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Save Bodlondeb campaign continues

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Former Ceredigion MP Mark Williams: Took time to join campaigners at Sgwar Owain Glyndwr, Aberystwyth

THE SAVE BODLONDEB campaign is urging every concerned resident in Ceredigion to complete and return a consultation document to the Council as fears arise that Hafan Deg, Lampeter, and Yr Hafod, Cardigan, are facing increasingly uncertain futures.

This emphasises one of the campaign’s fears, that Bodlondeb is the first ‘domino’ in a row which is to be ‘toppled’ by Council closures.

Ben Lake, MP for Ceredigion urged the Council to listen to the public’s views before embarking on any potentially disastrous courses of action, advising the Council to ​’take the time to analyse the responses to the consultation, as each response must be considered – we need a worked-out plan for the future of residential care in Aberystwyth and ​north Ceredigion, it isn’t something that can be rushed​’.

Campaigners, out again at the weekend in the centre of Aberystwyth with petition forms and copies of the consultation document noted a hardening of attitude against the closure of Bodlondeb. One campaigner remarked ​’
what was different today from previously is that people were coming to us and asking to sign the petition​’​.​

Mark Williams, former Ceredigion MP, and Chair of the Save Bodlondeb Steering Group explained​:​ “Our Campaign is urging as many as possible to participate in the Council’s consultation. Much is at stake, not just Bodlondeb in isolation. We believe Bodlondeb has a key role in care provision on the North of Ceredigion, and that Council run care homes are a key part in the continuum of care our increasingly elderly society requires.”

Underlining the cross-party support which the Campaign enjoys, Ben Lake, who also sits on the Steering Group, summed up by saying​:​ “It is crucial that people in Ceredigion participate in the consultation so that their opinions are expressed clearly to the Council.”

Consultation documents are available online at dss.adadmin@ceredigion.gov.uk, from Council offices in Aberystwyth, or by telephoning: 01545 572616.

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Annual Canvass to go ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic

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The 2020 annual canvass is required by law and will continue despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Ceredigion’s Electoral Services are continuing their service, however staff will be working differently due to the coronavirus.

Electoral Registration Officer, Eifion Evans said: “This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.”

If we have sent you a letter that asks you to respond or complete a form, you can help us by replying to it quickly and, online, rather than posting it back to us if possible. This will save Council resources and reduce the number of letters that have to be handled by Council and Royal Mail staff.”

The link to respond is on the first page of the A4 letter you will receive with part 1 and part 2 security codes.

Residents who have any questions can contact Ceredigion’s Electoral Services on 01545 572032.

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CCTV cameras to be installed in Newcastle Emlyn

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Three new cameras are being installed in Newcastle Emlyn as part of the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner’s key pledge to reinvest in a public CCTV system.

The work on the installation programme in the town will begin on Monday, August 10.

Cameras will be cameras installed in Sycamore Street, Emlyn Square and Heol y Bont. The camera locations have been decided following a review of a crime pattern analysis and in consultation with partner agencies.

The work is being carried out by contractors Baydale Control Systems Ltd. The hi-tech cameras are being supplied by Hikvision UK & Ireland.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “Brecon is the next town in Powys to benefit from my key election pledge to re-install public space CCTV. This is a busy town, and I am confident the cameras will prove to be a valuable asset in keeping the town safe and assisting with the detection of crime.

“The CCTV project is continuing across the force, with three cameras also installed in Newcastle Emlyn last week. The number of towns we have now included in the CCTV project is 23.

“I am confident the cameras will prove to be a valuable asset in keeping these towns safe and assisting with the detection of crime.”

Ceredigion Commander, Superintendent Robyn Mason, said: “This is a positive move for Newcastle Emlyn. Having the cameras in place while we experience an increase in visitors to the area during the holiday period will help us to keep everyone as safe as possible and assist us in carrying out quality investigations when required.”

The CCTV project is bringing over 120 state of the art CCTV cameras to towns throughout the police force area of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Powys.

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‘Cam Nesa’ project provides wellbeing packs to 16 – 24 year olds

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The Cam Nesa project is part of European Structural Funds (ESF) Operational Programme and work’s with young people aged between 16 and 24 by providing them with options to access a range of tailored personal support and work-related opportunities to meet their needs and aspirations.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ceredigion’s County Council Cam Nesa team have been busy putting together wellbeing packs for its participants. The Well-being packs have been put together to support young people who may be experiencing loneliness, isolation or other vulnerabilities during this difficult time.

The wellbeing packs have been distributed to Ceredigion’s young people in recent weeks, over 3 months since the pandemic began and our usual way of life dramatically changed. Throughout the pandemic participants has also receive weekly calls as part of Porth Cymorth Cynnar’s keeping in touch service and it is hoped that the well-being packs support the work already done by this service by bringing some comfort and reassurance to Ceredigion’s young people.

Wellbeing packs included newsletters, leaflets, important contact details, information letters, puzzles, newspaper, hand cream, stress ball, calming art and colouring pencils, Shampoo/Shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary products, confectionery and a motivational quote card all in a reusable cotton bag.

One Cam Nesa participant you who received a wellbeing pack said, “Thank you so much for the wellbeing pack. Its very kind thank you very much!”

Another participant said “Thank you for the welfare pack, I am very impressed with its contents, especially the chocolates”

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