CEREDIGION County Council raised more than £300,000 from car parks in Cardigian in 2018/19. This equates to approximately a third of the total for the entire county.
Cardigan drivers coughed up £314,907.57. A large sum, especially when we consider that £944,824.50 was generated by the entire county’s car parks.
The news has been greeted with outrage by both the town council and traders, as the increase in car park charges isn’t the only recent price hike for the town.
There is a stark difference between Cardigan and it’s surrounding areas when it comes to this charge.
It now costs £1.50 to park for an hour in Cardigan, whereas across the river in St Dogmaels, The Pembrokehshire County Council only charge 50p an hour to park in the High Street.
Carmarthenshire County Council only charge £1 for a four hour stay, with free periods to encourage visitors to the town.
Martin Radley, the Cardigan Traders Chairman said: “Once again local people wanting to support local traders are getting hammered.
“Enough is enough. There has to be a fairer way of doing this, as we as businesses are the ones paying the price.
“We are trying so hard to invest in the town and attract people here.
“We have free Wifi, the town app, the maps and information leaflets, all of which traders are supporting, and then the county council comes along and puts up their price of parking.
“We are a market town” Martin continued, “and slowly but surely people are being driven out of the town centre.”
The fact that the machines do not give change makes the problem even worse, said Cllr Sian Maehrlein at a meeting of the town council: “The price of short term parking is too much and if you don’t have the right change, it becomes even more expensive.”
Mayor of Cardigan Cllr Shan Williams brought up another point that has further angered the people of the town: “The only car park in town that does not have pay and display is the county council car park, and yet they tell us they have to make cuts.
“How many car parking spaces do they have for free in the county? How much revenue is being lost because of this?”
A Ceredigion council spokesman said: “Car park charges are set by the authority’s cabinet as part of the overall fees and charges review and budget process.
“In 2018/19 £944,824.50 of revenue was generated by Ceredigion County Council’s public car parks. Of this, £314,907.57 was generated from car parks located in Cardigan alone.
“In 2018/19, £347,528.04 was spent on the maintenance of the council’s public car park portfolio.
“Any surplus income generated, after expenditure related to the provision of the service, contributes to the overall council budget.”
Annual Canvass to go ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic
The 2020 annual canvass is required by law and will continue despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Ceredigion’s Electoral Services are continuing their service, however staff will be working differently due to the coronavirus.
Electoral Registration Officer, Eifion Evans said: “This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.”
If we have sent you a letter that asks you to respond or complete a form, you can help us by replying to it quickly and, online, rather than posting it back to us if possible. This will save Council resources and reduce the number of letters that have to be handled by Council and Royal Mail staff.”
The link to respond is on the first page of the A4 letter you will receive with part 1 and part 2 security codes.
Residents who have any questions can contact Ceredigion’s Electoral Services on 01545 572032.
CCTV cameras to be installed in Newcastle Emlyn
Three new cameras are being installed in Newcastle Emlyn as part of the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner’s key pledge to reinvest in a public CCTV system.
The work on the installation programme in the town will begin on Monday, August 10.
Cameras will be cameras installed in Sycamore Street, Emlyn Square and Heol y Bont. The camera locations have been decided following a review of a crime pattern analysis and in consultation with partner agencies.
The work is being carried out by contractors Baydale Control Systems Ltd. The hi-tech cameras are being supplied by Hikvision UK & Ireland.
Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “Brecon is the next town in Powys to benefit from my key election pledge to re-install public space CCTV. This is a busy town, and I am confident the cameras will prove to be a valuable asset in keeping the town safe and assisting with the detection of crime.
“The CCTV project is continuing across the force, with three cameras also installed in Newcastle Emlyn last week. The number of towns we have now included in the CCTV project is 23.
“I am confident the cameras will prove to be a valuable asset in keeping these towns safe and assisting with the detection of crime.”
Ceredigion Commander, Superintendent Robyn Mason, said: “This is a positive move for Newcastle Emlyn. Having the cameras in place while we experience an increase in visitors to the area during the holiday period will help us to keep everyone as safe as possible and assist us in carrying out quality investigations when required.”
The CCTV project is bringing over 120 state of the art CCTV cameras to towns throughout the police force area of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Powys.
‘Cam Nesa’ project provides wellbeing packs to 16 – 24 year olds
The Cam Nesa project is part of European Structural Funds (ESF) Operational Programme and work’s with young people aged between 16 and 24 by providing them with options to access a range of tailored personal support and work-related opportunities to meet their needs and aspirations.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ceredigion’s County Council Cam Nesa team have been busy putting together wellbeing packs for its participants. The Well-being packs have been put together to support young people who may be experiencing loneliness, isolation or other vulnerabilities during this difficult time.
The wellbeing packs have been distributed to Ceredigion’s young people in recent weeks, over 3 months since the pandemic began and our usual way of life dramatically changed. Throughout the pandemic participants has also receive weekly calls as part of Porth Cymorth Cynnar’s keeping in touch service and it is hoped that the well-being packs support the work already done by this service by bringing some comfort and reassurance to Ceredigion’s young people.
Wellbeing packs included newsletters, leaflets, important contact details, information letters, puzzles, newspaper, hand cream, stress ball, calming art and colouring pencils, Shampoo/Shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary products, confectionery and a motivational quote card all in a reusable cotton bag.
One Cam Nesa participant you who received a wellbeing pack said, “Thank you so much for the wellbeing pack. Its very kind thank you very much!”
Another participant said “Thank you for the welfare pack, I am very impressed with its contents, especially the chocolates”
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