Nothing to declare

A feature of the debates on the reorganisation of secondary education in north west Pembrokeshire has been the confusion over members’ declarations of interests. At times, members standing up and reeling off the details of their relatives employed in the school system seems to have taken longer than the debate itself. Of course, it is... Read More »

Practice what you preach

The pre-Christmas meeting of full council was not the IPPG’s finest hour – five hours to be precise. Not only did the Leader fail to persuade his troops to reject Cllr Jacob Williams’ proposal to webcast cabinet meetings, but he also failed to fill the vacant planning committee chair with one of his own gang.... Read More »

Pugh renewed

Thursday’s meeting of full council will determine who is to succeed Cllr Myles Pepper (recently elevated to cabinet rank) as chairman of the planning committee. Old Grumpy hears that the IPPG candidate for this important position is the current committee vice-chairman Cllr David Pugh. Regular readers of this column will recall that Cllr Pugh –... Read More »


The county council’s attempts at school reorganisation in Haverfordwest have become a shambles. I know this is the case because Grumpette said so at last Thursday’s extraordinary council meeting when it was decided to scrap the present statutory consultation and start over again. This follows a letter from solicitors representing Tasker Milward and Sir Thomas... Read More »

No-fly Zano

No-fly ZanoIt was almost a year ago that Cllr Keith Lewis appeared in the Western Telegraph showing off a new mini-drone – Zano – that was in development by Torquing Group at Pembroke Dock’s Innovation Centre. The company’s marketing director Reece Crowther (pictured with Cllr Lewis) is quoted as saying “We have a product that has... Read More »


Old Grumpy notices that an interesting story has appeared over on that other website. Well, it had to happen eventually – infinite time, monkeys, typewriters and the complete works of Shakespeare, and all that. As the young upstart explains, Cllr Pearl Llewellyn has finally taken the plunge and resigned from the IPPG. Not before time... Read More »

Grants, graft and gravy

I have received several emails, most of them complimentary, following last week’s trip down Memory Lane which catalogued the succession of chancers and snake oil salesmen who have trousered large amounts of taxpayers’ money by promising jobs and prosperity in Milford Haven. One critic suggested I should have placed more emphasis on the role of... Read More »

Prawn crackers

Last Friday county council members received a presentation from Egdenol Ltd – the company that has ambitious plans for the former mine depot at Blackbridge Milford Haven; recently¬†bought from the county council for ¬£750,000. Already in the public domain is that Egdenol intends to construct a biomass burning power station on the mine depot site... Read More »

People in glass houses…

Last week’s Western Telegraph had an editorial on the vexed question of fining parents who take their children out of school for holidays during term time. It concluded: “Regulations to stop travel operators puffing up prices during school holidays, rather than punishing families who honestly can’t afford the extra cash needs considering.” While I’m sure... Read More »

Look after the pennies…

Look after the pennies…A couple of weeks ago, I drew attention to what appears to be a more rigorous regime with regard to members’ expense claims. Readers will be pleased to hear that one of the early losers seems to be Cllr Brian Hall. For many years it has been Brian’s practice to claim 75p every time he... Read More »

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