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Ceredigion builders awarded for quality construction

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BUILDERS and developers in Ceredigion were recently recognised for their commitment to quality construction within the county.

The nominations were made by Ceredigion County Council’s Building Control Service. The Building Control Service is responsible for the supervision of over £50 million annually of building work throughout Ceredigion. Nominations, collected throughout the year, went through a judging process where the winners of a variety of projects were agreed.

To gain recognition, each project had to demonstrate high-quality workmanship, close liaison with the developer and the Building Control Surveyor in relation to the site inspection process, and compliance with the Building Regulations, together with overall customer satisfaction.

Ceredigions’ winners were:

  • Carreg Construction Ltd for ‘Best Extension or Alteration to an Existing Home’ at Alma Grange, Llangoedmor.
  • Griffiths Joinery, Gwel Ystwyth, Rhydyfelin for ‘Best Local Builder or Traditional Craftsman’.
  • Emyr Davies for ‘Best Change of Use or Conversion’ at Edleston House, Queens Road, Aberystwyth.
  • Lee Jenkins for the construction of ‘Best Individual New Home’ at Koti, Cliff Road, Borth.
  • Andrew Scott Ltd for ’Best Educational Building’ at Ysgol Dyffryn Cledlyn.

Winners from Ceredigion went forward to the South Wales, Local Authority Building Control ‘Building Excellence Awards’ which was held at the Vale Resort in Hensol on 27 April. The evening was hosted by television and radio personality Mr Roy Noble OBE. The event was attended by over 450 construction professionals from throughout South Wales.

Griffiths Joinery were awarded outright winners in the ‘Best Local Builder or Traditional Craftsman’ category, while Emyr Davies was awarded outright winner in the ‘Best Change of Use or Conversion’ category for Edleston House.

Alan Davies, Development Manager at Ceredigion County Council said, “The Building Regulations now play a bigger part in people’s lives than ever before, with energy conservation and sustainability topping the list. The builders and developers nominated this year are commended for their commitment to quality construction throughout the county.

Ensuring that buildings are constructed in accordance with statutory requirements, together with various testing regimes that have to be carried out on completed buildings, requires a very high degree of quality workmanship. This ensures that buildings meet our commitment to sustainability and the reduction of carbon emissions”.

The Cabinet Member responsible for Economy and Regeneration, Councillor Rhodri Evans said, “Development of any size has a major impact on the day-to-day lives of those undertaking building projects. Ultimately, it is the builder who has the major responsibility in satisfying customer needs and statutory bodies. The ‘Building Excellence Awards’ will help assist the builder and developer to meet these needs, as well as giving them just reward and recognition for consistently carrying out work of a high standard.

The Council has great pleasure in recognising builders and developers who are determined to provide a high quality customer-orientated service, and their success is a testament to the professionalism and expertise available in Ceredigion. It is essential that quality builders and developers are publicly praised and recognised, and the ‘Building Excellence Awards’ prove that there are many instances where high quality construction projects have been undertaken within Ceredigion. Every year, the nominations are of exceptional quality and the judges have a very difficult time trying to choose the overall winners.

The winner will now go forward to the all Wales finals in Cardiff. Winners from this event will be nominated for the National “Building Excellence” Awards for the whole of England and Wales.

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Former headteacher of Llandysul Primary School jailed for child sex offences

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A FORMER headteacher of primary schools in west Wales who was awarded the MBE for services to education has been jailed for child sex offences.

David Watkin Bundock, aged 74, admitted six offences–one of them committed after he had been arrested and granted bail.

Judge Keith Thomas, sitting at Swansea crown court, told Bundock he had achieved a great deal during his professional career but had then gone on to behave in a way that was the exact opposite to the moral values he had once championed.

Bundock, once the head of Llandysul Primary School, admitted four offences of possessing indecent images of children.

He also admitted attempting to communicate with a child aged under 16 for sexual reasons and, on January 27, 2019, attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Bundock was jailed for two years and three months. He was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and banned from ever working with children and must register with the police as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, said Bundock came to be of interest to the police after his telephone number was found on the mobile of a man arrested for indecent images offences.

But after being granted bail he was then snared by paedophile hunters who created an Internet account of a fictional 15 year old boy.

Bundock swapped indecent messages with the “boy” and travelled to a park in Carmarthen hoping to meet him.

But when he arrived he was confronted by members of the group and arrested later that day for a second time.

Bundock’s barrister, India Cox, said his offending was completely out of character and difficult to explain.

Judge Thomas described the offences as appalling.

The offences took place place in Carmarthenshire and at his home at Valetta House, Cardiff.

Bundock went on to become a senior adviser with Ceredigion County Council’s education department. In 2004 he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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£24m health centre project will not stop following Interserve problems

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FOLLOWING the collapse of Interserve, health officials have said they are confident it will not affect Cardigan’s £24m health care centre.

Interserve, the government outsourcer to complete the works, ran into financial difficulty and was rescued from administration last Friday by banks and hedge funds. This has left many of it’s key suppliers now facing large financial losses.

With 69,000 staff worldwide, the takeover will ensure they will remain working and with most suppliers trading as usual.

The bailout follows fears that the company could follow in the footstep’s of rival contractor Carillion.

Carillion’s collapse last year left worker’s, pension’s and lender’s with huge financial losses. Forcing the Government to step in and deliver the services.

A Hywel Dda health board spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Interserve will continue to deliver both the Cardigan Integrated Care Centre and the Women’s and Children’s Phase 2 project at Glangwili General Hospital as planned.”

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Young women in Ceredigion make their voices heard

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PERIOD poverty, access to mental health services and equal pay were among the issues raised by young women on International Women’s Day 2019.

On 8 March, in collaboration with the Young Women’s Trust, Ben Lake MP hosted a ‘Real Talk’ workshop aimed at young women aged 16 to 30 years old. Young women from all walks of life came together at the Coliseum Coffee House to voice their concerns and share their hopes for the future with the local MP.

Ben Lake said: “It was great to hear new ideas for change and to discuss ways in which we can improve the lives of young people in Ceredigion. The experiences of women and girls must be heard, both locally and nationally. After all, it is impossible for policies to be truly effective if they do not reflect the wishes, and address the challenges faced by all in society.”

(Credited to Lauren Garside, Year 1 Coleg Ceredigion Media Production student) The ‘Real Talk’ workshop held on International Women’s Day at Ceredigion Museum.

The young women set out three priorities for Ben Lake to campaign for on their behalf at Westminster:

1. Education: ensure that equality issues and mental health awareness training is included on all PGCE courses
2. Increase the national minimum wage for apprentices and roll out National Living Wage for under-25s
3. Period poverty: campaign, raise awareness and look to introduce policies to mitigate the effects of period poverty

Period poverty in particular, was an issue that the young women felt needed tackling as a matter of urgency. A recent report from FreedomforGirls* found that period poverty has a direct impact on education, with pupils in the UK missing class every month due to their periods. A RightsInfo investigation** discovered thousands of women were relying on food banks to get through their monthly periods.

In an attempt to tackle period poverty, the UK Chancellor confirmed in his Spring Statement that secondary schools in England will start providing menstrual products free of charge to girls from September onwards. Ben Lake MP has encouraged the Welsh Government to follow suit.

Ben Lake said: “All women, regardless of age, social status or background, should be able to easily access the menstrual products they need.

“Too many girls miss out on vital education each month as a lack of access to menstrual products forces them to miss school. Even those pupils who do not suffer period poverty will benefit from free access to sanitary products, ensuring no child is without protection during what can be a very stressful and vulnerable time.”

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