January 2017

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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23 January 2017

Community Cash Up For Grabs!

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is encouraging community groups and organisations across Pembrokeshire to take advantage of the latest funding round raised by the People’s Postcode Lottery. Funding will be allocated through three Trusts, which support different categories of projects. People’s Postcode Trust seeks applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. Postcode Local Trust supports wildlife, sustainability and volunteering initiatives. Postcode Community Trust focuses on grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and healthy living programmes.

Mr Davies said, "I'd like to encourage as many groups as possible from across Pembrokeshire to make an application for funding to any of the three Trusts. These grants can provide some much needed funding for equipment or building innovations. This is a real opportunity for local organisations to access this vital funding and make even more of a difference across Pembrokeshire.”

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Paul Davies Takes Part in Business Rates Panel

Paul is pictured with Kerry MacDermott, Head of Housing and Revenue Services at Pembrokeshire County Council.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently taken part in a panel discussion on business rates, alongside representatives of Pembrokeshire County Council and the Valuation Office Agency. The event, hosted by Pembrokeshire Tourism, was convened to discuss the impact of the recent rate revaluation on businesses in Pembrokeshire and ways in which the Welsh Government can help ease that burden.

Mr Davies said: “It was a pleasure to be involved in Pembrokeshire Tourism’s panel discussion, particularly to discuss such an important issue. The recent rate revaluation has been a real concern for some businesses and whilst the Welsh Government will be bringing forward some support, we still have no details about this package, making it very difficult for businesses to plan in the short and medium term. The feedback from this meeting has given me much more ammunition to press the Welsh Government on this important matter.”

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18 January 2017

Local AM Meets with the Country Land & Business Association

Paul is pictured with Rebecca Williams from the Country Land & Business Association.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently met with the Country Land & Business Association’s Director for Wales to discuss a number of rural policy areas and to learn more about the Association’s current priorities for Wales. CLA Cymru is a membership organisation for landowners, farmers and rural businesses across rural England and Wales.

Mr Davies said: “I was delighted to meet with the Country Land & Business Association to discuss a whole range of issues facing rural communities and rural businesses in Wales. Rural Wales is facing some serious challenges following years of neglect by previous Welsh Governments and of course, there’s a degree of uncertainty surrounding Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.”

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16 January 2017

Paul Davies Meets with the Royal British Legion

Paul is pictured with Peter Evans from the RBL.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently met with the Royal British Legion’s Public Affairs Manager for Wales to discuss the Legion’s support services for the armed forces’ community and to hear more about the local work that the Legion is doing in Pembrokeshire. The Legion is the largest welfare provider in the Armed Forces charity sector and has awarded a total of 798 grants across Wales in 2015/16 with a total value of £505,355.

Mr Davies said: “It was a pleasure to meet with the Royal British Legion and to hear about the crucial support that it offers to the armed forces community not only in Pembrokeshire, but right across Wales. It’s clear that their services and support are a vital lifeline for many in the armed forces community and so it’s great to see the positive impact that the Legion are having across Pembrokeshire.”

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06 January 2017

Compromise over farming framework “encouraging” – Paul Davies

The Welsh Conservatives have welcomed the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths’, support for an overarching UK framework for agricultural policy with appropriate flexibility for devolved regions.

Speaking during a panel discussion at the Oxford Farming Conference this week, Mrs Griffiths highlighted the fact that key areas of agricultural policy had been devolved to Wales since 1999, but that a UK framework which respected devolution was needed.

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