Ceredigion County Council Wins Claw Commendation Award 2012

At the CLAW Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Mold, Flintshire on Thursday evening 8 November 2012, Ceredigion County Council won the CLAW Commendation Award 2012 for the redevelopment of the former Aberystwyth Town Hall as a new Town Library, County Archives and Day Centre.

Ceredigion County Council Wins Claw Commendation Award 2012

The CLAW Commendation Award is to recognise the contribution made by in-house Council design teams and is given to projects designed predominantly by in-house staff.

The judging panel comprised various Property Professionals and was chaired by Professor Phil Jones, Head of the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.

CLAW promotes high quality design for public buildings in Wales and sustainability in public property management and the judges were pleased to see the high standard of entries.

The judges were very impressed with the quality of the projects designed by the in-house teams and of the Ceredigion scheme stated that “the design team had a particularly difficult challenge to achieve a modern open-plan layout within a former cellular plan building,” and that “it was good to see the building retained for community use within the town.”

At the Awards Ceremony, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council said that she was delighted to receive the prize on behalf of the authority in recognition of the hard work and effort of the Highways, Property and Works Department’s Architects and Design Team in producing the scheme.

CLAW is the Consortium of Local Authorities in Wales that supports the professional and technical interests of property management in local government in Wales. CLAW was formed in 1962 and now works with representatives from the elected members and officials of all 22 Welsh local authorities together with a number of associate member organisations for the promotion of excellence in the management of property assets.

Comisiynwyr Heddlu a Throsedd/ Police and Crime Commissioner

Tomorrow will see the election of Police and Crime Commissioners. In Dyfed Powys, we have a choice between Christine Gwyther (Labour) and Conservative Christopher Salmon. So far, I have not had any correspondence from either. Nobody has knocked my door. Mr Salmon had an advert in this week Cambrian News, otherwise, I would not know his name. It has been a very uneventful campaign.

The choice is however much more difficult than it would seem at first glance. Some want to spoil their vote and send a message to Westminster that politics should not be politisiced. I am sceptical about whether this will be the case.

The truth remains that the police commissioner will have significant resources to communicate with the public and liaise with the electorate. This seems to be funding the major parties by the back door. Dyfed Powys will have 5 “research and administrative posts” linked to the role of police commissioner to promote their work. Either way you vote, you will be committing the tax payer to a significant increase in funding for political parties.

A photograph showing a few sheets of stickers saying 'no to police and crime commissioners'.

A photograph showing a few sheets of stickers saying ‘no to police and crime commissioners’. Na i gomisiynwyr yr heddlu a throseddu.

Choose carefully.

Aberystwyth retains Fairtrade status


Congratulations to the people of Aberystwyth and Penparcau! In August this year, the  Fairtrade Foundation renewed Aberystwyth’s Fairtrade town status in recognition of the awareness of and support for Fairtrade in the local community. 

Positive action to promote Fairtrade in Aberystwyth began in March 2004 when the Co-op Group organised a public meeting to explain the aims of Fairtrade – to guarantee better prices and working conditions to poor producers in developing countries. Following this meeting, a group of people acting either as individuals or representing local businesses (Oxfam and Maeth y Meysydd) or organisations (Tradecraft) decided to set up a local group with a two-fold purpose: to promote a greater awareness of Fairtrade in Aberystwyth and to work towards achieving Fairtrade town status. The setting up of a local campaign group, Masnach Deg – Aberystwyth – Fairtrade, was one of the five goals that had to be achieved by communities to achieve Fairtrade status; another of the goals, a formal decision by the town council to support Fairtrade through the use of certified products in the office and at official functions, had been achieved already in September 2003.

Early in 2005, the Fairtrade Foundation, the national organisation monitoring and promoting Fairtrade, conferred Fairtrade status on Aberystwyth and Penparcau; this was declared on St David’s Day 2005 which placed Aberystwyth and Penparcau among the first 100 Fairtrade towns in the UK.  Since then, the availability of Fairtrade certified products in local shops and cafés has increased, and more small businesses and local organisations have declared support for Fairtrade.

 During Fairtrade Fortnight (February/March each year), members of Fairtrade together with local supporters of Fairtrade have hosted visits by Fairtrade producers from a variety of different developing countries: Windward Islands, India, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, El Salvador and the West Bank Palestinian Occupied Territory. Other group activities to promote Fairtrade have included Fairtrade Breakfasts, a Fairtrade Fashion Show, a Fairtrade Penalty Shoot-out and ‘Bag a Banana’ events. The recent successful renewal of the town’s Fairtrade status shows that there is continuing active support for Fairtrade in Aberystwyth.

 Local interest in the promotion of Fairtrade by individuals, organisations and businesses is welcomed by members of Masnach Deg – Aberystwyth – Fairtrade; the group can be contacted through the Secretary, Arnold Smith (tel. 01970  611769).


Communities First?

A meeting was held tonight (7th of November) to set up Penparcau Forum to undertake some of the work from Communities First as the funding is ceasing in March 2013. The aim is to have a community led organisation to carry out voluntary tasks.

Dylan Jones was elected as the Chair of the Forum, Goronwy Edwards was elected as Vice-Chair of the organisation.

Among the items discussed was what is needed for the Penparcau community. For instance a community website, calendr of events, community cafe and better links with other organisation.

What do you think Penparcau needs? Do we need more events? Do we need an organisation to help with the community? Please give us any feedback on the blog.

Cymunedau’n Gyntaf

Cynhaliwyd cyfarfod heno (7fed o Dachwedd) i drafod sefydlu Fforwm Penparcau. Y bwriad yw y bydd hwn yn cymryd gwaith Cymunedau’n Gyntaf ac yn ymgymryd a rhywfaint o waith cymunedol, megis digwyddiadau.

Cafwyd trafodaeth ynglyn a blaenoriaethau i’r Gymuned a thrafodwyd cael gwefan gymunedol, digwyddiadur/ calendr, caffi cymunedol a datblygu cysylltiadau agosach gyda busnes.

Penodwyd Dylan Jones fel Cadeirydd y Fforwm newydd gyda Goronwy Edwards yn Is-Gadeirydd. Bydd y gwaith yn dechrau i chwilio am gyllid ar gyfer sefydlu’r fenter gymunedol yma.

Oes ganddoch chi ddiddordeb mewn cymryd rhan?  Beth ydych chi yn feddwl sydd angen ar y gymuned ym Mhenparcau? Ydych chi yn meddwl y dylai’r gymuned drefnu digwyddiadau eu hunain?  Rhowch nodyn i ni ar y blog.