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Votes of no confidence in senior officers



county hallThe Pembrokeshire Herald has learned that a number of councillors were individually submitting MOTIONS OF NO CONFIDENCE in embattled CHIEF EXECUTIVE BRYN PARRY-JONES for the next full council meeting early next month.

Cllr Paul Miller, leader of the party’s Labour group and councillor for Neyland, along with many others including Cllr David Bryan of Haverfordwest, Cllrs Mike and Viv Stoddart of Milford Haven and Cllr Jacob Williams all submitted their motions before Wednesday’s (19th) deadline.

The Herald can also EXCLUSIVELY reveal that separate VOTES OF NO CONFIDENCE have also been tabled over the MONITORING OFFICER, LAURENCE HARDING. Among numerous others, the Herald understands Cllrs Tony Brinsden (Amroth) Jacob Williams (East Williamston) Mike Stoddart (Milford Haven) all unaffiliated, have tabled individual notices of motions of no confidence for the March 6 meeting of full council.

More in The Pembrokehire Herald tomorrow.

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  1. Welshman23

    February 21, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Fantastic news but we Ned a few more councillors to join up including some IPPG members perhaps the vote of confidence should include Jamie Adams his conduct is appalling.

  2. Ian

    February 21, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    So all the things that Jamie adams and BRyn Jones have been defending over the last few years are suddendly nuffink to do with them and they are against it – what flipping lying hypocrites :((

  3. Robin Howells (Chair, Preseli Pembs. Labour Party)

    February 21, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Well done Cllr. Paul Miller and fellow Councillors for submitting motions of no-confidence in the Chief Executive, Bryn Parry-Jones and Monitoring Officer Laurence Harding. After last Friday\’s \”democratic process\” where elected Councillors were prevented from representing their voters by Paul Kerr QC it does prove that there is something to hide in County Hall when it comes to examining and debating publicly what money is going where or more to the point in who\’s bank account. Councillors such as Jamie Adams and the Chief Executive Bryn Parry-Jones should remember they are public servants and there to represent the public and the interests of the community and not there to pervert the course of democratic debate and to help themselves to the public purse as they see fit. Interesting how the role of the Monitoring Officer was taken over by Paul Kerr QC – I thought he was there to provide so called \”independent advice\” but ended up excluding those Councillors who expressed their opinions to the press but not excluding those Councillors who spoke to the press in favour of the Chief Executive. Both sides have expressed opposing opinions for and against retaining Bryn Parry-Jones pending a police investigation and therefore both opinions being predetermination but only those calling for his suspension being asked or advised to leave the chamber. Between expenses, grants and pensions being investigated it\’s about time things were cleaned up in County Hall and time for the Welsh Assembley Government to look at this situation and step in and run Pembrokeshire County Council in the interests of the people of Pembrokeshire.

  4. J Hudson

    February 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    The most alarming thing is that the QC was asked to comment on the pre-determinations issue based on out-of date press cuttings, which may have not fully reported the comments of councillors.
    Legislations now allows councillors to enter in pre-debate and take part in meetings and decisions, providing that at the time of the meeting they have an open mind and consider all relevant considerations.

    I do not understand how anyone other than the individual can assess their state of mind at the time of the meeting.

    Still it goes to demonstrate what a rotten council this is.

    Will councillors now need to declare that they have open minds when taking part in debates and decisions to avoid being reported to the Ombudsman?

  5. Teifion

    February 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    All we want now is a vote of no confidence in Adams – I’m sure a lot of decent ppl in the IPPG MUST be ashamed of the shenanigins that have been going on in their name (indeed they must be worrying of the ramifications to their own cheque books and freedom for having voted for certain things – all I’d say is don’t take my word or Jamies but look up shirley porter, London councillor ) they + all other councillors should unite against him.

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Haverfordwest: Pupils collected by parents after feeling unwell in school following Italy ski trip



THREE PUPILS from Haverfordwest High School have been collected by parents after feeling unwell today (Feb 25). It is understood that all the pupils involved were on a half term skiing trip to Italy.

This has been confirmed by a Pembrokeshire County Council spokesperson.

No case of COVID-19 has been confirmed.

The Pembrokeshire pupils were in the resort of Fanano, the council said.

In a letter to all staff, head teacher Jane Harries said: “The ski trip which returned from Italy on the weekend did not travel to the two areas of lock-down in Italy affected by the corona-virus. Advice is for staff or pupils who have returned from Italy (not the quarantined areas of Lombardy and Veneto) should they develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, they should immediately please follow this advice: stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would the flu, and call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country.
“They do not need to follow this advice if they have no symptoms.
“Staff who have any symptoms have been sent home and we are in the process of contacting all parents and pupils on the trip…”

A school statement released at 14:31 HRS on Tuesday reads: “We do have two pupils who were on family holidays in these areas and they have gone home.

“Three staff have been sent home as a precaution and we are in the process of contacting all parents of pupils on the trip. If they then feel that their son/daughter has any of the above symptoms they can come to collect them and follow the advice above.

“At the time of making this statement 15 parents have collected pupils although many of these are parents who are collecting pupils due to concern over messages on social media.  There are no confirmed cases of corona-virus at Haverfordwest High VC School.

“Over the border in England, one school has closed, and another has shut its sixth form today after students returned from half-term ski trips in Italy. The two schools, both in Cheshire, made the decision on Tuesday and comes as Italian authorities struggle to control an outbreak of COVID-19.

“A message to parents from Richard Pollock, the headteacher of Cransley School in Northwich, said the closure would remain in place for the rest of the week in order to “completely minimise” the risk of infection. Sky News reported that this comes after a number of students and staff at the school had visited Bormio – 350km from where the Pembrokeshire pupils were skiing – and had since been advised to self-isolate.

“Regardless of the current Public Health England advice (that the school should remain open to all other pupils) I have decided… to completely minimise possible spread of infection and close the school for the remainder of the week,” he wrote.

“During this time, the school will be able to conduct a deep clean and monitor the results of tests amongst those pupils who are currently showing flu-like symptoms.”

Meanwhile, Brine Leas Academy in Nantwich said on Twitter that is had decided to close its sixth form “due to staff shortages.”


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Folly Farm’s giving away 5,000 free places to primary school pupils



IN CELEBRATION of the birth of a critically endangered Eastern black rhino in January, Folly Farm is offering primary school pupils in Wales the opportunity to visit for free to learn more about its conservation work.

The free school visits week will take place between Monday 01 June and Friday 05 June 2020 to coincide with World Environment Day on Friday 05 June. Folly Farm’s zoo keeping team will be running activities each day to highlight conservation work, breeding programmes and sustainable initiatives at the attraction to educate and inspire school children.

Tim Morphew, zoo curator at Folly Farm, said; “The birth of our critically endangered Eastern black rhino, the first rhino to be born in Wales, is such a significant event, not just for us here at Folly Farm but also for the breeding programme and the species. We wanted to use this amazing opportunity as a catalyst to highlight our conservation work and motivate the next generation to act.
“We’re delighted to be offering free school visits to primary schools across Wales for a week of organised activities designed to educate and provide school children with some key takeaways about how they can make better decisions for the environment.”

5,000 free places will be provided for the week, up to a maximum of 1,000 visits on each day. The successful schools will be chosen on a first come first served basis and notified by the 27 March 2020.

Primary schools in Wales need to apply for the free places by filling in an application form on Folly Farm’s website indicating their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of day and total number of pupils.

The application form can be found here:

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Stephen Crabb MP calls for an end to Cawdor closure plans  



THE IMPORTANCE of Cawdor Barracks will be debated this week in Parliament thanks to Preseli MP Stephen Crabb.

In a Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday (Feb 26), the local MP will discuss the importance to Pembrokeshire of the army base at Brawdy before urging the Minister for Defence to reconsider its closure.

The facility was first opened as RAF Brawdy in 1944 and, over the years, has provided a base for all three branches of the armed forces. During the Cold War, the US Navy also resided at Brawdy, to monitor underwater listening devices in the Atlantic Ocean. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, large-scale changes to NATO armed forces resulted in both the US Navy and the RAF leaving Brawdy.

The British Army’s 14 Signal Regiment, specialists in Electronic Warfare, took up residence in 1995. It is the only British Army Regiment capable of conducting sustainable electronic warfare in support of national operations worldwide.

Intended as a temporary base for the Regiment, Brawdy has proved a popular location for the soldiers and their families with many putting down deep roots in the County.  With the Regiment used heavily on operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and many other overseas locations, Pembrokeshire people have turned out in their hundreds for local Homecoming parades. The Regiment has been awarded the Freedom of both St Davids and Haverfordwest.

With nearly 600 troops at Brawdy and over 120 children from forces families in Pembrokeshire’s schools, the barracks play an important role in the County. Economic analysis of the closure of Cawdor Barracks estimated the effect at £26-£30 million.

However, for more than 10 years there has been uncertainty over the future of Cawdor Barracks with plans for full closure put forward and then changed. The year 2024 is the current date for closure of the base.

In the lead up to the debate, Stephen Crabb said: “For over 75 years, Brawdy has played a hugely important role in our national security, and those who have been based there have become an important part of the Pembrokeshire community.

“The uncertainty surrounding its future, with its closure date being pushed back time and time again is unsettling for those soldiers and their families who have made Pembrokeshire their home.

“In securing this debate, I hope to highlight the importance of Cawdor Barracks to Pembrokeshire and I’ll be calling on the Government to end the uncertainty over the base, putting an end to the on-off closure plans that have caused so much confusion for the soldiers and for the local community.

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