Cabinet puddings

For the past few months, Grumpette has been on a mission over the amount PCC charges owners of former council houses when they wish to buy the piece of grass in front of their properties with a view to providing themselves with off-street parking. This was brought to her attention by one of her constituents... Read More »

Rhodri’s return

A reader has sent me a link to a story on the BBC’s website about a Rhodri Colwyn Philipps who has been “charged with making malicious communications, with racially aggravated factors” to one Gina Miller, who many of you will know as the lady who brought the case that resulted in Theresa May being forced... Read More »

Lifting the veil

It appears that a public-spirited councillor has provided the press with the independent social worker’s report on events surrounding convicted paedophile Mik Smith’s application to become a foster parent. I have been pursuing this issue for upwards of two years and, although I am not responsible for the leak, I salute the member who was.... Read More »

A sorry business

Sorry was not the hardest word at last week’s meeting of full council as the chief executive and leader both apologised to members for failures of one sort or another. First to don the sackcloth was Mr Westley who apologised to Cllr Paul Miller for the council’s failure to produce a report on 3G pitches.... Read More »

Window of opportunity

  A couple of weeks ago, council members were told that the police have now handed the file on the Commercial Property Grant Scheme (CPGS) in Pembroke Dock to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). I also hear from a separate source that the CPS is expected to come to a decision sometime in February. By... Read More »

Blast from the past

You may have read in the newspapers how Judge Robin Tolson QC refused the wife of a millionaire mushroom-farmer a divorce because his behaviour towards her had not been unreasonable. Mrs Tini Owens had outlined her husband’s intolerable conduct, saying it included criticising her in front of their housekeeper and making her pick up bits... Read More »

Abandoning ship?

Since posting the item below, my inbox has been bombarded with the names of IPPG defectors and other potential Tory candidates. Most of them are so improbable that I can only assume Putin is putting out fake news in order to confuse the Pembrokeshire electorate. It worked in America, so why not here? With the local elections... Read More »

Alternative facts

Alternative factsThe very first Pembrokeshire County Council meeting (13 Dec 2013) to be webcast featured the now famous speech during which the cabinet member with responsibility for grants, Cllr David Pugh, tried to blacken my character by claiming that my allegations about irregularities in the administration of grants in Pembroke Dock were nothing but a pack of... Read More »

Unshared burdens

Pembrokeshire County Council is so cash-strapped that it is raising council tax by an inflation-busting 5% for the next several years and is planning to introduce full cost recovery for a large number of services. The uplift in council tax in 2017/2018 is set to raise £3.3 million with £4 million being pencilled in for... Read More »

Waiting game

Regular readers will recall that more than ten weeks ago I published a post about the grant-aided office block in Johnston in which I calculated that there had been an overpayment in excess of £100,000. Remembering Miss Tate’s instructions to “always show your working” I sent a copy of my calculations to the finance department... Read More »

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