THE OVO ENERGY TOUR SERIES returns to Aberystwyth on Saturday 26 May – the only Welsh stage of its tour of British towns and cities. Ceredigion County Council is proud to host the event again this year with financial support from Aberystwyth Town Council and Advancing Aberystwyth ar y Blaen to secure the event for Aberystwyth.
Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic and Community Development said: “We look forward to welcoming the OVO Energy Tour Series to Aberystwyth again this year and to working alongside the organisers of Aber Cycle Fest to deliver 10 days of cycling events. Cycling is a hugely popular sport and staging these events gives us an opportunity to showcase Aberystwyth and Ceredigion at their best.
“The Aberystwyth stage of the Tour will be particularly exciting this year as both the men’s and women’s professional teams will feature 2018 Commonwealth Games medalists. Not only will the festival offer a chance to see well-known cyclists racing on the town’s streets, it will also be a great opportunity for school children and local amateur cyclists to demonstrate their skills and to compete for a place on the podium.”
This year, the children cycling races will be held on Saturday morning, May 26 marking a change in the last 7 years when they were held on a Friday. Cycling races for girls and boys in year 3, 4, 5 and 6 will start at 9am. This is a morning festival of fun for the cyclists of the future with a perfect opportunity to race in a closed, safe environment around the town. Secondary School children will be able to take part in the Welsh Cycling Criterium.
Registration is obligatory through www.abercyclefest.co.uk by May 21.
Aber Cycle Fest – ten activity-packed days of cycling events from May 19 until 29 – is a celebration of cycling in Ceredigion. The Tour Series is one of the main highlights of the festival along with the town centre criterium racing, uphill and downhill races and a mass participation ride – the Welsh Wild West Sportive.
The Festival includes fringe events all week and of course brings you the thrills of town centre cycle races all afternoon and evening on the 26 May.
Aber Cycle Fest continues to go from strength to strength as it develops to become one of Wales’ biggest cycling celebrations, with over 1,100 cyclists participating in last year’s event. Organisers of the event receive enquiries from cyclists from every part of the UK as the reputation of the festival spreads across the country.
Aberystwyth is Round 5 of the OVO Energy Tour Series out of 8 and will be broadcast on May 28 at 10pm on ITV.
A level results still high in Ceredigion
THE ‘A’ level examination results published today by the WJEC (15 August) show that high standards are being achieved in Ceredigion schools once again. 97.9% of entries for WJEC examinations were graded A* to E, with 27.9% of the entries achieving the top ’A’ grades.
Ceredigion pupils continue to outperform the Welsh average. More pupils in Ceredigion achieve the top ’A’ grades and A* to E grades. The below table shows a comparison with average Welsh figures. These don’t include Welsh Baccalaureate results and those from examination bodies other than WJEC.
Wales 2019 Ceredigion 2019
Grade A* – A 27.92% 27.0%
Grade A* – B 56.0% n/a
Grade A* – C 77.5% n/a
Grade A* – E 97.9% 97.6%
Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services. She said, “I would like to extend my warmest congratulations once again to Ceredigion’s sixth form students for their successes in this year’s A Level and AS examinations.
These results are the culmination of a long journey through school life which has seen them nurture and develop the academic and interpersonal skills that will enable them to move confidently into higher education, training or employment in fields of their choice. I wish them good luck for the future and would like to sincerely thank all who have contributed to their school journey in any way.”
MP Ben Lake calls for reform of police funding
HAVING recently shadowed Dyfed Powys Police officers in Aberystwyth, the Ceredigion MP has again urged the UK Government to review the police funding formula for rural areas.
Mr Lake visited Aberystwyth police station as part of the #GiveADayToPolicing campaign, a scheme for Members of Parliament to better understand the challenges currently facing police forces across the UK.
During his visit Mr Lake had the opportunity to experience a variety of aspects of local policing – from spending time with the neighbourhood policing team, meeting officers from different departments, and discussing policing challenges with front-line police officers.
Mr Lake has challenged the UK Government on several occasions to reform the formula for police funding – highlighting the need for the funding formula to take into consideration the seasonal pressures on forces, particularly the significant increase to the population of coastal areas during the summer months.
Mr Lake said: “I am very grateful to the officers of Aberystwyth police station for their welcome, and for taking the time to speak with me. I now have a better understanding of the challenges our police officers face, as well as a deeper level of respect and admiration of their work and commitment to public safety.
“As I have previously stated, we cannot expect a one size fits all approach to work effectively across the whole of the UK, and as such, it is imperative that the criteria used to allocate the Home Office police grant are revised so that they reflect the increased demands and unique challenges facing rural forces in areas such as Ceredigion, especially during summer months.”
Mr Lake added: “It is widely acknowledged that Welsh police forces have suffered under the present funding formula, and so it is high time that the UK Government either amends the formula accordingly, or devolves the responsibility for policing to the Welsh Government so that they may do so themselves.”
New waste trial launched in Aberystwyth
A NEW trial has been launched in Aberystwyth as part of the Caru Aber campaign, to help keep the town centre clean on waste collection days.
Heavy duty sacks will be placed on Aberystwyth streets on Monday afternoons before the black bag collection on Tuesdays in the following streets; Portland Street, Portland Road, Queen Street, Corporation Street, Eastgate Street, New Street and Cambrian Place.
Black bags should be put in the sacks by 8am on Tuesday mornings for collection. The intention is that the sacks contain the waste until it is collected. The sacks will be retrieved after the waste has been collected to avoid clutter and obstruction on the streets.
Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “We see this trial as a practical and relatively cost effective way of responding to long standing issues relating to domestic waste presentation in Aberystwyth town centre. The sacks will also provide a visible reminder to residents in the town centre on what days to present their black bags.
“The trial forms part of the Caru Aber campaign, and the wider Caru Ceredigion campaign, where the council looks to work with local communities to address issues which are of concern or are important to them.
“This innovative approach is another example of positive proactive action the council is taking. We hope that the residents of the town centre will play their part by making good use of the sacks as this will be the critical factor in measuring the success of the scheme.”
Clean recycling and food waste should continue to be presented on a weekly basis in the containers that the council already provides through clear bags and food caddies.
Ensuring that the right waste is presented in the right way and on the right day will help to make sure that the town’s streets are kept clean and that the waste is contained, managed and treated in the most cost effective and environmentally friendly way as possible.
The sacks were first used in readiness for waste collections on Tuesday 6 August 2019. The initial feedback is positive as they have worked to contain the waste on the streets, which were noticeably cleaner.
This latest initiative is developing on feedback and experience from two other trials undertaken. The success of the trial will be monitored on an ongoing basis and reviewed to reflect the experience which will include looking at ways of engaging all residents.
For more information about the new scheme, please contact the Customer Services Contact Centre on 01545 570 881 or by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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