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October 2019

Yr Ieuan Ap Iago in High Street Aberdare has been awarded a platinum rating by inspectors.

The Aberdare pub has won acclaim for the quality and standards of its toilets – in the Loo of the Year Awards 2019.


Yr Ieuan Ap Iago in High Street has been awarded a platinum rating by inspectors.


Council Backs Operation Bang

With celebrations for Halloween and Bonfire Night upon us, the Council is once again joining forces with partners to promote Operation Bang, helping to ensure a safe and enjoyable time for everyone. 

Revised guidance on categorisation of defects

Our guidance on how we categorise vehicle defects in roadside checks and vehicle tests has been updated today.

This guide outlines the actions to take when roadworthiness defects are found during vehicle inspections.

Let’s have the full cost of Welsh Government commitment to Pinewood

Calls have been made for the Welsh Labour Government to urgently disclose the full cost of its commitment to Pinewood.

Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee fuel poverty inquiry

The Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee of the National Assembly for Wales is currently conducting an inquiry into the scale and impacts of fuel poverty in Wales.

Wales Book of the Year 2020

Literature Wales announces a

New Children & Young People’s Category

and Ceremony Location


NRW warning over illegal operators dumping waste

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is asking farmers and land owners to be aware of requests to store waste on their land.

It follows recent incidents where farmers across Wales have accepted waste for temporary storage.

This is a growing problem driven by criminal gangs.

Playful Childhoods launches Autumn campaign to get children outside and away from screens

Playful Childhoods launches Project Play Autumn in response to a vital need for children to get playing outside and away from screens during the colder months. 


Re-programming of flu immunisation sessions planned for children aged 4-10 years in schools

Due to factors beyond our control, there is a requirement to postpone the school flu immunisation sessions planned for the first two weeks after half term.

Agreement for cystic fibrosis medicine needs to be agreed to quickly

In light of the Welsh Labour Health Minister’s announcement that he would meet with the manufacturers of the cystic fibrosis drugs Orkambi and Symkevi this week, the Welsh


To celebrate 25 years of National Lottery funding, Wales Millennium Centre – which was part funded by the National Lottery – has released an image showing how Cardiff Bay’s skyline would look if the Centre didn’t exist.


A letter from Astronaut Tim Peake about a new Scout Campaign

As Scouts, here in Aberdare, we make a promise to help other people.


We’re the doers and the give-it-a-goers. We’re the change-makers. We’re not afraid to take a deep breath and speak up.


Cynon Valley Memorial Garden Opening

A new Memorial Garden for the Armed Forces community is set to open in Rhondda Cynon Taf this coming weekend, in time for this year’s Armistice commemorations. 

Tŷ Newydd Course Programme 2020 Literature Wales

Over 60 writers from Wales and beyond
to share their expertise at the National Writing Centre of Wales

Stories of rugby, mining communities and passionate love affairs lie at the heart of National Dance Company Wales’ new Roots tour this Autumn

Freshly returned from supporting Wales’ Rugby World Cup squad in Japan performing its new rugby-themed work, National Dance Company Wales prepares to score its next winning goal; to ensure that its work can be enjoyed by all people, in all of Wales, so that everyone across the nation can feel wel

Schools should not off-register pupils to improve exam results

Improving exam results is not a “legitimate reason” to move pupils off-register, warned the Welsh Conservatives today.

RCT establishes training café for adults with learning disabilities

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has launched a training café for adults with learning disabilities to help them gain new skills and employment experience.

Demolition and reconstruction of wall at Abercwmboi Rugby Club

The Council will begin a scheme to replace the large wall at Abercwmboi Rugby Club, requiring temporary traffic lights at Cardiff Road – scheduled over the upcoming school half term break to minimise disruption. 

Brooke Morris’ family pay tribute to their ‘amazing daughter’:

“Our family life has been shattered by the passing of our amazing daughter Brooke. No words can express the sadness, grief and loss we currently feel.

Brain tumour patients can now access a vital new support service in Wales

Brain tumour patients in South East Wales can now access vital specialist help thanks to a new partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and Brain Tumour Support.

A public notice put out by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council yesterday that I posted on AberdareOnline

A public notice put out by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council yesterday that I posted on AberdareOnline caused a bit of a stir on social media with a few getting the fact wrong, unlike AberdareOnline.


Public events confirmed to help residents renew their bus passes

The Council has announced details of 32 public events throughout November 2019, where residents can ‘drop in’ to popular community locations and receive help in renewing their Concessionary Bus Passes. 

Child & Family Poverty Survey 2019

Children in Wales have been carrying out an Annual Child & Family Poverty Survey for the last 4 years, which helps us to understand levels and trends of child poverty in Wales.

Please could you help us by completing our short Online Survey.

You can find the survey at:

Improved Nappy/Incontinence Service Coming Soon

Nappy and Incontinence recycling (purple bag) customers will shortly be able to enjoy a more eff

Producer turned comedy writer’s debut play confronting society’s dismissal of women over 40 tours Wales this Autumn

Inspired by her own sense of disappearance after a battle with cancer abruptly ended her successful media career, Swansea born TV producer and director Ailsa Jenkins felt determined to tell a story that all too many women will relate to in The Invisible Woman.


Starstruck in Aberdare

Hi there


I am hoping you can help.


I am contacting from the BBC hoping to make contact with anyone who may have featured in the BBC documentary ‘Starstruck in Aberdare’ which was broadcast back in 1993.

Aberdare First to have Free Town Centre Wi-Fi

Visitors and businesses in Aberdare have become the first town centre to benefit from the Council’s free public-access Wi-Fi scheme, which delivers on a commitment to provide further support to seven town centres across the County Borough.






Velindre Cancer Center's hospital of Hope 'wins a BAFTA Cymru award!

This week, staff, Patients and Velindre Cancer Center Volunteers to tea and wine are celebrating Sunday night's BAFTA Cymru at ceremony After picking up the award for best factual series 'Hospital of Hope'.


Maternity Conversation Cafes

We would like to invite women and families who have used our maternity services to give their views on what’s important to them and share their stories and experiences at a number of conversation cafes which we are hosting.

Series hospital of Hope 'VCC wins BAFTA Cymru!

This is a week of celebration for staff, patients and volunteers VCC having won an award for best fiction series about hospital of Hope 'is a Welsh BAFTA ceremony Sunday night.


Transport for Wales “on the wrong track”

A year after Transport for Wales took over the running of our trains in Wales from Arriva Wales, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Paul Davies AM has raised the failings of the new service with the Welsh Labour

Search continues for missing Merthyr woman Brooke Morris

Police in Merthyr Tydfil are continuing their search for missing woman Brooke Morris.

Call for Artists

If you are an artist and the idea of winning a cash prize appeals to you or you would like to see your artworks on display in an art gallery and seen by hundreds of visitors then this might be of interest.






Jail for woman who burgled elderly family friend twice

Y Twyn – her victim, and man in his 70s, was sleeping in his bedroom when he heard a bang on the landing.

Cabinet Members to receive update on draft Corporate Plan

Cabinet will receive an update on the ongoing scrutiny and consultation of the Council’s draft Corporate Plan 2020-2024 (‘Making a Difference’), which provides a vision for Rhondda Cynon Taf over the next four years. 

Introducing a new 20mph speed limit and across Abercynon, including Carnetown and Glancynon.

The Council has completed a public consultation over proposed highway improvements across Abercynon – with valuable feedback received from 136 residents in a public exhibition and 61 people who took part separately. 






Davis Homes appealed to the Planning Inspectorate over the refusal for development on the former Blaengwawr Comprehensive School site.

Davis Homes Ltd has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate because on the 24th July 2019 Rhondda Cynon Taf Council refused development on the former Blaengwawr Comprehensive School site.


Calls for more carers as it heads into its busiest time of the year

A WELSH care provider is calling for more carers to join it as it enters its busiest period of the year with a target to take on 100 new employees by November 1, 2019.


Pontypridd murder investigation: Woman victim named and her family pay tribute

South Wales Police is now in a position to name the 38 year-old woman who died following an incident at an address in Llys Graig Ty Wion, Pontypridd, on Sunday morning (6 October).

Sarah Hassall was from Chelmsford, Essex – her family have paid the following tribute to her:

I hope this isn’t another Betsi Cadwaladr in the making

Welsh Conservative leader, Paul Davies AM, has challenged the First Minister to ensure that Cwm Taf maternity services do not follow in the footsteps of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Statement on publication of Independent Maternity Oversight Panel report

Greg Dix, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Care, said: “We welcome today’s statement from the Minister and the first formal report from the Independent Maternity Services Oversight Panel.

Celebrating Libraries Week Across RCT

Lots of events are planned across Rhondda Cynon Taf this week to celebrate Libraries Week (October 7-12). 

The aim of Libraries Week is to highlight the different ways that libraries can help people of all ages through digital support, services and activities. 

Shadow Minister calls for stronger dialogue to benefit care home residents

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Social Care, Janet Finch Saunders AM, has called for a stronger dialogue between care homes, NHS Health Boards and Local Authorities to improve the

Unpaid carers in Wales feel demoralised and disillusioned

Despite having rights in law, implemented in 2016, many unpaid carers are failing to receive the help and support they need to care

for loved ones.

A decade of young people abandoned by Welsh Labour

After 20 years of Welsh Labour running education in Wales, GCSE results in Wales are going backwards with the results for this year being worse than the summer of 2007.

RCT Residents who need to renew their concessionary bus passes

The Council will shortly host a series of dedicated sessions across all of its Libraries, where staff will be able to help residents renew their concessionary bus passes using the Transport for Wales website. 

Jail for Mountain Ash man a drug dealer who kept heroin hidden in his crutches

A man from Mountain Ash has been jailed for more than four years for possessing heroin with intent to supply.

Ecstasy warning following incident in Talbot Green

Officers are appealing for help in identifying the male who supplied the tablet...