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Fantastic activities over the half term holidays organised by Cered

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ARE you looking for somewhere to go over half term? Keen to get some fresh air or to enjoy some live music? If so, make sure you have a look at Cered’s Hwyl Dewi programme for an array of ideas.

Following the popularity of Cered’s Hwyl yr Haf programmes during the 2017 and 2018 summer holidays, Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion have launched a new programme called Hwyl Dewi 2019 which is a guide full of Welsh medium and bilingual activities for children, young people, families and adults of all ages over the February half term holidays and St David’s Day weekend.

Different to the Hwyl yr Haf programmes that have concentrated on the Aberystwyth area, Hwyl Dewi 2019 will extend across Ceredigion in order to include over 20 activities from Tal-y-bont to Cardigan and from Lampeter to Llangrannog.

The programme will start with a gig called ‘Parti Gŵyl Dewi Cynnar’ by Sesiwn Nos Wener Tal-y-bont on Friday, 22 February and will close on Monday, 4 March with St David’s Parades in Aberaeron and Lampeter. Some of the programme’s highlights include Cân i Gymru 50, a gig with Band Pres Llareggub and a sports camp with the Scarlets and Swansea City Football Club.

Steffan Rees, Cered’s Community Development Officer said, “Over 13,000 people used our Hwyl yr Haf programme in 2018 and many of the activities had sold out. While our Hwyl programmes extends across the whole county for the first time, our aim is that it will attract new people from the south of the county to witness the fantastic entertainment available on Ceredigion’s doorstep. It’s very nice to see a number of new organisations join the scheme for the first time like Sesiwn Nos Wener Talybont, Cardigan Castle, Llandysul Library and Gwersyll yr Urdd Llangrannog in order to enrichen the wealth of Welsh activities in our county.”

Hwyl Dewi is a digital programme and you can find all the activities on Cered’s website on www.cered.cymru or by going to the organisation’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages. For more information, contact Steffan Rees, Cered Community Development Officer on 01545 572 350.

 

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The county’s play areas to close

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ALL THOSE who manage Ceredigion Play Areas have been asked to close their play areas as of Monday, 23 March 2020.

This decision doesn’t come lightly as they are wonderful places to enjoy. However, you may have noticed people are still meeting in outdoor parks and communal areas outside. We must protect our communities and strive to ensure that people stay away from places where they can come together, especially children and young people who are not currently attending school. It is also important to note, it is reported that Coronavirus can remain on surfaces, including metals and plastics.

The Council requires all playground owners / managers in Ceredigion to ensure that the community keep away from the play spaces. These include community spaces, parks and skate parks.

If there is a gate or fence around the play area, it will be locked and a poster placed on the entrance. For those areas without a fence or gate, the poster will be put in a suitable place so that the public can understand that it is not safe for them to use the play area at present.

We thank all who are helping to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak responsibly.

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The latest on plastic free Ceredigion

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At its meeting held on 17 March, the Council’s Cabinet received an activity update from the Plastic Free Ceredigion Task and Finish Group, which was set up after full Council approved a motion on 22 February 2018.

Full Council approved the ‘Plastic Free campaigns throughout the County, including Plastic Free Aberporth and Plastic Free Aberystwyth’ motion to ensure that the Council helps to reduce the amount of single use plastics used in our day to day operations.

The motion involved a number of factors including; reducing single-use plastics within Council facilities and offices and encouraging local businesses, organisations, schools and communities to move away from single-use plastics and use sustainable alternatives. Promoting the use of sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics at all Council supported events, supporting beach cleans and any other events which aim to raise awareness of the issues of single-use plastics.

Since 22 February 2018, the Council have removed 5 single-use plastic that were used across the local authority, implemented projects in conjunction with NRW with local primary schools, worked closely with communities throughout Ceredigion and commenced the provision of Water bottle re-fills on request to all visitors to our public facing buildings.

In January 2020, the Schools Service were successful in bidding for funding from the Circular Economy Capital Fund, which allows for the purchasing of milk dispensers which will remove the need for the provision of plastic milk bottles and straws by 1,979 pupils at Foundation and Key Stage 2. This is equivalent to a reduction of 376,010 plastic milk bottles per school year.

Councillor Alun Williams, Member Champion for Sustainability said, “These are initiatives which, together, make a real difference to the amount of single-use plastics going into the waste stream from Council activities. Whilst it’s important that everyone seeks to minimise their use of single-use plastics, it’s particularly important that large organisations like councils take these kinds of actions because they can have a wider effect which, in turn, can lead to industry changing to more sustainable practices. Ceredigion Council is trying to lead the way in showing what’s possible within an organisation.”

This supports one of the Council’s corporate priority of Promoting Environmental and Community Resilience.

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Cabinet decision on former care home still stands

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The Council’s Cabinet met on Tuesday 17 March to discuss the recommendation put forward by the Corporate Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Monday 16 March, regarding the future of the former care home, Penparcau.

Following the discussion at Cabinet, it was decided not to support the recommendation put forward by the Committee. The Cabinet’s original decision made on 25 February will now be implemented.

The Committee recommended that Cabinet postpone progressing the sale of the former care home for 6 months, given the current situation regarding coronavirus, and following that period, both the Corporate Resources and Healthier Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committees reconsider the matter of future EMI Nursing in Ceredigion. The recommendation was made after councillors used the Councils’ call in process to review the Cabinet’s decision on 25 February 2020.

Councillor Rhodri Evans is the Cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration. He said, “The Council has actively sought the appropriate re-use of the former care home over a lengthy period of time. The Council initially undertook a procurement exercise to identify a provider between 2015 and 2017 and since 2018 sought to sell the property for a preferred use since. Both approaches have been unsuccessful. After careful consideration, it’s now time to consider alternative options for disposing of this asset and attract investment in the property. The money raised from the sale can then be used towards supporting service providing care elsewhere in the County.

The Council will continue to discuss options with Hywel Dda University Health Board for providing improved EMI provision in the County.”

The Council will liaise with Registered Social Landlords in the hope that a purchase can be agreed within 3 months. This is due to the continued need for affordable housing in the County. If this cannot be achieved, the land will be sold on the open market without identifying any preferred uses.

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