2017

03 April 2017

Rural school closures have “ripped heart out of communities”, says AM

School closures have “damaged the economy of rural Wales” and “ripped the heart from local communities”, according to an Assembly Member.

The statement – from Welsh Conservatives’ Shadow Education Secretary Darren Millar AM - comes in response to newly released figures from the Welsh Labour-led Government which show that since 1999, 224 local authority maintained schools have been closed with rural areas worst affected.

Data drawn from the Schools Register show that Carmarthenshire has closed 26 schools since the establishment of the Assembly in 1999 – the largest number of all Wales’ 22 local authorities.

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30 March 2017

Paul Davies Welcomes funding boost for Wave Energy Demonstration Zone

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has welcomed the announcement from the Welsh Government that more than £300,000 has been approved for a technical and commercial feasibility study into the Pembrokeshire wave energy demonstration zone.

Mr Davies said, “This is very welcome news for the marine energy sector in Pembrokeshire. This vital funding will result in a number of important developments including a technical feasibility study and identifying an appropriate delivery model.”

He added, “Pembrokeshire has some of the best marine energy resources in the world and this vital funding will go some way to ensuring that Pembrokeshire remains a global player for the future.”

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Paul Davies Calls for A40 Dualling in Pembrokeshire

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has once again called on the Welsh Government to dual the A40 in Pembrokeshire, following the announcement of the Swansea Bay City Region deal, agreed between the UK Government, the Welsh Government and local partners. Mr Davies called for the A40 to become a dual carriageway in order to make the most of the impact of this proposal on communities in Pembrokeshire.

Mr Davies said, “While Governments at both ends of the M4 press ahead with important economic announcements like the Swansea Bay City Region deal, it’s crucial that areas like Pembrokeshire also maximise the opportunity to deliver improvements to its local infrastructure. For too long Pembrokeshire has suffered a neglect in infrastructure investment compared to other parts of Wales and recent road closures have once again highlighted the very real need to see this road dualled as soon as possible. I’m pleased that the First Minister said he would consider new transport priorities following the Swansea Bay City Region deal and I look forward to hearing more about how these priorities will deliver improvements for the people of Pembrokeshire.”

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29 March 2017

Paul Davies Attends Red Cross Lifesaving Learning Session

Paul is pictured with members of Cardiff Youth Council at their “Save a life” session at the Senedd.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has attended a short learning session organised by the British Red Cross and Cardiff Youth Council to learn valuable resuscitation skills. Over 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests happen in the UK every year and less than 1 in 10 people survive. Initiating CPR can double the chances of survival.

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Paul Davies AM selected to bring forward Autism Bill

Welsh Conservative AM – Paul Davies – will have an opportunity to bring forward an Autism Bill in the National Assembly for Wales after being selected in a ballot for backbench legislation.

The Preseli Pembrokeshire AM is one of a number of Welsh Conservative AMs to have championed an Autism Bill in recent years, and he is now seeking cross-party support for legislation to support the estimated 34,000 people in Wales living with autism.

Speaking after the ballot, Mr Davies said:

“The autism community is crying out for proper statutory identity, so that local authorities and health boards have a clear set of duties on the statute book.

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Paul Davies Attends School Art Workshop

L-R: Cynth Weyman, Martyna Koken, Paul Davies AMLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies has attended an art workshop run by local artist Cynth Weyman at Milford Haven Junior School. Mr Davies attended the workshop, which was run as a result of his Christmas card competition. One of the class’ pupils, Martyna Koken was a runner up in the competition and won an art class for her fellow pupils, as well as a certificate and a £10 book token for herself.

Mr Davies said: “I was delighted to pop in to the art workshop for Martyna’s class. Cynth Weyman did a wonderful job of working with the school children and I’m sure the workshop was enjoyed by all. The workshop showed how important it is for children to explore their artistic side and develop their visual thinking skills and their imagination. There were some fantastic displays of creativity by the pupils and I hope that the children continue to enjoy art in the future. I’d also like to thank the staff at Milford Haven Junior School for their hospitality and support in organising the workshop for the pupils.”

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Paul Davies Raises Awareness of Bowel Cancer Screening

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign to urge more people to take part in bowel cancer screening and save lives, as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April. More than 900 people die from bowel cancer in Wales every year, it’s the country’s second biggest cancer killer. However, it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Bowel cancer screening can save lives but at the moment in some areas of Wales only a half of those who receive a test complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the chance to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat.

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Local AM Promotes Free First Aid Guides

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting Wales’ leading first aid charity, St John Cymru-Wales, who are giving away free pocket first aid guides to members of the public across Wales. The lifesaving freebie contains all of the first aid advice you will need to deal with five common medical emergencies including choking, bleeding, burns, heart attacks and what to do if a casualty is unresponsive.

Mr Davies said, “I’m delighted to support such a fantastic initiative, which seeks to better educate the public in an emergency. The booklet explains what you should do in the event of five common medical emergencies, and whilst nothing can replace hands-on first aid training, these little guides could be the difference between life and death in an emergency. I hope that everyone in Pembrokeshire will take the opportunity to order their free guide from the St John website, so that our communities are supported by individuals that feel more confident in emergency circumstances.”

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28 March 2017

Rural development programme cannot make up for historical neglect

The Welsh Government’s Rural Development Programme – statement attached - is “welcome” but cannot undo 18 years of “neglect”, an AM has said.

Responding to the Cabinet Secretary’s statement, Welsh Conservatives’ Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary and Deputy Leader, Paul Davies AM, said:

“While this investment is welcome, it cannot undo the harm inflicted upon Wales’ rural communities by the Welsh Labour Government’s longstanding policy of neglect.

“A historical lack of funding or political focus on Wales’ countryside has led to farmers’ wages reaching record lows, a growing number of herds disappearing from the landscape, and schools closing down at a disproportionate rate to their urban equivalents.

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27 March 2017

Paul Davies Visits Tŷ Solar Homes

L-R: Mr Glen Peters, AM Paul Davies, Mr Rhydian JamesPreseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited Tŷ Solar Homes in North Pembrokeshire to learn more about the project and its upcoming plans for the future. Tŷ Solar Homes employs local people to construct the properties as well as using local timber to maximise the opportunities for the local supply chain.

Mr Davies said, “I was delighted to visit Tŷ Solar Homes, which will be let to those who are currently waiting on the social housing register. The entire operation is not only eco-friendly and very energy efficient, but it also uses the very best local assets and helps keep money in Pembrokeshire’s local economy.”

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22 March 2017

Local AM Calls for Clarity over Business Rates Support

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has questioned the First Minister over the eligibility of businesses that will receive Welsh Government support, following the recent rate revaluation. Mr Davies called on the Welsh Government to provide much-needed clarity over the terms and conditions of the Welsh Government’s support package, so that businesses across Wales can understand what they are entitled to.

Mr Davies said, “This was an important opportunity to question the First Minister directly on the Welsh Government’s support for businesses affected by the latest rate revaluations. Businesses in Pembrokeshire are still in limbo and it’s crucial that the Welsh Government spell out exactly who is entitled to this support. The fact that there are still questions over the eligibility criteria for the scheme, which is due to come in to force within weeks, is deeply unhelpful. Local businesses in Pembrokeshire and right across Wales, need answers and I’ll continue to raise this matter with Welsh Government Ministers until that clarity is provided once and for all.”

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Paul Davies Supports WWF Cymru’s Earth Hour

Paul is supporting this year’s 10th anniversary WWF-Cymru Earth Hour celebrations.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has thrown his weight behind this year’s 10th anniversary WWF-Cymru Earth Hour celebrations, which includes a special ‘Message in a Bottle’ campaign, demonstrating the strength of feeling across Wales for climate change action.

Earth Hour takes place at 8:30pm on Saturday 25 March, and will see hundreds of millions of people coming together, across the globe, in a symbolic and spectacular lights out display in support of climate change action. To mark the occasion, the Welsh arm of the global conservation charity has been busy collecting messages from across Wales, for its special ‘Message in a Bottle’ campaign.

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20 March 2017

Paul Davies Calls for support for St David’s to become the next UK City of Culture

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has held a debate in the Assembly Chamber calling for the Welsh Government to support St David’s’ bid to become the 2021 UK City of Culture. Mr Davies highlighted that a bid from the UK’s smallest city would present a significant opportunity for not just St David’s, but the whole of Pembrokeshire and west Wales too.

Mr Davies said, “This was a fantastic opportunity to highlight the St David’s bid for the next UK City of Culture. The city of St David’s has a range of cultural assets from Christian architecture and history to contemporary art and music, and of course, it is home to Wales’ own patron saint.”

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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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