2015

26 May 2015

Local AM Supports Young Farmers

Paul is pictured at the YFC Rally.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently attended the Pembrokeshire Young Farmers annual county rally in Haverfordwest. The rally hosted a number of competitions and events, including the crowning of the county YFC queen and the tug-of-war which provided some of the more traditional highlights.

Following his visit, Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to attend this year’s YFC rally – it’s an excellent day out that brings children and young people from across Pembrokeshire together. There was certainly plenty going on from singing and dancing to flower arranging and arts and crafts – and the range of activities really showed why YFC groups are so important for our young people in Pembrokeshire. These clubs not only provide educational opportunities for children and young people in rural areas, but give them the opportunity to socialise and have fun along the way. If you’re interested in getting involved, visit http://www.yfc-wales.org.uk/ for more information.”

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22 May 2015

Paul Davies Urges Parents to be Dog Smart!

Paul is pictured at the Dogs Trust event in the Senedd.Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, was delighted to welcome Welsh Assembly Members to the Be Dog Smart reception recently to support the crucial campaign that teaches parents how to keep children safe around dogs. With 580,000 dogs currently in Wales and rising, it’s more important than ever to be dog smart. The event was attended by Paul Davies AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire who turned up to support Dogs Trust’s campaign and essential take-away message; never leave any child alone with any dog. Guests also had the chance to meet Dogs Trust Wales’ Education Officer, Claire Kendrick, who was on hand to offer advice and answer queries about dog safety.

Commenting from the event, Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to welcome Dogs Trust to the Assembly and to learn more about their fantastic Be Dog Smart education campaign. Dog control and welfare is such an important issue and I’m encouraged to see Dogs Trust take this preventative approach towards tackling dog attacks. All children remember their Green Cross Code and we want Be Dog Smart to be just as well known – amongst Assembly Members, too!”

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Pembrokeshire Coast Makes the Top Five best National Parks in the World

The Pembrokeshire Coast has been named one of the five best National Parks on the planet by a writer from the luxury travel website Condé Nast Traveller. This follows the recent news that eleven beaches in Pembrokeshire have been awarded the international Blue Flag Award this year, as well as 12 Green Coast Awards and 19 Seaside Awards.

Commenting on this, local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, “It’s excellent to see that the Pembrokeshire Coast has made global headlines once again – it wasn’t that long ago it was voted the second best coastal area in the world by National Geographic Traveller magazine.”

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21 May 2015

Future of Adult Learning to be discussed across Pembrokeshire

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is encouraging people across Pembrokeshire to have their say on the future of community learning for adults. Pembrokeshire County Council has arranged a series of meetings across the County for people to discuss what they consider to be the best way to deliver Adult and Community Learning in the future, following a reduction in funding from the Welsh Labour Government.

Mr Davies said, “I’m disappointed that the Welsh Government has decided to reduce the funding it gives Pembrokeshire County Council to provide these important educational and communal facilities. Adult and Community Learning programmes offer people the chance to develop new skills and refresh existing skills in the comfort of their local area, as well as bringing local communities together socially.”

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Call to market Pembrokeshire’s award-winning beaches

Eleven beaches in Pembrokeshire have been awarded the international Blue Flag Award this year, as well as 12 Green Coast Awards and 19 Seaside Awards for their cleanliness and high quality water.

Commenting on this, local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, “I’m delighted that once again, Pembrokeshire has topped the list of blue flag beaches in Wales, and that is very much down to the hard work of local volunteers, organisations like Keep Wales Tidy, Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire National Park. Our local beaches are some of the world’s finest and are an important asset in attracting visitors and tourists to the area.”

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National Rural Crime Survey Supported by Local AM

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting the National Rural Crime Survey, the largest ever survey to investigate the true impact of crime on communities in rural areas of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Anyone living or working in rural areas is being encouraged to take part in the survey, launched by the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN), to help build a picture of what is a widespread but often misunderstood issue.

Mr Davies said: “Crimes that are committed in urban areas like Cardiff and Newport, including violent crime, traffic offences and anti-social behaviour can also happen in Pembrokeshire, and so it’s vitally important that as many people as possible take part in this survey, so that we can accurately measure the full impact of crime on rural communities in Wales . It’s essential that we better understand the nature of crime, which of course, includes agricultural crime too. This way, we can work more effectively with the police as rural residents to better protect our communities.”

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11 May 2015

Paul Davies Backs ME Awareness Week

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting ME awareness week to help raise awareness of ME and to ensure that the Welsh Government is providing the proper care and support for people with ME. Mr Davies is also encouraging his constituents to get creative and show their support for the campaign by wearing blue this week.

Following the debate Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted to support ME awareness week and help raise the profile of ME at the National Assembly for Wales. People with ME can experience a wide range of debilitating symptoms, which can make life very difficult and so therefore, it’s essential that we do all that we can to empower people with M.E. to fulfil their potential and secure the care and support that they need.”

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06 May 2015

Local AM Speaks Up for Withybush Hospital

Paul is pictured outside Withybush Hospital.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has taken part in a Welsh Conservative debate on Welsh hospital closures and downgrading in the Assembly Chamber. Mr Davies raised the removal of services from Withybush hospital, including the Welsh Labour Government’s decision to relocate the Special Care Baby Unit to Glagwili hospital.

Following the debate Mr Davies said, “I was pleased to speak up for the retention of services at Withybush hospital. The people of Pembrokeshire should not have to travel further for life-saving care and core emergency services. It’s shameful that the Health Minister has chosen to close the Special Care Baby Unit at Withybush – and since then we’ve seen the downgrading of paediatric services and concerns over the future of the A and E department as well.”

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28 April 2015

Local AM Visits Llain Las

Paul is pictured at Llain Las, an Independent Living Scheme in Fishguard.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies recently visited Llain Las, an Independent Living Scheme in Fishguard to meet with staff and residents to discuss the scheme and how it supports older people to live independently. Built in 1986, Llain Las houses 32 flats, including mobility and wheelchair standard properties and is further supported by resident management staff and a community alarm service.

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Paul Davies Opens ‘Black and White’ Exhibition

Paul is pictured at the opening of the new Black and White exhibition at the Waterfront Gallery in Milford Haven.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies recently opened the new Black and White exhibition at the Waterfront Gallery in Milford Haven. The exhibition, features drawings and etchings by John Cahill, Photography by Heather Bennett and Philip Clarke and water colours by Janet Llewellyn.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to open this wonderful exhibition. There are some fantastic pieces of art on display at the Waterfront Gallery and I sincerely hope that the local community support the exhibition and take the time to visit the gallery. We want to see galleries like this go from strength to strength, and that means working with local communities to boost its profile. Therefore, I’d like to encourage everyone to see the exhibition. It’s running until June 6th and it’s free to enter – so why not go with family or a group of friends and make an afternoon of it.”

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14 April 2015

Paul Joins Protestors Outside County Hall

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has joined children, young people and parents across Pembrokeshire, outside County Hall in Haverfordwest, to protest against changes to sixth form education in the County.

Ahead of a full Council meeting to discuss the issue, Mr Davies said, “I sincerely hope that Councillors think very carefully about the future of our sixth forms across Pembrokeshire. Pembrokeshire County Council must find a way to deliver education services locally that also meets the needs of communities’ right across the County.”

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27 March 2015

AM Encourages All to Feed Into Education Consultation

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is encouraging parents across the County to have their say on the future shape of education services in Pembrokeshire. A consultation has been launched by Pembrokeshire County Council on their proposals for secondary education provision in Mid and North West Pembrokeshire, as well as Welsh-medium provision; and the consultation is due to close on May 5th 2015.

Paul Davies said, “I would like to encourage everyone across Pembrokeshire to contribute to the discussion on the future of our local education provision. Pembrokeshire County Council must find a way to deliver education services locally that also meets the needs of communities right across the County. Families across Pembrokeshire deserve a first class education service that supports children and young people and results in an improvement in standards. I sincerely hope that as many people as possible feed into the consultation and make their views known. For more information, please visit http://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/content.asp?nav=101,988&parent_directory_id=646&id=31524&Language=

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26 March 2015

Dairy Review Welcomed By Local AM

An independent review of the dairy sector in Wales has been welcomed by local Assembly Member Paul Davies. The Andy Richardson review, which put forward 26 recommendations, to help make the industry more competitive, sustainable and efficient. The Welsh Government has accepted nineteen recommendations in full, four in principle and three in part.

Mr Davies said “Dairy farmers in Pembrokeshire and further afield have faced significant challenges recently and so this report is very welcome indeed. A close partnership between producers, processors, retailers and the Welsh Government is going to be absolutely essential in securing the future of the Welsh dairy industry.”

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A Little Over Half of Ambulances Meet Emergency Call Target

Just 53.8% of ambulances in Pembrokeshire arrived at the scene of an immediately life-threatening call within the Welsh Government’s target time of eight minutes last month. The Welsh Government has the lowest target for ambulance response times in the UK at 65%, which has only been met once in over two and a half years.

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies said ““I’m disappointed that once again figures have shown that people across Pembrokeshire are waiting too long for an ambulance in a Category A emergency. It’s essential that patients and their families have the confidence that in an emergency, they can receive a very swift response, but as these figures show, sadly this is simply not the case.”

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24 March 2015

Paul Davies Supports Thomas Parry Woodland Project

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured with Cllr Tom Richards, the Chair of Pembrokeshire County Council, Cllr Lyndon Fraying Cllr Sue Perkins, the Cabinet Spokesperson for Safe Guarding and Children’s Services and Chair of Communities First,; and Peter Howe.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has attended the opening of the Thomas Parry Woodland project in Haverfordwest. The project provides improved access to the woodland by the installation of a bridge crossing the stream as well as the creation of a new Haverfordwest Orchard, which will be open to all. 120 fruit and nut trees have been planted in the paddocks with wild flower plugs, to create a visually attractive urban green space for the whole community.

Mr Davies said “I was privileged to be at the opening of this exciting woodland project. Times have changed and there is certainly an increased recognition of the threat from climate change – which means it’s more important than ever that we protect and enhance our woodland areas.

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