Jacob Williams
Wednesday 17th December, 2014

The Christmas council meeting

The Christmas council meeting

Last Thursday’s meeting of full council had a few festive treats for council-watchers, and in this bumper blogpost (it has been a while since I last posted, after all) I run through some of the highlights. If you want to see the webcast for the meeting ... Read more →


When Porsche comes to shove
Wednesday 3rd December, 2014

When Porsche comes to shove

A topic that’s been on Pembrokeshire people’s lips for nine months has been given the national mainstream media treatment this week: Bryn Parry-Jone...


Friday 28th November, 2014

The power of incumbency

The power of incumbency

One of the strong elements of local government – at least in Pembrokeshire – is the influence unelected officers have over proposals submitted by councillors. They don’t have a vote, the ability to debate or the technical ability to veto, but... Read more →


Saturday 8th November, 2014

Minder

Minder

As the dust settles on the chief executive’s protracted departure, many questions remain. One is how the package Bryn Parry-Jones eventually fled the authority for was different to the one which 29 councillors pushed through the council chamber on 16th O... Read more →


Legal challenge in pipeline to halt revised CEO pay-off

UPDATE: The court injunction to prevent the revised pay-off from going ahead has failed. The papers were formally lodged at the eleventh hour by Cllr. Paul Mill...


WALES AUDIT OFFICE BLOCKS GOLDEN HANDSHAKE
Wednesday 29th October, 2014

WALES AUDIT OFFICE BLOCKS GOLDEN HANDSHAKE

The appointed auditor to Pembrokeshire County Council, Anthony Barrett, has this afternoon issued a formal notice to halt the controversial third of a million p...


Tuesday 28th October, 2014

Other people’s money

Shortly after the costly vote by a narrow margin to pay-off the council’s chief executive, I wondered how long it might take the councillors who supported...


Monday 20th October, 2014

Golden goodbye for Bryn Parry-Jones

Golden goodbye for Bryn Parry-Jones

• Chief exec shown the door with diamond-encrusted gold-plated package
• Ruling party’s councillors push through three-pronged deal worth £332k
• Formal disciplinary inquiry into gross misconduct allegations bypassed
• Outgoing CEO’s long-awaited last day will be Halloween

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Thursday 16th October, 2014

Bryn Parry-Jones pay-off voting list

This afternoon every single member present from the council’s ruling party, the IPPG, voted to approve a pay-off for the authority’s under-fire chie...



Last Saturday I published a post on my blog called ‘The party’s over’ concerning Cllr. Bob Kilmister’s shock announcement that he, as leader of the county council’s Pembrokeshire Alliance party, had, in his own words: “enter... Read more →