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Votes of no confidence in senior officers

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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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Education Chief to leave Council

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IAN WESTLEY, Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire County Council, announced to staff and Members on Wednesday (Dec 11) that Kate Evan-Hughes, the Director for Children and Schools, will be leaving the Authority at the end of January, 2020.

She is taking up an appointment as Strategic Director with a local authority in England.

Interim arrangements have been discussed with the Leader of the Council, David Simpson, and the Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Guy Woodham.

Following Kate’s departure Steven Richards-Downes will act up as Chief Education Officer and James White will undertake the duties of deputy.

Discussions about permanent arrangements will begin in the New Year.

Mr Westley said he wished Kate all the very best as she embarks on the next phase of her career.

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‘Just do it’, advises 91-year-old leisure centre member

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ARE you struggling to find the motivation to keep fit?

Then help is at hand! Meet the inspirational Valerie Coleman – one of Pembrokeshire Leisure’s oldest members at 91 years of age.

Valerie attends an astonishing 10 classes a week at Fishguard Leisure Centre, from swimming to Pilates, chair aerobics and back care classes.

Centre manager Lisa Starkey said she was amazing. “Val really is an inspirational woman,” she said. “We are always so pleased to see her once, twice and sometimes three times a day. Her determination to keep healthy and active is inspiring to us all.”

A former nurse, Valerie was also an active PTA member who helped to fundraise for Fishguard’s old Leisure Centre which was replaced by the new centre 14 years ago.

“Val has been involved with leisure for some time and absolutely loves it,” said Lisa. “She has made so many special friends and coming to the leisure centre now is such an important social aspect of her life.

“Her mental health along with her physical health and wellbeing all benefit from her visits to the centre that she loves.”

Valerie praised staff at Fishguard for their support in helping her to recover after suffering a fractured femur, and said the centre had a ‘great atmosphere’.

“They have very helpful and understanding staff who are there for everyone and give encouragement to all of their customers,” she said.

“If you’re thinking about joining a leisure centre, just do it. The staff and facilities are here for everyone and all the encouragement you will ever need will be given.”

For information on leisure centre facilities and classes, or how to join as a member, please visit www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/leisure or pop into your local leisure centre.

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Warning to vessels after a dozen shipping containers lost off cargo ship

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MILFORD Haven Coastguard is investigating reports of up to 12 shipping containers adrift in the sea around the island of Grassholm, it has been confirmed.

It is believed the containers may have been lost by the Cyprus-registered Elbcarrier cargo ship, caught in storms while en-route to Dublin from Rotterdam.

Warnings have been given that at least a dozen containers overboard in the Celtic Sea on Sunday afternoon, December 8, after being caught in rough seas.

The drifting containers were spotted in the sea late on December 8, and further reports have stated they may now be near Grassholm Island.

Feetmon.com states: “Container ship ELBCARRIER lost containers overboard in Celtic sea in the afternoon Dec 8, while en route from Rotterdam to Dublin Ireland, being caught in rough weather. 12 drifting containers were spotted at 2330 UTC in vicinity 51 40N 005 50W,. Number of lost containers unknown. The ship reached Dublin in the afternoon Dec 9.”

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