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New vehicles for year round maintenance

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FOUR dual purpose vehicles have arrived in Ceredigion. They will perform both general highway maintenance tasks and convert to gritters to perform winter maintenance activities as and when required.

Ceredigion County Council’s Highways and Environmental Services has recently taken delivery of four new vehicles installed with state of the art equipment and software systems to monitor and aid activities.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways and Environmental Services said: “In order to gain maximum efficiency for both the highway and winter maintenance fleets for the immediate future, we have procured these dual purpose vehicles through reserves saved up over many years. Known as unibodies, these are capable of carrying out general highway maintenance works during the summer, along with gritting and snow ploughing activities during the winter.”

Efficiencies in modern engine technology will improve fuel efficiency, reduce maintenance costs and reduce C02 emissions reducing Ceredigion’s contribution to climate change.

Councillor Edwards continued: “These vehicles will enhance the Council’s capability to provide an effective winter maintenance service ensuring that the strategic route network is kept clear of ice and snow allowing the economy to continue functioning, securing access to educational facilities, commerce, health and industry and the rural community.”

The vehicles are bespoke to the highway network of Ceredigion and are manufactured by Econ Engineering Ltd who are the UK’s largest manufacturer of gritters and salt spreading vehicles.

Councillor Edwards concluded: “These four vehicles replace ageing ones in the fleet that were used for much longer than we normally would. They will ensure the safety of our workforce, reduce the contribution to climate change, provide the latest in technology and an efficient service for various purposes in Ceredigion.”

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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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