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Ceredigion’s Cozy Caron project wins award

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City Energy and Ceredigion County Council win a Welsh recognised award for tackling fuel poverty in Ceredigion with local residents.

Working together in partnership, Cardiff-based firm City Energy and Ceredigion County Council delivered significant benefits to 137 vulnerable residents in the area through the installation of energy-efficient measures in their homes last year. The success of the scheme has been recognised by GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Wales and both organisations were jointly awarded for ‘Best Contract Delivery’. 

Councillor Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet Member with responsibilities for Highways and Environmental Services, Housing and Customer Contact said: “It’s fantastic news that we’ve received recognition for our Cozy Caron project – it’s enabled so many of our residents to improve their heating. The struggle to keep homes warm can have a detrimental impact on a person’s health and wellbeing, so this project really has had a positive effect on the residents who received support. Congratulations to the Housing Services team for their hard work and dedication in running the project.”

The Cozy Caron Scheme targeted vulnerable residents and their families living in energy inefficient homes and provided first time central heating systems and insulation measures. The target areas were rural communities where the gas network did not reach, leaving families reliant on more expensive types of fuel, e.g. solid fuel and oil to heat their homes. This has provided a warm and comfortable home, with reduced fuel costs to households in fuel poverty or on low income and vulnerable to the effects of the cold.

Neil Llewellyn, Customer & Community Director at City Energy said: “I am incredibly proud of what City Energy and Ceredigion County Council have achieved to help reduce fuel poverty in Wales. We are grateful to the residents of Ceredigion for trusting us to make their homes warmer and lives better.”

The scheme was funded by National Grid’s £150m Warm Homes Fund and has received a huge response in applications from local residents. Over 82% of Ceredigion’s households are located off the main gas network, meaning the residents have to rely on more expensive non-regulated fuels. This has contributed to the number of households currently deemed as being in ‘fuel poverty’ within the county. Funding for phase 2 of the project has now been secured which will enable the Council to install a further 120 first-time central heating systems into energy inefficient properties in the county; these will be air source heat pumps and LPG gas systems. Further information on how to apply for the project will be made available soon on the Council’s website. Ceredigion residents can still receive support and advice on how to make their homes more energy efficient by visiting the ‘Energy Efficiency Schemes’ section on the council’s website.

Jeremy Nesbitt, Managing Director of Affordable Warmth Solutions who administer the fund on behalf of National Grid said: “We are excited about this investment from National Grid and are delighted that the scheme has been recognised with this award. Solving the issues associated with Fuel Poverty continues to challenge many of our stakeholders and the feedback we’ve already received provides evidence of how the Warm Homes Fund will make a positive difference to thousands of homes throughout Great Britain.”

The Warm Homes Project (Cozy Caron) on behalf of City Energy Network has also been shortlisted in the Residential Energy Project of the Year category of the Energy Awards 2021 which will take place in September 2021.

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children

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RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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New Quay RNLI rescues person cut off by the tide

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New Quay RNLI returning to station with two members of the Coastguard team

NEW Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched on service on Saturday September 11 following a report of a person cut off by the tide at Traeth Gwyn, New Quay. 

With three crew members on board the inshore lifeboat Audrey LJ it launched on service at 11.15am and did an extensive search of the beach before finding the casualty who had been cut off by the high spring tide.  

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “There was an initial confusion on the location of the casualty but an update from the New Quay Coastguard Rescue team, who had fought their way down from the cliff top through thick undergrowth, allowed us to locate the person. 

“We then transferred the casualty and two of the coastguard team onto the boat. We dropped the casualty off at Llanina Point and brought the two coastguard officers back to the lifeboat station. The inshore lifeboat was then rehoused and ready for service by 12.25pm. 

“Remember if you see if you see anyone in difficulty or you find yourself in trouble on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.” 

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Ben Lake shows support for farmers on Back British Farming Day

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Ben Lake MP, said: “I’m proud to wear a pin badge today to show my support for Ceredigion’s fantastic farmers and growers.

BEN Lake MP has today shown support for British food and farming on Back British Farming Day, recognising the crucial role farmers in Ceredigion play in producing food for the nation.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) provided MPs with the emblem of the day – a wool and wheatsheaf pin badge – to enable them to join the celebration of agriculture. Food and farming is a key business sector, worth more than £120 billion to the UK economy and providing jobs for almost four million people.

The NFU chose the day to launch a new report which asks for Government to complete a comprehensive report on UK food security later this year, covering the country’s production of key foods and its contribution to global food security. This would be the first meaningful assessment of UK food security in over a decade.

Commenting, Ben Lake MP, said: “I’m proud to wear a pin badge today to show my support for Ceredigion’s fantastic farmers and growers. The day presents an opportunity to thank the farmers who feed us, as well as take care of our countryside and maintain our iconic Welsh landscapes.

“I fully support the campaign which is asking us all to value locally produced food. I will be calling on Government to adopt agricultural policies that ensure farming in Ceredigion can thrive and ensure our self-sufficiency does not fall below its current level of 60%, alongside a greater ambition in promoting Welsh food to aid UK food security.”

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