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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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Ceredigion’s first ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ Fair to be held

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CEREDIGION’S first ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ Fair will be held to encourage and support businesses who want to increase their bilingual provision in their daily work. 

With the 2020 Ceredigion National Eisteddfod on the horizon, Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion’s Welsh in the Workplace Officers are busy assisting the county’s businesses in benefitting from the use of Welsh in their business. To this end, the Welsh will be the focus for a special event at the beginning of October with a Welsh in the Workplace Fair. 

Huw Marshall from ‘Yr Awr Gymraeg’ (The Welsh hour) will lead in how to raise your business profile and how to effectively market in order to attract more customers. During the day there will be opportunities to ask a panel of businesses who already operate bilingually whilst learning from their experiences and the challenges they faced. The panel will consist of Emlyn Jones (Diogel Events), Kerry Ferguson (Gwe Cambrian), Eleri Davies (Blaenwaun Caravan Park) and Sioned Thomas (Ffenestri Kevin Thomas Windows), chaired by Keith Henson (Coleg Ceredigion).

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Culture said, “It is heart-warming to see a valuable and important Fair such as this being held in Ceredigion for the first time by Cered. It’s a very special opportunity to see businesses in one place and hear the experiences from those who use the Welsh language daily in their work.”

Later in the afternoon, there will be opportunities for businesses to visit an array of information stands from Learn Welsh, Ceredigion Training, Cynnal y Cardi, Business Wales, Antur Teifi, the Welsh Language Commissioner, Coleg Ceredigion and Cymraeg Byd Busnes.

The Fair is to be held on Thursday, 04 October 2018, between 10:30 and 15:30 at Cardigan Castle. Limited spaces are available, so register and reserve your place on tocyn.cymru. Simultaneous translation facilities and refreshments including tea and coffee will be available.

The ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ project has received LEADER support through the Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group (administered by Ceredigion County Council) which is funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

For further information, contact Pat Jones, Welsh Language Business Development Officer, Cered, Menter Iaith Ceredigion on Pat.jones@ceredigion.gov.uk or 01545 572350.

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Woman claimed benefits after £138,000 inheritance

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A NEW QUAY woman continued claiming benefits despite inheriting £138,000.
Susan Marion, aged 57, was then awarded £18,417 which she was not entitled to.
Marion was found guilty by a jury at Swansea crown court this afternoon of failing to notify Ceredigion County Council and the Department for Work and Pensions of inheritances that would have affected her right to benefits.
Ieuan Rees, prosecuting, told the jury how a series of inheritances meant that Marion had well above the £16,000 limit of savings and capital.
Marion, of Plas y Wern, Gilfachrheda, told the court she did not accept that the money was rightfully her’s.
She said it had been left to her by her father, grandmother and an aunt.
She said she considered the money tainted because her father and grandfather had kept battery chickens and killed lambs, both of which she disapproved of.
At first, she added, she had been willing to keep the £11,000 left to her by her aunt, but then discovered she had raced whippets, which she also considered to be cruel.
Mr Rees said that despite her views she had used the money to open four accounts at Barclays bank.
Marion, who had denied the charges, will be sentenced on October 19 and was granted bail until then.
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Join the stand against scams

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CEREDIGION residents will get the opportunity to learn more about how they can protect themselves against scams in an event to be held at the Bandstand, Aberystwyth on 27 September between 9:30am and 1:30pm.

Ceredigion County Council have joined the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team and Wales Against Scam Partnership (WASP) who will be touring Wales holding scam awareness events between 24 and 28 September.

Friends Against Scams is an NTS initiative that aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Public Protection Services said, “Scams often target the most vulnerable people in society but the reality is that anyone can become a victim of scams. Scams damage lives and can affect people financially and emotionally so I’m proud that Ceredigion County Council has joined the work of the National Trading Standards Scams Team, Friends Against Scams and others who are working together to prevent people from being victims of scams. By signing up as an organisation we undertake to actively promote the Friends Against Scams initiative.”

Each year scams cause between £5bn and £10bn worth of detriment to UK consumers. In addition to the financial impact, scams can have a severe emotional and psychological impact on victims.

Louise Baxter, Team Manager in the National Trading Standards Scams Team said: “The tactics used by scammers leave victims socially isolated and ashamed of telling their friends and families what’s really going on behind closed doors. It is fantastic to have a great organisation to help us tackle this problem on a local, regional and national level and I would encourage all those that are interested in showing their support to join the campaign and be part of our growing Friends Against Scams network.”

Call by at the Bandstand, Aberystwyth on 27 September between 9:30am and 1:30pm to learn more on how to protect yourself from scams. For more information about becoming a Friend Against Scams, visitwww.friendsasagainstscams.org.uk

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