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Committee embarrassed by ​senior’s ​applications



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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’s leader has not been given permission to speak or vote on a notice of motion that he has submitted to Thursday’s full council meeting.

Councillor Jamie Adams’ question relates to Bovine Tuberculosis and he had appealed to the Standards Committee to be able to speak and vote on the matter.

However, Cllr Adams simply submitted a form stating that the reasoning behind his application would be provided at the Standards Committee that met on Monday, March 7.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr David Morgan, said that he was embarrassed and disappointed by the situation and it was agreed that the application from Cllr Adams should not be discussed.

The ruling from the committee meant that two other similarly sparse applications from Cllr Tom Richards and Cllr Owen James were also not dealt with.

The Committee has been in a trial period over a new model for applications for dispensation and it was agreed that there was a grey area in the cross-over between the old and new model.

Mr David Morgan told the committee: “I appreciate that this has been the subject of much debate recently and we are very grateful to Claire for producing the new procedure and setting out what is to happen in the future.

“We are in between the time when people put in an application which served everybody reasonably well for a period of time and then we allowed people to come and present their case before the procedure was formally adopted.

“During that time, the quality of these applications has got increasingly worse and so it has been more or more difficult to try and work out what the applicant is actually wanting even if he does appear in person.

“I think we have now got to the point, particularly in respect of those applications where people say they’ll be turning up on the day, that we should not, I personally would have great difficulty in considering applications of that sort.

“Our job is to try and help the process of approving a dispensation but if we have got absolutely no opportunity to consider these things in advance it would be extremely difficult for us to give a reasonable answer.

“I also feel that the people presenting these applications, saying they will come on the day, are extremely senior councillors who would probably not tolerate that kind of behaviour if we went to their meeting and did the same. I hope that these applications can be re-submitted very quickly.”

The Council’s Monitoring Officer, Mrs Claire Jones added: “There has been a big period of transition for this committee.

“The recommendation in my report did give perhaps the room for manoeuvre for members to believe that there was an alternative that either you filled in the form or came to this committee.

“I absolutely take the point that applications that give no information aren’t helpful, it does not give you the opportunity to prepare but there is a dilemma as to whether or not they needed to fill in the form as well as attending in person.

“It is very clear to members from today that they do need to fill in the application form in great detail otherwise it will be rejected.”

Community Councillor George Allingham said: “It might have become a grey area but for a long time there has been a necessity to fill out the form.

“The information from Cllr Adams is dated February 23 which is 13 days ago so this could have been completed properly in adequate time.”

Mr Morgan also said: “One of the applications we are considering is from one of the members of our committee (Cllr Tom Richards) who is well aware of how we got to this point.

“It puts me in great difficulty and some embarrassment and disappointment that we are faced with this situation.

“I am extremely sorry that there is a council meeting coming up but I still think the principle that we are the Standards Committee and we really ought to set our own standards in that respect and I think proper behaviour and good manners are very much a part of that.”

The committee agreed that the applications should not be considered and Mr Morgan also apologised to the leader for coming to the conclusion they had.

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Covid-19 vaccination venues and timeline announced for everyone locally over 50



EVERY person in JCVI priority groups 5 to 9 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by 18 April, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

While the health board’s vaccination programme has the capacity to offer a vaccine to everyone in groups 5 to 9 by the original target date of 4 April, the delivery plan has had to be adjusted based on confirmed vaccine deliveries.

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire residents in priority groups 5 to 9 can expect to receive their vaccine as follows:

  • Group 5, people aged 65 – 69 years – delivered by GP practices between 15 February and 12 March
  • Group 6, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers – delivered by GP practices between 22 February and 4 April
  • Group 7, people aged 60 – 64 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 8 March
  • Group 8, people aged 55 – 59 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 22 March
  • Group 9, people aged 50 – 54 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 5 April

The health board currently has mass vaccination centres located in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Tenby, Carmarthen and Llanelli.

Group 6 is significantly the largest cohort to be vaccinated to date and we understand that many in this group will be anxious to receive a vaccine. Please do not contact your GP or the health board to ask about your appointment, you will be contacted directly when it is your turn and we thank you for your patience.

People in groups 7, 8 and 9 will receive a letter with an appointment date and time. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. The letter will include a phone number to contact the health board should you need to rearrange or cancel your appointment but please make every effort to keep your allocated appointment time.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “While  our programme has had to slow  due to supplies, we want to reassure everyone in groups 5 to 9 that our amazing teams of vaccinators and GP practices have the capability and flexibility to deliver our vaccine supplies as they arrive into the region.

“Vaccine supplies will start to increase again from mid-March, and we are confident that everyone living in our three counties in the top 9 priority groups will be offered a vaccine by mid-April.

“In Hywel Dda we have an older population compared to some other health boards and so over 50% of our adult population will have been offered a vaccine by milestone 2.

“To be able to say that as we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown is nothing short of extraordinary.

“And again, I must say thank you to everyone living in our three counties who continue to come forward in substantial numbers for the vaccine. Uptake remains remarkably high and we hope to see this continue through groups 5 to 9 and into group 10.”

People are asked, wherever possible, to use their own private transport to attend an appointment. Lifts can be accepted from someone in their household or support bubble, but not from anyone else due to the risk of transmission of the virus.

The health board has put in place transport support for anyone who may have difficulty attending their vaccination appointment. If you have no other means of travel, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 and we will be happy to assist.

Everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 should have received an offer of a vaccination. If you have not been contacted, or have changed your mind, please contact your GP at the earliest opportunity. No one will be left behind.

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Nolton Haven: Man hospitalised after getting into difficulties in sea



A MAN was taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Nolton Haven on Friday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.40pm on February 26 by a 999 call to the control centre.

The Little Haven RNLI lifeboat, Broad Haven Coastguard, an ambulance crew and a Coastguard rescue helicopter assisted police in the operation.

The male casualty was stabilised on the beach and shortly before 4.30pm, was then transported to Withybush Hospital.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “We were called to a male who had got into difficulties in the water at Nolton Haven shortly before 3pm.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms



A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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