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Continued improvement for Ceredigion

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Continued improvement for Ceredigion

Continued improvement for Ceredigion

THE COUNCIL’s Annual Performance Report was presented to and agreed by Ceredigion County Council on October 23. The report highlights the significant progress the council has made in transforming the way it delivers its services and has performed against its key objectives and improvement plans over the last year.

The report shows that the council delivers well in many services compared to other authorities in Wales, is committed to continuous improvements, and that it is delivering planned improvements in relation to carbon management, its education service, to helping older people live more independently and helping to regenerate Aberystwyth town centre. In 2013-14, the council was ranked in the top 5 authorities in Wales for 39% (17 out of 44) of the measures used to assess and compare performance in local government in Wales.

The council improved against 57% of the measures. At a time when councils are facing continuing financial challenges the report shows that the council has succeeded in delivering quality services at a time when resources are diminishing. The Leader, Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn, said that the report shows continuing improvement over the previous year 2012 – 2013: “Despite the budget constraints I am pleased that we’ve made progress in several services, and delivered on our planned improvements, as this reflects the way in which the Council is changing to become more efficient and effective without losing sight of the needs of the citizens of Ceredigion.

I was particularly pleased that the performance report bears out the findings of the recent Welsh Audit Office Corporate Assessment that concluded the Council enjoys strong leadership and helps drive improvements in services and outcomes for the citizens of Ceredigion.” Every council in Wales is obliged to publish an annual report of its previous year’s performance, and the Improvement Objectives for the current year.

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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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