2015

09 September 2015

Local AM Visits Special Care Baby Unit at Glangwili Hospital

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited Glangwili hospital’s special care baby unit to see its facilities for expectant mothers. Since the closure of the Special Care Baby Unit at Withybush hospital, families across Pembrokeshire now have to travel to Glangwili hospital in Carmarthen to receive these services.

Mr Davies said, “It was important for me to get a full grasp of the facilities at Glangwili hospital, to see what services expectant mothers in my constituency now receive. Despite the hard work of the staff on the ward, the facilities at Glangwili are inadequate and in clear need of improvement. Not only are mothers in my constituency travelling further for treatment, the standards of these services are simply not up to scratch and therefore could put lives at risk.”

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24 August 2015

Fishguard Footpath Commitment from Welsh Government

Paul is pictured with Cllr Alex Allison.A much-need footbridge in Lower Town, Fishguard may be on the cards, following correspondence from local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies has written to the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport calling for the implementation of a footpath to better support pedestrians on the A487.

Mr Davies said, “Local residents are justifiably concerned about the dangers posed to pedestrians on this particular stretch of road and so it’s important that the Welsh Government find a safer solution for the community. It is essential that a safe walkway for pedestrians is created to separate them from vehicles, many of which are heavy goods vehicles. I’m pleased that the Minister has confirmed that discussions are taking place with Pembrokeshire County Council and I await the outcomes of those discussions. Whilst this is a step in the right direction, the pressure must be kept up to ensure the right result is reached.”

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Farmers Denied Early Support from Welsh Government

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has received a letter from the Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans AM explaining that Welsh farmers will not receive funds from the Basic Payments Scheme earlier, despite being capable of doing so via EU regulations. Mr Davies wrote to the Deputy Minister, following concerns over the sustainability of the dairy industry.

Mr Davies said, “It’s disappointing to see that once again farmers are not receiving the support that they so desperately need from the Welsh government. The Deputy Minister has made it clear that farmers will not receive a percentage of the Single Farm Payment before December, despite having the flexibility to do so. Following recent concerns from dairy farmers over the sustainability of their industry for the future, the Welsh government should be leading by example and doing all that it can to better assist farmers in the current climate.”

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21 August 2015

Local AM Supports RNLI

Paul is pictured with local volunteers Mr Roger Tayler and Mrs Beth Tayler in Fishguard.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited the ongoing work to build a new RNLI lifeboat station at St David’s. RNLI volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service across the UK and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations. They also have more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches and operate a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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14 August 2015

Paul Davies Visits Work on New Boathouse

Capt James Wilcox (Lifeboat Operations Manager), Paul Davies AM, Andrew Pointon-Bell (Agent Bam Nuttall).Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited the ongoing work to build a new RNLI lifeboat station at St David’s. The new boathouse will also have a slipway for the new Tamar class lifeboat and additional space to accommodate the smaller D-class inshore lifeboat. The new boathouse is being built metres away from the original boathouse location and aims to give improved operational conditions.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to have a tour of the new boathouse and to see its progress first-hand. The new facilities will provide a valuable lifeline in the local area and it’s great to see the construction work progressing nicely. RNLI play such an important role in saving lives at sea and I’m sure the new facilities will further support search and rescue operations in the future.

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AM Visits PDSA’s Petcheck Mobile Unit

Roger Tayler with his dogs Jess and Jack, Ruth Edwards (Pembrokeshire County Council Dog Warden), John Disbery (PDSA), Nicky Butler (PDSA) and Paul Davies AM.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited the PDSA’s Petcheck mobile unit in Fishguard to catch up with staff and volunteers who are working to protect and care for pets in the local community. In partnership with Pembrokeshire County Council, PDSA vet nurses were aboard the charity’s PetCheck vehicle, carrying out free wellbeing checks for local dogs and giving advice on other pets.

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10 August 2015

Urgent Action Needed on Waiting Times

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is calling for immediate action to deal with a huge rise in delays for orthopaedic treatment throughout the Hywel Dda health board area.

Figures from the Welsh Government show that 1,343 patients had waited more than nine months for trauma and orthopaedic treatment by the end of May 2015, up from just 10 three years ago.

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22 July 2015

Pembrokeshire Residents Set to benefit from Smart Energy Technology

As the number of smart meters installed by British Gas in homes approaches the 1.5 million mark, Paul Davies has welcomed news that over 1,286 homes in Preseli Pembrokeshire are already benefiting from British Gas smart meters. Smart meters were on display at the British Gas stand at the Royal Welsh Show (this week), along with other technology which helps people understand and reduce their energy use.

Smart meters* give people greater insight into how much gas and electricity they’re using. A smart energy monitor can be placed anywhere in the home to display in pounds and pence how much gas and electricity is being used, helping people to be more efficient. Smart meter readings are sent automatically to energy companies, putting an end to estimated bills and manual meter readings.

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17 July 2015

Another Blow To Our Hospital

Paul is pictured outside Withybush Hospital.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has expressed his fearfulness regarding Hywel Dda University Health Board’s announcement that temporary changes will be implemented to the catchment area of Withybush Hospital. It’s understood that the hospital is facing a temporary shortage of doctors.

Mr Davies said, “I’m extremely disillusioned with the health board’s latest announcement, which will result in people across Pembrokeshire having to travel further to receive treatment. Sadly, this latest news is yet another blow to Withybush hospital, which has already seen some services downgraded and others centralised further afield.”

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16 July 2015

Menter Iaith Group Visit the National Assembly for Wales / Grŵp Menter iaith yn ymweld â Chynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru

Paul is pictured with the Menter Iaith group. / Paul yr AC lleol, gyda’r grŵp Menter Iaith.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies recently met with a group from Menter Iaith Sîr Benfro. Mr Davies talked to the group about his work as an Assembly Member, issues surrounding the Welsh language and local issues in Pembrokeshire.

Yn ddiweddar, cafodd Paul Davies, AC Preseli Penfro, y cyfle i gyfarfod grŵp o Fenter Iaith Sir Benfro. Bu Mr Davies yn siarad â’r grŵp am ei waith fel Aelod Cynulliad, materion yn ymwneud â’r Gymraeg a materion lleol yn Sir Benfro.

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15 July 2015

Local AM Encourages Groups to Apply for Health Cash

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is encouraging local health groups across Pembrokeshire to apply for funding from the GSK IMPACT Awards, which, in partnership with the King’s Fund, is currently offering charities the opportunity to receive an award of up to £40,000. Applications are welcome from local health groups and charities that are at least three years old and have an annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million.

Mr Davies said, "I'd like to encourage as many groups as possible from across Pembrokeshire to make an application to the GSK IMPACT awards. These awards could provide some much needed funding for new equipment or to upgrade existing facilities.”

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10 July 2015

Paul Davies Attends Annual CADAMM Event

Local children presenting Paul and his wife Julie with flowers, alongside Emyr Phillips.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently attended the annual Cardigan and District Agricultural and Maritime Museum (CADAMM) event in Eglwyswrw. Mr Davies was President of the event, named ‘Yesterday’s Treasures’, which hosted a number of stall and activities as well as vintage cars and tractors.

Mr Davies said, "It was a pleasure to come along and support CADAMM’s annual event and to see so many people. It was an excellent day out, with plenty for the whole family to enjoy. It was great to see a range of classic and vintage cars and tractors on display – there were certainly some very fine examples of yesterday’s treasures. It was also nice to just relax for the afternoon and stroll around. I’d like to thank the CADAMM Committee for my invitation and to everyone who was involved for organising and putting on such a wonderful summer event.”

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Paul Davies Backs National Trust’s Special Places Campaign

Paul is pictured making his vote at the National Trust event in the Senedd.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is supporting National Trust’s campaign to find Wales’ top special places this summer. Mr Davies voted in each of the National Trusts’ five categories, influenced by the diverse range of special places found across Wales and is encouraging people across Pembrokeshire to be part of the conversation and make their views known.

Mr Davies said, ‘We have such a range of special places across Pembrokeshire and so it’s important that we encourage as many people as possible to come and visit them. We have something for each one of the National Trust’s categories, from a wonderful coastline to the rich, green Preseli hills, so make sure you vote and back our local landmarks.

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Paul Davies Criticises Parking Plans

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has criticised plans to end free parking across a number of sites in Pembrokeshire. Mr Davies, who submitted a response to Pembrokeshire County Council’s consultation stressed the effect that this decision could have on local businesses and the local Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has criticised plans to end free parking across a number of sites in Pembrokeshire. Mr Davies, who submitted a response to Pembrokeshire County Council’s consultation stressed the effect that this decision could have on local businesses and the local economy.

Mr Davies said, ‘I’m disappointed that Pembrokeshire County Council has decided to press ahead with plans to end free parking at seven sites in Pembrokeshire. This will surely have a detrimental effect on high-street businesses in those areas. These parking sites make local businesses more accessible to the community and encourage safe and sensible parking.”

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08 July 2015

Local AM Learns About the Hidden Cost of Dementia

Paul is pictured with Sue Phelps, Director of Alzheimer’s Society in Wales.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies recently attended the launch of a new report by Alzheimer’s Society, The hidden cost of dementia in Wales to show his commitment to improving care and support for people living with dementia and their carers. Mr Davies joined Sue Phelps, Director of Alzheimer’s Society in Wales at the National Assembly for Wales to mark the report’s release, which is the first of its kind to provide a financial breakdown of the cost of dementia to society in Wales.

Mr Davies said, ‘I was pleased to come along to the Alzheimer’s Society event and hear more about the hidden costs of dementia. Sadly, the costs facing families in Pembrokeshire and across the whole of Wales is substantial and with a growing number of people living with dementia, it's becoming more and more important that we find a way of working together to meet the challenges dementia presents.”

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