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Progress being made following Tŷ Belgrave fire

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FOLLOWING the investigative work as a result of the fire at Tŷ Belgrave in Aberystwyth, Marine Terrace has now partially reopened with traffic management arrangements in place, but Terrace Road will remain closed for the medium term.

Dyfed-Powys Police and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have completed their tasks and have vacated the site. Fencing has been erected around the building to prevent unauthorised access and to preserve the scene for future proceedings.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Public Protection Services which includes major incidents said: “There has been considerable partnership working between Dyfed-Powys Police, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Ceredigion County Council, as well as other partner agencies whilst dealing with this very difficult situation. I would wish to thank the public for their patience in the previous two months and in advance as matters continue to the conclusion of these tragic circumstances.”

Senior Investigating Officer, Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jenkins, said: “Dyfed-Powys Police’s investigation in to the cause of the fire is ongoing but I am satisfied with the progress so far. Officers continue working hard behind the scenes to examine evidence and updates will be given when more information is available. I would like to thank the community for their support and understanding while this vital work has been carried out.”

Group Manager David Hancock, Lead Fire Investigator for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service at this incident said: “The circumstances surrounding this fire has naturally required both a thorough investigation at the scene and concurrent detailed background enquiries to be conducted.

“The instability of the remaining structure presented considerable challenges to the investigation team, with a full multi-agency approach taken to ensure all available evidence could be gathered in a safe working environment.

“The efforts of Ceredigion County Council, their appointed contractors and the Wales Fire and Rescue Services Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team are recognised as being integral to this. In association with Dyfed-Powys Police, our investigative activities to pull together all available evidence continue with a view to bringing this incident to a conclusion.”

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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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