July 2015

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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Paul Davies Supports New YFC Promotional Video

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting Pembrokeshire YFC’s new promotional video “Capture Your County” to encourage more young people to join the Young Farmers movement. Each county across Wales is being asked to create a video to promote their own YFC activities and a shortlist of four videos will then be hosted on the Farmers Guardian website for a public vote, which will count as part of the overall judging process.

Mr Davies said, "I’m delighted to support Pembrokeshire YFC, who have certainly captured our County and created a fantastic promotional video. I very much hope the people of Pembrokeshire click on to YouTube and help better their chances of winning the national competition. It’s great to see our young farmers having fun, showing the merits of the YFC movement to many young people across the County.”

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03 July 2015

Paul Davies Encourages All to Take Part in Health Survey

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is encouraging everyone across Pembrokeshire to have their say on the current arrangement for maternity, neonatal and paediatric services at Withybush and Glangwili hospitals. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is conducting a review of Hywel Dda’s services and plans to report on their findings in September.

Mr Davies said, "This is a golden opportunity for people in Pembrokeshire to stand up and be heard. The controversial decisions to close the Special Care Baby Unit and downgrade paediatric services at Withybush Hospital have had a detrimental effect on service provision and this is a chance to make sure the health board fully understands that. My postbag is filled with correspondence from families across the County who have been forced to travel to Glangwili and their experiences certainly haven’t been good ones. Now it’s time to make that known.”

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02 July 2015

Paul Davies Encourages Disabled Young People to Apply for New Sponsorship

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is encouraging young disabled people across Pembrokeshire to take advantage of funding for sports and music. The scheme, available through Pembrokeshire County Council, is available to disabled young people aged between 7 and 25 and young people can either apply for the sponsorship themselves or through a parent, carer or appropriate adult.

Mr Davies said, "I'd like to encourage as many disabled young people as possible from across Pembrokeshire to make an application to Pembrokeshire County Council. This sponsorship can provide some much needed funding for new sporting equipment or musical instruments. The deadline for application is September 1st, so time is of the essence!”

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Paul Davies Warns About Milk Price Cut

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is expressing his concern for dairy farmers following NFU warnings of a milk price ‘nightmare’, as First Milk introduces a cut of one pence per litre less for many farmers this month.

Mr Davies said, “This is deeply worrying news for dairy farmers in Pembrokeshire, and indeed the whole of Wales who will now be receiving milk prices far below the cost of production. I cannot see how this will be sustainable in the long term. The Welsh Government must do more to support the supply chain, build markets and deliver a sustainable milk price for our farmers.”

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