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Aberystwyth: Wooden Jetty a step closer following funding approval

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A COASTAL COMMUNITIES FUND application for the renovation of the wooden jetty at Aberystwyth to bring pleasure boat trips back to the seafront has been successful.

The wooden jetty on Aberystwyth Promenade has become unsafe for use by boats. The application and funding has been approved by the Coastal Communities Fund. This is Crown Estates Marine Assets money that is administered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of the Welsh Government.

The two year project aims to rejuvenate pleasure boat trip activity on Aberystwyth seafront. The project will enable an existing wooden jetty to be brought back into a serviceable condition, suitable for use by sightseeing boat trip operators.

Councillor Rhodri Evans, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economy and Regeneration said, “The tourism unit has received casual enquiries over the last three years. These have been from potential boat operators and members of the public as to the possibility of boat trips being operated from the jetty for short sightseeing trips. Boat trips will take advantage of the very high pedestrian footfall on the Promenade and to add to the tourism offer. Congratulations to the Team on the hard work and successful application to the Big Lottery Fund. I look forward to seeing the start of the work soon.”

The work is expected to cost £76,000 in total including £4,000 match funding which has been identified from within existing Council budgets.

Sian Callaghan, Chair of the funding decisions committee commented, “We were really impressed with the ideas coming forward from Wales’ coastal communities, they have embraced this opportunity and come up with some great ideas which will not only create new jobs but also some wonderful new visitor attractions and products.”

The project will start on tendering the renovation work in an attempt to have the works completed by next season. The availability of boat trips from Aberystwyth will provide business growth opportunities for the boat trip operators and will enhance the visitor experience.

The decision contributes towards the Council’s Corporate Priorities of boosting the economy and promoting environmental and community resilience.

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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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