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Housing associations announce plan for major merger

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HousesCANTREF has announced discussions are underway with Wales & West Housing Association over plans to merge.

The news follows Cantref’s announcement last month (March 2016) it had taken the decision to find a suitable partner with which to merge following a review into its operations and governance, undertaken during the last eight months in cooperation with the Welsh Government.

Cantref received information from interested organisations across Wales and rigorously evaluated their submissions, but Wales & West Housing is its preferred partner and due diligence and more detailed discussions are now taking place. Commenting on these discussions, Kevin Taylor, Interim Chair of Cantref says: “We decided that the best way for Cantref to grow and develop, and to continue providing the best service possible to our tenants is to merge with a suitable partner that can complement our business.

“Wales & West Housing is our preferred partner as it has a proven track record particularly around resident satisfaction and resident engagement. It is also committed to preserving Cantref’s ethos of a regional and local focus and recognises the importance of cultural aspects to our business such as the continued use and support of the Welsh language. Importantly, it is also a very well respected organisation that possesses lender and regulatory support.”

Cantref operates throughout Ceredigion, North Pembrokeshire, North Carmarthenshire, and the Machynlleth area in Powys and is seen as a good fit for Wales & West Housing as its Chief Executive, Anne Hinchey explains: “Cantref is a strong organisation that undertakes important work within the geographical locations in which it operates. It is clear that it has a passionate workforce that are committed to the communities they serve and we are very excited by the discussions that are taking place and the potential to come together as one entity. Cantref has the same ethos as Wales & West Housing which is centred on the fact the tenant always comes first and we are hopeful discussions continue to progress in a positive manner.”

It is hoped the current discussions can lead to a successful merger by Autumn this year but in the meantime, Cantref continues to strengthen its operations following the Welsh Government inquiry. Mr Taylor adds: “The service and support we provide our tenants is our number one priority and at the heart of everything we do. We are proud of the results we have delivered over the years but it is crucial that we continue to move forward.

“We currently have an experienced team in place and are excited by the discussions taking place with Wales & West Housing. However, we are not standing still and are continuing to implement changes recommended within the recent review to ensure Cantref is as strong as possible as the merger discussions take shape.”

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Accredited Archive status given to Ceredigion Archives

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RECENTLY Ceredigion Archives celebrated that the Archives has been awarded the Accredited Archive status. The Chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Lynford Thomas unveiled the ‘Accredited Archive Service’ plaque.

Archive Service Accreditation is the UK standard for archive services. Standards schemes and frameworks help archives to manage and improve their efficiency and effectiveness through external validation, and by identifying good practice.

Attendees were welcomed to the unveiling by Helen Palmer, County Archivist a Information and Records Manager. She thanked all that were involved in the development of the Ceredigion Archives, saying: “Thanks to the Archives and Records Management Team who have worked so hard for so long to make this service what it is today. I also give an extended thanks to the Council staff within other departments, including ICT and Technical Services, who have helped us realise our ambitions and helped towards our accreditation.”

Helen continued: “Thanks go to our donors, for their huge generosity in sharing precious documents with us, without whom our collections would lack content and variety. Thanks to our researchers who prove over and over again that what we do is meaningful, relevant and important.”

Ceredigion Archives is available for everyone to use; for personal research, for school projects, university degree work, academic research, and research for business purposes. Staff at the Archives can suggest appropriate lines of research, and provide advice and assistance in the use of the documents.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet member with responsibility for Finance, ICT and Customer Services said: “The Archives and Records Management Team have worked hard and their dedication has been reflected in this success and on behalf of the Council, I congratulate Helen and her team for the prestigious Accredited status given to Ceredigion Archives. The Archives has a fantastic collection of documents, preserved carefully, which are available for anyone wanting to come along to view.”

You can visit Ceredigion Archives’ website at https://archifdy-ceredigion.org.uk/ or follow ‘Archifdy Ceredigion Archives’ on Facebook.

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Police appeal following Aberystwyth RTC

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POLICE are investigating a road traffic collision which occurred at approximately 6.20pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

A silver MG ZT, which had been reported as stolen, collided with another vehicle in Rhydybont, Aberystwyth.

The occupants of the MG walked away in the direction of Min Y Ddol.

Police would like to speak to the man in the image as he may have information that could assist the police investigation.

Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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Family pay tribute to Aberporth man

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THE FAMILY of Phillip Rasmussen, from Aberporth, who tragically died in Spain on April 1, have paid tribute to the 47-year-old.

They said: “We are devastated by the loss of Phillip, and he will be dearly missed by us all.

“Phillip was a loving husband to Elissa and father to Rhys, Beci and Dylan.

“He lived life to the full and will be remembered for his energy and passion towards all aspects of life. He was a keen sailor, cyclist and loved to travel.

“He began his professional career as a chartered accountant and spent the last ten years working as Chief Financial Officer for IQE plc, a role which he truly loved and made his own.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support at this difficult time. It has meant so much to the whole family.

“We would now like time to grieve and would ask to be given privacy in which to do so.”

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