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29 Councillors back Bryn’s bonanza  

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Cashing in: Bryn Parry Jones

Cashing in: Bryn Parry Jones

THIS WEEKS Pembrokeshire Herald will continue to give readers unrivalled coverage of Thursday’s (Oct 16) unprecedented events at County Hall.

Our reporters were at County Hall all day covering debates that ranged from the future of our County to the future of the Council’s most senior employee.

The payroll vote of the IPPG ensured that the public were excluded from the debate on the terms of a pay-off proposed for controversial CEO Bryn Parry-­Jones.

As we first revealed in an on-line exclusive on Wednesday, October 15, Councillors were today presented with the option of approving a settlement in excess of £320,000.

An impassioned debate took place inside the chamber after the public were excluded. At its end, we spoke with Council Leader Jamie Adams, who told us that he hoped the Council could now move on to face serious challenges over the next few months.

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Result: How the councillors voted (Pic J Williams)

With 29 voting in favour and 23 voting against the settlement proposal, the Council divided again along partisan lines, with only Cllr Stan Hudson from the opposition benches supporting the IPPG.

The Herald understands that one sticking point in approving the deal was Bryn Parry­Jones’ assertion of a claim for breach of contract in relation to the Council’s refusal to continue to pay the ‘pay supplement’ ruled unlawful by the Wales Audit Office.

A proposal by unaffiliated councillor Mike Evans to amend the agreement was voted down.

Opposition parties are furious. Plaid Cymru has expressed its disappointment with the decision to pay off the Chief Executive. The Plaid group voted against the recommendation, and argued that the investigation currently being undertaken by the disciplinary committee should have been allowed to conclude its work.

In a statement, Plaid’s leader Cllr Michael Williams said: “The committee had earlier resolved to appoint an Independent person to continue the investigation, and no decision to pay off the CE should have been taken until this work had been completed. There are very serious matters, some of which are known, that should have been brought to a proper conclusion. By agreeing prematurely to this huge pay-off the people of Pembrokeshire will never know of the extent of the allegations of inappropriate behaviour which should have been properly investigated.”

He added: “Once again the IPPG Party which currently runs the County Council have let everyone down by block voting through this immoral agreement.”

Council Labour leader Paul Miller said: “I am pleased that for the first time the people of Pembrokeshire have forced the hand of this council’s ruling elite. They didn’t want to part company with the chief executive, the people forced them to and I’m delighted to see the signs of real democracy returning to Pembrokeshire. I would like to thank people for their support.

“That said, I am bitterly disappointed at the level of the settlement which is completely out of kilter with the lives of the people we represent (and which we are forbidden to report publicly). There was a disciplinary process underway and that process should have been allowed to reach a conclusion. In my view, if it had been allowed, the people of Pembrokeshire would not be so much poorer this afternoon.

“I will continue to fight for change here in Pembrokeshire but tonight, we must celebrate that Bryn Parry Jones will leave and that is solely down to the pressure put upon this administration by the people of Pembrokeshire.”

East Williamston Councillor, Jacob Williams, told The Herald: “As usual at County Hall, this has been a total stitch-up. The disciplinary investigation committee was all a front, witnesses were put under pressure and the process was a sham from beginning to end. I suspect that the leader, Cllr. Jamie Adams, supported the setting up of the disciplinary committee to facilitate behind-the-scenes negotiations enabling the highest pay-off possible to be pushed through the council chamber by his ruling party, the IPPG. This might be the end of Bryn Parry-Jones, but it is certainly not the end of this whole episode.

“IPPG councillors made sure yesterday’s debate was held behind closed doors, where it transpired that the offer on the table we were being asked to approve had been carved out with the chief executive two weeks ago, and crucially, it was agreed before the disciplinary committee had decided that the chief executive’s conduct should be referred for formal independent investigation.”
Cllr Williams added: “Following the decision to refer the chief executive’s conduct for an independent inquiry, his hand was seriously weakened, yet the deal remained unchanged, it wasn’t revised at all. This shows quite clearly to me that the negotiators – Cllr. Adams included – were looking out for Mr. Parry-Jones and what was best for him, and not what was best for taxpayers who will be paying for it.”
“Yesterday’s huge pay-off was about the best deal he could ever have been given, and there was no justification for it. The debate and advice given to councillors was extremely biased in favour of the chief executive’s position rather than the council’s, and the public are rightfully incensed. The councillors who supported this huge pay-off and whose actions stopped dead the possibility of getting any justice against Bryn Parry-Jones’s depraved conduct, should hang their heads in shame. It’s easy to play with other people’s money. If every councillor who voted to support this diamond-encrusted gold-plated deal gave up their councillor salary for a year, it would more than cover the pay-off. I suggest they should give this consideration.”
Delyth Evans, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for South Pembrokeshire, said: “It is hard to understand how a discredited public official could walk off with such a massive pay-off, when the Council refuses to agree even a 1% pay rise to its own poorly paid workforce.  The rules for appointing and dismissing senior council officials need to be changed to ensure this scandalous situation can’t happen again, and I am writing to the Minister for Public Services in the Welsh Government, Leighton Andrews, to this effect.  I hope we can now close the door on this unhappy period in the life of Pembrokeshire County Council.  There needs to be a complete change of culture at the Council, with an end to secret meetings and deals done behind closed doors.  I commend Councillor Paul Miller for his tireless efforts to expose the failings of the Chief Executive and the current Council leadership.  We all need to keep up the pressure on the Cabinet and senior officials to start giving us a local authority the people of Pembrokeshire can be proud of.”

 

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  1. Bilbo101

    October 17, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    has any one sussed whether the £300k is net or gross?i.e have the dumb councillors not realised they’re also paying Bryns tax in other words half a mill cost for PCC.

    he’s still worth it – I LOVE his intelligynce and perspicoshityness

  2. TheRealBilbo101

    October 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    The above comments attributed to Bilbo101 were not made by myself but by another person who thought it would be clever to sign up to this site using my username which I have used for a number of years on the WT website. The comment above has largely been copied from the WT site from the user Tttoommy’s comments, a user with whom I have frequently fallen out with over the poor quality and inaccuracies of their posts. As a certain number of people know who the real Bilbo101 is then by posting comments under that username is effectively stealing my identity and I would advise that person to be extremely careful what they write as we all leave an online trail of breadcrumbs and no matter how clever you think you are, there is always a way to legally identify and prosecute you should the need arise.

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