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Council tax will rise 26% under Dyfed, says Leader

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tax riseCOUNCIL Leader, Jamie Adams, gave a passionate speech at full council yesterday where he warned that moving to a new Dyfed County Council or merging Pembrokeshire with Ceredigion council would cost cash strapped county residents money.

His comments came as members voted in a 3.4% rise in council tax for the financial year 2014/15.

He said to members: “We have as all councils have issues with the capacity we have to undertake services. The council tax rise of around 50p a week is the lowest rise in both cash and percentage terms in Wales. We remain by far the county with the lowest council tax, fees, and charges in Wales. In terms of our neighbours we are all aware that the Williams report is considering reconfiguration of local authorities in Wales.”

“If I was here today considering a rise for a new Dyfed County Council then it would be a rise of 26% or £193 per year. A move to Dyfed will cost residents of this county on a band D considerably more and exponentially more on other bands. If there was a merger with Ceregidion then that rise would be 15.9% or £118 per year.”

Cllr Adams concluded by saying: “People should reflect on those figures and understand that this council is truly committed to driving value for our residents.”

Cllr Bob Kilmister said: “I agree with Cllr Adams, Dyfed mark 2 will cost money and I have no confidence that it will provide better services. The financial facts speak for themselves.”

Band D Council Tax will increase from £741.17 to £766.55, an increase of £25.38 per year.

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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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