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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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  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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Broad Haven: Car overturns in wet weather on B4341

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A CAR overturned in the wet weather on the B4341 Haverfordwest to Broad Haven road on Friday evening (Jul 3).

First on the scene, local Stephen Hughes told The Herald: “I was driving along and noticed a car had overturned on the Broad Haven Road past the left turning for Tiers Cross. I stopped and checked to see if everyone as okay.

“No one was injured, and I stayed until the police arrived.”

Police directed traffic and assisted with the recovery of the vehicle.

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County Hall in NHS blue lights tribute

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COUNTY HALL in Haverfordwest was lit in blue last night (Friday, 3rd July) and will be again tonight and tomorrow night as a tribute to NHS workers and social care staff throughout the country.

The illumination also marks the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on Sunday.

Said Pembrokeshire County Council Chairman, Dr Simon Hancock: “We owe these workers a great debt which will never be fully repaid and this gesture by the Council is richly deserved.”

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Cllr Beynon suspended as school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL said that they are unable to comment on the suspension of a Pembroke Dock councillor as a school governor.

Cllr Beynon confirmed that he has been suspended as a school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur.

“I’m looking forward until when the ombudsman throws out the complaints,” Cllr Beynon said.

Paul Dowson, a fellow Pembroke Dock councillor, recently resigned from the board of school governors of Ysgol Harri Tudur.

Cllr Dowson said after he resigned: “I feel a recent smear campaign reflects badly on the school even though its untrue.”

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