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Bryn returns: CEO returns to work ahead of crucial vote on his future

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Back to work: Bryn Parry Jones

Back to work: Bryn Parry Jones

IN LIGHT of his return to work, rumours are spreading that the “leave of absence” entered into by County Council CEO Bryn Parry Jones was no more than a cynical ploy to deflect criticism of Council Leader Jamie Adams.

It appears as though an observation made by Pembroke Dock councillor told a supposedly secret meeting of the ruling IPPG clique on August 18 that Mr Parry Jones could return to work after taking his annual holiday in the week commencing August 25. While that idea did not receive much credence at the time, it now appears as though Councillor Hall Brian Hall, who is known to have a close relationship with the CEO, was remarkably – some might say spookily – prescient in his analysis of the likely series of events.

At an EGM scheduled for this Friday, September 12, councillors are due to vote on a motion to suspend their controversial CEO.

A vote of no confidence in Council Leader Jamie Adams is scheduled for the same meeting.

The Herald has asked for a comment on Mr Parry Jones’ return from the County Council, including a reaction to the CEO’s return from Council Leader Jamie Adams. We await their response, which we will publish on receipt of the same.

Responding to those queries, a Council spokesperson told The Herald: “We can confirm that the Council’s Chief Executive is currently working from home.”

The Herald understands that county councillors were called to a meeting late yesterday afternoon by Council Leader Jamie Adams to be told that, despite earlier assurances, he was powerless to prevent the Chief Executive returning. Councillors were told that, after some discussion, the Chief Executive had been convinced to work from home. Mr Adams confirmed that Bryn Parry-Jones had now formally returned to his role as the Council’s Head of Paid Service.

Paul Miller, leader of the Labour Group on the County Council told The Herald: “Three weeks ago, following yet further allegations about the Chief Executives conduct, it was announced that Wales’s highest paid Council Officer would take a ‘period of absence’. This, members were told, was at the insistence of Council leader Jamie Adams.”

“Today it has emerged that the Chief Executive has been abroad on a pre-planned holiday for the last two weeks and upon his return has simply returned to work – despite apparently repeated pleas from Council Leader, Cllr Jamie Adams, not to do so.”

Cllr Miller continued: “The Council leadership is in total disarray. On August 22, the Labour Group wrote to the Council’s Chairman, Tom Richards, calling on him to convene an urgent meeting of Council.

“In that request we included a motion that called for the Chief Executive’s suspension to be made formal (preventing him from returning) and for the disciplinary process to get underway.”

“A meeting of Council can be called at 3 days’ notice. As of last Friday, the Council leadership had held the Labour Group’s requisition for 14 days! If, instead of burying their heads in the sand,  the Leader and Council Chairman had responded to that request, we wouldn’t now be in the ridiculous position where a Chief Executive, under formal police investigation, can ignore the elected Council Leader’s request to stay away and simply waltz back into work.”

“The sad fact is that our Council’s leadership remains either unwilling or incapable of tackling this issue head on and the people of Pembrokeshire deserve far better. I and the Labour Group are determined to ensure this matter is dealt with and that those responsible for this fiasco are held properly to account.”

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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