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Ceredigion gets set to welcome the Tour of Britain this Autumn

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Ceredigion gets set to welcome the Tour of Britain

ON 08 September, Aberaeron will be the host venue for the start of the fourth stage of the much anticipated Tour of Britain. The route will take cyclists from Aberaeron up to Aberystwyth and then to Borth before moving on to Barmouth. The race, which will see the world’s top cyclists compete in iconic locations throughout the UK is an opportunity to showcase the beautiful scenery Ceredigion has to offer; from our rolling hills to our stunning coastline.

Ceredigion County Council, in collaboration with the Tour of Britain organisers, are maintaining public safety and Aberaeron will be a closed stage start; spectators will not be allowed at the start of the fourth stage location. Nevertheless, spectators can continue to support the event along the route while being mindful of social distancing and practice road safety as a pedestrian, cyclist and fan. Fans can also enjoy watching the event from the comfort of their own home as it will be televised.

Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council, said: ‘We’re delighted to welcome the Tour of Britain to Ceredigion this year. As the Tour travels up the wonderful coastline from Aberaeron towards the north of the county, people will be able to experience the breathtaking scenery through the extensive coverage of the race on ITV4. Active travel and improving our health and wellbeing is a key priority for us here in Ceredigion; this may be the event for you that will spark a new interest in cycling. If so, Ceredigion is ready with our abundance of trails and tracks for you to explore.”

The following roads will close temporarily during the event under rolling closures between 10:00 and 13:00 as the cyclists pass through:

·       A487 Aberaeron to Aberystwyth.

·       Alexander Road and Terrace Road, Aberystwyth.

·       A487 North Parade to Rhydypennau, B4353 to Borth, Ynyslas, Llancynfelin and Tre’r-ddol.

·       A487 north from Tre’r-ddol to the county boundary with Powys.

To help residents and visitors plan their days around the event ahead of the 2021 race, information guides and maps are available on the Tour of Britain website, www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-four . The Tour of Britain covid-19 measures can be found here: www.tourofbritain.co.uk/covid-update/

For information on where to stay, places to see, and where to enjoy local food and drink, visit www.discoverceredigion.wales

Follow Ceredigion County Council on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the latest updates on road closures and other information surrounding the event. Support safely and responsibly.

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Recognition given to long-standing members of Council committee

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AT AN Ethics and Standards Committee (virtual) meeting held on 17 September 2021,  Rif Winfield and Hywel Wyn Jones were given recognition for their 10 years’ of service to the Committee between 2011 and 2021. A small plaque was presented to both.

Hywel was Chair of the Committee for 3 years.

In their place, two new independent members Alan Davies and Caryl Davies have been appointed.

Eifion Evans, Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council said, “Ceredigion County Council has benefitted from a decade of advice and considerations provided by Rif & Hywel. We welcome the new members of the committee and their input to the function of the Committee will be greatly appreciated.”

Standards Committees of local authorities exist to do all that is possible to promote and safeguard the standards that the public rightly expect from their elected representatives.

Ceredigion County Council Chairman, Councillor Paul Hinge, said, “Our thanks go to Rif and Hywel who have given their time to contribute to the Committee and we welcome the new members.”

The Committee is made up of five independent members, two county councillors and two town/community councillors. Meeting quarterly, reports for the Ethics and Standards Committee including dispensation applications can be found on the Council website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Exciting new developments on the horizon for Lampeter Wellbeing Centre

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Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility

At a Cabinet meeting held on 01 December 2020, it was agreed that Lampeter Leisure Centre would become the location of the Council’s first Wellbeing Centre in the County.

A significant amount of work and investment is to be made at the Leisure Centre which will improve the facility and the resources for years to come.

Over the coming months, as we see the plans and proposals for Wellbeing Centre develop, they will be shared with service users and the residents of Ceredigion.

Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility. The layout will be a reconfiguration of the existing facility in order to provide a Wellbeing Centre that can provide an enhanced range of Through Age Services, including Leisure Services to the residents of Lampeter and the mid of the county. 

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member, said: “We are looking forward to the development of the new Wellbeing Centre at Lampeter. This will provide a range of services to residents within their local community.

This development comes at a welcome time, as Ceredigion Public Service Board is carrying out an Assessment of Local Wellbeing, in order to find out about the wellbeing of local people and communities, now and in the future.”

Lampeter Leisure Centre will be closed during the building works, but during this period alternative provision will be made available for all service users and clubs.

We look forward to being able to share these alternative plans with you over the coming weeks, as soon as these arrangements have been finalised.

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UK Government must improve HGV drivers’ working conditions – Ben Lake MP

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Many people in the HGV industry have expressed concern

FOLLOWING his contribution during PMQs on September 8 regarding the HGV driver crisis, Ben Lake MP has raised the issue again, with Minister Grant Shapps.

Ben Lake MP has said:

“Many constituents who work in the HGV industry have come forward to share their experiences with me about the HGV driver crisis. As well as expressing grave concern, they have also shared ideas and long-term solutions that would greatly improve the current situation. 

“It’s important that the UK Government listens and gives full consideration to these suggestions and I look forward to meeting with the Minister in the near future to discuss them further.”

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