Archive for July 2016

Money down the drain

Money down the drainAs regular readers will know, Old Grumpy takes a keen interest in grant-related matters. So in January last year when the cabinet approved a grant of £328,553 to Uzmaston Projects Ltd for an office block at Hayston Road Johnston, my antennae gave more than a minor twitch. My first reaction was to wonder why the... Read More »

Behind the veil

There has been a fair bit of adverse comment in the local press (and elsewhere) regarding the Economic Development Scrutiny Committee’s decision to retreat behind closed doors to debate the old school site in Narberth. Despite the secrecy, the press seem to have obtained information about the sums of money involved, though whether they are... Read More »

Mutual backscratchers

Mutual backscratchersIt is now two-and-a-bit years since Pembrokeshire County Council handed a thick, detailed dossier on alleged irregularities in the Pembroke and Pembroke Dock Commercial Property Grant Scheme (CPGS) to Dyfed-Powys Police. I know it is thick and detailed because my contribution, which amounts to more than 50 pages, identified payments of more than £80,000 for... Read More »

Confidence trick

As I reported in my last post, the attempt by opposition members to have a vote of no confidence in cabinet member Sue Perkins was torpedoed by some fancy footwork by the Leader Jamie Adams. The notice called for a vote of no confidence in the cabinet member for education and calling on all the... Read More »

Dodging the column

While wandering around county hall late this afternoon, I noticed lights on in committee room 2. Peering through the glass panels, I noticed Brian Hall sitting all alone at the end of the room. Then I spotted the Leader; the back of Ken Rowlands’ head; and the profile of Lyn Jenkins the member for Solva. Which... Read More »