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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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Welsh Deputy Minister visits New Farm Shop



Pictured : Julie Morgan AM

A new farm and produce shop on the Scolton Manor estate outside Haverfordwest has been visited by a Welsh Government Minister.

Julie Morgan AM – Deputy Minister for Health and Social Care – called at the shop to see the Welsh Government’s Intermediate Care Fund (ICF) in action.

The shop provides work experience, training and supported employment opportunities in retail and customer service for people with learning disabilities, disabilities and autism.

It is an addition to Pembrokeshire County Council’s existing supported employment offer through Norman Industries, the Authority’s sheltered employment factory in Snowdrop Lane, Haverfordwest.

The shop is the result of partnership working involving Workways+ and Experience for Industry – both funded by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government – Norman Industries and the management and staff at the Council-run Scolton Manor attraction.

The shop, which opened just a few weeks ago, will be supplying the public with fresh produce from the walled gardens at Scolton Manor, local meats, produce, tea and coffee.

It also provides a retail outlet for some of the arts, crafts and products made at Norman Industries.

Over the coming months the shop will also be supplying chutneys made by participants and employees at the supported employment café in Milford leisure centre ‘Caffi Man Cwrdd’.

The Deputy Minister was welcomed by County Councillor Tessa Hodgson, the Authority’s Cabinet Member for Social Services.

The farm shop has been partially resourced and staffed through some of the £400,000 ICF money allocated to expand supported employment opportunities regionally.

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Haverfordwest: Police promise extra patrols for GCSE results night



THERE will be an increased police presence in Haverfordwest tonight, in response to an anticipated influx of young people who will be celebrating their GCSE results.

Parents are being asked to go over their child’s plan for the evening, before they head out. Sergeant Haydon Mathias is overseeing the operation.

He said: “It’s a big day for teenagers, and we understand they want to celebrate after all of their hard work.

“We’ll be there to make sure they do that safely, and without disrupting others.

“This is usually a busy night for us, and historically we have seen crime and anti-social behaviour rise. You’ll notice my team out and about from early this evening to stop that happening. They’ll be seizing alcohol from anyone they suspect is under the age of 18, and dealing with any other issues that arise.

“We’re asking parents to take the reins and discuss plans before your child goes out. Make sure you know where they’re celebrating, who they’re with, and how they’re getting home. It’s useful to make sure your child’s phone is fully charged, in case of an emergency.

“I encourage anyone with concerns to come and speak to an officer or Police Community Support Officer around the town, or contact Dyfed-Powys Police.”

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Llangwm Church Donation Box Stolen



St Jerome’s Church: Second theft in a year!


A DONATION box has been stolen from a village church, the second theft from the historic building in a year.

The donation box at St Jerome’s Church, Llangwm, is believed to have been taken in the last few weeks.

The box is usually kept next to the Talking Tapestry of Langum, a project which tells the story of the village’s origin with the invasion of the Flemish in the 12th century and its later history.

Pamela Hunt of Heritage Llangwm said: “This theft is the second from St. Jerome’s in a year.

“If anyone has seen or knows anything, then please let the police know.

“If they feel unable to do that, but would like to contact us at St Jerome’s Church, then email

“We will treat your contact in the strictest confidence.”

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