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Public speak out on Bodlondeb care home closure

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A PUBLIC MEETING was held yesterday (Jul 17) in Llwyn yr Eos Primary School in Penparcau as a part of the consultation process on the proposal to close the Bodlondeb Residential Care Home.

Chaired by Elin Jones AM, the meeting began with a welcome and introductions to over 250 people who attended by Ceredigion County Council’s Leader, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn. A presentation on the background of Bodlondeb followed by the Council’s Strategic Director for Care, Protection and Lifestyle, Sue Darnbrook.

Following the presentation, a question and answer session gave an opportunity for attendees to directly pose questions to Elected Members and senior staff.

Ceredigion County Council Leader, Councillor Ellen ap Gwyn said: “The public meeting has been an opportunity for people to have their say on proposals to close Bodlondeb, and – I hope – for people to understand the background of the challenges that the Council faces when planning care services in our county.

“I have also made public the Council’s wish to work with an extra care housing provider to plan for such a facility in Aberystwyth together with the need to look at commissioning a new build nursing provision, both general and dementia nursing, from either the third sector or privately, as the Council does not have the legal right to provide nursing beds itself.”

Members of the public passionately shared views and experiences of Bodlondeb and challenged the panel on proposals and information provided in the meeting. Councillor Catherine Hughes, the Cabinet member for Social Services, formally closed the meeting.

Background documents are available for people to read while responding to the consultation. These, and the consultation document, are available online and also in the Penparcau Community Forum Office, Aberystwyth Library and the Council Office in Aberystwyth, Canolfan Rheidol.

Responses can be sent either through the online form or through posting the response to Bodlondeb Consultation, Ceredigion County Council, Penmorfa, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, SA46 0PA

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  1. Jon Plumpton

    July 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Why don’t you clearly state that this is just a Ceredigion County Council press release printed in its entirety?

  2. Peter Conroy

    July 19, 2017 at 9:05 am

    The online links would be useful

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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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