Deja vu all over again

Deja vu all over againPCC has issued a press release announcing a new e-bike scheme for Tenby, Haverfordwest and Fishguard and Goodwick. Cllr Rhys Sinnett has been appointed as front man for the project – some people will stop at nothing to get their name in the paper. It’s all based on the false belief that there’s no such... Read More »

What a difference a decade makes

For those who like round numbers, I am pleased to report that counsel’s opinion on the grants fraud in Pembroke Dock that recently landed on PCC’s desk is dated 12 December 2023, exactly ten years to the day from the infamous council meeting during which I was branded a liar by sundry members of the... Read More »

The WHOLE truth

It was way back in 2013 that I first wrote about anomalies in the Heritage Lottery Initiative (HRI) and Commercial Property Grant Schemes (CPGS) in Pembroke Dock. And after I put down a Notice of Motion calling for elected members to be allowed access to information on these dubious grants, PCC mounted a spirited cover-up... Read More »

Taxing times

As budget-setting time approaches we are told that unless we agree to a huge council tax increase savage cuts in services will be necessary to balance the books. This year has been particularly fraught with warnings that failure to approve the budget with its 16% increase in council tax could lead to members being in... Read More »

Unwelcome Caller

Have you heard the one about the cash-strapped local authority that is being forced to raise its council tax by 16% in order to balance the books? No! Well, if you live in Pembrokeshire, you soon will, because that is the inflation-busting increase that Pembrokeshire County Council’s cabinet has agreed to recommend to full council when... Read More »

Gone with the wind

It was Dr Samuel Johnson who said that nothing more wonderfully concentrates a condemned man’s mind than the sight of the gallows. Fortunately, we have now put that sort of barbarity behind us and modern fashion is to dispose of the great and the good by way of the ballot box. I suppose that makes... Read More »

Confidence trick

Despite the narrowness of the margin, last week’s attempt by the Independent Political Group (IPG)/Tory cabal to unseat Pembrokeshire County Council’s leader, Cllr David Simpson, turned out to be something of a damp squib. While 31-29 looks like a close shave, the fact is that it had been known for several days that it was... Read More »

Nice work if you can get it…

Nice work if you can get it…It comes as no surprise to keen Kremlin-watchers like Old Grumpy that Pembrokeshire County Council’s Independent Political Group is seeking to make a comeback by tabling a motion of no confidence in Leader David Simpson at an Extraordinary Meeting to be held on Thursday 18 May at 10 am. So this is a good opportunity... Read More »

Strength in numbers

Having persuaded four unaffiliated members to join their ranks (Cllrs Anji Tinley, Alan Dennison, Vanessa Thomas and Mel Phillips) PCC’s Independent Political Group (17 members) together with their Tory allies (10 – 11 if you include Cllr Andrew Edwards) are within striking distance of the majority required to seize power in County Hall. Emboldened by this... Read More »

Point of order

Tomorrow (Thursday 2 March) we meet to decide how much council tax you will pay next year. This year’s budget setting process has been unusually protracted with two lengthy seminars where members have been invited to vote on their preferred level increase. The result of second of these voting exercises, which shows 60% of members... Read More »

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