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Labour leader calls for action over chief

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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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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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