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Penally: Former Chequers nightclub licence hearing delayed

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AN APPEAL hearing against a decision by Pembrokeshire County Council to grant a licence for a new nightclub has been delayed until later this month.

The hearing was due to take place at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Thursday December 12, but this has now been delayed until January 23.

The nightclub which to be called the Queen of Hearts was given approval by the PCC’s sub-licensing committee at a meeting at County Hall on August 22 last year.

But the whole scheme could be halted by the manager of a nearby Crackwell Holiday Park which has launched an appeal against the decision to grant the nightclub a licence.

During the initial meeting of the licensing sub-committee in August, manager of the holiday park Mrs. Emma Thomas raised concerns about the plans, stating that she was worried that the play area of her park was only within a couple of feet of the entrance of the proposed nightclub, where drugs or needles could end up.

She added that as they would be cutting down the tree next to the site within the next 12 months, the play area would then be visible.

In an email sent to Clr. Tim Evans, chairman of the licensing-subcommittee, Mrs. Thomas stated: “Having live music played at this premises will disrupt the peace, tranquillity and serenity here.
“The vibrations from the music can be felt here in the caravans as it travels through the ground and this constant thudding and banging will cause tremendous stress to all of us trying to sleep here.
She added: “It will threaten the safety of all the residents through drunken and drug influenced behaviour, possible vandalism, break-ins and theft, violence and rowdy behaviour,”

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Conservatives hold on to Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat

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THE CONSERVATIVES have held on to their Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat despite Labour closing the gap.

Sam Kurtz will take over the seat from the outgoing Angela Burns who held a majority of 3,400 at the last election.

This time, the gap was just 936 to Labour’s Hassan Riaz who picked up 10,304 votes.

Plaid Cymru’s Cefin Campbell picked up 6,615 votes.

The turnout in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire was slightly up to 52.12% from 51.2% in 2016.

However, with a larger electorate thanks to votes for 16/17-year-olds, the number of votes cast went up by almost 3,000.

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Paul Davies re-elected as Conservatives hold Preseli Pembrokeshire

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PAUL DAVIES has been re-elected to represent the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency.

He won with 12,295 votes, while there were 10,895 votes for Labour’s Jackie Jones.

Plaid Cymru candidate Cris Tomos gained just over 6,000 votes and there were also 1,239 for Reform UK candidate Alan Dennison.

There were over 3000 more votes cast in 2016, down largely in part to the fact that 16 and 17 year olds were able to vote in this election.

Both the Conservatives and Labour received more votes than before while the gap to Labour closed to just 1,400.

After being elected, Paul Davies said he would continue to ‘fight for Pembrokeshire’ and thanked those who had been involved in his campaign.

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Former Cardigan Castle director sentencing delayed

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THE SENTENCING of a former director of Cardigan Castle who has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft totalling over £40,000 has been delayed.

Former director, Jac Davies, pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft was due to be sentenced on Wednesday (May 4) at Swansea Crown Court – but has now been delayed.

Davies who held the £40,000 a year post fraudulently obtained £33,098.75 and stole a further £7,932.97 from the award winning restoration project..

Davies held his position at Cardigan Castle from September 2017 to November 2019.

The defendant has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining £4,143.20 from the castle on December 21, 2017.

Again Davies admitted to fraudulently obtaining £28,955.55 between February 4, 2019 and November 3, 2019.

Two further charges of theft were also admitted – one charge of  theft from the castle of £1,908.18 between May 2, 2018 and May 24, 2019 and a further charge of theft from Cardigan Castle Enterprises to the sum of £6,024.79.

Dyfed-Powys Police conducted a year long investigation after being contacted by the castle board of directors.

Financial discrepancies were identified during financial monitoring.

An internal investigation was launched and Davies left his position within the castle in October 2019 following a disciplinary process.

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