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Extraordinary council meeting: Six councillors allowed to speak but not vote

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SIX County Councillors have been allowed to speak but not vote at next Tuesday’s Extraordinary Council Meeting on Post-16 education.

The decision was made by the Standards Committee on Thursday April 9.

All six councillors declared prejudicial interests at a previous Extraordinary meeting on January 29 and had to leave the room.

They have since applied for dispensation to speak and to vote on the subject next Tuesday but members of the committee felt that a number of councillors would be placed in an awkward position due to the nature of their interests.

All councillors were granted permission to speak at the meeting but they have not been allowed to vote.

Cllr Stan Hudson said that it was an important issue and that all members should be allowed to vote but that view was not supported.

Monitoring Officer Laurence Harding said: “The issue being discussed has become contentious.”

Committee member Andre Morgan said: “This is an awkward situation. It is of massive public interest and I feel that they should be able to speak.”

Cllr Stan Hudson said: “This is such a big issue in the county, particularly in Haverfordwest as there are three members representing a large number of the electorate who are at the moment not able to speak and vote. With an issue as big this, education throughout the county, they should have the ability to speak on behalf of their constituents and vote.”

Committee Chairman David Morgan said: “This will be an extremely emotional debate. It would be difficult to come up with solid reasons why some of them can’t speak or vote. There are quite different circumstances for each individual and I would say that they can speak but not vote.”

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  1. Alan

    April 12, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    This is why councillors should be barred from sitting on any other community organisation. They should stick to one role and that is serving the people who elect them as best they can

  2. Malcolm Calver

    April 17, 2015 at 7:47 am

    So according to the Monitoring Officer Laurence Harding “The issue being discussed has become contentious.”

    I would appreciate being informed what prejudicial interest each councillor who declared an interest had and after being given permission to speak but not vote, which one`s actually spoke.

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10-mile trek raises £1,000 for stroke unit

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A TEAM of 18 from CARA Wales took on a 10-mile trek and raised £1,000 for the Stroke Ward at Withybush Hospital.

The team from CARA Wales, an agricultural and rural consultancy and advice organisation, walked across the Preseli Mountains from Foel Drygan to Foel Eryr on 17th June 2023.

Mererid Sandbrook, who works for CARA Wales, said: “The walk started in Crymych and continued along the Golden Road up to Foel Eryr, the highest point of Preseli Mountain. It was a really enjoyable day.

“We were all really pleased to have raised such a great amount of money. We would like to thank everyone who donated money towards our challenge.”

They also raised £1,000 for Stroke Association.

Nicola Llewelyn, Head of Hywel Dda Health Charities, the official charity of Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to CARA Wales for taking on the 10-mile trek in aid of the Stroke Ward.

“The support of our local communities enables us to provide services over and above what the NHS can provide in the three counties of Hywel Dda and we are extremely grateful for every donation we receive.”

Your donations are making a positive difference to the health, wellbeing and experience of NHS patients, service users and staff. For more details about the charity and how you can help support local NHS patients and staff, go to www.hywelddahealthcharities.org.uk

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Calls for help over VHF radio may have been a hoax, say RNLI

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THE ANGLE All-Weather Lifeboat was requested to launch on service at 10:23am this morning, Monday (July 22).

Following a call to the Coastguard from Milford Haven VTS, the crew were tasked after the VTS operators overheard a female voice calling for help on VHF channel 12.

After narrowing down the transmission to having been received on the Pembroke aerial site, the crew were requested to conduct a search.

Launching at 10:30am, the lifeboat made best speed to the moorings at Hazelbeach, and a hasty search was requested by the Coastguard of any moored vessels. The crew began making their way amongst the moorings, heading up to the moorings off Neyland. With nothing untoward sighted, the crew proceeded to search the moorings off Hobbs Point, Barnlake Point, Burton, Llanion and Rudders Boat Yard.

With nothing found, the Coastguard requested that the crew continue their search up river to Picton Point. The lifeboat continued searching up the western shore encompassing Llangwm before altering course just past Landshipping and searching the eastern shore back down the river, calling in to Lawrenny on the way to check any vessels moored there.

The RNLI said that the search continued back down as far as the Cleddau Bridge.

On Facebook the organisation posted :”Following a thorough visual, communications and radar search the crew were subsequently stood down when no further information or calls had been received.

“The tasking was therefore deemed to be a hoax call.

“The lifeboat was back alongside and readied for further service by 1pm.”

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Police investigating after man injured during altercation in cemetery

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POLICE have confirmed that they are investigating a report of an altercation which occurred in the cemetery off Gelliswick Road, Hakin, Milford Haven sometime between 4.30 and 5.00pm, Wednesday 17th July, 2024.

Following the incident, a 32-year-old man went to hospital for treatment and was later released.

A 19-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail pending further police enquiries police have confirmed.

The incident caught the attention of locals, who said there was a large police response to the incident included armed officers.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing [email protected], or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: 394 of the 17th

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org

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