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Aberaeron aims for Best Place prize

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Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 13.40.05ABERAERON is one of 10 finalists competing to be crowned Wales’ Best Place, in a competition run by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Cymru, to celebrate some of our most attractive and inspiring places and the role planners have played in helping to protect or shape them for Welsh communities.

Widely cherished for its stunning examples of striking Regency-style architecture, Aberaeron is regularly recognised as one of Wales’ most attractive seaside towns. The tranquil and picturesque setting of this harbour town, equally coupled by its thriving establishments and close-knit community, make Aberaeron one of the jewels in the crown of Ceredigion.

The top 10 best places in Wales have been whittled down by the Wales Best Places Judging Panel from over 200 nominations from the public.

The other finalists are:

  • Caernarfon, Gwynedd
  • Cardiff Bay Inner Harbour, Cardiff
  • Denbigh, Denbighshire
  • Gower, Swansea
  • The Hayes, Cardiff
  • Llandudno Promenade and High Street, Conwy
  • Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, Merthyr Tydfil
  • Snowdonia, Conwy and Gwynedd
  • Tenby, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

The public can now vote for their favourite which will be crowned Wales’ Best Place.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic and Community Development Services at Ceredigion County Council , said: “Aberaeron was one of the first planned towns in Wales, and is recognised for its balanced offering of community, business and environmental needs. This is reflected by residents and workers who love living and working in the charming seaside town, and by the hundreds of thousands of visitors that come to the area every year to enjoy its delights.”

Peter Lloyd, Chair of RTPI Cymru, said: “The competition has reminded us of the passion we have for places we love. The finalists, places clearly loved by the public, have been protected, carefully planned or improved by the planning system. I encourage everyone to get behind their favourite place to ensure it wins!”

The voting for Wales Best Places is being officially launched by RTPI Cymru at this year’s National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny. Similar successful competitions were held last year in England and Scotland.

Voting is open until Friday, September 30. There are three easy ways to vote:

  • Submit your vote online www.rtpi.org.uk/walesbestplace
  • Email it to walesbestplace@rtpi.org.uk
  • Tweet your vote for your chosen place, tagging @WalesBestPlaces
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New Children’s Book based on local fisherman

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.

The book is available on Amazon.

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.

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Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’

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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.

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Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme

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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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