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Ceredigion ECO Flexibility Scheme wins two Wales Energy Efficiency Awards

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On 13 FEBRUARY, the Wales Energy Efficiency Awards were held at the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff. Ceredigion County Council scooped two of the top prizes that give recognition of the council’s commitment to promoting energy efficiency and for delivering a successful large scale energy saving project.

The council received the top prize for the ‘Regional Council or Local Authority of the Year’, for promoting energy efficiency. The judges considered the nature, scale and scope of the work undertaken, the impact that their work has had on the local community and the priority given by the council for tackling fuel poverty.

The council was also awarded the top prize for ‘Large Scale Project’ ‘(greater than £250k), in recognition of their success in delivering energy efficiency measures in properties across Ceredigion. The council delivered the project in partnership with E-on Energy and City Energy, who have funded the works. This award recognises the efforts of all those involved locally in delivering a successful large scale energy saving project, a high standard of quality workmanship, whilst maintaining excellent customer service.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member with responsibility for Housing. He said, “This is a fantastic achievement for the Environmental Health Team in recognising the work and commitment that has gone in to making sure that there are options out there for Ceredigion residents who are in need of that extra support with heating their homes efficiently.”

The council, together with E-on Energy and City Energy have been delivering the ECO Local Authority Flexibility scheme for just over a year and the scheme have delivered over 900 measures to households within the County.

The Energy Efficiency Awards were introduced to help recognise the work being carried out by the energy efficiency sector in Wales in their delivery of the Energy Company Obligation. The measures were introduced to help homeowners reduce their energy bills, tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.

Visit ECO Flexibility Funding – Heating Systems, Upgrades and Insulation Measures on the council’s website for more information on ECO Flexibility Funding.

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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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