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Update on disruptions due to the weather

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FREEZING rain fell in some parts of the county overnight and this, along with the ongoing icy and wintry conditions, continues to have an impact in Ceredigion.

The public are advised against all but essential travel, and that extreme caution should be exercised if journeys are undertaken – especially on untreated routes/surfaces.

As of 1pm today, the A44 from Ponterwyd towards Llangurig, A4120 Pisgah to Ponterwyd and the B4343 Ffair Rhos to Ysbyty Ystwyth remain impassable due to drifting snow and the public should not attempt to travel along those routes. All other primary gritting routes are passable with care.

Ceredigion County Council crews have been working through the night trying to keep the primary routes clear, and have been working during the day to clear and treat some other routes. Highways crews have been utilising a fleet of 12 gritting vehicles (fitted with snow ploughs) to keep Ceredigion moving as much as possible, in addition to 3 snow blowers, supported by external contractors.

Councillor Ray Quant MBE, the Cabinet member responsible for Technical Services said: “In Ceredigion, we saw freezing rain with snow falling on top in southern parts of the county, which will cause even treated surfaces to become treacherous. With procedures in place, the crews worked tirelessly to do what they could. Work continues today and resources will be deployed as priorities dictate.”

Due to the continued period of wintery weather the Household Waste Sites in Ceredigion are closed today and Sunday.

There is a likelihood that waste collections may be affected into next week. This will be down to access and resource issues arising from support being provided by the waste team to the Council’s response to the impacts of the weather.

As the conditions and the level of service the Council are able to provide are liable to change at short notice, regular updates will be provided to the media and posted on the Council’s website and social media platforms. The Council would, again, like to thank the public for their understanding in these challenging circumstances.

Information on the weather situation is provided by the Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk/

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Stereophonics to play Swansea gig

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ONE of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics has announced a special performance at Singleton Park, Swansea on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

The stadium rockers will perform in their south Wales heartland to celebrate 20 years since the career milestone show in Swansea at Morfa Stadium to 55,000 people and the release of ‘Performance and Cocktails’.

It will be the band’s first time back in south west Wales since their Morfa Stadium show in 1999. This now iconic album, which was the band’s second studio release, gave Stereophonics three straight top five singles in the British charts with ‘The Bartender and the Thief’ reaching No.3, and both ‘Just Looking’ and ‘Pick a Part That’s New’ reaching No.4.

Over the past two decades, Stereophonics have played at some of the biggest venues to fans all across the globe, amassing over 10 million album sales in that time.

More recently in 2018, the band performed to sell-out crowds across the globe, including a huge 15-date arena tour, summer homecoming gigs in Wrexham and Cardiff plus headline shows at Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival and Victorious Festival.

Speaking about the latest announcement, Kelly Jones said: “Performance and Cocktails put us on the world map, and also on the TV and the Radio, which meant a lot of people went back to discover Word Gets Around and made our first album platinum! Morfa Stadium was where we set Performance and Cocktails alight, and it was a one off day that can never be beaten. It was perfect. I’m not a man that likes to go backwards, this event is merely a birthday party, so come along and help us blow out the candles.”

Stereophonics are Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar), Richard Jones (bass), Adam Zindani (guitar) and Jamie Morrison (drums).

Tickets go on sale on Friday (Dec 14) at 10am via www.myticket.co.uk.

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Heroin could be linked to Aberysytwyth supply

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A LIVERPOOL man has admitted possessing heroin that could be linked to drugs supplied in Aberystwyth.

Jack English, aged 20, pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of heroin with intent to supply when he appeared at Swansea Crown ccourt for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.

The court heard the drugs could also be linked to English’s father, who had been a heroin user who had ‘gone to Aberystwyth on many occasions’ and who had died since his son’s arrest in October 2017.

Judge Thomas said he would sentence English on January 11.

English, of Storrington Road, was granted bail meanwhile but warned that a jail sentence was the most likely outcome.

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Mark Drakeford named next First Minister

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THE NEXT First Minister of Wales will be Mark Drakeford, it has been announced this afternoon (Dec 6).

Mr Drakeford, a Cardiff West AM, was named as the winner of the Welsh Labour leadership contest at the Principality Stadium.

The contest was triggered when Carwyn Jones, the current First Minister, announced he was stepping down.

Mr Jones will officially step down on Tuesday (Dec 10).

Mr Drakeford will then be officially confirmed as the new First Minister of Wales by the National Assembly next week.

In the first round of voting, the results were:

Mark Drakeford – 46.9%
Vaughan Gething – 30.8%
Eluned Morgan – 22.3%

Eluned Morgan’s votes were then redistributed on voters’ second preferences, with the following results:

Mark Drakeford – 53.9%
Vaughan Gethin – 46.1%

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