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Paul Miller still wants special meeting

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special meetingPEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’s Labour leader, Cllr Paul Miller, along with eight other County Councillors, has resubmitted their requests for an Extraordinary General Meeting.

In light of the damning report from the Wales Audit Office last week, Paul Miller’s letter to the chairman of the council, Cllr Arwyn Williams, is asking for the immediate suspension of embattled chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones.

Paul Miller had shelved his original request for a meeting until the outcome from the auditor was made public.

The Pembrokeshire Herald understands that the chairman of the council cannot stop the Extraordinary General Meeting from taking place as if he declines the request Hugh Miller (Head of Legal Services at the council) would be obliged to allow it to take place.

This may mean that there will be two meetings taking place in relation to the scandal: the meeting which much take place within 30 days of the report and the meeting requested by the labour leader.

Asked why he thinks why two meetings are necessary, Cllr Miller told The Herald: “I think that we need two meetings because the EGM is designed to remove Bryn Parry Jones as the chief executive pending an investigation, and the second meeting is designed to look at the wider issues as to how the Council got into this situation.”

Speaking to The Pembrokeshire Herald from his holiday in France, Cllr Paul Miller continued: “The EGM will be the quickest way to put a stop to these payments and to suspend the Chief Executive while a full and urgent investigation is carried out.”

“Given we are discussing the legality of the decision they made in 2011, the then members of the Senior Staff Committee should not be permitted to participate in these meetings. This is a view which is shared by IPPG Councillor Pearl Llewellyn, who also gave the same comment to the Pembrokeshire Herald on Wednesday.”

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Milford Haven School to lose sixth form due to falling pupil numbers

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COUNCILLORS have today backed a recommendation to publish a Statutory Notice to remove the sixth form of Milford Haven School.

The move followed the governing body of Milford Haven School requesting the Council to consult on the removal of the sixth form due to declining pupil numbers, reduced curriculum options and provision not meeting the needs of learners.

The governing body described the move as ‘one of the most difficult decisions we have ever undertaken.’

In October last year Pembrokeshire County Council agreed for the Director for Children and Schools to undertake statutory consultation on the proposal to remove the sixth form.

County Councillors today considered the report following the period of consultation which showed an overwhelming show of support for maintaining the sixth form.

In total, 168 responses were received.

The report stated that the sixth form has played a significant role as part of the local community.

However, on the basis of the significant decline in sixth form population at the school over the last 10 years, it is clear that the support received as part of the consultation is not reflected in the actual numbers choosing to stay in the sixth form.

Analysis of learner numbers in the sixth form over the last 10 years shows a steady decline in numbers, equivalent to a 77% reduction, with just 46 learners as of January 2020.

Education watchdog Estyn said: “The proposal to close the sixth form at Milford Haven School and for pupils to attend other provision instead appears to be a reasonable way forward. It is Estyn’s view that this proposal is likely to at least maintain the current standards of education and provision in the area.”

By 30 votes to 22, Councillors backed the recommendation that the Director for Children and Schools be authorised to publish a Statutory Notice to effect a regulated alteration to Milford Haven School in order to remove its sixth form.

This will be followed a 28 day objection period. If objections are received an Objection report will be prepared.

As the proposal is one to remove sixth form provision it requires approval by Welsh Ministers.

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Death on Freemens Way

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A 56-YEAR-OLD man has died following an incident on Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, on Wednesday night (Jul 15).

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “A 56-year-old man has died following an incident at Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, last night.

“He was taken to hospital with severe injuries, but sadly passed away.

“His family has been informed and is being supported by local officers.

“An investigation is ongoing but the circumstances are not believed to be suspicious.

“HM coroner has been informed.”

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Two arrested for shouting racist comments at BLM protest

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TWO teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of shouting racist comments at Black Lives Matter protestors, at the latest event in Haverfordwest on Wednesday night (Jul 15).
Commenting on the incident, Superintendent of Pembrokeshire division, Ross Evans said: “On Wednesday evening (July 15) a peaceful protest took place on Picton Fields, Haverfordwest, as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The demonstration, which was attended by around 70 people, was overseen by local officers as part of appropriate plans in place to allow for peaceful protest.

“Sadly, officers present observed a man and a boy shouting a number of racist comments towards those attending the demonstration, and promptly arrested both, one aged 19 and the other 14, on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences.

“The comments understandably caused a great deal of upset and distress to those from the demonstration who heard them.

“The two men arrested have been taken to Haverfordwest custody, where they remain currently. Anyone who witnessed the incident and has any information is asked to contact police by emailing us at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or call 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311908.”

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