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Eight-year old girl inspires positive action

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A LETTER from an eight-year old girl, Lucie Medhurst, has led to positive action being taken to tackle dog fouling at a local beauty spot. Lucie, from Penrhyn-coch, wrote the heartfelt letter to Ceredigion County Council expressing her concern about the extent of the problem at nearby Gogerddan woods.

Lucie wrote, ‘I have found that lots of people are not collecting up their dog poo in Gogerddan woods but some people are collecting their poo but leaving it on the path because there are no bins’.

The council contacted Natural Resources Wales, who manage the site, to see what could be done to help improve the situation. From this, new signs promoting positive and responsible behaviours to dog owners have been put up in the woods.

Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways and Environmental Services said, “Dog fouling, unfortunately, is an increasing problem. Ceredigion County Council will prosecute dog owners that do not clean up after their dogs if sufficient evidence is provided. I wish that all dog owners would take heed of this young girl’s concern. It’s extremely commendable for an eight-year-old to take the initiative and time to write a letter to the council on something she feels very strongly about. This kind of action supports our ethos of ‘Caru Ceredigion’; that inspiring and adopting positive behaviours and attitudes is something we can all do. We can all work together to tackle issues affecting our local environment.”

The new signs at the Bow Street entrance of Gogerddan woods reminds people to clean up after their dog by bagging the waste and taking it away.

Jim Ralph, Operations Team Leader for Ceredigion, Natural Resources Wales said, “We’re proud to look after sites like Gogerddan Woods which help more people get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of the natural environment.

“It’s great to see young people being so enthusiastic about this special place and helping us look after it so more people can come and enjoy the forest. We’re happy to help encourage people to clean up after their dog.”

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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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