Solva councillors left 'unimpressed and unconvinced' by leader's visit

Western Telegraph: Councillor Jamie Adams attended a meeting of Solva Community Council earlier this month to respond to concerns Councillor Jamie Adams attended a meeting of Solva Community Council earlier this month to respond to concerns

SOLVA Community Council has been left ‘unimpressed’ and ‘unconvinced’ by how the leader of Pembrokeshire County Council has responded to their concerns.

SCC wrote to Councillor Jamie Adams on two occasions in February, regarding matters of ‘unlawful payments to senior officers’ and the ‘downgrading of vital services at Withybush Hospital.’

The community councillors welcomed Cllr Adams to their meeting on April 2 to discuss the issues, but were left wanting more.

In an open letter sent to Cllr Adams on April 11, SCC said: “Community councillors were unimpressed with your defence on how PCC has dealt with these damaging issues, specifically the unlawful payments to senior offices.”

The issue of the payments - declared unlawful by the Wales Audit Office - relate to the chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones and one other senior officer and are currently under investigation by police.

The letter goes on to say: “Councillors thought your argument, which you supported with the Local Government Act 1972, was untenable and unconvincing. We were also dismayed by your refusal to acknowledge the ethical and moral aspects of this case.”

The community councillors did acknowledge Cllr Adams’ role as the leader of the local authority and that he faces many challenges, such as leading the development and delivery of a Pembrokeshire regeneration programme.

However they said: “None of your challenges have been helped by the ensuing groundswell of public opinion against PCC and its perceived incompetence in dealing with the matter of unlawful payments. This single fact has brought every county councillor and community councillor into disrepute,” and “the overwhelming view of the local electorate is that PCC has abused its power.”

Solva community councillors are now urging Cllr Adams to take all the necessary steps “to ensure that all future decisions relating to senior officer’s pay and pensions will be taken in the right way, and at the right time, by the right people and for the right reasons.”

This they hope will “restore the good name of the county” and make people proud to live in Pembrokeshire again.

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1:19pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Flashbang says...

Good on you Solva community council for telling Jamie Adams what the rest of us have been trying to get him to acknowledge for so long. Now he can't claim ignorance of community concerns about corruption, incompetence and illegality.
Good on you Solva community council for telling Jamie Adams what the rest of us have been trying to get him to acknowledge for so long. Now he can't claim ignorance of community concerns about corruption, incompetence and illegality. Flashbang
  • Score: 20

1:33pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Huw Gray says...

Well done the Herald for putting the letter dated 11th April in the newspaper. Wonder why the Council's number one newsletter didn't!
Well done the Herald for putting the letter dated 11th April in the newspaper. Wonder why the Council's number one newsletter didn't! Huw Gray
  • Score: 13

4:22pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Welshman23 says...

What did you expect from Jamie he will give you nothing despite playing football at Solva, is your county councillor part of the IPG.
What did you expect from Jamie he will give you nothing despite playing football at Solva, is your county councillor part of the IPG. Welshman23
  • Score: 4

4:43pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Gogledd says...

Good effort but Mr Adams aint interested......
Good effort but Mr Adams aint interested...... Gogledd
  • Score: 5

9:24pm Fri 18 Apr 14

chizy says...

And he'll probably claim for the fuel in 2018 because he's poor at book keeping (his words not mine).
And he'll probably claim for the fuel in 2018 because he's poor at book keeping (his words not mine). chizy
  • Score: 4

11:44am Sat 19 Apr 14

PCC Weasel says...

It would be very interesting to hear the reaction to this from the local County Councillor, Cllr Lyn Jenkins, an IPPG backbencher and supporter of Cllr Adams.

If she had any respect for her community she would listen to their concerns and resign as an IPPG member. Then again we don't know what Farmer Adams has promised her in exchange for her support!
It would be very interesting to hear the reaction to this from the local County Councillor, Cllr Lyn Jenkins, an IPPG backbencher and supporter of Cllr Adams. If she had any respect for her community she would listen to their concerns and resign as an IPPG member. Then again we don't know what Farmer Adams has promised her in exchange for her support! PCC Weasel
  • Score: 6

10:07pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Welshman23 says...

Talking about it is getting us nowhere let's stand at the next elections against the IPG members the constitution is simple bring in fairness, value and fit for purpose strategy to the Pembrokeshire people. PTBLIP - Proud to be living in Pembrokeshire.
Talking about it is getting us nowhere let's stand at the next elections against the IPG members the constitution is simple bring in fairness, value and fit for purpose strategy to the Pembrokeshire people. PTBLIP - Proud to be living in Pembrokeshire. Welshman23
  • Score: 5

1:01pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Bilbo101 says...

chizy wrote:
And he'll probably claim for the fuel in 2018 because he's poor at book keeping (his words not mine).
No he will definitely be gone by then. Jamie has been on borrowed time for quite a while now. He has failed to grasp just what exactly the role of leader involves. He may have the support of the other IPG yes men and the big boss man but has clearly lost the support of the Pembrokeshire People.

Good one Solva Community Council for standing up for Pembrokeshire. Just wish Camrose Community Council would do the same after all he is their councillor and was voted in by the Camrose people so it would be good if they stood up and voiced their concerns.

Jamie should stick to farming because it is obvious that he lacks the skills and integrity to be the leader of our council.
[quote][p][bold]chizy[/bold] wrote: And he'll probably claim for the fuel in 2018 because he's poor at book keeping (his words not mine).[/p][/quote]No he will definitely be gone by then. Jamie has been on borrowed time for quite a while now. He has failed to grasp just what exactly the role of leader involves. He may have the support of the other IPG yes men and the big boss man but has clearly lost the support of the Pembrokeshire People. Good one Solva Community Council for standing up for Pembrokeshire. Just wish Camrose Community Council would do the same after all he is their councillor and was voted in by the Camrose people so it would be good if they stood up and voiced their concerns. Jamie should stick to farming because it is obvious that he lacks the skills and integrity to be the leader of our council. Bilbo101
  • Score: 6

5:39pm Sun 20 Apr 14

pembsgirl2014 says...

Well done Solva now come on Camrose!! Totally astounded as to how BPJ and Clr Adams are still in their jobs!! I wonder if the people of Pembrokeshire stopped paying their council tax what would the council do! All the cutbacks that have to be made to our services and yet those in power in the Kremlin still get paid a staggering amount. If cutbacks are needed start at the top and return the flashy Porsche we have all paid for!
Well done Solva now come on Camrose!! Totally astounded as to how BPJ and Clr Adams are still in their jobs!! I wonder if the people of Pembrokeshire stopped paying their council tax what would the council do! All the cutbacks that have to be made to our services and yet those in power in the Kremlin still get paid a staggering amount. If cutbacks are needed start at the top and return the flashy Porsche we have all paid for! pembsgirl2014
  • Score: 5

8:43pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Tttoommy says...

ppl think Jamies a self serving idiot? what's the saying?
no Sugar sherlock?
ppl think Jamies a self serving idiot? what's the saying? no Sugar sherlock? Tttoommy
  • Score: 0

8:48pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Tttoommy says...

PCC Weasel wrote:
It would be very interesting to hear the reaction to this from the local County Councillor, Cllr Lyn Jenkins, an IPPG backbencher and supporter of Cllr Adams.

If she had any respect for her community she would listen to their concerns and resign as an IPPG member. Then again we don't know what Farmer Adams has promised her in exchange for her support!
are you suggesting something illegal or corrupt ?
[quote][p][bold]PCC Weasel[/bold] wrote: It would be very interesting to hear the reaction to this from the local County Councillor, Cllr Lyn Jenkins, an IPPG backbencher and supporter of Cllr Adams. If she had any respect for her community she would listen to their concerns and resign as an IPPG member. Then again we don't know what Farmer Adams has promised her in exchange for her support![/p][/quote]are you suggesting something illegal or corrupt ? Tttoommy
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