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If you use the coast or countryside in Ceredigion you could help shape developing public access

If you use the coast or countryside in Ceredigion you could help shape developing public access

PROVIDING access to Ceredigion’s coast and countryside is an essential part of the rural tourism product in Ceredigion and the network of public rights of way is a valuable economic asset that helps create jobs, says the local council. What’s more, Cerdigion Council says it understands how countryside access has an important role to play in health and well-being. Regular walking, cycling and horse riding can bring benefits through improving people’s health and well-being, the council said.

The Ceredigion Local Access Forum is set up under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to advise Ceredigion County Council, Natural Resources Wales and others on the way that access to the countryside is improved and managed. Forums are appointed for a three year term. The Council is currently seeking enthusiastic people to sit on the Forum and play an important role in improving and managing access to the County’s diverse and attractive countryside.

Local Access Forums were set up under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act to give advice on the improvement of public access for the purpose of outdoor recreation and enjoyment, taking into account the needs of land management and the conservation of the natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Local Access Forums represent a broad spectrum of interests, including those with an interest in access (walkers, horse riders, cyclists, carriage drivers, motorised recreation vehicles and access for those with disabilities), farming and land management.

John Morgan, past Chairman of the Ceredigion Local Access Forum said “The Forum is a statutory body encouraged to set its own agenda. To those interested in developing public access and associated recreation it can be an effective interface with Ceredigion County Council, Government Agencies and other organisations who have responsibilities or interests in these topics.”

Over the last few years the Forum has grappled with a range of different issues ranging from the review of the Council’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan which explains how the Council will manage and improve the extensive network of rights of way across the County, giving advice to Welsh Government on permissive access under the Glastir scheme, access issues affecting wind farm proposals and consideration of the requirements and impacts of motorised recreational vehicles.

A spokesman for Ceredigion County Council said “We will be making arrangements for appointing new members to the Forum early in the New Year. If you would like to get involved in shaping the future of public access to one of Ceredigion’s most precious assets – our countryside – then we would be pleased to hear from you”. Further information is available about the Ceredigion Local Access Forum, including information about applying to become a member, on the County Councils website:www. c e r e d i g i o n . g o v . u k / i n d e x . cfm?articleid=11843

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New Children’s Book based on local fisherman

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.

The book is available on Amazon.

Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”

The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.

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Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’

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CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.

The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.

Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”

The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

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Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme

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A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.

From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.

There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!

A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”

Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.

For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.

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