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June 2019

‘Your government is making the same mistakes again’: Welsh Tory Leader questions First Minister over investment fund manager Neil Woodford

Paul Davies AM has used today’s First Minister’s Questions to ask Mark Drakeford about how careful the Welsh Government is being to protect Welsh taxpayers’ money.Mr Davies began by reminding the First Minister of his promise six weeks ago to publish a report looking into the Welsh Government’s fail

Father raises £200,000 for Macmillan in daughter’s memory

A father and award-winning volunteer has raised £200,000 for Macmillan in memory of his daughter.

Shame and social stigma ‘putting cancer patients at risk’

Macmillan warns people with cancer face deteriorating health because they’re too ashamed to seek help with ‘taboo’ side effects 
  • New poll reveals side effects faced by thousands of people with cancer are considered ‘taboo’ by many people in Wales

Rhigos car park up for sale is it wanted by zip world?

The car park in top of the Rhigos (between Treherbert and Hirwaun) is being sold off, privatised, and is being advertised as for sale by the Welsh Government. The title on the land is held by Natural Resources Wales (incorporated from the Forestry Commission).

50 years of The Open University in Wales celebrated with unique historical display

Tuesday (18 June) The Open University in Wales (OU) hosted a special reception to celebrate its 50th year, bringing together OU alumni, AMs, stakeholders and the general public for a day of celebrations.Held at the historical Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay, the celebrations were an opportunity for



Extortionate salaries for failing Health Board heads.

Whilst many people are more than willing to jump up and down and complain about the salaries paid to politicians it seems they are oblivious to the extortionate amounts paid to some public service employees.

Welsh Labour Government criticised for ‘Any Other Business’ handling of Climate Emergency declaration

The Welsh Conservatives have criticised the Welsh Labour Government’s farcical response to the climate emergency declaration after it emerged the cabinet only briefly discussed the matter in the ‘Any Other Business’ section of its meeting on the 29th April.Since the declaration, Labour’s Environment

Focus must not be drawn away from investigation into Cwm Taf scandal

Commenting on the news this afternoon that Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board Chief Executive Allison Williams is now on an extended period of sickness leave, Shadow Minister for Health, Angela Burns AM,

Extortionate salaries for failing Health Board heads

Whilst many people are more than willing to jump up and down and complain about the salaries paid to politicians it seems they are oblivious to the extortionate amounts paid to some public service employees.

Attempts to sweep Wales’ healthcare problems under the Welsh Labour rug thwarted

The false claims by Welsh Labour Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, of a new ‘independent citizen body’ have been exposed by Welsh Conservatives.Responding today to the Minister’s statement, Shadow Health Minister, Angela Burns AM, has quashed the Minister’s claims that yesterday’s announced disbandm

Muni Arts Centre Statement

A council spokesperson said: “The Cabinet has considered the outcomes of the process to secure a sustainable future for the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd. “Through this process individual proposals were received and, following review, five expressions of interests were invited for preliminary discu

An application for planning permission at 20 Commercial Street, Aberdare (former Kwik Save) was received on 15th January 2019.

An application for planning permission at 20 Commercial Street, Aberdare (former Kwik Save) was received on 15th January 2019. The application sought permission for the change of use of the property from an A1 retail use to an ‘unlicensed family entertainment centre’ (sui generis).

FAW Trust move the goalposts for girls’ football

To celebrate the Women’s World Cup, the Football Association of Wales Trust (FAW Trust) are putting on seven FAW Trust Football Festivals across Wales in June and July to provide girls and their families the opportunity to try football.

Should Axe Fall on Health Board Chief Exec? In other words, resign from her £170,000 a year plus benefits post

At the RCT Council meeting on Wednesday 19 June the Chief Executive and Chair of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board are expected to attend to answer members' questions with regard to the recent problems unearthed in maternity services. At the same meeting there is a motion that calls for "the

RCT Lib Dems - on your side

As previously announced, the Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for the forthcoming Rhondda ward by-election will be Karen Roberts.A well-known name in local politics, Karen has been involved in many campaigns fighting for the rights of people in RCT, including:• The fight to retain full time nursery

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Plastic Documentary Statement: Episode 2

In the latest episode of the BBC's plastic waste documentary, the presenter can be seen presenting the Council with an empty recycling bag from this Authority, which was found within plastic waste from across the UK outside a town near the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. 

More fairness needed in RCT education system.

Karen Roberts, our candidate for the Rhondda ward by election wants to see more fairness in our education system.Under the current regime:• whether or not three year olds get full or part time nursery education.• whether pupils can carry on with sixth form education in the same school they have spen

Welsh Conservatives shares ‘serious concerns’ over end of Community Health Councils

Commenting on the news that Health Minister Vaughan Gething is set to announce a new complaints body to replace existing Community Health Councils, Angela Burns AM said:“I have serious concerns over these Welsh

Cruz Cymru 2019

Tomorrow, Saturday 15 June, brings the much anticipated return of Cruz Cymru at the Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd.

Care provider launches GetGardening campaign

AN AWARD-WINNING care provider is this month (June, 2019) launching a campaign to get Welsh folk into the garden in a bid to improve social interaction and get people to spend quality time together. Abacare says that gardening is hugely beneficial, especially for the elderly or people with dementia,

Ceredigion & Rhondda Cynon Taf Council responded to our recent article in relation to Amgen Cymru and associated waste management

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has been the subject of some bad publicity in recent weeks because just one recycling bag was found in Malaysia bearing the name of the council. Following on from our report where

Working together to improve wellbeing for work-based learning

Vocational Skills Partnership is a consortium of four private work based learning providers in Abercynon.

River bridge repairs at Station Road in Hirwaun

It would be good to know the start date for repairs on the Tramway Bridge in Robertstown?

South Wales Police are continuing to investigate a road traffic collision in Aberdare

South Wales Police are continuing to investigate a road traffic collision which happened shortly after 12.30am on Sunday 9th June 2019 at Cardiff Street, Aberdare.Richard Jones, 34, from Cwmbach was in collision with a Citroen car and was taken to the University Hospital of Wales.Sadly, Mr Jones pas


A team of three Year 8 students from Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun in Hirwaun has fought off tough competition from hundreds of schools across Great Britain to win the Wales prize in Shell’s national schools’ competition, The Bright Ideas Challenge. 


“SO, WHAT’S IT LIKE ROUND HERE?”This is the story of a girl called Maya. A girl who is always thirteen. A girl who is always on the move.

Rhondda Arts Festival

Major names in the world of entertainment are once again heading to Rhondda Cynon Taf this month as part of the 2019 Rhondda Arts Festival (RAFT).Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is once again working with the organisers and supporting the month long event, which last year, in its inaugural season, attract

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council statement on recycling bag found near the Malaysia capital of Kuala Lumpur.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is as disappointed and concerned as residents are to learn that an empty recycling bag from this Authority was found within plastic waste from across the UK outside a town near the Malaysia capital of Kuala Lumpur. 

South Wales Police appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision

South Wales Police appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision which occurred at 00.34 hours on Sunday 9th June 2019 at Cardiff Street, Aberdare.The incident involved a Citroen motor vehicle which collided with a male pedestrian at that location.

Wales’ unpaid carers suffering anxiety and stress

Carers in Wales said they are 39% less satisfied with life and 37% said their happiness levels were lower than the rest of the Welsh population Urgent support is needed as the number of adult carers in Wales rises to 400,000Unpaid carers in Wales are looking after loved ones living with an illness,

National TV advert reminds Wales it’s #TimeToBeKind

Today, the Wales Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Support Hub launch a Welsh Government funded campaign to urge people to take the time to be kind to help reduce the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences.ACEs are traumatic experiences that occur during childhood that cause children to repeated

Aberdare primary school hits the right notes in supporting NSPCC Cymru/Wales

Cwmbach Church In Wales Primary School has raised £386 for the NSPCC after the school council chose to support the leading child protection charity.·                     The school organised a number of fundraising activities for the NSPCC, before holding a special assembly to celebrate their achiev

Canolfan Pennar Community Hub Opens Its Doors

The new Mountain Ash Community Hub (Canolfan Pennar) officially opens to the public today (Friday), offering local residents improved access to a range of Council services. Based on the site of the former Mountain Ash Day Centre in Oxford Street, Mountain Ash, the ‘Hub’ opens its doors for the first

A New Children’s Laureate for Wales

Literature Wales has launched a public call-out for a Welsh writer to become the first Children’s Laureate Wales for 2019-2021.The Children’s Laureate Wales is a new post and will be delivered by Literature Wales.

£114m Welsh Government spend 'salt in the wounds' of road users

Shadow Minister for Business, Economy and Transport, Russell George AM, has tackled Welsh Transport Minister Ken Skates over the lack of progress in improving the M4.He asked Mr Skates to explain the timetable surrounding the new M4 expert commission, following the decision to abandon plans for a re

‘I am the decision maker’: First Minister speeds past calls for Assembly vote over M4 relief road

Mark Drakeford AM has brushed off calls from Welsh Conservatives to honour his promise of an open vote on the M4 relief road.In a bizarre outburst, Mr Drakeford made it clear to the Welsh Parliament chamber that he had no intension of delivering a free vote on the matter of the relief road.Following

Councils to be required to report on deals with housing developers

Councils will be required to report on the agreements reached with housing developers to pay for infrastructure, under new rules laid in Parliament this week.Housing Minister Kit Malthouse claimed that “confusing and unnecessarily over-complicated” rules were being simplified, so that communities wo

See diabetes differently this Diabetes Week 10-16 June

Diabetes UK Cymru is urging the public to share facts to increase diabetes awareness Diabetes Week is taking place from 10 to 16 June 2019 and aims to increase the public’s understanding of diabetes. This year, Diabetes UK Cymru is asking people to share five facts to help people see diabetes differ

Lip Reading Classes

Please could you advertise the above Lip Reading Classes being held at Cynon Linc Community Hub, every Wednesday morning 10am to 12noon.