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WATCH LIVE: Extraordinary Meeting

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Watch live:

http://www.pembrokeshire.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/127452

  1. 00:00:00Start of webcast
  2. 1 Apologies for Absence
  3. 2 Chairman’s Announcements/Personal Matters
  4. 3 Declarations of Interest
  5. 4 Minutes of Previous Meetings
  6. 4 a) 12 December 2013
    • Minutes , 12/12/2013 Council
  7. 4 b) 14 February 2014 – Extraordinary Meeting
    • Minutes , 14/02/2014 Extraordinary Council 
  8. 00:22:21Cllr Jacob Williams10:29
  9. 00:23:16Cllr James Llewellyn Adams10:30
  10. 00:23:52Cllr Jacob Williams10:30
  11. 00:24:28Cllr William John Arwyn Williams10:31
  12. 00:24:35Cllr Robert Michael Stoddart10:31

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  1. 5 County Council Budget 2014/2015 and Summary Medium Term Financial Plan 2014/2015 – 2015/2016
  2. 6 Council Tax Resolutions 2014/2015
  3. 7 Pay Policy Statement 2014/2015
  4. 8 Family Absence for Members
  5. 9 Question submitted by Councillor W E Evans under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
  6. 10 Question submitted by Councillor W E Evans under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Narberth Swimming Pool
  7. 11 Question submitted by Councillor W E Evans under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Bedroom Tax effect on Housing
  8. 12 Question submitted by Councillor O W James under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – New Pension Arrangements
  9. 13 Question submitted by Councillor O W James under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Additional Paid Functions for Staff
  10. 14 Question submitted by Councillor O W James under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Pay Policy Statements
  11. 15 Question submitted by Councillor O W James under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales
  12. 16 Question submitted by Councillor O W James under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Community Electricity Generation Scheme
  13. 17 Question submitted by Councillor Mrs V M Stoddart under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Merlin House and Fir Tree Close, Merlin’s Bridge
  14. 18 Question submitted by Councillor Mrs V M Stoddart under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Council-Owned Empty Commercial Properties
  15. 19 Question submitted by Councillor Mrs V M Stoddart under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Payment of Business Rates on empty Commercial Properties
  16. 20 Question submitted by Councillor D M Bryan under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Police Inquiry
  17. 21 Question submitted by Councillor Jacob Williams under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – New Constitution
  18. 22 Question submitted by Councillor Jacob Williams under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Pension Payments Scheme
  19. 23 Question submitted by Councillor P N Miller under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Townscape Heritage Initiative and Commercial Property Grant Schemes in Pembroke Dock
  20. 24 Question submitted by Councillor Pat Davies under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Pay and Grading
  21. 25 Question submitted by Councillor Alison Lee under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Pembroke Dock THI & Commercial Property Grant Schemes
  22. 26 Question submitted by Councillor Tessa Hodgson under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Pension Scheme
  23. 27 Question submitted by Councillor Tessa Hodgson under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Mr Kerr
  24. 28 Question submitted by Councillor Tessa Hodgson under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Mr Watson
  25. 29 Question submitted by Councillor Tessa Hodgson under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Information given to Mr Kerr
  26. 30 Question submitted by Councillor J A Brinsden under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Cost of Legal Advice and Report
  27. 31 Question submitted by Councillor J A Brinsden under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Press Cuttings
  28. 32 Question submitted by Councillor D K Howlett under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Recent interactions with either the Hywel Dda Health Board or the Welsh Government on services
  29. 33 Question submitted by Councillor D K Howlett under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Damage sustained during the recent bad weather
  30. 34 Question submitted by Councillor R P Kilmister under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Public Interest Report
  31. 35 Question submitted by Councillor R P Kilmister under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Senior Staff Committee
  32. 36 Question submitted by Councillor R P Kilmister under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Decision of the Senior Staff Committee
  33. 37 Question submitted by Councillor R P Kilmister under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Extraordinary Council
  34. 38 Question submitted by Councillor R P Kilmister under Council Procedure Rule 9.2 – Council Reputation
  35. 39 Notice of Motion relating to the Chief Executive
  36. 40 Notice of Motion relating to the Chief Executive
  37. 41 Notice of Motion relating to the Chief Executive
  38. 42 Notice of Motion relating to the Chief Executive
  39. 43 Notice of Motion relating to the Chief Executive
  40. 44 Notice of Motion relating to the Chief Executive
  41. 45 Notice of Motion relating to the Chief Executive
  42. 46 Notice of Motion relating to the Chief Executive
  43. 47 Notice of Motion relating to the Chief Executive
  44. 48 Notice of Motion relating to the Chief Executive
  45. 49 Notice of Motion relating to the Chief Executive
  46. 50 Notice of Motion relating to the Chief Executive
  47. 51 Notice of Motion relating to the Chief Executive
  48. 52 Notice of Motion relating to the Chief Executive
  49. 53 Notice of Motion relating to the Monitoring Officer
  50. 54 Notice of Motion relating to the Monitoring Officer
  51. 55 Notice of Motion relating to the Monitoring Officer
  52. 56 Notice of Motion relating to the Monitoring Officer
  53. 57 Notice of Motion relating to the Monitoring Officer
  54. 58 Notice of Motion relating to the Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism and Communities
  55. 59 Notice of Motion relating to membership of the Audit and Democratic Services Committees
  56. 60 Notice of Motion relating to the call-in procedure for Cabinet Decisions
  57. 61 Notice of Motion relating to Broadband Provision
  58. 62 Notice of Motion relating to Graduate Recruitment and Support
  59. 63 Notice of Motion relating to Housing Allocation – Local Connections Policy
  60. 64 Notice of Motion relating to the Planning and Rights of Way Committee
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Nine Dyfed-Powys Police officers assaulted in one weekend

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NINE Dyfed-Powys Police officers were assaulted in five incidents over the weekend, including a Special Constable who was bitten while on her probation period.

Officers across the force were punched, kicked, bitten and spat at as they responded to domestic assaults, harassment, a disturbance and a missing person.

The offences were alleged to have been committed by women aged between 14 and 61, all of whom were arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.

Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “Policing, by its very nature, is a challenging occupation, and officers do expect to be put in difficult situations. However, it is completely unacceptable that they should be subject to assaults while they are carrying out their duties – particularly when they are assaulted by the very people they are trying to help.

“Nine officers being assaulted as they respond to five incidents is shocking – and this doesn’t include the verbal abuse and near misses they face daily.

“We take these matters very seriously. For every officer who is assaulted, a plan is put in place to support them, whether they are able to remain on duty or not.

“Our view is that assaults on police officers and staff should be investigated with the same care, compassion and commitment as an assault on a member of the public. This sounds obvious, but too often our response to assaults on officers and staff can be rushed or treated as secondary to other offences.”

Charges have been brought against two of the alleged offenders.

Chantelle Thomas, aged 18, of Water Street in Carmarthen, was charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker by kicking and biting them. Police had been called to a disturbance at Maes yr Ysgol at around 9.40pm on Saturday, where the defendant was found to be distressed. Officers attempted to calm her down, but she is alleged to have become irate, kicking out at one Special Constable and biting another.

One of the SCs, who is still in their probation period has been praised by their sergeant for their patience and composure during the incident.

Rhian Jeremiah, aged 32, of Adpar, Newcastle Emlyn, was also charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker following an incident on Saturday. She is reported to have bitten two PCs while they attempted to arrest her. She is due to appeal at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on March 4.

In other incidents, a PC was kicked while attending a report of a mother assaulting her daughter in Pembroke Dock, and others were assaulted while at a domestic disturbance.

An officer and a sergeant were also kicked, punched and spat at after finding a teenager who had been reported missing.

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Stepaside: Residents group seeks to stop building of 80 houses

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A PLANNING application is causing controversy in south Pembrokeshire.

Stepaside and Pleasant Valley Residents Group have said that they are against 80 “houses” proposed on flood plain over the historical mine workings

The people living around Pleasant Valley have come together to keep their valley ‘pleasant’ and not developed by a remotely owned company just for profit.

The residents group was formed last year by local residents to oppose this planning application for the Heritage Park in Pleasant Valley, Stepaside.

Their Objection, submitted in October 2019 has raised awareness locally and the level of resistance has continued to grow with more and more people joining the mailing list and Facebook group.

The planning application, doubling the size of the Heritage Park in Pleasant Valley may be given the go ahead as early as the Planning Committee on 10th March.

The project proposes to cover the whole area at the top of the valley with a significant development on land riddled with unmapped old coal mines and over a floodplain.

It includes around 80 accommodation units, some of which will, from historic experience in this kind of development, be used as permanent residences, and will surround, and discourage access to, an important CADW heritage industrial site with walks, trees and wildlife, the campaign group have said.

They told this newspaper: “The car parking and access to walks and woodland, that have been enjoyed by large numbers of local people and visitors for many years, will be restricted.

“It will increase light and noise pollution, which along with human activities will significantly repress wildlife such as rare bats, dormice, a wide range of shy birds – woodpeckers, owls, herons, dippers, treecreepers, etc. and proposes to remove trees at the very time we understand the importance of re-wilding our countryside and retaining mature trees.

The pressure group says that the proposal goes against the PCC recently published aim to encourage tourism development ‘while balancing this with the need to protect and celebrate the very features that make Pembrokeshire an attractive visitor destination.’

Ben Morris said: “Our objections are to protect this small community from over development and maintain the long held, access for local people and visitors to this heritage and wildlife area`. He added ‘If there is demand for more self-catering spaces there are many less sensitive sites where such developments could take places.

“The scheme is opposed by Friends of the Earth, Woodland Trust, other environment groups and a high proportion of local residents and visitors.

“Local residents wanting more information, or to join SPVRG should go to http://spvrg.wales”

The Herald has contacted the developer’s agent for a comment to the objections.

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Met Office: More rain and flooding warnings for Wales

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ALTHOUGH the severe weather associated with Storm Dennis has passed, there is further wet and windy weather to come this week.

With much of the ground around the UK saturated from heavy rain over the last two weeks, further severe weather warnings are in force for some of the worst hit areas. Yellow National Severe Weather warnings for rain have been issued for southern and north west Wales on Wednesday evening and through Thursday.

Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “Further rain will arrive on Wednesday evening and this is likely to become prolonged and possibly heavy over areas of high ground. For example, there is a chance that 60mm of rain could fall in parts of south Wales over 24 hours. With the ground already saturated there is a chance of further flooding, members of the public should check their flood risk and stay up to date with flood warnings from Natural Resources Wales, SEPA, NI Direct and the Environment Agency.”

Blustery showers will continue through the day on Monday and Tuesday, particularly in the west, these showers are likely to fall as snow over higher ground especially in Scotland over 200m in elevation. Although there will be sunny spells for many, thunder and hail could accompany the heavier showers.

Under clear skies on Tuesday night pockets of frost are likely as more settled conditions associated with a brief ridge of higher pressure pass through.

Rain and increasingly strong winds will move in from the west on Wednesday morning spreading across the whole of the UK through the day. Rain will be persistent and heavy at times in Wales and north western England overnight and a further front will move through on Thursday bringing heavy downpours.

Storm Dennis brought wet and windy conditions after what was an unsettled week, with Storm Ciara bringing stormy conditions the weekend before. South Wales saw the most rain from Storm Dennis, with 157.6mm recorded at a Natural Resources Wales site in Crai Resr, Powys, between midnight on Saturday morning to 10:00 this morning (17 February). The highest wind speed recorded during the storm was 91mph on Saturday evening at Aberdaron, Gwynedd.

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