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Keeping Ceredigion’s coast clean

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TWO types of new bins have been sited near some of Ceredigion’s main beaches to help keep the county’s coast clean.

The large bins, forming what will be known as beach litter collection points, are being installed near the key access points to beaches at Borth, Clarach, Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, New Quay, Llangrannog and Tresaith and will provide temporary additional capacity when it is most needed.

Councillor Ray Quant MBE, Cabinet Member for Technical Services said: “We are seeing an increased awareness of the detrimental impact humans are having on the marine environment. Arising from this, more and more people are wanting to get actively involved in addressing the situation by taking part in activities such as beach litter picking. Providing these bins is a way of supporting this whether people are doing this on a one off basis or more regularly on their own or as part of a group.”

The Dolphin bins were designed with the aim of encouraging people to deal with their waste responsibly.

The location choice of the bins is to minimise the detrimental visual impacts that siting large numbers of permanent bins in such aesthetically pleasing locations can have as well as being mis-used and attract fly-tipping.

The provision of the new bins forms part of Caru Ceredigion whereby those visiting, living and enjoying all that is fantastic about Ceredigion can play their part in keeping it clean. The Council works closely with other key stakeholders including Keep Wales Tidy and volunteer groups including the Aberystwyth Beach Buddies and Surfers Against Sewage who have a mutual and shared interest in protecting and maintaining Ceredigion’s local environment.

Alan Cookson from Aberystwyth Beach Buddies is regularly involved in litter picking activities as an organiser and participant. Alan is very eager to raise awareness of what people can do to preserve the marine environment and said, “This is a great initiative by Ceredigion County Council and shows not only their recognition of the vast increase in people taking action to protect our local marine environment, but also their own commitment to doing so.

Marine plastic pollution is a worldwide problem and every tide in Ceredigion brings more ocean plastic to our coast. Since Blue Planet 2 was screened on the BBC at the start of 2018, the UK and its citizens have responded in many ways to reduce their use of plastic, and none more so than in our own county.

Ceredigion County Council are already supporting and organising large beach cleans with their own litter picks, by providing equipment to community groups to undertake their own cleanups. They also direct services to collect what the general public’s action are removing during such events run by other marine conservation groups.

People have, in their own time, taken to spontaneously and autonomously engaging in mini beach cleans all along our coast. These new bins facilitate and support these actions and the messages and images displayed on them will also encourage others to become part of what is a fast-growing, local, national and worldwide movement.

We commend Ceredigion County Council for being at the forefront of encouraging and supporting these actions. Every piece of marine plastic removed is important and every action counts.”

The use of the bins will be monitored and if the initiatives are successful, consideration will be given to other locations.

Those wanting to find out more about the support that can be provided can contact the Council via Technical.Services@ceredigion.gov.uk or 01545 572572.

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Parents saving on average £350 on childcare per month

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Parents in Ceredigion have saved an average of £350 a month on childcare costs after the introduction of the Childcare Offer in September 2018.

Parents and guardians of three and four-year-old children living in Ceredigion can be eligible for the offer if they work the equivalent of 16 hours per week. This includes self-employed parents and seasonal workers.

The Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services, Councillor Catrin Miles said, “It’s great to see that the Childcare Offer is having such an impact across Ceredigion in the first few months. The savings will only increase as more parents register for the scheme. This will have a real positive effect on the lives of many parents. I urge anyone who thinks they are eligible to find out.”

Ceredigion County Council manages the scheme in the county, and will manage the scheme in neighbouring counties as the scheme is rolled out in 2019. The Welsh Government fund the Childcare Offer.

Parents and guardians who want to see if they are eligible can visit the Childcare Offer page on the Council’s website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/ChildcareOffer.

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Police manhunt now extending beyond Dyfed-Powys region

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POLICE looking for a man who attacked a police officer on Saturday afternoon have evidence to suggest he has now left the Dyfed-Powys force area.

The investigation team is now working with other forces as the operation to find him continues.

The man has been wanted by Dyfed-Powys Police since Saturday, when he attacked a police officer who stopped the car he was travelling in. The officer stopped the car based on information that he was connected with criminal activity in other areas.

Extensive searches have been carried out in Ceredigion, using the armed response unit, dog unit and NPAS helicopter, and officers now have evidence to suggest he is in another area.

A second man who was arrested following the incident has now been charged.

Wayne Dobson, aged 29, has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage, aggravated vehicle taking and vehicle damage, and two counts of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Chief Superintendent Peter Roderick said: “This has, and continues to be, a long and intense investigation, which now involves colleagues from other forces as efforts are focussed on locations outside Dyfed-Powys.

“We understand that there has been a high level of concern in our communities since Saturday afternoon, and we would like to thank the public for their patience as operations have been carried out across Ceredigion.

“Due to the nature of the enquiry, and information we have been working from, the level of detail about the wanted man that we have been able to release has been limited, but we have endeavoured to keep our communities updated as best we can.”

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CCTV to return to Aberystwyth

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ABERYSTWYTH is set to have it’s CCTV returned to the town.

The CCTV was scrapped in the town five years ago following a cost-cutting move by Ceredigion council.

Work is due to start this month with 10 state-of-the-art cameras, Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn have confirmed. The system was removed in 2014, despite strong opposition.

Rising crime rates and falling conviction rates, has seen a call for the reinstatement of the system ever since its removal.

Ceredig Davies, Aberystwyth Councillor has said: “Switching off the town’s CCTV cameras was a retrograde step, and as the councillor in whose ward all the cameras are located I looked forward to them being reinstated.

“I have had numerous conversations with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, on the matter and on behalf of residents and visitors to the town I applaud him on keeping his election pledge.”

When Dafydd Llewelyn took over from Christopher Salmon as Police and Crime Commissioner, he mad a key campaign pledge to return the CCTV to the town. Speaking on the reinstatement he said he was “very pleased” to stick to his promise.

He added “Aberystwyth is a busy town within the Dyfed Powys Police force area where CCTV is required to safeguard communities and assist in investigations.

“Crime mapping analysis has identified 10 locations for cameras for the town that I am delighted that work is to begin there very soon.

“A project of this nature is very intricate and complex. The CCTV project team is working team is working hard to keep the project moving along as swiftly as possible.

“Work starting in Aberystwyth marks the halfway point of the project.”

The removal of the old CCTV system is said to have saved Ceredigion council £150,000 a year.

The new CCTV system set to start in Aberystwyth is part of a larger project, which will see 120 cameras in 17 towns across the region by completion.

The images will be fed directly to a monitoring room at Dyfed Powys Police headquarters Llangunnor, Carmarthenshire where they will be monitored by dedicated staff.

Marie McAvoy, project manager said: “I am grateful to the team I work with for their continued determination to ensure this project is delivered for the benefit of the communities we serve.

“I am also grateful to Ceredigion County Council and North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency for their assistance and support in ensuring that this reinvestment in CCTV in Aberystwyth is delivered.”

Mark Collins, Chief Constable said: “I’m confident the system will prove to be an invaluable asset in preventing crime and responding to emerging incidents swiftly before they escalate.

“Evidence from the CCTV cameras will also no doubt prove an important investigative tool for officers.”

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