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Lynford Thomas elected as Chairman

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Councillor Dai Mason, previous Chairman; Councillor Lynford Thomas, Chairman; and Councillor Hag Harris, Vice-Chairman.

CLLR LYNFORD THOMAS was elected as the Chairman of the Council for 2017-2018 in the Annual Meeting held by Ceredigion County Council on Thursday (May 25).

Opening the meeting and retiring as Chairman, Councillor Dai Mason addressed the Council and reflected on his year as Chairman stating that being the Chairman had given him a year of memories in the more than 70 events he had attended. He wished his successor well.

Mrs Mair Mason, Consort of previous Chairman; Councillor Dai Mason, previous Chairman; Mrs Jennifer Thomas, Consort of Chairman; Councillor Lynford Thomas, Chairman; Councillor Hag Harris, Vice-Chairman; Mrs Eiry Morgan Consort of Vice-Chairman.

After being elected as Chairman, Councillor Thomas, of the Llanfihangel Ystrad ward made a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and was presented with the Chain of Office by the retiring Chairman. He then addressed the Council extending his hope that the whole Chamber would cooperate for the good of the communities of Ceredigion.

Councillor Hag Harris, of the Lampeter ward was elected as Vice-Chairman of the Council, made a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and was presented with the Insignia of Office by the Chairman. He added that he looked forward to supporting the Chairman in his duties.

The Committees also agreed the Chairs and Vice Chairs for 2017/18 as seen below.

Committee Chair Vice-Chair
Audit Cllr Elizabeth Evans Cllr Rowland Rees-Evans
Development Control Cllr Lyndon Lloyd MBE Cllr Bryan Davies
Licensing Cllr Gareth Davies Cllr Paul James
Language Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn Cllr Alun Lloyd Jones
Overview and Scrutiny Coordinating Committee Cllr Paul Hinge Cllr Elizabeth Evans
Healthier Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee Cllr Alun Lloyd Jones Cllr Mark Strong
Thriving Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee Cllr Euros Davies Cllr Gwyn James
Learning Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee Cllr Odwyn Davies Cllr Endaf Edwards
Corporate Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee Cllr Ifan Davies Cllr Keith Evans

The Reverend Stephen Morgan was appointed as the Chairman’s Chaplain for 2017-2018.

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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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