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THE FIRST task for the newly-established

Public Services Board (PSB) was to undertake an assessment of the current state of well-being of local people and communities. The Board has also explored how well-being might change in response to future trends. The findings from an extensive

public engagement campaign held during July, August and September 2016 including a Well-being Survey as well as other research have contributed to this draft assessment. The Ceredigion Assessment of

Local Well-being is now out for Public Consultation until 12 noon on February 13. The PSB is seeking comments on

the draft assessment ahead of final publication. The draft assessment and details of how to respond online can be found at Alternatively, should anyone wish to receive a copy of the assessment on paper or in another accessible format, or would like any further information,

they can contact: • • • 01545 572003


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Consultation on Assessment of Well-being Search to find exceptional adult learners Ceredigion


Ceredigion County Council, Penmorfa, Aberaeron, SA46 0PA The final assessment will be

used by the Ceredigion PSB as the foundation for a five-year Local Well- being Plan, which will set out how the Board will be working together to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Ceredigion. The plan must be in place by April 2018. Ellen ap Gwynn, Chair of

the Ceredigion PSB, said: “The Assessment of Local Well-being is an extremely important piece of work for the Ceredigion PSB which will assist in setting the priorities and work for the next five years. Many Ceredigion citizens have already had an input into the draft assessment through the engagement work undertaken over the summer months but we are keen to receive comments on the draft assessment prior to final publication.”

Ceredigion’s Active Travel routes consultation THE COUNCIL has launched a

consultation to improve cycling and walking routes in the Active Travel designated localities of Aberystwyth, Cardigan and Lampeter. Residents with suggestions on how Active Travel routes could be improved or where new routes are needed are encouraged to offer their views. Responses to the consultation will

contribute to a 15 year programme of developing paths for walking and cycling in the county. Ceredigion County Council is duty bound by the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 to produce an Integrated Network Map setting out the 15 year program of improvements to active travel routes. The consultation relates only to routes in Aberystwyth, Cardigan and Lampeter. In order to meet this duty,

local authorities must also publish an Existing Routes Map which

shows routes which are suitable for walking or cycling and which meet the standards set out in the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Design Guidance. Cllr Alun Williams, the cabinet

member responsible for transport, said: “A lot of work has taken place throughout the county in the last few years to make it easier for people to walk and cycle with ease. A lot more is planned so it’s important that residents take part in this consultation to help identify those places most in need and to add additional ideas. I’m looking forward to a good response.” The Existing Routes Map will be

of use for people who wish to plan their walking and cycling journeys. It will also allow progress to

be measured in the development of Ceredigion’s walking and cycling networks, as new routes are created and added to the Existing Routes Map.

999 time-waster gets frosty reception

Exceptional learners: Last year’s Inspire! Award winners

THE SEARCH is on for

exceptional individuals, projects and employers in Carmarthenshire who have improved themselves, their community or workplace through learning for the 2017 Inspire! Awards. The Learning and Work Institute

is looking for nominations of people, projects and employers whose learning achievements, often in the face of difficult circumstances, have changed lives in Wales. Winners will be invited to an

award ceremony which will take place in Cardiff in June, ahead of Adult Learners’ Week 2017, the largest celebration of adult learning in Europe. Nominations are free and open

to individuals or organisations involved in any form of adult learning,

accredited or non-accredited, in the classroom or in the home. The deadline for applications is March 3. Awards include Family Learner

of the Year, Young Adult Learner of the Year, Small Employer of the Year, Large Employer of the Year and Community Project of the Year. Cerys Furlong, Director at

Learning and Work Institute in Wales, said: “We are looking for people whose passion for learning will inspire others to return to or take up education. It’s always exciting when the new nominations start coming through and we get to discover inspirational stories from the local community. Some great people from across Wales have received recognition for their contributions in the past and we’re sure this year will be no different.”

For more information and to

submit a nomination, visit www. and click on the Inspire! Nominations link on the homepage. Entries are free, and nominees

should be individuals and organisations living and working in Wales involved in learning which is accredited or non- accredited and in any setting from workplace to classroom, in the home or in the community. Nominees must be aged 18 or over. Entrants for the individual

categories must be nominated by another person. This could be a friend, mentor, colleague, family member or employer.

Entries for the employer or project

categories should be endorsed by a senior manager.

POLICE have criticised a man

who phoned the emergency services to complain that his hotel room was too cold. The man, who has not been

identified, made the 999 phone call from a hotel in the Ceredigion area on Tuesday morning (Jan 24). The unhappy customer tried to

get the law on his side in his demand for a refund. However, commenting on social media, Dyfed-Powys Police said the issue was ‘not a police matter’, describing it as 999 misuse. A police spokesperson said: “The

999 number is for emergencies only. Before dialling 999, ask yourself if what you are ringing for is a life and death situation. “It can also be used to report a

crime in progress or to report serious accidents, such as a road traffic collision where people have been injured or are in danger. “Misuse of 999 could be blocking

the call of someone who actually is in a life or death situation. “If you need to contact the police

to speak to us about something that is not an emergency, call 101.”

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