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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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Training company enjoy successful open evening

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HYFFORDDIANT CEREDIGION TRAINING (HCT) enjoyed a successful open evening on November 7 as it opened its doors to the public.

Opening HCT’s doors gave people the opportunity to see the fantastic range of training opportunities available for them. This included opportunities for young people who are interested in seeing what apprenticeships HCT has to offer.

Mark Gleeson, Manager for Post 14 Vocational Learning said, “It is important that HCT holds open evenings to showcase different learning opportunities that are available to all learners. HCT offers a large number of apprenticeships which ensures that the next generation of skilled workforce is being trained and employed by local companies. This is very important to the economy of Ceredigion.”

There was an opportunity to have a tour of the building, to speak to tutors, to have a look at the workshops, and to see trainees and apprentices in action. This gave a flavour of the kind of work that is done daily at the training centre.

Traineeships and apprenticeships, but also evening classes, are taught at HCT, as Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member for Learning Service and Lifelong Learning explains, “If studying towards a full qualification in a given trade is not what you are after, but you want to gain some of the basic skills in the various routes HCT specialises in, why not join an evening class? The next round of evening courses are beginning now. So, what are you waiting for? Contact HCT to see what it has to offer you.”

Evening classes run for six weeks and HCT offers these 2-3 times per year. HCT offers a range of vocational courses for people of all ages, including Hairdressing, Childcare, Business Administration, Information Technology, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrics, Blacksmithing, Agriculture, Motor Mechanics and Welding.

For more information, find ‘Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training’ on Facebook, or visit the website, http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/public-it/hct/index.html

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Vandalism at coastguard lookout point

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POLICE are investigating vandalism at the old coastguard lookout point at Bird’s Rock.

A council spokesperson said: “We’re very sad to see vandalism to the old coastguard look out at Bird’s Rock on the coastal path a mile to the west of New Quay last week.

“All five windows was smashed – some even had their wooden frames ripped out.”

Melanie Heath, Ceredigion County Council’s Marine Protected Area Officer, added: “This act of vandalism is so distressing to see. The look-out was restored thanks to a special grant from the Crown Estate. It is used by our Dolphin and Porpoise Watch volunteers throughout the monitoring season. It is also a special place for many local people and visitors alike to sit for a while and take in the spectacular views of Cardigan Bay.”

If anyone has any information, contact Heddlu Dyfed Powys Police on 101

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Police report finds no ‘major shortcomings’ in use of force

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, has conducted a review of police officers’ use of force, and is assured that there are no major shortcomings.

The full report on the review of the use of force will be shared with local Police and Crime Panel members at their public meeting today (Nov 16).

This scrutiny review signifies a new, enhanced approach to the Commissioner’s continued commitment to holding the Force to account, for the delivery of an efficient and effective police service for the residents of Dyfed-Powys.

Sparked by national requirements to improve transparency around officers’ conduct, recent controversy around the introduction of spit and bite guards, and feedback from the inspectorate, the review involved consultation with the public, officers and staff, independent scrutiny of incident footage and a detailed review of available data.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn said: “I have been encouraged by the Force’s response to my office undertaking this work, and thank all those who contributed honestly and thoroughly to the review. I would also like to thank the members of the public who were willing to share their views with us, through my online survey and in person at the various events my team and I have attended over the summer months.”

Whilst the review found no significant concern to suggest that force is being used inappropriately by officers, it was identified that under-recording and limitations in the current systems require some improvement.

A series of recommendations have been accepted by the Chief Constable, Mark Collins, who has detailed the Force’s planned course of action in a formal response to the Commissioner.

The Commissioner’s office will use this action plan to review the Force’s progress over the coming months.

Superintendent Craig Templeton, Head of Operations, said: “We welcome this scrutiny by the Police and Crime Commissioner and accept there are improvements to be made. Work has already started to address the recommendations, including changes to the Use of Force recording system and introducing Body Worn Video, to make scrutiny easier. We are confident force is used legitimately in Dyfed-Powys Police and will continue working towards achieving accurate recording.”

The Commissioner is committed to continuing this approach and will be looking for the public to get involved in future engagements and consultations, details of which will be available on the Commissioner’s website, or through contact with the office.

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