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Council to offer Budget Challenge to residents on 2020-2021 budget

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CEREDIGION residents will have the chance to show how they want the council budget to be spent in 2020-2021. The feedback from residents will help the council to set next year’s budget.

Ceredigion County Council will hold an online budget challenge exercise during autumn 2019. A budget simulator will give residents the chance to decide where they would prioritise spending. They will be challenged to make savings to the budget by reducing the amount they spend on council services.

Despite the challenge being online only, residents who want to take part but can’t complete the online challenge will be able to get assisted digital support from council libraries.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd is the Cabinet member responsible for Finance. He said: “Cuts from central government and increasing cost pressures means that we have had to make cuts to services. Every year we have the almost impossible job of setting the budget wanting to offer the best services to residents, while being forced to make cuts to budgets.

“This year, we want to give residents the chance to show us how they would set and cut the council budget. After all, it is their services which are effected. After years of cuts from central government, council services are down to the bone; so any further cut is going to be painful and will have consequences for services. This is the reality of what we face, and we want residents to have their say on how this should be done.”

Once participants have set the budget, the results can be submitted. The data that is received will be used to prepare an analysis report. The report will help with the budget setting process for 2020-21.

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18-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

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POLICE have said they have arrested a driver in connection with a fatal collision which took place at Commins Coch on Saturday (Nov 16).

An 18-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The collision occurred on the A487 at around 10pm, and involved two vehicles.

Enquiries have revealed the involvement of a third car and yesterday the driver of this vehicle was arrested.

An 18-year-old woman – a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra – sadly died from injuries sustained in the incident. Her family is being supported by specialist officers.

The driver of the Astra remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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Teenage passenger dies in A487 crash – police appealing for help

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DYFED POWYS POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision which occurred at around 10pm last night (Saturday, November 16) on the A487 at Commins Coch, Aberystwyth.

The collision involved two vehicles – a black Vauxhall Astra, which was travelling out of Aberystwyth heading towards the general direction of Bow Street, and a silver Audi A6.

Sadly, an 18-year-old sustained fatal injuries and passed away at hospital this morning. She was a passenger in the Vauxhall Astra.

Several casualties were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision or the vehicles involved, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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