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First meeting of the new Cabinet

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Left to right: Cllr Neil Prior, Cllr Paul Miller, Cllr Phil Baker, Cllr Bob Kilmister, Cllr David Simpson, Cllr Cris Tomos, Cllr Tessa Hodgson, Cllr Pat Davies, and Cllr David Lloyd.

THE FIRST meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council’s new Cabinet takes place today (Jun 12).

Councillor David Simpson, the new Leader of the Authority, has appointed eight Cabinet members to direct policy and make decisions on key issues.

They are all new faces to the Cabinet apart from Councillor David Lloyd, who served as Cabinet Member for Education under the previous administration.

Councillor Simpson said he was excited about the combination of knowledge and breadth of experience possessed by the Members.

“I’m very happy with the Cabinet because I have picked them on their ability and nothing else” he said.

“I’m especially pleased about the new cabinet role of Transformation and IT, which I’ve introduced because of the impact that I feel Transformation will make to the Authority.”

He has not appointed a Deputy Leader, as all Cabinet Members will be expected to deputise for Councillor Simpson if necessary.

The Cabinet Members are as follows:

Councillor David Simpson, Lampeter Velfrey (Unaffiliated)
Cabinet Member for Corporate Matters

David has been a magistrate for 20 years and a County Councillor since 2004. He retired from business in 2000. David moved to Pembrokeshire in the early 90s, after having a holiday home in Neyland.

A Duke of Edinburgh Gold award holder and a staunch supporter of the scheme, he lives in Clynderwen and is married with four children and seven grandchildren.

Councillor Neil Prior, Llanrhian (Unaffiliated)
Cabinet Member for Transformation and IT

Neil’s family moved to Pembrokeshire over 30 years ago and he himself returned home two and a half years ago having worked for blue chip companies including O2 and Microsoft.

During his career he has worked with over 100 local authorities across the UK, helping them to make the most of technology to provide services more efficiently and effectively. He is looking forward to bringing this experience to help the County Council respond and adapt to the challenges it faces.

Councillor Paul Miller, Neyland West (Labour)
Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure, and Culture
First elected in 2012 representing the Neyland West Ward, Cllr Miller has led the Council’s Labour Group for the past five years.

Paul’s professional work has seen him lead major capital development and regeneration projects across the UK and this experience will be key as the new administration takes a more proactive approach to regeneration and development across Pembrokeshire.

Councillor Phil Baker, Saundersfoot (Unaffiliated)
Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Assets

Since 1982, Phil has worked both for Civil Engineering Consultants and Civil Engineering Contractors in Pembrokeshire and across the UK. Projects have included reclamation schemes, Local Authority and Private Development infrastructure installations, Water Utilities Asset Management Capital investment Programmes and for the last 12 years Welsh Government Highway Improvements.

Phil has represented Saundersfoot as County Councillor since 2008 and has been a Saundersfoot Community Councillor since 1998. He is the County Council appointee on Saundersfoot Harbour Commission and Governor at Saundersfoot C.P. and Greenhill School.

Councillor Bob Kilmister, Dinas Cross (Liberal Democrat)
Cabinet Member for Finance

Bob lives on a smallholding near Llanychaer with his wife of 40 years Nikki. He worked for J Sainsbury Plc for 30 years mainly running large supermarkets in the West Midlands. These had an annual turnover of up to £18 million and employed over 300 staff. He finished his career working as the link between the Distribution and Retail arms of the business.

He has always been interested in politics, and was a District Councillor in Worcestershire for eight years being elected first at the age of 25.

Councillor Cris Tomos, Crymych (Plaid Cymru)
Cabinet Member for Environment and Welsh Language

Cris has over 25 years’ experience of working with social enterprises and charities to develop sustainable non-grant dependent income. He has developed and helped set up several community benefit cooperatives in West Wales. The majority of the new cooperatives are community asset based, where redundant buildings are bought by the community to allow new social enterprises to trial their services.

Cris was named Wales Co-operator of the year in 2012, and Wales Social Enterprise Champion in 2013.

Councillor Tessa Hodgson, Lamphey (Unaffiliated)
Cabinet Member for Social Services

Councillor Tessa Hodgson grew up in Milford Haven where she attended the grammar school. She has a background in business and marketing and currently owns and runs a B&B and holiday cottage complex near Lamphey.

She is a mum of three teenagers who are all educated locally. Since being elected in 2012 she has served on the Older Persons Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Senior Staff Committee.

Councillor Pat Davies, Fishguard North West (Unaffiliated)
Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services and Housing

Pat has for many years been involved and had concern around social issues and she intends to bring her experiences into her new role. She says she is delighted to have the opportunity to work with a new team of Cabinet Members under the new and vibrant Leadership of David Simpson.

“We start, I feel, with fresh innovative ways of working in a professional manner to bring about a progressive and inclusive County Council,” she said.

Councillor David Lloyd, St Davids (Unaffiliated)
Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning

David is a Pembrokeshire man who has been involved in community action for the past 50 years. He was a Dyfed County Councillor in the eighties during which time he moved the creation of the Economic Development Committee. In the nineties, he campaigned for the National Eisteddfod to visit St. Davids for the first time in 2002.

He has been a County Councillor and Chair of Governors at Ysgol Dewi Sant since 2012, leading the campaign to save the school from closure in January 2016.

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Man found not guilty of stalking beauty salon owner

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FRANK JANIUREK, 43, of Heol Glyndwr in Fishguard, has been acquitted of stalking the owner of a beauty salon after a trial at Swansea Crown Court. The jury returned a unanimous not guilty verdict following approximately two-and-a-half hours of deliberations.

Janiurek was accused of causing serious alarm or distress to the woman between 25 March and 10 July 2022. The prosecution claimed that after receiving a facial treatment at the salon on 8 March 2022, Janiurek began sending numerous emails and making frequent calls to the salon, often repeating questions that had already been answered. He was also alleged to have walked past the salon daily and liked one of the complainant’s Instagram pictures using an account under a false name. Additionally, it was claimed that he stared at the complainant for an extended period while she was out in Cardigan celebrating her birthday.

Caitlin Brazel, prosecuting, argued that these actions constituted stalking, causing serious alarm or distress. However, Janiurek pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Matthew Murphy, defending Janiurek, contended that the complainant had not directly communicated her discomfort to the defendant until 1 June. Murphy stated, “She doesn’t tell him anything about his behaviour and the effect it’s having on her before June 1.” He argued that if the complainant felt uncomfortable, she should have been more direct in her communication.

Murphy also highlighted that the complainant’s actions, such as signing off emails with ‘All the best’ and stating she had an injured arm and was not taking on new clients, did not clearly indicate that she wanted the contact to end. He noted that Janiurek, who is neurodivergent and has Asperger’s syndrome, was primarily engaging with the business, not the complainant personally. Murphy emphasised that all of Janiurek’s messages were related to beauty treatments, except for one occasion when he inquired about the complainant’s injured arm.

Regarding the Instagram picture, Murphy pointed out that it was posted on the business’s account, not the complainant’s personal account.

Recorder David Elias KC, who presided over the trial, thanked the jury for their careful consideration of the case. Following the not guilty verdict, Janiurek was allowed to leave the dock, having been acquitted of all charges.

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Cannabis factory with over 800 plants found in west Wales drugs bust

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POLICE in Carmarthenshire made a major drugs bust this week when they found over 800 cannabis plants in what was supposed to be a vacant property.

A 26-year old man was arrested and has now been remanded into custody.

The police are appealing for information and have released photographs of the illicit cannabis production facility.

A police spokesperson told The Herald on Friday (May 24): “Dyfed Powys Police executed a warrant at the Mountain Gate, Tycroes, Ammanford on Tuesday May 21.

“The vacant property was found to have a large hydroponic set up inside, with approx. 800 cannabis plants seized by officers.

“One man, Beni Mirashi age 26, was arrested and was charged with being concerned in the production of cannabis.

“He appeared at Llanelli Magistrates Court on 23 May and was remanded to next appear at Swansea Crown Court on June 24.”

Police asked that if anyone has any information that may support officers in their investigation, they are asked to contact us either through a direct message on social media, online at: 
https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing [email protected], or by calling 101

Quoting reference: 24*459007

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Red Bull Hardline Wales confirms rider list for 2024

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RED BULL Hardline, known as the most challenging downhill mountain bike race world wide, confirms the final rider list for this year’s Wales event. 

Following its first event overseas, with a stop Down Under, Red Bull Hardline returns to its home in Wales’ Dyfi valley to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The brainchild of Dan Atherton a decade ago, 34 of the brightest and best talents in downhill mountain biking are set to descend on the north Wales course. With the 2023 event sadly curtailed by the Welsh weather, there’s old scores to settle and it’s all to play for in 2024.

Confirmed Rider List:

NameNationality
Ronan DunneIRL
Bernard KerrUK
Brook MacDonaldNZL
Charlie HattonUK
Adam BraytonUK
Craig EvansUK
Theo ErlangsenSA
Matteo IniguezFRA
Juanfer VelezCOL
Gaetan VigeFRA
Jim MonroUK
Matt JonesUK
Edgar BrioleFRA
George BranniganNZ
Sam GaleNZ
Jono JonesUK
Sam BlenkinsopNZ
Brendan FaircloughUK
Josh BrycelandUK
Dennis LuffmanUK
Sam HockenhullUK
Josh LoweUK
Taylor VernonUK
Thibault LalyFRA
Thomas GenonBEL
Szymon GodziekPOL
Sebastian HolguinCOL
Alex StorrUK
Vincent TupinFRA
Harry MolloyUK
Matteo IniguezFRA

Female riders will begin training on Monday, giving them ample time to familiarise themselves with the new course, with Tahnée Seagrave, Cami Nogueira and Hannah Bergmann all set to continue to push the boundaries of their sport once again. Louise-Anna Ferguson will be returning to Wales fresh from her success at Red Bull Hardline Tasmania, putting on a gutsy performance to finish a full finals race run despite an early crash. New to Red Bull Hardline, Vaea Verbeeck will make her first appearance, bringing fresh fire power to the women’s lineup 

Following his stand-out success at Red Bull Hardline Tasmania, Ronan Dunne will be taking to the start line with aims of achieving the double. Nipping at his heels will be three-time winner Bernard Kerr, who placed second in Tasmania back in February. 2017 champion Craig Evans is back once again and eager to replicate his success of 7 years previous.

The breathtaking race will be broadcasted live globally on Red Bull TV on Sunday 2nd June at 2.30pm GMT. Ahead of the event, fans can enjoy the week’s best action from course walk and practice on the Red Bull Bike YouTube ahead of the main event. 

For further Red Bull Hardline rider updates and for more information visit www.redbull.com/hardline and make sure to save the link to Red Bull Bike YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@RedBullBike/featured to not miss out on the week’s best action.

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