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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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Second workshop held on Ceredigion’s Economic Future

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A SECOND workshop was held on July 9 for County Councillors to discuss Ceredigion’s economic future bringing together some of the county’s biggest organisations to share what they had to offer and what partnership working between businesses and Ceredigion County Council could look like in the future.

The Workshop was an opportunity to hear from the large businesses that operate in Ceredigion. Environment Systems, MicroPharm and Rachel’s Dairy gave an insight into their businesses and about future investment opportunities.

The Workshops are an essential component of engaging with businesses as the Council begins to make preparations for a Growth Deal for the region which, if successful, will provide a major boost to the economy, job prospects and the prosperity of the area.

Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council and Vice-Chair of the Growing Mid Wales Partnership, said: “I hope that holding this second Economic Future Workshop shows that we continue to meet and support businesses. These businesses are key in keeping our young people in the county, providing a variety of different jobs and developing their skills and continuous learning for their future in West Wales.”

A third Workshop will be held in the near future which will provide a flavour of possible projects for a Growth Deal.

The Growth Deal will be prepared between Ceredigion and Powys County Councils, working with the Welsh and UK Government.

A Joint Agreement between Ceredigion and Powys is also being prepared for agreement in the Autumn to take this work forward.

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Lucy’s Law gets support from AMs

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AN EVENT calling for the introduction of ‘Lucy’s Law’ was held in the Senedd last Wednesday (Jul 11).

Assembly Members Eluned Morgan and Vikki Howells sponsored the event in support of an immediate ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third-party commercial dealers, in response to growing concerns from animal charities that not enough is being done to prevent illegal breeding and animal cruelty.

The sale of puppies through commercial third-party dealers both sustains and is dependent upon the existence of ‘puppy farms’, where puppies are bred for maximum profit and with minimal regard for animal welfare.

Although very few high street pet shops sell puppies these days, the third-party trade remains significant across the UK with dealers operating from a diverse array of premises including private homes and puppy superstores. Evidence suggests that the trade sources puppies bred in Wales.

According to animal charity, CARIAD, a ban is the essential first step towards ending the practice of farming dogs for profit with little or no regard for their welfare or their fitness as family companions. Stress, increased risk of disease, poor breeding practices and irresponsible selling tactics are all associated with the method of third-party puppy selling.

Respected Vet and campaigner Marc Abraham spoke during the event at the National Assembly for Wales, he said:
“It simply isn’t enough to license puppy sellers, we must have a full and complete ban, to stop the trade and supply of dogs bred on such an extensive scale. Lucy’s Law will help to change the way dogs are bred in this country. It will make the process more transparent and raise standards, improving the economy and employment opportunities. This is a revolution in dog breeding and it will do wonders for the reputation of Wales as a responsible dog breeding nation.”

Eluned Morgan AM said: “There are many documented cases of puppy farming, particularly in the region I represent. Puppy smuggling is also an issue with several reported cases of puppies entering our ports from Ireland. The adoption of Lucy’s Law in Wales sends a strong message that as a nation we expect the highest animal welfare practises and that the cruel act of puppy farming can be consigned to history. I want us to be ambitious and to take the lead on this legislation which I hope will be a real possibility following this event in the Senedd.”

Vikki Howells AM said: “I am pleased to be jointly hosting this event today with important contributions from Pup Aid and CARIAD and Marc the vet who has done so much to raise awareness of Lucy’s Law across the United Kingdom and now here in Wales too.”

Legislation relating to Lucy’s Law is devolved to the Welsh Government under the 1956 An

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Views sought on proposed Ceredigion Language Strategy

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VIEWS are being sought on the proposed Ceredigion Language Strategy 2018-2023.

Ceredigion County Council’s proposed strategy sets out how the Council – working in collaboration with other partner organisations – will actively promote the Welsh language and facilitate the use of Welsh more widely within the local area.

Producing the Strategy is one of the requirements of the Welsh Language Standards in accordance with the Welsh Language Measure (Wales) 2011.

The Ceredigion Language Strategy aims to sustain and to promote the Welsh language in all aspects of life and to demonstrate ways of strengthening social networks in a bilingual area. Ceredigion remains a stronghold of the Welsh language however communities are changing which can affect the Welsh language and culture. Responding to these challenges, mitigating the risks facing the Welsh language and securing the viability of welsh-speaking communities requires robust language planning, alongside taking positive action in all aspects of social and economic life within the county.

The Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Welsh Language Standards, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, said: “In implementing this strategy, Ceredigion will be contributing towards the Welsh Government vision in its Welsh Language Strategy, which aims to reach a million Welsh speakers in Wales by 2050. This strategy is an opportunity for us to work across the county to increase the use of Welsh language and to ensure that it reaches those parts of public life where it may be less prominent at present. This vision is to maintain a truly bilingual Ceredigion, where the Welsh language can be seen and heard every day in communities as a natural means of communication.”

The strategy is designed to be as realistic and proactive as possible in order to contribute to the vision of a truly bilingual Ceredigion, however the actions identified are within the sphere of influence of organisations working in partnership through the Ceredigion Bilingual Futures Forum.

Councillor ap Gwynn continued: “We are inviting you to comment on the proposed Strategy and the identified actions to be delivered in Ceredigion. We value your opinion, and your comments will be taken into account when publishing the final Strategy.”

Closing date for the consultation is August 13, 2018.

To view the proposed strategy, visit the Consultation page on the Council’s website, www.ceredigion.gov.uk/

Individuals are welcome to contact the Council on 01545 570881 should they wish to receive further information or to receive the information in another format. You can also obtain a paper copy of the Strategy at any of the Council’s Public Offices or Libraries.

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