2015

17 December 2015

Local AM Visits the Coach House Visitor Centre at St Dogmaels Abbey

Paul Davies AM with Trustees of the Coach House.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has visited the Coach House Visitor Centre at St Dogmaels Abbey to see the community facilities on offer. The Coach House is the visitor centre of St Dogmaels Abbey in North Pembrokeshire and it’s also the home of community charity Hanes Llandoch.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to visit the Coach House Visitor Centre and learn more about how it’s used by the community. The Centre hosts a museum exhibiting carved stones and artefacts from the abbey, a café and you can hire a room for talks, conferences and functions.”

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15 December 2015

Christmas Card Winner Receives a Kindle

L-R: Mrs Vaughan (Head teacher of Ysgol Bro Dewi), Paul Davies AM, Samantha Semaani, Tabitha Lindsey, Canon Dorrien Davies, PC LlewellynLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies has visited Ysgol Bro Dewi in St Davids, to present Tabitha Lindsey with a prize for winning his Christmas card competition this year. Tabitha was handed a kindle, for producing the winning Christmas card, which detailed a festive Christmas scene, complete with a wonderful Christmas tree. Tabitha’s class will also receive an art workshop in the New Year from the judge and local artist, Cynth Weyman.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to present Tabitha with a kindle for winning this year’s Christmas card competition. Tabitha produced a wonderfully festive card with plenty of detail and colour. Children right across Pembrokeshire entered some really artistic designs and so it was a difficult choice to pick one winner, but Tabitha’s card really summed up the festive period.”

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11 December 2015

Funding for Regeneration in Milford Haven Needed

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has raised funding for regenerating Milford Haven, with the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty. Milford Haven has a shop vacancy rate of 21 per cent, which is substantially higher than the UK’s average of 11.8 per cent.

Mr Davies said: “I was pleased to have the opportunity to highlight such a serious issue with the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty. Milford Haven has a much higher shop vacancy rate than the UK average and it’s important that the town receives the support that it needs. Welsh high streets are the lifeblood of our communities and we want them to stay that way. I understand that Milford Haven has been supported by the town centre loan scheme but that works on a recyclable loan basis. I want to see real, concrete, permanent support for regeneration efforts in Milford Haven.”

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Over 6,000 people are waiting over 9 months for an NHS appointment in West Wales

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has criticised Welsh Government figures that show over 6,000 people in west Wales are waiting more than nine months for treatment on the Welsh NHS. The figures for October 2015, show 6,202 people waiting over 36 weeks in the Hywel Dda health board area, compared with only 68 people in October 2011.

Mr Davies said: “I’m extremely concerned 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 over 8000% which is absolutely unacceptable.”

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Paul Davies goes on call with RSPCA inspector

Paul is pictured with RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben.Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Paul Davies, has accompanied RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben on several calls in and around the region. The ride along gave Mr Davies a chance to experience what RSPCA inspectors deal with on a day to day basis. Throughout the course of a busy day, they dealt with a number of routine calls on Monday (7 December).

Mr Davies said: “I was delighted to accompany Keith, a local RSPCA inspector for the day and see first-hand some of the challenges that an RSPCA inspector faces on a daily basis.

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Welsh Government Support for Rural Wales at an All-time Low

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has criticised the Welsh Government’s record of delivery for rural Wales, by highlighting figures that show rural local authorities, including Pembrokeshire have been disproportionally hit in the Welsh Government’s draft local government settlement. Pembrokeshire will face a cut of 2.8%; Cardiff, meanwhile, by just 0.1%.

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02 December 2015

‘Government’s TB Eradication Strategy is a Shambles’ Says Local AM

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has criticised the Welsh Government’s Bovine TB programme, after it was revealed that its five year vaccination trial could not be completed. The Deputy Minister for Farming and Food has confirmed that the badger vaccination programme has been suspended in Wales, following shortages of the BCG vaccine.

Mr Davies said, “The Welsh Government’s TB vaccination is a shambles and farmers in North Pembrokeshire have now been let down twice by a Government that simply doesn’t get rural Wales. Farmers deserve a far more detailed explanation from the Deputy Minister and, at the very least, more clarity on how long this ‘interruption’ will last.”

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27 November 2015

Paul Davies Raises Awareness of Living with a Debilitating Bowel Disease

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting international Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week from the 1st to the 7th December; highlighting the impact of living with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis¹, the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). These are unpredictable diseases that affect more than 300,000² people in the UK and approximately 15,000 people in Wales.

National patient charity, Crohn’s and Colitis UK³, have joined other international groups to raise the awareness and understanding of these complex, life-long and potentially life-threatening conditions. Living with IBD can have a huge impact on every aspect of a person’s life, with serious physical and mental health implications.

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26 November 2015

Welsh Government Must Build On Community-Led Work to Protect our Environment

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has called for the Welsh Government to build on its work with local groups and stakeholders to better protect our environment for the future. During a Welsh Conservative debate on littering, Mr Davies highlighted the importance of developing a collaborative approach to tackling litter in our communities.

Mr Davies said, “It was a pleasure to contribute to the debate on the local environment, given that Pembrokeshire plays such an important role in Wales’ tourism industry. That’s why it’s important that the Welsh Government does more to change public attitudes towards littering, which can be such a blight on our communities.”

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Deputy Leader Attends National Light a Candle Service

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has attended a national ‘Light a Candle’ service at Llandaf Cathedral for the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. Mr Davies, the Deputy Leader of the Welsh Conservative Assembly Group, attended the service along with other politicians and faith leaders to raise awareness of violence against women and reflect on its impact on families across Wales.

Mr Davies said, “I was honoured to attend the service and show my support for women living with violence in Wales. The service gave the attendees an opportunity to reflect on the seriousness of domestic abuse and how devastating its impact can be for families across Wales. Too many women and children are facing domestic abuse in their homes and it’s absolutely crucial that politicians work with third sector organisations and faith leaders to help women living in abusive households by providing support and advice. We must also work together to develop important educational messages about how abuse affects families, to educate children and young people and prevent abuse occurring in the first place.”

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Welsh Government’s Local Government Plans Condemned by Local AMs

Local Assembly Members Paul Davies and Angela Burns have condemned the Welsh Government’s plans for local government reform in Wales, which would result in Pembrokeshire being merged with Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. The Welsh Government’s plans, highlighted in the Draft Local Government (Wales) Bill will result in cutting the number of Welsh councils from 22 to eight or nine and as a result, Pembrokeshire will be merged into a Dyfed-style authority.

Mr Davies said, “I’m extremely concerned that the Welsh Government are turning the clock back to an old Dyfed-style model that was distant and unpopular. Centralising local public services does not mean in improvement in local services and any merger with Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion is certainly not representing the will of local communities in Pembrokeshire.”

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20 November 2015

Local AM visits PATCH in support of Social Enterprise Day Wales

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has visited Pembrokeshire Action to Combat Hardship (PATCH) to find out more about social enterprises and how they are benefitting the local area. The visit was organised by the Wales Co-operative Centre to promote Social Enterprise Day Wales 2015, which raises awareness about the wider sector with the general public to encourage them to support social businesses, helping them to grow.

Mr Davies took the opportunity to talk to the staff at PATCH about the work they do in tackling poverty within the county of Pembrokeshire. Since June 2008, PATCH has been giving free food parcels, clothing and household items to those in a financial crisis in Pembrokeshire and they work closely with referral agencies to help those that are experiencing hardship and escaping emergency situations.

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19 November 2015

Local AM Backs #16 Days Campaign

Paul is showing his support for ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is showing his support for ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’, also known as ‘White Ribbon Day’ by supporting the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence uses the 16 days between 25th November and International Human Rights Day on 10th December to reinforce that eliminating all forms of violence against women is a human rights issue and that the act of perpetrating violence against women is a human rights violation.

Mr Davies said, “I’m proud to support White Ribbon Day by backing the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. Too many women in Pembrokeshire, and indeed, the whole of Wales are experiencing domestic abuse and it has got to stop. A multi-agency approach must be adopted by Governments at all levels, to ensure that decision-makers are fully consulting with stakeholders who deal with domestic abuse on a day-to-day basis.”

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18 November 2015

Local AM Visits Solva CP School

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited Solva CP School to discuss the school’s future, along with colleague, Stephen Crabb MP. Pembrokeshire County Council is currently consulting on plans to close the primary school as well as Ysgol Bro Dewi and Ysgol Dewi Sant in St Davids, and instead establish a new 3-16 Church in Wales Voluntary Aided or Voluntary Controlled School in St Davids.

Mr Davies said, “I was grateful for the opportunity to meet with teachers and pupils at Solva CP School to discuss Pembrokeshire County Council’s plans to close the school and how we can help the local community make their views known to the Council. It’s very unfair that the proposals to close Solva School have only come to light very recently, despite talk of reorganising school services in the area for some time. Therefore, given the proposal to close the school was not included in the Council's original proposals, the process I believe, is clearly flawed.”

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13 November 2015

Paul Davies Supports Carbon Monoxide Awareness week

Paul is supporting the 10th Carbon Monoxide Awareness weekLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting the 10th Carbon Monoxide Awareness week starting on Monday 16th November 2015. CO Awareness was established to provide support to those poisoned by carbon monoxide and raise awareness about the dangers.

Mr Davies said, “I’m pleased to once again support this important campaign. I would like to urge the people of Pembrokeshire to check that their appliances have been properly serviced and that they have a working carbon monoxide smoke alarm on their premises. It’s a small price to pay to avoid such tragic circumstances.”

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