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National park visits proposed solar hamlet

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solarAT A RECENT meeting of the Development Management Committee of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park a decision was taken to visit a site for a proposed Solar Hamlet. 

The application comprises of two detached and four semi-detached Ty Solar type houses. The proposed location for the site to the north of the county is on land adjacent to Glanrhyd House in Glanrhyd near Nevern. Pembrokeshire based Western Solar Ltd have announced their intention to build Wales first Solar Hamlet at Glanrhyd based on their award winning Ty Solar zero energy home. The homes are exclusively for local people to the north Pembrokeshire area. A development application has been lodged by Western Solar Ltd with Pembrokeshire National Parks for consideration to convert the former garage at Glanrhyd to erect six homes. The houses will be manufactured at Brynawelon Farm near Croft by a newly established eco factory that intends to meet, what it hopes will be, growing demand for zero energy housing. The prototype, which stands at Rhosygilwen, was visited by the First Minister Carwyn Jones last year and the company has since been engaged in gearing up its production facilities and finding a suitable site for what will be a showcase for rural contemporary sustainable living in the 21st century. Occupants of the Ty Solar home will be offered an attractive package of free services to address many of the problems of rising energy costs and transport and communications. In addition to free energy, the new super broadband and sewage, residents will be offered low energy kitchen appliances and a subsidised electric car sharing scheme to slash the cost of short distance commuting to nearby Cardigan and Newport. The south facing homes all enjoy passive solar gain and their triple glazed windows and 11 insulated walls give them a top A energy rating which few new houses enjoy in the area. The integrated solar PV roofs will provide more than enough all year round energy to meet domestic demand. The homes are constructed with timber sourced from Wales and the surrounding national parks and supported by a strong network of local suppliers. Western Solar will create 10 jobs before the end of the year with at least half of them being apprentices. Further job creation will result with third party suppliers such as Thomas Joinery in Bynberian who intend to supply the company with its highly specified windows and doors. John Thomas of Thomas Joinery said: “We’re looking forward to the start of the construction of these units as it will allow for our continued growth and expansion. It is great that we have this exciting new venture on our doorstep. Dr Glen Peters, CEO of Western Solar said: “We’re hoping to demonstrate that affordable housing can be supportive of the environment and provide a much needed social benefit in the way of homes for local people who are being driven out of the area because of a lack of suitable dwellings. Further details regarding availability of the units will be published towards the end of this year subject to the scheme being approved by Pembrokeshire National Parks in June. Caption: The planned Solar Hamlet at Glanrhyd.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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