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Banking Van offer ‘not good enough’

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ELIN JONES AM and Ben Lake MP have slammed NatWest’s proposed Mobile Banking arrangements for both Cardigan and Lampeter following the imminent closure of the town branches by July 2018.

It was recently announced by NatWest a Mobile Banking service would be present at Cardigan every Thursday from May 17 for 45 minutes and every Tuesday in Lampeter for 45 minutes from May 15. The Mobile Banking service would also be accompanied by the services of a Community Banker available at both towns for one day a week, and a designated ‘TechXpert’ official for both communities.

Elin Jones, Assembly Member for Ceredigion said: “The offer made by NatWest of a weekly 45-minute slot for banking at both Cardigan and Lampeter is nothing short of an insult to the loyal customers of NatWest, who in many instances have banked with their local branch for generations.

“The mere 45-minute window is significantly shorter than the service currently provided in nearby towns such as Newcastle Emlyn, and I have already had several constituents raise concerns as to the privacy and capacity of services available at such Mobile Banks.”

Ben Lake MP, who recently introduced a Ten Minute-Rule bill at Westminster to prevent the downgrading of banking services in rural communities, added: “Both Elin Jones AM and myself have been clear from the start that we feel the closure of the branches in Cardigan and Lampeter is unnecessary, and this most recent announcement by NatWest adds further insult to injury. Such a weekly skeleton service is unlikely to cater for the banking needs of most of the users in these communities, who must face a significant journey to either Aberystwyth or Carmarthen – particularly inaccessible for both small businesses and elderly customers.”

Both Elin Jones AM and Ben Lake MP have since written to Jon Cooper, Managing Director of NatWest for South West & Wales region, expressing their concerns at such service, however NatWest have indicated that they will be continuing with the proposed arrangements.

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Teenage passenger dies in A487 crash – police appealing for help

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DYFED POWYS POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision which occurred at around 10pm last night (Saturday, November 16) on the A487 at Commins Coch, Aberystwyth.

The collision involved two vehicles – a black Vauxhall Astra, which was travelling out of Aberystwyth heading towards the general direction of Bow Street, and a silver Audi A6.

Sadly, an 18-year-old sustained fatal injuries and passed away at hospital this morning. She was a passenger in the Vauxhall Astra.

Several casualties were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision or the vehicles involved, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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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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