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Blaze Hotel due to have partial demolition

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A LOCAL hotel which was gutted during a fire in july last year, killing one person is set to be potentially demolished this month.

The Ty Belgrave House Hotel on Marine Terrace which suffered an early morning fire on 25 July, had been cordoned off from the public ever since.

The planned demolition will start on February 18 and will see a roadblock in place expected to last until 15 March, which will allow the planned work to take place without compromising public safety.

A spokesperson for Ceredigion Council has said “The Council has received a request to close the road in connection with demolition works.

“The request was for a closure between the Belgrave Hotel and the Belle Vue Hotel only.”

Adding “The road closure application is to facilitate partial demolition and removal of structural elements of the affected of the affected roof structure, together with removal of debris from within the building, and to reassess the integrity of the remaining party wall between Belgrave and the Belle Vue.”

The blaze saw the rescue of nine adults and three children. One man – Juozas Tunaitis, a Lithuanian national was killed after he became trapped in the blaze. Tunaitis was a contractor at Aberystwyth University as a fire safety officer, his body was recover almost a month after the blaze.

The Hotel required reinforcement to allow for a full investigation to take place.

31 year old Damion Harris, of Llwyn Onn, Pwllhobi will stand trial in March for murder, causing grievous bodily harm, arson with intent to endanger life and a lesser, alternative charge of arson.

Harris has pleaded not guilty to all charges, the trial will start on 4 March.

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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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