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September 2019

Plan to build up to 100 homes on nearby farmland at Aberdare Country Park WHY?

Please stop the development of our wonderful country park. at Cwm Farm, AberdareBackgroundThis pre-application consultation relates to the Trustees of Cwm Farm Estate’s intention to submit an Application for Outline Planning

CARE HOMES PROPOSED TO BE DECOMMISSIONED in the Rhondda. RCT Council Cutting public services again?

Members of the public will soon be able to have their say on specific options for the Council’s future residential care provision – with an extensive, 12-week consultation period about to begin.In November 2018, Cabinet agreed to consult on transformational options for the Local Authority’s future c

Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link – successful weekend of works

The Council’s contractors for the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link made excellent progress on the weekend, lifting large beams into place over the river and railway line – despite the wet and windy weather.The multi-million pound highways scheme will see a road bridge built from Cwm Cynon Industrial E

Bagsy for Life Competition Launched

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is giving its residents another great reason to recycle as it launches its BAGSY for Life competition this Recycle Week (23rd-29th September). In summer 2018 the Council reduced the amount of black bags that households could place out for collection in a bid to increase rec

‘State-of-the-art NGS Macmillan palliative care unit its doors at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital

A state-of-the-art Macmillan palliative care unit is opening its doors at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital offering a warm, welcoming environment to people who need specialist palliative care. The £7.25m Y Bwthyn NGS Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Unit is opening its doors to offer inpatient, outp

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#Her100Cerdd is back to celebrate National Poetry Day Literature Wales is proud to announce that Her 100 Cerdd will return this October for the seventh year in a row.

Beers from Australia, USA, Guam and Italy, together with beers from across the UK, will be available at Yr Ieuan Ap Iago in Aberdare, during its 12-day real ale festival.

The Wetherspoon pub in High Street, will be serving a range of beers during the festival, which runs from Wednesday 9 October to Sunday 20 October inclusive. The festival celebrates Wetherspoon's 40th anniversary and the pub will offer a selection of beers brewed specially for the occasion. The beer

Direction of Rail transport in Wales “delays, overcrowding and mismanagement” will it ever end?

The Welsh Labour Government has announced today their plans for rail in Wales over the next 20 years.But Welsh Conservatives have said that the Welsh Labour Government must focus on addressing the current problems that commuters are facing. Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Transport and Econom

Calls for answers over the Welsh Labour Government’s failure to recruit NHS professionals in Wales

Welsh Conservative Leader in the Assembly, Paul Davies AM, has called for the Welsh Labour Government to explain how they will recruit extra doctors, nurses and other health professional working in the Welsh NHS if a future UK Labour Government implements a 32 hour working week.Curr

Arts Bursary Funding Available from cash strapped council?

Would you like to apply for an Arts Bursary to help you fulfil your dreams and ambitions? Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is offering grants of up to £500 to individuals or groups to help ease the cost of their journey in the world of cultural services. The money can be put towards the cost of such things

20 years of Welsh Labour in charge the people of Wales know all too well what that means time for change

Commenting on Mark Drakeford's speech to the UK Labour conference, Welsh Conservative Leader, Paul Davies AM, said:“The First Minister’s speech is meant to show what Labour achieves in Government and what a future UK Labour Government would do under Jeremy Corbyn.


A programme aimed at encouraging more girls to play football is underway across Wales.

Do you have any information about the whereabouts of Mary Puttick

Do you have any information about the whereabouts of Mary Puttick, who has been reported missing?The 76-year-old was last seen shortly before 3pm on Wednesday, September 18, in the Tonyrefail area, and has links to the Cardiff area.She is described as white, 5ft 3in tall, of medium build, and with s

Sight loss charity urges people in South Wales to visit their optician

This National Eye Health Week (23 to 29 September 2019) RNIB Cymru is encouraging people across South Wales to book a sight test. Currently in Wales there are an estimated 111,000 people living with sight loss, a figure that is set to double by 2050. According to the charity, half of all sight loss

Council to consult on new facilities for people with learning disabilities

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is to hold a consultation event on the creation of two modern purpose-built accommodation schemes for people with learning disabilities.The consultation will take place in Sobell Leisure Centre, 9am-4pm, September 20.

Mountain Ash Cross Valley will cause disruption to weekend train services from September 28-29.

The Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link will reach an exciting landmark as the main bridge structure will be placed over the River Cynon and Cardiff to Aberdare railway line.

Eloise Williams named first Children’s Laureate Wales

Literature Wales has announced that popular Pembrokeshire-based children’s author Eloise Williams is the first Children’s Laureate Wales.

Welsh Labour First Minister stalled proposals for M4 why?

Paul Davies AM began the new term in the Welsh Parliament today by reminding First Minister Mark Drakeford of some of the failed promises made by his government in recent months.The Conservative Leader questioned Mr Drakeford over why progress has not yet been made into either the commission announc

Councils withholding or heavily redacting information requested under Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014: report

  •   Local authorities are refusing to let the public access key information on how their money is being spent, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has claimed.

Watchdog to launch project to fund legal actions on transport discrimination

The equality watchdog is to launch a new project that will provide funding for disabled and older people to take legal action when they have faced discrimination on public transport.The fund has not yet been officially launched by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), but it has approache

New CIL rules come into force communities will be able to see what developer contributions are spent on

Updated Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) rules, which mean that communities will be able to see what developer contributions are spent on, have come into force.The cash is for establishing community infrastructure to support new homes, including roads, schools, GP surgeries and parkland.Previous

Renewal of concessionary bus passes by the end of December 2019

Residents may have heard that concessionary bus passes in Rhondda Cynon Taf will have to be renewed soon – and the Council can confirm this is correct, but would like to reassure residents that nothing needs to be done just yet.Transport for Wales is working with Welsh Government to roll out a new-s

Salmon and Trout Conservation Cymru at Cynon Valley Museum

Artifishal - a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish Thursday, September the 19th, 7:00pm Cynon Valley MuseumDepot RoadAberdare CF44 8DLHosted by S&TC Cymru in association with the South East Wales Rivers Trust, Artifishal is a film by Patagonia Inc.

Surge in number of operations cancelled in Wales

Nearly 170,000 operations were cancelled in Wales over the last four years.The Welsh Conservatives have discovered that there has a been a shocking increase in the number of operations that have been cancelled by Welsh Health Boards.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council continues to monitor culverts as a priority issue. Do they?

The Council will shortly begin a scheme to undertake significant repairs to a culvert located beneath Heol Pendarren in Rhigos. The scheme will take place at the Gwrangon culvert where Heol Pendarren travels above a stream – a short distance from the entrance to the Min Afon housing estate.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Modernisation of Residential and Day Care or just cutting another service?

Cabinet has agreed to further consult on specific proposals for future residential care services across Rhondda Cynon Taf, having considered feedback from an extensive consultation and scrutiny process.

2019 Civil Service Care Leaver Internship Scheme open

The UK Civil Service Care Leaver Internship Scheme for 2019 has opened for applications from care leavers.The scheme will provide care leavers with paid internships as either and administrative officer or an executive officer.Administrative officers will work in an administrative role within a team.


RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL(MARY STREET, RICHARD STREET AND TANYCOED TERRACE, ABERCWMBOI) (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 Sec

Doctors must be proactive, responsive and respected

Dr Olwen Williams OBE has been elected vice president of the RCP for Wales from January 2020 onwards. As vice president for Wales, Dr Williams will work with colleagues across Wales and the UK to speak on behalf of the 1,300 doctors in Wales for a variety of campaign priorities, including the medica

Council fined for Hand Arm Vibration failings

Dacorum Borough Council has been fined for exposing seven grounds maintenance workers to Hand Arm Vibration (HAVS), caused by excessive use of power tools.Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how Dacorum Borough Council reported seven cases of HAVS between May 2015 and June 2016.


RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL (FOOTPATH 18 CWMBACH) (TEMPORARY CLOSURE) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council have made an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which will have a maximum duration of six months The

Royal College of Physicians Elects new vice president for Wales

Dr Olwen Williams OBE has been a vice president for Wales Elected RCP from January 2020. As vice president for Wales, Dr Williams yn gwaith with colleagues Across Wales and the UK to speak out or withdraw 1,300 Physicians in Wales on a range of campaign Priorities cynnwys the medical Workforce, High

The Good Childhood Report 2019

The Children’s Society has published their eighth annual report into trends in children and young people’s well-being.

Mike Powell selected as Parliamentary Candidate for Pontypridd.

Mike Powell has once again been selected as the Welsh Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for the Pontypridd constituency ahead of a much anticipated snap general election."Johnson's Government is in complete chaos and Corbyn has been unable to put together any effective opposition - both parti

Launch of New Childcare Qualifications

This month sees the launch of new health and social care, early years and childcare qualifications.


RE: GEOFFREY JONES (PENREITHYN) SCHOLARSHIP FUND The above Trust was created by the Will of Morgan Rhys Jones late of “Garth Madryn” Penderyn, Aberdare.

Open Doors programme 2019

Wales’s ‘fairest abbey’ kick-starts Open Doors with exclusive access to 800-year-old undercroft.This September, more than 200 of Wales’s most iconic landmarks and historic attractions will welcome thousands of visitors as part of the Wales-wide heritage festival, Open Doors.Funded and organised by 

UK Government committed to Wales with fresh boost for Welsh Labour Government

The UK Government has announced a £600million boost for the Welsh Government in a spending review by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.The money, which is predominately aimed at benefitting health and education services in Wales, will seek to counter the devolved Labour Government’s evidenced neglect

How much do you know about Gynaecological cancers?

Women are being encouraged to know the signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancers - those that develop in a woman’s reproductive tract.

Abercwmboi gas works to start

Homes and businesses across Abercwmboi are set to benefit as Wales & West Utilities begins a project to upgrade gas pipes in the area. The £65,000 project, which starts next week, involves upgrading gas pipes in the John Street area of the town and is essential to keep the gas flowing to heat ho

Cabinet to consider more cuts to public services residential and day care

Cabinet will next week consider recommendations for the future delivery of residential and day care services.


RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL (FOOTPATH 18 CWMBACH) (TEMPORARY 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 Regulation A

£1.2 billion boost for young people in Wales to end Welsh Labour underfunding

£1.2 billion boost for young people in Wales to end Welsh Labour underfundingFollowing the announcement that the UK Conservative Government will boost education spending by £14 billion in England over the next three years, the Welsh Labour Government will receive £1.2 billion in extra spending direc