in its budget by the Welsh Assembly Government‐ compared to a Welsh average of 2%.

Angela Burns and Paul Davies now fear that local authority jobs or front line services may have to be cut to meet any shortfall– or council tax bills raised.

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11 October 2009

AM's Concerns As Volunteer Ambulance Service Faces Uncertain Future

Pembrokeshire's volunteer car ambulance service is facing an uncertain future, Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies can reveal.

The service relies on an army of volunteers to ferry patients without cars or access to public transport to and from hospital.

But it is now facing cutbacks because the service has been giving more lifts than it was contracted to provide.

"It seems there has been a fairly major cutback in the number of miles per week that the service has been told it can provide," said Mr Davies.

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09 October 2009

Lapse In GP Out-Of-Hours Cover Worries AM

An admission that Pembrokeshire was left without GP cover overnight once last month is of great concern to local AM Paul Davies

The GP who was due to look after the county at the end of September was sick so cover was provided instead by a GP in Ceredigion.

Until last October there were three GPs based in Pembroke, Tenby and Haverfordwest who provided cover for the county through the night and at weekends.

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02 October 2009

Almost Every Planning Decision In Pembrokeshire Is Made By Unelected Officers

A U‐turn on cuts to Pembrokeshire's volunteer car ambulance service has been welcomed by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

The service relies on an army of volunteers to ferry patients without cars or access to public transport to and from hospital.

But it was told at one point that it would have to dramatically reduce its mileage because it was giving more lifts than it was contracted to provide.

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