MAE’R BROTEST Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg o blaid newidiadau polisi sy’n deillio o ganlyniadau Cyfrifiad 2011 yn werth chweil. Dyna oedd y neges gan y Cadeirydd y sefydliad, gan ei fod yn ac ymgyrchydd arall a dderbyniwyd dirwyon yn Llys Ynadon Aberystwyth ddydd Gwener diwethaf. Ym mis Mai eleni, paentiodd Robin Farrar a Bethan Williams, cadeirydd a chyn-gadeirydd y mudiad iaith, sloganau megis “Addysg Gymraeg i Bawb” ar wal adeilad Llywodraeth Cymru yn Aberystwyth. Gorchmynnodd yr ynadon i Robin Farrar a Bethan Williams dalu iawndal o £90 yr un, ond ni chodwyd costau arnyn nhw. Dywedodd y ddau na fyddan nhw’n talu. Roedd y brotest yn un o gyfres o brotestiadau yn galw ar y Llywodraeth i ymgorffori 6 phwynt sylfaenol yn ei pholisïau, gan gynnwys addysg Gymraeg i bawb, tegwch ariannol i’r iaith, a threfn gynllunio newydd, er mwyn cryfhau’r Gymraeg. Mewn datganiad polisi ym mis Mehefin eleni, cafwyd newid polisi pan ddywedodd y Prif Weinidog “bod rhaid i’r system gyfredol o addysgu… Cymraeg mewn ysgolion cyfrwng Saesneg newid” gan ddatgan ei bod ‘[yn] bwysig bod holl ddisgyblion Cymru – p’un ai ydynt yn mynd i ysgol cyfrwng Cymraeg neu ysgol cyfrwng Saesneg – yn cael cefnogaeth i siarad y Gymraeg yn hyderus.” . Mae’r Prif Weinidog hefyd wedi dweud ei fod “[yn] archwilio pob cam ymarferol i gryfhau’r Gymraeg yn y system cynllunio.” Ymhellach, cyhoeddodd y Llywodraeth y byddai’r Gymraeg ar wyneb ei Fil yn ymwneud â datblygu cynaliadwy. Wedi’r achos llys, dywedodd Robin Farrar: “Rydyn ni ac ymgyrchwyr eraill wedi llwyddo gosod yr agenda o ran sefyllfa’r iaith, ond rhaid dal ati i weithredu. Mae Llywodraeth Carwyn Jones, hyd yn oed, bellach yn cydnabod bod angen diwygio’r drefn gynllunio er budd y Gymraeg, ac bod angen symud tuag at addysg Gymraeg i bawb – dyna ddau o’r chwe pheth roedden ni’n galw amdanynt wrth weithredu yn Aberystwyth. Ond nid yw geiriau Carwyn Jones yn ddigon – mae angen iddo gymryd cyfrifoldeb a gweithredu. Fel ymgyrchwyr, mae dyletswydd arnon ni i ddangos bod gweithredu’n bosib – dyna pam gyhoeddon ni fil cynllunio amgen ein hunain, dyna pam fod ein cefnogwyr heddiw yn llenwi cerdiau post ynglŷn ag addysg a chynllunio, a dyna pam dorron ni’r gyfraith a chymryd cyfrifoldeb.” Dywedodd Bethan Williams, un o’r gweithredwyr eraill, bod gweithredu uniongyrchol ond yn rhan o ymgyrch ehangach gan Gymdeithas yr Iaith: “Os oes unrhyw amheuaeth pam, mewn gwlad ddemocrataidd, ein bod ni wedi gweithredu – pam bod nifer o bobl wedi gweithredu yn enw ymgyrch y chwe pheth dros y misoedd diwethaf dyma esboniad. Am fod cyfle i ddylanwadu, cyfle i newid, cyfle i fod yn rhan o ddemocratiaeth… Rydyn ni wedi bod ar hyd llwybr dulliau traddodiadol democratiaeth – wedi llythyru, cyfarfod, ymateb i ymgynghoriadau, wedi achub ar bob cyfle, ond eto mae’r Llywodraeth wedi dal i roi’r Gymraeg i’r naill ochr. Mae’r hyn rydyn ni, a’r niferoedd eraill wedi ei wneud er mwyn cyfrannu at ddemocratiaeth, ac annog trafodaeth.”
Conservative Candidate highlights concerns over large-scale wind farms
EARLIER this year, the Welsh Government published its Draft National Development Framework (NDF) setting the direction for development in Wales. Within the NDF there is a section dedicated to ‘Energy’ development.
The Welsh Government are proposing “large scale wind and solar development to be directed towards Priority Areas for Wind and Solar Energy”.
Over a dozen areas have been identified throughout Wales and two of these priority areas cover large sections of Ceredigion.
According to the document, there will be a presumption in favour of “large scale on-shore wind and solar energy development in these areas, and an acceptance of landscape change.”
Amanda Jenner told The Ceredigion Herald: “Like many people, I’m passionate about protecting our environment and I fully recognise the importance of tackling climate change. However, I am seriously concerned about the huge pylons that could be needed to connect the electricity to the grid. These proposals do not consider the impact on the tourism sector!”
“Tourism is highly important to Ceredigion’s economy and it includes many agricultural businesses that have diversified into this sector, a trend that is likely to continue. The Labour run Welsh Government must consider how large-scale energy developments will impact Ceredigion’s tourism industry.”
Decisions on large-scale energy developments will not be made under the usual Local Authority Planning processes. Rather, Welsh Government Ministers in Cardiff will decide whether to approve such developments, under the Developments of National Significance process.
Amanda further added: “The top down nature of these proposals is worrying! The fact that tourism hasn’t been fully taken into account nor the disruption of large areas of peat, which may be hugely important to the ecology of an area, shows just how far removed the Labour run Welsh Government are from us.”
“The considerable additional powers which Welsh Labour Ministers are accruing for themselves, undermine local democracy. At the very least, despite being decided by Ministers in Cardiff, the Welsh Government must ensure thorough local community engagement and consultation. It is essential that there is a clear process and communities must be given ample notice of planning applications, in order to assess the wider implications and impacts on their communities.”
The Conservative Candidate has urged the Labour run Welsh Government to follow the example of the Conservative Government in Westminster and to launch a review in to the impact of wind farms.
Amanda said: “I urge the labour run Welsh Government in Cardiff to follow this sensible decision by the Conservative Government and to launch a similar review in Wales”.
New plaque unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan
A NEW plaque was unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan. The plaque was unveiled during a public Commemoration and Dedication Service on 12 October.
The plaque commemorates Michael J. Dunphy who gave his life in the 1982 Falklands War and Lee T. Davies and David M.E. Greenhalgh who gave their lives in the 2001-2015 conflict in Afghanistan. The plaque was unveiled by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards.
Councillor Paul Hinge is Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion. He said: “It was an honour and privilege to welcome everyone to the Service of Commemoration and Dedication, not only as a son of Cardigan, but as a veteran myself and Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion.
“The three fallen soldiers of Cardigan, Michael Dunphy, Lee Davies and Dave Greenhalgh paid the ultimate sacrifice and their names are now immortalised on Cardigan War Memorial honouring their sacrifice.
“It was a privilege to work with all stakeholders involved in planning the day including the families, regiments, Cardigan Town Council and Ceredigion County Council officers. We were delighted with the strong attendance on Saturday which was a testament to how important this Commemoration is to all concerned. It was a fitting tribute to the fallen soldiers of Cardigan.”
Communities in Ceredigion will get extra support
COMMUNITIES in Ceredigion will get extra support as they take part in a census rehearsal The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has appointed a census engagement manager to support Ceredigion residents help rehearse the census this October.
Ceredigion was chosen as one of just four areas for the census rehearsal, which will enable the ONS to test some of the systems and processes it has put in place ahead of the digital-first 2021 Census.
David Lloyd Roberts, the area’s census engagement manager, will help organisations, charities, faith groups and community leaders within the county to raise awareness of the census rehearsal and the value to local residents in taking part.
David, who grew up on a hill farm in Pontrhydfendigaid studied history and Welsh history at Aberystwyth University before embarking on a career within the community as a trading standards officer. He went on to manage the local authority’s trading standards, licensing and community warden functions.
He said: “I’ve worked in local government in Ceredigion for over 34 years and served as a school governor for 10 years, so I like to think I know the area and its people well.
“This is a really exciting opportunity to work with community groups and residents to test out the processes to make sure everything works as well as possible and to help ensure everyone in Ceredigion get their voices heard.”
People in each of the rehearsal areas, Ceredigion, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Carlisle, will be asked to complete a questionnaire about those living in their household on 13 October 2019.
The rehearsal will be primarily online, with help for those who need it. Residents will be invited to take part later this year.
Director of census operations, Pete Benton, said: “The census helps inform vital public services such as the number of children’s school places, hospital and GP services and social care provision in local areas.
“As the census only takes place every ten years it is important we hold an operational rehearsal to ensure that all our processes run smoothly.
“The people of Ceredigion who take part will all be helping to ensure the overall success of the 2021 Census.”
The ONS’s recommendations for the next census were published in a government White Paper in December 2018.
The 2021 Census will, for the first time, collect information on veterans of the UK Armed Forces. This enables monitoring of the Armed Forces covenant – the deal between the country and those who served it.
And it is proposed that there will also be a new voluntary question on sexual orientation for those aged 16 and over. In addition to the usual question on being male or female, there will also be a voluntary question on gender identity for those aged 16 and over.
Everyone across the UK, including those living outside of the four rehearsal areas will be asked to take part in the actual census in 2021. More information will be made available nearer the time.
Community leaders in and around Ceredigion can find out more about the rehearsal by calling David on 07458109340 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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