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Town centres in mid-Wales to benefit from new ‘place making’ fund

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£1.26m of capital funding has been secured by Ceredigion County Council alongside Powys County Council from the Welsh Governments’ Transforming Towns Programme to help support capital investment to regenerate a number of our towns across Mid Wales.

As part of the wider Transforming Towns regeneration programme, this newly available grant is designed to help towns to build back better – to offer flexible support for a wide range of projects including green infrastructure developments to internal and external commercial and residential improvements for business owners.

This funding, alongside other existing Transforming Towns aimed to support town centre and traders respond to the Covid-19 by funding adaptions and improve public safety. This will help with recovery efforts from the pandemic – helping to bring new economic opportunity and employment back to the centre of our towns.

Councillor Rhodri Evans, Ceredigion County Councils’ Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “I am delighted to see us secure this funding from the Welsh Government to help our towns across Mid Wales, and here in Ceredigion. Businesses and livelihoods have all been severely impacted from the Covid-19 pandemic, and it has had a lasting and ongoing impact on our town centres.

“Our attention as a Council has firmly been on supporting our economy throughout the pandemic through the application of a range of business support measures, and it is heartening now to be able to start focusing on future recovery and growth. While the pandemic is still ongoing, this capital funding stream is a great opportunity to help bring forward activity that will rebuild our town centres to ensure they are safe, welcoming and attractive places to live, work and visit.”

The grant will run for 1 year commencing April 1 2021, with projects needing to complete by March 1 2022. It is available to private businesses, including developers, third sector businesses, and the public sector. However, it is not available to private individuals.

For more information and details of how to apply, visit the Council website: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/business/funding-grants/transforming-towns-place-making-grant/

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Llandeilo going for Fair Trade Status

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A NEW steering group has formed in Llandeilo to achieve Fair Trade status for the town.

“Many of our local shops and venues already stock or serve Fair Trade products and I believe Llandeilo deserves to be officially recognised for this,” says co-founder town councillor Christoph Fischer.

“It’s fantastic to see so many businesses and stakeholders committed to Fair Trade in Llandeilo,” says Candace Browne of Y Pantri Glas, Llandeilo’s Zero Waste and Natural Foods store. “However, for me Fair Trade extends beyond insuring workers growing imported exotic produce like bananas and chocolate are treated fairly but also to trading fairly with our local producers and sourcing good food locally. As Chair of Slow Food Cymru, Slow Food Town status with a shared vision of “Good Fair Food for All” would also be great for businesses to work towards for our community.”

The group, which has representatives of several businesses and interested individuals, are currently mapping all products that local shops, schools, groups and organisations offer and are lobbying the town council and other bodies to get behind the movement by declaring their own commitment to Fair Trade.

“As town councillor and as individual I feel this initiative fits perfectly well with the trend in town for fair trade,” says Fischer. “As Member Pioneer for the Llandeilo Coop part of my role is to initiate projects like this and bring all parts of the community together. We already had positive replies from Café 139, The Lighthouse, Heavenly, Ikigai, CK’s, Crown Stores, Umami and Llandeilo Primary.”

If you and your organisation want to commit to Fair Trade or are stocking Fair Trade products, please contact ChristophFFischer@googlemail.com

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Council determined to close Aberystwyth’s window of waste

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ABERYSTWYTH town centre is provided with regular and reliable waste collection services. Unfortunately, some localised, seasonal issues continue to arise. One of the solutions to this is to close the Window of Waste!

The window of waste is the time between when waste is presented for collection and when it is actually collected. The longer the window of waste is open the more issues and problems that occur which includes the waste being ravaged by seagulls, other animals as well as the elements. This causes the problems that are experienced in some town centre locations mostly on and around waste collection days.

The County Council has been very proactive in Aberystwyth over recent years in introducing interventions and changes to waste collection arrangements with a view of addressing or improving long standing issues. These are currently being reviewed and include but are not limited to:

·         Additional early waste collections in the town centre to collect waste that has been presented too early.

·         Provision of wheelie bins on North Parade and heavy duty sacks at various streets to contain waste between the time it is presented and collected

·         Provision of free caddies and caddy liners for food waste and boxes for glass

·         Localised information provision

·         Closer working between Waste Collection and Street Cleaning teams

·         Closer monitoring

·         Ongoing liaison with residents and landlords

As part of Caru Ceredigion and Caru Aber all residents are encouraged to play their part in being part of the solution rather than the cause of the problem. This means working with us to ensure that:

·         Aber’s streets are kept clean and attractive at all times

·         Aber’s waste is dealt with in the most efficient way possible from a cost and environmental perspective

·         Aber remains a fantastic place to live and visit

·         Aber maintains the superb positive profile and image it deserves

We are asking all residents to help us close the window of waste by presenting the Right Waste in the Right Way and on the Right Day:

·         Right Waste: making full and proper use of the services provided for recycling and food waste which are collected every week

·         Right Way: presenting the waste in suitable containers, which includes the food caddies and glass boxes provided by the Council.  A range of bins from wheelie bins to traditional bins are available from local outlets or online to store and present waste.

·         Right Day: waste should only be presented for collection by 08:00 on the day of collection.

Businesses are reminded that they have a legal responsibility to have trade waste arrangements in place for all the waste their business produces

For the size and nature of the town, Aberystwyth is a clean town, which contributes to its overall attractiveness as a fantastic place to live and visit. If this were not the case then so many local people and visitors would not hold it in such high regard.  

For more information regarding Ceredigion County Council’s waste collection services, including a postcode finder, please visit www.ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Lidl branded best value as expanded store opens in Aberystwyth

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Lidl has been revealed as the cheapest supermarket in May, according to the latest monthly analysis from Which?.

Which? compared prices for a trolley of 20 items every day throughout May and found that on average, shoppers would have paid £22.66 at Lidl, beating the big four and Aldi to the accolade. Products checked included own-label products such as tomatoes and chicken drumsticks and branded goods such as Nescafé coffee, to see how UK supermarkets compared. The announcement recognises Lidl’s continued commitment to offering customers top quality products at great value prices as the retailer expands further into the future. Earlier this year, Which? named Lidl as the Cheapest Supermarket 2020, demonstrating that Lidl continues to offer UK shoppers consistently unbeatable prices.

The news comes as the supermarket expanded its operation in Aberystyth.

This pic of the new store was taken by Rose Voon.

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