2014

17 June 2014

“Valued Train Services Should be Rolled Out Permanently” Says Local AM

With train 1Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is calling for the permanent roll out of the enhanced train services that has been running to and from Fishguard Harbour and Goodwick. Launched in 2011, the additional services may cease in September due to doubts over Welsh Government funding.

Mr Davies said, "The additional rail services between Fishguard and Carmarthen have been a vital lifeline for people in Pembrokeshire. Doubt over the future of rail services between the towns will cause uncertainty for rail passengers, and I hope that the Minister makes a decision on the future of these services as soon as possible."

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13 June 2014

Local AM Takes Part in Queen’s Speech Debate in Senedd

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has urged Assembly Members to commit to the UK Government's long-term economic plan in a Senedd debate on the Queen's speech. The UK Government is bringing forward 11 Bills in this parliamentary session and is continuing to pay down the record budget deficit left by the previous Labour Government. Mr Davies decided to focus his remarks on the commitment to small businesses in the programme.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to take part in the Queen's speech debate and to use the opportunity to highlight how the UK Government is supporting small businesses. SMEs are the backbone of the Pembrokeshire economy and I'm pleased that for example, the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, will support Pembrokeshire's businesses by reducing the burden of regulation, helping them get paid faster and streamlining the procurement process."

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09 June 2014

Assembly Member chips away at Wales’ stray dog problem

Pictured are Paul Davies AM, with Rusty the dog, and Nadia Jovanovic from the Dogs Trust.Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity was delighted to be able to welcome Paul Davies AM to a microchipping event in his local area on Thursday 5th June.

The event, held at Oriel –y– Parc, St David's, Pembrokeshire was a great success, with local residents encouraged to bring their four legged friends along to take advantage of the free microchipping service on offer. A number of local dogs were chipped on the day while Dogs Trust representatives were also on hand to offer advice and answer any general queries about responsible dog ownership, reminding dog owners of the importance of keeping their microchip database details up to date.

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06 June 2014

Paul Davies joins brain tumour patients to welcome new service in Wales

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured with Chief Executive Sarah Lindsell and Deputy Presiding Officer David Melding AM.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies was among those marking the launch of new support services for brain tumour patients and their families in Wales. Mr Davies joined more than 100 others at The Brain Tumour Charity's Senedd reception on Wednesday evening (June 4th), hosted by AM and Finance Minister Jane Hutt.

Every year around 600 people in Wales are newly diagnosed with a brain tumour – one of the highest rates per head of population of any European country. Across the UK, brain tumours kill more children and adults under 40 than any other single type of cancer.

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28 May 2014

Local AM Joins Crowds for Queen’s Baton Relay

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured with guests to watch the Queen’s baton relay.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies joined crowds in St David's to watch the Queen's baton relay pass through Pembrokeshire. A total of 177 people will carry the baton throughout Wales, which contains a message to athletes from the Queen. The baton relay comes ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to watch the Queen's baton pass through Pembrokeshire. It's a great honour for the local area to be involved in the relay, and I would like to place on record my thanks to everyone who supported it. The baton bearers did their jobs excellently, and they were well supported by the local community."

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16 May 2014

Social Services are failing deaf people, say Charity

Thousands of deaf people in Wales are failing to get vital support from social services, a hearing loss charity claims today. Action on Hearing Loss Cymru (formerly RNID) is calling on the Welsh Government to ensure that the new Social Services and Well-Being Bill makes a real difference to the 534,000 people in Wales who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Currently almost 4 out of 5 people diagnosed with hearing loss (78%) leave audiology unaware of support available to them and 75 per cent of social services departments in Wales do not offer bespoke communications support or textphone numbers, meaning people are not able to access appropriate assessments.

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14 May 2014

Paul Davies Encourages You to Support Your Local Pub

Paul is pictured behind the bar at Eddies, Haverfordwest.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has highlighted the importance of protecting pubs across Wales in a recent debate at the Senedd. Mr Davies talked about the importance of pubs to the tourism industry and how in rural areas, like Pembrokeshire, pubs are important community resources.

Mr Davies said, "The local pub should be at the heart of any community, but sadly here in Wales, three are closing every week. In Pembrokeshire, pubs strengthen our rural economy, provide jobs for local people and contribute to making the local area more attractive."

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09 May 2014

Labour flogs River Lodge white elephant

The Welsh Labour Government has approved the sale of a hotel it controversially bought with £1.6million of taxpayers' money amid plans to turn it into a Chinese martial arts centre.

In 2012, a scathing Wales Audit Office report concluded that the purchase of the River Lodge Hotel in Llangollen provided no benefits to the taxpayer, that Ministers paid more than its value and that decisions surrounding the purchase were flawed.

Ministers wasted a further £200,000 maintaining the derelict hotel, but plans to develop a kung fu centre there collapsed.

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08 May 2014

Local AM Welcomes Report to Improve Wales’ resilience to Coastal Flooding

A major report published by Natural Resources Wales, which made 47 recommendations to improve Wales' resilience to coastal flooding in the future, has been welcomed by local Assembly Member Paul Davies.

Speaking at the Senedd, Mr Davies said, "This is a very important report which states that while national defences held up in the majority of cases and that response co-ordination was effective, there were still exceptions where flooding did occur and it's vital that we learn the lessons as to why those incidents occurred and whether they could have been prevented."

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07 May 2014

Local AM Welcomes War Graves Funding Boost

Pte Hubert “Stokey” Lewis’ war memorial in Milford HavenLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies has welcomed the UK Government's commitment to restoring the war graves of Victoria Cross recipients across the United Kingdom, which includes restoring the grave of local recipient Pte Hubert "Stokey" Lewis in Milford Haven. This new funding provides a significant boost to the 'Honour Our VC Heroes' campaign launched by the Sun newspaper, in association with the Victoria Cross Trust.

Mr Davies said, "I'm delighted that the UK Government is committed to honouring our war heroes, and that Pembrokeshire could also receive funding to restore a grave locally. This funding could certainly go some way to replacing the broken sundial on Stokey Lewis' memorial. We must all ensure that future generations are fully aware of how their ancestors fought bravely for our country."

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02 May 2014

Hywel Dda Confirms Service Models to be Implemented from August

Service models were confirmed by Hywel Dda health board following the establishment of the Maternity, Neonates, Paediatrics and Gynaecology Programme Board. The service models will be implemented from August 2014, where Withybush Hospital will lose three obstetric training doctors, whilst also being unable to safely staff paediatrics and neonatal services.

Mr Davies said, "I'm appalled that the Health Minister and the local health board have decided to steamroll ahead with these controversial plans. The Health Minister has made it clear that there would be safety nets in place for midwifery units, and yet this latest announcement confirms that more obstetric doctors will be lost from Withybush hospital. Given that midwives do not perform Caesarean sections, what will happen if there's an emergency during labour, and a caesarean is urgently required?"

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For the Love of Pembrokeshire, we must act on climate change, says Local AM

Paul is pictured with Haf Elgar of Stop Climate Chaos Cymru.For the love of the food on our plates. For the love of our global neighbours. For the Love of Snowdon, Barry Island and Llangrannog.

Proclaiming his love for Pembrokeshire, Paul Davies AM supported the launch of the For the Love of... campaign, at an event organised by Stop Climate Chaos Cymru (SCCC) at the Senedd on (Wednesday 30 April).

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24 April 2014

Paul Davies Supports Scams Awareness Month

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting Scams Awareness Month this May, and is calling for greater protection to be provided to older people from scams. Figures from the Alzheimer's Society show 15% of carers reported that the person they cared for had been the subject of some kind of financial scam and yet sadly, the Office of Fair Trading estimates that only 5% of scams are reported.

Mr Davies said, "I'm pleased to support Age Cymru, who is working with Trading Standards and Citizens Advice in Wales to raise awareness of scams during Scams Awareness Month. We must do all that we can to ensure that vulnerable older people are made aware of the threat of scams, especially people living in particularly rural areas across Pembrokeshire. Older people who are targeted by these scams can become alienated from their families and lose their life savings and their homes – and so I'd encourage everyone across Pembrokeshire to support Age Cymru's campaign and help raise awareness of scams."

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15 April 2014

DAVIES: We’re better together

Addressing the annual Welsh Conservative Party Conference in Llangollen, Paul Davies AM, Deputy Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly, said:

Dwi'n hynod o falch i gael y cyfle i'ch annerch chi y prynhawn yma a mae'n bleser ein bod ni gyd yn cwrdd yn Llangollen.

Friends, it's great to be here at Llangollen.

I want to start by telling you how I've found myself standing here in front of you today and why a Welsh speaking boy from a traditional Welsh speaking family from the Welsh speaking heartlands of west Wales became a member of this great Party.

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08 April 2014

Concerns Again Raised Regarding Public Funding of Ffynone & Cilgwyn Woodlands

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has again raised concerns regarding the granting of public funding to Calon yn Tyfu Cyf (Calon) for the purchase of Ffynone and Cilgwyn Woodland. In September 2006 £502,000 was awarded to Calon by Forestry Commission Wales (FCW) from their Cydcoed II Programme. Subsequently the Wales Audit Office and the National Assembly for Wales' Public Accounts Committee issued critical reports on the grant funding.

Mr Davies commented "One of the many recommendations in the Public Accounts Committee report of February 2011 was "that FCW work with Calon to secure designation of the greatest possible portion of Ffynone and Cilgwyn Woodland under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 at the earliest possible opportunity." Three years later this has still not happened, and very understandably members of the local community and I are questioning why recommendations in the reports have not been implemented."

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