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Lampeter: Ellis McGuiness jailed for nine months

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A MAN who once claimed to “run Aberystwyth” before he was jailed has discovered he does not rule Lampeter either.

Ellis McGuiness, aged 23, was imprisoned in 2016 for attacking three men after warning them that Aberystwyth was “my town.”
After his release he moved to a flat in High Street, Lampeter, where on July 24 he was involved in two violent confrontations.
Swansea Crown Court heard how at 1.30am he began threatening a 16 year old boy while holding a metal bar.
The youth ran home and re-emerged with a samurai sword in his hand.
CCTV cameras filmed them squaring up to each other outside the Royal Oak pub on High Street.
At about 5.30pm that day McGuiness again came across the youth and began shouting at him. The juvenile again ran home and returned to the scene holding the sword and McGuiness punched him in the face.
McGuiness admitted possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.
His barrister, John Hipkin, said he had to accept that McGuiness had a bad record for violence.
The punch, he said, had not led to any visible injury.
Neither incidents, he added, had led to the weapons being used to inflict injuries.
Judge Keith Thomas told McGuiness he had been responsible for “unpleasant incidents on the streets of Lampeter.”
“Weapons were used by both sides as they threatened each other,” he added.
McGuiness, he said, had at the age of 23 a “dreadful record for violence.”
He was jailed for nine months.
The court heard the youth had been dealt with by a court for juveniles.

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Recognition given to long-standing members of Council committee

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AT AN Ethics and Standards Committee (virtual) meeting held on 17 September 2021,  Rif Winfield and Hywel Wyn Jones were given recognition for their 10 years’ of service to the Committee between 2011 and 2021. A small plaque was presented to both.

Hywel was Chair of the Committee for 3 years.

In their place, two new independent members Alan Davies and Caryl Davies have been appointed.

Eifion Evans, Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council said, “Ceredigion County Council has benefitted from a decade of advice and considerations provided by Rif & Hywel. We welcome the new members of the committee and their input to the function of the Committee will be greatly appreciated.”

Standards Committees of local authorities exist to do all that is possible to promote and safeguard the standards that the public rightly expect from their elected representatives.

Ceredigion County Council Chairman, Councillor Paul Hinge, said, “Our thanks go to Rif and Hywel who have given their time to contribute to the Committee and we welcome the new members.”

The Committee is made up of five independent members, two county councillors and two town/community councillors. Meeting quarterly, reports for the Ethics and Standards Committee including dispensation applications can be found on the Council website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Exciting new developments on the horizon for Lampeter Wellbeing Centre

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Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility

At a Cabinet meeting held on 01 December 2020, it was agreed that Lampeter Leisure Centre would become the location of the Council’s first Wellbeing Centre in the County.

A significant amount of work and investment is to be made at the Leisure Centre which will improve the facility and the resources for years to come.

Over the coming months, as we see the plans and proposals for Wellbeing Centre develop, they will be shared with service users and the residents of Ceredigion.

Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility. The layout will be a reconfiguration of the existing facility in order to provide a Wellbeing Centre that can provide an enhanced range of Through Age Services, including Leisure Services to the residents of Lampeter and the mid of the county. 

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member, said: “We are looking forward to the development of the new Wellbeing Centre at Lampeter. This will provide a range of services to residents within their local community.

This development comes at a welcome time, as Ceredigion Public Service Board is carrying out an Assessment of Local Wellbeing, in order to find out about the wellbeing of local people and communities, now and in the future.”

Lampeter Leisure Centre will be closed during the building works, but during this period alternative provision will be made available for all service users and clubs.

We look forward to being able to share these alternative plans with you over the coming weeks, as soon as these arrangements have been finalised.

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UK Government must improve HGV drivers’ working conditions – Ben Lake MP

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Many people in the HGV industry have expressed concern

FOLLOWING his contribution during PMQs on September 8 regarding the HGV driver crisis, Ben Lake MP has raised the issue again, with Minister Grant Shapps.

Ben Lake MP has said:

“Many constituents who work in the HGV industry have come forward to share their experiences with me about the HGV driver crisis. As well as expressing grave concern, they have also shared ideas and long-term solutions that would greatly improve the current situation. 

“It’s important that the UK Government listens and gives full consideration to these suggestions and I look forward to meeting with the Minister in the near future to discuss them further.”

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