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July 2019

Cwmdare drug dealer who caught himself in the act is jailed

A drug dealer from south Wales was banged to rights by footage from his very own dashboard camera.Scott Curtis, 45, from Graiglwyd, Cwmdare, Aberdare, was potentially facing charges for possession, but two hours of dashcam footage from his yellow Ford Focus caught him in the act, carrying out drug d

Cwm Taf staff sickness leave “only the beginning of long-term staffing problems”

The Welsh Conservatives are warning the health board’s sickness absence amongst midwives running at 11% is only a symptom of institutional management problems, and will directly affect recruitment.Even the health board’s chief executive 

In Remembrance Anthology Showcases Local Writers

Poignant short stories and poems from local writers are featured in a brand-new book called In Remembrance. The publication is the result of a creative writing competition, run by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Library Service earlier this year, in which the public were invited to submit their original

GWAWR STREET, ABERAMAN PROHIBITION OF WAITING AT ANY TIME

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL (GWAWR STREET, ABERAMAN) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF WAITING AT ANY TIME) 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 T

Rhigos What’s happening with Zip World Tower Collery and the Family Silver?

 Jac’o The North.Let’s start by going back to this post I wrote last December and scroll down to the section headed ‘The left betrays Wales, again’.

Labour Minister ‘misled’ the Assembly as she refused to meet protestors who brought Cardiff to a standstill

A letter has revealed that the Welsh Labour Government’s environment minister, Lesley Griffiths, refused to meet protestors from the group Extinction Rebellion, who brought Cardiff city centre to a standstill two weeks ago.According to a letter sent by the minister, the protestors originally wrote t

CWMAMAN PUBLIC PATH DIVERSION ORDER FOOTPATH 21 ABERAMAN

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCILHIGHWAYS ACT 1980 SECTION 119PUBLIC PATH DIVERSION ORDER FOOTPATH 21 ABERAMAN The above order, made on 29 July 2019 under section 119 of the Highways Act 1980, will divert the public footpath as described in the Schedule to this notice and shown in the order

Te Hufen | Cream Tea: Hen Dŷ Cwrdd, Trecynon.

Addoldai Cymru invites everyone to a Cream Tea where locally made sandwiches, teas and cake will be available for local people and visitors, and an opportunity to visit this fascinating building, which is not normally open to the general public. Hen Dŷ Cwrdd will open to the public between 12.00 p.m

Lesley Griffiths AM Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs explains why the Car Park on top of the Rhigos Mountain is not for sale?

It would appear that there was full intention to dispose of the Craig Y Llyn Car Park, land on top of the Rhigos, it was removed from sale after the attempted disposal was publicised on AberdareOnline amongst the community most affected. The ‘administrative error’ is a later concocted excuse for why

Abacare gives free ‘keeping cool’ tips to elderly in Wales

AN AWARD-WINNING Welsh care provider is offering free advice to the elderly and their carers to help keep them cool this month (July 2019) as the heat wave continues across the county. Abacare, which provides care services across Wales, says it is vital people appreciate the dangers associated with

Comic Relief Community Fund in Wales

We are very pleased to announce the Comic Relief Community Fund in Wales is now open for applications.Comic Relief and Third Sector Support Wales (TSSW) recognise the great work that community led organisations do across Wales and want to help organisations to build their own capacity in a sustainab

Lido Reaches 40,000 Visitors Before School Holidays!

Over 40,000 people have already enjoyed the stunning National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty, since it re-opened for the 2019 season – travelling from as far as Devon, Essex and Oxfordshire.40,000 people have already enjoyed the Ponty Lido, No kids have enjoyed the Aberdare Park Paddling Pool sin

Welsh Water warns of the dangers of swimming in reservoirs as school holidays begin

Welsh Water is reminding people of the dangers of swimming in reservoirs as the school summer holidays begin and temperatures soar. Every year, a small number of people attempt to swim in reservoirs across Wales, putting their lives, and the lives of others, at risk. The dangers of swimming in reser

Welsh Government announces new pilot to tackle food poverty during the school holidays

The Holiday Hunger Playworks Pilot, announced by the Welsh Government, will allow community and play work settings in Wales to extend their food provision in areas of deprivation.It’s hoped that the pilot will support some of the poorest communities in Wales.

It’s Rhondda’s turn for the ever-popular Emergency Services Family Fun Day.

It’s Rhondda’s turn for the ever-popular Emergency Services Family Fun Day.South Wales Police and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, with the help of many partners, are putting on a day of fun for all the family this Thursday (July 25).There will be incredible displays from our police dogs and the

Aberdare Park Paddling Pool restored to its former glory?

RCT Council in 2014 closed Abercynon Gwernifor Lee Gardens Aberdare Cwmaman paddling pools Ynysybwl was never closed, Abercynon Gwernifor Lee Gardens have reopened thanks to volunteers a new school was built on the Cwmaman Pool site and the paddling pool was demolished Aberdare Park paddling pool is

Hanna Thomas ITV Wales reporter said, she wants it restored to its former glory talking about Aberdare Paddling Pool with local Councillor Ann Crimmings

Aberdare Park celebrated 150 years over the weekend and on Monday 15 July ITV Wales did a report from Aberdare Park included was an interview on the Paddling Pool that featured strongly in the report with the interview with local Councillor Ann Crimmings who is a member of Friends of Aberdare Park. 

e-Petition: Council Tax - People are not 'just numbers': Local Authorities failures to exercise discretion in Council Tax cases

We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to look into the way local authorities apply their discretionary powers to reduce the amount of council tax payable in individual cases or classes of cases. Local authorities have a broad discretion and powers to reduce the amou

Literature Wales Launches New Funding Scheme for Under-represented Writers

Literature Wales has announced a brand new funding scheme for Wales-based writers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, and writers with a disability or illness (mental or physical).Platforming Under-represented Writers is a pilot funding scheme offering grants of between £50-£1000 for

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE CYNON TRAIL MOUNTAIN ASH

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL (CYNON TRAIL, MOUNTAIN ASH) (TEMPORARY FOOTPATH CLOSURE) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council intends not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traff

TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF WAITING AT ANY TIME GWAWR STREET ABERAMAN

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL(GWAWR STREET, ABERAMAN)(TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF WAITING AT ANY TIME) 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 Ro

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) trainees on GW4 Clinical Academic Training Programme (GW4-CAT)

Health Education and Improvement Wales are delighted to announce the support for two new Welsh medical trainees to join the clinical academic training programme, providing the two individuals with an opportunity to pursue a PhD.

Charity brings ‘Dig for Victory’ to 100th Royal Welsh Show

Social Farms & Gardens, Royal Welsh Show - Educational Trade StandSocial Farms & Gardens is pleased to announce it will be hosting an interactive, thought to provoke educational stand at the Royal Welsh Show for a fourth year in a row.

Welsh Government Apprenticeship Scheme 2019

The Welsh Government is advertising up to 25 apprenticeship opportunities in August. Those successful will start to be placed in January 2020.

Aberdare Park Road Races

The Aberdare Park National Road Races return this weekend, once again attracting top riders from around the country as well as a record-breaking Isle of Man TT champion and a Welsh champion. Thousands of spectators are expected to converge on Aberdare Park, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary

Jail for man who breached his CBO - he led officers through a river and tunnels before being arrested

Operation Dark Eye:Jail for man who breached his CBO - he led officers through a river and tunnels before being arrested...A man who led police on a chase through Merthyr’s town centre streets and into the River Taff has been jailed.Maldwyn Ashton, 34, tried running from police after they spotted hi

Rhondda Cynon Taf schools excel in National History Awards

Twelve schools from across Rhondda Cynon Taf have scooped prizes at the National History Awards, held at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea on Friday, July 5.At the Awards ceremony, Maerdy Primary, Darren Park Primary and Aberdare Community School received the prestigious shields for coming t

Shadow Minister comments on five-year Cwm Taf projections

Commenting on the news that maternity problems under Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board could take up to five years to remedy, Welsh Conservative and Shadow He

Report following monitoring Level of follow-up: Significant Improvement Hirwaun Primary School

Hirwaun Primary School is judged to have made sufficient progress in relation to the recommendations following the most recent core inspection.

HIRWAUN TEMPORARY FOOTPATH CLOSURE

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL (FOOTPATH 45 HIRWAUN) (TEMPORARY FOOTPATH CLOSURE) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council intends not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Reg

Abbey Equine Clinic celebrates its 10th Anniversary

This month Abbey Equine Clinic Ltd celebrated its 10th Year of business serving the equine community across the South Wales region from it’s clinic based in llanover.

Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link - work over school summer holiday

In order to progress the next significant stage in constructing the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link, a six-week road closure is required at Penrhiwceiber Road – scheduled for the school holiday to minimise disruption.

Wales bottom of UK table for cancer survival rates

Welsh Conservatives have reiterated the need to increase capacity in cancer diagnostics and increase investment in cancer facilities as Wales ranks bottom in latest cancer survival statistics.In 

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is to be held on Wednesday, 31 July 2019 at 12.00pm in Ynysmeurig House, Navigation Park, Abercynon.SHARON HOPKINSINTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE

FORMER ABERDARE GADLYS GIRLS SCHOOL TO HAVE 38 RESIDENTIAL UNITS

REGULATION 10 (1) OF THE PLANNING (LISTED BUILDING AND CONSERVATION AREA) (WALES) REGULATIONS 2012 Application for Listed Building ConsentApplication No: 18/0088/12 Applicant: - S F FoundationListed building consent for the proposed conversion of former Aberdare girls school intoProposal: - 38 resid

Shadow Education Minister frustrated with 'complex and obscure'

Suzy Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Education, has expressed her frustration with seeing more schools hit the headlines today over a chronic lack of funding.

Aberdare Park is set to celebrate its 150th birthday RCTC spend thousands but still no paddling pool why?

Aberdare Park is set to celebrate its 150th birthday in style this month with a Victorian-theme family fun day packed full of nostalgia and excitement.Organised by the Friends of Aberdare Park and supported by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, events are planned in and around Aberdare Park on Saturday, Jul

Traffic monitoring to inform future Aberdare Bypass extension

The Council has begun a traffic monitoring exercise in the north of the Cynon Valley, to inform a future scheme which will extend the Aberdare Bypass and link the A4059 to the A465 Heads of the Valley Road.In October 2018, Cabinet Members supported Welsh Government’s plan to dual a 17.7km stretch of

Hop on board for cancer information and advice from Macmillan Cancer Support’s specialists in Merthyr

Macmillan Cancer Support’s information bus, affectionately known as Bronwen, is coming to Merthyr to answer your questions about cancer.

RCP Cymru Wales launches campaign to protect clinicians' time for research

Research is crucial to excellent patient care. Research-active hospitals have improved outcomes for patients and many doctors regard research as an important part of their job and a very positive experience. As the 

Labour's Remain announcement

Commenting on The UK Shadow Cabinet’s decision to back Remain, Paul Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservative Group, said:“While I’m surprised to see Labour in Westminster finally take a stance after month

Shadow Transport Minister comments on poor rail satisfaction figures

A national rail survey has reportedly revealed that just 49% of rail users in Wales are satisfied with Transport for Wales’ approach to journey delays.Commenting o

RCT Youth Vote 2019 takes place this week

The Council’s Youth Engagement and Participation Service (YEPS) is turning youth clubs and schools into polling stations this week, so young people can vote on which of three issues will become the subject of a £10,000 project.The RCT Youth Vote 2019 takes place from Monday, July 8, to Friday, July

Rhigos car park is now not for sale say Natural Resources Wales

Back in 2014, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) considered selling this area of land along with a number of other sites and they were added to the government register as potential surplus sites that other public bodies could express an interest in before being offered on the open-market.However, after f

Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link - work over school summer holiday

In order to progress the next significant stage in constructing the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link, a six-week road closure is required at Penrhiwceiber Road – scheduled for the school holiday to minimise disruption.

School Battery Recycling Competition winner announced!

Students across Rhondda Cynon Taf collected 1,766kgs of used batteries - more than the weight of 1 large family car or 56 small fridges!

Age Connects Morgannwg celebrates 42 years of supporting older people in the local community

Age Connects Morgannwg (ACM) is celebrating 42 years as an independent local charity which provides advice and support to older people who need it the most.Celebrations took place in Cynon Linc - an intergenerational community hub in Aberdare - where guests were invited to eat cake and have photos w

Shadow Health Minister meets with RNIB representatives to call on Health Minister to ‘be braver’ for sake of sight-loss patients

Angela Burns AM met with the team behind the Royal National Institute for the Blind this afternoon at the National Assembly for Wales, before the visitors gathered in the public gallery to watch an RNIB-backed Welsh Conservative debate in the Chamber.Mrs Burns led the debate today to call on the Wel

Police operation leads to seizure of drugs and cash

Police made arrests and seized cash, crack cocaine and heroin worth tens of thousands of pounds during a police operation on Tuesday (2 July).Officers from South Wales Police’s priority policing team raided two addresses in the Barry area simultaneously, as part of an operation to tackle the supply

‘Lose our learners and we lose our language’: Suzy Davies AM seeks updates on Welsh Government’s handling of generation of Welsh learners

A Welsh Conservative debate this afternoon will give the Assembly a chance to scrutinise the Government’s language pledge of 2016.Concerns are expected to be raised that more could be done to reach the cross-party-backed goal of one million Welsh speakers by 2050.Suzy Davies AM, Shadow Minister for

RCT Labour £2M vanity project gets under way but what about the out of date Aberdare Bypass bridge

Construction work will soon begin on a new footbridge for Pontypridd Town Centre, which will create a pedestrian link from the Llys Cadwyn development into Ynysangharad War Memorial Park.The Council has appointed Knigh

A4059 Aberdare ROAD CLOSURE

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL(A4059, ABERDARE)(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 (Temporary Restrictions)

VARIOUS STREETS, MOUNTAIN ASH) (TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL(VARIOUS STREETS, MOUNTAIN ASH) (TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS) 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 Tra

Police Recorded Road Casualties, Wales, 2018

The Welsh Government has published Police Recorded Road Casualties, Wales, 2018, which includes information on severity of injury and type of road user.Key points
  • In 2018 police forces in Wales recorded 4,215 road accidents involving personal injury, 333 fewer (7.3% lower) than in 2017.