Following the announcement of the next stage of broadband roll out in Wales, Elin Jones AM and Ben Lake MP have urged Ceredigion constituents to come forward so that their lack of broadband can be raised with the Welsh Government and Openreach. After many calls from Elin Jones and Ben Lake, the Welsh Government has indicated that it will put Ceredigion as a priority, following revelations that the county has among the worst broadband connectivity rates in the UK.
The AM and MP have joined forces to put pressure on Openreach to complete the work that came to a halt with the end of the Superfast Cymru contract with the Welsh Government at the end of last year.
To do this, Elin and Ben are collating information on areas and individual premises where broadband is not currently available in Ceredigion.
Elin Jones said:
‘The announcement that Ceredigion will be considered early on in the next Welsh Government broadband project is very welcome news, especially to constituents currently without Superfast Broadband. Ben Lake and I want to bring the attention of the Welsh Government to these cases sooner, rather than later.
‘Up until the end of last year, many communities in Ceredigion saw Openreach workers hanging fibre cables on masts. In many cases these have been left hanging, coiled up, and communities have been left without a superfast connection, which was so close to being installed.
‘The Welsh Government has agreed with Openreach to extend the build phase of Superfast Cymru project so that delayed works to around 2,500 premises throughout Wales can be completed. We want raise more of these cases with Openreach, like we have with Oakford, whose residents are now seeing their homes connected. We want to urge Openreach to do more, and we need the help of our Constituents in order to do this.’
Ben Lake said:
‘Many constituents across the county have approached me over the past few months regarding insufficient broadband speeds and the frustratingly slow Superfast Cymru roll-out to premises in Ceredigion.
‘We have to make sure that the benefits of superfast broadband are available to everyone, and access to fast, reliable broadband is increasingly essential for businesses. It is crucial that both Openreach and the Welsh Government recognise the commitment they have made to so many communities in Ceredigion, and also their responsibility to ensure that we do not see a digital divide emerge in Wales.
‘In response to the Minister’s statement regarding the Superfast Cymru extension, I am urging more constituents to come forward and register their details with us, so we can supply the relevant information to Openreach and the Welsh Government, and ensure that Ceredigion remains a priority during this extension period.
‘Early planning for the next phase is vital, and the Welsh Government has confirmed that properties ‘in scope’ for the next Superfast Cymru project will be agreed upon early in the tendering process. It is vital therefore that we provide the Welsh Government with a comprehensive list of premises and locations across Ceredigion that are not able to access decent broadband speeds.’
Three services in two days for New Quay RNLI
NEW QUAY RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was called into action three times in two days last week, firstly to a surfer near New Quay while on a training exercise on Thursday evening (17 June), then to a windsurfer in Aberaeron on Friday (18 June) and, while returning to station, a passenger boat in New Quay with a fouled propeller.
On Thursday evening Dylan Price, New Quay RNLI’s helm was taking crew on a training exercise when they were requested by HM Coastguard to assist a surfer in difficulty in Llanina, near New Quay. Dylan said, “On arrival we found them safe and well so a false alarm with good intent. We then continued with our training which included search patterns, a man overboard scenario and boat handling drills.”
Next, on Friday afternoon, in a strong northerly wind, the inshore lifeboat was tasked on service once again. Pete Yates, New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “We were requested by HM Coastguard to launch our inshore lifeboat at 1.40pm to a windsurfer in difficulty off Aberaeron. We made best speed up the coast in difficult conditions and arrived just as the casualty made it safely ashore, to be met by the New Quay Coastguard team.
“On returning to New Quay we assisted a passenger boat with a fouled propeller. We were able to free the rope from the propeller and then returned to station. Good outcomes all round! Remember if you see if you see anyone in difficulty or you find yourself in trouble on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
NHS Wales announce first and second dose vaccination walk-in clinics
Hywel Dda UHB is running walk-in vaccination clinics this week. There is no need to contact the health board to book an appointment and if you have already registered using the health board’s online form, you are still welcome to attend the walk-in clinic.
If you have a scheduled appointment, please keep your appointment time.
With the rise in cases across the UK it is important that as many people come forward for their first and second vaccines.
First vaccine walk-in clinics for anyone aged 18 and over who hasn’t had their first COVID-19 vaccine yet:
- Aberystwyth (Thomas Parry Library, SY23 3FL): Thursday 24 and Friday 25 June, 10am to 8pm.
- Cardigan (Teifi Leisure Centre SA43 1HG): Friday 25 June, 9.30am to 5pm.
- Carmarthen (Halliwell Conference Centre, UWTSD, SA31 3EP): Monday 21, Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23, Thursday 24 and Friday 25 June, 10am to 8pm.
- Llanelli (Ffwrnes Theatre SA15 3YE): Thursday 24 and Friday 25 June, 10am to 8pm.
- Tenby (Tenby Leisure Centre, SA70 8EJ): Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June, 10am to 8pm
Second vaccine walk-in clinics (please only attend if the centre is giving the same vaccine that you had for your first dose. This information can be found on your vaccine card.)
- Aberystwyth (Thomas Parry Library, SY23 3FL): Monday 21, Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 June, 10am to 8pm. Second dose Moderna vaccine only if you had your first dose on or before 11 April.
- Llanelli (Ffwrnes Theatre SA15 3YE): Monday 21, Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 June, 10am to 8pm. Second dose Moderna vaccine only if you had your first dose on or before 11 April.
- Tenby (Tenby Leisure Centre, SA70 8EJ): Friday 25 June, 10am to 8pm. Second dose Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine only if you had your first dose on or before 25 April.
If you are unable to attend a walk-in clinic, you can still request your first vaccine by completing this form
To request your second dose please use this request form.
If you or someone you know is unable to use an online form, please contact our booking team on 0300 303 8322.
Important: By travelling to a centre, you accept there is a risk that all vaccines will be allocated before you arrive. If you arrive after all the vaccines are allocated, we will take your contact details and add you to our reserve list.
Ceredigion RAF Veteran completes 500-mile walk around Scotland for RNLI Mayday
ROGER PHILLIPS, an RAF veteran, recently completed a 500-mile walk around the north coast of Scotland. Roger, 73, chose to support the RNLI in their Mayday appeal after having survived becoming trapped in his sinking aircraft and nearly drowning in 1973.
After Roger’s dramatic experience, in which he became trapped in a sinking aircraft after it went down in the South China Sea, he chose to support the RNLI to help them continue to help other people who get into trouble in the water. In order to show his admiration for all the work that the RNLI has done over the years and continues to do, he decided to tackle Scotland’s 500 mile long North Coast route as part of the RNLI’s Mayday mile fundraiser.
Roger, from Aberaeron, Ceredigion began his journey from the village of Lochcarron and walked clockwise around the coastline managing to complete the entire 500 miles in 28 days. Despite difficult weather conditions and terrain, Roger still managed to achieve an 20.04 miles on the last day averaging 16 minutes 49 seconds per mile.
Reflecting on the challenge, Roger said: “The most outstanding thing to me was that I finished in Lochcarron and then it took 12 hours to drive home to Aberaeron and even I could not believe that was the same mileage as I had just walked. Put into a straight line the distance became unbelievable.”
Catherine Jones, RNLI Community Manager for North and Mid Wales said: “Throughout the Mayday challenge we have seen countless people show their support for the RNLI in many weird and wonderful ways. Roger’s has completed an amazing feat and raised a brilliant amount that will be essential to the RNLI’s ability to continue keeping people around the coast safe.
“The amount of support we’ve received from people like Roger who have gone above and beyond is truly heart-warming. It is thanks to people like him that our volunteer crews will be able to continue to save lives at sea particularly ahead of this summer which is looking to be one of the busiest ever.”
If you’d like to contribute to Roger’s fundraising efforts or find out more, you can via his Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/walkthe500walkwithRoger
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