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June 2015

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Supermarket handbag theft caught on CCTV...

Rounders success for St John's

St John's year 7/8 and year 9/10 rounders team took part in the Caer

Service aims to reduce the number of deaths in water related incidents

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS) ‘Drowning Prevention Week’ which ru

'Tory plans on electrification are as clear as mud' - Eluned Parrott

It would be completely unacceptable for Welsh passengers to have to wait even longer for the electrification of the Great Western Line, Eluned Parrott, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Minister has said today.

Cwmaman War Poet Remembered

A Blue Plaque is to be unveiled at the former home of Alun Lewis, one of Wales’ most celebrated war-time poets, on the

An Introduction to Biological Recording

Organised by: SEWBReC, on behalf of NRW

Time: 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: Daerwynno Outdoor Centre, Llanwonno

Cost: Free

Warning to all tradesmen...

Do you keep tools in your van overinight?

Theft of Cultural Antiques in Broad Daylight from the Aberdare Canal Head

Hi asking for information on the theft of the remaining flagstones from Aberdare Canal at the old Ford, opposite Pedro's Ranch (Ynyscynon Farm) today 16th June 2015 approx 12-13:45. Please phone 101 or contact Cwmbach Police Station.

Fair voting system is our red line - Peter Black

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have made clear today that they would not support any local government reorganisation proposals without the introduction of a fair voting system.

Welsh Ambulance Service Statement on May 2015's performance figures

Tracy Myhill, Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “Once again there’s been an improvement in our performance, which is encouraging &ndas

Nursing homes could be forced to close by "daft" immigration rules

Care chief says the new legislation is "utter madness"

A number of nursing homes in Rhondda Cynon Taf could be forced to close because of new UK Government rules, a social care chief has warned.

Silver for Wentwood

A woodland owned and managed by Coed Cadwr between Usk and Chepstow has scooped Silver in the Royal Forestry Society's Excellence in Forestry Multipurpose Woodlands Awards which are being held in Wales this year for the first time.

Plaid MP warns of new 'culture of cuts'

Plaid Cymru's social protection spokesperson, Hywel Williams MP, has warned that the Prime Minister's new 'culture of cuts' signals a disaster for thousands of unemployed and working people who face having their tax credits and other payments slashed or frozen.

Marks & Spencer to close its Pontypridd branch

Council Leader Andrew Morgan has expressed his disappointment at the decision of Marks & Spencer to close its Pontypridd

Renewable energy business fails in challenge over impact of lobbying by MP

A renewable energy company has lost a High Court challenge in which it claimed that a decision to refuse planning permission for a wind turbine development was vitiated by bias because of lobbying by the local MP.

Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour Event to Tackle Sporting Equality

Making Welsh sport truly inclusive will be the focus of a unique event on the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour in Wales next month.

Drop in session for people to ask about felling at Cwmcarn forest and discuss future of Forest Drive road

Natural Resources Wales is inviting people who live near or enjoy Cwmcarn forest to find out more about the major tree felling operation at the site which began in May.

Closure of Cwmdare Campus

Arrangements for the closure of the Cwmdare Campus – Year

Local councils “stitch-up” won’t wash with people of Wales – Peter Black

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have claimed today’s Labour announcement of proposed local government mergers are a “party-political stitch-up”.

Spending watchdog hits out at public services complaints and redress system

The system for dealing with complaints in relation to public services and providing redress is confusing for consumers and several areas – such as academies – have no formal route to independent redress, the Natio

Plaid Cymru to unveil plan for local government

Plaid Cymru set to propose development of regional government: Health and social care to be combined

Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood will set out her party’s vision for local government reform when she speaks in an Assembly debate on Wednesday (17th June).

Glossy government update ignores big issues

As Labour’s First Minister publishes his annual ‘Programme for Gove

Anglers called on to release all salmon

Anglers in Wales are urgently being asked to help conserve fish stocks by agreeing to release all the salmon and more of the sea trout they catch in 2015.

17,490 people now living with diabetes in Merthyr and RCT

The number of people with diabetes in Merthyr and Rhondda Cynon Taf has reached an all-time high of 17,490  according to new figures released by Diabetes UK Cymru.

Welsh Ambulance Service scores highly in National Survey for Wales

A WALES-wide survey has revealed that 90 per cent of people who needed to call for an ambulance in the last 12 months were satisfied with the overall service they received.

Join The Big Wild Rumpus

A ‘Big Wild Rumpus’ is about to take place at Aberdare Library, and you are invited along to join in the fun!

Report Coedpenmaen County Primary School

Report following monitoring Level of follow-up: significant improvement Coedpenmaen County Primary School

Statement in response to report by Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

FOLLOWING a comprehensive investigation by the Ombudsman into the care provided to a patient in the final stage of life, which is available to read 

Wind farm development team joins forces to sponsor cycle event

The team behind England and Wales’ largest wind farm is working in tandem to support an event celebrating 15 years of trail riding in the Afan Valley.


Discover the wonders of the Welsh environment

Our wonderful Welsh environment is home to an incredible variety of plants and animals which is rightly celebrated in Wales Biodiversity Week.


So what has Wales got to offer in terms of biodiversity?


Martha combines love of family and helping children through Fostering

Aberdare parents-of-five Martha and Simon Edwards are enjoying their shared passions of family life 

Delays in processing applications for personal independence payments unlawful

Extensive delays in the determination of two disabled claimants’ applications for personal independence payments (PIPs) were “not only unacceptable….but unlawful”, a High Court judge has ruled.

BHF and Diabetes UK's Big Collection in Aberdare

WHAT: The National Charity Partnership Big Collection for Diabetes UK and BHF

WHEN: During Diabetes Week on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June 2015 (10am-4pm)

WHERE: Tesco Aberdare


Wales Book of the Year Award 2015

The winner of the main English-language Wales Book of the Year Award 2015 is Other People's Countries by Patrick McGuinness.



Most of us dream of owning our own home but for a lot of first time-buyers it will stay a dream for a very long time as soaring property prices and needing a big chunk of money for a deposit makes getting onto the property ladder nearly impossible.


Save Aberdare Park Open Pool on Facebook

Feelings are running high over the closer of Aberdare Park Paddling pool there is a partition to keep the pool open there are paper petitions available in Blaengwawr stores, Temple Bar, Cardiff road fish bar and plough Inn Aberaman and one in Gareth Rees Newsagents.


Famous Welsh venues host annual celebrations of volunteering

The famous Italianate village of Portmeirion and open air national history museum St Fagans are among the many and varied venues set to host celebrations of Volunteers’ Week 2015.

Have your say on taxi services in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Whether you use them regularly for your weekly shopping, or just rely on them to get home at the end of a good night, everyone in RCT relies upon a safe, responsible and effect

RCT School Transport Consultation Update

RCT have now confirmed that they are consulting on proposals to introduc

Natural Resources Wales advice to farmers

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is urging farmers to ensure they are storing their silage, slurry and diesel appropriately following three major pollution incidents in Wales.


Council leaders reject 'misleading' assets report

Local government leaders have dismissed a report claiming councils own assets ranging from golf courses to hotels to a cheese factory as 'misleading'.

Home to School Transport: Consultation Begins

The consultation process on proposed changes to the Council’s Home to School Transport policy begins today (Tuesday, June 2).

Scrap Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, says Kirsty Williams

Wales’ hospital inspectorate system isn’t fit for purpose and should be replaced, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams has said today.

This follows a damning report into Glan Clwyd Hospital's Tawel Fan unit in Denbighshire which Kirsty Williams has described as a "scandal".

A report on Abercynon Community Primary School

During each inspection, inspectors aim to answer three key questions: Key Question 1: How good are the outcomes? Key Question 2: How good is provision? Key Question 3: How good are leadership and management?