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Secret pay-off for Bryn?

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brynTHE AGENDA for Thursday’s full council meeting recommends the exclusion of the public and press and cessation of webcasting during the crucial debate over the embattled Chief Executive Officer Bryn Parry- Jones’s future. East Williamston representative, Councillor Jacob Williams, has told the Herald that he is “very unhappy but not in the slightest surprised” that the agenda for Thursday’s full council meeting to debate a possible pay-off for CEO-in-exile, Bryn Parry-Jones, is recommend to be held out of the public gaze, but said “the decision to exclude the public is ultimately a decision for councillors to vote on, so if a majority of councillors vote to refuse to go into private, the meeting and webcam will carry on as usual.”

Cllr Williams is also disappointed that the proposed settlement due to be voted on at the full council meeting is to be “sprung on councillors” on the day, with no details planned to be released until then. He told the Herald: “Days before the agenda was published I spoke to the leader of the council, Cllr Jamie Adams, telling him how important it was for councillors to be given plenty of time to consider the golden handshake he struck with the Chief Executive and that he wants full council to approve. I told him that whether councillors are minded to support or refuse a pay-off wasn’t the point, at that stage I just wanted to make it clear that I could foresee they were going to pull their usual trick of springing it on us on the day, and that’s exactly what it looks like their plan is.”

Furthermore, before the agenda was published, in a last ditch effort Cllr Williams sent an email to Cllr Adams, into which he copied all other councillors, to try to prevent details of the settlement from being sprung on councillors during the meeting. We reproduce the email he sent to Cllr Adams alongside: When contacted by our reporter, Cllr Williams concluded: “The agenda says that the details and conditions of the proposed pay-off settlement reached between Cllr Adams and Bryn Parry-Jones is to be “tabled during the meeting” – it doesn’t even say “circulated to councillors on separate sheets of paper during the meeting” so it is possible we may never get to see anything on paper. Nothing should surprise you about this council, but the powers at be – whoever they are – have still got plenty of time next week to release it to councillors on a confidential basis, just so we have time to consider it ahead of the meeting. Whether councillors support the golden handshake or not, is entirely up to them and their conscience.”

 

Dear Cllr. Adams,
You will recall that we spoke briefly on Tuesday about the full council meeting next
Thursday where the prospective settlement offer that you have reached with the Chief
Executive will be debated and voted upon.
For the benefit of other councillors who I have copied into this email, all I discussed
with the leader was the importance, in my opinion, that councillors have enough time
to consider this key proposal, and not the content of the settlement itself.
You suggested that the details of the tentative deal may be given to councillors on the
morning of the meeting with a short adjournment for us to consider the offer.
This is exactly what I suggested should be avoided, and why I raised the matter with you
on Tuesday. I write again to reinforce my view. Please could you ensure that councillors
have enough time to consider this very important proposal ahead of the meeting. It will
not be fair to spring it on us. I hope you now agree. I would welcome the views of other
councillors too.
Regards,
Jacob.

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Funding secured for volunteering support at Paul Sartori Hospice at Home

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PAUL SARTORI Hospice at Home, a Pembrokeshire-based charity, is delighted to announce that they were recently awarded £29,814.00 by the Pembrokeshire County Council Enhancing Pembrokeshire Scheme. The charity has been awarded a grant to develop the “We Care: Volunteering Support” project, which will improve the volunteer infrastructure and support the volunteer community.

The project will combat issues around Second Home ownership by increasing community engagement and opportunities to connect people through training, open days, new social events and wider community outreach and communication. The first phase of the project has been completed with the successful recruitment of Eleanor Evans, the We Care: Project Officer. Eleanor joins this part of the charity, on a secondment basis, and brings a wealth of
experience, not only within the charity but also working with volunteers throughout the county.

The charity has experienced challenges over the last 12 months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new project will enhance the existing volunteer structure within the charity, develop incentives to increase volunteer engagement; support volunteers by providing increased training opportunities and develop a new social culture to decrease loneliness and isolation. Recognising that the pandemic has been a difficult time for many, improving and increasing community communication will also be a key aim.

Furthermore, the Sartori Stores throughout Pembrokeshire, have been through a difficult year, closing, opening and closing again. Most volunteers have gracefully assisted the charity, often at the drop of a hat, to open the stores.

Unfortunately, the charity has witnessed a decrease in the number of available volunteers to help, due to the pandemic. So therefore, another key objective will be to recruit and train more volunteers to assist in generating vital income and supporting areas within the clinical services.

“I am very excited to join this area of the charity and am looking forward to this new role. Having worked within the retail sector previously, I know how a lack of volunteers within a store can have a detrimental effect on the opening days and times. This will be where I will be concentrating my recruitment efforts on initially,” stated Eleanor Evans, We: Care Project Officer.

“Here at Paul Sartori we work hard to deliver a rewarding volunteer experience – we
ensure that adequate training is given to all volunteers. Our managers provide training and invest time with our volunteers to ensure they have the skills to work in many areas across the charity. Our stores can be a very busy, fast-paced environment, which offers a great opportunity for the environmentally conscious individual who wishes to help out a local charity selling pre-loved goods,” added Eleanor.

Cllr Bob Kilmister, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, said the Council were pleased to support Paul Sartori deliver their We Care: Volunteering Support project.

“This project will add to the wide range of essential services Paul Sartori already provide to people in Pembrokeshire, improve their volunteer infrastructure and support the volunteer community,” he said.

“This is such a difficult time for charities and local organisations to maintain their services and volunteer activities and it is important to support them to strengthen their volunteer base, especially at this time when Covid is increasing the incidence of isolation and loneliness.”

The Enhancing Pembrokeshire Grant, using funds raised via the Second Homes Tax is available to provide funding for new projects that help address the negative impact of second homes and in doing so adds value to our communities.

“This grant has come at a good time for the charity. Assisting our valued volunteers; recruiting more active volunteers and investing more in our existing training programme will ensure that the charity is financially sustained for many years to come,” said Judith Williams, Grants Coordinator at Paul Sartori Hospice at Home.

Paul Sartori Hospice at Home provides a range of services to Pembrokeshire people living in the final stages of a life-limiting illness, including home nursing care, equipment loan, complementary therapy, bereavement and counselling support, under 18’s anticipatory grief and bereavement support, physiotherapy, advance care planning and training.

The services provided by the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home enable people in the later stages of any life-limiting illness to be cared for and to die at home with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear, if that is their wish. All of the services are free of charge and are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, thanks to the generosity of the Pembrokeshire Community. Further information on the charity and its services can be obtained by visiting their website www.paulsartori.org, or by phoning 01437 763223.

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Police at scene of RTC – officers seeking witnesses

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POLICE in Milford Haven are making door to door enquiries in the Great North Road area following an accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle.

It is understood that CCTV in the area was not pointing in the right direction so police are appealing for help with the case.

There is still a large police presence in the area as of 11.20am this morning (Feb 26).

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “We were called to a collision in Great North Road, Milford Haven, at around 11am today.

“A vehicle pulling out onto the road has come into contact with a pedestrian.

“No-one was injured.”

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Crime Commissioner continues to secure funding for organisations that support victims of domestic and sexual violence

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THE POLICE and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys Police is again making the offer for organisations that support victims of domestic and sexual abuse to bid for additional funds.

Funding was made available last year, in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on organisations supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence.

It was part of a £76 million package of support made available by the UK Government.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “Thanks to this additional funding, we can ensure that victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Dyfed-Powys can access specialist services for support, at a time when they are needed the most.

“Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in domestic violence during the pandemic and victims need help now more than ever and I am grateful for the work of all the service providers across the Force area that help these men, women and families who are most in need.

“I want to reassure anyone who is in an abusive situation or relationship that you do not need to suffer in silence, and I urge anyone to report abuse to the Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

“This funding is open both to providers whom I currently commission and those that I do not currently fund. However, unlike the extraordinary Covid-19 funding provided in 2020/21, organisations do not need to be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise to be eligible for this funding. They must, however, provide support services which have the purpose of helping victims of sexual violence or domestic abuse cope with the impacts of crime and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced. We would also encourage applications from small specialist organisations that support groups with protected characteristics.

“If you wish to submit a request for this funding, further guidance is available on my website, and can be requested via the office e-mail address.”

Closing date for submissions is close of play on Friday, March 12, 2021.

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