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Don’t lose your voice – residents in Ceredigion urged to check their voter registration details are up to date

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With local government elections taking place in Ceredigion on 5 May 2022, this is an important opportunity for residents

Ceredigion residents are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

With local government elections taking place in Ceredigion on 5 May 2022, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part. It is also important to be on the electoral register for your credit rating.

The annual canvass ensures that Ceredigion can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered to vote so that they can be encouraged to do so. With 16-17 year olds and all nationalities now able to vote in local elections in Wales, this will be an important opportunity to ensure these new voters can get onto the electoral register before next year’s local government elections. 

Residents need to look out for a letter from Ceredigion’s Electoral Services so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Ceredigion. Make sure you check the details on the letter. If your details have not changed, you do not need to do anything.

If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the letter we have sent to your address. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or you can contact the electoral services via email electoralservices@ceredigion.gov.uk or 01545 572032.

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to inform Ceredigion Electoral Services with their correct details. Research by the Electoral Commission, published in 2019, indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time.

Eifion Evans, Returning Officer for Ceredigion said: “It doesn’t matter where you were born. If you are aged 16 and over you are able to vote in elections in Wales but only if you register to vote first. If you’re not already registered in Ceredigion, make sure you provide the necessary information to us when it is needed and register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

Information on registering to vote is available on the Electoral Commission website.

Any residents who have any questions can contact the Electoral Services team at electoralservices@ceredigion.gov.uk or 01545 572032.

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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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