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Exciting project aims to explore different ways to manage public money

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THE WEST Wales Care Partnership (WWCP) is launching three Participatory Budgeting pilots across the Region as part of their Programme 7 focus, ‘creating connections for all’.

Funded through the Welsh Assembly Government Transformation Fund, the project aims to explore a different way to manage public money. Community members decide how a public budget will be spent, enabling citizens to identify and prioritise their needs and work together to make decisions about their local services. It can also help build stronger communities involved in addressing local needs with local assets.  

Community Volunteering Development Officer, Jamie Horton of CAVS, has been working with the Llandeilo Community Action Hub and saw Llandeilo as an obvious choice for the Carmarthenshire Pilot. “This community demonstrates a real appetite for grassroots action and their positive attitude towards co-production, and a voice for every resident, made them a natural partner. We are at a point where the local voice can have such an incredible impact ”.

The funding from Welsh Government of £10,000, as well as the communities own matched investment,  will provide a reasonable purse for Llandeilo to make some noise.   CAVS will host a public meeting over zoom on October 7th  and over the next few months information will be available in key places within the community and on the Llandeilo Community Action Hub FB page (2) Llandeilo Community Action Hub | Facebook.

“Llandeilo Community Action Hub is honoured to provide the link between residents and CAVS,” says Action Hub Chair Christoph Fischer. “I hope that we get to hear and learn from new voices in the

Llandeilo area and more people come forward in the public meeting.”

Participatory budgeting puts the decision making into the hands of Llandeilo’s unseen heroes – it’s residents. The project committee will require representation from across the Town, YOU will be asked what would improve YOUR life, YOU will identify the key themes and help develop solutions and once those solutions are actionable – YOU will vote on the projects to fund. This will all culminate in a fantastic ‘blended’ community event, of on-line and in-person attendance, at the beginning of 2022 to showcase the voice of Llandeilo.

For more information please contact Jamie Horton Community Volunteering Development Officer jamie.horton@cavs.org.uk

Look out for more information and ensure you are part of this exciting development by registering on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/168713018179

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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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