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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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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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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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