In the year ending June 2011, 5,600 people moved into Ceredigion and 5,500 moved out. Of course,
with two Universities in the county, a great many of those in both directions will be students. Anyway, below are the top movers into Ceredigion from Wales and England by local
authority area for that year. The figures seem to be rounded to the nearest ten.
560 - Carmarthenshire
230 - Pembrokeshire
200 - Cardiff
160 - Powys
130 - Shropshire
110 - Gwynedd
100 - Birmingham
80 - Rhondda
70 - Bridgend
60 - Caerffili
50 - Bristol
Lower down the scale, those moving here are remarkably evenly spread through all corners of Wales and England. The tool does not record people moving in from elsewhere.
inland Ceredigion and areas on high ground were worst hit by Friday’s snow,
while coastal areas escaped quite lightly.
Measures taken by the Council included:
100 Council staff using 16
gritters and snow ploughs were out ensuring the road network remains open.
tons of salt were spread on the county’s roads
33 schools in Ceredigion were closed whilst 27 remained open
Refuse collections were suspended for the day on Friday
to allow the Council workforce to concentrate on keeping the roads open.
Meals on Wheels continued to be supplied, with the help of
Council staff using 4x4 vehicles.
All A roads remain open although some require care. Four B roads in the middle and north of the county are closed at the time of writing.
Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Councilsaid:
labourforce has worked continuously from mid-day on Thursday to ensure that the
county’s main road network remained passable and will continue to work
throughout the night into Saturday morning to ensure that roads are open.
"The main problem
encountered was drifting snow. Most roads are now open and passable with
care but high winds are still causing a problem with drifting.”
To be kept in touch with weather developments in Ceredigion, the
following can be used:
Latest information on road closures etc is available on the Council website by clicking on the Winter Weather Update at the top of the main page:
Using data collected by 308
students living in private acccommodation around the town, the report highlights
Condition of properties, damp
being a particular problem
High rents – they varied
between £48 and £160p.w.
Charging full summer rents whilst
not allowing the property to be occupied
High admin fees – up to £200
Pressure to sign contracts
The agency with the highest
proportion of positive comments, out of the 12 reported upon, was Aber Student.
The report hopes that rents
will decrease in future with a lower intake of students this year and new
accommodation becoming available in Northgate Street.
The Union now plans to work
towards a Good Landlords Award this year and, in the longer term, the setting
up of a Student Union Letting Agency by awarding accreditation to landlords.
The Union’s current policy is to not recommend one agency over another in the
interests of fairness.
Student Union Support Officer
Laura Dickens says in the report,
“It is my intention to ensure
that future accommodation campaigns focus on the standard of accommodation and
that we maintain a good working relationship with Ceredigion County Council and
the Citizens Advice Bureau.”
“This report has highlighted
a need for the University and Students Union to work together to provide more
support and training for students when it comes to the private sector. The more
educated students are when it comes to housing, then the better the treatment
they are likely to receive.”
The Students' Union welcomes responses
from landlords and letting agencies to the survey, particularly ideas for how
things could improve. They can be contacted at email@example.com
The 30-page report is
available online in English here and Welsh here.
The idea is raise the town's economic performance by ensuring all future building improvements
and alterations have a positive visual impact and to assess this when deciding on planning
applications. The guidance asks developers within the town to consider these kinds of questions:
Has the relationship of the proposed design taken into account the rest of the building as well as those adjoining it? Has the design considered the overall character of the immediate environment?
Is the scale and design of any shopfront in proportion to the facade of the building? Do the upper floors and shopfront complement one another to create one harmonious building frontage?
Are there any historic shopfront elements that are capable of being retained and remediated? Are there any historical photos which give clues about the original design of the shopfront?Are the design materials and features employed in the scheme of high quality? Do they respond to the historical context of the shopfront?
Is the graphic design style, advertisement and illumination appropriate to the rest of the shopfront, building and streetscape? Does it contain the Welsh language?
Canopies and Blinds:
Have they been considered within the overall design of the shopfront and the building as a whole? Are they appropriate to the use of the premises?
Do security devices obstruct any architectural features on the building or have a negative visual impact?
The consultation is open until 15th February and
can be accessed here.
The photo shows Y Siop Leol, a nice-looking new shop selling Welsh produce in Pier Street