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Commissioner gives residents a voice

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a voiceDYFED-POWYS POLICE and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon has been to Tenby to discuss with residents the recent changes to the force and some of the issues around the town.

On February 21 the commissioner spent a day in the town as part of a series of ‘Your Voice’ days and he met up with business people, victims of crime, police officers and PCSOs, older people and other residents.

Matters discussed included Mr Salmon’s work to help develop a police force to meet modern needs across Dyfed-Powys, his news that the force would soon have 30 new police officer posts and his desire to see more imaginative thinking in preventing youth crime.

Mr Salmon said: “The best outcome I can have in my role is the prevention of crime and I’ve heard of a few Tenby issues that I’ll be following up on.

“These include the possibility of extra powers for PCSO’s in relation to parking fines, dog fouling penalty notices and orders which can see individuals removed from a public location for 24 hours.”

The Commissioner’s visit to Tenby began with a town centre walkabout with PCSO’s Sarah Smith and Andrew Griffiths.

Over refreshments at Caffe Vista, he talked to David Petersen of West Wales Animal Aid and Doug Waters of the Tenby and District Licensed Victuallers Association (LVA).

At the Salvation Army coffee shop in Upper Park Road, he met Major Martyn Clements and friends of the church.

Mr Salmon hosted a public surgery which attracted four individual visitors for private meetings at the Fourcroft Hotel then spoke with officers at Tenby Police Station.

Mr Salmon said: “This was a people-focused day for local people to air their views. As their voice in crime and policing I need to understand their thoughts and, to those who missed out, I say ‘Please contact me through my Office.’

“Your Voice days are all about me gaining a greater understanding of the crime and policing needs of local people.”

Mr Salmon plans more Your Voice days through 2014, right across each Dyfed-Powys county of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

The schedule includes St David’s (May), Aberaeron (June), Milford Haven (September) and Cardigan (November).

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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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