Awkward questions

Questions from councillors have proved to be one of the most effective ways of extracting information from PCC’s ruling elite. So effective indeed, that when they were in power, the IPPG were constantly on the lookout for ways of curtailing members’ rights to ask questions. I recall IPPG ex-councillor and deputy leader Rob Lewis once... Read More »

Dead letter

What follows is the story of how elected members of Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC) were denied the opportunity to appeal Dyfed-Powys Police’s decision to reject their complaint about the delays in concluding the investigation into the Pembroke Dock grants affair. It is now four and a half years since Pembrokeshire County Council handed a thick... Read More »

Avoiding the truth

A couple of weeks ago I described how the chairman of the schools and learning (S and L) scrutiny committee, Cllr John Davies, had scuppered my attempt to question officers about the deeply flawed calculations behind the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between PCC and Pembrokeshire College on future ‘A’ level provision. This was a pity because we... Read More »

Under the carpet

Over the past few months, I have been taking an interest in the figures used to determine the size of a viable ‘A’ level class in our schools. This is important to those of us who favour the retention of sixth forms because the higher the viability number the more difficult it becomes for schools... Read More »

Que SRA, SRA

The county council’s annual meeting is almost upon us and with lucrative Special Responsibilty Allowance-bearing committee chairmanships up for grabs the conspiracy theorists are waking from their year-long sleep. Ever since PCC’s inception in 1996, these SRAs have played a bigger part in the political direction of the authority than any ideological considerations. The vice-chairmanship of... Read More »

Misconceptions

While wandering round Milford Haven Marina one day last month, I bumped into a former member of Haverfordwest Town Council. After an exchange of pleasantries, he began telling me how much he disagreed with what I had written about Haverfordwest museum. Noticing my puzzled look, he added: “In your Badger column in the Herald!” Not... Read More »

Paying over the odds

There was an interesting development in the Pembroke Dock grants saga at last week’s full council when cabinet member Bob Kilmister answered Cllr Jacob Williams’ question on the repayments received from property developer Cathal McCosker and companies under his control. To fully understand all this you have to go back to April 2014 when PCC... Read More »

Playing for time

Last week’s audit committee agreed to support my Notice of Motion calling for PCC to lodge a complaint against the police regarding the delay in concluding the investigation into irregular payments on the Pembroke Dock Commercial Property Grants Scheme (CPGS). It is approaching five years since I first wrote about the (CPGS) in Pembroke Dock and... Read More »

On the crest of a wave

About the only good thing with growing old is the occasional reminder that there is nothing new under the sun. So when I toddled along to county hall last Friday for the presentation on the Swansea Bay City Deal (SBCD) I wasn’t expecting any surprises. The Leader of Swansea City Council, who chairs the group... Read More »

High living

Prior to his retirement, Cllr Peter Stock and I used to have good-natured arguments about which was the largest town in Pembrokeshire – Milford Haven or Haverfordwest. Peter was keen to bandy figures around to support the county town’s claim, but they included the population of Merlins Bridge. And, as it has its own community... Read More »

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