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Community walk to mark Footpath Improvement project in Ceredigion

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THE last year or so has seen flurries of activity on and around Pen Dinas Local Nature Reserve. Members of Ceredigion’s Rights of Way team, contractors and a whole host of volunteers have carried out footpath improvement work with thanks to a grant from the Landfill Disposal Tax Community Scheme (administered by Welsh Council for Voluntary Action).

Now that most of the work is done, it was time to mark the occasion and to thank all those involved in delivering the project. A large group gathered in the café on Thursday 26 September at The Hub in Penparcau where a display of photos of the project were put on show and everyone had time to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee before heading up onto Pen Dinas to explore the improved paths.

Eifion Jones, Public Rights of Way Officer, said: “Given how unsettled the weather had been the week leading up to the community walk, with torrential rain and strong, gusty winds, there was no real plan to the walk. The idea would be to follow the middle path, then take a stroll around a section of the newly created, wheel chair accessible circular ‘Hen Domen Trail’ which now leads off the Ystwyth Trail, before we headed back to Penparcau along the old bottom path.

Despite low, dark clouds and the odd flurry of drizzle, there was the perfect window of a dry hour or so to allow the group to complete the whole circuit with plenty of time for photos of the spectacular views and to exchange anecdotes and information about the site.”

Rhodri Evans is the Cabinet member responsible for Economy and Regeneration. He said: “This is a step closer to achieving one of our key aims in the Rights of Way Improvement Plan, which is to offer the least restrictive access to our beautiful Coast and Countryside in Ceredigion.

Penparcau Hub café is open Monday to Friday providing facilities to anyone who may want to venture up onto Pen Dinas. There is internet access and public use laptops for checking maps of promoted routes on Ceredigion County Councils ‘Walks and Rides’ page which includes the new paths across Pen Dinas.

The ‘Walks and Rides’ page can be accessed by following this link: https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/coast-countryside/exploring-ceredigion/walks-and-rides/.

You could also register to become one of the 1000 new walkers to the summit of Pen Dinas that the Penparcau Walking group aims to encourage before the end of 2020.

For more information about the project, please contact Eifion Jones by calling the Customer Services Contact Centre on 01545 570 881 or by e-mail on Eifion.Jones@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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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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