September 2013

25 September 2013

Paul Davies Meets Talking Books Wales

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured with representatives of Talking Books Wales.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has met with Sulwyn Thomas, the Chairman of Talking Books Wales at Siop Sian, a local business in Crymych. Talking Books Wales have been running since 1979 and they provide audio books to the blind, partially sighted and those having difficulties reading print. According to Disability Wales, sadly only 7 per cent of all printed material is available in accessible formats such as large print, audio, and braille; and only 3 per cent in the Welsh language.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to meet with Sulwyn Thomas and the team to hear more about Talking Books Wales. They provide an invaluable service to the visually impaired and I would encourage the people of Pembrokeshire, should they have a loved one with eyesight problems to visit their website and find out more about their products. Audiobooks are an important educational tool for people of all ages with eyesight difficulties, helping to culturally enrich their lives. For more information and to see Talking Books Wales products, please visit: http://www.llyfraullafarcymru.org.uk/en/"

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24 September 2013

Hywel Dda NHS Reform: More Downgrading and Continuing Worry

Welsh Conservatives have condemned the Labour Health Minister's decision to downgrade A and E services in Llanelli and leave an axe hanging over a special care baby unit at Withybush Hospital.

Announcing the conclusions of an independent report on NHS reorganisation in the region, Labour's Minister announced implementation of emergency department downgrading would go ahead at Prince Philip Hospital and further work would be undertaken by the panel in relation to neonatal services at Withybush and Glangwili Hospitals.

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20 September 2013

Local AM Speaks Out for Local Bus Services

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured outside Haverfordwest bus station.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently fed into the South West Wales Integrated Transport Consortium (SWWITCH) consultation on their draft Regional Network Strategy. The consultation follows the Welsh Government's decision to replace the former Bus Services Operators' Grant (BSOG), the Local Transport Services Grant (LTSG) and the Community Transport Concessionary Fares Initiative (CTCFI), with a single funding scheme known as the Regional Transport Services Grant (RTSG).

Mr Davies said, "Access to bus services and other forms of transport is vital to many of my constituents given the rural nature of Preseli Pembrokeshire. For many people bus services provide a lifeline in terms of being able to travel to work, access shops, health services and other facilities. If there is to be a choice made on future funding arrangements for bus services in west Wales, it is absolutely crucial that rurality and social needs are properly considered. Rural services are already facing pressures and so it is more important than ever that current services are protected to ensure that essential facilities in Pembrokeshire are accessible to all. I look forward to hearing the outcome of this consultation and how it will affect the people of Pembrokeshire."

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Paul Davies Takes Part in Beach Clean at Poppit Sands

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured with Keep Wales Tidy staff and volunteers at Poppit Sands beach.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has taken part in a local beach clean with Keep Wales Tidy staff and volunteers as part of Keep Wales Tidy week. The group met at Poppit Sands to undertake a thorough beach clean in an effort to raise awareness of preserving the local environment and combat the issue of beach litter.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to take part in the beach clean at Poppit Sands. The Pembrokeshire coastline is very important for Wales as it boosts the local economy and supports the tourism industry, whilst all the while allowing us to showcase how beautiful Pembrokeshire is. Therefore it is absolutely essential that we do all that we can to maintain the local environment for local residents and for visitors to enjoy. Keep Wales Tidy do a fantastic job of working with communities across Wales all year round to maintain our beautiful beaches and it is important that we do all that we can to support them. To read more about Keep Wales Tidy's fantastic work, please visit http://www.keepwalestidy.org/home"

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17 September 2013

Pembrokeshire to miss out on Regeneration Funding

Paul is pictured in Milford Haven town centre.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has expressed his extreme disappointment that Pembrokeshire has not been selected to proceed to Stage 2 of the 'Vibrant and Viable Places' regeneration process. Following the Minister for Housing and Regeneration's recent statement, Pembrokeshire is now one of only four local authorities in Wales not to be considered for regeneration funding from the Welsh Labour Government.

Mr Davies said, "I'm extremely disappointed that the Welsh Government have dismissed Pembrokeshire's proposal to support regeneration efforts in Milford Haven. Sadly, the town centre underperforms with high vacancy rates (17% by unit or 11% by area for ground Class A) and the building of new affordable houses is low compared to need, with only 452 delivered between 2007 and 2013. Given that the Welsh Government's new framework is directed towards regenerating town centres and coastal communities, it's unacceptable that Milford Haven has been overlooked. Therefore, I will be raising this issue with the Minister in the Assembly Chamber to find out why Pembrokeshire has been ignored."

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10 September 2013

Local AM supporting Pembrokeshire Tourism

Pictured is Paul with Jayne Hancock of award winning Fields Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Herbrandston.Local Welsh Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting a new strategy launched by the Welsh Conservative Party. It focusses on the future of the Welsh tourism industry, aiming to determine how the sector can be improved or marketed differently.

The new strategy will launch two surveys as a twin track consultation, one asking the holiday makers for their views on welsh tourism whilst the other will ask those individuals who work in the industry their thoughts on the current economy and how they want it improved.

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06 September 2013

Paul Davies Visits U3A Group

L-R: Anna Davies (Member), Theresa Arkle (Member), Vernon Devonald (Committee Member), Paul Davies (Local AM), Jan Thomas (Secretary) and Gill Taylor (Chairman).Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has visited the Preseli's branch of the University of the Third Age to give a presentation to their members on the National Assembly for Wales and the role of Assembly Members. Mr Davies also took part in a question and answer session where members had the opportunity to quiz their local Assembly Member on aspects of his role and his stance on local issues.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to visit the U3A group to talk to members about my role as the constituency Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, the National Assembly for Wales and its powers; and of current issues that are important to my constituents.

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02 September 2013

Spirit of Enterprise continues to support arts and craft businesses in Pembrokeshire

Outside PBI Spirit of Enterprise Shop in High St, Haverfordwest with Rhodri Packman (PBI Marketing Adviser), Paul Lloyd (PBI Managing Director), Dilys Jenkinson (test-trader), Kathleen Davies (Spirit of Enterprise project administrator).Pembrokeshire shoppers looking to buy a piece of art or craftwork might be able to find that special gift at 44 High Street, Haverfordwest. Visitors to the Spirit of Enterprise shop are able to browse a unique range of products and by purchasing the quality items on display will be directly supporting Pembrokeshire's budding entrepreneurs.

PBI's project has been designed to give a helping hand to artists and crafts people looking to start a new business, before having to commit themselves to buying or renting their own business premises. The shop, and office space in the same building, provides a high street space as a 'test trading' experience for a period of up to 3 months. The project is free and is open to anyone over the age of sixteen who is thinking of starting, but not already in business and who has a product designed and made by themselves. Whether unemployed or wanting a change of direction in life, the PBI project could be the chance to find out if an artistic leaning could provide a potential future income.

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Labour’s £13million External Legal Fees

Figures uncovered by the Welsh Conservatives reveal that the Welsh Labour Government has spent £13million on external legal services in the past five years, despite having its own legal department with over 120 members of staff.

The total bill for external legal services for the financial years 2008-09 to 2012-13 was £13,021,005. Since the last Assembly election, external legal fees have risen by nearly 50%, standing at almost £3million in 2012-13.

The figures were branded 'startling', given the Welsh Government has its own 120-strong legal department, which is funded from the Welsh Government's £314million annual running costs.

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