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Two hundred people attended a protest at County Hall

Two hundred people attended a protest at County Hall

A PROTEST by local union members at Pembrokeshire County Council has been held at County Hall, Haverfordwest. The unions say they are protesting at leadership under Mr Parry-Jones, the chief executive.

The unions are also calling for the council CEO to be suspended while Gloucester police investigate his pension arrangements.

Unison branch secretary Vic Dennis told The Herald: “We organised a ballot very quickly, as a result of the reopening of the police investigation, and within a week we got over a 50% return on the ballot, during a peak holiday period, and 98% of those that returned said they had no confidence in the chief officer of this council.”

He added: “We want the county council to deal with what’s happening at the top fairly and equitably, the same as all our members who come to work every day, We expect fairness. We’re not looking for special treatment.”

Around two hundred people took part in the protest. A number of councillors were present  including, Cllrs Paul Miller, Jonathan Nutting, Reg Owens, Rhys Sinnet, Alison Lee, Gwilym Price, Tony Wilcox and Stephen Joseph.

Asked why he was out supporting the protest, Cllr Tony Wilcox said: “I’m out here with a few hundred people because it’s time for a change. It seems hard to believe that a guy, who is in complete control of everything, can be responsible for nothing at all when it goes wrong.”

He added: “The very least he should do is stand down voluntarily until such as time as the enquiry has run its course. The Carmarthen chief executive did stand down but ours never did and he’s not going to now, he’s just completely immune and out of touch with everything. This is Pembrokeshire sadly; it’s not a nice place to be. We’re losing staff left right and centre for all sorts of reasons”.

Cllr Gwilym Price told The Herald: “I feel very strongly that Bryn Parry-Jones should have been listening to the people a long time ago and listening to us councillors that he has the moral duty to stand aside whilst he’s being investigated and that he should pay back the money.

“At a time of austerity when our people, our workers, who work very hard, had to lose money, anything up to £5000, it’s a bit obscene for him to collect all that money and have a huge amount of money to defend his position which we fought was really untenable.

“Most of all, this is my opportunity to say what I really feel about the people who are supporting him, these are elected members, I’m an elected member and I hope that I’m honest enough to represent my constituents, but as long as we have the IPG group who are like nodding donkeys, who will support the Bryn Parry-Jones’ of this world, then he is sitting pretty.

“He’s got a little cocoon around him, he tells them what to say and they say it and they vote that way and I find that disgusting. I have as much disgust for those for keeping him there as I do for the man who is taking this money”.

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  1. Jonathan nutting

    August 8, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Actually I was there too. I wanted to stand with the ordinary workers who feel let down. If we have rules and expectations then they should be equally applie to all 🙁

  2. Frank

    August 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    This man is tainted by his own arrogant disregard for the people who pay his wages. Remember, he is a public servant, like every single one of the people working in County Hall, and as such, they are all equal.(Even though the “lesser mortals” can apparently be reprimanded for giving him the courtesy of a cheery “good morning”!) They are all there for us, not the other way round. Why is he still there?

  3. Tomos

    August 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I wrote to PCCs HR Dept asking them whether they had a standard operating procedure for when a member of staff is being investigated by Police for an alleged illegal action committed whislt acting as a PCC employee.
    The reply I was given that each case is looked at independently . so NO standard procedure.
    Would any PCC employees like to confirm or deny that?
    Maybe I should ask again but this time under the Freedom of Information Act?

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Pembroke: Leave teenage girls alone, sex offender told

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A SEX OFFENDER from Ashdale Lane, Pembroke has been jailed for repeatedly ignoring court orders which were put in place to protect young girls.
Gareth Thomas James Flynn, aged 41, frightened a 14-year-old girl who refused to get off a bus in case he managed to find out where she lived.
41-year-old Gareth Thomas James Flynn scared a 14-year-old girl because she refused to get of a bus, frightened he would learn her address.
He admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was jailed today for a year.
Sitting at Swansea Crown Court, Judge Geraint Walters berated the defendant.  His Honour said that Flynn had shown a complete disregard for the original SHPO.
The judge said: “Leave teenage girls alone. They are scared of you”
He told Flynn he would be on licence for 12 months after his release from prison, and he reminded him that the SHPO remained in place.

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Narberth: ‘My mum’s camper was stolen and found burned out down the road’

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A CAMPER VAN stolen on Thursday night in Narberth was found burned a short distance from where it was parked, the owner’s son has said.

Zachary Bunce posted an appeal on Facebook on Friday morning saying: “Can every single one of my friends please share this my mother’s Ford transit campervan was stolen last night in the Narberth area can people please be on the lookout for this van as my mother is completely heartbroken.”

But three hours later he updated the post to say: “Thank you everyone who shared, sadly my mums van was driven 1.3 miles down the road and driven into a ditch and burnt it out.

Mr Bunce has said on that the incident has been captured on CCTV, and took place at 2.10am in the morning (Jan 24).
Anyone with any information should contact the police on 101.

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Hook: Police and school confirm death of boy, 13

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POLICE are investigating the sudden death of a 13-year-old boy from Hook on Wednesday (Jan 22)

A police spokesman told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 13-year-old boy, from the Hook area of Pembrokeshire.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time. Next of kin have been advised and are being supported.”

A letter was sent out to parents and carers by Haverfordwest High VC School headteacher Jane Harries following the death. The letter reads: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you about the sudden death of a year nine pupil at our school.

“The children in Year nine were told this morning by myself and other pupils were told by their teachers during their lesson this afternoon. The full detail surrounding the death are not known at this stage – but children have been reassured that this is something that does not happen very often. Your child may or may not want to talk bout it, but it is likely that he/she will need your special care, attention and reassurance at this difficult time.

“We are deeply affected by the death, but we are trying, for the children’s sake, to keep the school as normal as possible over the coming days, whilst allowing the children opportunities to talk about the pupil if they wish to. Trained support staff and counsellors are helping to support us through this difficult time. If you feel that your child needs extra support, please let us know.

“Our thoughts are with the pupil’s family at this difficult time, and the whole school community sends them our sincerest sympathy and support. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s achievement leader, or Miss Thomas, pastoral support manager. Paul Lucas, chairman of the governing body at Haverfordwest High VC School, said: “The governors are shocked at the tragic loss of this young student. The family are in our thoughts at this very sad time.”

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