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RNLI suspends plan to remove Ceredigion’s only all-weather lifeboat

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THE RNLI has announced that it has delayed plans to downgrade New Quay’s all-weather lifeboat.

In June 2017, following a 5-yearly Coast Review, the RNLI announced plans to remove New Quay’s Mersey-class all-weather lifeboat in 2020, replacing it with an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat. The proposed replacement will not be able to launch in conditions exceeding Force 6/7 in daylight or Force 5/6 at night, leaving a gap of 63 miles (nearly 80 miles of coastline) between the all-weather lifeboat stations in Fishguard and Barmouth.

That decision has proved to be deeply unpopular in Ceredigion and the Welsh Fishermen’s Association has claimed that it will put lives at risk. The controversial plan will now be subject to a further review in 2021. A spokesperson for the RNLI said, “I can confirm that the Mersey will remain on station until the next Cardigan Bay Coast Review in 2021.”

A spokesperson for the Ceredigion Lifeboat Campaign said, “We welcome the RNLI’s decision to extend the service life of New Quay’s current all-weather lifeboat until after the 2021 Coast Review and we applaud the fact that the RNLI has responded to the concerns of our seafaring community. However, we must stress that this is no more than a one year extension and, at present, it remains the RNLI’s intention to downgrade lifeboat capability when the boat is withdrawn, so our campaign continues.

“The CLC enjoys committed support from our local communities and we have been given a mandate by over 30,000 petition signatories to use all appropriate means in seeking to reverse the RNLI’s decision to remove Ceredigion’s only all-weather lifeboat. We remain committed to this objective and we will continue to build a case for the retention of all-weather lifeboat capability beyond 2021.

“It is essential that the 2021 Coast Review is a meaningful review rather than just a rubber-stamping of the RNLI’s previous decision. Unlike the previous review, it must be open and transparent and include a proper consultation process so that the views of local stakeholders are taken into account. It must also include a robust risk assessment, which is based on an appropriate data set, and which takes into account the increasing levels of marine activity off the Ceredigion coast.

“The door is no longer locked but we need the public’s help to push the door wide open and demand a thorough and open review in 2021.”

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Tregaron: Spider landed on driver before fatal crash

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A SPIDER landing on a woman’s hand caused a car crash which resulted in the death of her 11-year-old son, an inquest heard.

Tristan Silver was being driven to school by his mother Cloud Younger alongside his sister Branwen on May 4 2018, when the crash occurred near Tregaron.

The inquest in Aberystwyth on Wednesday (Jun 19) heard that the blue Subaru Legacy estate car drifted on to the wrong side of the A485 and hit a black Mitsubishi Shogun towing a trailer.

Farmer David Glyndwr Jones had loaded 60 lambs into the trailer before setting off for a market in Builth Wells with his wife. Around 8.45am Mr and Mrs Jones saw the Subaru driving towards them, and having seen that the vehicle was not slowing down, Mr Jones decided to pull his car into the verge and brace for impact.

When the cars met head-on, Mr and Mrs Jones, Mrs Younger and her daughter were left with minor injuries, but Tristan suffered serious head injuries. He was airlifted to hospital in Cardiff where he was pronounced dead.

After an interview with the police in June 2018, where Mrs Younger answered ‘no comment’ to each question, a prepared statement to police later explained that a spider had landed on her left hand as she was driving. This caused eight-year-old Branwen to start screaming, and Mrs Younger then tried to calm her daughter down, whilst continuing to drive.

The statement said that the Subaru had recently passed its MOT and all three people in the car were wearing seat belts. The inquest heard that the speed of the vehicle at the point of impact could not be ascertained, but Mr Jones said that his car was nearly at a standstill at the time of the crash.

Ceredigion Coroner Peter Brunton recorded a conclusion of misadventure.

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Plaid Cymru Cardigan hold event to support local initiatives

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MP Ben Lake led the evening

THE CARDIGAN plaid Cymru branch held a successful evening at the Fisherman’s Rest, Cardigan on Friday June 14 2019 to help share information and the experiences of local community benefit groups, as well as grant opportunities available to support such initiatives.

The evening was led by County Councillor Clive Davies and Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, Ben Lake. During the evening a presentation was given on far-reaching grant opportunities available for such community groups – drawing from examples of societies and community enterprises created in Cardigan over the last 5 years – and how they got started, grew from strength to strength, and received funding to achieve and support their objectives.

Following the meeting, Cllr Clive Davies said: “The success of local initiatives and groups have played a key role in Cardigan’s success as a vibrant market town over recent years. I welcomed the opportunity to further raise awareness of the opportunities and avenues of support available to such groups and enterprises to help them to continue to make an invaluable contribution to the town and local area.”

Ben Lake MP added: “Cardigan boasts a successful array of lively community projects and small businesses that have brought an added vigour to both the town and Ceredigion as a whole. It was useful to have the opportunity to discuss the challenges these groups face, as well as share information regarding the wide array of support and funding available to support and maintain their important work”.

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Ben Lake MP pledges support for advancing MS research

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BEN LAKE MP for Ceredigion has shown his support for investment in MS research, after visiting an exhibition by the MS Society in Parliament this week.

The exhibition, ‘Multiple Sclerosis – The Research Story’, gave parliamentarians the opportunity to hear from people living with MS and leading MS researchers around the UK. It featured personal objects from the MS community, representing what it’s like to live with the condition, alongside the latest developments in cutting-edge research.

Ben Lake, MP said: “I am delighted to have attended the MS Society’s parliamentary exhibit and see first-hand how close we are to stopping MS”

“MS is an unpredictable and challenging condition, which can be painful and exhausting. I want to see investment in this area of research continue to rise so everyone living with MS in Ceredigion and across the UK has access to effective treatments.”

Over the past 20 years MS research has led to major advances, including more than a dozen licensed treatments for people with the relapsing form of MS. But more investment is needed to find more, and better, treatments for everyone – including ones that can slow or stop MS from progressing.

Dr Susan Kohlhaas, Director of Research at the MS Society, said: “We’re really grateful Ben Lake MP has pledged their support for our work. More than 100,000 people live with MS in the UK and many are still left without treatment options that slow or stop progression. But we are at a turning point in MS research and the UK is at the forefront of this. We are closer than ever before to having treatments for everyone with MS, and stopping MS for good.”

The MS Society is the UK’s leading not-for-profit funder of MS research and is currently supporting over 70 active projects worth more than £20 million. To find out more about the MS Society and the vital research it is funding visit www.mssociety.org.uk

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