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Jamie Adams remains as Council Leader, for now

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cllr jamieAT a meeting held at the County Records Office, Prendergast, on Monday evening (Aug 18) members of the IPPG rallied round Jamie Adams, their beleaguered leader, and chose to maintain the status quo at County Hall.

The Herald is able to confirm that the ruling group are concerned about leaks from within County Hall about their activities and conduct in public office. In particular, Deputy Leader Rob Lewis has expressed concern about the amount of information about the group’s activities appearing both online and in The Pembrokeshire Herald.

The Herald’s revelations about Bryn Parry Jones’ private conduct towards Councillors were not news to IPPG members, whose concern is more about hushing up what goes on in County Hall between officers and councillors than in addressing officers’ failures.

While Councillor Adams sought to reassure members that Pembrokeshire was one of the top performing authorities in Wales, he neglected to address the burgeoning scandals that continue to trouble the Council, including the continuing and potentially widening enquiry into the grants scandal in Pembroke Dock. The Herald understands from a source close to those involved that questions are going to arise about the disposal of asbestos from sites associated with extensive works under certain of the projects that received grant funding.

Councillor Adams did nothing to dispel concerns about the continuing proximity of the Council’s ruling group with certain senior officers.

Councillor Jacob Williams revealed (on www.jacobwilliams.com) that Jamie Adams intends to make changes to the composition and structure of his Cabinet. It is possible that those most inclined to voice public dissent have been bought off with the promise of future advancement or were disinclined to be subject to one of Councillor Brian Hall’s intermittent tirades at Monday’s meeting.

Jacob Williams also revealed that the IPPG are preparing for life without Bryn Parry Jones, writing: “Both Cllr. Adams and his deputy Cllr. Rob Lewis stressed that any parting of ways mustn’t give rise to grounds for wrongful dismissal. They even reminded those present how costly and drawn out employment disputes can be, and hinted at the recently revealed large settlement awarded to

Sharon Shoesmith by Haringey Council for her wrongful dismissal in 2008.

“Cllr. Adams dropped his bombshell: a parting of ways would likely involve a ‘package,’ and he wanted his party’s support because a parting package would require full council approval.”

Such a move would certainly cause political upheaval on the opposition benches at County Hall. It is likely that Cllr Adams has calculated that the fragmented nature of the opposition, its weakness in debate and his own troops’ loyalty to their places at the trough of patronage will be enough to keep him and his party in place until the storm subsides.

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7 Comments

  1. Andrew Lye

    August 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    First rule in politics….
    When in a hole, stop digging.
    But then again …. this is Pembrokeshire…

  2. Western Welsh

    August 19, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Bring back Dyfed! Pembrokeshire is a very spoiled brand thanks to the Independent Party that has embarrassed us all for far too long!

  3. sm1968

    August 19, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    So they still don’t get it do they, its bigger than just BPJ now its the lot of them, and the IPPG rally round the creature that is Jamie all positioning themselves for a promotion for towing the line, sickening, you really are a bunch of idiots. A complete laughing stock. Nothing ever changes does it, all they think about is themselves, not one of them with any shame what so ever.

  4. Tomos

    August 20, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I’m really really disappointed in some of the IPG members, thought they were decent people – ashamed of some of the many questionable things done in their name – my bug bear is sacking someone who tried to stop a paedophile within the council, the council giving the guy a glowing report.
    There are plenty more disgusting and questionable decisions – do they feel no shame OR do those special responsibility allowances help them sleep at night?

  5. Maggie

    August 23, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I don’t know why people are surprised at the shenanigans of the Independents. They’re either closet Tories who don’t want to pay the electoral price for being linked with the coalition or blatant narcissists attracted by the illusion of power.

  6. Robin Howells, Chair, Preseli Pembrokeshire Labour Party

    August 28, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Perhaps Jamie Adams and the IPPG should be more concerned about dealing with the issues within Pembrokeshire County Council rather than the leaks. After all these leaks are factual events rather than gossip and as we have seen over recent weeks, months and years this group’s ability to run the council and provide services seems to be called into question. Whether this is Education, Children’s Services, Day Centres, Libraries, grants or the conduct of Councillor’s and the Chief Executive with the pensions disgrace attracting two police investigations – this Independent group (a bizarre term for those who deem themselves to be independent to the electorate yet belong to a group) should decide where their priorities are – their image or their actions. Perhaps at the next local actions the people of Pembrokeshire have already made their decision. It’s time for a change and quickly.

  7. Power to the People

    September 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I am still in shock after listening to Cllr George……….is he for real?

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Former Chequers nightclub to reopen

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AN APPLICATION for a new premises licence for the former Chequers night club succeeded at a meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council’s Licensing sub-committee on Thursday (Aug 22).

The former nightclub closed its doors for the last time in 2003, when it ran as a private members’ club, having had an application for a full on-licence rejected.

After failing in an attempt to close the club on that occasion, Pembrokeshire County Council became the only local authority in Wales to classify mobile homes as permanent residences in an effort to shut down the club once and for all.

The new applicant, Mrs Carmen Clemas applied for a new premises licence in respect of the club, which will be renamed the Queen of Clubs.

The Committee heard objections to the licence from local residents and heard representations from both the Police and Fire Service which pointed out that the building would need significant remedial works to it before it could re-open.

While Penally Community Council objected on the basis of events and problems at the premises almost twenty years ago, neither the Police nor Fire Service had an objection to the Club’s re-opening in principle.

Both emergency services emphasised that, even though they had no objections, they had concerns that had to be addressed.

The Committee granted the application, refusing permission for licensable activities at the Club on Sundays, apart from Sundays before Bank Holidays, and imposing strict noise control measures.

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St Davids RNLI to feature in new series of a popular TV documentary

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THE volunteer lifeboat crew of St Davids RNLI will be taking to the small screen next week as they will feature twice in the first episode of the BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea.

Now in its fourth season the documentary series, which showcases the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), will be aired on BBC Two on Tuesdays at 8 pm, as well as being available on the BBC iPlayer following the broadcast. The new 10-part series features real rescues carried out by the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards around the UK and Ireland – including St Davids RNLI.

Each programme gives a unique insight into the lives and work of the charity’s lifesavers who are needed more than ever before, rescuing thousands of people and saving hundreds of lives around our coastline and on inland waterways every year. The new series features more dramatic real-life rescue footage, accompanied by emotive testimonials from the volunteer crews, lifeguards and the people they rescue and their families.

This forthcoming episode, on 27 August, sees St Davids RNLI launch to a crashed plane in one shout, and tow a yacht stranded in a shipping lane in another. These shouts are shown alongside rescue stories from their colleagues at other stations and beaches around our coasts.

Judd Kohler, Station Mechanic at St Davids Lifeboat Station, said: “The first episode of Saving Lives at Sea shows two very different shouts that St Davids RNLI responded to. The programme is a great chance for RNLI supporters to catch a glimpse of the work that their kind donations go towards. We want to say a huge thank you to supporters of the RNLI, who help us to save lives at sea.”

Filming took place over the past year, with lifeboat crews and lifeguards carrying special cameras and welcoming film-makers into their day-to-day life. Rescues from the RNLI’s archives are also revisited, and we get a glimpse into the everyday lives of the thousands of men and women who give up their time to save lives.

Last year alone, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland rescued 9,412 people, saving 211 lives, while the charity’s lifeguards aided 32,207 people and saved 118 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.

Saving Lives at Sea begins on Tuesday 27 August at 8 pm on BBC Two, and will continue throughout August, September and October.

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Pembrokeshire schools celebrate GCSE results

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PEMBROKESHIRE’S schools are celebrating students’ success in this year’s GCSE exams.

 

“On behalf of staff and governors at Milford Haven School, I would like to congratulate all Year 11 pupils on their GCSE results, reflecting the efforts and commitment they have shown over the last two years and also thank their parents/carers for their support and cooperation,” said the Head Teacher, Ceri-Ann Morris.

 

“We are pleased with a number of individual successes, in particular, our top performers include, Izzy-May Solomon (10A*, 3A’s and B), Megan Owens (12A* and A), Megan Clarke (8A* and 4A’s), Finlay Ryder, Gareth Maclachlan, Evan Price, Molly Griffiths, Elanor Evans, Beth Lewis and Lucie Mathias.

 

The school is pleased to say that all pupils left school with qualifications which will help support them to follow the path of their choice, whether that be into the sixth form, college, apprenticeships or employment.

 

We wish you all good luck in your future careers.”

Among those receiving their results was Joseph Jenkins, a 14-year-old Year 9 student, who achieved a Distinction in Advanced Mathematics.

At Ysgol Y Preseli 100% of pupils achieved qualifications equivalent to 5A*-G; 91% 5A*-C and 37% achieved at least 5A*-A grades.

Across the core subjects, the pupils achieved the following results at A*-C – Welsh 86%; English 91%; Mathematics 82%; Science 84%.

The Head Teacher, Mr Michael Davies, commenting on the results stated: “We are very proud of all the young people who have worked tirelessly to achieve these results. I would also like to thank the staff for their willingness to go the extra mile to ensure that all pupils fulfil their potential at Ysgol y Preseli.”

Amongst the top performers were: Seren Allen – 13 A*, 1 A; Nuala Camplin – 8 A*, 4 A, 2B; Cerys Chadwick – 14 A*; Annest Davies – 6 A*, 4 A, 1B; Thomas Elliott – 9 A*, 4 A, 1 B; Gethin Greenhalgh – 9 A*, 5 A; Cara James – 5 A*, 8 A; Casey Lambert- 7 A*, 7 A; Alexander Larsen – 10 A*, 4 A; Tom Palfrey – 9 A*, 3 A, 1 B; Kate Thomas – 5 A*, 5 A, 3 B; David Varney – 7 A*, 4 A, 3 B
Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, has congratulated GCSE students on their results, as overall performance across Wales has improved.

This summer’s results mark the end of the significant GCSE reform journey undertaken in Wales. The last seven of reformed GCSE subjects are awarded this year including History, Computer Science and Welsh Second Language.

Speaking during her visit to King Henry VIII School in Abergavenny, Kirsty Williams said: “Today we have seen an improvement in overall performance across Wales. I would like to congratulate all learners receiving their results today and to thank the teachers who have worked so hard to deliver these new qualifications.

“Last year we saw a dramatic increase of 50% in entries for science GCSEs. I am pleased to see that entries and results are continuing on the upward trend, with more pupils gaining A*-C and more achieving the very top grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

“This increase in learners being entered means more young people are accessing qualifications that lead to greater opportunities for further science study and careers, paving the way for the future scientists of Wales.”

Following the publication of yesterday’s GCSE and Welsh Baccalaureate results David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union said: “We congratulate all students who have collected their GCSE and Welsh Baccalaureate results from today and wish them all the very best for the future. It is particularly pleasing to note that overall GCSE performance in Wales has improved by 1.2% especially given the fact that all examinations have been subject to reform in recent years. This progress is a testament to the time and effort put into their studies by pupils across Wales and the unstinting dedication of education professionals in our schools.”

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