POLICE and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn has said that the reinstatement of CCTV will be a priority.
The Plaid Cymru P&CC made the statement at a recent meeting of Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel, where concerns were also raised about road safety and drug use.
Dafydd Llywelyn was questioned by chair Councillor Alun Lloyd Jones and panel members at the latest meeting, which was held at Ceredigion County Hall in Aberaeron.
Their concerns related to the annual report which the Police and Crime Commissioner has a statutory duty to publish.
Although the report covered the year from April 2015-March 2016, when the previous Commissioner was in office, Mr Llywelyn, who took up his post on May 12, presented it to the panel.
Members acknowledged that it was the report of his predecessor, but they asked what actions were being taken in areas of particular concern.
Cllr Lloyd Jones said: “I have great concerns over road safety – it is unacceptable the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
“There have been three accidents in as many months on the A487 trunk road which runs through my village, Llanfarian where my house is situated, and indeed the whole length of the A487 trunk road to Cardigan.”
Mr Llywelyn said: “In my first eight weeks in office, road safety and speeding are issues which have already been raised with me.
“These matters will be addressed in my annual plan, discussions and engagement with the panel and the communities will be set up as part of the planning.”
The Commissioner was questioned on his plans for CCTV and told the panel he was looking at reinstating and reinvesting in it.
He said he had already met with chief officers and told them it was a priority, and that a project team would be set up to take it forward.
Drug abuse, rising crime figures in certain areas, response times to 999 and 101 calls, investment in SARC centres and research were also discussed.
The Commissioner said there was a national trend in recorded crime going up, which he had raised with the Chief Constable.
“The crime landscape across Dyfed-Powys is changing,” Mr Llywelyn said. “Cyber crime is on the increase and so is sexual crime as more victims are coming forward.
“There is some work for me to do as a Commissioner to explain the complexities of police crime recording.”
The panel, which was set up to support and scrutinise the Police and Crime Commissioner, meets every three months.
Information about the panel, agendas, meeting dates, membership and news is available on the website at www.dppoliceandcrimepanel.org. uk.
The meetings are open to the press and public, and with the prior permission of the Chair, people can ask questions or make a statement in relation to a matter being considered by the panel, with the exception of personnel matters.
Questions can also be submitted to the panel either in writing or via the website contact form.
Police investigating sudden death of three-year-old
DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the sudden death of a three-year-old child.
At approximately 4.25pm on Sunday (Oct 21) police received a report of a collision involving a child and a vehicle at a private property near Llanybydder.
Tragically, the child died at the scene.
A police spokesperson said: “Our thoughts are with the family, who are being supported by specially trained officers.
“Enquiries are ongoing. H.M. Coroner and the Health and Safety Executive are aware.”
Council staff show their support for Shwmae Su’mae Day
SHWMAE Su’mae day was celebrated throughout Wales on Monday, 15 October to encourage people to start every conversation with ‘Shwmae’ or ‘Su’mae’! To mark the day this year, staff at Ceredigion County Council held a cookery competition during its weekly ‘Clwb Cinio Cymraeg’ session (Welsh Lunch Club).
‘Clwb Cinio Cymraeg’ is the Council’s new sessions that give staff who are learning Welsh a chance to meet and practice their Welsh in an informal setting. Shwmae Su’mae day aims to show that the Welsh language belongs to us all – fluent speakers, learners or those shy about their Welsh.
Huw Owen is the Council’s new Work Welsh Training Officer and teaches Welsh in the Workplace lessons to Council staff on different stages of their journey in developing their fluency in the Welsh language. Huw established the successful Clwb Cinio Cymraeg earlier this year and said, “The Clwb Cinio Cymraeg is a vital part of Ceredigion County Council’s Work Welsh teaching provision. Language is a communal phenomenon, and the informal learning opportunities provided by the Clwb Cinio gives the Council’s learners the opportunity to take their Welsh beyond the more formal world of the classroom and become a Welsh language community. The success of the baking competition on Shwmae Su’mae Day is testament to the Council’s learners’ commitment and enthusiasm for learning Welsh as a language through which they can work, live, and have fun.”
Last year, 125 staff members were recognised for their dedication to learn the language by attending regular classes. Staff this year are able to continue receiving Welsh in the Workplace lessons, alongside additional opportunities to practice the language through the Clwb Cinio Cymraeg and Ffrind Iaith (Language Buddy scheme). Ffrind Iaith is where Welsh-learners are paired with a Welsh-speaker mentor within the work setting.
Leader of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn said, “Ceredigion County Council is committed in supporting the Welsh language and culture, and we encourage staff to take up the offer of developing their Welsh with these engaging learning opportunities. The Council ensures its services and activities promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language throughout the county. Every member of the public in Ceredigion has the right to choose which language they wish to use when communicating with the Council and it’s a requirement of the Council staff to respond in a positive way to this choice.”
Ceredigion’s first ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ business fair a success
SMALL businesses in Cardigan came together to a special event on Thursday, 4 October 2018. The Business Fair was an opportunity to network, learn from each other and share experiences of using the Welsh language in business.
Councillor Catherine Hughes, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Culture said, “With the excitement of the Ceredigion National Eisteddfod 2020 about to start, it was encouraging to see the county’s businesses coming together to learn how to market effectively and promote the Welsh language in business. It was refreshing to witness an honest discussion about the challenges facing businesses and also pleasing to hear how successful businesses have been since using the Welsh language.”
The event, held in Cardigan Castle, began with an interesting presentation by Huw Marshall from the Yr Awr Gymraeg. Huw discussed how the Welsh language can offer positive opportunities for local businesses and how it can boost business and the economy.
Kerry Ferguson said, “An extremely beneficial event. The panel demonstrated the benefits of Welsh in business, and also that there is plenty of support available – not just in various organisations, but businesses also. I would highly recommend Ceredigion businesses attend the next event!”.
This was supported by Rosalind Robinson, “Huw’s discussion was extremely helpful in particular how attractive the Welsh is in business for non-Welsh speakers. As a Welsh learner myself, I gained the opportunity to practice (and improve) my Welsh.”
An open discussion was held by a panel of businesses on the challenges of using the Welsh language in business and also to share good practice. The panel was chaired by Keith Henson (Coleg Ceredigion) and the panel consisted of Dwynwen Davies (Meithrinfa Y Dyfodol), Angharad Williams (Lan Llofft), Sioned Thomas (Ffenestri Kevin Thomas), Kerry Ferguson (Gwe Cambrian Web) and Huw Marshall (Yr Awr Gymraeg).
During the day, there were numerous information stands to visit, including Learn Welsh, Ceredigion Training, Cynnal y Cardi, Business Wales, Antur Teifi, Welsh Language Commissioner, Coleg Ceredigion and Cymraeg Byd Busnes.
Non Davies, Cered Manager said, “The day was an excellent opportunity to bring together businesses not only to receive advice and direction but also to discuss the challenges they face using the Welsh language. An honest and inspiring discussion took place highlighting many good practice ideas for the future. Cered’s Welsh in Business officers continue to visit businesses across the county and anyone is welcome to contact us to arrange a free visit.”
Contact Menter Iaith Cered’s Business Officers, Pat Jones or Owain Llyr on 01545 572350 if you are a business who is interested in receiving information or assistance.
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.
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