2009

01 January 2010

Pembrokeshire Charity Facing Annual £1,500 Inspection Fee

APembrokeshire charity is facing an annual inspection fee of up to £1,500 to continue providing a lifeline for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) sufferers, Paul Davies AM has revealed.

The Hyperbaric Oxygen Pembrokeshire Endeavour (HOPE) charity provides physio and hyperbaric oxygen therapy for up to 65 people a week at its Neyland base.

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31 December 2009

AMs Shocked By Lack Of Urgency On Chivenor Situation

Pembrokeshire's AMs are worried that the Welsh Assembly Government is not treating the cuts at RMB Chivenor with enough urgency.

The Ministry of Defence plans to reduce rescue helicopter cover at Chivenor from 24 hours to 12 hours – meaning it will take longer for choppers to reach any night time emergencies in Pembrokeshire.

The plans have been condemned by the county's Conservative politicians who have joined the campaign to keep 24 hour cover at Chivenor.

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AM Wins U Turn On Village Sign

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is celebrating after winning a U‐turn from the Welsh Assembly Government on the siting of a new village sign.

Wolf's Castle Community Council asked Mr Davies for help in getting a "Winner of Wales in Bloom" sign put up in their village.
After an initial refusal, the Assembly's Trunk Roads Agency then changed its mind following lobbying from Mr Davies.

"We were initially told that it was not "considered appropriate to erect the sign as it was unnecessary and because the Welsh Assembly Government did not wish to increase sign clutter," said Mr Davies.

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22 December 2009

"Give Traders A Christmas Bonus & Put Them Out Of Their Misery", Says Local AMs

Pembrokeshire's Conservative politicians are calling on the new business rates minister to give local traders a Christmas bonus by putting them out of their rates misery.

No announcement has been made by the Welsh Assembly Government on measures it may take to lessen the pain of rates increases.

"We were expecting a statement last week but the reshuffle following Rhodri Morgan's retirement seems to have delayed everything," said Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

South County AM Angela Burns has now written to the new minister responsible, Carl Sergeant, asking him for urgent answers.

"I have sent him the whole dossier on the rates situation in general and on Narberth in particular where businesses are facing up to 300% increases," she said.

"We have been pressing for an announcement on possible rates relief or a raising of the threshold for more than a month now but there is still no word."

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18 December 2009

AM’s Concerns Over Drop In Visitor Numbers

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies says that the fall in the number of tourists visiting Wales is grim news for the county.

The number of holidaymakers visiting the country has fallen by more than 1.2 million in the last three years.

Figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives reveal that between 2006 and 2008 visitor numbers dropped from 10.75mn to 9.56mn; a fall of 11 per cent.

The fall covers tourists from both the UK and overseas.

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17 December 2009

Fears That Pembrokeshire Will Lose Its Voice In Merger Of CHCs

Pembrokeshire may lose its strong voice on the Community Health Council (CHC) with the reorganisation of the patient watchdog, warns Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

Welsh Health Minister Edwina Hart is merging Wales' 19 CHCs into eight larger ones from April 1st 2010.

In West Wales the former Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire CHCs are being merged into a super‐CHC called the Hywel Dda CHC.

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16 December 2009

Welsh Assembly Government Needs To View Higher Education As An Investment, Not A Cost Says AM

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has told the Welsh Assembly Government that it needs to see higher education as an investment, not a cost.

Speaking during a debate on the economic contribution of higher education in Wales, Mr Davies pointed out that English universities are better funded than Welsh ones.

He also highlighted the fact that for every £1 spent on educating someone at higher education level; they eventually return £5 in revenue such as taxes.

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08 December 2009

Ministers Cannot Afford To Fail Children

COMMENTING on today's Assembly Government statement on the review into education for eight to 14-year-old children, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"This period covers a crucial period in a child's education. It is vital the Assembly Government has the right policies in place to take them through the next key stage of their learning.

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07 December 2009

Pembrokeshire’s AM’s Take Fight For 24 Hour Chivenor To Senedd

The fight to keep 24-hour search and rescue cover at RAF Chivenor has been taken to the Senedd by Pembrokeshire's Assembly Members.

Both Angela Burns and Paul Davies have grave concerns about the plans to reduce the operating hours of the base – from which the Sea King helicopters fly – to daytime only.

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Worrying Survey Reveals Mental Strain On Teachers

New research which reveals that more than a quarter of primary school teachers have suffered mental health problems after dealing with disruptive pupils is cause for concern says Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

The survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) showed that teachers believe primary schoolchildren are becoming increasingly aggressive.

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04 December 2009

Fundamental Changes In Rates Calculations Needed

Fundamental changes are needed in the way business rates are calculated to make them fairer, says Angela Burns AM.

Speaking in a Welsh Conservative debate in the Senedd on business rates, Mrs Burns said that rates valuations need to be linked to turnover and not just rentable value.

A five-yearly revaluation has just taken place and in Narberth traders are facing, on average, a 160% rise in their bills. Some are looking at a 300 % increase. Businesses in Tenby are also facing massive hikes.

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03 December 2009

Clarification Needed Over Gwynedd School Reorganisation Consultations

CLARIFICATION needs to be given regarding the proposed school reorganisation plans for schools in the Gwynedd county council area.

Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies has written to the council to challenge them over their consultation process.

Mr Davies said:

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02 December 2009

Hopes For Removal Of Ugly Pipe Dashed

A BID to get rid of an ugly sewage pipe that villagers felt spoiled their award-winning village has fallen foul of Welsh Water bosses.

Wolfscastle residents called on Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies to help them campaign to get the rusting pipe removed.

The village has won the Wales in Bloom competition five times but locals felt the sewage pipe across the river not only spoiled the village but was also dangerous because youngsters were tempted to walk along it.

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28 November 2009

Need For Vast Improvement In Rail Services, Says AM

Preseli Pembrokeshire's AM has highlighted in the Senedd the need for "vast improvement" in rail services in the west of Wales.

Paul Davies won a ballot to hold a debate of his choice at the Welsh Assembly and chose to talk about the need for a better train service to and from Pembrokeshire.

"People in the area are forced to use transport services that are not particularly accessible or convenient to get them to where they want to go," he told AMs.

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Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies Is Keeping The Pressure On Rates Relief

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is keeping the pressure on the Welsh Assembly Government to reveal its plans for helping businesses facing huge rate increases.

Mr Davies tackled local government minister Brian Gibbons on the issue in the Senedd last week.

"I am looking for a direct answer as to when they will tell us what solutions they have come up with to help these businesses who are facing huge increases in their rates," he said.

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