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March 2018

Study finds anti-inflammatories could help prevent dementia – Alzheimer’s Society comment

A Vancouver-based research team led by Dr Patrick McGeer, has published a paper suggesting that anti-inflammatory drugs could prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Patients and staff come together to learn Welsh

Patients and staff at Pinewood House are being given Welsh lessons as part of a new project to develop their skills and confidence.

 

Removal/Variation of Conditions 2 (Approved Plans) & 3 (Materials) Boot Hotel

PLANNING (LISTED BUILDINGS AND CONSERVATION AREAS) ACT 1990 Application Affecting the Setting of a Listed Building and the Character or Appearance of a Conservation Area Application No: 18/0203/15

Applicant: TEDS Developments Ltd

Cymmer pupils given insight into construction industry by 21st Century Schools contractor

The Council’s contractor for its £1.9m education investment in Cymmer Primary School has held a series of engagement events with local pupils about opportunities in the construction industry.

Health board finances ‘teetering on the brink’ under Welsh Labour

The Labour-run Welsh NHS is set to record its biggest single-year deficit ever according to latest figures.

 

Four Welsh health boards will have overspent by a combined total of almost £163m at the end of this financial year.

 

Rhydywaun's Roboteers

A group of students from Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun competed in the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge, where they undertook a new challenge this

Macmillan’s mobile service for Wales reached enough people in 2017 to fill half the Principality Stadium

Macmillan’s mobile cancer information and support service in Wales have reached 37,252 people across Wales, which is enough to fill half the Principality Stadium.

Councils given power to double council tax on empty homes

Councils will be allowed to double the rate of council tax on long-term empty properties under new legislation announced today.

Under the new legislation, councils will be allowed to levy additional charges on homes standing empty for two years or more.

AM slams "pitiful" state of social housing in Wales

Latest figures show that more than 60,500 households are on social housing waiting lists in Wales, with Shelter Cymru describing the situation as a "housing crisis".

Pedestrian Casualties 2016

The Welsh Government has issued an annual report which includes information on age and sex of casualty, type of road, speed limit, the location of a pedestrian when hit, type of vehicle involved and time of the accident.

Unlawful imprisonment for council tax non-payment “one of the largest mass miscarriages of justice in British history”

The unlawful imprisonment of people for council tax non-payment “is likely to be one of the largest mass miscarriages of justice in British history”, the chair of the Criminal Bar Association, Angela Rafferty QC, and 57 other signatories of a letter to The Guardian have claimed.

Announcing the 2018 Tir na n-Og Awards Shortlist

The Welsh Books Council has announced the titles on the shortlist of the prestigious Tir na n-Og Awards 2018, presented annually by the Council to honour original work by authors and illustrators of children's books in Welsh and English.

 

ICO seeks comments on draft Data Protection Impact Assessment guidance

The ICO has for many years championed the benefits of voluntary Privacy Impact Assessments for new, innovative but potentially high-risk types of processing under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Firefighters call on farmers to help tackle grass fires in south Wales

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is calling on the farming community to help tackle grass fires, by burning away excess grass on their land.

Council tax now up by 201% since Labour took control of Wales in 1997

Latest figures confirm council tax has now risen by over 200 percent since Labour took control of Wales in 1997.

Access to wellbeing is extended in Rhondda

Patients in Rhondda are being offered more opportunities nearer home to access specialist advice on looking after their wellbeing as well as their health.

THE MAIN A4059 THROUGH MOUNTAIN ASH TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(A4059 MOUNTAIN ASH)

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE ORDER 2018

 

Consultation continues over Mountain Ash Community Hub plans

Plans to enhance community facilities and deliver improved services in Mountain Ash are currently being consulted upon – and it’s not too late to give your views.

Concerns raised over Welsh Government’s £6m airport capital injection

A £6 million ‘cash injection’ into Cardiff Airport has led to concerns from the Welsh Conservatives.

GLYNGWYN STREET AND BAILEY STREET, MOUNTAIN ASH TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(GLYNGWYN STREET AND BAILEY STREET, MOUNTAIN ASH)

(TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE) ORDER 2018

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Rhondda Cynon Taff County

Managing local authority contracts

Outsourcing contracts can help local authorities manage budgets and deliver effective services but the aftermath of the collapse of Carillion has shown the importance of local authorities managing such contracts effectively and, when necessary, terminating them.

If local authorities are t

Local authority should improve the quality of footpaths

Local authorities should improve the quality of footpaths to encourage people to be more active, public health body says.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) yesterday published its updated guidanc

Future Generations Commissioner helps to spread Hapi-ness to the communities of the Cynon and Taf Ely valleys

Health and wellbeing project receives Big Lottery Fund money to make a positive difference

The HAPI (healthy, aspiring, prosperous and inclusive) project, welcomed the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, Sophie Howe to its hub to launch the next chapter for the project.

Bwlch Mountain Road resurfacing during the Easter holiday

The Council will carry out necessary carriageway resurfacing work during the Easter holiday to future-proof Rhondda Cynon Taf’s section of the Bwlch Mountain route.

Britax Römer Recall Certain DUALFIX Child Car Seats

Britax Römer has issued a voluntary recall of certain classicDUALFIX child car seats due to a potential safety issue with a component in these seats.

MACS FORMER PUPIL ON TOUR WITH THE STEREOPHONICS

One of our very talented former pupils has currently been playing live to thousands of people in Belfast and Dublin, opening up for the Stereophonics on their UK & Ireland tour. Gavin Davies is the lead guitarist in the Aberdare based band ‘Fireroad’.

HIGHWAYS, TRANSPORTATION AND STRATEGIC PROJECTS – SUPPLEMENTARY CAPITAL PROGRAMME

The Phase 1 repairs to Aberaman Bridge were successfully completed in 2016/17 with the Phase 2 works now scheduled to commence in May 2018. £0.287M of the previously approved budget of £0.781M will be expended in 2018/19.

ABERCWMBOI MINI RUGBY FESTIVAL

Sunday 15th April  U7’s, U8’s, U9’s & U10’s

Complaint upheld against advertising of NeuroAD as Alzheimer’s disease treatment

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) have upheld a complaint made against Neuronix for their advertising of a medical device in relation to Alzheimer's disease.

Welsh Government urged to invest in pay rise for Welsh NHS staff

More than a million NHS staff in England are set to receive pay rises of over 6% over three years. The UK Government is expected to announce the deal later, following agreement between unions and ministers – with the biggest pay rises directed to staff on the lowest pay bands.

ABERCYNON ROAD / GROVERS LANE, GLYNCOCH TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(ABERCYNON ROAD / GROVERS LANE, GLYNCOCH)

(TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE) ORDER 2018

 

STREETS OFF MONK STREET, ABERDARE TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(VARIOUS STREETS, ABERDARE)

(TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS) ORDER 2017

 

Mental health team taking an innovative approach to care

An innovative team of health professionals is supporting patients receiving mental health treatment in a hospital by providing a range of interventions to help them with their recovery.

 

One in five local roads structurally poor

More than 24,400 miles of roads need essential repair in the next year, a new survey has revealed.

Forced mergers back on the agenda’ despite Labour pledges

The Local Government Secretary has announced plans for council mergers that he says “must be game changing”.

His proposals will lead to just 10 councils – rather than the 22 currently operating in Wales.

Calls for urgent action to attract new doctors after UK Government announces five new medical schools

The Welsh Labour Government has been urged to take urgent action to recruit and attract new doctors. It comes as the UK Government announced the creation of five new medical schools in parts of England where recruitment has been particularly difficult.

LEGO Books in Welsh: Barod am Antur! and Anifeiliaid Anwes

Do you have a child that's fascinated with LEGO? These adaptations of LEGO books provide creativity, colour and education to all children.

 

 

Barod am Antur!

Quality of care homes got worse in 1 in 5 local authorities in the last year

The proportion of care homes rated “inadequate” or “requires improvement” increased in 1 in 5 local authority areas in 2017, according to the new analysis by older people’s charity Independent Age.

A report on Coleg y Cymoedd Heol y Coleg Parc Nantgarw

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?

Mobile Library Provision

Proposals to enhance mobile Library services in the County will be considered by Cabinet next week. 

The plans would see investment in two new state-of-the-art vehicles, which offer improved facilities that can support the delivery of a wider range of services. 

Be Aware of Scams to Council Tax bills and rebates/refunds in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Residents are being urged to deal ONLY with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council DIRECT in relation to Council Tax bills and rebates/refunds. 

NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME FUNDS NEW PALLIATIVE CARE MACMILLAN UNIT NEAR LLANTRISANT

Professor Marcus Longley, Chair of Cwm Taf University Health Board, Rosamund Davies, County Organiser and Trustee at the NGS, George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the NGS and Richard Pugh, Head of Services in Wales at M

Fourth International Dylan Thomas Day calls for participation after first three worldwide celebrations

Following the success of the first three International Dylan Thomas Days, the fourth annual celebration of the famous poet’s life and work has been announced, with an open invitation to anyone in the world to join in.

Staff offered £500 bribe to tackle Welsh Labour’s nursing crisis

A newly appointed contractor is offering a “fab” £500 bonus to attract nurses to fill vacant Welsh NHS posts.

COMPULSORY PURCHASE OF LAND AND NEW RIGHTS BETWEEN DOWLAIS TOP HIRWAUN AND RHIGOS

GORCHYMYN PRYNU GORFODOL (ATODOL) GWEINIDOGION CYMRU (CEFNFFORDD CASTELL-NEDD I’R FENNI (YR A465) (DEUOLI O’R FENNI I HIRWAUN A’R FFYRDD YMUNO AC YMADAEL) A CHEFNFFORDD MAN I’R DWYRAIN O ABERCYNON I FAN I’R DWYRAIN O DDOWLAIS (YR A4060) A CHEFNFFORDD CAERDYDD I LANSANFFRAID GLAN CONWY (YR A470) (

MACS – ADDRESSED BY ROYALTY, POP STARS, ACTORS AND MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKERS!

On Wednesday 7th March, the Religious Studies department took thirty-two VERY excited pupils to a once in a lifetime event at Wembley Arena, London.

Our pupils were rewarded by the ‘First Give’ project and ‘WE Movement’ for their social conscience pr

£110m town centre regeneration programme launches in Pontypridd

An infrastructure investment programme worth more than £110m to help revitalise town centres has been launched.

Dapper FM thanks the people of Penywaun

As you may be aware, the Cana Centre in Penywaun, home to Dapper FM

Wales’ inspiring D/deaf and disabled women receive recognition

Today, at an event in the Senedd Cardiff Bay disabled women from across Wales will be recognised for creating change and breaking down barriers to achieve their goals, now and in history.

 

Cwm Taf mental health specialist involved in ground-breaking research into new therapy for military veterans

Virtual reality technology is being used to develop a potential new treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military veterans.

A national disgrace: the high price of disability poverty in Wales

The JRF Report Poverty in Wales 2018 (7 March 2018), found that 39% of disabled people in Wales are in pove

Inspire! Awards 2018 Call for Nominations

Nominations are invited for 2018 Inspire! Adult Learning Awards.

Safe disposal of sharp objects to reduce risk for collection staff

The Council is asking residents to dispose of sharp objects more carefully in order to reduce the risk of injury to waste collection staff.

MAC RELIGIOUS STUDIES DEPARTMENT – AMBASSADORS TO AUSCHWITZ 2018 - ‘REFLECTIONS

Submitted by steven.jones on Fri, 03/09/2018 - 13:09

Our MACS ‘Ambassadors to Auschwitz’ have commented on their educational visit with the Holocaust Educational Trust in February. With the ambassadors Conor and Ryan commenting:

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE A4059 CWMBACH ROUNDABOUT TO GASWORKS / ASDA ROUNDABOUT

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(A4059 CWMBACH ROUNDABOUT TO

GASWORKS / ASDA ROUNDABOUT)

(TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE) ORDER 2018

 

Welsh Government must not delay in responding to disability access report

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales has branded Welsh Government guidance on how schools support the needs of disabled children “out of date”.

Supreme Court to rule next week on disclosure obligations of head teachers

The Supreme Court will next week (14 March) rule on the scope of a head teacher’s contractual obligation of disclosure and her right to a private life.

BBC School Report …goes digital.

On Wednesday 27th February 2018, five students from St John Bap

Wales in Colour': Paintings & Film by Mikey Jones

The recent blanket of snow could be described as incredibly beautiful but was possibly seen as devoid of colour from one welsh artist’s perspective. Mikey Jones brings a splash of colour to South Wales next week with his latest exhibition ‘Wales in Colour’.

Re-surfacing works on the A4059 at Cwmbach

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will carry out resurfacing works on the A4059 at Cwmbach in its latest project to improve the Cynon Valley corridor for the benefit of road users.

Family and Childcare Trust Annual Childcare Survey

The Family and Childcare Trust have released their Annual Childcare Survey.

Children, Young People, and Education Committee Flying Start Report says ‘more flexibility needed’

The Children, Young People and Education Committee published the results of their inquiry into Flying Start Outreach on 23 February 2018.

Cwm Taf Health Board Statement on staff pay during adverse weather

Chief Executive of Cwm Taf University Health Board Allison Williams said: ‘We are very sympathetic to those who were unable to attend work during the severe weather and we know that so many staff used any means possible to get in or worked from different locations.

Small Books - Big Stoires - Wales' Quick Reads 2018 Titles Available Now

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. These short but compelling books, packed with big stories, are the perfect way to develop a love of reading.

Rhondda Cynon Taf snow clearance operation - a great team effort

Over the last few days, the Council has undertaken the biggest snow clearance operation in decades.

Council staff worked around the clock in shifts, 24/7, clearing the main network as a priority, followed by footpaths, town centres, the three mountain routes Bwlch, Maerdy and Rhigos

Head teacher Aberdare Community School Open Tuesday 6th March

The damage to the pipes in the school has now been rectified and we are able to open the school to pupils tomorrow.   Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience caused by these unforeseen events.   The school inspection will go ahead from tomorrow through to Friday and the planned meeting f

Cwm Taf say thank you to staff and volunteers!

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has gone above and beyond over the past few days during the severe adverse weather.

Emergency school closures Rhondda Cynon Taf

ABERDARE COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Monday 5 March 2018 Due to damaged water pipes caused by the inclement weather I am sorry to report that there will be no running water in Aberdare Community School tomorrow. Consequently, the school will have to remain closed tomorrow, Monday 5th March.

Winter Weather Update

The Council is currently ploughing and clearing the main network as a priority and are advising all motorists to avoid travel today (Friday, 2 March).

Severe Weather Tips from Road Safety Wales

While conditions are very bad, and the emergency services and the Welsh Government are recommending that people don’t travel, avoid making your journey unless it is absolutely necessary.

Footpath closed for 6 months 43 and 63 Aberdare on Moss Row, Abernant

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(FOOTPATH 44 ABERDARE)

(TEMPORARY FOOTPATH CLOSURE) ORDER 2018

 

Landlords warned over blanket ban on applications from people on benefits

Lettings agents and landlords have been warned that they may be breaking the law if they refuse on a blanket basis to consider potential tenants simply because they are on benefits.

MOUNTAIN ASH CROSS VALLEY LINK COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER 2017

THE RHONDDA CYNON TAF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(MOUNTAIN ASH CROSS VALLEY LINK)

COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER 2017

 

The Highways Act 1980 and the Acquisition of Land Act 1981

 

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE A4059 CWMBACH ROUNDABOUT TO GASWORKS / ASDA ROUNDABOUT

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(A4059 CWMBACH ROUNDABOUT TO GASWORKS / ASDA ROUNDABOUT)

(TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE) ORDER 2018

 

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE ROBERTSTOWN LEVEL CROSSING

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(ROBERTSTOWN LEVEL CROSSING, WELLINGTON STREET, ABERDARE)

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE ORDER 2018

 

Cancelled Clinics Due To Adverse Weather Cwm Taf University Health Board

All clinics are running this morning but given the anticipated worsening of weather conditions later today we have taken the decision to cancel all outpatient clinics this afternoon

Notice from Velindre Cancer Centre.

“The Welsh Government is urging people not to travel unless absolutely necessary as a spell of heavy snow and blizzard conditions are expected to hit South and Mid Wales this afternoon.

 

Extreme weather update: Red alert for parts of South Wales

Chief Superintendent Eddie Ough, head of South Wales Police specialist operations, said: “Our priority is to provide a 24/7 emergency service to the public of South Wales and we have plans in place to meet the additional demands placed upon us.