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Council petition: Register your dissatisfaction



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WITHIN one day of its launch, an online petition calling for change at County Hall has gathered well over 1,000 signatures. Pointing out the Council’s record of scandals and failings over the last few years, the petition’s writers say: We have lost confidence in Pembrokeshire County Council, and would like your support in asking the Chief Executive Bryn Parry Jones to step down. We would like auditors to return to the authority to identify specific Council failings. If Pembrokeshire County Council do not act upon advice given during the auditing process we would like the Welsh Assembly Government to assign an intervention board to Pembrokeshire. After drawing attention to the massive salary and benefits paid to controversial CEO Bryn Parry Jones – including a Porsche Panamera insured for his family to use – the petition goes on to say: “Pembrokeshire County Council seems continually incapable of managing its duties and responsibilities.” The writers summarise their aims by saying: It is time for the Council to be rejuvenated. It is time to register your dissatisfaction with the Council and the way the County is run. It is time for change. It is time to make Pembrokeshire a better place to live. Student Rhys Thomas, from Hook, told the Herald: “There is a growing dissatisfaction amongst the general public with the way the County Hall operates, especially under the current Chief Executive Bryn Parry-Jones. “I must make clear that this is not a smear campaign, or a personal attack, but rather an outcry from concerned tax payers in the community, who feel they are not being best served by our governing body, and that change MUST come. “The website ’38 Degrees’ is an internet-based petition site, which gives people the opportunity to sign and comment on contentious issues. In less than 24 hours the petition has received over 1100 signatures – which I am sure you will agree indicates a high level of interest in this matter.” The petition can be found online at:




    July 25, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    The maladministration at PCC has gone on for far too long. Bring it to an end now with the suspension or sacking of BPJ immediately.

  2. Barbara Hart

    July 26, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Dear sir
    I think that BJP should do the decent thing and step down for the benefit of pembrokeshire.The PCC should take a good look at themselves and take this opportunity to put right all the departments that have been affected by this fiasco.

  3. Tomos

    July 28, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I do wonder IF Bryn has been telling his minions aka our councillors that IF they dare take ANY action that he will have to resign and take them to the cleaners with a constructive dismissal action – don’t be soft – any other employee of PCC would have been sacked years ago with not a cat in hell’s chance of getting a penny – indeed maybe they should take legal action about getting some money back off of Bryn

  4. Babs Shone

    July 29, 2014 at 5:14 am

    I understand, although I admit I’m no expert, and might be completely wrong in this, that currently there is no legislation whereby the Welsh Assembly Government could removed Bryn Parry Jones from his case {short of murder that is, it seems to me!). Although there might be problems with Education/Social Services having been in Special Measures in the past, it is up to the spineless bunch we know as the majority party within the County Council councillors, to remove him, as they appointed him, in the first place. Sadly, there are not enough councillors voting for his removal, for anything to be done. So it is a stalemate situation. It seems very sad for the rest of us in the county, & I really don’t see things improving until the Williams Commission comes into it own in 3 years’ time.


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Police launch urgent search for missing 16-year-old in west Wales



POLICE are actively searching for a missing 16-year-old boy, known only as Kobi, who has not been seen since last week. The teenager has connections across various towns in west Wales, including Llandeilo, Carmarthen, and Cardigan.

Kobi, described as tall with shaved black hair featuring a purple tint, was last spotted in Llanelli. Authorities have urged the public to remain vigilant and report any sightings of the boy immediately.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police issued a public appeal, stating: “Can you help find Kobi, who has been reported missing? Kobi is 16 years old, and described as tall with shaved black hair which has a purple tint.”

Anyone with information on Kobi’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact Dyfed-Powys Police without delay, as concerns for his welfare continue to grow.

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Feedback wanted on regional transport vision



VIEWS are wanted on the future of transport in South West Wales.

Covering Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea, a case for change that’s been developed for a regional transport plan is now open for public feedback until Monday August 26.

The case for change shows how the plan is essential to support the ongoing economic development of the region, while recognising its diverse communities and varying transport needs.

Aims of the plan include improving walking and cycling routes to local services, as well as achieving a shift away from private car usage to more sustainable forms of transport. Affordability will be at the centre of the plan to ensure access to transport is available to all.

Comments on the case for change will help inform a draft regional transport plan that will also be consulted on when it’s ready for feedback.  

Swansea Bay and West Wales Metro plans for an integrated bus and rail network will continue to be developed alongside the regional transport plan’s delivery in future. 

The rail metro elements are projected to add over a million journeys to the rail network, helping move more people out of cars and onto public transport than any other scheme in Wales.
Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader and Chairman of the Corporate Joint Committee (CJC) for South West Wales, said: “Adding to an outstanding tourism offer, South West Wales is undergoing a time of unprecedented investment, thanks to developments like the Celtic Freeport and £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal.
“These schemes – in combination with many others – will help create thousands of jobs for local people and attract even more investment to South West Wales in future, but we’ve also identified that our current transport network needs significant improvement to keep pace with these developments, while also better meeting the needs of local people in all the region’s communities – both urban and rural.
“The case for change – which also highlights the importance of affordability, climate change considerations and low-carbon transport – is intended as a guide to help inform the emerging regional transport plan.”
Cllr Darren Price, Carmarthenshire Council’s Leader and Chairman of the CJC’s transport sub-group, said: “The transport network is at the heart or our region. It takes us to work, education, healthcare and leisure and social activities both throughout South West Wales and further afield.
“It affects everyone, which is why we’re opening up our case for change for the regional transport plan for public feedback.
“With the population of the region also expected to increase in the coming decades, we need a transport system that accommodates existing and future developments in a way that supports sustainable travel choices, economic activity and social inclusion across the region.”
Head to for more information and the opportunity to give feedback.
Email [email protected] if you have any queries.
Paper copies of the feedback form and consultation materials are available at:
Carmarthenshire: Ammanford Customer Services Hwb on Quay Street, Carmarthen Customer Services Hwb on St Catherine’s Walk or Llanelli Customer Services Hwb on Stepney Street.
Neath Port Talbot: Neath Civic Centre, Port Talbot Civic Centre or The Quays on Brunel Way in Baglan Energy Park.
Pembrokeshire: County Hall in Haverfordwest.
Swansea: The Civic Centre on Oystermouth Road.

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Freshwater West named The Times newspaper Beach of the Year



FRESHWATER WEST has been named Wales’s Beach of the Year, according to the annual best beaches guide by The Times and Sunday Times. The comprehensive guide, now in its 16th edition, lists the top 50 beaches in the UK and will be available in print on 21st July.

Chris Haslam, the award-winning chief travel writer for The Times and Sunday Times, described Freshwater West as “a wilderness of dunes, sand and rocks that draws surfers from across the world to ride its winter waves.” Haslam has personally inspected all 50 beaches on the list over the past eight weeks.

The guide evaluates the stunning beauty of the UK coastline using a meticulous 11-point checklist. This includes water quality, cleanliness, accessibility, parking facilities, lifeguard presence, hygiene standards at restrooms and showers, and dog-friendliness. For 2024, only beaches rated as “excellent” for water quality by national environment agencies have been included, and the guide exclusively covers mainland beaches.

Here are the best beaches in Wales according to the guide:

  • Wales’s Beach of the Year: Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire
  • Llanddwyn, Anglesey
  • Porth Iago, Gwynedd
  • Penbryn, Ceredigion
  • Mwnt, Ceredigion
  • Manorbier, Pembrokeshire
  • Pendine Sands, Pembrokeshire
  • Mewslade, Vale of Glamorgan
  • Oxwich, Vale of Glamorgan
  • Monknash, Vale of Glamorgan

Chris Haslam reflected on his travels, saying, “My Jack Russell, Dave T Dog, and I have journeyed 5,583 miles and explored 543 beaches. The 50 beaches that made our list are graced with outstanding natural beauty, superb infrastructure, and a clear sense of pride from those who live, work, and play there. I’m still in awe of the beauty of the UK coast. From Kynance to Caithness, and Brancaster to Benone, the beaches of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are the most magnificent on earth.”

For more details, visit The Times and Sunday Times Best UK Beaches.

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