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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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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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