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Have your say on the Rhydeinon Household Waste Site

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THE COUNCIL is welcoming responses to a recently launched consultation looking into the use and future of the Rhydeinon Household Waste Site.

Ceredigion County Council currently provides four Household Waste Sites. The Household Waste Site near Aberystwyth serves the North of the county and the site near Cardigan serves the South. The Rhydeinon Household Waste Site is one of two sites that serve the middle of the county.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet Portfolio Member for Highways and Environmental Services explained: “The Household Waste Sites cost the Council around £1.1 million a year to operate in total, compared to around £1.6 million for providing the kerbside collection service. In order to continue to provide the best service possible for all our residents, we must consider more efficient ways of providing our services.

“The Council is obliged by law to provide Household Waste Sites and we will continue to meet this obligation. Budgets are diminishing which includes grant funding which directly supports this provision. In response to this it may be necessary and more appropriate to provide three household waste sites in the future, with one site provided in the north, one in the middle and one in the south of the county.”

The contract for the site at Rhydeinon is due to expire. Due to this and severe financial constraints, the Council is reviewing the provision of household waste sites in the county and is considering the future of the Rhydeinon site. A central part of this process is holding a public consultation on the Council’s proposals.

The consultation is available on the Council’s website on www.ceredigion.gov.uk/consultations. Paper copies are available from Council Cash Offices and Libraries. Residents can request a paper copy sent by post on request by contacting 01545 572572 or Technical.Services@ceredigion.gov.uk.

All paper based consultation must be filled in and returned to Waste Management, Ceredigion County Council, Penmorfa, Aberaeron, SA46 0PA by 5 August 2018. The online consultation will close on the same date.

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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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Met Office issue yellow weather warning for Friday morning

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THE MET OFFICE has warned of strong winds and heavy rain across South and West Wales as they have issued a yellow weather warning for rain on Friday (Dec 7).

Between 1am and 9am, spells of rain, heavy at times and accompanied by windy weather, are likely to produce 20-40mm of rain.

Coming after some recent wet weather, this rain is likely to lead to some temporary flooding impacts before the rain clears early Friday morning.

The Met Office are warning people that flooding of a few homes and business is likely, bus and train services, as well as roads, will probably be affected, with journey times taking longer.

Natural Resources Wales also has a flood alert in place in Pembrokeshire. Due to restrictions at the tidal outfall, river levels in the River Ritec in the Salterns area of Tenby are likely to remain high for a number of days.

River levels are rising slightly as each high tide arrives. The combination of ground conditions, existing river levels and forecast rainfall quantities gives a high risk of flooding of low-lying land during the next couple of days.

This comes a week after Yellow Weather Warnings were issued across Wales as Storm Diana brought extreme winds and heavy rain to the country.

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