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No play area for Dale but group debate future

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HAVING found themselves unable to achieve their primary aim of building a play area for Dale, the Dale Play Area Association (DPAA) have now been unsuccessful in their attempt to transition into the role of a grant-giving charity that aids vulnerable children and adults in the area.

The DPAA received advice from the Pembrokeshire Association Voluntary Services, and the trustees advise that it would not be sensible to vote on Resolution 2 (see below) at the Annual General Meeting.

Resolution 2 reads: “Even though it is now impossible for the Dale Play Area Association to achieve its primary aim – a Play Area for Dale – the Association should not be wound up but should become a grant-giving charity. The proposal is that the charity would give grants to local children or vulnerable adults or groups of local children or vulnerable adults or organisations serving local children or vulnerable adults to promote the well-being of the said children or vulnerable adults and/or to enable them to take part in adventurous, sporting, fun or cultural activities.

“The Trustees should seek advice from the Charity Commission about whether it is necessary to change the Name and the Object of the Association in order to carry out this role. If this is necessary a further Special General Meeting of members will be called to consider an amendment to the Constitution.”

Despite this, the majority of members have indicated that they wish for the funds remaining in DPAA account to be used to benefit local children and vulnerable adults.

An alternative way for this to happen would be to set up an unincorporated association which would administer a fund to benefit local children and vulnerable adults. The aims of this association, and how they would be achieved, the criteria for grant giving etc. would all need to be decided upon.

The DPAA would be wound up in accordance with its constitution. The funds from the DPAA would be transferred to the new association. For this process to happen a new constitution would need to be written and a public meeting would have to be held to set up the new association and elect a committee to run it. They would then need to hold a Special General Meeting of the DPAA to decide whether or not they wind up the DPAA.

Therefore at this AGM trustees will be appointed to carry on managing the DPAA until it can formally put another resolution to members so that they can decide which way the Association should move forward.

The DPAA have said that they are sorry to have caused this confusion.

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Conservatives hold on to Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat

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THE CONSERVATIVES have held on to their Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat despite Labour closing the gap.

Sam Kurtz will take over the seat from the outgoing Angela Burns who held a majority of 3,400 at the last election.

This time, the gap was just 936 to Labour’s Hassan Riaz who picked up 10,304 votes.

Plaid Cymru’s Cefin Campbell picked up 6,615 votes.

The turnout in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire was slightly up to 52.12% from 51.2% in 2016.

However, with a larger electorate thanks to votes for 16/17-year-olds, the number of votes cast went up by almost 3,000.

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Paul Davies re-elected as Conservatives hold Preseli Pembrokeshire

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PAUL DAVIES has been re-elected to represent the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency.

He won with 12,295 votes, while there were 10,895 votes for Labour’s Jackie Jones.

Plaid Cymru candidate Cris Tomos gained just over 6,000 votes and there were also 1,239 for Reform UK candidate Alan Dennison.

There were over 3000 more votes cast in 2016, down largely in part to the fact that 16 and 17 year olds were able to vote in this election.

Both the Conservatives and Labour received more votes than before while the gap to Labour closed to just 1,400.

After being elected, Paul Davies said he would continue to ‘fight for Pembrokeshire’ and thanked those who had been involved in his campaign.

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Former Cardigan Castle director sentencing delayed

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THE SENTENCING of a former director of Cardigan Castle who has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft totalling over £40,000 has been delayed.

Former director, Jac Davies, pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft was due to be sentenced on Wednesday (May 4) at Swansea Crown Court – but has now been delayed.

Davies who held the £40,000 a year post fraudulently obtained £33,098.75 and stole a further £7,932.97 from the award winning restoration project..

Davies held his position at Cardigan Castle from September 2017 to November 2019.

The defendant has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining £4,143.20 from the castle on December 21, 2017.

Again Davies admitted to fraudulently obtaining £28,955.55 between February 4, 2019 and November 3, 2019.

Two further charges of theft were also admitted – one charge of  theft from the castle of £1,908.18 between May 2, 2018 and May 24, 2019 and a further charge of theft from Cardigan Castle Enterprises to the sum of £6,024.79.

Dyfed-Powys Police conducted a year long investigation after being contacted by the castle board of directors.

Financial discrepancies were identified during financial monitoring.

An internal investigation was launched and Davies left his position within the castle in October 2019 following a disciplinary process.

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