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Labour leader calls for action over chief



paul millerAT a public meeting last night (Aug 19), concerned Pembrokeshire people were urged by Cllr Paul Miller to ask their councillors to taking action against Bryn Parry-Jones.
The Pembrokeshire Herald caught up with the  Labour leader at the County Show, who said: “There has been a lot talk and speculation in the media about the future direction of the council. Lots of people are angry about whats been going on, and this was the chance to talk to me and ask any questions of me about the situation. The only thing that is going to change the thinking of the council leadership and force them to act is the public coming together and making their voices heard. The Pembrokeshire public need to lead this campaign, and make sure we get real change for the county.
Our correspondent asked Cllr Miller how the meeting went last night, and he said: “We discussed the scandals which  have plagued the council over the last few years, including Mik Smith, Bryn Parry Jones’ pension, and the recent accusations in the press about Bryn Parry Jones conduct in office.”
When asked if the meeting was a success Cllr Miller replied: “Yes, there was tremendous support for action from the public, over one hundred attended, and I have every confidence that the public will force change in Pembrokeshire County Council.”
He added: “There were lots of people with questions, and lots of people were angry about what has gone one. There is a feeling that people are being ignored.”
What are the next steps.
The Labour group on the council is today calling for Bryn to be formally suspended, not just to be enjoying additional paid holiday, and for the formal disciplinary process to be started. This will investigate the numerous allegations.
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  1. Les

    August 20, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I would like to congratulate Cll Miller on how he is sticking up for the people of Pembs in this matter and displaying some socialist principles.

    Compare this to the Labour leader of Carms CC who appears supine in the face of similar issues.

    The Labour Party in Carms should be quite embarrassed about what is happening and how they seem to be propping up a psudo Conservative administration with the indies.

    The Labour Party in Llanelli especially really need to think about how they are representing proud local people most of whom are Labour to the core. How can they explain the pension support given (unlawfully according to WAO) to one of the best paid people in the county while there is so much deprivation in and around the town.

  2. m mac phee

    August 20, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    it is quite cmical reading the thougts of les re the people carms it is about time he realised that the people of pembs voted tory ,for a very good reason the last labour administration crucified all the genuine hard workers to promote the mongrel class who contribute nothing to society. just in turn to keep them in power .do turkeys vote for christmas?

  3. Scott Goddard

    August 21, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Well done Paul Miller on hosting an informative meeting yesterday. I would encourage all those residents whom are fed up with the current council regime to follow this guy via his website. He represents a new transparent, productive future for Pembs County council.

  4. Teifion

    August 21, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    If Paul and his colleagues make accusations about Bryn as returning officer they REALLY should report him to the authorities not just try and slag the IPG off and call them undercover Tories so he can become MP

  5. Robin Howells, Chair, Preseli Pembrokeshire Labour Party

    August 28, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Another successful event by Cllr. Miller. A new generation of Councillor’s like Paul is what’s needed in view of recent events at County Hall. It’s good to see a dedicated Councillor like this fight for the people of Pembrokeshire and try and right the wrongs of the Independent Group. Such vast sums of public money should be there for the public purse and not in Bryn’s back pocket. What is Jamie Adams thinking of when services are being cut that this is the best way forward to spend public money?

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Youth centre conquers coast path challenge to get the Point Across



YOUNG people from the Fishguard area recently stepped up to the mark to take on a walking challenge set by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Ranger, Richard Vaughan.

Members of the POINT Youth Centre had been tasked with completing a 22-mile sponsored walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path – one mile for each year Richard has worked for the Park Authority.

Richard said: “I was so pleased to see 17 young people take part in the Get the POINT Across challenge, some of them giving up three days of their summer holidays to boot.

“The POINT team certainly went the extra mile and more, walking from Poppit Sands back to the youth centre in Fishguard, which is a total of 27 miles.

“I’ve worked with POINT for around 15 years and have seen how the centre encourages young people to play a positive role in their community. It was great to help them raise some money to continue this work, while they also discovered parts of the National Park for the first time.”

POINT was set up to provide young people aged 11-25 gain the self-esteem, skills and self-confidence to cope with the personal problems during the transition from childhood to adulthood.

The drop-in centre provides a safe and welcoming place six days a week with a range of activities, community projects, workshops and trips. Many have a particular emphasis on the environment such as the John Muir Award and beach cleans.

All the proceeds raised during the walk will go to POINT and Get the Boys a Lift, a not for profit based community interest company (CIC) working to better improve mental health within the community.

To view a video of the Get the POINT Across challenge on the POINT Youth Centre’s YouTube channel.

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New mosaic for Pembrokeshire School



PUPILS attending Haverfordwest High School after the summer holidays were welcomed back by two new mosaics at the main entrance.

The artwork was the result of a series of free summer workshops for families of pupils from the ten feeder schools aimed at aiding the transition from primary to secondary school.

The workshops were run by Springboard – a Learning Pembrokeshire project for families – and Haverfordwest High School and led by local artist Paul Webb.

Participating families were tasked with creating two large scale mosaics to welcome students at the main entrance.

The finished mosaics incorporate the emblems of all 10 feeder primary schools along with the new Haverfordwest High logo thus ensuring that new pupils feel the connection between past and present on the learning journey at their new school.

Amy Delaney, Springboard Advisor on the project, described it as a fun and rewarding way to enable families to support their children through transition to secondary school.

“Working with other families to produce this amazing piece of artwork has helped both adults and children to feel engaged with the school and more confident about the transition to secondary school.”

Heather Cale, the headteacher of St Marks,Church in Wales VA Primary School in Merlins Bridge, said: “The head teachers of the feeder primary schools have been delighted with the transition project. It has given pupils and families the opportunity to work together, make new friends and to get to know their new school.

“As head teachers we have committed to working more closely together across our cluster, for all learners from 3 to 19 years. This is a wonderful  beginning, and we thank all those involved for their commitment and participation.”

Lauren Davies, Head of Year 7 at Haverfordwest High said the school was thrilled with the success of the project and the positive impact it has had on so many families.

She continued: “We are committed to providing a smooth transition between primary and secondary school for all pupils in the Haverfordwest cluster, and we are continually reviewing and developing transition opportunities in line with the new curriculum.

“Springboard were able to support us with offering something creative and ambitious for last year’s transition. We are already planning another project for the current Year 6 pupils and their families from our partner primary schools.”

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UK’s top skaters and riders drop in on Llanelli youngsters to celebrate a special birthday



THE WORLD’S and the UK’s finest skateboarders, BMX and Wheelchair Motocross stars will drop in on young people at a Carmarthenshire Ramps skatepark on Saturday 19 October 2019 from 11 am till 2 pm. The event was arranged to celebrate the £3 billion National Lottery players have raised for projects which have specifically helped children and young people develop and thrive in the UK over the last 25 years. £2 million of National Lottery funding has specifically been awarded to support and develop over 47 BMX projects in local communities for young people in Wales to enjoy.     

Wales and Pembrokeshire’s own wheelchair sports superstar, Lily Rice; the Olympic BMX freestyler from Swansea, James Jones; Britain’s leading street skateboarder and 2020 Olympic hopeful, Alex Decunha; and YouTube influencer, Jake O’Neill (aka Jake100), visite hundreds of youngsters at Ramps indoor and outdoor skatepark in Llanelli as part of the National Lottery’s celebrations.
More than £340,000 was awarded by the National Lottery in 2013 to develop and build Ramps Skatepark which now provides activities for over 15,000 young people a year.

At 15 years old, Lily Rice from Manorbier, Pembrokeshire, is a World Champion wheelchair motocross (WCMX) star. She was propelled to fame two years ago when she became the first female in Europe to achieve a wheelchair backflip, and only the second girl in the world to pull off the stunt. Since then, Lily has emerged as one of the global leaders of WCMX – wheelchair motocross.
She says: “By contributing towards building amazing facilities such as this indoor and outdoor skate park, National Lottery funding is helping thousands of young people of all abilities to reach their goals and discover new opportunities. I have trained and practised at numerous National Lottery funded skate parks and there is no doubt that the funding has helped wheeled sports, enthusiasts, to become healthier and more active.”

The National Lottery has inspired millions of people to get active in their local community, as well as supporting individuals and teams from grassroots to elite.

James Jones is a 25-year-old professional BMX rider from Swansea. James, who also celebrated his 25th Birthday this year,  is one of six world-class athletes who make up the Freestyle BMX Team GB for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. James honed his skills and practised his tricks at the Ramps skate park in Llanelli when he was growing up and highlights the importance of young people having access to facilities like this on their doorstep.
James Jones said: “I practised a lot here growing up and this facility has played a big part in my development as a professional rider and a person. I probably wouldn’t be where I am now without the support I got here. It’s not just about learning to ride or skate, there’s a real family vibe here, a great social aspect and it’s well supported by the community. The National Lottery must fund parks such as this one so that young people can have a safe space to pursue their hobbies and meet friends.”
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