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Council chief's settlement reduced by £50,000

Bryn Parry-Jones Credit: Pembrokeshire Council

The advisory notice served to Pembrokeshire Council over the settlement agreement to the chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones has been withdrawn.

Mr Parry-Jones' settlement sum of £330,000 has been reduced by £52,760.

I am pleased that Pembrokeshire Council has removed items of unlawful expenditure from its settlement agreement with the Chief Executive, Bryn Parry-Jones. For this reason, I am withdrawing the Advisory Notice I served on Tuesday and the Council is now free to proceed.

– Appointed Auditor, Anthony Barrett

Settlement agreement with Pembrokeshire chief deemed ‘unlawful’

Pembrokeshire Council’s decision to enter into a settlement agreement with the chief executive, Bryn Parry-Jones, will incur unlawful expenditure according to the Wales Audit Office.

An advisory notice has been issued to stop the council from implementing their decision to enter into a settlement agreement with the Mr Parry-Jones to terminate his employment.

After careful consideration, I have reason to believe that Pembrokeshire Council will incur unlawful expenditure if it continues its current settlement agreement with the Chief Executive, Bryn Parry-Jones.

For this reason, I feel I have no option but to exercise my statutory responsibilities and take this unprecedented action.

– Anthony Barrett, appointed Auditor

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‘Most difficult’ one-day sport event in the world underway in Tenby

Ironman Wales kicked off this morning when over 2,000 athletes took to the water from Tenby’s North Beach.

Over 2,000 athletes between ages 18-60 are taking part in the event. Credit: Ironman Wales

The Wales event is known for being one of the toughest on the Ironman Tour and will consist of a 2 mile swim, 112 mile cycle ride and a marathon.

The athletes have until midnight to make it to the finish, with the first professional male expected to complete it within nine hours.

Lost seal pup rescued off Pembrokeshire beach

A young seal is has been rescued by the RSPCA after being found without her mum on a Pembrokeshire beach.

The grey seal was found on Whitesands near St David’s last week and was the first young pup of the season found in the area.

The seal pup was found on Whitesands, near Saint David's Credit: RSPCA

She was what we call a ‘white coat’ as she had all her fluffy white fur coat as she was so young, in fact she was only about 24 hours old. She was struggling in the surf of the sea which is unusual as pups stay on land usually till they moult their white coat at around two to three weeks old. They are then left to fend for themselves by their mothers and will take to the water.

In this case sadly there was no sign of mum, and some dogs on the beach had become interested in the pup.

– Ellie West, RSPCA animal collection officer

The seal has now been taken into the RSPCA’s West Hatch wildlife centre for rehabilitation where she will be for some months until ready for being released back into the wild.

The RSPCA has offered some advice to anyone who finds a seal pup in future: "If you find a seal pup that looks fit and healthy and shows no signs of distress monitor it first from a safe distance for 24 hours. Please don't touch seal pups and keep dogs and other animals away from them.

"If the mother does not return within 24 hours, or you think that the pup is sick or injured – please keep a safe distance and call our 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999."

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Wales Coast App launched for Welsh walkers

Giant footprints appeared over beaches in Pembrokeshire to promote the new app. Credit: Keep Wales Tidy

A new app has been launched to encourage people to explore and enjoy the Welsh coast this summer.

The 'Wales Coast App', contains detailed information on 153 beaches across Wales.

It provides information on how to get there, which public facilities are available, such as toilets and car parks, and nearby wildlife and historical attractions.

The app also allows walkers to map their progress and access live weather links and tide timetables.

We have witnessed an array of awards for our beautiful beaches here in Wales.

People want to know where to find Blue Flag, Green Coast and Seaside Awarded beaches this summer, as well as finding out about the local area, facilities and amenities.

The Wales Coast App is the perfect tool for walkers, families and individuals looking to explore the Welsh coast.

– Lesley Jones, Chief Executive, Keep Wales Tidy

The app has been developed on behalf of Keep Wales Tidy, with funding from both Visit Wales and Natural Resources Wales.

Hundreds to protest at Pembrokeshire Council offices

Pembrokeshire County Council HQ in Haverfordwest Credit: ITV News

Trade union members are expected to protest outside Pembrokeshire County Council headquarters later, after hundreds responded to a ballot of 'no confidence' in the council's chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones.

An investigation is currently underway by Gloucestershire Police after salary supplement payments of around £45,000 were paid to Mr Parry-Jones and another senior official.

The Wales Audit Office declared them as 'unlawful' earlier this year. The chief executive has been asked to repay the money.

Ballot papers went out to all our members in Pembrokeshire last week and the speed and size of the response has been overwhelming.

This is in direct response to calls from our respective membership to have their voices heard in relation to numerous failings in Pembrokeshire County Council. The continuing pension debacle is the last straw for our members, many of whom now say they are embarrassed to admit they work for PCC.

– Vic Dennis, UNISON

The council says it has no comment to make about the protests.

Wales' first full-scale tidal energy generator unveiled

The device will be installed in Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire Credit: Tidal Energy Ltd

Wales' first full-scale energy generator has been unveiled today at Pembroke Port by First Minister Carwyn Jones.

The device, which was developed by a tidal stream technology company in Cardiff, will be installed in Ramsey Sound in Pembrokeshire.

It's among the first in the world to generate green, sustainable and predictable tidal power.

The generator, named 'Spirit of the Sea', or 'Ysbryd y Mor', has been assembled by Pembroke-Dock based company Mustang Marine over the last six months, thanks to £8 million worth of EU funding.

“I’m delighted that Wales’ first full scale tidal stream energy generator has been supported with almost £8million from the European Regional Development Fund."

This is a landmark project for Wales, which will not only help us to meet our sustainable energy ambitions, but will also provide significant opportunities for local people and businesses.”

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister
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