October 2015

22 October 2015

Welsh Government Must Utilise Pembrokeshire’s International Trade Opportunities

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has called for the Welsh Government to do more to support Pembrokeshire as a hub for international trade connectivity. During a Welsh Conservative debate, Mr Davies highlighted the strategic importance of Milford Haven and Fishguard ports for trade and tourism and once again reiterated calls to dual the A40.

Mr Davies said, “Pembrokeshire is strategically important to both the Welsh and the UK economy, not just in terms of trade, but in terms of tourism too. That’s why the Welsh Government should be maximising the local area’s potential and generating inward investment into the County. We have two ports, which contribute a substantial amount to the local economy and provide much needed jobs in the region – but more can, and should be done to harness the ports’ potential. The Welsh Government must boost the tourism and trade opportunities Pembrokeshire offers by modernising our transport infrastructure and attracting new businesses.”


Local AM Raises Profile of Pembrokeshire as a Film Location

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has called for the Welsh Government to promote Pembrokeshire as a filming location for film and television during a round of Ministerial questions, with the Minister for the Economy, Science and Transport. Mr Davies highlighted how filming in the County is a great opportunity to showcase Pembrokeshire to the film industry.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to highlight Pembrokeshire’s growing success as a film location in the Assembly Chamber and I’m proud that filmmakers continue to come to the area to film everything from TV shows to blockbuster movies. Pembrokeshire is a stunning backdrop for the film and television industry and the Welsh Government need to capitalise on its growing reputation. Filming in Pembrokeshire provides us with an opportunity to market the County on a national and some cases international stage and the Welsh Government needs to work with the relevant authorities and the industry to see this practice continue for years to come.”


Digital Exclusion is high in Pembrokeshire According to New Heatmap

Go.On UK has produced a "digital exclusion heatmap", showing the parts of Wales which are lacking in digital competency and Pembrokeshire has been identified as an area of high digital exclusion. The report also shows that 22.8% of adults in Pembrokeshire have never been online or even used the internet directly.

Mr Davies said, “Pembrokeshire has for some time lagged behind parts of Wales in terms of its digital competency and the Welsh Government need to recognise this latest report and take action to address these issues. Broadband provision and mobile phone signal are a blight for some of Pembrokeshire’s communities and targeted action is needed to ensure that businesses and communities in Pembrokeshire can compete in the global race.”


16 October 2015

Patient Experiences of New Arrangements Must be Heard Says Local AM

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has again held a debate in the Assembly Chamber on the centralisation of services to Glangwili hospital, calling for patient experiences to be heard by the Welsh Government and Hywel Dda health board and for the reintroduction of services at Withybush hospital.

Mr Davies said, “As the Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire I have always raised the issues of my constituents and I will continue to do so. Heath services in Pembrokeshire continue to be a top priority for local people and so I was pleased to again highlight their concerns in the Assembly Chamber. Patient experiences of the new arrangements for maternity, neonatal and paediatric services at Glangwili hospital must be heard. I was appalled by the Deputy Minister for Health’s response on behalf of the Welsh Government, which demonstrated a disturbing lack of empathy for the very real experiences felt by people in Pembrokeshire.”


12 October 2015

Paul Davies Visits Headway Branch in Haverfordwest

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies visited Headway Haverfordwest to discuss some of the challenges facing survivors of brain injuries in Pembrokeshire. The local branch meets on the second Thursday of each month at Haverfordwest Rugby Club and meetings are open to anyone who has been affected by a brain trauma.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to visit Headway Haverfordwest and hear first-hand how the group is supporting and working with people with brain injuries in Pembrokeshire. Sadly, there are a lack of support services locally that provide support and services to people following a brain injury and so the work of Headway Haverfordwest is crucial for local people who desperately need help adjusting to life after a serious injury. I commend the work of the local branch which is making a real difference to people in Pembrokeshire, showing that there is life after brain injury. I will do everything that I can to raise awareness of their excellent work both locally and at the National Assembly for Wales.”


08 October 2015

Paul Davies Invites Minister to Fishguard

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has invited the Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant AM, to visit local residents in Lower Town, Fishguard to hear first-hand about the effects of flooding on the local community. During a recent plenary exchange, Mr Davies explained the seriousness of the situation locally and extended an invitation to the Minister to visit the local area for himself

Mr Davies said, “Flooding in Lower Town, Fishguard has been a significant problem for some time now, and whilst there has been a constructive dialogue with local people, councillors and Natural Resources Wales, I felt it was time for the Minister to see the situation for himself.”


More than 4000 Extra patients wait over 9 months for NHS treatment

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has criticised the Welsh Government over a steep rise in the number of patients waiting to start treatment in the Hywel Dda local heath board area. According to the latest Welsh Government figures, 7023 people living in the health board area are waiting to start NHS treatment, that’s a staggering increase of 223% or 4848 people since last August.

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies said “I’m alarmed to see such an increase in the number of people desperately waiting to start treatment in our local communities. Figures have shown an increase of 223% which is wholly unacceptable.”


Paul Davies Sponsors Local Artist’s Exhibition at the Assembly

Paul is pictured with Cynth WeymanLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies is proudly sponsoring a local artist’s exhibition at the National Assembly for Wales. ‘Escapism in Colour: Pembrokeshire’ an exhibition by local artist Cynth Weyman brings the beauty of Pembrokeshire to the National Assembly through paintings, textile reliefs, giclee prints and ‘posh scarves.’

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to sponsor Cynth’s exhibition, which truly captures the spirit of Pembrokeshire. Her exhibition demonstrates her detailed craftsmanship with a range of artistic techniques. There’s a great narrative throughout the pieces in her collection, which are clearly inspired by our local area and it was great to see Cynth bringing out familiar features from Milford Haven to Fishguard.”


Paul Davies Backs Welsh Farming

Paul is pictured with NFU representatives and other AMs outside the SeneddLocal AM Paul Davies was pleased to attend the NFU Cymru’s ‘It’s time to back Welsh Farming’ campaign trailer, when it visited the National Assembly for Wales recently. Mr Davies met with NFU Cymru members to celebrate Welsh farming and discuss ways in which the Welsh Government can better support the sector.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies said, “It was a huge privilege to visit the NFU’s campaign trailer and pledge my support for farmers in Wales. Wales’ global reputation for fine food is a great acknowledgement of the hard work of farmers across the country and we need to back Welsh farmers and ensure they receive a fair price for their produce.”


07 October 2015

Paul Davies Supports Community Growing Projects

Paul is pictured with Jane White from Clynfyw Care Farm.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently attended the launch of the Community Growing Resource Pack for Wales, which aims to help people start up new community growing projects. At the event, Mr Davies met with Clynfyw farm, a care farming project in North Pembrokeshire to find out more about the work that they are doing and some of the challenges that they are currently facing.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to attend the Community Growing Projects event at the Assembly. The event gave me a great opportunity to learn more about these projects and how they provide health and wellbeing benefits, improve the local environment and help bring communities together.”


06 October 2015

No ministerial urgency over Glangwili scandal

Welsh Conservatives today condemned Labour ministers for their lack of urgency in addressing failings at Glangwili Hospital’s labour ward.

Speaking at a press conference in the Senedd, Paul Davies – Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire – accused the Health Minister of ignoring a dangerous problem of his own making.

It’s now two weeks since a report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health concluded that Glangwili’s labour unit was "too small, with insufficient facilities and… a poor environment for women and staff’ and ‘not fit for purpose’. In its response, the Welsh Labour government confirmed a capital business case for improvements to the hospital’s estate is not expected until next year.


05 October 2015

Paul Davies Visits H.O.P.E. Centre

Paul is pictured with Mr Ken Brombley. Mr Rick Stanton, and Mrs Margaret Brace.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies attended the local charity HOPE’s open day event in Neyland, to meet with staff and volunteers who are supporting people with multiple sclerosis and other disorders in Pembrokeshire. The centre offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Physiotherapy and other therapies to help patients with multiple sclerosis and other diseases.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to attend the HOPE Open day and see the wonderful services and support that the staff there offer patients. The staff at HOPE do a fantastic job in providing relief to those with Multiple Sclerosis and other related conditions through a range of therapies. They also provide a great source of comfort to patients’ families and carers. Therefore, I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at the Centre who do so much to help local patients live with serious and difficult conditions.”


02 October 2015

Local AM Drops By for World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Paul is pictured with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park staff at their Macmillan Coffee Morning.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies visited a coffee morning held by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mr Davies said, “Sadly, we all know someone who has been affect by cancer and Macmillan Cancer Support is there for people from the moment they are diagnosed, with medical and practical help, as well as emotional and financial support. That’s why I’m supporting the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning which brings people together and is an easy and fun way to raise money for Macmillan. Every penny raised goes towards the vital work that Macmillan do and I’m pleased that the people of Pembrokeshire also got behind this initiative and played their part in raising funds to support people with cancer.”


Paul Davies Visits Arco Dee Ship

Ray Marshall Master of the Arco Dee demonstrating the controls of the ship to  Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies (left) and County Councillor David Howlett, watched by Hanson Marine’s managing director Geof Stockbridge.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited the Arco Dee ship at Milford Haven, whilst it’s currently being repaired. Mr Davies received a tour aboard the vessel, where he was able to learn more about the ship and the repairs that it was undergoing.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to visit the Arco Dee ship, whilst it was based in Milford Haven. Repairs to this ship and one other represents a substantial investment into the local economy, which is certainly very welcome. Milford Haven has the skills and capability to service vessels of this type and I hope the area will continue to attract this sort of business in the future.”


Paul Davies Supports International Older Person’s Day

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has pledged his support for International Older Person’s Day which took place on the 1st October 2015, by signing a cross-party Assembly Statement of Opinion. International Older Person’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the significant contribution older people make to our local communities and indeed, society as a whole.

Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted to support International Older Person’s Day and put on record my gratitude and respect for the contribution that older people make to Pembrokeshire. I’m also supporting the Older People’s Commissioner’s ‘Say NO to Ageism’ campaign, which aims to challenge the myths and misconceptions about older people and change the way society thinks about growing older.”


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