March 2010

30 March 2010

Paul Davies AM Helps Launch Disability Report In Senedd

DISABILITY_LAUNCHPreseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is pictured at the Senedd launching a report by the Disability Law Service.

The charity provides information for disabled and deaf people on a range of issues from discrimination to employment.

The new report, which was launched at an event hosted by Mr Davies, recommends that there should be an integrated referral system allowing for the easy transfer of information about clients between organisations.

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29 March 2010

Pembrokeshire Will Be Hit Hardest By Self Catering Rates Change

Local AM Paul Davies says Pembrokeshire will be harder hit than any other county in Wales by business rates hikes on the self catering sector.

Pembrokeshire has more than double the number of holiday lets than any other Welsh region and Mr Davies is lobbying for special allowances to be made for the sector.

"Tourism is very important to Pembrokeshire," he told First Minister Carwyn Jones at the Senedd.

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25 March 2010

Funding Cuts Put Universities Under More Pressure

Commenting on the news that universities in Wales will receive a £30 million cut in funding for 2010/11, Shadow Minister for Education Paul Davies AM said:

"These cuts will undoubtedly put even more pressure on universities in Wales at a time when they are already stretched to the limit.

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Am Urges Responsible Dog Ownership As Council Spends £176,000 On Stray Dogs

A shocking £176,000 bill to kennel stray dogs in Pembrokeshire over the past five years has been uncovered by local AM Paul Davies.

Mr Davies is now urging dog owners to get their pets microchipped to help cut the bill and be reunited with their dogs more quickly.

"I was amazed to hear that the council estimates it will spend £3,700 a month on this problem this year," said Mr Davies.

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24 March 2010

Local AMs Switch Off And Join WWF For The Greatest Show On Earth

Angela__Paul_2Pembrokeshire's Conservative Assembly Members are pictured backing WWF's Earth Hour and urging people, schools and business in the county to also sign up to the big switch off to show they care about climate change.

By switching off their lights off for one hour on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm they will join millions of others across the globe in a graphic demonstration to decision makers that they support urgent action on climate change.

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22 March 2010

Glastir Scheme Being Introduced Too Fast, Says AM

The Glastir scheme is being introduced too fast and with too little information, says Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

The new £89 million land management scheme is due to come into operation from 2012 to replace the existing Tir Gofal, Tir Cynnal, Tir Mynydd, the Organic Farming Scheme and Better Woodlands for Wales schemes.

But speaking in a debate at the Senedd, Mr Davies said that a number of Pembrokeshire farmers had been in touch with him to express concerns about the changeover.

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Paul Davies AM Gets 'Engaged' At Senedd Event

68_Paul_Davies_03.03.10_SeneddShadow Welsh Education Minister Paul Davies AM met higher education experts at the National Assembly last week to find out how universities in Wales are leading the way in terms of working with the public.

The 'Higher Education and the Welsh Public' exhibition, organised by the Beacon for Wales, celebrated the many ways in which Welsh universities bring their knowledge out into the wider World. Every university in Wales was represented at this prestigious showcase event.

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19 March 2010

Crisis In Orthodontic Treatment Revealed By AM

Local AM Paul Davies has uncovered a crisis in orthodontic treatment in Pembrokeshire.

Youngsters face routine waits of three-years for orthodontic appointments and can then face 80-mile round trips for treatment.

The situation has got so bad that Mr Davies has asked for the Welsh Health Minister to investigate.

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Fishguard Left Lagging Behind Other Seaside Towns

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies says Fishguard is lagging behind other seaside towns because it has such a poor train service.

In a debate at the Senedd Mr Davies pointed out that Pwllheli, a coastal town the same size as Fishguard, has six trains a day.

But the Pembrokeshire town – despite also being a major ferry port – only has two trains, one of which leaves in the middle of the night.

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Details Needed On European Funding For Broadband

Details are needed as to how European funding is going to help improve patchy broadband access in Preseli Pembrokeshire, says local AM Paul Davies.

Welsh Assembly ministers announced at the beginning of this year that communities will be able to access European funding to enhance their broadband services following the changes to guidance on Information and Communication Technology infrastructure.

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15 March 2010

Labour Has Failed On School Building Modernisation

COMMENTING on proposed changes to the way school building projects are funded, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"Labour has failed to fulfil its promise to make all school buildings in Wales fit for purpose by 2010.

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Fishguard Trains Recommendation Set To Be Shunted To The Sidings

An official recommendation that extra trains are laid on to Fishguard is set to be shunted to the sidings.

The Welsh Assembly's Enterprise and Learning Committee said the town should have more than two trains a day– a proposal also backed by regional transport consortium SWWITCH, local petitioners and the North Pembrokeshire Transport Forum.

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Concern Over Foundation Phase Implementation

Commenting on concerns over the implementation of the Foundation Phase, Shadow Education Minister, Paul Davies AM said:

"This is not the first time teachers have expressed concerns about the roll-out of the Foundation Phase.

"While we support the principles of the scheme there have been concerns over funding for this initiative ever since it was launched.

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Concern Over Foundation Phase Implementation

Commenting on concerns over the implementation of the Foundation Phase, Shadow Education Minister, Paul Davies AM said:

"This is not the first time teachers have expressed concerns about the roll-out of the Foundation Phase.

"While we support the principles of the scheme there have been concerns over funding for this initiative ever since it was launched.

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Reassurances Given Over Local Power Station Workers

Pembrokeshire's Conservative Assembly Members have been given reassurances by the company building Pembroke's new power station that they are using as much local manpower as possible.

Angela Burns and Paul Davies visited the npower power station for an update on the project and to meet the main building contractors Alstom.

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