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May 2019

New approach for tackling invasive non-native species in Wales

An innovative approach to dealing with the impacts of non-native species has been launched in Wales.

Deaths from pollution are on the rise

Paul Davies AM has asked the First Minister to explain how the Welsh Government intends to slow the increase in pollution-related deaths in Wales.

Classic Car Show To Return To Welsh Mining Experience

All roads will lead to the Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park next month, as plans gear up for the Classic Car Show 2019. 

Welsh Water closure of Rhigos Mountain Road over Whitsun

Welsh Water requires the closure of the A4061 Rhigos Mountain Road to carry out works following a burst water main last year – and the project has been scheduled for the school half term to minimise disruption.


RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL (OLD YNYSYBWL ROAD, YNYSYBWL) (TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council have made an Order under Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended by the Road Traffic (Tempor


THE RHONDDA CYNON TAF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL (RHOS SQUARE) COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER 2019 COMPULSORY PURCHASE OF LAND IN MOUNTAIN ASH Notice is hereby given that the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has made The Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (Rhos Square) Compulsory Purchase Or

Inquiry call after £7m paid out to suspended council staff

In the last three years, councils across Wales paid out millions to over 750 members of staff who were suspended from duty, leading to calls by the Welsh Conservatives for an independent investigat

Local transport fund: grants awarded 2019 to 2020

Schemes funded in 2019–2020 Details of the local transport grants awarded to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council


Safe Routes in Communities Llwynypia Pontyclun £85,000



 Safe Routes in Communities (Year 2) £211,000



Treharris cashpoint theft update: Five men charged

South Wales Police can confirm that the five men who were arrested in connection with the cashpoint theft in Treharris on Tuesday (May 14), have all been charged with burglary and theft of motor vehicle.

They are appearing at Merthyr Magistrates Court today (16 May, 2019).

1000 Voices hit the right note with children and young people in Rhondda Cynon Taff

A thousand children from 36 schools across South Wales have volunteered to sing in a musical extravaganza at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, supported by a host of celebrity acts and professional musicians.

Child poverty is becoming the ‘new normal’ in many parts of Wales

Statistics out today by the End Child Poverty coalition show that 206,173 children in Wales were in poverty in 2018, or 29.3% of Wales’ child population and a 1% increase on the previous year after housing costs are taken into account.

Wales is only part of the UK to see rise in child poverty

Commenting on the shameful news that Wales was the only nation to see an increase in child poverty last year, Shadow Minister for Social Care, Children and Young People, Janet Finch-Saunders, said:

Welsh Government to set up own Planning Inspectorate over policy divergences

Wales is set to get its own Planning Inspectorate after the Welsh Government concluded policy there now differed too far from England for a joint one to be any long

Jason's Dream Becomes A Reality

Working at Vision Products has helped Jason Rowley grow in confidence, enabling him to live independently - in a home fitted with PVCu windows that have been manufactured at his workplace. 

Pontypridd students win award in national engineering initiative

These sixth form students from Pontypridd High School have excelled in a national engineering initiative, in which their Council-sponsored project to identify road safety improvements in Cilfynydd has won an award.

Further arrests following Pontypridd incident

A total of eleven people have been arrested following the disturbance in Pontypridd on May 3.
In addition to previous arrests, four teenage boys and two teenage girls have been arrested in the past five days – all have been released on police bail.

Sun's out - burglars about...

Officers fear that warmer weather is making life easier for burglars.
There has been a spate of burglaries across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil in which power tools, laptops, games consoles, mobile phones and cash have been stolen.

South Wales Police have arrested six people in connection with the theft of thousands of pounds from a cashpoint machine

With assistance from Gwent Police officers, South Wales Police have arrested six people in connection with the theft of thousands of pounds from a cashpoint machine in Fox Street, Treharris today.

Millions of pounds of Welsh money down the drain thanks to poor Welsh Government decisions

Opposition leader Paul Davies AM has continued his party’s calls for transparency from First Minister Mark Drakeford, as he asked how the Welsh Labour Government is keeping tax

Mental Health Awareness Week – 13th to 19th May 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week is a yearly, week-long campaign for awareness of mental health issues that encourages people to take positive action and promote health and wellbeing for all.

£600,000 investment to deliver improvements to 14 play areas

The labour council have £600,000 to upgrade play areas but the labour council will not reinstate the play area they removed in the Ynys Aberdare to construct the £50 million plus new school and £3 million athletics facility WHY? 

A meeting of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is to be held on Thursday, 30 May 2019 at 2.00pm in Ynysmeurig House, Navigation Park, Abercynon.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Labour run council propose to create more high paid Councillor roles

At the full Council meeting this coming Wednesday a proposal is being put forward to create two new posts within the Council structure.

£2 million to help transform the Chartist Tower into a high quality hotel development

The £2 million package is a mix of grant and loan funding from Visit Wales and the Welsh Government’s Targeted Regeneration Investment programme, which will provide £100 million of capital support across Wales over 3 years for regeneration projects. 

Motorists can now replace a lost, stolen or damaged MOT certificate online for free

DVSA has launched a new free service to allow motorists to replace a lost, stolen or damaged MOT certificate.

The service can be used to get MOT certificate copies for cars, vans and motorcycles. Copies for lorries, buses and coaches will be available later in 2019.

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Helping people be data aware

In our data-driven world, it’s more important than ever to know who is using people’s personal data, and why.

Wales Book of the Year Short List 2019:

 “Illustrating the significance of the stories of Wales

to a global readership.”


Literature Wales has today announced which titles have been shortlisted for both the English and Welsh-language Wales Book of the Year Awards 2019.

Welsh Government to urgently address staffing shortages in the Welsh NHS which are putting patients at risk.

Darren Millar AM has repeated his calls for the Welsh Government to urgently address staffing shortages in the Welsh NHS which are putting patients at risk.

Pontypridd incident: Teenager arrested for breaching criminal behaviour order

As part of an investigation following a disturbance which occurred in Pontypridd on Friday, May 3, 18 year-old Kyle Townsend from Aberdare has been charged with breaching his criminal behaviour order.
He will appear at Merthyr Magistrates Court on Friday, 10 May, 2019.

Davies writes to First Minister calling for urgent decision on Barry Incinerator

Shadow Environment Minister and South Wales Central AM, Andrew RT Davies, has written to the First Minister calling on him to intervene and make an urgent decision on the environmenta

A report on Glenboi Primary School Abercwmboi Isaf Road Glenboi Mountain Ash

About Glenboi Primary School Glenboi Primary school is in the village of Glenboi, near Mountain Ash in Rhondda, Cynon Taf local authority. There are 134 pupils on roll, including 23 pupils in the nursery.

‘Trainees are under pressure to fill rota gaps, which leads to patient safety concerns on a regular basis’

Welsh hospitals are understaffed and overstretched. Over two-thirds of trainees report regular and frequent rota gaps, almost one-third of advertised consultant posts go unfilled, and absence due to sickness is rising.  As 120 doctors and health professionals gather today (Thursday 09 May) in Dee

ChangeLives care awareness week

A WELSH care agency is hosting its first ever #ChangeLives week (May, 2019) to raise awareness of what it is like to work in the care industry and how rewarding it can be.


Welsh Government Supports a Default 20mph Limit for Residential Areas

During yesterday's First Minister's Questions, Mr Drakeford announced that speed limits of 20mph could be introduced in all residential areas in Wales.

Welsh Conservatives comment on the newly-appointed chair of National Independent Safeguarding Board

Commenting on the news that the Welsh Government has appointed the former Head of Safeguarding for Cwm Taf University Health Board as Chair of the new Natio

Tributes To Councillor Robert Smith

Councillor Robert W Smith, one of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Elected Members for the Rhondda Ward, sadly passed away over the Bank Holiday weekend. 

Councillor Smith, a staunch and loyal Labour Party member, also served as Mayor of the County Borough in 2009-2010. 

Raft Arts Festival (RAFT) 2019

Major names in the world of entertainment are once again heading to Rhondda Cynon Taf this summer as part of the 2019 Rhondda Arts Festival (RAFT).

Patient thanks our heart specialist nurse for care on heart failure awareness week!

Fifty-five year old Jayne Pritchard, lives with husband Alan and their 15 year old foster child in Hengoed.

Jayne was diagnosed with heart failure in November 2018 after being diagnosed by a doctor while on holiday in Spain a few weeks earlier that she had a chest infection.


Submitted by steven.jones on Tue, 05/07/2019 to MAC website 


RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL (GWERNIFOR LANE, MOUNTAIN ASH) (TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council intends, not less than 7 days from the date of this Notice, to make an Order under Section 14 of the Road Traffic

Rota gaps, retirement and the risg to patient safety: sut junior doctors are keeping the NHS afloat

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Cymru Wales launching a major new hyn report on junior doctor wellbeing to our north Wales spring conference on Thursday 09 May 2019.


Abacare says its induction process helps retain employees

AN AWARD-WINNING care provider in Wales says its 12-week beginners’ transition and training programme helps it retain employees (May, 2019) despite a recent survey by Skills for Care that said staff retention was one of the biggest issues the industry faced.


Bank Holiday Advice for Motorcyclists

In the latest blog, Wales By Bike is reminding motorcyclists to stay alert on long bank holid

Rota gaps, retirement and the risk to patient safety: how junior doctors are keeping the NHS afloat

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Cymru Wales will be launching a major new report on junior doctor wellbeing at our north Wales spring conference on Thursday 09 May 2019.

Councils not using empty home powers

Councils have abandoned the powers to tackle the rising number of empty home, according to a modular home provider.

This has prompted calls for the legislation to be replaced with a scheme local authorities find easier to use.

Labour would scrap commercial to residential permitted development

The next Labour government would put an end to the policy that sees commercial spaces converted into residential units without going through the full planning pro

Iron Tram Bridge, Robertstown Aberdare

Ref: Grade 2 listed Tram Bridge, Robertstown Aberdare Cadw Source ID: 2283


AberdareOnline contacted CADW in relation to the Grade 2 listed Tram Bridge, Robertstown 

Call for Resignations of Health Minister Vaughan Gething and Cwm Taf Chief Executive Allison Williams and Chairman Prof Marcus Longley.

Following his questions to the First Minister in the chamber yesterday, Paul Davies AM is continuing his calls for Welsh Government accountability through the resignation of Hea

Surveillance Camera Commissioner warns against blanket use of CCTV recording in taxis and PHVs

Blanket use of CCTV recording in taxis and private hire vehicles would be disproportionate and should be imposed only where a strong justification exists, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner has said.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health comment on WHO physical activity guidelines

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has responded to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) new guidelines on the physical activity of children under the age of five, counselling caution.


Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Welsh Office Circular 32/92

Application for Major Development


Application No: - 19/0380/15


Applicant: Keolis Amey