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Swedish firm awarded waste contract

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P E M B R O K E S H I R E COUNTY COUNCIL has awarded its Residual Waste Contract to a company in Sweden. At Tuesday’s (Jan 13) Environment

Decision maker: Richard Brown

Decision maker: Richard Brown

Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Richard Brown, Head of Environment and Civil Contingencies, revealed that Potters Waste Management had been awarded the contract.

Richard Brown said: “We now have a residual waste treatment framework, seven suppliers, two UK and five export solutions. “We were pretty sure it was going to be an export solution to the point that, up front, we’ve invested money in applying for planning consent for Pembroke Port and also applying for a permit to operate.

“We’ve now awarded a contract to a company called Potters which is an export based solution to Sweden. “The port of Pembroke will be processing, Lampeter will also have a processing plant, essentially all we will be doing is pulling the metal out, bringing it down to the port for bailing and rafting and then it will be sent off to Sweden as a refuse for fuel. “It is environmentally friendly to send it to Sweden than it is to send it to the waste plant that is being commissioned in Cardiff.

“Economically, it’s a good solution too. We’ve got 11 jobs which are being created just in Wales. “We’re going to be saving about £17 per tonne on what we’re currently spending. “The contract starts in March and shipping should begin in May”. Cllr Brian Hall said: “This will be a massive benefit to the Dock because it will ease the congestion and create jobs. It’s a massive asset and it’s not a bad saving”.

Cllr David Howlett highlighted that the partnership involved Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion and asked whether or not other authorities had been given the opportunity to come on board. Richard Brown responded saying: “The contracts are available to all local authorities. Different authorities are at different stages in their existing contracts.

“We had an immediate requirement and the reason we joined with Ceredigion was because they were looking for something at the same time. “Swansea, Powys and another North Wales authority are interested in coming on board. This could be a way of offsetting our future costs if they do come on board”. Acting Head of Paid Service Ian Westley added: “We went to the Welsh Government at the start of this process because, to an extent, it flies in the face of their preferred approach.

“Each authority made its own decision to secure a short term residual waste solution and some authorities had access to their own provision. “The Welsh Government were good enough to accept this. For Pembrokeshire, this is a win-win situation”.

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Man accused of sexually assaulting six-year-old girls

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A FORMER Penparcau man is to stand trial accused of sexually assaulting two six year old girls.

Raymond Albert Wardall, 55, now of Blaenllynant Lodge, Queens Road, Aberystwyth, appeared at Swansea Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Paul Thomas.

Wardall denied a total of eight charges of sexual assault and sexual touching.

He will stand trial on November 27 and was granted bail until then.

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Alerts issued ahead of Storm Brian

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NATURAL RESOURCE WALES (NRW) is warning people that parts of the Welsh coast could see localised flooding as Storm Brian combines with high tides this evening and tomorrow.

The conditions could cause a storm surge, which in some areas could lead to overtopping of sea defences. Current predictions show that the worst affected areas are likely to be along exposed sections of the west coast of Wales from Southern Gwynedd to Llantwit Major.

High tides in these locations are expected to peak between 6am and 11am tomorrow (Oct 21).

NRW has already issued a number of flood alerts for the west coast, and is likely to issue flood warnings for Aberystwyth and Newgale later today. Further alerts or warnings for other areas will be issued as necessary.

24/7 Emergency response workers from NRW will be out at key areas of the coast over the next couple of day to monitor the high tides and condition of its sea flood defences.

NRW has also contacted its partner agencies such as local councils and the emergency services to ensure that appropriate responses are in place should the need arise.

Richard Hancox, from Natural Resources Wales said: “Conditions across the coastline are likely to be extremely dangerous this weekend and we urge people to stay clear, and avoid visiting the coast during this time.

“We know people are tempted to try and take photos of these storms, but it really isn’t worth putting your life at risk. Sea spray and flood water can knock you off your feet easier than you might think, and the large waves can send debris flying onto shore.

“If anyone is concerned about the risk of flooding to their home, please check to see if flood warnings are available in your area, and visit our website for advice on how best to prepare.”

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes.

Information and updates are also available by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188. People can also register for free flood warnings either by calling the Floodline number or at NRW’s website.

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​Major bequests for Aber research ​

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TWO major legacies to support postgraduate research have been announced at Aberystwyth University’s Founders’ Day held in the Old College on October 13.

The University revealed that Eleanor and David James had donated £2m to the institution where they both worked for 35 years, while former student Margaret Wooloff has bequeathed £400,000.

Both bequests will be used to fund postgraduate research at the University, in line with the wishes of the benefactors.

The legacies were announced as part of the University’s now annual Founders’ event, which echoes the celebrations held in the town back in October 1872 when the first students arrived at Old College.

The Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, said: “It is extremely fitting that these very special bequests have been the focal point of this year’s Founders’ Day event. They remind us how the University has been supported since its early beginnings by the generosity of the people of Wales and the wider world.

“Eleanor and David James, and Margaret Wooloff all dedicated their lives to the furtherance of knowledge and their valuable contributions to education in Wales will live on in their legacies. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”

The Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Aberystwyth University, Louise Jagger, said: “There is a very strong bond between the University and our family of alumni across the world. Eleanor and David James and Margaret Wooloff were all active members of the Old Students’ Association during their lives and we are immensely grateful to them for their support over the years. Their generous legacies will now enable the scholars of the future to pursue their particular fields of expertise and undertake research with impact, which is integral to our mission as a leading University.”

Members of the local community joined staff and students at the Old College to mark Founders’ Day.

The guest speaker at the event was Ceredigion MP Ben Lake who said: “The story of how Aberystwyth University – or the University College of Wales as it was originally called – is one in which we can all take pride as a nation. Driven by the vision of its founders, the dream of establishing a college with University status in Wales was made possible thanks to the generosity of ordinary people. The roots and foundations of the University reflect our values in Wales and it is vitally important that we commemorate and celebrate this very special heritage.

“May I take this opportunity to congratulate Aberystwyth on being named recently as the University of the Year for Teaching Quality by the Good University Guide – a well deserved accolade which is testament to the dedication of all its staff.”

In July 2017, the Heritage Lottery Fund announced that it had earmarked £10.5m for ambitious plans to redevelop Old College in time for the University’s 150th anniversary in 2022.

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