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Public house in Ceredigion issued with a Premises Closure Notice and a Fixed Penalty Notice



A CEREDIGION public house has been fined £2,000 and served a Premises Closure Notice after failing to comply with a Premises Improvement Notice and for additional breaches of the Covid-19 regulations.

On Monday 24 May 2021, officers from Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection team carried out routine patrols in the county. The team visited The Ffostrasol Arms, Ffostrasol, who had recently been issued with a Premises Improvement Notice, to check compliance. Whilst at the premises, officers discovered further non-compliances. The manager was informed of the improvements required and that failure to meet the requirements would lead to a Premises Closure Notice and a Fixed Penalty Notice.

When officers re-visited the premises on 26 May, they found that a Fred Davies & Co auction was taking place at the premises and no evidence that reasonable measures were in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19 at the premises. Assisted by Dyfed Powys Police, the Public Protection team returned to the Ffostrasol Arms on Friday 28 May and issued a Premises Closure Notice and a Fixed Penalty Notice. As a result, the Ffostrasol Arms will remain closed for 28 days, or until they can demonstrate that they have made the necessary improvements to minimise the risk of Coronavirus on their premises.

These premises were last issued with a closure notice for breaching COVID-19 regulations in October 2020.

Whilst non-compliant businesses receive advice and guidance in the first instance, serious or persistent breaches are dealt with by means of closure notices, fixed penalty notices or prosecution.

The majority of Ceredigion‘s hospitality businesses are doing a commendable job at complying with the restrictions placed upon them despite the challenges they face, and the Public Protection Team is committed to supporting local businesses by offering them advice and guidance on how to comply with the restrictions. However, businesses that irresponsibly disregard the Covid-19 regulations and puts the health of their customers, staff and the wider community at risk will face enforcement action being taken against them.

The Ffostrasol Arms Premises Closure Notice came into force on Friday 28 May 2021 at 15:30. The notice can be seen on the latest information on the Coronavirus from Ceredigion County Council’s website.

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children



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



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



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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