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Conduct complaints: Jamie Adams

Conduct complaints: Jamie Adams

THE CONDUCT of Council Leader Jamie Adams during debates has again been the subject of complaints by members of the public.

In its report of the meeting held on January 29, The Herald reported how one outraged parent in the public gallery said: “If a pupil behaved like that it would be seen as disruptive behaviour. What sort of message does head-shaking, smirking and sighing theatrically when someone says something you disagree with, give kids about the appropriate way to behave?”

It seems as though Cllr Adams remains incapable of controlling himself when views contrary to his own are expressed. In a letter to Council Chair Tom Richards, Millie Thomas, Deputy Head Girl of Tasker-Milward School relates how she, too, witnessed Jamie Adams’ shenanigans during the debate held on Tuesday April 14, where the council debated Cllr Paul Miller’s motion to cease the ongoing controversial consultation on post 16 education.

The letter states that: “As a member of the Sixth Form in Tasker-Milward I was very disappointed to see the behaviour of several members in the meeting.”

Drawing attention to the conduct of Cllr Sue Perkins, Millie addresses Cllr Perkins’ claim made in the Chamber that she ‘listened to all of the other councillors when they spoke’.

The letter goes on to say, “Cllr Perkins did listen to all of the councillors: unfortunately manners truly are not Cllr Perkin’s strong point. Throughout everybody speaking in favour of the motion Cllr Perkins sat there whilst shaking her head continuously. Now, as a 17 year old student, if I know that is disrespectful I believe she should understand that too. Cllr Perkins is obviously heavily involved in the changes in education and I find it very disrespectful in the way she presented herself that day.”

Highlighting the conduct of both Cllr Perkins and Jamie Adams, as people spoke about their feelings on the motion, Millie states: “(They) were fairly far away from one another in the chamber, leaning back far in their chairs to pull faces at one another about what other Councillors were saying. I’m not completely sure what they were shouting at each other because I was far away, but obviously it was negative and again disrespectful.”

Noting that some councillors appeared more equal than others, the Deputy Head Girl’s letter goes on to note that the cut off time for five minutes was disregarded for some councillors but not for others. Addressing Cllr Richards directly, she writes: “As Chair of the council I believe it is up to you to not seem biased towards some more than others. Cllr Jamie Adams and Cllr Susan Perkins spoke a lot more than others and this is not fair. I think their behaviour needs to be addressed, manners cost nothing and they need to be respectful like everyone listening to their opinions. They acted very immaturely and disrespectfully and I hope that in the future this is addressed in the chamber, in County Hall.”

Millie concludes by saying: “I do hope their behaviour is acted on or addressed.”

The Herald invited Cllrs Richards, Perkins and Adams to respond to Millie Thomas’ letter.

A council spokesperson told us: “Council Chairman Cllr Tom Richards has been away. He will be responding by letter to Millie as soon as his schedule allows.”

Cllr Jamie Adams responded to Millie, saying: “Thank you for copying me in to your email to Cllr Richards.

“I am disappointed by your comments and will review the webcast to reflect upon my demeanour at the meeting. As for timing, again I will review the matter in the same way and form a view on the time allocated to myself and others. I would just add that the Council Chamber is a dynamic environment as you’ve witnessed where strength of opinion and emotion can often be reflected in many ways. The viewing gallery does not give you a panoramic view of the expressions and gestures of all members. Thank you again for expressing your views.”

Cllr Sue Perkins told us: “I haven’t had any direct contact from Millie, but I’m more than happy to respond personally to her on any of the points she has raised if she’d like to get in touch with me directly. I’m very glad that she and so many other young people in Pembrokeshire are participating in the consultation and look forward to receiving as many views as possible before the process ends on May 5.”

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Further coronavirus restriction relaxations brought forward

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FURTHER changes to the coronavirus restrictions have been announced by the First Minister Mark Drakeford today.

The Welsh Government has confirmed further relaxations will be brought forward from 17 May to 3 May – including the resumption of indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults, such as exercise classes, and the re-opening of community centres.

This means Wales will have completed the move to Alert Level 3 by Monday 3 May.

From Saturday 24 April, the rule of 6 will allow for up to six people from six households to meet outdoors, not including children under 11 years of age or carers from those households.

The Welsh Government has also confirmed the relaxations that will take place on Monday 26 April. Outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to reopen, while outdoor hospitality can also resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people will be able to take place and weddings receptions can begin again outdoors for up to 30 people.

Wales has the lowest coronavirus rates of the UK nations.  The successful vaccine programme continues with a higher proportion of people vaccinated in Wales than other nations of the UK for both first and second doses.

Changes from Monday 3 May:

  • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen;
  • People will also again be able to form extended households with one other household.

Relaxations planned for 17 May will be brought forward to the 3 May, including:

  • The resumption of indoor supervised activities for children;
  • Indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults (such as exercise classes and swimming lessons);
  • And the re-opening of community centres.

The First Minister said:

“The sacrifices we have made continue to show results. By us all working together and sticking to the rules, combined with our vaccination programme, mean we continue to make progress. Rates of the virus continue to fall and the public health situation is improving. 

“Due to these efforts we are able confirm more easing of the restrictions from 26 April and for early May we are again able to bring forward some of our plans. However, this progress is dependent on all of us continuing to work together to keep Wales safe.

“At the last three-week review, I set out a forward-look of how the restrictions could continue to be lifted in the weeks ahead, if the public health situation remains stable.

“It will be for the incoming Welsh Government to confirm these arrangements at the next three-week review, which will be held on May 13 – a week after the election. It is my assessment that the hospitality sector – bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes – will be able to open indoors from May 17, together with all other tourist accommodation, indoor entertainment and attractions.”

Further possible easements are subject to the public health situation remaining favourable.

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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DYFED POWYS POLICE has confirmed that a 20-year-old male passed away in Milford Haven last Saturday, April 17.

Police were called to the USA Fried Chicken store on Charles Street at around 1:30pm but have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

A Herald reporter was at the scene and witnessed a number of police cars and an ambulance while plain-clothed officers were also seen.

HM Coroner has been informed.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We were called to Charles Street in Milford Haven on Saturday 17 April at approximately 1.34pm to reports of a medical emergency. We attended the scene with one emergency ambulance where we assisted colleagues from the police.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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