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Calls for safety in Cwm Cou supported by AM

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(L - R) Mrs Rhiannydd James, Headteacher of Ysgol Drewen; Elin Jones AM; Jake and Emma Morris with their son Madoc; County Cllr Lyndon Lloyd and Beulah Community Councillor Margaret Evans standing in front of the narrow bridge in Cwm Cou.

(L – R) Mrs Rhiannydd James, Headteacher of Ysgol Drewen; Elin Jones AM; Jake and Emma Morris with their son Madoc; County Cllr Lyndon Lloyd and Beulah Community Councillor Margaret Evans standing in front of the narrow bridge in Cwm Cou.

ELIN JONES, AM for Ceredigion, has met with local Councillors, and parents and teachers at Ysgol y Drewen in Cwm Cou to discuss on-going safety for children pedestrians in the village.

The village of Cwm Cou is situated on the main route between Lampeter and Cardigan for lorries avoiding the Cenarth bridge, and has a sharp blind corner as well as a narrow bridge near the school.

Village residents, as well as pupils at the school and their families, have called on Ceredigion council to improve safety in Cwm Cou several times, due to cases of cars speeding past the school towards the narrow bridge, and reported near misses for pedestrians in the village.

Elin Jones said: “It’s a real concern to me that this rural area of Ceredigion seems to pose more of a risk to people than those living in built up, urban areas due to a lack of consideration for pedestrians.

“I’ve now asked that Ceredigion Council consider making the safety of residents and pupils in Cwm Cou a priority, and that there is a commitment to a whole scheme for the village as soon as possible.

“It’s so important that the instillation of pavements and a well-considered give way system on the bridge near the school are included in this, as they are vital for children and parents trying to gain safe access to the school and for pedestrians wishing to visit their neighbours.

“I’m extremely grateful to Cllr Lyndon Lloyd for championing the cause, as well as Beulah Community Council and all the staff, students and Governors at Ysgol Drewen for their hard work. I wholeheartedly support the cause, and hope that Ceredigion Council will note this, and give the village the safety assurances that it needs.”

Cllr Lyndon Lloyd, who has campaigned on the issue, said: “Where else in Ceredigion is there a main road on which residents are unable to walk through their village from one end to the other due to a very dangerous sharp bend and a narrow bridge? It is is totally wrong that the parents of the children attending the school have to take their children by car, because it is too dangerous to walk.

“The County Council now states that cut backs have led to failure in remeding this situation, but the residents and Beulah Community council are now asking what is the price of danger to the residents, who literally risk their lives every day in this village.

“Cwm Cou residents now deserve the full attention of the authority, after years of requests have been ignored.”

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Aberystwyth: Driver on drugs hits lorry and causes ‘road chaos’

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A DRIVER high on drugs caused 15 miles of chaos as he approached Aberystwyth on the A44.

Brian Pitts hit an oncoming lorry and road signs as he drove on the wrong side of the road.

A car passenger filmed him because she was sure a serious accident was about to happen.

Pitts, aged 57, of Delmont Close, Tipton, west Midlands, admitted dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drugs he had taken.

Dean Pulling, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that on June 16 last year Pitts had been driving his Rover MGZR, towing a trailer full of wooden fencing posts, towards Aberystwyth from his home.

Richard Brooks followed the car through Llangurig and became so concerned he telephoned the police while his wife Victoria filmed Pitts on her mobile.

The Rover collided with a 13 tonne lorry driven by Andrew Paxton but failed to stop.

Pitts failed to take a roundabout and hit road signs and an embankment but still carried on.

During the 15 miles, said Mr Pulling, oncoming traffic had to swerve off the carriageway to avoid a collision.

Several motorists telephoned the police to report what they were witnessing, he added.

Pitts came to a stop in the middle of the road and another motorist snatched the keys out of the ignition–and noticed that Pitts had been driving with a dog on his lap.

Mr Pulling said police officers could tell there was something wrong with Pitts, but an alcohol text showed he was below the limit.

“He was clearly unfit,” said Mr Pulling, although it was still unclear what drugs he had taken.

Pitts was taken to Aberystwyth police station and then to Bronglais hospital, where he appeared to recover after treatment. But he soon deteriorated and had to be taken back to the hospital.

Pitts developed pneumonia and had to be kept in for nine days.

His barrister, Tom Scapens, said when Pitts had been shown the mobile telephone footage he felt physically sick.

Judge T Mervyn Hughes jailed Pitts for 10 months and banned him from driving for four years.

He told him, “If you had not been stopped I am quite sure you would have caused serious injury if not death.”

Pitts was told to pass an extended driving test before getting his licence back.

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Motion to support the reduction of plastic use in Ceredigion approved

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In a Full Council meeting on 22 February 2018, the Council unanimously supported a motion to reduce the use of plastic and to support plastic reduction initiatives in Ceredigion.

The motion was proposed by Councillor Mark Strong and was seconded by Councillor Gethin Davies. The motion calls on Ceredigion County Council to support the various ‘Plastic Free’ campaigns throughout the county by reducing single-use plastics within Council facilities and offices and to promote the use of sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics at all Council supported events.

Councillor Mark Strong said, “I’m delighted that the Council unanimously supported the motion. This is an important step for the Council but we must carry on to reduce plastic use. Everyone has a responsibility to reduce the environmental damage caused by plastic. Carrying out small acts such as buying milk from your local milkman supports the local economy but in turn also supports our environment by using reusable glass bottles.”

The motion also calls on the Council to encourage local businesses, organisations, schools and communities to move away from single-use plastics and use sustainable alternatives as well as to support beach cleans and other events which aim to raise awareness of the issues of single-use plastics under the “Plastic Free”, Caru Ceredigion, Tidy Towns or any similar initiative.

The motion was amended in the meeting to include the establishment of a Members’ Task and Finish group to support measures to reduce the Council’s use of plastic and to support initiatives in the county that reduce plastic use.

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Richards-Keegan cleared of sending underage girl nude pictures

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A BOW STREET man has been cleared of charges that he sent an underage girl photographs of his penis.

Paul Robert Morgan Richards-Keegan, aged 21, had denied two allegations of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Richards-Keegan, of Tregerddan, said the only messages he sent her via the internet were in response to approaches from her and did not include photographs of his private parts.

Catherine Richards, prosecuting, had told a jury at Swansea Crown Court that the 14-year-old girl had shared messages with Richards-Keegan via Snapchat.

At one stage police issued to him a child abduction notice, which he signed, instructing him not to contact the girl

In 2016 she told her mother that he was again sending her unwanted photographs of his penis attached to messages.

Richards-Keegan was arrested, and told police he had obeyed the order apart from messages he had sent after being contacted by the complainant.

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