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Returning officer issues postal vote instructions following printing error

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12f12post-475329-2POSTAL VOTERS in the three constituencies of Ceredigion, Preseli Pembrokeshire and Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire have now received the second issue of regional ballot papers for the

Welsh Assembly election on May 5. The original postal vote ballot papers for the Mid and West Wales Region – which were sent out several days ago – contained a printing error which rendered them invalid.

In the instructions at the top it incorrectly stated ‘vote for only one candidate by putting a cross (x) in the box next to your choice’.

The instruction should have read: ‘vote only once by putting a cross (x) in the box next to your choice’.

Postal voters are requested to destroy the original regional ballot paper only and to complete and return the reissued Mid and West Wales Regional Ballot paper in the envelope provided.

If postal voters do not return the reissued ballot paper, their vote will not be counted.

Any of the original, incorrect postal ballot papers which postal voters may already have completed and returned, will not be counted.

The remaining ballot papers received by postal voters – namely for the constituency and the Police and Crime Commissioner election – are unaffected and should be returned as originally instructed.

Postal voters in the Ceredigion, Preseli Pembrokeshire and Carmarthen West/South Pembrokeshire constituencies who have queries on this matter should ring the following telephone numbers:

01545 572032 (for Ceredigion)
01437 775844 (for Preseli Pembrokeshire and Carmarthen West/South Pembrokeshire).

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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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