2010

23 June 2010

Paul Davies Helps Launch Vision For Welsh Future

rnibPractical ways to help visually impaired people in Pembrokeshire was top of the agenda when local AM Paul Davies joined the RNIB at an event in the Senedd.

The charity was launching the Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Plan which aims at raising awareness of problems faced by the blind and partially sighted across Wales. The event also marked the launch of a cross party vision group in the Senedd .

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21 June 2010

Unique New Map Shows Growing Communities in Wales

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The event marked the launch of a map which highlights community garden and farm projects across Wales.

"There has been an explosion of interest over the last two years in creating green spaces in Wales, due to concerns over issues such as food miles, climate change and healthy eating," said Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens: Development Co-ordinator for Wales Katie Jones.

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Woeful Lack Of Pulmonary Rehab In Pembrokeshire Highlighted At Senedd

lung_foundationThe woeful lack of pulmonary rehab provision in Pembrokeshire has been highlighted at the Senedd.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies met campaigners from Haverfordwest's Breath Easy group who travelled to Cardiff to highlight gaps in the service.

"Pembrokeshire is one of only three Welsh counties with no pulmonary rehab service," said Mr Davies.

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16 June 2010

Public Must Have Say In Schools Reorganisation Review

RESPONDING to today's Assembly Government statement on school closures, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"Schools re-organisation is causing great concern for parents and for communities across Wales.

"Now that the minister intends to produce new regulations on the issue he must confirm whether or not any current school re-organisations will be put on hold until these new regulations are in place.

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14 June 2010

Seven-and-a-half-year Backlog In Orthodontic Treatment

Commenting on figures that reveal a seven and a half year backlog in orthodontic treatment in west Wales, Paul Davies AM said:

"We knew the problem was bad but this is really shocking. I have been asking the Welsh Health Minister to investigate this issue for a number of years.

"I've heard concerns from a lot of parents about long waits, routine waits of three years and 80 mile round trips for treatment."

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09 June 2010

New Student Finance Plans Must Put Interests Of Students First

COMMENTING on today's Assembly Government statement on the review into student finance delivery, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"It is vital any new arrangements for Wales avoid a repeat of the student loans debacle witnessed in England last year.

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04 June 2010

Boundary Review Will Split Community – Says AM

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies says proposals to split Uzmaston under a boundary review would split the community.

The review has proposed that five streets in the community of Uzmaston and Boulston are incorporated into Haverfordwest Town Council.

But many local residents are objecting to the plans and want their streets to stay part of Uzmaston and Boulston Community Council. They are now being backed by their Assembly Member.

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02 June 2010

Shutting Small Schools Doesn’t Make Big Difference To Budget, Says AM

Shutting small rural schools doesn’t save large amounts of money, says a new report highlighted by Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

Mr Davies, who is Shadow Welsh Education Minister, pointed out the limited financial benefit of closing small schools following the news that Mathry School is to close next year.

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Conservatives Rally Support For YFC

Pembrokeyfc_004shire’s Conservative MPs Simon Hart (right) and Stephen Crabb are pictured with AM colleague Paul Davies (left) at the annual Young Farmer’s Club rally at Withybush Airfield on Saturday.

Also pictured is YFC county chairman William Laurence.

The rally is the highlight of the year for the 13 young farmers’ clubs in Pembrokeshire which have 600 members between them.

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28 May 2010

WAG Decision On School Reorganisation Sets Worrying Precedent

Welsh Conservatives have raised concerns about the Assembly Government's decision to reject plans to reorganise schools in west Cardiff.

Commenting on the matter, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"The Assembly Government's decision on the proposed reorganisation by Cardiff Council is deeply concerning.

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27 May 2010

Review Must Not Encroach On FE Autonomy

Commenting on the Education Minister's statement on the Review of Further Education Governance in Wales, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"We all know that Further Education plays a fundamental role in ensuring we have a skilled workforce that is able to support our country's economic development.

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25 May 2010

Excessive Bureaucracy Must Not Hinder Learning

Commenting on the Education Minister's statement on the Review of Higher Education Governance in Wales, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"I welcome the Minister's statement today. Given that we heard last week that over half of Higher Education spending is on administration, it is vital that this review is progressed.

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24 May 2010

92-year-old Faces Two-year Wait For Hearing Aid Test

A 92-year-old Pembrokeshire woman has been told she will have to wait two years to have her hearing aid tested, Paul Davies AM can reveal.

The pensioner is one of a number of concerned residents who have contacted the Preseli Pembrokeshire AM to complain about long waiting times for audiology appointments in the county.

Mr Davies has now raised the matter with the Welsh Health Minister Edwina Hart.

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Fears Raised Over Future Of Local Town Centres

Preseli Pembrokeshire's Assembly Member Paul Davies has spoken in the Welsh Assembly about his concerns about the future of the local town centres.

Mr Davies highlighted a report which revealed that Milford Haven was one of two towns in the UK with the highest number of empty shop units.

And he called on the Welsh Assembly Government to make specific funding available for the regeneration of such centres.

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Pressure Kept Up For Fishguard Rail Improvements To Be Considered

Paul Davies AM is continuing to keep pressure on the Welsh Assembly Government to consider improving rail services to Fishguard.

Mr Davies has been lobbying for years for an extra five trains a day to call at the important Irish ferry hub.

The Welsh Assembly's Enterprise and Learning Committee, regional transport consortium SWITTCH, local residents and the North Pembrokeshire Transport Forum have also called for improvements to the service.

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