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November 2019

Literature for Wellbeing Funding Scheme

Literature Wales announces its investment in 10 new projects which aim to encourage engagement and inclusion in communities across Wales.The Literature for Wellbeing Funding Scheme offers financial support and training for writers and artists to create and deliver original community-based creative w

Deprivation in Wales:

“After countless millions spent by this Welsh Labour Government, and billions from elsewhere, over 20 years on attempts to deal with poverty in our country, the publication of the Wales Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) makes depressing reading," said Mark Isherwood.“In a report published every f

A very worrying turn of events at the Welsh Government. Say The Cynon Valley Party

A very worrying turn of events at the Welsh Government. There are moves to give councils the ability to decide the method of how elections are conducted in their own local authority.

Tree felling works at community route to Dare Valley Country Park plus a planning application

The Council will shortly undertake a week of essential work to fell diseased trees on the community route leading to Dare Valley Country Park.

It’s Official – Jade is one of our Heroes!

Congratulations to Jade Benjamin, occupational therapy assistant in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital who is the Regional (Wales) winner of the Our Health Heroes Clinical Support Worker of the Year!Jade works in the mental health unit and was nominated for her inspirational approach in assisting people w

The National Assembly for Wales is it open and accountable? Not the way the majority of AM voted last night

Lobbying is any contact with those in power that is designed to influence their actions in some way. Look upon the names of those who have blocked transparency Cynon Valley AM Vikki Howells voted against the motion, Assembly members who do not want openness and transparency in gover

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council using a postcode lottery when it comes to cleaning out old culverts?

Most will remember Storm Callum that struck in October 2018 some will not want to remember as it was bad if you were one of the many residents who unfortunately had floodwater in their property flooding was widespread throughout Cynon Valley with roads blocked the A465 Heads of the Valleys road clos

Cwm Taf: ‘Labour Health Minister lurches from a disaster to a scandal’

ITV Wales investigation to be broadcast this evening.The story broken by ITV Wales today (November 27)), about Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has added to the concerns of Angela Burns AM, Shadow Health Minister, about the ability of Vaughan Gething, her opposite number in the Welsh Labour


RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL(FOOTPATH 9 ABERAMAN) (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 Ac

Drainage improvement scheme to begin in Aberdare

The Council will shortly begin a drainage improvement scheme at two streets within Aberdare – requiring temporary traffic lights at a section of Cardiff Road for a short period of time, to facilitate the works. The work along Maesyffynnon Lane and Cardiff Road – starting on Monday,

Velindre Cancer Centre celebrates Rosie Roberts’ win at the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards

Staff at the Velindre Cancer Centre are celebrating nurse leader Rosie Roberts’ success at the Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards for her work on Developing Acute Oncology Services in Wales. Acute Oncology Services (AOS) make sure people with cancer receive the specialist care they need in em

Big challenges remain for Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board

“Many areas where significant improvements are required,” says joint review of quality governance. There are a number of fundamental weaknesses in governance around patient safety and the quality of care at Cwm Taf

‘Normalisation of risk’, poor reporting, and immediate concerns highlighted in Cwm Taf report

Shadow Health Minister calls report’s findings “shocking, but not surprising”.Welsh Conservative Assembly Member Angela Burns has excoriated the Welsh Labour Government following publication of the damning report into Cwm Taf University Health Board (Cwm Taf), published today (November 19).She calle

Media statement in response to joint HIW / WAO report

Dr Sharon Hopkins, Interim CEO of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, said: “We welcome the review by HIW and the WAO and recognise there are very significant findings outlined in their report.“We accept all of the recommendations and we are committed to listening to our staff, patients and p

Progress update - Pontypridd sheltered accommodation scheme in Graig

The Council has provided an update on construction of the Pontypridd Extra Care scheme in Graig – with groundworks well underway and the construction of the main building to begin in the New Year.In partnership with Linc Cymru, the Council is building a 60-bed Extra Care facility on the former Ponty

Residents want to know when theThe Public Right of Way across the Grade 2 listed Tram Bridge in Robertstown Aberdare will reopen

The Public Right of Way across the Grade 2 listed Tram Bridge, Robertstown has been closed for months, residents have been complaining about the delay in reopening the bridge as the PROW is a safe method of crossing the busy A4059 at this point.Perhaps Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will provide a date w

Transport for Wales ‘going off the rails’

Rail delays add to Welsh commuters’ woes.Russell George AM has today (November 12) blasted Transport for Wales (TfW) for delays to services in across the network this morning, leaving some passengers late for work.There have been delays of up to 20 minutes and some cancellations between Cardiff Cent

Council Supports The 40,000 Strong Campaign

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is supporting the 2019 Help for Heroes 40,000 Strong campaign, remembering our Armed Forces community at this time of year. Councillor Maureen Webber, Council Deputy Leader and Armed Forces Champion, has visited the Help for Heroes headquarters in Treforest as part of the C

Double celebration for innovative Leg Club

Volunteers and members of an innovative leg club are celebrating one year since the group opened its doors, this week.But it’s a double celebration for Waun Wen Leg Club in Trebanog, as the club have also picked up a national award for their work at the Leg Club Foundation Volunteer Awards.Waun Wen


 Theatr Iolo are offering free play sessions this November as part of Cardiff’s first Fair Saturday to celebrate their new Welsh language family show, Chwarae. Taking place on 30 November, Fair Saturday is a global movement celebrating the power of arts and culture.

Life-saving defibrillator installed in Cwmdare

Local energy company, Pennant Walters, has supported and contributed to the installation of the first defibrillator in the village of Cwmdare. The lifesaving device has been installed near Cwmdar Primary School as part of the Grwp Diffibriliwr Cwmdar’s commitment to increase the number of defibrilla

Council again announces £1.4m spend for Dare Valley Country Park

The Council has announced its vision for Dare Valley Country Park which will broaden the popular landmark’s offer – utilising significant £900,000 funding from the Valleys Taskforce, via the Valleys Regional Park initiative, and an additional £500,000 funding through the #RCTinvest capital programme

RCT Councilntends to dispose of the following areas of land Brynna Community Centre and Welfare Recreat ion Ground Church Street, Brynna

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCILNOTICE 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

Abacare calls for ‘chat benches’ to come to Wales

A WELSH care provider is calling for a new initiative to help tackle loneliness and isolation to be implemented in Wales (November, 2019). ‘Chat benches’ have been set up across Somerset by Avon & Somerset Police to help spark conversation between people in the county and Abacare says the idea w

Can you help find the relatives of an Aberdare man?

South Wales Police are appealing on behalf of the coroner to find the relatives of an Aberdare man who passed away recently.Mark Roberts was 67 and lived in Blaengwawr Close, Aberdare - he died of natural causes at Prince Charles Hospital on Wednesday, 30 October, 2019.His family are urged to contac

Government To Close A Legal Loophole To Improve Safety

The government has confirmed it will close a legal loophole which has allowed drivers to escape prosecution for hand-held mobile phone use while behind the wheel.Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, has announced that he will urgently take forward a review to tighten the existing law preventing hand-he