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Unions welcome Bryn stepping aside

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CEO under fire: Bryn Parry Jones

CEO under fire: Bryn Parry Jones

PEMBROKESHIRE  trade unions, have welcomed the Chief Executive standing aside by way of mutual agreement with Jamie Adams Pembrokeshire county Council leader

Vic Dennis, UNISON Branch Secretary, said: ” We have always sought fair treatment for all. Serious allegations have been made and the council needed to act as they would with any other employee.  We would expect a suspension from duty pending a thorough investigation; and a fair hearing, should misconduct be alleged. “ It is a pity this sort of action did not take place as soon as this matter came to light, however we note there has been no suspension from duty just mutual agreement between the leader and the Chief executive that he take a period of absence”

He added: “The pension issue is not isolated and it was the final straw for our members who  demanded the ballot of no confidence. We duly undertook the ballot and 98% of UNISON membership who voted  made it clear to us they had no trust and confidence in their Chief Executive . It is hard to see how a Chief Executive can survive without the confidence of his own staff.

Mr. Dennis said: “ UNISON members have stated openly to me that the culture needs to change and they feel embarrassed to say they work for PCC. this sort of working culture cannot continue and many of our members are coming into work today hoping that there will be permanent change and they will have a Chief Officer in the future who will win back their confidence. Our joint trade union position is that our Chief Executive should  listen to the message from his staff.

On Monday (Aug 18) Pembrokeshire County Council told The Herald today that During the absence of the Chief Executive, Mr Ian Westley, Director of Transportation, Housing and Environment, will co-ordinate the Council`s corporate management activities through the Corporate Management Team in addition to his current responsibilities.

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  1. Tomos

    August 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Have to say the frew dealings I’ve had with council staff in the last few days is they seem a HECK of a lot HAPPIER 🙂

    Glad for you guys , you are the ppl who count, you are the ppl who makes living in Pembrokeshire better.

    The IPG and Bryn? let’s just say OINK,OINK,OINK

  2. Robin Howells, Chair, Preseli Pembrokeshire Labour Party

    August 30, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Well it’s about time this has happened. Considering what has been going on in County Hall over the last few years this should have happened much sooner, but this should be an official suspension rather than “leave” considering now there is a second police investigation into the pensions controversy. Considering services put into special measures, grants, conduct of IPG members the Chief Executive should be the person who is trying to clean things up at but instead seems complacent to allow Pembrokeshire County Council go down the plughole. There was a good attendance at County Hall on the 8th August 2014, not just from employees of the council but concerned members of the public who want change and quickly. I noted last week in the Western Telegraph that the Conservative AM’s and MP’s for Pembrokeshire saying it was time for change at Pembrokeshire County Council. I like to know where they have been over the last few years in calling for change, nothing to do with a general election next year of course – bandwagon springs to mind.

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Welsh Deputy Minister visits New Farm Shop

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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

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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

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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 info@heritagellangwm.org.uk

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

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