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    Welshman23 wrote:
    Mr Adams you should have put the Mr Stoddard in charge of planning he would have shaken this to the core and investigated all planning scams to conclusion.
    Let's hope Mr Summons adopts Old Grumpy's style.
    We already know Mr Summons style and it is nothing like Old Grumpy's. If you watch the library of webcasts on the council website you will be able to see that Mr Summons is one who toes the party line and is a loyal and fierce defender of all matters that are supported by the majority IPP Group.

    Lets remember that it was the IPP Group who wanted to sweep this one under the carpet but it was Old Grumpy who persisted and now we have a police investigation into the matter and if rumours are to be believed, not all appears to be above board and as a result Pembrokeshire has had their grant funding suspended whilst the investigation is carried out.

    So with Summons going to be a fierce defender of all IPP Group Planning interest then I think Old Grumpy is going have to work even harder to try and uncover the truth behind some of these deals and I see planning as likely to become less transparent, until we can get all meetings televised and webcast on the net.

    We now know that we cannot rely on Freedom of Information Requests because the dark forces at work in County Hall are in the practice of amending council minutes to suit their agenda. So we need the webcasts if we are going to have any confidence that all is above board."
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Two new faces on Pembrokeshire County Council cabinet after reshuffle

Two new faces on Pembrokeshire County Council cabinet after reshuffle

Cllr Rob Summons takes the Planning and Sustainability portfolio.

Cll Keith Lewis moves into the Cabinet to take responsibility for Communities and Voluntary Sector.

First published in News

There are two new faces in a new look Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet announced today (Friday).

Council Leader, Councillor Jamie Adams, has named Councillor Rob Summons as Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability while Councillor Keith Lewis is given responsibility for Communities and the Voluntary Sector.

Councillor Sue Perkins, currently Cabinet Member for Safeguarding and Children’s Services, takes on the portfolio for Education and Safeguarding while Councillor Ken Rowlands (Education) steps down.

“I believe these changes will provide the Cabinet with more capacity to react to changes in service provision as we come to terms with budget cuts imposed by the Welsh Labour Government” said Councillor Adams.

He said that the role of Councillor Summons – who represents the Burton electoral division – would give planning the attention it deserved.

Councillor Adams added: “Planning is increasingly becoming a more contentious issue with much of the focus on new renewable energy.

“The appointment of Councillor Summons ensures the service, Council Members and the public continue to engage.”

The arrival of Councillor Lewis (Crymych) in the Cabinet allows Councillor Pugh to concentrate his attention exclusively on Economy and Tourism.

Councillor Adams explained: “Because of the depressed economic climate, there are naturally concerns about the future of the Pembrokeshire economy, involving not only some of our major employers, such as Murco, but also small businesses which are our life-blood.

“Although we have made progress in addressing some of these issues - such as town centre regeneration - I feel there is still much more to do and the Cabinet change will allow Councillor Pugh to focus on driving forward the County’s economy.

“The appointment of Councillor Lewis is an acknowledgment that the voluntary sector is growing in importance with regards to service provision.

“I believe the fact that he is also a Welsh speaker will help him engage effectively with communities across the county.”

Paying tribute to Councillor Rowlands, the Leader said: “He has been a Cabinet Member for the past six years, firstly with the Environmental and Regulatory Services portfolio and more recently with responsibility for Education.

“In that role - and in the face of fierce criticism of the Education service itself - Ken has been a successful advocate for change displaying vigour, determination and empathy and the fruits of his endeavour are there for all to see.

“He has overseen some significant improvements in the service, not least the introduction of a new senior management team. I am deeply grateful for his sterling service and convinced that he has provided a platform to improve outcomes for children.”

The full Cabinet is:

• Councillor Jamie Adams (Leader): Corporate Matters and Finance.

• Councillor Huw George (Deputy Leader): Environmental and Regulatory Services and Welsh Language.

• Councillor Rob Lewis (Deputy Leader): Transportation and Major Events.

• Councillor Simon Hancock: Adult Services, Health and Well-Being and Equalities.

• Councillor Keith Lewis: Communities and Voluntary Sector.

• Councillor Elwyn Morse: Culture, Sport and Leisure.

• Councillor Sue Perkins: Education and Safeguarding.

• Councillor David Pugh: Economy and Tourism.

• Councillor David Simpson: Housing

• Councillor Rob Summons: Planning and Sustainability.

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