LOCAL traders, harbour staff and school children were among the South Pembrokeshire people visited by Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon
on January 28.
His ‘Your Voice’ day of activity in Saundersfoot, Pembroke Dock and Neyland also saw him meet individuals and small groups privately with 20-minute appointments.
Issues raised included the future of Saundersfoot Police Station, the usefulness of publicly-funded CCTV systems and antisocial motoring in Neyland.
Mr Salmon said: “Saundersfoot Police Station is open for business although I’m exploring other possible bases in the local community. No change will be made until new arrangements are put in place. Public CCTV is, largely, the responsibility of the county council. I’m happy to help those and others with CCTV budgets look at best options for the future. Councillors in Neyland reported local issues with a small number of young motorists. I’ll ask the Chief Constable what action local police are taking. I welcome the public’s thoughts and ideas on any of the matters discussed.”
Those who met Mr Salmon included members of Saundersfoot Community Council and Neyland Town Council. He also discussed matters with local PCSOs, local traders and with staff and pupils at Saundersfoot Community Primary School.
The Commissioner oversees an annual Dyfed-Powys policing fund of around £100m. As the elected voice of the public, he makes the police answerable to the communities they serve.
He works in partnership across a range of agencies to ensure a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.
In his first two years in office, his key achievements have included more police officers, improved access to the police, reduced policing costs and the launch of the Commissioner’s Fund for community initiatives.
Mr Salmon has arranged 12 ‘Your Voice’ days through 2015 – three in each Dyfed-Powys county of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.
The schedule includes: Newcastle Emlyn and Lampeter; Presteigne and Knighton; Llanelli and Burry Port; St Davids and Fishguard; Aberystwyth; Carmarthen and St Clears; Builth Wells and Brecon; New Quay and Aberaeron.
New Children’s Book based on local fisherman
CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.
Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”
The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.
Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’
CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.
The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.
Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”
The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.
Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme
A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.
From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.
There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!
A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.
Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”
Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.
For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.
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