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Rhondda Cynon Taf council's response to Passive Smoking at Aberdare Bus Station

AberdareOnline has had a response from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council with regard to the inhalation of passive smoke at Aberdare bus Station.

“Thank you for your e mail dated 25th September 2014 relating to the problems of Passive Smoking at Aberdare Bus Station, under the current regulations the passenger area of Aberdare Bus Station is not classed as being a substantially enclosed area and the Council cannot prohibit smoking in outdoor public areas that it manages, as a consequence individuals who are smoking inside the bus station are not in breach of the current smoking regulations for public areas and the Council cannot enforce a no smoking policy. The Council recognise that the effects of smoking cause discomfort and pose a risk to the health of individuals who are in close proximity to the person who is smoking. The Council does therefore request and encourage passengers not to smoke and will be displaying notices in the bus station to discourage smoking. The Council are not able to ban smoking in public spaces such as parks. As to your point relating to Arriva banning smoking on stations and platforms, they are able to do so because railway by- laws no 3 is applied, the council have no such local byelaw.”

“Hopefully once these notices are on display at the Bus Station it will have a positive effect on discouraging smoking in this area.”

How can I complain about breaches of the legislation?

If someone is smoking in no-smoking premises or a smoke-free vehicle, you should complain in the first instance to the manager or the person in charge of the premises or vehicle.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome, you can contact your local authority’s department of environmental health or public protection.
Rhondda Cynon Taf 01443 425777

No-one is allowed to smoke on any of its sites, including hospitals, car parks, clinics and health centres.

Prince Charles Hospital, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Ysbyty Cwm Cynon and Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda are affected.