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£1.5m for improving Ceredigion’s roads

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Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 12.12.17ALMOST £1.5 million of grant funding from Welsh Government to deliver highways and transportation improvement schemes is heading to Ceredigion in 2016/17.

Local Authorities were invited to apply for grant funding from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund and Safe Routes in Communities Scheme, and Ceredigion County Council was successful in several of its grant applications.

The final section of improvements for the A486 Post Bach to Synod Inn scheme along the Ceredigion link road will receive £1.077 million of this funding. The County Council will also provide £325,000 in match funding for this scheme.

Residents in Cardigan will benefit from £109,575 for active travel improvements within the town centre, a scheme which is aimed at providing 20mph traffic calming measures and improved footways in the vicinity of Cardigan Primary School. These measures will encourage increased active travel journeys to school and the funding will include new scooter and cycle shelters at the school. The County Council will provide £6,675 in match funding, in addition to a £5,000 contribution by Cardigan Town Council.

Funding has also been received for work to make routes safer in local communities: the second phase of the Rhydypennau Primary School footway scheme will receive £104,400 and match funding of £11,600 from the County Council.

New footway improvements and 20mph traffic calming measures at Ysgol Bro Pedr will benefit from £116,250, including £9,500 in match funding from the County Council and an £8,000 contribution from Lampeter Town Council.

Work for a new footpath to Talgarreg Primary School will receive £31,500, and £3,500 of County Council match funding. This will improve pupil safety on their journeys between the school and the village hall which is used regularly by the school, following partnership working with the Village Hall Committee, who have agreed that staff and parents can use the village hall car park.

Ceredigion has also been awarded £57,637 to support its road safety education, training and publicity programme including local delivery of the Pass Plus Cymru, Kerbcraft child pedestrian training as well as motorcyclist safety and national standard cycle training and a Young Driver Initiative event.

Huw Morgan, Strategic Director for Sustainable Communities, said: “Ceredigion residents, particularly those in the south of the county, will benefit from this commitment to invest in improvements to roads and routes in these communities. The funding towards the final stage of the A486 link road improvements recognises the importance of this infrastructure to the county’s economy, while the various grant funding to improve routes and roads in local communities will help to ensure safer traveling conditions for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.”

Also, the County Council has recently submitted a technical report regarding the Welsh Governmentfunded development work for the proposed new railway station and passenger transport interchange at Bow Street. The technical report was accompanied by a joint letter from the Council and the Mid Wales Railway Implementation Group recommending a small programme of works to complete the technical and business planning work by the end of July 2016. In response to this, the Welsh Government has decided to publish the technical report on the Welsh Government’s website and make additional funding of £111,235 available to the County Council in 2016/17 to enable this additional programme of work to be completed.

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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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