Alun Davies denies allegations in Circuit of Wales row

Alun Davies denies allegations in Circuit of Wales row

Alun Davies denies allegations in Circuit of Wales row

First published in Gwent news

THE AM for Blaenau Gwent Alun Davies yesterday denied allegations that he breached the ministerial code over the Circuit of Wales.

Tory AM Antoinette Sandbach has called for a formal investigation after reports said Mr Davies, who is natural resources minister, had contacted environmental body Natural Resources Wales in favour of the project.

NRW had been objecting to the scheme but later dropped its landscape and ecological objections.

Mr Davies is responsible for the body.

In a letter to Carwyn Jones, Ms Sandbach said she believed his actions to be a breach of the ministerial code, but Mr Davies yesterday denied the allegations that he had breached the code.

Mr Davies, who said he was aware of the letter from the media, said: "I haven't taken any decisions on this as a minister."

Reports emerged over the weekend that Alun Davies had told Natural Resources Wales in June last year by email that he was "very disappointed" with the approach the body had taken over Circuit of Wales.

In the two months following Mr Davies' email NRW told Welsh Government ministers that they didn't need to call-in the planning application.

Ms Sandbach's letter to Carwyn Jones says there appears to be a clear conflict of interest between Mr Davies' role as an AM and his role as a minister.

"There are grave concerns expressed clearly in the public domain that the conflict of interest in this case was overwhelming and that the minister in charge of the sustainable management of natural resources has placed consistency interests above the interests of sustainable management of the environment," she said.

She asked for full disclosure of any request made by the minister for Mr Jones' advice.

The Welsh Government confirmed it received Ms Sandbach's letter yesterday.

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9:10pm Mon 9 Jun 14

stevey says...

That's it Ms Sandbach make sure you scupper this project, probably because it is in a Labour stronghold (which I am incidentally unhappy about too).
Never mind the potential jobs that will come, (whether there are 6,000 or 2,000 I don't really care. Where is your constituency? Poorer than ours? I doubt it!
That's it Ms Sandbach make sure you scupper this project, probably because it is in a Labour stronghold (which I am incidentally unhappy about too). Never mind the potential jobs that will come, (whether there are 6,000 or 2,000 I don't really care. Where is your constituency? Poorer than ours? I doubt it! stevey
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8:15am Tue 10 Jun 14

displayed says...

"breached the ministerial code over the Circuit of Wales."
Circuit of Wales,?
This government is always going round in circles!

"Circuit of Wales will transform 830 acres of Blaenau Gwent in the scenic Welsh valleys on an unparalleled scale, and will shine the global spotlight on the region. The innovative scheme will wholly regenerate the area, providing unrivaled opportunities in job creation, tourism, and research and development."

Once there on that road there's no stopping and and no exit sign!
"breached the ministerial code over the Circuit of Wales." Circuit of Wales,? This government is always going round in circles! "Circuit of Wales will transform 830 acres of Blaenau Gwent in the scenic Welsh valleys on an unparalleled scale, and will shine the global spotlight on the region. The innovative scheme will wholly regenerate the area, providing unrivaled opportunities in job creation, tourism, and research and development." Once there on that road there's no stopping and and no exit sign! displayed
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8:40am Tue 10 Jun 14

displayed says...

stevey wrote:
That's it Ms Sandbach make sure you scupper this project, probably because it is in a Labour stronghold (which I am incidentally unhappy about too).
Never mind the potential jobs that will come, (whether there are 6,000 or 2,000 I don't really care. Where is your constituency? Poorer than ours? I doubt it!
Ms Sandbach is a Welsh Assembly member for a North Wales region:
http://www.antoinett
esandbach.org.uk/

There's actually nothing on her site relating to this "report" and I didn't vote this time................
......

Blaenau Council (which icludes Ebbw Vale) is Labor run.
[quote][p][bold]stevey[/bold] wrote: That's it Ms Sandbach make sure you scupper this project, probably because it is in a Labour stronghold (which I am incidentally unhappy about too). Never mind the potential jobs that will come, (whether there are 6,000 or 2,000 I don't really care. Where is your constituency? Poorer than ours? I doubt it![/p][/quote]Ms Sandbach is a Welsh Assembly member for a North Wales region: http://www.antoinett esandbach.org.uk/ There's actually nothing on her site relating to this "report" and I didn't vote this time................ ...... Blaenau Council (which icludes Ebbw Vale) is Labor run. displayed
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9:29am Tue 10 Jun 14

JanJenkins says...

Why would something that is being decided on for Blaenau Gwent actually be any business of an AM for North Wales.? Maybe her area is not getting a cut of the action.
What this woman fails to understand, That this is an area where there is No work, we need something to boost employment This "Wales circuit" will bring a big boost to everything, from safety equipment right down to catering, There is a potential for new businesses to come to the area, and that is before the first spectator come through the gate.
Why would something that is being decided on for Blaenau Gwent actually be any business of an AM for North Wales.? Maybe her area is not getting a cut of the action. What this woman fails to understand, That this is an area where there is No work, we need something to boost employment This "Wales circuit" will bring a big boost to everything, from safety equipment right down to catering, There is a potential for new businesses to come to the area, and that is before the first spectator come through the gate. JanJenkins
  • Score: 1

2:04pm Tue 10 Jun 14

stevey says...

displayed wrote:
stevey wrote:
That's it Ms Sandbach make sure you scupper this project, probably because it is in a Labour stronghold (which I am incidentally unhappy about too).
Never mind the potential jobs that will come, (whether there are 6,000 or 2,000 I don't really care. Where is your constituency? Poorer than ours? I doubt it!
Ms Sandbach is a Welsh Assembly member for a North Wales region:
http://www.antoinett

esandbach.org.uk/

There's actually nothing on her site relating to this "report" and I didn't vote this time................

......

Blaenau Council (which icludes Ebbw Vale) is Labor run.
yes I know it is Labour run, I stated that in my post and also I'm not too happy with that. There is a small track in N. Wales that has also objected to this project I believe, understandable....bu
t wrong and selfish!
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevey[/bold] wrote: That's it Ms Sandbach make sure you scupper this project, probably because it is in a Labour stronghold (which I am incidentally unhappy about too). Never mind the potential jobs that will come, (whether there are 6,000 or 2,000 I don't really care. Where is your constituency? Poorer than ours? I doubt it![/p][/quote]Ms Sandbach is a Welsh Assembly member for a North Wales region: http://www.antoinett esandbach.org.uk/ There's actually nothing on her site relating to this "report" and I didn't vote this time................ ...... Blaenau Council (which icludes Ebbw Vale) is Labor run.[/p][/quote]yes I know it is Labour run, I stated that in my post and also I'm not too happy with that. There is a small track in N. Wales that has also objected to this project I believe, understandable....bu t wrong and selfish! stevey
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