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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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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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