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Street lights to change to LED bulbs by 2022

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SWITCHING street lights to LED bulbs has saved over £1m over 10 years in Ceredigion. In 2017/18, 985 tons of carbon was saved from entering the atmosphere when compared to 2007/08 street light emissions.

Ceredigion County Council has signed a pledge to change street lights to LED bulbs by 2022. The Council has made the pledge to the charity, 10:10 Climate Action. Every street light will be changed to LED bulbs, except for a few heritage street lamps.

The council’s champion for sustainability, Councillor Alun Williams said, “Ceredigion has already made considerable carbon and cost savings by converting our streetlights to LED. The current two-year programme of further conversions is scheduled to result in energy savings of 68% since 2007/08 as well as reduce faults and save on maintenance costs. The Council will continue to prioritise carbon management measures to reduce our effect on the changing climate and save council resources.”

Neil Jones, campaigner at 10:10 Climate Action said, “Ceredigion council deserve nothing but praise for taking the pledge to lighten up their streets with LEDs. In these tough financial times, the money saved will make a real difference to people in the area. And the carbon cutting potential of LEDs makes this move a no brainer.”

LED bulbs have shown energy savings of up to 50%-70% compared to conventional bulbs. LED bulbs can last for over 20 years, whereas conventional bulbs only last for 4-6 years.

Changing street lights to using LED bulbs helps the Council reach its corporate priority of promoting environmental 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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