Aberystwyth roundup

After a bit of a hiatus on this blog over the past couple of weeks, here’s roundup of local stories:

Ceredigion’s Council Cabinet has voted to build a new Welsh medium school for all pupils aged between 3 and 19 in the Llandysul area. The plans will involve the closure of five small primary schools – Llandysul, Coed y Bryn, Aberbanc, Pontsian and Capel Cynon. A similar proposal for the Tregaron area is to be discussed at the next Cabinet meeting on 6th July.

The next round of public exhibitions on the proposed wind farm at Nant y Moch started on Wednesday in Penrhyncoch. The new proposals have reduced the number of turbines down to 64 from an original 106. The final decision wil be taken by the PCI , probably in 2012. If permission is given, the project could be completed by 2017. Further exhibitions will be held on:
Thursday 17th June, Y Plas, Machynlleth 3-8pm
Friday 18th June – Neuadd Goffa, Talybont 3-8pm
Saturday 19th June – Neuadd Capel Bangor 9am-2pm

Aberystwyth Art Centre has been credited with contributing £10.65m to the local economy each year in a study by a Cardiff-based concultancy firm. This amount has apparently increased by 50% over the past five years.

After a few teething difficulties with negotiating new contracts, Tai Ceredigion, the county’s new housing association, have undertaken to cut the grass of all its sheltered accommodations on a three-weekly cycle, significantly better than the performance of Ceredigion Council who previously managed the buildings.

A planning application for an extra 28 new housing units at Llys Ardwyn, on the site of the old Penweddig school, is the subject of a prolonged tussle between the developer and Ceredigion’s planning department. Last week’s meeting of the Council’s Development Control Committee agreed to ask planning officers to negotiate a smaller scheme. The Council’s Highways department also has concerns about the amount of traffic the new units would generate.

Hywel Dda Health Board are hoping that money saved from the revamped Bronglais Hospital scheme (see story below) can go towards a new health resource centre in Aberaeron.

Ceredigion Council has announced that sales of the various town centre council offices sold off following the building of new offices on the outskirts of Aberystwyth amounted to almost £850,000.

The Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth has launched its new report, Zero Carbon Britain 2030.
The report looks at political and economic solutions to the challenges set by climate change.