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Bryn furious over leak to The Herald



county hallBRYN PARRY-JONES lost his temper, and threatened to hire in a private investigator to find out who was leaking information to The Herald, it was revealed on Saturday night (August 9).

Cllr. Jacob Williams has revealed on his website,, that on May 13, the chairman of the Audit Committee, John Evans MBE, was summoned to see Parry-Jones at an emergency meeting.

It was in response to the story he had read on the front page of The Pembrokeshire Herald, Cllr. Williams said.
The East Williamston member wrote: “The Pembrokeshire Herald ran comprehensive coverage of the tampering scandal, and highlighted that these documents could be key pieces of evidence in an impending criminal investigation.”

He added: “The Herald dubbed the then unnamed officer the ‘minutes meddler’ – and featured the scandal in great detail over numerous editions, detailing the extent of the alterations to several documents, and citing statute which suggests the officer’s alterations constituted a criminal offence in its own right.”

Bryn Parry jones held up this edition and demanded to know who leaked information, according to John Evans MBE

Bryn Parry-Jones held up this edition and demanded to know who leaked information, according to John Evans MBE

In our May 9 edition under the headline ‘MINUTES MEDDLER UNMASKED,’ we revealed the identity of the council officer who had tampered with the grant panel meeting minutes, and also disclosed that the disciplinary process into the officer’s actions had resulted in just a written warning – one of the lowest sanctions possible.

Cllr. Williams says on his website that a letter between John Evans MBE and council leader Cllr. Jamie Adams reveals that Bryn Parry-Jones “held aloft a copy of the Pembrokeshire Herald and demanded to know who present had disclosed to the newspaper the name of the Officer who had tampered with the CPGS Grant minutes.”

The letter has been forwarded to all members of the Audit Committee by John Evans.

Cllr. Williams continued: “The Chief Executive stated that the only people to know the identity of the Officer were those present at the meeting bar one who was away on business and this unprecedented situation required immediate resolution.”

According to the letter Parry-Jones then “requested that those responsible own up then and there”, and after nobody did own up, he “threatened to engage a private investigator to investigate everyone present if no one would admit to the disclosure of the officers name.”

The full text of the letter can be seen on Cllr. Jacob Williams’ website.

John Evans MBE - resigned as Audit Committee chairman

John Evans MBE – resigned as Audit Committee chairman

Mr. Evans claims that this “threat” caused him “great anguish and concern,” as he was “uncertain of the extent of the activities that a private investigator would resort,” and in his letter to Cllr. Adams he questioned whether it could have included “surveillance” and “phone hacking”.

Mr. Parry-Jones is then claimed to have “instructed all present to issue a signed written statement of discussions or meetings during which the identity of the officer could have been revealed.”

Jacob Williams has posted that the meeting “ended in a stunned silence” and left Mr. Evans “shocked at the tone, attitude and hostility of the Chief Executive,” and says that the “hostile nature of the encounter” instigated by Mr. Parry-Jones and such “intimidation” had “violated” and “compromised” the Audit Chairman John Evans’ independence as the committee’s statutory lay member.

Cllr. Williams reports that the Audit Chairman’s no-nonsense letter expresses disappointment that Cllr. Adams failed to contact him following his resignation, and that he felt he was owed a ‘duty of care.’

Mr. Evans told Cllr. Adams that the more appropriate course of action for Mr. Parry-Jones to have taken under the circumstances was a one-to-one meeting, concluding: “Clearly it would appear that such an appropriate manner is below the high office of Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire County Council.”
In an interesting twist, Mr. Evans claims that during his inspection of grant scheme documentation, as well as the tampered minutes he also uncovered significant shortcomings of the Grant administration, control and scrutiny, Cllr. Williams said.


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  1. china teacup

    August 10, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I think some auditor or accountant needs to be employed to ask all previous owners, new owners and tenants of the buildings that have had these grants released….who ever is “supposed” to own them slightly irrelevent..and they will then find out much much more. than already is in the public knowledge!!

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Crabb takes up the reins as Wales Committee chair



PRESELI MP Stephen Crabb has been elected as the new chairman of the Welsh Affairs Committee in Parliament.

Stephen Crabb, who served as Secretary of State for Wales from 2014 to 2016, secured support from across the political divide to be elected unopposed, and is looking forward to taking on the new role.

He received nominations from MPs drawn from of all parties in Wales as well as being supported by numerous other MPs from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The committee examines the work of the Wales Office and other UK departments in Wales. It takes evidence from Ministers, experts and other witnesses in order to make recommendations that benefit Wales and its economy.

Following the announcement, Stephen Crabb said: “This is an exciting opportunity and I’m grateful to have received support from such a wide cross-section the House of Commons, including from Conservative, Labour and Plaid Cymru MPs. By drawing on the knowledge and passion of MPs from all parties, the committee can help to shape a positive and optimistic agenda for Wales at a time of enormous change.

“Post-Brexit trade deals, the Shared Prosperity Fund, infrastructure investment and the climate challenge will all have an impact on Wales in the years ahead. The Welsh Affairs Committee will provide an essential forum for examining Government action in these areas and ensuring that the unique circumstances of Wales are properly understood.”

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Old barracks promised new lease of life



THE COMPANY which has purchased the iconic defensible barracks in Pembroke Dock have promised to breathe new life into the historic building.

The grade II fort was built in the Victorian era to provide a military defence to the Royal Dockyard. It was recently sold for an undisclosed sum to VR1844 Ltd. The company directors are listed as Jonathan McDermott, Emma Jane Morby, Lai Hang Seto, and Iain Trevor Walker.

VR1844Ltd office manager Tanya McDermott said: “VR1844 believe people never truly own a building but are the buildings guardians for a period of time.

“Taking the view that it is only the right development for the right building at the right time it is our privilege to bring the building back into life, repair, nurture and give back to the local community, not to shut the main doors and lock the building away from people who are interested in it and its history.

“VR1844 Ltd who have brought this very under-loved and not looked after building, want to bring the buildings back into life with a mix of community uses, together with a number of dwellings that will breathe life back into the buildings.
“To do this VR1844 are already working hard with CADW, Pembrokeshire County Council and local councillors to bring forward a scheme that all parties can support, and the community can once again be proud of.”

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Town councillors object to hotel on health and safety grounds



TOWN COUNCILLORS in Milford Haven have unanimously voted to object to a planning application my Milford Haven Port Authority to build a 100-bedroom hotel on Milford Docks.
Town Mayor Terry Davies said he had had numerous requests from members of the public to try to get it refused.
Several members of the public were at the meeting to watch, including Ian Bannister and his daughter and James Kershaw – whose homes were seriously flooded in 2018 causing tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Cllr Lynne Turner told councillors: “We look forward to the development of the marina and the town desperately needs a hotel, but we have been contacted by a number of representatives from the Lower Priory and Havens Head area who are very concerned about the impact on flooding in their villages.
“The sewage waste from this development, and the change to water run-off, unless the Port Authority addresses the culverts in the area, then we have to assume that this must present a big risk to increased flooding.”
“We need to wait for the outcome of a report to see how the hotel will affect the villages”
“Then that report needs to be acted upon, if needs be.”
Cllr Rhys Sinnett said: “It is clear from the representation from the communities affected by the floods in 2018, they are still awaiting answers and actions from Pembrokeshire County Council to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.
“Whilst no action is being taken, I don’t see how we can support anything that might raise water levels and I suggest we need to delay this as long as possible.
“There is no reference in the report to the flooding in 2018 so how can we support an application that has faulty information.”
“We have to object to this application within the scope of planning rules, and I propose that we can object in terms of health and safety.
What happened in 2018 was a had a huge impact on the health and safety of those who were living in Lower Priory and in Havens Head.
Cllr Turner then formally that the town council object, as Cllr Sinnett suggested, to the application on health and safety grounds.
Cllr Sinnett added that because of the controversial nature of the application, he would be strongly suggesting the application go before the council’s planning committee.
“That would be best for local democracy” he said, adding “this application should not be decided by officers under their delegated powers.
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