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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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RNLI in Wales urges people to stay safe as Storm Brendan hits

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is urging people to stay safe near the Welsh coast as severe weather could make our seas and coastlines particularly dangerous.

Lifesaving charity, the RNLI, is encouraging people to exercise extreme caution if visiting the shoreline, especially along exposed cliffs, seafronts and piers.

The expected strong winds and severe gales pose a severe safety risk to those visiting the coast.

Named Storm Brendan by Met Eireann, it swept eastwards across Ireland before making its way through the rest of the UK this morning with yellow wind warning in place for most of the Welsh coast.

Chris Cousens, RNLI Regional Water Safety Lead for Wales said:

‘This rough weather could make visiting parts of the Welsh coastline treacherous and bring very dangerous sea conditions.

‘Sadly, around 150 people lose their lives on British and Irish coasts each year and over half of these people didn’t plan on ever entering the water. Slips, trips and falls can be a major factor in these kinds of incidents.’

If you see someone else in danger in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. If you have something that floats that they can hold on to, throw it to them. Don’t go in the water yourself – too many people drown trying to save others.

The charity, which provides a search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, is facing its own Perfect Storm as demand for its services has increased but it is facing a shortfall in funds. This past year, the RNLI has been busier than ever, and stormy conditions can mean additional call outs for the already extremely busy volunteer crews. Whatever the weather, RNLI volunteers will still be on call to rescue those at difficulty at sea.

The RNLI’s major new fundraising appeal, The Perfect Storm, which aims to help the charity get back to living within its means, is running throughout November and December. To find out more or to donate visit RNLI.org/ThePerfect Storm.

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Are you missing out on a Council Tax reduction?

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IF YOU’RE struggling to pay your Council Tax bill, then help could be available for you through the Welsh Government’s flagship Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS).

The scheme, which will continue to support vulnerable households in 2020-21, currently benefits one in five of all households in Wales. In the last year almost 280,000 low-income households have received help from the scheme, with 220,000 paying no council tax at all. Many more receive other discounts or exemptions.

You may be entitled to pay less council tax if:

• you believe you live on a low income
• you live alone, or with people/children who do not pay council tax
• you are a student
• you are disabled
• you are severely mentally impaired

Understanding why there are still vulnerable households not benefitting from the help they are entitled to is a priority for the Welsh Government. Last year we commissioned research to understand the circumstances of households in Wales and the effects of the UK Government’s Universal Credit on the CTRS.

The interim report out today shows that for many households, the move to Universal Credit can have a significant impact on council tax reduction awards. Whilst many households currently receiving a 100% reduction will continue to do so, for others, the move to Universal Credit is shown to have an adverse impact, particularly for employed households, self-employed households, and working households in receipt of a Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.

Full findings of the interim report are available on the Welsh Government website. These findings will now be considered in more detail to inform the next stages of the research and policy development in this area.

Encouraging people to make sure they are not missing out on help they could be entitled to, Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said:

“Ensuring every household in Wales receives the council tax support they are entitled to is an important part of our commitment to making council tax fairer.

“Our scheme is already helping hundreds of thousands of households across Wales, but we know that there are still many missing out on the discounts, reductions and exemptions they are entitled to. I encourage everyone to check the Welsh Government website to find out if they could be paying less.”

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Success for Dyfed-Powys Police in targeting drugs suppliers in Ceredigion

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A drugs supplier in the Ceredigion area has been sentenced to 2 years and 2 months in prison.

Kylie Mason, 34, from Aberaeron, was arrested on the 28th October 2019, and later charged with 2 offences of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug and two offences of supply a controlled drug of Class A. She pleaded guilty at court and received a total sentence of two years and two months in prison on the 8th January.

Detective Sergeant Steven Jones said: “This is an excellent result for the Aberaeron community, who had raised concerns about this individual supplying drugs in the area. I hope this will serve as a warning to others who wish to bring drugs into the Ceredigion area that it will not be tolerated. This result will go a long way towards keeping our communities safe. If anyone is worried about drugs in their community I would urge them to contact police as we will take the appropriate action.”

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