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Support Of Residents Helps Household Waste Site Reopening

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Three of Ceredigion’s Household Waste Sites have now reopened.

The sites at Glanyrafon, near Aberystwyth, Cilmaenllwyd, near Cardigan and at Lampeter are now open for essential use only. The HWS site at Rhydeinon, near Llanarth, is set to reopen at 09:00 on Wednesday 17 June.

Due to the new arrangements put in place and the support of local residents the reopening has gone well so far with no significant issues reported. As part of Caru Ceredigion the Council would like to sincerely thank residents and the site operators for working with us and playing their part in this.

It is hoped residents will continue to behave responsibly and sensibly by only visiting if they really have to and adhering with all the new arrangements in place. This will ensure that the demand is manageable and avoid extensive queues.

Access to all the sites is limited for essential use only to for cars with even-numbered plates on all the even days of the month and cars with odd-numbered plates on all the odd days of the month.

If the waste items can be stored safely at home or if it they can be collected as part of the usual domestic waste collections residents should not attempt to visit the sites. The trip to the tip is going to be a very different experience moving forward due to the restrictions and considerations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is essential that the public understand and adhere to the following instructions when seeking to access the sites:

Aberystwyth, Glanyrafon Industrial Estate, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth. SY23 3JQ
Reopened as of Thursday 4 June 2020

If queues extend to the main Glanyrafon Industrial Estate through road residents should leave and return at another time/day as no queuing will be allowed which affects this road.

Cardigan, Cilmaenllwyd, Penparc, Cardigan. SA43 1RB
Reopened as of Thursday 11 June 2020

If queues extend to the A487 Trunk Road you should leave and return at another time/day as no queuing will be allowed on the A487.

Residents should only access from the Cardigan direction. No right turn off A487 from the Penparc direction – continue to the Priory Roundabout and return.

Lampeter Industrial Estate, Tregaron Road, Lampeter. SA48 8LT
Reopened as of Thursday 11 June 2020

If queues form on the A485 and / or A482 residents should leave and return at another time/day as no queuing will be allowed which affects these roads.

Llanarth, Rhydeinon, Llanarth. SA47 0QP
Reopening as of Wednesday 17 June 2020

The site should only be accessed from the Llanarth direction and left by travelling towards Post Bach. No access will be allowed for vehicles trying to enter from Post Bach.

It’s natural when a situation changes or is new, there may be uncertainty around what is or isn’t allowed. So along, with the new site rules, a list of Frequently Asked Questions has been put together to help residents decide on whether it’s the appropriate time or not to visit the HWS. The FAQ’s can be found at www.ceredigion.gov.uk/householdwastesite.

All of the measures that have been put in place are with a view of protecting the public and the staff at the sites as well as ensuring that they operate as smoothly as possible while minimising disruption to the local highway network and others.

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Jail after heroin worth £45,000 seized

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AN ABERYSTYWYTH woman has been jailed, and an organised crime gang disrupted, after heroin worth £45,000 was found at her home.

Dyfed-Powys Police found more than 400g of the class A drug during a warrant at Susan Marie Proffitt’s home – resulting in one of the force’s largest single seizures of heroin in Ceredigion.

The result has disrupted an active organised crime gang supplying class A drugs to the area.

Sergeant Steven Jones said: “This swift and thorough investigation involved officers and staff from departments across the division, who worked together to secure this result.

“The defendant had a huge amount of heroin at her home, with efforts taken to conceal bags of the drug around the property.

“There is no doubt that in taking Proffitt out of the supply chain we will have disrupted an organised crime gang which she was a trusted part of in supplying heroin into the division.”

Officers carried out a warrant at the 52-year-old’s home in South Road on August 30, 2020.

On searching the property, a box containing 408g of heroin was found concealed in a vent under the staircase, and two further wraps were found in a shower head bracket. Fingerprint marks matching those of Proffitt were found on these items.

Four mobile phones were also seized from the property.

Sgt Jones said: “The quantity of heroin recovered is far in excess of what he would expect to see someone who is simply a user to be in possession of for their own use.

“Given the value of the heroin recovered and the financial circumstances of the defendant, we were confident it was unlikely she would be able to fund a purchase of such a quantity of heroin without being involved in the supply of drugs.

“The only realistic reason for possessing this quantity of heroin was for supply onto others.”

Proffitt was charged with possession with intent to supply, and pleaded guilty. She was sentenced to 57 months in prison when she appeared at Swansea Crown Court on Thursday, November 26.

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New permanent walk-in test centre opens in Aberystwyth

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PEOPLE in Aberystwyth with symptoms of COVID-19 now have access to a permanent walk-in testing facility.

Hywel Dda University Health Board has arranged for a Local Testing Site (LTS) to be located inside the former Padarn Nursery building, (behind, but not connected to, Padarn Surgery), on Penglais Road.

Local people should avoid using the nearby nursery car park, leaving it free for those people accessing tests to park there. People who attend the walk-in centre must wear a face covering.

Meanwhile, the drive-through facility at Canolfan Rheidol has now been relocated to Cardigan in response to a rise in cases in that area. Residents of Aberystwyth will not be impacted by this move as there is plenty of testing capacity at the LTS.

Alison Shakeshaft, Director of Therapies & Health Science at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We are very pleased to have secured this LTS for the people of Aberystwyth. Many residents in the town, including students, do not have their own private vehicle in order to access drive-through testing facilities, so the option of a walk-in facility is very important.

“This is a challenging time and I urge everyone to remain vigilant and follow the rules, including wearing face coverings where required, maintain social distancing, washing hands regularly, or using a hand sanitiser if hand washing is not possible.”

Anyone who has symptoms of the virus (a new persistent cough, high temperature or loss/change of taste or smell) must book a test as soon as possible.  This can be done through the online UK portal at www.gov.wales/coronavirus.

University students with COVID-19 symptoms, when booking a test, are required to provide their local address in Aberystwyth.

Please do not book a test if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not attend testing centres without booking first as you will not be seen without an appointment.

Please follow the latest self-isolation guidelines which can be found here.

For the latest news and updated from Hywel Dda University Health Board visit https://hduhb.nhs.wales/

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Improvements required at a pub in Devil’s Bridge

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A HOSPITALITY business in Devil’s Bridge has been required to make improvements to safeguard the public’s health and well-being as part of the coronavirus regulations.

A Premises Improvement Notice has been served to The Hafod, Devil’s Bridge, Aberystwyth by Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection Officers due to non-compliance with The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 4) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

As part of the Premises Improvement Notice, the Premises must ensure that a distance of 2 metres is maintained between any persons on the premises, and put measures in place which limit close face to face interaction and maintain hygiene. 

These measures will need to be implemented by 17:00 on November 27, 2020. The full notice can be seen on the Council’s website under Improvement and Closure Notices.

Information for businesses is available on the Council’s website under Supporting Ceredigion’s Economy.

Any business who is unsure of their responsibilities is urged to check the Welsh Government website

Any business that requires further information or guidance can contact the council’s Licensing Team on 01545 570881 or clic@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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