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New hourly bus between Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest welcomed

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busTHE NEW hourly T5 bus service between Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest starts operating on Monday, 5 January, with funding from Welsh Government.

Linking Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, New Quay, Cardigan, Fishguard and Haverfordwest, the new service replaces the current x50 and 412 services and is part of the Welsh Government funded Traws Cymru network. It will operate hourly in each direction on weekdays and Saturdays.

A fleet of new more fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly Optare MetroCity single deck buses will be introduced for the route by the end of April. All of the new vehicles will feature coach style interiors, next stop audio announcements and free WiFi for passengers.

Transport Minister Edwina Hart said: “This new service will provide important links to communities in Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. The Welsh Government recognises the importance of bus services in Wales, particularly in rural areas, for providing access to jobs and services. That is why we are upgrading the Traws Cymru network to improve traveling times, accessibility and comfort for passengers.

“We have listened to the findings of Dr Victoria Winkler’s review of the TrawsCymru network and taken opportunities to speed up journey times on this route. It has also been designed to connect with TrawsCymru T1 service at Aberaeron for passengers wishing to travel to Lampeter and Carmarthen.”

Councillor Alun Williams, Cabinet Member for Transport at Ceredigion County Council said “Good bus services are vital to the economy of Ceredigion. We’re very pleased to be able to provide this significantly improved service in partnership with the Welsh Government. The new T5 will add to the other bus improvements we’ve made in the last year to give excellent links across the whole length of the county and beyond.”

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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