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Support given for Lucy’s Law campaign

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IN a Full Council meeting last week, the Council backed a motion supporting the Lucy’s Law campaign. It follows the Healthier Communities Committee Meeting on 19 September in which the committee considered and supported the campaign in principle.

Lucy’s Law is an initiative calling for an immediate ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third-party commercial dealers, with a view to changing the existing legislation in Wales. The aim is to make puppies available only from rescue centres or reputable breeders where the puppies can always be seen with their mothers.

The motion backed in Full Council was proposed by Councillor Maldwyn Lewis. It was seconded by Councillor Paul Hinge.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet member with responsibility for Public Protection Services said, “Lucy’s Law is a major step in tackling third party sales and ensuring breeders are accountable. It is a step towards ensuring that as demand for puppies continues to grow, so does the legislative control in relation to this activity. A ban on third party sales will probably not entirely eradicate bad practice in puppy breeding but it is seen as an effective strategy to dramatically reduce the scale of the problem and compel breeders to raise standards.”

Prior to the new Dog Breeding Regulations coming into force, the Council had taken a proactive approach to dog breeding within the County by introducing far stricter licensing conditions. This was taken with a view to improving welfare standards at dog breeding establishments. The conditions were also brought into line with those in neighbouring local authorities in the interests of consistency.

Councillor Lloyd continued, “The Council will continue to act in a proactive and reactive nature in relation to regulating dog breeding establishments having regard to its complement of staff and other competing priorities. Huge progress has been made in this area of work since the introduction of revised licence conditions in 2013 and this work will continue into the future.”

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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