User menu

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. The awards are aimed at highlighting and improving standards of 'away from home' toilet provision acro

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. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated during Operation Bang.

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.It aims to promote consistency amongst DVSA and Authorised Constable examiners.It is

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.This week, Pinewood revealed it would next year end its involvement with a Welsh Government-backed film studio.Shadow Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Suzy Davies AM, said:

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.Sessions planned for the weeks commencing 4th and 11th November (on the attached programme) will be re-booked with the school as soon as the team

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 Conservative Shadow Health Minister, Angela Burns AM, said: “I’m pleased that this is moving forward, and hope that the agreemen

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. This month we’re renewing this promise with the relaunch of our campaign, A Million Hands.

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 welcom

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.The new café – The Pickled Gherkin – will provide adults with learning disabilities with training opportunities to help them gain confidence and experie

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. 

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.

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. If you actually read the notice it is clear in its wording  “intends to dispose of”, the definition of, disp

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. Transport for Wales is working with Welsh Government and Councils throughout Wales to roll out a n

Cardiff airport can’t just have a blank cheque, says Paul Davies AM

The Welsh Government are giving Cardiff Airport an extra loan of £21 million.Raising concerns with the Welsh Labour First Minister, the amount of loans given to the airport has now increased to more than £50 million, nearly as much as the cost of buying the airport back in March 2013.Despite being r

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:Child and Family Poverty surve

Rhondda Cynon Taff intends to dispose of Aberdare Park Cafe and Boating Lake Aberdare Park Glan Road Aberdare

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL NOTICE UNDER SECTION 123(1) (2A) OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 Notice is hereby given that the County Borough Council of Rhondda Cynon Taff intends to dispose of the following areas of land within Rhondda Cynon Taff which consists or forms part of an open

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. A one-woman dark comedy about ageing un

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.The scheme has been rolled out in conjunction with the upgrad

ROAD CLOSURE CRAIG EVAN LEYSHON COMMON ROAD, ABERCYNON

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL(CRAIG EVAN LEYSHON COMMON ROAD, ABERCYNON)(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 Section 14 of the Road

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. The series, which was produced by Green Bay Media, a Wildflame Productions now broadcast the human stories behind cancer di

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 First Minister. Comparing the 2018 National Passenger Survey with the 2019 results shows

Search continues for missing Merthyr woman Brooke Morris

Police in Merthyr Tydfil are continuing their search for missing woman Brooke Morris.Brooke, 22, hasn’t been seen since the early hours of Saturday morning (12 October, 2019), when she was given a lift home to Bontnewydd Terrace, Trelewis, by people known to her after a night out in Merthyr Tydfil t

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.

(TEMPORARY CLOSURE) ORDER NATIONAL CYCLE ROUTE 47 (INCLUDING FOOTPATH 8 PONTYPRIDD AND FOOTPATH 29 ABERCYNON

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL(NATIONAL CYCLE ROUTE 47 (INCLUDING FOOTPATH 8 PONTYPRIDD AND FOOTPATH 29 ABERCYNON)(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

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. An Officer report to the Cabinet meeting on Thursday, October 17, will ask Members

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

Davies 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. The proposed development is controversial not only for access reasons the plan is to build 120 units on the site

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.“We are committed to addressing the concerns raised by the Royal Colleges’ review and making the change

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. Based on the national theme of Celebrati

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 standard of care for people in a care home.Currently, more than 15,000 people aged over 65 live in a care home in

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 carefor loved ones.Research published today by Carers Wales shows that many carers are oblivious to, or are having to fight for advice and support, despite having a legal ri

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. Transport for Wales is working with Welsh Government to roll out a ‘new-style’ Concessionar

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.Stephen Locke, 54, of Fernhill Road, Mountain Ash, was stopped and searched by police who followed his car into a patrol garage on Cardiff Road, Mountain Ash, on 27th September, 2018.Officers

Ecstasy warning following incident in Talbot Green

Officers are appealing for help in identifying the male who supplied the tablet...Local Policing Inspector Stephen Daley is issuing a warning about the dangers of illegal drugs such as ecstasy following a recent incident involving a teenage girl in Talbot Green (Saturday, 21 September, 2019).Police