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 »

Missed the bus

Missed the busEarlier this week, I made my annual visit to Thornton to inspect the county council’s accounts. I must admit that, ever since Cllr Brian Hall kicked his unorthodox expense-claiming habits, this event has rather lost its lustre. Looking back, it is hard to believe that he got away with it for so long. Anyone who... Read More »

Trivial pursuits?

It is difficult to think of anything less important than the vice-chairmanship of the county council’s audit committee. So you might wonder why Monday’s meeting of the committee spent more than half an hour debating the question. This committee was established by the Local Government Measure (Wales) 2011 under a section headed “Strengthening local democracy”.... Read More »

All at sea

Something (or someone) seems to be stirring in the usually sleepy village of Little Haven where the county council is proposing to reinforce the sea defences to prevent future flooding. A petition with 125 signatures has been got up by disgruntled locals who are objecting to the defacement of their popular beach with rock armour... Read More »

Bungalow farmers return

A bit of a punfest has broken out over on that other website following Jamie Adams’ promotion of retired Crymych baker Cllr Keith Lewis to deputy leader of PCC. Jacob scaled new heights, or, depending on your taste, plumbed new depths, when he likened the saga to Shakespeare’s “Much a dough about muffins.” It seems... Read More »

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