December 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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