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Mixed bag for local democracy

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Cllr Jamie Adams: Simpson says he is 'a capable boy with bad judgement'

Cllr Jamie Adams:

A MOTION to be placed before next Monday’s meeting of the council’s Corporate Governance Committee could pave the way for greater accountability and democracy in relation to the position of Council Leader, the post currently held by Cllr Jamie Adams. The proposal, made by East Williamston’s Jacob Williams, calls for the position of Leader to be subject to annual election at the County Council’s AGM. If passed it would come into force at the end of the current municipal year, when current leader Jamie Adams could be challenged for the leadership of the local authority. In his submissions supporting his motion, Cllr Williams makes it clear that he regards the decision as essentially a political one, and not one that Council Officers should take a stance upon.

The supporting statement concludes by saying: “I don’t know which officer of the authority will compile a report on my proposal, however I would like to use this supporting statement to say that I believe it would be improper for the report to conclude with either a recommendation in favour of approval or of refusal.” In an embarrassing turn of events, a motion previously adopted referring to the thorny subject of member-officer and member-tomember relationships has been forced off the agenda. The motion was originally backed by Bob Kilmister of the Pembrokeshire Alliance, the unaffiliated St Davids member David Lloyd and Conservative group leader David Howlett.

Council Leader Jamie Adams had co-signed the motion on behalf of the ruling IPPG group. However, the three opposition signatories have now withdrawn their backing and Cllrs Lloyd and Kilmister were clear that the reason they had pulled their support was due to a lack of trust in Jamie Adams’ good faith. A motion from Labour Leader Paul Miller calling for the extension of democratic scrutiny of the recruitment process for chief officers beyond the end of the current municipal year has been recommended for refusal by the Head of Human Resources.

That recommendation is bound to cause anger among council members who feel that that the scandal over remuneration that engulfed and ultimately put paid to Bryn Parry-Jones could have been avoided had ordinary members been able to vote on the matter. In addition, those who feel that members should take a more active role in the recruitment process and not delegate effectively unchecked powers to officers are likely to question why, if a procedure was appropriate during the current council year, it is not appropriate to continue it in others.

That point is given greater force by Paul Miller’s recent revelation that during the current council, officers have systematically ignored the council’s democratic vote on the subject. In relation to the vexed question of council democracy and executive accountability, Monitoring Officer Laurence Harding – widely regarded on opposition benches as a hanger on from the Bryn Parry-Jones era – has recommended refusal of a motion that seeks to place the whole of debate before the public.

Objecting to Mike Stoddart’s motion that asks only that members read out their questions to Cabinet members, the Monitoring Officer and the Acting Head of Legal Services, Claire Incledon, have instead supported the status quo. Their view is likely to please Cabinet members who can flannel questioners on camera safe in the knowledge that questions are not widely known to the watching public. A motion by Cllr David Bryan to prevent the repetition of a farcical situation which permitted executive members to duck questions when the members asking them were absent from the Chamber has, however, been recommended for adoption.

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Five shouts in five days for Lifeboat crews at Angle

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ITS BEEN a really busy week for the crews at Angle with their first tasking to the 39 meter 300 tonne tall ship on Monday evening with engine failure and taking on water.

Crews then paged again in the early hours of Wednesday morning to a 11 meter sailing catamaran becalmed and low on fuel.

The training day Thursday was interrupted just after 12:30 PM with a tasking to a tender with three people on board that had upturned just off St Brides Haven.

Little & Broad Haven Lifeboat was also tasked along with Dale Coastguard.

Little and Broad Haven Lifeboat reached the three casualties and took them to shore where they were passed into the care of Dale Coastguard. Angle Lifeboat was stood down as it was passing through Jack’s Sound.

As the Lifeboat was returning from the shout another tasking request came through. A tanker had spotted an unmanned RIB approximately 10 miles SW of St Ann’s Head. Once on scene, after some investigation the RIB was believed to have come from a mooring and no people were missing. The Lifeboat towed the RIB back to Angle.

The Lifeboat was rehoused shortly after 4:00 PM

The 5th shout for Angle Lifeboat this week.

This was a large multi agency search.

The crew were paged at 09:35 AM to assist Tenby Lifeboats RNLI ALB and inshore Lifeboats to search for a missing person in the water following a report from a fisherman on rocks near Manorbier that he had lost sight of a person that had been rowing a dinghy toward shore and the occupant may be in the water. HM Coastguard Tenby had also been tasked to the search

The dinghy was handed over to Tenby inshore lifeboat crew after being picked up by a Range Safety boat who then brought it into the awaiting police at Manorbier Beach.

Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan and St Govans Coastguard Rescue Team had now also joined in the search for the missing person.

After several hours searching a man approached police at Manorbier, stating he’d been on the vessel off Manorbier, had got into difficulty and ended up in the water.

With the casualty now safely ashore, all units were stood down at 12:27PM.

Angle Lifeboat then headed to Tenby Harbour to pick up some sustenance, a fizzy drink and a chocolate brownie, before heading back to Angle and rehousing at 2:31PM. The lifeboat was refuelled and given a well earned wash ready for the next tasking.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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