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Park allowances and expenses published

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nationalparlbonusTHE 18 Members of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority were paid a total of £65,903 in basic and senior salaries in the last financial year (April 1st 2013 to March 31st 2014).

 Allowances during this period were determined by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales, whose remit to prescribe Members’ salaries extended to National Park Authorities in 2012. In June 2013 Cllr DGM (Mike) James was appointed as Chair of the Authority, taking over from Cllr JA (Tony) Brinsden who had been Chairman since 2011. During the 2013/14 financial year Cllr Brinsden left the Authority along with Cllr A (Tony) Wilcox, with Cllr O (Owen) James and Cllr ST (Stan) Hudson appointed in their place. Reimbursement of travelling, subsistence and other expense payments amounted to £10,216 for the same period, compared with £8,929 in 2012/13. Members attend a range of meetings on behalf of the Authority for which their expenses are included in the ‘Travel & Subsistence’ section. The summarised payments are listed in the chart below, where Members’ attendance is shown as a percentage of the number of meetings organised by the Authority at which the Member was expected to attend. The asterisks denote Members who have Part year attendance due to changes in Pembrokeshire County Council representation. The Document can be accessed on the Authority’s website on www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk under About Us/The Authority/ Corporate Documents/Draft Statement of Accounts 2013-14. Schedule of Members Allowances & Expenses Paid in the Financial Year 2013/14

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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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