Speeding issue

I CONCUR with the observations of Pete Barker, regarding traffic behaviour on the Cardigan end of the A484.

We moved from Cardigan to Llechryd more than 30 years ago and during that time, the behaviour of drivers through the village has changed dramatically for the worse.

During the early part of that period, traffic through Llechryd was at a more leisurely pace but over recent years, speeds have built up to dangerous levels, especially traffic heading for Cardigan.

Speed limits, which are well signed, are largely ignored and on several occasions I have been overtaken on double lines - a highly dangerous procedure - and mostly by old black 'bangers' emitting much smoke and noise.

MoTs one wonders?

There was a time when a police car would park near my bungalow and the two PCs would spend time by the side of the main road, checking and recording speeds - but that was probably at least a couple of years ago.

My lounge window has a clear view of this road which, on occasions, looks and sounds more like Formula One.

Do we have to have death or injuries before anything is done?

John Armstrong,



Crossing the line
CEREDIGION County Council has recently painted double yellow lines on both sides of the dangerous bend on the B4548 Gwbert /Cardigan road at the Teifi Boating Club entrance.
This has the effect of visually narrowing the road even further to drivers.
Many, especially those travelling towards Gwbert, are cutting the corner on what must be one of the busiest roads in West Wales.
The white line up the middle of the road has long faded, as I pointed out in this newspaper about three years ago.
I continually see vehicles travelling a foot over the remnants of that white line as I travel daily along that road. Unless it is repainted very soon,there is going to be an extreme tragedy on that bend.
After all, the entrances to both the Boating Club and Patch Caravan Site exit onto it. It is a recipe for disaster.
It would also help if the bushes on the landward side of the road were cut back to improve visibility.
Must we have a major catastrophe before action is taken?
There was even an opportunity to widen the bend on the landward side before the yellow lines were painted.
We are now approaching Easter and the Gwbert road is going to be extremely busy.
There is going to be heavy traffic to Cardigan Golf Club, Cliff Hotel, Gwbert Hotel, Teifi Boating Club, Patch Caravan Site and Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park, plus all other traffic including many holiday lets.
Why was the white line not reinstated during the winter?
Lyn Jenkins

Not forgotten
Readers will have noticed that my column has not appeared in the Tivyside for many weeks; several have asked me why. I no longer write the column.
My thanks to all those readers who supported what I wrote, and the way I wrote.
John B Evans (JB Evans)

Charity thanks
AS the organiser of the recent Parkinson’s charity evening, I wish to thank each and every one who contributed to make the evening a huge success.
The evening began with a two course meal at Newcastle Emlyn RFC and my thanks go to Bill and Meinir for serving us with an excellent meal as they always do.
The raffle followed which raised £600. The auction followed raising almost £2000. Donations totalled almost £500 and the proceeds from selling the tables was £450. The overall profit is more than £3,000 and is still rising due to donations still coming in.
Thanks also to the entertainment for the evening which were Dafydd Pantrod and the Newcastle Emlyn RFC choir. Thanks also to the mayors of Newcastle Emlyn and Cardigan for attending and also Cllrs Hazel Evans, Ken Howells and Wyn Thomas.
Also it was a great pleasure to welcome a large number of the Tivyside Parkinson’s Group and I would like to thank them for making a special effort to attend. Special thanks also to Cherry and Terry for their tireless assistance to ensure the success of the evening.
Last but not least a very big thank you to everyone who attended and to those local businesses and individuals alike for donating the raffle prizes and items for the auction, and also to those who dug deep into their pockets to buy the items being auctioned.
Thanks to the many cash donations received whatever the sum. Thanks also to Menter Gorllewin Sir Gar for printing the posters and the tickets.
Diolch o galon i bawb a wnaeth y noson mor llwyddianus a chefnogi elusen sydd mewn un ffordd neu fwy yn effeithio ar fywyd llawer iawn ohonom. Diolch.
John Crossley

Coastguard fear
In 1878, the Gwbert Coastguard station was established on a location opposite the current Gwbert Hotel and Flat Rock Bistro. The coastguards were all local men, many local farmers, who volunteered their time to assist in an emergency along the coastline. One notable rescue was of a ship that crashed onto Cardigan Island in 1934.
The current team still comprises local men that still give up their valuable time to assist in a callout, and all are on 24-hour duty. The team are an extremely experienced group with over 233 years of service between them. You probably know one of them as a friend, family member or colleague.
It is not common knowledge, but on November 18, 2018; all but two of the Gwbert Coastguard team were stood down from their duties. The reason given from HMCG was that the team were not first aid compliant.
At no stage over the next couple of months, did HMCG attempt to rectify this with its members. This was the last in a stream of issues that the members have had to deal with in relation to their superiors and the lack of compassion, and expectations that have been put on the volunteer team.
As a result of the team being stood down, the area between Cardigan and all the way up to Llangrannog/Cwmtydu is now being covered by the New Quay/Cardigan/Moylegrove coastguard teams. This means a travelling time of at least an hour to some places to cover incidents. It is now April and the summer season is upon us, there will be a significant lack of care around the coastline.
We would like to inform the public that they need to take extra special care whilst around the coastline. We would like all tourist sites to inform their visitors of this issue and to highlight the importance of keeping safe, checking tide times, asking locals for information before setting off on their journeys around the coast.
It is with sadness that the team need to inform you that this station is now to close. 142 years of service, many successful rescues, and some not so successful will now be consigned to the memories of those have served.
Gwylwyr y Glannau Gwbert