2009

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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28 August 2009

AM Gets Taste Of High Seas On Fisheries Patrol

The work carried out protecting the waters off Pembrokeshire has been seen at first hand by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

Mr Davies spent a day with the Fishery Protection Vessel team and saw them at work monitoring and inspecting catches off the County.

"We boarded The Cranogwen which is based in Milford Haven and motored out to St Brides Bay," said Mr Davies.

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27 August 2009

Anger As £15M Wasted On 'Road To Nowhere' While A40 Not Fit For Purpose

While £15 million was wasted by the Welsh Assembly Government planning a "road to nowhere" that WON'T be built in South Wales, the A40 through Pembrokeshire is not fit for purpose. That's the view of Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies who is livid that the Labour‐ Plaid Cymru administration has wasted so much money on a road project that will now never see the light of day.

The Welsh Conservatives have discovered that £15.57 million has already been spent on the design development of a toll road to ease congestion on the M4 near Newport. But the Welsh Assembly Government has now decided to scrap the scheme because of spiralling costs. Mr Davies" said:

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AM Horrified At Go Ahead For Eco Hamlet

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is horrified that an eco village planned for North Pembrokeshire has been given the go ahead. He has grave concerns about the nine eco smallholdings, a community hub and a campsite which can now be built by the Lammas Project on 64 acres near Glandwr.

"I am absolutely appalled that this project has been given planning permission," said the Preseli Pembrokeshire AM.

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25 August 2009

Davies Writes To Minister Over Reported Course Cuts

SHADOW Education Minister Paul Davies AM today wrote to Jane Hutt about reports that universities across Wales may be forced to cut courses as a result of budgets cuts, while millions remains unspent in European Structural Funds.

In his letter to the Education Minister Mr Davies, the Welsh Conservative AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said:

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24 August 2009

Warning Of Course Cuts In Welsh Universities Not Surprising

RESPONDING to reports today that universities across Wales may have to cut courses because of a steep reduction in funding next year, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies said:

"During an economic recession it's vital the Assembly Government continues to invest in education.

"Welsh Conservatives have said for some time that if budgets were cut in HE and FE then course cuts would inevitably follow.

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20 August 2009

Supermarkets Stranglehold Debated By Pembrokeshire Politicians

The stranglehold that supermarkets have over county farmers was top of the agenda when Pembrokeshire's politicians met the FUW at the County Show. Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies and South Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns met FUW officials for a 90‐minute discussion on issues affecting farming.

"One of the most pressing items they raised straight away was that of the power of the supermarkets," said Mr Davies.

"Farmers and politicians alike have grave concerns over the stranglehold that the supermarkets now have in many areas of production, Tesco for instance controls 30 per cent of the UK's grocery market."

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13 August 2009

School Buildings Not Fit For Purpose Until 2020

THE Assembly Government’s target to have all school buildings fit for purpose by 2010 will be missed, with its latest estimate predicting they won’t all be ready until 2020.

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

In 2003, Jane Davidson outlined WAGs investment plans to help local authorities achieve this.  

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10 August 2009

Growing Gender Divide Raises Concerns Over Teacher Numbers

THE number of male teachers in Wales has fallen by 10 per cent in the last decade, Welsh Conservative research reveals.

But men are still more likely to get the top jobs despite almost 800 fewer teaching in schools today than 1999.

The decline in the overall number of male teachers has prompted fears that the sector is seen as unattractive as a career to a growing number of graduates.

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07 August 2009

Government Policy To Blame For Falling Teacher Numbers

THE number of teachers retiring early in Wales is 65% higher than five years ago, Welsh Conservative research has revealed.

Some 610 teachers took early retirement in the 2007/8 academic year compared to 370 in 2003/4.

The figures also show that the overall number of teachers quitting is 43% higher in 2007/8 than 2003/4.

Over the same period the total number of teachers in service fell by more than 400.

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06 August 2009

Local AM Backs Charity Commission’s Campaign To Improve Accountability

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Paul Davies, Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, is urging local charities to become more accountable to donors and the public.

Last year over 1,000 of the 9,000 charities in Wales were late in sending their accounts to the Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in Wales and England.

To combat this, the Commission's Wales Office has launched a campaign to improve accountability by contacting Welsh charities that have not sent in their information.

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03 August 2009

Jobs And Courses Go As FE Cuts Start To Bite

THE full extent of the Assembly Government’s failure to properly fund further education in Wales is revealed today by the Welsh Conservatives.

Colleges across the country say they are being forced to make cuts to courses and jobs as a direct result of Labour and Plaid Cymru’s lack of investment in lifelong learning and skills at a time of economic recession.

 Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM contacted all FE colleges in Wales seeking information about their course and staff levels in the new academic year.  

 

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31 July 2009

Million Pound Price Tag Of Grant Scheme Highlighted By AM

More than a million pounds was spent running a student grant scheme which left Pembrokeshire students waiting months for their rant cheques, says local AM Paul Davies.

The Welsh Assembly Government paid £1.3mn to the Student Loans Company to coordinate the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) system in the 2008/9 academic year. But the scheme, designed to help students from lower‐income families to continue and remain in full‐time education, saw 4,500 sixth formers across Wales without their grants four months into the school year.

"The backlog caused enormous distress and difficulty for students who relied on the money for their education," said Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Mr Davies who is also Shadow Welsh Education Minister.

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AM Speaks Out Against Planned Eco Hamlet

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has expressed the concerns of a number of constituents by speaking out against an eco‐hamlet planned for North Pembrokeshire.

He told a Welsh Assembly planning appeal held at Ysgol y Preseli that there were grave concerns about the proposals for nine ECO smallholdings near Glandwr.

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