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Ideas sought to support Cardigan Bay fishing industry and communities

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FUNDING has been received for the fishing industry, fishing communities, groups and organisations involved in the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Cardigan Bay coast and inland waters from St Dogmaels to Barmouth.

The Cardigan Bay Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) was originally established as a local partnership in 2012 in response to the opportunities opened up through Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund 2007-2013.

Building on the successes of the last programme of European Fisheries Funding, Cardigan Bay FLAG have received more funding. This project has received funding through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, which is funded by the European Union and the Welsh Government.

This community led local development funding will enable a programme of activity to be developed and delivered in the Cardigan Bay FLAG area.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic and Community Development said: “The Cardigan Bay FLAG, which is a private, volunteer, community, and public sector partnership, aims to assist coastal communities and the local fishing industry to improve the economic prosperity and quality of life in the area. With FLAG maintaining a strong vision going forward for Cardigan Bay, this is the perfect opportunity for people to come forward with ideas they may have to build successful, sustainable, economically viable local fishing and associated industries to meet current and future challenges.”

Revenue support can be provided for areas including Project Development, Pilot Projects, Feasibility Studies, Facilitation, Training, Mentoring and Consultation.

The 2007-13 FLAG operated across the Cardigan Bay area from Cardigan to Aberdyfi. The new 2014-20 Cardigan Bay FLAG will also incorporate St Dogmaels in the south and Barmouth in the north and will seek to build on the success of the previous programme. They will benefit from the networks and relationships built with industry and community stakeholders in order to drive balanced and sustainable growth for the industry.

If you have ideas that will benefit your local community and think this funding might be applicable, contact Alison Kinsey the Cardigan Bay FLAG Coordinator on alison.kinsey@ceredigion.gov.uk or 01545 574162.

Applications for the first scheduled evaluation need to be submitted by 5pm, 16 February 2018.

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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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