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May 2018

The Highway Code: rule change for motorways

The Highway Code section about motorways will change from 4 June 2018.

This is because the law is being changed to allow learner drivers to have motorway lessons with an approved driving instructor. This will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.

Wales on the Map

Wales; the land of song, daffodils, sheep, rolling hills, Gareth Bale, a baked bean museum and so, so, so much more!

 

 

Wales; the land of song, daffodils, sheep, rolling hills, Gareth Bale, a baked bean museum and so, so, so much more!

Two great reads win Children's Book Awards

The Welsh Books Council has announced the winners of the 2018 Tir na n-Og Welsh-language Awards at the Brecon and Radnorshire Urdd National Eisteddfod at Builth Wells.

 

Primary school pupils excel during Road Safety Quiz

Primary school pupils have tested their knowledge of the Highway Code in Rhondda Cynon Taf’s annual road safety quiz – a fun, educational way to help them to stay safe as pedestrians, cyclists and car passengers.

Natural Resources Wales Amber warning issued for South Wales

Natural Resources Wales is asking people to be alert for flooding as heavy rain is expected to affect South Wales throughout Thursday evening into Friday.

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy

Genealogy is a captivating hobby that not only brings the past alive, but also informs you of your place in the present: how did you come to exist?

You may be surprised to discover the influence that your ancestors have had on your life in the present day.

A letter from astronaut Tim Peake in conjunction with Volunteers Week.

Dear Editor,

  

Scouting set me on a path to becoming an astronaut. Where will it take you?

 

Fly Tipper Fined £828

Stark warning to fly tippers as local litter lout is fined over £800 for blighting the County Borough.

Welsh Youth Parliament begins voter registration

Voter registration for the Welsh Youth Parliament has opened online.

The Welsh Youth Parliament is now allowing young people in Wales to register to vote in the Welsh Youth Parliament elections in November.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council taxpayers paying more for less on the 4th of June

‘MAINTAIN WEEKLY REFUSE COLLECTIONS’ Labour in Rhondda Cynon Taf already has a strong track record of investment to improve our environment.

Last chance for communities in Wales to get up to £10,000 healthy heart funding

Community groups in Wales have just two weeks left to apply for a regional grant of up to £10,000 to help local people look after their hearts.

NRW Bathing water sampling gets underway

There’s a busy few months ahead for the Natural Resources Wales (NRW) water sampling teams who will spend the summer monitoring the quality at Bathing Waters across Wales.Between now and the end of September, each of the 104 Welsh Bathing

National Grid works requiring Taff Trail closure at Abercynon

The Council has been informed by National Grid of essential works to electricity pylons, requiring the necessary closure of a section of the Taff Trail between Abercynon and Quaker’s Yard.

New traffic signals on A4059 at Mountain Ash to be switched on

New traffic signals at the A4059’s junction with Cwm Cynon Industrial Estate will be brought into use this weekend, representing another development in the delivery of the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link scheme. 

Planning Applications in and around Aberdare

 

 RHONDDA CYNON TAF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

1990/PLANNING (LISTED BUILDINGS AND CONSERVATION AREAS) ACT 1990

 

Development Affecting the Character or Appearance of a Conservation Area

 

Application No: 18/0450/10

Applicant: Mr Lawlor

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE JOHN STREET, HIRWAUN

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(JOHN STREET, HIRWAUN)

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE ORDER 2018

 

Macmillan is encouraging skin cancer awareness and sun safety in Wales

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and following a period of hot weather in Wales during the month, Macmillan Cancer Support is encouraging people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease.

New DWP office for Treforest – are there any benefits for us?

The Department for Work and Pensions has submitted an application to RCT Council to create an new HQ on Treforest Industrial Estate.

Are you ready for the Bank Holiday?

With the bank holiday coming up patients are asked to deal with any health problems before they become urgent and before GP surgeries close for the Bank Holiday.

RCTCBC Events Team to the Licensing Authority for Rhondda Cynon Taff for the grant of a Premises Licence for Ynysangharad War Memorial Park

Public Notice

 

An application has been made by RCTCBC Events Team to the Licensing Authority for Rhondda Cynon Taff for the grant of a Premises Licence for Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd, CF37 4PF.

 

Reaction to new rail franchise and concerns over role of Transport for Wales

A contract to run Wales' rail service for the next 15 years has been awarded by the Labour Welsh Government to two European firms, who will run it jointly.

 

WAITING RESTRICTIONS, S PEED LIMIT GLANAMAN RO AD, CWMAMAN

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF CO UNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(GLANAMAN RO AD, CWMAMAN)

(WAITING RESTRICTIONS, S PEED LIMIT) ORDER 2018,

TRAFFIC CALMING MEASURES) NOTICE 2018

 

Cwm Taf UHB unveils new Health and Wellbeing Centre

A £1.5m Centre designed to transform care and support for people living with dementia will be launched by Cwm Taf University Health Board today.

ABERDARE TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB NEW MANAGER APPOINTED

After being appointed manager last week Simon Jones has wasted no time in getting his teeth stuck into his new role buoyed by a win in his first game in full charge in the last match of the season at Garden Village.

Welsh Government to introduce relationships and sexuality education for pupils aged five

The Welsh Government has announced that it will be updating the current guidance for schools so it will now be statutory for pupils to start Relationships and Sexuality education at the age of five. 

Commenting on today's statement by the Cabinet Secretary, Darren Millar AM, said:

The Highway Code: rule change for MOT tests

The Highway Code section about MOT tests has changed from 20 May 2018. This is because the rules for MOT tests have changed.

The changes are to annex 3 of The Highway Code, which covers documents you need for a vehicle.

Fishguard man caught up in US medical fees nightmare

A recent trip to the US took an unexpected turn for the worst for a well-loved 33-year-old young man from Fishguard, Wales. Silfan Rhys-Jones was visiting friends in Bolinas, USA  when he was rushed to hospital with excruciating abdominal pain.

Football Association of Wales to Partner Welsh Hearts Charity in Providing Lifesaving Defibrillators

Today at Wales’ National team open training session in Wrexham, The Football Association of Wales announced their partnership with Welsh Hearts/Calonnau Cymru with Ryan Giggs at the helm.

Councillor succeeds in High Court challenge to imposition of sanctions

A councillor has won a High Court battle with a town council in Herefordshire over sanctions the authority imposed following a complaint by the clerk and deputy clerk.

Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link – public exhibition for traffic restrictions

The Council will host a public exhibition providing details of necessary traffic arrangements which will be required during the main construction phase of the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link scheme – as well as the permanent Traffic Regulation Orders which will be in force when the project is comp

The Plans for St Mair’s Day Centre in Aberdare

Over the last two years we have worked with Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Cwm Taf University Health Board, partners from the third sector and the local community on plans to develop St Mair’s Day Centre in Aberdare into an innovative, inclusive community hub.

Council fails in appeal that FOI requester was vexatious over parking charges

The First-tier Tribunal has rejected a claim by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham that a resident made vexatious freedom of information requests in relation to parking charges.

Car Parking Aberdare

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(REGULATION OF OFF STREET CAR PARKS) (VARIATION) ORDER 2018

 

Aberdare Community flagship school no example for Rhondda schools to follow

When the Director of Education and the Labour Cabinet in RCT decided to make guinea pigs out of Rhondda pupils and create two 3 to 16 and one 11 to 16 schools they held up the new "super school" at Aberdare as a shining beacon of light showing how great education would become.

Child Car Seat Website Survey

RoSPA has launched a survey to evaluate its child car seat website and identify ways it can be improved.

Cwm Taf University Health Board to plant 70 trees for 70 years

Staff at Cwm Taf University Health Board will plant 70 trees across their hospital and community healthcare sites to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Nearly 100 people left in limbo during March as cancer treatment delays continue

Macmillan warns that Wales’ failure to meet nationally set cancer treatment targets means 96 people faced treatment delays in March this year alone.

Church Village GP launches patients healthy living project

GP Lisa Thomas asked patients in her Church Village practice to join her to discuss how a better lifestyle could improve their health.

Wales leads the way with life-changing diabetes technology now available on NHS

A new technology that is potentially life-changing for many people with Type 1 diabetes is now available on the NHS in Wales.

First Minister downplays expectations over rail franchise

Outgoing First Minister – Carwyn Jones – has sought to reduce expectations around the impact of the new rail franchise in Wales.

Speaking today, he has warned passengers that substantial changes including new carriages and electric services are “not going to happen overnight”.

First Minister refuses to rule out delays to start of the new rail franchise

There are growing signs that the launch of the new rail franchise in Wales could be heading for significant delays.

Second phase of repairs to Aberaman bridge is underway

The Council has started a necessary second phase of repairs to a road bridge in Aberaman, with works due for completion later this summer.

Live Music At Aberdare Festival

A fantastic line-up of live music is planned throughout the day during Aberdare Festival 2018. 

Consult on extending FOI to private sector providers of public services: watchdog

The Committee for Standards in Public Life has called for a consultation on whether the Freedom of Information Act should apply to private sector providers where information relates to the performance of a public service contract.

Theatr Brycheiniog marks Dementia Action Week 2018 with a Free Drumming Workshop!

To mark Dementia Action Week Theatr Brycheiniog will be hosting a free drumming workshop on Saturday 26 May between 11am and 12pm.

Wales Book of the Year Short List 2018:

“from established names at the peak of their powers
to the breakthrough of exciting new voices.”

ABERCYNON TEMPORARY FOOTPATH CLOSURE

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(FOOTPATH 24, 25, 26, AND 27 ABERCYNON)

(TEMPORARY FOOTPATH CLOSURE) ORDER 2018

 

Fining parents has “no effect” on truancy rates in Wales

A review of the Welsh Government’s policy of fining parents for school absence has found that the fines have had no effect on truancy rates.

A report on Aberdare Community School

Aberdare Community School is an English-medium 11-18 school maintained by Rhondda Cynon Taf local authority. There are currently 1,133 pupils on roll, including 154 in the sixth form.

Council defeats Court of Appeal challenge over road accident and vegetation

Appeal judges have refused to create a duty of care with “potentially serious and costly consequences for very little practical gain” in a case over whether overgrown vegetation contributed to a road accident.

JOHN STREET, HIRWAUN TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE ORDER 2018

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(JOHN STREET, HIRWAUN)

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE ORDER 2018

 

Cwm Taf University Health Board Campaign showcases healthcare choices for Valleys’ patients

A campaign has been launched across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf to let people know what healthcare services are available in their local community.

Recycling Competition Winner Announced

Winning schools collect the weight of 38 average school desks (38 x 2.5 stone) in cards to scoop top prizes in this year’s Christmas Card Recycling Challenge.

Aberaman extra care scheme at former Maesffynnon Care Home site

Construction of a new extra care facility in Aberaman will begin soon as the Council delivers on its commitment to provide a model of accommodation that is better suited to meeting the needs of older people across RCT, through a £50m investment.

Deadline extended for community groups in Wales to apply for £10,000 healthy heart funding

Community groups in Wales that help local people look after their hearts can still apply for a regional grant of up to £10,000 after the deadline was extended to Monday 11 June.

Pupils guide Cwmaman residents on tour of new £7.2m school site

Cwmaman residents have seen for themselves the excellent progress being made in constructing their community’s new £7.2m primary school – having been shown around the site by local pupils.

National Children’s Day UK: 13 May 2018

Sunday 13th May 2018 is National Children’s Day in the UK.

The day is dedicated to celebrating the importance of a healthy childhood and protecting the rights and freedoms of children.

Adult Learner’s Week 2018

Learning and Work Institute are inviting organisations across Wales to get involved with the Adult Learner’s Week campaign throughout June.

Reducing Automatic Fire Alarm Signals

Disruption, delays and missed appointments in the workplace caused by the problem of false fire alarms could be costing businesses in Wales millions of pounds each year.

New regulatory powers for the digital age

James Dipple-Johnstone explains our new regulatory powers and how we’ll exercise them.

Labour offer “sticking plaster” to cover crisis in Welsh bus services and no direct service to Cardiff from Cynon Valley

Welsh Conservatives have called on the Transport Secretary to solve the crisis in Wales’ bus network as he meets with figures from local authorities, bus firms, and passengers in Swansea at his latest ‘bus summit’.

Information Commissioner consults on draft Regulatory Action Policy

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a consultation on the way it plans to regulate new data protection laws.

DVLA Scam Warning

DVLA has confirmed that they do not send emails or text messages that ask you to confirm personal details or payment information such as for a vehicle tax refund.

Friday 4th May there is a fund-raising event taking place at Brownie’s Bar in Abercynon to raise money for the children’s paddling pool

 The reason for my writing to you is that tomorrow evening (Friday 4th May), there is a fund-raising event taking place at Brownie’s Bar in Abercynon to raise money for the children’s paddling pool that opens each summer in Abercynon – i.e. as above the War Memorial Paddling Pool.

 

Drop in session for Dementia Action Week

PEOPLE from Wales who would like more information on dementia or have any questions regarding care can drop into a care provider’s offices next month (May, 2018) for free advice.

 

Access to taxis and private hire vehicles: the experiences of disabled people in Wales

In April 2017, it became illegal for taxi and private hire vehicle drivers to discriminate against wheelchair users. The change in law meant that drivers could no longer refuse to take wheelchair users or charge them extra for their journeys.

MACS PUPILS WIN FIVE INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS – CANADA, INDIA AND PERU

MACS is extremely proud to announce that five of our pupils have won international scholarships this summer to three different countries!

Organisations from across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf join forces to launch first Well-being Plan for future generations

A five year plan to develop more job and training opportunities; give babies a better start in life, and improve the mental health of young people has been launched by a collective of public sector and voluntary organisations across Cwm Taf.

Application Affecting Public Right of Way BRYN GOBAITH FARM, HIGH ROW, CWMPENNAR, MOUNTAIN ASH

Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

 

Notice in effect from 03 May 2018 until 09 May 2018

 

RHONDDA CYNON TAF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

 

Town and Country Planning Act 1990

 

Welsh Office Circular 32/92

PLANNING APPLICATION BRYN GOBAITH FARM, HIGH ROW, CWMPENNAR, MOUNTAIN ASH

RHONDDA CYNON TAF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

 

Town and Country Planning Act 1990

 

Welsh Office Circular 32/92

 

Application Affecting Public Right of Way

 

Application No: 18/0342/10

 

Applicant: Mr T Watson

 

WELSH CITIES ARE FAILING TO MEET WHO STANDARDS FOR AIR POLLUTION

Air pollution data revealed today (01/05/18) shows that three Welsh cities and two Welsh towns are at or over World Health Organisation (WHO) standards for fine particle air pollution (PM2.5) – with the expanded database unco

Foster Carer Paula's open letter to those considering Fostering.

An open letter to anyone who is thinking about becoming a foster carer from Paula Payne, who has been with Fostering RCT for nearly nine years. 

Bed sores skyrocket by 508% in Welsh NHS

Welsh Conservatives can reveal that reported pressure ulcers have increased from 184 in 2014/15 to 1,119 in 2017/18 – an increase of 508%.

Welsh Government support for M4 Black Route “evaporating overnight”

The frontrunner to replace Carwyn Jones as First Minister has suggested that he would support a cheaper alternative to the Black Route scheme.

 

Young Wales to consult children and young people on Brexit

Young Wales, the participation initiative at Children in Wales, is consulting with children and young people on Brexit.

The Welsh Government has asked Young Wales to consult with children and young people across Wales to gather their views on the Brexit process.

Prince Charles Hospital helps give the organ donation message a much needed lift

Cwm Taf University Health Board is working with NHS Blood and Transplant to promote organ donation to all its staff, patients and visitors. The doors to the main lifts have been covered with promotional messages urging people to sign up to be an organ donor.