2017

16 March 2017

Cleddau Reach Pupils Have Their Say!

Pictured are members of Cleddau Reach School Council with (left to right) Nick Groves, AM Paul Davies, and Barry Childs.Cleddau Reach VC Primary School in Llangwm has become the first school in Wales to become an accredited Your Assembly Ambassador.

Run by the National Assembly for Wales Education and Youth Engagement team, the Ambassador scheme aims to involve school councils more in the work of the Assembly, and give them a platform for their own views and concerns.

As part of a day of workshops at Cleddau Reach, members of the school council learned about the work of Assembly Members and its similarity to their role as school councillors.

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01 March 2017

Local AM Visits Dr Beynon's Bug Farm

Paul is pictured at The Bug Farm with Dr Sarah Beynon and Andy Holcroft.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited Dr Beynon's Bug Farm in St David’s, as part of a tour of local tourism businesses arranged by Pembrokeshire Tourism. The Bug Farm is a research centre, visitor attraction and working farm and hosts the UK's first full-time edible insect restaurant, “Grub Kitchen.” Mr Davies had a tour of the farm and even had the opportunity to try some insect snacks and meet Dave the giant hissing cockroach.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to visit Dr Beynon's Bug Farm and experience some of the facilities that the farm has. There are some fascinating facilities at the Bug Farm including a Bug Museum and a Tropical Bug Zoo as well as the infamous Grub Kitchen, the UK’s first restaurant to serve insect dishes on the menu full-time.”

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Paul Davies Visits Solva Woollen Mill

Paul is pictured with Anna Grime.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited Solva Woollen Mill, as part of a tour of local tourism businesses arranged by Pembrokeshire Tourism. Solva Woollen Mill is the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire and the only mill in Wales specialising in flat woven carpets, rugs and runners.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to visit Solva Woollen Mill and meet Tom and Anna Grime. I’m not surprised that people travel from all over the world to visit the mill and learn more about weaving. It’s great to walk around the mill and see some of the amazing features, especially with the original waterwheel now restored.”

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Paul Davies Celebrates Mudiad Meithrin’s 45th birthday

Paul is pictured with Dewin at Mudiad Meithrin’s birthday event at the Senedd.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently attended an event to celebrate Mudiad Meithrin’s 45th birthday at the Senedd. Mudiad Meithrin are a national voluntary organisation that offer high quality Welsh medium childcare services to around 20,000 children every week. As part of their 45th birthday, Mudiad Meithrin are attempting to break the world record for the biggest pyjamas party on Tuesday May 9th.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to attend Mudiad Meithrin’s birthday celebrations. The quality of Welsh medium care and education provision provided by Mudiad Meithrin over the years has been consistently excellent and I look forward to seeing the organisation go from strength to strength in the future. Penblwydd Hapus Mudiad Meithrin!”

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24 February 2017

Local AM Learns About Pet Technology

Paul is pictured with Monima O’Connor.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited the home of Monima O’Connor in Llangoedmor to learn more about a specific type of electronic collar for domestic pets. Mrs O’Connor’s collars work by sending a signal from a buried wire around a property to a pet collar. As the pet gets closer to the boundary, it hears a beep to alert it of the dangers of the boundary ahead.

Mr Davies said, “It was very useful to visit Mrs O’Connor and learn more about this type of technology. It’s clear Mrs O’Connor is a strong advocate for the better protection of animals and has worked hard to advocate technology that further protects pets from endangering themselves and straying onto a nearby road. I was very interested in the technology and I will be feeding my experience back to my Assembly colleagues for further consideration.”

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23 February 2017

Paul Davies Visits St David’s Assemblies

Paul is pictured with Glen Wells and Dave Jones of St David’s Assemblies.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited St David’s Assemblies, an engineering firm that manufactures high volumes of precision components. The company have been based in St David’s for more than fifty years, employing fifty five people and uses the very latest in technology to produce precision components.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to visit St David’s Assemblies and learn more about what they do. St David’s Assemblies is a significant local employer to the area and so it was particularly useful to meet with the General Manager Glen Wells, to discuss skills provision and broadband in the local area.”

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17 February 2017

Questions Remain over Business Rates Package

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has responded to the Welsh Government's announcement of a targeted high street rates relief scheme by saying that there are still many questions over the scheme's eligibility criteria. The Welsh Government has announced a support package for high street businesses whose rates are rising due to a revaluation of their premises.

Mr Davies said, "Whilst I welcome any targeted intervention to support businesses that will see a rise in their business rates, the Welsh Government's package of support doesn't clearly define who is eligible for this support. There are businesses across Pembrokeshire affected by an increase in their business rates that aren't necessarily in the middle of a high street and it's not clear whether they will be supported or not."

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14 February 2017

Paul Davies Visits Local Delivery Office

Paul is pictured with Nicola Smith, manager of Haverfordwest Delivery Office.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited Royal Mail's delivery office in Haverfordwest to learn more about its operations. Mr Davies met with manager Nicola Smith to discuss new technologies employed by Royal Mail and how the office processes and delivers mail.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to visit the local delivery office and see first-hand how the office operates. It's amazing to think that 35,000-40,000 items of mail are processed through this office every day. The staff work very hard to ensure that people living across Pembrokeshire have access to their mail as soon as practically possible and I commend them for their hard work."

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06 February 2017

Paul Davies AM: Wales’ rural economy needs a plan

The rural economy needs a dedicated plan from Welsh ministers at this "critical time", Labour AM Baroness Eluned Morgan has said.

Welsh Conservatives’ Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire has responded saying that when it comes to Wales’ rural economy, the Welsh Labour Government has a “long legacy” of “ignorance and neglect”.

Paul Davies AM, Welsh Conservative Shadow Secretary for Rural Affairs, calls on the Welsh Government to develop an economic strategy that addresses current challenges and meets future opportunities.

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03 February 2017

Pembrokeshire Politicians Attend Rural Oscars

Paul is pictured at the 2017 Countryside Alliance Rural Oscars for Wales.Pembrokeshire politicians Paul Davies AM and Angela Burns AM joined around 100 people last Wednesday evening at the Countryside Alliance Rural Oscars for Wales.

The awards which cover five categories and had over 7000 nominees celebrate the best of Wales’ rural economy and aim to highlight the excellent range of small businesses that are so vital to the Welsh economy.

Three Pembrokeshire based businesses were recognised in winning awards at the event. Sian and Geraint Bowen who run Bethesda Farm Shop near Narberth were highly commended in the Butcher category and Megan Davies, owner of Rhwbeth Melys cake company in Maenclochog, was highly commended in the Local Food category. Pembrokeshire Falconry won first place in the Tourism category and go forward to the UK awards which are hosted in Westminster later on this year.

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27 January 2017

Local AM Raises Concern over Latest Bank Closure

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has expressed his disappointment at the news that HSBC is set to close its Fishguard branch later this year. The closure comes in the wake of the announcement by Lloyds last November which will be closing three of its Pembrokeshire branches.

Mr Davies said: “I’m very concerned that these closures will have a significant effect on our high streets, and particularly on elderly local residents or those with mobility issues, who will now have to travel further to make simple financial transactions. I understand that the nature of banking has changed over the years, with more people using online banking and mobile banking. However, as Pembrokeshire continues to face a number of issues with mobile reception and broadband services, the ability to access these services is problematic for many constituents. I have written to HSBC, opposing the closure of their Fishguard branch and I urge local residents affected by this decision to make their views known to HSBC as soon as possible.”

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Local AM Calls for More Action on Mobile Phone Connectivity in Pembrokeshire

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has welcomed the Welsh Government’s plans to improve mobile connectivity across Wales, but expressed concerns that while some parts of Wales will be looking forward to 5G in the future, there are still areas of Pembrokeshire struggling to receive any mobile phone signal at all.

Mr Davies said, "I welcome any action taken to try and improve mobile connectivity across Wales, but it’s frustrating to see parts of the country continue to receive a faster, more accessible service, whilst some communities in Pembrokeshire receive no mobile coverage at all. The economic benefits of having a strong mobile reception are well known and it’s so important that businesses in Pembrokeshire are not left behind. Indeed, with the planned closure of local bank branches across the County, the need to have access to mobile banking is even more imperative. Therefore, I urge the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government to address Pembrokeshire’s mobile connectivity and ensure that local communities are on a level playing field with other parts of Wales.”

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26 January 2017

Paul Davies Signs Holocaust Book of Commitment

Paul is pictured signing the Holocaust Book of Commitment.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has signed the Holocaust Book of Commitment to honour the victims of the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to those who work to educate children and young people of the events of Holocaust and in subsequent genocides. The signing of the Book of Commitment takes place as part of Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27th).

Mr Davies said: “I was honoured to sign the Holocaust Book at the Assembly. It’s so important that we remember those affected by the Holocaust and other genocides across the world and pay tribute to the survivors. As a society, we have a responsibility to promote an equal society, where no one is judged or victimized because of their background or ethnicity. Therefore, we must work together to learn the lessons of the past and create a safer and much more harmonious world, which promotes respect and is tolerant of different faiths and beliefs.”

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24 January 2017

Paul Davies Welcomes Pembrokeshire Disabled Bowlers Club to the Senedd

Paul is pictured with Olwen and Steve Whitmore of Pembrokeshire Disabled Bowlers Club.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies met with members of the Pembrokeshire Disabled Bowlers Club at an event to promote the impact of lottery funding across Wales. Pembrokeshire Disabled Bowlers Club received just over £7,000 from Sport Wales last year, which has allowed the club to a make a range of improvements.

Mr Davies said: “I was delighted to attend the National Lottery Senedd event to hear more about how lottery funding has supported local clubs and organisations in Pembrokeshire. It was a pleasure to meet Steve and Olwen Whitmore to hear about how they’ve received funding to help them adapt wheelchairs to allow members to access the green and play more fully. Lottery funding can make a real difference to local communities and it’s great to see that funding being used effectively by the Pembrokeshire Disabled Bowlers Club to deliver wheelchair improvements and help widen access to the green for Club members.”

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Paul Davies Hosts Annual Farmhouse Breakfast

Paul is pictured with FUW President Glyn Roberts and the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has once again recently hosted the annual FUW farmhouse breakfast at the Senedd, in support of the FUW’s Farmhouse Breakfast Week campaign (January 21 – January 28), which aims to raise the profile of Welsh produce and get politicians, key stakeholders and the general public to appreciate the important role the food and drink sector plays in their everyday lives.

Mr Davies said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to once again sponsor the FUW’s farmhouse breakfast reception, to promote Welsh produce and to discuss some of the challenges facing the agricultural industry. I’ve long supported the FUW’s Farmhouse Breakfast Week campaign and I’m delighted to once again do my bit to promote the benefits of a healthy breakfast and encourage people to buy local.”

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