VC Gallery

Today I visited the VC Gallery and ,et Trustee Mr Marten Lewis who also is director of the Darwin Project. the VC Gallery does immensely useful work. I was really struck by their Picasso exhibition.

PhD received

On 14 July I received my PhD in History from Cardiff University after 6 years on this course. My thesis is The Social History of the  First World War in Pembrokeshire. This 106,000 word study reflects the lives of the 89,000 or so inhabitants during our first total war.

The day was truly unforgettable and ended with a rather nice meal at Jamie’s Italian.IMAG2100 IMAG2109 IMAG2118

Mayor Welcomes Extension of Haven Waterway Enterprize Zone

The announcement by Edwina Hart AM Minister for the Economy that the Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone (created in 2012) will be extended to include Brunel Quay, Neyland has been warmly welcomed by the Town mayor Councillor Simon Hancock. He said ‘we need to encourage small and medium-sized businesses during these challenging times. Being able to offset business rates for up to two years will be a palpable boost for them. ‘Last year I wrote to the Board urging them to include Brunel Quay but they declined to accept my proposal. Clearly the very sad news about MURCO refinery has made them think again.’

Hywel Dda adds its support to Global Human Rights Day

Human Rights DayHywel Dda University Health Board has joined over 160 organisations from across the UK to mark the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On global Human Rights Day (Wednesday 10 December), 163 organisations across the UK signed an open letter from the British Institute of Human Rights, published in
the Daily Telegraph, calling on “those with power to stand with us to respect human rights laws”.

Cllr Simon Hancock, Independent Board Member and Hywel Dda University Health
Board’s Equality and Diversity Champion, signed the letter on behalf of the University Health Board, joining others which represent people from across the UK including carers, older people, disabled people and children, professional bodies like the British Medical Association and RCN, and local councils and officials such as the Older
People’s Commissioner for Wales.

Cllr Hancock, said: “It is a core principle of the University Health Board that we
acknowledge, embrace and celebrate the diversity of our staff and service users and
welcome the skills and knowledge they bring. We believe that in order to meet
individual needs, improve services and facilitate equal outcomes for all, we must
listen to the comments and suggestions we receive from both staff and service users.
“It is an honour to have signed the British Institute of Human Rights’ Human Rights
Day Letter on behalf of Hywel Dda and as an organisation we must now heed its
message and reflect on the meaningful, often quiet, ways human rights make a
difference for people in their everyday lives.”

Stephen Bowen, Director of the British Institute of Human Rights, said: “Human
rights are the shared values of the whole human family. As people across the world
celebrate the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we
should remember this is the inspiration for the European Convention on Human
Rights and our own Human Rights Act.

“We hope those with power will see what we see: how our human rights laws are a
vital safety net for us all, delivering on the ancient promise of Magna Carta to make
sure that even the Government has to play by the rules. As we approach the 800th
anniversary of Magna Carta, now is the time to champion the legal protection of
human rights here at home.”

For more information about global Human Rights Day visit
Notes to editor:
 View the letter on the Telegraph website here.
 The full list of signatories can be found here
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Alexandra Williams-Fry
Swyddog Cyfarthrebu Allanol | External Communications Officer
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Len Mullins

01437 775387

19th December, 2014

Key Stage 3 pupils at the Pembrokeshire Learning Centre in Neyland have been busy spreading festive cheer.

They made a special delivery of gifts to the residents of Windsor Gardens in the town, accompanied by Pembrokeshire County Councillor Simon Hancock, the Authority’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services.

The pupils all got involved in making mince pies, Christmas fairy cakes and hand-made Christmas cards and spent time meeting and talking to the residents.

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Pictured is Councillor Simon Hancock; teacher, Michelle Lewis; Higher Learning Teaching Assistant Vicky Phillips; pupil Leon Spear and some of the Windsor Gardens residents.
Pictured are pupils Aled Morris, Zack Roberts, Lauryn Moseley, Josh Skipper and Ashlee Rees with some of the gifts they made.








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My work – previous

Councillor Simon Hancock has received confirmation that the Neyland landing stage will be deployed by the end of March and taken out by the end of October depending on weather and spring tides. The Haven pontoons are funded by the Milford Haven Port Authority to the tune of £90,000 with any additional funding coming from Pembrokeshire County Council.

Public consultation events (PCC) – pdf

Windsor Gardens Christmas Cheer!


mayorI work really hard to represent the interests of my constituents as both a town and county
councillor. For the past sixteen years I have provided the town council with a written monthly report of my meetings, correspondence and specific ward issues.
I am always accessible……even on holiday! Click here to contact me.

  • Over the past coupler of weeks it has been good to see the High Street brightened up with flags and bunting. The Neyland Town Council spend £1,000 to purchase and get it put up. It will stay there for a good while.
  • The planting at the Cenotaph and the wild flower mix at Frederick Street has been really effective.
  • I have been pressing for the car park at College Park by the garages to be resurfaced.
  • Area maintenance are currently spraying the streets to combat the dreaded weed menace
  • Neyland Town Council have agreed to pay for a dog and litter bin for Wood Lane. It will cost £350 and they will pay the county £1 a week to empty and dispose. This will be really appreciated by dog walkers I know!!
  • I am trying to find out what the Dyfed Powys Police intend to do with the old police station in Charles Street. Perhaps there may be an opportunity for some beneficial community use.
  • I am in discussions with the Dyfed Army Cadet Force to see if they will allow a mural to be painted on the gable end of their unit in St Clement’s Road. This could be on the theme of commemorating the centenary of the First World War while the bank around the corner might also have a suitable theme. I will keep you posted!
  • Been on to the county council about the fact that some irresponsible persons have removed the lifebelts along Brunel Quay. Been down to inspect and at least one has been put back.
  • Been dealing with five housing accommodation cases and three council repairs issues.
  • College Park is on the Planned programme Repair Schedule for 2014-15 which sees properties receive an external makeover, painting and repairs.