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Ceredigion County Council launches Cozy Caron scheme

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TWO information sessions are to be held in Tregaron and Ponhtrydfendigaid on 13 and 14 May for residents to gain information on the ‘Cozy Caron’ scheme. Cozy Caron is a new scheme to help eligible homes, within the area of Tregaron and the surrounding villages, to have central heating systems installed.

Ceredigion County Council has been successful in obtaining funding to install first-time central heating systems in properties that do not currently have full central heating systems. Storage heaters or a back boiler running a few radiators are not classed as a full central heating system.

To be eligible for this grant, all the following criteria must be met:

1) Property must be energy inefficient;
2) Property must not have an existing full central heating system; and
3) The household to be on low income.
City Energy Network have been appointed to deliver the project, they have been working with Ceredigion County Council for the past year and a half delivering the ECO Local Authority Flexibility scheme within the area.

To find out if you are eligible and gain more information on the scheme, open sessions will be held at:

· The Memorial Hall, Tregaron on Monday 13 May, from 3pm to 7pm.
· The Games Room, Pantyfedwen Village Hall, Pontrhydfendigaid on Tuesday 14 May, from 2pm to 7pm.

If you would like to discuss this scheme, please contact City Energy Network on 02920 499 183, or e-mail info@cityenergy.org.uk.

Only homes within the Tregaron area and the surrounding villages will be able to apply for the scheme. Eligible villages include Llanddewi Brefi, Pontrhydfendigaid, Ystrad Meurig, Swyddffynnon, Llanilar, Llanfair Clydogau, Llwynygroes, Llangeitho, Blaenpennal, Bontnewydd, Bronant, Swyddffynnon, Ffair Rhos, Ysbyty Ystwyth, Pontrhydygroes, Lledrod and Llanafan. Depending on the amount of successful applications received, villages outside of this boundary may be considered for the scheme.

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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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