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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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Death on Freemans Way

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A 56-YEAR-OLD man has died following an incident on Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, on Wednesday night (Jul 15).

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “A 56-year-old man has died following an incident at Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, last night.

“He was taken to hospital with severe injuries, but sadly passed away.

“His family has been informed and is being supported by local officers.

“An investigation is ongoing but the circumstances are not believed to be suspicious.

“HM coroner has been informed.”

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Two arrested for shouting racist comments at BLM protest

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TWO teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of shouting racist comments at Black Lives Matter protestors, at the latest event in Haverfordwest on Wednesday night (Jul 15).
Commenting on the incident, Superintendent of Pembrokeshire division, Ross Evans said: “On Wednesday evening (July 15) a peaceful protest took place on Picton Fields, Haverfordwest, as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The demonstration, which was attended by around 70 people, was overseen by local officers as part of appropriate plans in place to allow for peaceful protest.

“Sadly, officers present observed a man and a boy shouting a number of racist comments towards those attending the demonstration, and promptly arrested both, one aged 19 and the other 14, on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences.

“The comments understandably caused a great deal of upset and distress to those from the demonstration who heard them.

“The two men arrested have been taken to Haverfordwest custody, where they remain currently. Anyone who witnessed the incident and has any information is asked to contact police by emailing us at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or call 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311908.”

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Local bus firms in protest drive over uncertainty

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HONK for hope is being backed by the coach operators surrounding the South West Wales area.

They took to the roads around Haverfordwest, Carmarthen, and Cardigan in peaceful protest to support the call for help by coach operators during the corona virus pandemic.

Honk for hope is a national campaign to draw the public’s attention to the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the industry. It seeks to draw Governments attention to the dangerous position the coach and travel industry has fallen under, asking for them to take action.

Local coach companies, including Midway Motors, took to the roads to show their support to the campaign and to highlight the impact the pandemic has had on the industry and to ask for more support from the Government.

The coaches and supporters met at the Carmarthen Park and Ride on July 14 at 11am to begin the drive. On the trip they visited Carmarthen at around 11.15am then headed to Haverfordwest for noon, finally reaching cardigan at 1.30pm.

Midway Motors spoke on their social media page: ‘Amazing to see so many local companies turning up to travel around Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. Nice to see so many people along the roadsides as well. Let’s hope for some good news from the Government in Westminster tomorrow.”

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