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Better mobile phone coverage for communities in Ceredigion

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EE has launched three brand new sites providing better mobile phone coverage in the communities of Cenarth, Capel Dewi and Pontsian. Until now, there has been a signal blackspot in these villages with local people, businesses and tourists all complaining about the poor connectivity.

Ben Lake MP took on the challenge of working with the mobile phone operators to urge them to look into the problem and invest in better coverage for the area.

Last week, EE announced that the three masts had been officially switched on which could see the three villages have reliable 4G coverage for the first time. EE’s 4G coverage is now in more places in Ceredigion than their 2G and 3G coverage. To make the most of the network, constituents are advised to use a 4G calling capable handset and plan.

EE continues to upgrade existing sites across mid-Wales and are committed to installing additional capacity to support major events.

Ben Lake MP said: “The quality of mobile phone signal in Ceredigion is a subject that is raised regularly with me, and so I was pleased to welcome EE to Ceredigion recently so as to discuss improving connectivity in rural Wales.

“The three new 4G masts will provide better coverage for the rural communities of Cenarth, Capel Dewi and Ponstian. For many years constituents in these rural villages have struggled to make and receive calls, and I hope that these new masts will mean better and faster connections.

“It is encouraging to see some progress in recent months in improving mobile signal and broadband speeds across Ceredigion. There is still more to be done, however, and so I will keep working to ensure everyone I represent is able to benefit from 21st century connectivity. Our communities deserve nothing less.”

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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