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Brexit ‘presents a real threat to Ceredigion’

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The voice of farming must be heard: Grenville Ham, Green Party candidate

THE GREEN PARTY pledges to offer people a chance to remain in EU if they do not like the deal on offer at the end of the negotiation period between the UK and the EU.

The Greens say this will not be a re-run of the in-out referendum, but will be a vote about the ratification process.

Grenville Ham, Green candidate in Ceredigion, said: “The Brexit campaign was one of the worst – people can now see it was full of broken promises and empty threats. That’s why Greens are calling for a Ratification Referendum to give people a say on the deal on the table, rather than lies printed on the side of a bus.”

Mr Ham continued: “Brexit presents a real threat to Ceredigion.  Support for our farmers must be guaranteed by the UK government after 2020, or we will see the loss of many farms in Ceredigion and the decimation of rural communities.  Whoever is elected to represent Ceredigion, ensuring that the voice of our farming community is heard in Westminster must be a priority.

“Personally, I feel that we are at a crossroads.  We need to ask the questions, what kind of country should post-Brexit Britain be?  And what does that mean for Ceredigion? We’ve all heard about ‘taking back control’, but how much control does a country really have if it needs to import the majority of its food and energy?

“As a Green, I believe we need to develop a more self-reliant, localised economy. Globalisation sees us transporting large quantities of food and energy from abroad, when it could be produced in the UK.  We need to nurture and protect our farmers and growers, and develop greater food and energy security.

“And we need to update the subsidy system in order to protect wildlife and encourage biodiversity, to restore our soils and to encourage planting that helps protect against flooding. We know flooding is likely to get worse and our biodiversity is under threat so surely it is common sense to invest money in the green heart of Wales to protect us all.”

Greville Ham will be speaking on these themes at Ceredigion Green Party’s next Platform event, ‘Agriculture and Land Use Post Brexit’ at Victoria Hall, Lampeter next Saturday (May 27) from 2-5pm.  He will be joined by keynote speaker, renowned author and broadcaster, Colin Tudge.

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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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