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Lewis responds to lights let down

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Mayor Andrew Lewis: ‘Disappointed’ with the new lights

Mayor Andrew Lewis: ‘Disappointed’ with the new lights

THE MAYOR of Ammanford and local councillor for the Myddynfych ward Andrew Lewis has written an open letter to the people of Ammanford explaining the decision behind why there a fewer Christmas lights than usual in the town this year. The letter reads as follows : ‘I know some people have been complaining about the lights, and to be honest I’m a little disappointed too, but I am part of the sub group that has made the decisions this year. ‘ Firstly, we, the Town Council, were spending over £17 ,000 a year renting Christmas lights for the town. Our contract was up this year where we have spent over £54 ,000 in the last three years.‘

Now Llanelli and Carmarthen have a precept of over £1m. ‘ We have a precept of £80 ,000 , which means we were spending almost 25% of our precept on Christmas lights that were up for 3 weeks of the year. ‘ We have decided to start purchasing lights, and placing trees around the town. Unfortunately we ran in to a problem in the piazza with underground High voltage and fibre. However, we are looking to sort that for next year, and have also now had permission to put a tree at the top of Quay Street by the square for next year. ‘ We did have Motifs on the lampposts 3 years ago, but SWTRA (South Wales Transport and Road Agency) made us take them down due to weight restrictions on the lampposts and we weren’t allowed to use them anymore. ‘

We are going to talk to businesses next year to see if we can install such motifs on their buildings. ‘ Finally, we wanted to rent lights to go across the square, but weren’t able to do so until we knew our expenditure for purchasing and installing the new lights. ‘ We have found out that the brackets that hold these lights require maintenance and therefore decided it was too dangerous for this year to go ahead, however, we have a Christmas lights sub group meeting in January to start discussing next year. ‘ I know they aren’t quite what we have had in previous years, but I hope you can all understand the decision process that we have reached for this year. ‘ I welcome any comments/ advice, good or bad, for us to take into January’s meeting. ‘ Thanks for your understanding.”

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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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