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It is coming up to three years since I first drew attention to the strange business of the Commercial Property Grant Scheme (CPGS) in Pembroke Dock. Having read my post of 25 April 2013, Cllr Michael Williams, Plaid Cymru leader on the council, raised the matter at the audit committee in June 2013 and where the... Read More »

Sleeping policemen

Over the past few weeks I have been trying (unsuccessfully) to extract information from Dyfed-Powys police about the Pembroke Dock grants business. Two years have now elapsed since my investigations forced Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC) to provide the police with a thick dossier of evidence and Old Grumpy was concerned to know what, if any,... Read More »

About face!

About face!In my last post, I said that Director of Development, Dr Steven Jones, had emailed me with an explanation as to why there were two copies of G&G’s bills of quantities in the file for 10 Meyrick Street Pembroke Dock. In fact the email came from Director of Finance Mr John Haswell. This has now... Read More »

Fair cop(y)

Fair cop(y)It is now almost two years since Pembrokeshire County Council provided the police with a fat dossier detailing alleged irregularities in the Pembroke and Pembroke Dock Commercial Property Grants Scheme (CPGS). A large part of this document consisted of material provided by me following my lengthy investigation into the matter. The latest from the police... Read More »

No lawful excuse

For some time I have been campaigning for the truth to be told about the council’s dealings with former PCC youth worker and convicted paedophile Mik Smith and more particularly the treatment of  Sue Thomas who blew the whistle on Smith’s activities back in 2005 and was unceremoniously sacked for her pains. To his credit... Read More »

Double whammy

Big changes have recently come into force with regard to council house rents in Pembrokeshire. For anyone with a hour or two to spare the details can be found in the Housing Act (Wales) 2015, though I can’t promise you a page turner and if you get past 30 minutes without nodding off you have... Read More »


PCC’s economic development scrutiny committee has been considering the forthcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU. And, according to the Herald’s headline, it concluded that: “Wales would lose out over Brexit”. Reading the report that went before the committee you could be forgiven for concluding that PCC is sponsoring the “Remain” campaign. And... Read More »

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 »

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