January 2011

31 January 2011

Report Highlights Concerns for Welsh Road Projects

Paul Davies AM Is Pictured Next To The A40Major road projects in Wales, such as the A40 project from St Clears to Haverfordwest have cost substantially more and took longer than expected, the Wales Audit Office has found. The report into cost increases and delays in major transport projects has highlighted that the A40 St Clears to Haverfordwest trunk road project costs have increased from £27.6m, as estimated in 2005 to £41.4million.

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28 January 2011

Food Tourism and Local Produce in Pembrokeshire Debated in the Assembly Chamber

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies held a short debate on food tourism and local produce in the Chamber this week. Mr Davies focused his debate on issues such as food tourism, catering for the demand for local produce and developing allotments.

Paul Davies said "I was delighted to be balloted for a short debate in the Chamber and to champion Pembrokeshire's local produce and food tourism hotspots. In Pembrokeshire we have great pubs, great restaurants, great farm shops, great farmers markets, great tea rooms and great guest houses. With first-class food and drink locally sourced in Pembrokeshire, it is essential that these products are marketed effectively and that the right support is provided by the Welsh Assembly Government, given their importance to the Welsh tourism sector and therefore the Welsh economy."

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26 January 2011

Funding Gap Hike Reveals First Minister’s Broken Pledge

Commenting on figures showing the average gap in funding between Wales and England has widened over the past year to £604 per pupil, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:

"When the First Minister came to power, he promised to better fund Welsh schools to correct the underfunding by successive Labour-led Assembly Governments. Parents, teachers, governors and students will be disappointed that these figures show he has failed to keep his word.

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25 January 2011

Estyn Report Demands Urgent Action

Commenting on the publication of Estyn's report into standards in Welsh schools, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:

"This is damning verdict on standards in Welsh schools in spite of the best efforts of our teachers.

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24 January 2011

Food Tourism and Local Produce in Pembrokeshire will be on the Assembly Agenda

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has been selected for a short debate on the 26th January and has decided to use the opportunity to celebrate food tourism in Pembrokeshire and its local produce. The debate will discuss building on local successes and talk about further developing the opportunities that are available, as well as issues such as educating people about local produce, encouraging more businesses to take part in farmer's markets and developing allotments.

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21 January 2011

Regenerating Towns in Pembrokeshire Debated in the Assembly Chamber

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is pictured at Fishguard town centre.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies held a short debate on regenerating the towns of Milford Haven and Fishguard in the Chamber this week. Mr Davies focused his debate on issues such as both towns' importance to the Welsh energy and tourism sectors and the need for a more integrated public transport system in both areas.

Paul Davies said "I was delighted to bring this very important debate to the Chamber and highlight the need for Milford Haven and Fishguard to become the Welsh Assembly Government's next strategic regeneration areas."

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19 January 2011

Local AM Sponsors FUW National Breakfast

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is pictured at the FUW National Breakfast at the Senedd.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has recently hosted the launch of Farmhouse Breakfast Week 2011 in Wales at the Senedd. The event aims to promote the use of Welsh farm produce in traditional breakfasts and to outline the importance of the Welsh farming and food industries.

"I was delighted to host the FUW farmhouse breakfast yet again," said Mr Davies.

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WAG Still Failing To Meet NEETS Target

Commenting on figures showing that the Assembly Government is still failing to meet its target of 93% of 16-18 year olds in education, employment or training, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:

"It is regrettable that under Labour-Plaid, the number of young people missing out on life opportunities by not being in education, employment or training remains too high.

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17 January 2011

Regenerating Towns in Preseli Pembrokeshire on the Assembly Agenda

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is pictured at Milford Haven town centre.Regenerating towns in Preseli Pembrokeshire will be the topic of a short debate at the National Assembly this week thanks to local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies has been selected for a short debate on the 19th January and has decided to focus the debate around making Milford Haven and Fishguard strategic regeneration areas. The debate will look at a number of issues including the public transport infrastructure around the two towns, developing tourism and retail opportunities and supporting the growing energy sector in Pembrokeshire.

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14 January 2011

Be Alarmed! One in Eight Welsh Homes at Risk

Carbon_Monoxide_Alarm_3Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting the new national Carbon Monoxide awareness campaign, Be Alarmed. The Be Alarmed campaign is the national campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by Carbon Monoxide. Research from the national campaign suggests that more than eight out of 10 homes in Wales could be at risk because they do not have carbon monoxide alarms.

Paul Davies said, "I am pleased to support this important campaign. All fuel-burning appliances (including stoves, fires, boilers and water heaters) can produce Carbon Monoxide and they need to be serviced annually by a registered and qualified engineer. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can cause death or permanent injury to you or your loved ones and it is therefore essential that the people of Pembrokeshire are vigilant and proactive in protecting their homes."

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12 January 2011

AM Congratulates Local Households

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is congratulating households in Pembrokeshire for an increase in the rate of municipal waste dry recycling and composting. The annual rate for Pembrokeshire has continued to increase, from 26 per cent in 2006-07 to 41 per cent in 2009-10. This rate, based on final figures, is slightly above the target of 40 per cent municipal reuse/recycling/composting for 2009-10.

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NEETs Issue Needs To Be Tackled In School

Responding to a statement by the Welsh Assembly Government on 16-18 year olds not in education, employment or training, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:

"It is disappointing that the Labour-Plaid Government is on course to miss its target for reducing the number of young people not in education, employment or training.

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07 January 2011

Local AM Supports I Will for Wales Campaign

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting the new Keep Wales Tidy campaign, I Will for Wales. The I Will for Wales campaign is being launched to encourage people to sign up to a New Year's Resolution that will help care for the local environment. These resolutions, featured on the Keep Wales Tidy website, range from becoming a Litter Champion to using a bag for life when shopping.

Paul Davies said, "I am pleased to support this wonderful campaign. More than £70 million a year is spent on cleaning Welsh streets and it is a figure that we simply cannot afford. By making small lifestyle changes, such as using a bag for life when shopping, you can make a positive impact on the local environment in a cost-effective manner."

"The I Will for Wales campaign is looking to change peoples' attitudes towards the environment and towards issues such as littering, graffiti and recycling. By changing attitudes we can achieve a cleaner Pembrokeshire. I would like to urge everyone to think about their local environment and keep your local area clean and tidy in 2011."

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Theatr Gwaun Backed By Local AM

Theatr_Gwaun_2Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has pledged his support to arts Theatr Gwaun in the lead up to the Cabinet meeting to discuss its future next week. Following a public meeting on 3rd December last year, it seems that Theatr Gwaun would remain open until March 31st, but it is then likely to be closed by Pembrokeshire County Council due to tight financial constraints.

Paul Davies said, "Theatr Gwaun is essential not only to Fishguard but to all of North Pembrokeshire. Its educational and cultural value cannot be ignored. I appreciate that times are tough, but the Friends of Theatr Gwaun have presented an Outline Project Plan which clearly shows how the theatre could have a sustainable future. It shows how running costs could be reduced by up to 60% in the first two years."

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06 January 2011

Local AM Paul Davies Visits PATCH

Patch_Visit_1Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has visited PATCH – Pembrokeshire Action to Combat Hardship, to help out and to witness their "Basics Bank". PATCH have set up a Basics Bank of non-perishable food, clothing and toiletries, from the donations that they receive, which makes it possible to provide for the needs of an individual or family in a crisis situation.

Following the visit to the organisation, Mr Davies was able to see the volunteers in action first-hand. He said, "I have been privileged to visit the PATCH head office in Milford Haven and meet the volunteers there. PATCH provides a valuable service to our community by providing food and clothing for families in need. They also launch a Christmas toy appeal every year to try to ensure that all children in Pembrokeshire, regardless of their background, enjoy the Christmas that they deserve."

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