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National park visits proposed solar hamlet



solarAT A RECENT meeting of the Development Management Committee of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park a decision was taken to visit a site for a proposed Solar Hamlet. 

The application comprises of two detached and four semi-detached Ty Solar type houses. The proposed location for the site to the north of the county is on land adjacent to Glanrhyd House in Glanrhyd near Nevern. Pembrokeshire based Western Solar Ltd have announced their intention to build Wales first Solar Hamlet at Glanrhyd based on their award winning Ty Solar zero energy home. The homes are exclusively for local people to the north Pembrokeshire area. A development application has been lodged by Western Solar Ltd with Pembrokeshire National Parks for consideration to convert the former garage at Glanrhyd to erect six homes. The houses will be manufactured at Brynawelon Farm near Croft by a newly established eco factory that intends to meet, what it hopes will be, growing demand for zero energy housing. The prototype, which stands at Rhosygilwen, was visited by the First Minister Carwyn Jones last year and the company has since been engaged in gearing up its production facilities and finding a suitable site for what will be a showcase for rural contemporary sustainable living in the 21st century. Occupants of the Ty Solar home will be offered an attractive package of free services to address many of the problems of rising energy costs and transport and communications. In addition to free energy, the new super broadband and sewage, residents will be offered low energy kitchen appliances and a subsidised electric car sharing scheme to slash the cost of short distance commuting to nearby Cardigan and Newport. The south facing homes all enjoy passive solar gain and their triple glazed windows and 11 insulated walls give them a top A energy rating which few new houses enjoy in the area. The integrated solar PV roofs will provide more than enough all year round energy to meet domestic demand. The homes are constructed with timber sourced from Wales and the surrounding national parks and supported by a strong network of local suppliers. Western Solar will create 10 jobs before the end of the year with at least half of them being apprentices. Further job creation will result with third party suppliers such as Thomas Joinery in Bynberian who intend to supply the company with its highly specified windows and doors. John Thomas of Thomas Joinery said: “We’re looking forward to the start of the construction of these units as it will allow for our continued growth and expansion. It is great that we have this exciting new venture on our doorstep. Dr Glen Peters, CEO of Western Solar said: “We’re hoping to demonstrate that affordable housing can be supportive of the environment and provide a much needed social benefit in the way of homes for local people who are being driven out of the area because of a lack of suitable dwellings. Further details regarding availability of the units will be published towards the end of this year subject to the scheme being approved by Pembrokeshire National Parks in June. Caption: The planned Solar Hamlet at Glanrhyd.

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Aberystwyth: Driver on drugs hits lorry and causes ‘road chaos’



A DRIVER high on drugs caused 15 miles of chaos as he approached Aberystwyth on the A44.

Brian Pitts hit an oncoming lorry and road signs as he drove on the wrong side of the road.

A car passenger filmed him because she was sure a serious accident was about to happen.

Pitts, aged 57, of Delmont Close, Tipton, west Midlands, admitted dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drugs he had taken.

Dean Pulling, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that on June 16 last year Pitts had been driving his Rover MGZR, towing a trailer full of wooden fencing posts, towards Aberystwyth from his home.

Richard Brooks followed the car through Llangurig and became so concerned he telephoned the police while his wife Victoria filmed Pitts on her mobile.

The Rover collided with a 13 tonne lorry driven by Andrew Paxton but failed to stop.

Pitts failed to take a roundabout and hit road signs and an embankment but still carried on.

During the 15 miles, said Mr Pulling, oncoming traffic had to swerve off the carriageway to avoid a collision.

Several motorists telephoned the police to report what they were witnessing, he added.

Pitts came to a stop in the middle of the road and another motorist snatched the keys out of the ignition–and noticed that Pitts had been driving with a dog on his lap.

Mr Pulling said police officers could tell there was something wrong with Pitts, but an alcohol text showed he was below the limit.

“He was clearly unfit,” said Mr Pulling, although it was still unclear what drugs he had taken.

Pitts was taken to Aberystwyth police station and then to Bronglais hospital, where he appeared to recover after treatment. But he soon deteriorated and had to be taken back to the hospital.

Pitts developed pneumonia and had to be kept in for nine days.

His barrister, Tom Scapens, said when Pitts had been shown the mobile telephone footage he felt physically sick.

Judge T Mervyn Hughes jailed Pitts for 10 months and banned him from driving for four years.

He told him, “If you had not been stopped I am quite sure you would have caused serious injury if not death.”

Pitts was told to pass an extended driving test before getting his licence back.

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Motion to support the reduction of plastic use in Ceredigion approved



In a Full Council meeting on 22 February 2018, the Council unanimously supported a motion to reduce the use of plastic and to support plastic reduction initiatives in Ceredigion.

The motion was proposed by Councillor Mark Strong and was seconded by Councillor Gethin Davies. The motion calls on Ceredigion County Council to support the various ‘Plastic Free’ campaigns throughout the county by reducing single-use plastics within Council facilities and offices and to promote the use of sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics at all Council supported events.

Councillor Mark Strong said, “I’m delighted that the Council unanimously supported the motion. This is an important step for the Council but we must carry on to reduce plastic use. Everyone has a responsibility to reduce the environmental damage caused by plastic. Carrying out small acts such as buying milk from your local milkman supports the local economy but in turn also supports our environment by using reusable glass bottles.”

The motion also calls on the Council to encourage local businesses, organisations, schools and communities to move away from single-use plastics and use sustainable alternatives as well as to support beach cleans and other events which aim to raise awareness of the issues of single-use plastics under the “Plastic Free”, Caru Ceredigion, Tidy Towns or any similar initiative.

The motion was amended in the meeting to include the establishment of a Members’ Task and Finish group to support measures to reduce the Council’s use of plastic and to support initiatives in the county that reduce plastic use.

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Richards-Keegan cleared of sending underage girl nude pictures



A BOW STREET man has been cleared of charges that he sent an underage girl photographs of his penis.

Paul Robert Morgan Richards-Keegan, aged 21, had denied two allegations of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Richards-Keegan, of Tregerddan, said the only messages he sent her via the internet were in response to approaches from her and did not include photographs of his private parts.

Catherine Richards, prosecuting, had told a jury at Swansea Crown Court that the 14-year-old girl had shared messages with Richards-Keegan via Snapchat.

At one stage police issued to him a child abduction notice, which he signed, instructing him not to contact the girl

In 2016 she told her mother that he was again sending her unwanted photographs of his penis attached to messages.

Richards-Keegan was arrested, and told police he had obeyed the order apart from messages he had sent after being contacted by the complainant.

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