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Sending Bryn’s car back cost £8,669.84

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Eye watering cost: Bryn's Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.

Eye watering cost: Bryn’s Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.

THE TAXPAYERS of Pembrokeshire shelled out an eye-watering £8,669.84 to terminate the lease of disgraced ex-council chief Bryn Parry Jones’s Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid it has been revealed.

The information has been released following an appeal decision made by the Information Commissioner’s Office, following a complaint filed by the BBC.

It ruled that Pembrokeshire County Council was wrong to refuse the broadcaster’s request under the Freedom of Information Act asking how much former chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones received each month under his council car allowance.

The Commissioner said: “In this particular case, the Commissioner notes that the individual in question is the most senior paid employee of a large public authority. The Commissioner’s opinion is that an individual occupying such a prominent position could reasonably expect a degree of public scrutiny into those aspects of their personal life that cross over into their public serving role.”

The Herald revealed that Bryn’s had a council-paid-for Porsche in May last year, and later the national media picked up on the story.

On his blog, Cllr Jacob Williams wrote: “Much has been said since Bryn’s departure of how much he’s cost the county’s ratepayers. That the public purse took a battering to see the back of him is common knowledge. Whether he should have received any pay-off at all is an argument you may have to wait until the next council election to settle.

Cllr Williams added: “From the originally approved £332k pay-off he was awarded, the erstwhile chief exec quickly accepted a £50k cut after the Wales Audit Office’s intervention which deemed part of it was unlawful.”

“But a lot more than £280k of your money has been spent dealing with the BPJ ‘problem’ – the £9k to return the Porsche early is just the tip of the iceberg. Like the Porsche termination fee, some of the sums are not yet in the public domain.”

For more, read jacobwilliams.com here: http://jacobwilliams.com/7542/bryns-porsche-return-fee/
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Blue Gem Wind begins digital aerial surveys for 300MW Valorous floating wind project

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BLUE GEM WIND, the joint venture between TotalEnergies, one of the world’s largest energy companies, and Simply Blue Energy, has begun offshore digital aerial surveys for a proposed 300MW floating wind project.

APEM Ltd have been chosen by Blue Gem Wind to deliver 24 consecutive monthly bird and marine mammal surveys of the early-commercial scale Valorous site. The high resolution data obtained will support baseline environmental characterisation of the site and environmental impact assessments for key ecological receptors.

The survey programme commenced in March 2021 and four of the 24 monthly surveys have been completed
to date.

Sean Evans, Environmental Specialist at Blue Gem Wind said, “It is important for us to begin long-lead in items
such as bird and marine mammal surveys as early as possible. These surveys will provide crucial species specific
data on the number, spatial distribution and activity of individuals across the Valorous site. This enables us to
undertake robust environmental impact assessments ahead of our planned consent application submission in
2023.”

Matt Rohner, Senior Consultant at APEM, “APEM Ltd are delighted to be able to support Blue Gem Wind’s
proposed Valorous offshore wind farm with our best-in-class survey design approach. Imagery captured using
state-of-the-art cameras is of ultra-high (1.6cm) resolution, providing industry leading image quality that is
essential for species level identification.”

The Celtic Sea is poised to play a key role in Net Zero, the Committee on Climate Change’s 100GW offshore
wind target, and crucially, the UK Government’s target of 1 GW of floating wind by 2030. The ORE Catapult also
estimated that the first GW of floating wind in the Celtic Sea could potentially deliver over 3,000 jobs and
£682m in supply chain opportunities for Wales and Cornwall by 2030.

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Three arrests as suspected cocaine worth £12,000 seized in Milford Haven

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POLICE in Milford Haven have disrupted the supply of cocaine in the town in a major operation which saw people detained and a large quantity of drugs found.

Three people were arrested and suspected cocaine worth up to £12,200 was seized, police said.

Dyfed-Powys Police carried out a warrant at a house in Hubberston on the evening of Friday, June 11, “where 122g of what is believed to be cocaine was found.”

This is estimated to have a street value of between £9,760 and £12,200 depending on its purity.

The occupant of the address – a 59-year-old man – was not present at the time, however he was later arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.

He has been released under investigation pending the result of forensic, digital and financial enquiries.

As enquiries progressed, officers made two further arrests over the weekend.

A 33-year-old man from Manchester, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and possession of an offensive weapon after police stopped the car he was driving.

A quantity of white powder was seized by Greater Manchester Police during a warrant at the address he gave officers in custody.

A 27-year-old woman from the Stockport area was also arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Both have been released on bail with the condition not to enter Pembrokeshire.

Detective Constable Phillip Jones said: “This was a significant drugs seizure, and we will continue our enquiries with the view to securing a swift outcome.

“I would like to thank all officers involved over the weekend for their dedication and diligence.”

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Major blaze destroys well known Tenby chip shop

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EMERGENCY services have sealed off part of Tenby following a major fire at a chip shop.

Fire fighters rushed to Park Road Fish & Chip Shop after a blaze broke out late on Tuesday morning (Jun 15).

Emergency services are still at the scene. Police are asking people to avoid the area.

Diversions for traffic are in place.

Four fire appliances responded to the blaze at the Tenby chip shop (Image G Davies Photography)
Fire fighters take off BA kits after the blaze was put out (Image G Davies Photography)

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