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Council candidate Neil Flower passes away

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Sad news: Llandyfriog Ward candidate Neil Flower passed away this week

SUDDENLY and unexpectedly, a County Council candidate passed away on Wednesday (Apr 26), just over a week before the elections on May 4.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats sadly announced that Neil Flower, candidate for the Llandyfriog Ward of Ceredigion County Council, had died this week.

Commenting on behalf of Neil’s wife Stefani, his election agent Cllr Mark Cole said:​ ​”As a liberal family here in Ceredigion, we were all shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Neil’s sudden passing yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with Stefani and family at this very sad time.

“Neil had been an activist in the radical liberal tradition since the days of the SDP and he had a strong commitment to the fundamental democratic process which so many people take for granted. In recent years Neil had stood in Council elections to ensure that they were contested and that democracy would rightly run its course.

“One of his final decisions was to do so this time once again by standing in the Llandyfriog Ward to ensure that there would be a contest. In the meantime, he was actively supporting his wife Stefani in her Council campaign in Aberporth where they have ran their Ffynonwen Guest House for many years.

“As a party, we salute this commitment and we hope that residents throughout the county follow Neil’s lead by using their vote, for whomever they choose, this coming Thursday​.​”

Ceredigion’s MP and Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Mark Williams MP added:​ “I was only with Neil on Sunday evening discussing the elections and he was his usual cheerful and enthusiastic self, so this has come as a huge shock to us all. He has always been highly supportive of me as a candidate and an MP. I will miss him greatly. My deepest condolences to Stefani and the family​.​”

For further information regarding the Llandyfriog Ward election, please contact Bronwen Morgan, the Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council.

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Teenage passenger dies in A487 crash – police appealing for help

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DYFED POWYS POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision which occurred at around 10pm last night (Saturday, November 16) on the A487 at Commins Coch, Aberystwyth.

The collision involved two vehicles – a black Vauxhall Astra, which was travelling out of Aberystwyth heading towards the general direction of Bow Street, and a silver Audi A6.

Sadly, an 18-year-old sustained fatal injuries and passed away at hospital this morning. She was a passenger in the Vauxhall Astra.

Several casualties were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision or the vehicles involved, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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