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Ceredigion’s arrangements for Alert Level 4 explained

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ARRANGEMENTS have been put in place for Ceredigion following Welsh Government’s announcement for Wales entering Alert Level 4, the council has said.

Ceredigion Libraries are now closed until further notice, including click and collect.

Ceredigion Household Waste Sites will remain open operating normal working hours. Residents are urged only to visit the sites if this is essential and if the waste items can’t be stored safely at home or if it they can’t be collected as part of the usual domestic waste collections. Site rules will be in place to ensure the health and safety of both residents and staff on the sites. They are as follows:

· Vehicles with an even number registration number will only be allowed access on the even days of the month (e.g. 2,4,6,8.10,12 etc.).
· Vehicles with an odd number registration number will only be allowed access on the odd days of the month (e.g. 1,3,5,7,9,11 etc.).
· There will be a strict limit on the number of cars that are allowed to access to the HWS at any one time.
· A maximum of two persons from the same household can leave the vehicle to dispose of waste and assist each other with bigger or heavier items at the site; no help will be available by the site staff to unload any items.

· Residents are only allowed to enter the site with a vehicle; residents arriving on foot will be turned away.
· No reuse of items is permitted – the sites are for the deposit of waste only and residents will not be allowed to take away items from the sites.
· No vans or trailers will be allowed to use the HWS at this time.
· The HWS is for domestic waste only. No trade waste is accepted at the HWS.
· The above are in addition to existing site rules.

Current arrangements for Ceredigion County Council pay and display car parks will continue.

All Council run leisure centres, swimming pools and facilities will remain closed, as well as visits to Council Care Homes, which is in line with Alert Level 4.

There should be no unnecessary travel without reasonable excuse. Travel to Ceredigion for a holiday is not permitted and any visitors already in Ceredigion are expected to return home immediately. This includes those who are staying at their second homes in the county should return to their primary residents.

The best gift this Christmas is a COVID-19 free Christmas. Let’s work together to ensure that we can achieve this.

These arrangements will continue until further notice.

All these services are outlined and updated regularly on our Roadmap for Ceredigion, which can be found on the Council’s website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/coronavirus-covid-19/ceredigion-covid-19-outbreak/roadmap-for-ceredigion/

Together, we can keep Ceredigion safe.

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Stand up for slowing down speed campaign launched

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INAPPROPRIATE speed contributes to around 11% of all injury collisions reported to the police, with 15% of collisions resulting in a serious injury and 24% of collisions resulting in fatalities.

Starting on the 26th July, the National Police Chief Council (NPCC) Speed Campaign will kick off across the UK, with GoSafe and the four Welsh Police Forces participating in both engaging with the public about the risks of speeding and enforcing the speed limits on the roads of Wales.

In 2019, 60,073 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued in Wales to drivers/riders for speeding.

Speeding is a major contributing factor to collisions on the roads of Wales. This includes both ‘excessive speed’, where the speed limit is exceeded, as well as driving or riding within the speed limit when this is too fast for the conditions at the time; for example, in poor weather, poor visibility or high pedestrian activity.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, we saw less traffic but higher speeds.  Now our restrictions are lifting, traffic volumes are up and as we are holidaying in the UK more, we are seeing more people speeding on the roads in Wales.  We want to change this, but can only do that with your help.

 Over the next few weeks you will see an increased presence on the road network of Wales as we aim to keep all road users safe and reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

 We know that the majority of road users comply with the speed limit; but the minority of those who do not increases the risk to the safety of all road users and need to be educated on the risks to their own safety as well as to the safety of those around them. Throughout this campaign, GoSafe and our partners in the Police and Local Authorities will encourage and educate more people to reduce their speed to save lives.

Teresa Ciano, GoSafe Partnership Manager said: “GoSafe enforce at sites across Wales in order to encourage motorists to comply with the speed limits and in turn make our roads and communities safer for everyone. If we all play our part and stand up for slowing down we can make a difference, and we can save lives on the roads of Wales.”

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change said: “I am very pleased to support this campaign. Driving at high speeds costs lives and a greater police presence on our roads will mean motorists will be more likely to drive within the speed limits, protecting lives and avoiding a speeding fine.”

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Cardigan man accused of murder in court

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John Williams Bell was found murdered in Cardigan

A CARDIGAN man who is accused of stabbing a man to death has appeared in court today (Jul 28).

Ashley Keegan, 22, of Golwyg y Castell, Cardigan, appeared before court via video link where he spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

Swansea crown court heard how Keegan is accused of stabbing 37-year-old John Williams Bell seven times in the back.

Mr Bell’s body was discovered in the early hours of Wednesday Morning, July 21, on the road to Cardigan Bridge.

The court set a provisional trial date for January 3, 2022.

Keegan will remain remanded into custody until the trial.

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Suspected drink driver tracked for two miles by police dog

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A SUSPECTED drink driver was arrested after a police dog tracked him for two miles along a cycle path.

Dyfed-Powys Police dog Storm and his handler PC Mike Barnsley located the driver following a collision between Bont and Tregaron on Sunday, July 25.

Officers had attended the scene of the collision, discovering that a car had hit a tree and overturned – however, the driver was not present.

PC Barnsley said: “There were concerns that the driver could have been injured due to the significant damage to the car, so a search was immediately launched to find them.

“With PD Storm, I focussed on the cycle path running alongside the road, where Storm picked up a track and followed it for around two miles.

“Local response units accessed the cycle path ahead of us, while another unit searched from the main road along an unclassified road in the same direction.”

PC Barnsley and Storm reported a sighting of a man on the cycle path, and he was stopped and arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Sergeant David Hawksworth said: “This was an excellent demonstration of teamwork and coordination by officers, whose good local knowledge resulted in the suspect being swiftly found and arrested.”

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