October 2011

20 October 2011

Paul Davies Encourages Pembrokeshire Residents To Take Back Control Of Their Energy Bills

Paul Davies AM is pictured with Duncan McCombie, Energy Saving Trust director of operations for Wales.The average home in Wales can save up to £280 a year by being energy efficient and with the cost of energy bills on the rise there's no better time than now for householders to take back control of their bills. This Energy Saving Week (24-28th Oct 2011), Paul Davies AM has teamed up with the Energy Saving Trust to promote this message to householders in Preseli Pembrokeshire.

As people in Wales face ever increasing energy bills, Paul was informed that everyday items such as TVs and computers are responsible for a staggering 34 per cent of the UK's carbon production. However, Paul was shown a number of nifty gadgets which can make day-to-day life easier but whilst helping to reduce bills. Switching everyday household items can make a real difference, even the simple kettle. Next time you replace your kettle why not consider an Eco Kettle? If everybody in the UK switched to an Energy Saving Trust Recommended kettle, £270million in electricity could be saved annually.

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19 October 2011

Local AM Backs Plans for Fishguard Harbour

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting plans for a mixed-use marina development in Fishguard. The main elements of the scheme include a 450 berth marina with workshops, stores and ancillary facilities; 253 new residential apartments incorporating extensive landscaped gardens and a 19 acre platform for the potential expansion of the existing Stena Line port. The scheme would also create a new, publicly-accessible promenade and waterfront, together with visitor parking.

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Doubts Cast Over ‘No Cost’ GP Hours Extension

The Finance Minister has cast doubt over the First Minister's claims that an extension to GP opening hours in Wales will cost nothing.

It follows a written response from the Health Minister to the Welsh Conservatives, making it clear 'detailed costs' are being developed for the policy.

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17 October 2011

Local AM Attends “Grab a Bag for Life” Event

Paul Davies AM, is pictured at the Marine Conservation event at the Senedd.Local AM Paul Davies recently attended the Marine Conservation Society "grab a bag for life" event at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay. The event, aimed at raising awareness of the threats posed by plastic bags to the marine environment, issued National Assembly members with bags for life as a thank you for the recent introduction of a Carrier Bag levy in Wales. The Marine Conservation Society beach-watch survey 2010, showed a massive 7,273 bags on 376 beaches surveyed over just one weekend. This is an average of 43 plastic bags per kilometre of beach surveyed, highlighting the scale of the problem with irresponsible disposal of plastics bags and the extent of the dangers such hazardous materials pose to marine plant and wildlife.

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AM Calls for Bovine TB Update

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is calling for the Welsh Government to provide the farming industry with a much-needed update on their Bovine TB eradication policy. At present, nearly 700 cattle a month continue to be lost from the Welsh cattle herd as a result of Bovine TB.

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14 October 2011

Local AM Debates Welsh Planning System

Paul Davies AM has recently taken part in a Welsh Conservative debate on planning in the Assembly Chamber. The debate, tabled by the Welsh Conservatives called on the Welsh Government to increase the flexibility of the Welsh planning system, streamline and simplify current Welsh planning guidance and increase the say of local communities in the planning system.

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Local AM Probes First Minister on Train Overcrowding

Local AM Paul Davies has recently raised concerns regarding overcrowding on trains in the Chamber with the First Minister, Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM.

Paul Davies said, "I raised the issue of overcrowding on trains with the First Minister, following representations to me from concerned constituents and I have since written to him on this issue.

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Haverfordwest Skatepark Gets Much Needed Funding

Skaters in Haverfordwest are a step closer to getting their much needed skatepark, as the Haverfordwest Skatepark Association (HSA) secures valuable funding from the Big Lottery fund to proceed with plans to build the proposed skatepark.

Commenting on this, Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies said, "This is fantastic news for the Haverfordwest Skatepark Association who have worked tirelessly to secure funding for this park. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the HSA and everyone who has been involved with the project and praise them for their efforts.

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Local AM Quizzes First Minister on Orthodontic Services

Local AM Paul Davies has recently raised concerns regarding orthodontic services in Pembrokeshire, in the Chamber with the First Minister, Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM.

Paul Davies said, "I raised the issue of orthodontic services with the First Minister, as it is of huge concern to my constituents, many of whom have to travel to Swansea for treatment.

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12 October 2011

Local AM Wears It Pink To Fund A Cure For Breast Cancer

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies AM is pictured “wearing it pink” for Breast Cancer.Paul Davies, AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire is joining forces with Breast Cancer Campaign to raise awareness of its award winning fundraising event, wear it pink day, supported by Vanish.

On Friday 28 October 2011 supporters in schools, colleges and businesses throughout the country are encouraged to don an item of pink in support of the campaign and donate £2 to fund innovative, world-class breast cancer research.

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11 October 2011

Local AM Calls for Council Tax Freeze

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies, alongside other Welsh Conservative AMs, this week urged the Welsh Labour Government to reconsider introducing a Council Tax freeze in Wales for next year.

Welsh Labour Ministers have once again decided against a Council Tax freeze for the year 2012, which would provide significant support to already hard-pressed pensioners and families throughout Wales. The implementation of a Council Tax freeze in both England and Scotland, where the SNP government was supported in this by the Scottish Labour Party, are already proving to be beneficial for families and pensioners during these difficult economic times. Families in Pembrokeshire however will not experience the same advantages, despite the availability of funding to extend the scheme to Welsh families, as a result of the Welsh Government's highly discouraging decision.

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10 October 2011

Preseli Pembrokeshire Politicians Hold Joint Advice Surgery

Preseli Pembrokeshire politicians Paul Davies AM and Stephen Crabb MP are pictured at their advice surgery in St David’s.Preseli Pembrokeshire politicians Paul Davies AM and Stephen Crabb MP have recently held a joint advice surgery at the Old Cross Hotel in St David's. The surgery was fully booked and gave local residents the opportunity to meet with their local Assembly Member and Member of Parliament to discuss a wealth of local and national issues.

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05 October 2011

Local AM Celebrates Welsh Produce

Local AM Paul Davies was pleased to attend an NFU Welsh food reception at the Assembly this week, which celebrated Welsh produce and the Welsh food industry. Mr Davies met with NFU Cymru members and agricultural industry representatives to celebrate the high quality of Welsh food and to discuss issues facing the Welsh food industry today.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies said, "It was a huge privilege to attend this wonderful event. This event is a tribute to the farmers of Wales just as much as it is to their produce. Wales' reputation for fine food is a great acknowledgement of the hard work of farmers across the country."

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Local AM Visits Pembrokeshire Autism Branch

(From Left to Right) Helen Hallwood, Ceri Phillips, Local AM Paul Davies, Lisa Phillips, Gill Hughes and Fiona Mordecai, from the Pembrokeshire Autism BranchLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies AM has visited the NAS Cymru's Pembrokeshire Branch to meet with volunteers and parents of school children with autism. The local branch was set up in April for people affected by autism and it offers coffee mornings, social evenings and even an online support group for those affected by autism.

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Local AM celebrates 25th Work Experience

Paul Davies AM is pictured with Rebecca Llewhellin, a recent politics graduate of Cardiff University.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies this week invited a local student to undertake a two week work placement with him, making this the 25th work placement offered by Paul since his initial election in 2007. Mr Davies offered Rebecca Llewhellin, a recent politics graduate of Cardiff University, the opportunity to work alongside his team in both his constituency office in Haverfordwest and in his Assembly office in Cardiff Bay. During her time with Paul Rebecca has been able to research and scrutinise policy, assist in the construction of questions and statements and been responsible for drafting correspondence. In addition Rebecca has had the opportunity to attend numerous events, sit in on public debates and participate in a doorstep surgery.

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