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February 2017

Ynys Public Right of Way underpass flooded again

More flooding at the Ynys fields how much has Rhondda Cynon Taf Council spent on this?

A good news story for wildlife in Abercwmboi.

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales recently completed a two-year species and habitat recovery project at a Nature Reserve in Abercwmboi.  The site, known as Pwll Waun Cynon Nature Reserve, was given to the Trust by Lord Aberdare in 1986 and thanks to a Biffa Award grant it has received tw

Tesco car park in Aberdare on Friday and Saturday night engaging with young people

Officers and staff were in Tesco car park in Aberdare on Friday and Saturday night engaging with young people after concerns were raised about vehicles being used for anti-social behaviour in the area

Fire risk assessor pleads guilty to 13 charges following significant assessment failings

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) is advising Fire Risk Assessors from across the South Wales area to take due diligence of their legal obligations when undertaking fire risk ass

Pop into Abacare for a cuppa in aid of charity

PEOPLE from Wales interested in working in care are being reminded they can pop into a care provider’s offices for tea and a chat about working in the industry and help raise money for charity next month (March, 2017).

ON THE EDGE /AR YR YMYL: Artists from Borth

An exhibition by artists living in Borth, Ceredigion: 


Stuart Evans/Becky Knight/Peter Jones/Lynne Dickins/Catrin Webster/Ruth Pachman/Linda Henry/Michael Mann/Eve Smith/Sarah Pugh/Mikey Bailey/Neil Johnson/Bodge/...


Councils urged to control invasive weeds after court ruling

Local authorities are being encouraged to take urgent action to control Japanese

New Season At Lido Ponty

Lido Ponty, the National Lido of Wales, is all set launch its 2017 season, opening to the public

North American exports down 48% since Carwyn Jones’ first US Trade Mission

Welsh exports to North America have almost halved since 2012, the year in which Carwyn Jones made his first trade mission to the United States of America.

Carers Week 2017

Building Carer Friendly Communities 12-18 JUNE 2017

Past Pupil of St John Victoria Kerley on the Voice

Best wishes  and congratulations to Victoria Kerley who is a past pupil and who is appearing in "The Voice". Victoria left school last summ

Abacare calls for 50 carers

A WELSH care provider is calling for kind and caring individuals from the country to put themselves forward for a care worker position.

Appointment To The Standards Committee

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is seeking to appoint an independent member (and a reserve independent

‘Parental Alienation’ is emotional abuse of children

Our charity, Both Parents Matter, is campaigning for children and young people in Wales to be protected from a particularly dangerous form of abuse perpetrated against them.

Welsh Ambulance Service on January 2017's performance figures

Richard Lee, Director of Operations for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “While January was a challenging month for organisations throughout NHS Wales, we’re pleased to note that we reached 75.4 per cent of RED c

New data shows life expectancy of Welsh men and women trail behind English average

Figures directly comparing the NHS in the four UK nations have been released today for the first time, and show the life expectancy

U-turn on youth bus discount scheme

In January, the Welsh Labour Government scrapped a £15m scheme to help young people get to jobs and training after only 18 months.

No new powers for council tax rises to fund social care in Wales

With social care in the news this month in England and Wales, the Welsh Government has said there will be no powers for local authorities to raise council tax to fund social care in Wales.

Benefit sanctions applied ‘inconsistently’, MPs warn

Benefit sanctions have increased in ‘severity’ and are applied ‘inconsistently’, MPs say – and the Government doesn’t know why.

Mapping our special places in Wales

People can now ‘walk’ some of Wales’ iconic trails and paths from the comfort of their armchair after Natural Resources Wales (NRW) teamed up with Google to add our special sites to Google Street View.

Cwm Taf University Health Board Meeting


Nearly 16,000 hours of care visits are not delivered every week finds research

Nearly 16,000 hours of social care commissioned by councils were not delivered in one week last year, according to a new investigation.

Three regulators unite to help fundraisers comply with the law

The three regulators responsible for making sure organisations understand and obey the rules around fundraising are holding a joint conference aimed to inform, educate and provide clarity to the sector.

Youth Work Excellence Awards, 23 June 2017

The Youth Work Excellence Awards will take place in Cardiff on 23 June 2017. The evening is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate outstanding youth work projects and youth workers from across Wales.

Councils accused of ‘bending the rules’ on balance sheets

Councils are trying to hide the dire state of their finances by 'bending the rules' on their balance sheets, finance chief Rob Whiteman has claimed.

A repeat of Mid Staffs errors is ‘inevitable’, warns Sir Robert Francis

The QC who carried out a review of failures at the Mid Staffs Hospital five years ago says that a similar collapse is ‘inevitable’ under current circumstances where some health trusts are accepting impossible performance targets. 

Pupil Language Ambassador Training, Cardiff University Library

St John were lucky enough to attend a language training day run by Cardiff University.

Labour Run Council haven’t made their mind up on turning Cwmaman and Glynhafod into a dumping ground again

The proposed new school at Glynhafod is still in the planning system and many residents are concerned over the siting of the new school and the loss of the village paddling pool.

Another bike stolen this time from Mountain Ash

Another bike stolen Voodoo Fat bike taken from a garage at Mountain Ash last night please keep your eyes open these bikes are not cheep so someone out there is either trying to sell the stolen bike or keep it for themselves whatever it is its wrong.

Social care system at risk of collapse warns report

One in eight older people are failing to get the care they need, showing the ‘im

Collective and individual failings to blame for £1.25m procurement payout

Collective and individual failings lay behind the Welsh Government having to pay £1.25m in compensation to a firm involved in a procurement dispute.

Did you see the robbers in Glenboi Mountain Ash?

Were you on the Number 60 Stagecoach bus from Aberdare to Pontypridd which passed through the Fernhill Estate at about 5.35pm on Monday?

No Apology from Jones

 First Minister  Carwyn Jones reubffed calls for an apology after a Public Accounts Committee revealed “significant failings” in the Welsh Government’s £3.4m investment in a Swansea firm.

Do you know a child that achieved something remarkable for children’s rights? Nominate him or her!

The International Children’s Peace Prize is awarded annually to a child that fights bravely for the rights of children anywhere around the world.

Welsh children set The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ charity conga challenge

  • Action for Children’s Giant Wiggle encourages kids to play and develop imaginations
  • Regist

Children seek damages from Council after being left with neglectful parents

The Official Solicitor has taken legal action against Swansea Council over a case where children were not taken into care but left with neglectful parents.

Care applications set to reach record levels in 2016/17

The number of care applications received by Cafcass looks set to reach a record level for the third year in a


Staff and students from Cardiff University’s School of History, Archaeology and Religious Education (SHARE) visited MACS on Monday 13th February 20

Four million more people living below an ‘adequate income’

Millions of just about managing families are on the ‘tipping point’ of falling i

Cynon Valley Party meeting cancelled by order committee

We have been informed that the Cynon Valley Party meeting fixed for tonight at Penywaun Club has been called off; we were informed that it was by order of the club committee.


Robbery near the Fernhill Estate, Glenboi, Mountain Ash

We are appealing for any witnesses to a robbery which happened at about 5.35pm on Monday 13th February 2017 near the Fernhill Estate, Glenboi, Mountain Ash.

Questions remain over long-term future of Sport Wales

Commenting outside the chamber following the Minister for Public Services’ statement on the activities of Sport Wales, Shad

Love is ‘blind’!

When Edie the guide dog looked across a crowded room a

Fireroad at Grey Trees Brewery Aberaman

Great day yesterday when the Cynon Valley Party held a live event at Grey Trees Brewery Aberaman with local band Fireroad.

Watch the video now and support the community local talent, business and the Cynon Valley Party. 

Abacare to put the kettle on for charity

WELSH folk interested in care can pop into a care provider’s offices for tea and a chat about working in the industry while also helping to raise money for charity as part of Dementia UK’s Make Time for a Cuppa event next month (March, 2017).


Welsh council looking to suspend Right to Buy policy

Right to Buy could be suspended in Cardiff for five years in a bid to protect th

Agreement on repairing roads after rallies

The organisations involved in negotiations to repair forest roads after rallying events have reached agreement to enable rallying in Welsh forests to continue.

Adult Learners’ Week, 19-25 June 2017,

Adult Learner’s Week is an annual campaign which celebrates and promotes adult learning opportunities.

ICO warns schools of ‘high bar to clear’ over body cameras for teachers

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned schools that they must carry out privacy impact assessments if they are considering fitting their teachers with body cameras.

Robbery the Rhydyfelin Post Office

South Wales Police are continuing to appeal for information after a robbery the Rhydyfelin Post Office on Dyffryn Road, which was reported at 10am February 7th.

Love Reading? Wales's Quick Reads 2017 Titles Launched on Valentine's Day!

As many as one in six adults struggle to read, and one of the main aims of Quick Reads is to encourage those reticent readers to pick up a book and give it a go.

Local projects hit the jackpot

New figures show that more than £22.1 million of National Lottery funding was awarded across South Wales in the last year alone.

Taxi drivers face fines of £1000 for discriminating against wheelchair users

Taxi drivers will from 6 April be prohibited from discrimination against wheelchair users, the government has announced.

Cabinet Responsibility in chaos as Kirsty Williams defies Welsh Government whip on Article 50

The First Minister has been urged to clarify whether ministers are still bound by ‘collective ministerial responsibility’ a

What pressure has the leader of Plaid Cymru in RCT placed on the Labour administration

Stopping at the temporary traffic lights on the A4059 in Mountain Ash I observed  group of people looking towards the proposed Southern Cross Valley link road, perhaps they were deliberating a start and completion date or are they keeping that announcement closer to the May 4.  

Spring into heritage projects for Year of Legends

This Spring, several big initiatives to celebrate south Wales’ heritage will take place, ensuring that the valleys’ industrial heritage sites are well and truly on the tourism map.

Enough is Enough: play laughs in face of violence

Exiled Turkish Artists tour first production in Wales


**** The Stage: “Intelligent and subversive feminist gig-theatre”


Parents and teachers in Wales encouraged to switch on to internet safety this Safer Internet Day

Young people in Wales could be at greater risk of cyber-bullying and other online risks unless we support young people to keep safe online, the Welsh Government has said.

Councils under pressure to fix potholes immediately after CoA ruling

A majority decision in the Court of Appeal has found against Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council over a claim by a jogger that a pothole should have been fixed immediately it was discovered.

Councils must tackle 'impending' retirement housing gap

Councils should be legally required to ensure there are enough retirement homes

Councils urged to control invasive weeds after court ruling

Local authorities are being encouraged to take urgent action to control Japanese

Planning Application Cwmaman New School

Planning Application Ref: 7/0017/08




Grid line E: 299890 N: 199431



Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has launched a review into the use of firearms on land it manages.

Cynon Way and National Cycle Network Route Fooded

As many will know who use the Public Right of Way and National Cycle Network route next to the Aberdare Canal it has been flooded for weeks this is because of the inadequate culvert that takes the water from the canal and the Nant

Cocaine with a street value of around £25,000 has been taken off the streets of Cynon

Cocaine with a street value of around £25,000 has been taken off the streets of Cynon in a special operation.

IPCC warns over dangers of swallowing drugs when stopped by police

A warning over the danger of swallowing drugs in an attempt to conceal them when stopped by police has been reinforced by a second Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation that highlights the risk of fatality.

Welsh Ambulance Service recruitment and awareness day hailed as a huge success

MORE than 200 people turned out for a recruitment and awareness event to find out more about working for the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Cynon Valley Party meeting at Cwmdare

Cynon Valley Party meeting at the Ton' Glwyd Fawr, Cwmdare on 7th February 2017 at 7:00 PM why not go along and express your views on local issues.


The response to Cwmaman School from Kirsty Williams Cabinet Secretary for Education Wales

Following a request to Liberal Democrat Kirsty Williams AM Cabinet Secretary for Education in the labour run Welsh Government with concerns expresses to AberdareOnline from local residents reference the proposed new school at Cwmaman. 

Businesses could face fines for ignoring CCTV data protection law

A business owner has been prosecuted for failing to register with the ICO because she was using in-store CCTV.

Welsh Ambulance Service prepares for Six Nations kick off

THE Welsh Ambulance Service is prepared for one of the busiest periods in the sporting calendar as Wales kick off their RBS Six Nations campaign on Sunday.

BBC investment will increase coverage of council meetings

The BBC has agreed to fund 150 new ‘local democracy reporters’ to cover council

RNIB calls for improved ophthalmology services across Wales

RNIB Cymru has welcomed the publication today of the Health Inspectorate Wales (HIW) review of Ophthalmology Services in Wales.