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Protecting young drivers with Pass Plus Cymru

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Ffion Wyn Lloyd: Winner of a £250 cheque

CEREDIGION COUNTY COUNCIL’s Road Safety Department feels the Pass Plus Cymru course gives new drivers “important early-on experience driving on busier, faster, bigger roads that they would otherwise be left to face by themselves or with an unqualified person.”

The organisers say: “Considering the modest sum of £20, Pass Plus Cymru offers tremendous value for money. The additional non-mandatory driving qualification, usually taken by newly qualified drivers gives offers applicants further instruction and added experience on aspects not covered in the usual driving test.

“The course consists of a group discussion which covers all six elements of the course as well as 6 hours of on-the-road training; the course focuses on aspects such as motorway driving, night-time driving and driving on rural country roads.”

Ffion Wyn Lloyd from Cwrt Newydd, who attended the course in August said: “I felt it was very important to complete Pass Plus Cymru after gaining my full driver’s license. As all of my driving experience has been on rural roads, PPC gave me the opportunity to gain valuable experience and confidence when driving on the motorway and tackling busy roundabouts – for £20 I don’t know why any newly qualified driver wouldn’t complete Pass Plus Cymru.”

Ffion was also the lucky winner of a £250 cheque after being entered into a quarterly prize draw which hasn’t been won by a Ceredigion resident since 2013.

Councillor Alun Williams, the cabinet member for transport said: “Anything that can be done to protect young drivers is important. Offering young and newly qualified drivers added tuition in unfamiliar driving environments will certainly increase safety on our roads.”

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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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