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December 2019

Warning to farmers over illegal dumping of waste

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is asking farmers and land owners to be aware of requests to store baled waste on their land.It follows recent incidents where farmers across Wales have accepted waste for temporary storage.The waste, which can be highly combustible, not only causes harm to the natural

RCT Council collection day changes this Christmas

Your weekly collections for recycling, food, nappies and black bag waste will change during Christmas and New Year weeks. 
  • From December 25 until December 27, your waste will be collected two days after your normal scheduled day.
  • From January 1 until January 3, it will be collected on

Temporary Road Closure - A4059 Aberdare Bypass, from its junction with the Asda Roundabout to its junction with Tinney’s Roundabout

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL(A4059 ABERDARE) (TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE AND TEMPORARY 30MPH SPEED LIMIT) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council have made an Order under Section 14 and 88 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended by th

Rhigos pupils given the gift of technology

Pupils at Rhigos Primary received an early Christmas gift after state-of-the-art IT equipment was delivered to the school. The equipment, which included iPad’s, laptops and an interactive smartboard, will help the 73 pupils to become digital learners as the school prepares for the New Curriculum for

GAME OF THRONES STAR AND YOUNG ACTIVISTS APPEAL TO COMMISSIONER TO SAVE NATURE FOR FUTURE WALES

“It is imperative that we preserve the wealth of beauty held in our small nation.” These are the powerful words of globally acclaimed Welsh actor, musician and now nature ambassador, Iwan Rheon.

Photographic Talent by College Merthyr Tydfil Students in a unique gallery exhibition Lost and Found – A Photographic Journey.

Local Students Shine through the Lens- “Lost and Found- A Photographic Journey”.Redhouse Cymru in conjunction with College Merthyr, presents a vibrant and unique exhibition ofcontemporary photography entitled Lost and Found- A Photographic Journey.

Welsh NHS worst A & E waiting times on record

Angela Burns AM, the Shadow Minister for Health, has condemned the Welsh Labour Government for the worst A & E waiting times on record, which were published today (December 19) by StatsWales, and show that just 74.4 percent of patients were seen within four hours.Mrs Burns said: “If I was appall

50 MPH is no solution to Newport's M4 traffic chaos Mark Drakeford

Commenting on the South East Wales Transport Commission’s recommendations published today (December 17), relating to traffic on the M4 around Newport, Russell George, Shadow Minister for Business, Economy and Infrastructure, said:“As Welsh Conservatives, we  have long argued in favour of an M4 relie

Muni Arts Centre. The £4.5m plan

Cabinet has today considered proposals from Awen Cultural Trust on its ambitious plan to revitalise Pontypridd’s Muni Arts Centre.

Pontypridd YMCA refurbishment £4.48m funding package for the project

The refurbishment of the Pontypridd YMCA has been given the final go-ahead after the Council’s Cabinet approved funding for the project, which will also benefit from more than £2m from the Arts Council of Wales. Cabinet has agreed for the Council to take ownership of the YMCA building and invest an

Mike’s Field Gas Works Road Aberaman FOOTPATH 9 (TEMPORARY CLOSURE)

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 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

VARIOUS ROADS, ABERCYNON) (REVOCATION, VARIATION, WAITING RESTRICTIONS, ONE WAY TRAFFIC AND SPEED LIMIT)

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL(VARIOUS ROADS, ABERCYNON) (REVOCATION, VARIATION, WAITING RESTRICTIONS, ONE WAY TRAFFIC AND SPEED LIMIT) ORDER 2020 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council propose to make various Orders under Sections 1, 2, 4, 81, 82, 82 an

south Wales Police are continuing to investigate a serious assault which has left a man critically ill in hospital.

Officers were called to the incident on Commerce Place, Aberaman, at approximately 8.50pm last night (Monday, December 16). A 26 year-old man was taken to Prince Charles Hospital with serious injuries, where he remains in a life-threatening condition. The 52 year-old man who was arrested at the scen

Charities in Wales receive supplies boost

Charities in Wales have received £700 worth of food and supplies, thanks to a generous pre-Christmas giveaway by a leading builders merchant.All 67 branches of Selco Builders Warehouse surprised local good causes with food bundles and gifts as the countdown to the festive season begins.Each branch w

local government settlement ‘… biased, partisan, and unfair’

Commenting on the provisional Local Government Settlement announced on December 16, the Shadow Minister for Local Government, Mark Isherwood, suggested it is further evidence that the Welsh Government “… cannot be trusted to fairly distribute funding across all 22 local authorities in Wales”.Of the

Penywaun History Book Travels the Globe

A new book tracing the history of the community of Penywaun for the first time, has been snapped up and shipped to former Cynon Valley residents across the globe. At an event to launch the book – which traces the story of Penywaun from two small family farms to a population of over 2000 people – cop

A report on Caradog Primary School Clifton Street Aberdare CF44 7PB

Caradog Primary is in the town of Aberdare, in the Cynon Valley, Rhondda Cynon Taf. There are 221 pupils on roll, aged between 3 and 11 years including 30 full-time nursery pupils. They are taught in eight single-age classes.

Fresh plea for responsible use of 999 over Christmas period

Today (16 December), Cwm Taf Morgannwg in partnership with British Red Cross, launch a new patient service from the Emergency Departments (EDs) at the Royal Glamorgan hospital and Prince Charles hospital.Should you need to visit one of our Emergency Departments (EDs) at these hospitals this winter s

A proposed development at: Rose Row, off Penderyn Road, Hirwaun, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF44 5SQ

Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 10 APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION Proposed development at: Rose Row, off Penderyn Road, Hirwaun, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF44 5SQ Take notice that application is being made by: Miss Dassy Jones For p

Cynon Valley election result 2019

2019 ResultsPARTY / CANDIDATEVOTES %+/–LabourBeth Winter15,53351.37%-9.64%ConservativePauline Church

Final nail in coffin for Barry-based drugs gang which flooded the valleys with drugs

The head of a criminal gang which sold crack cocaine and heroin across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil has been jailed.Yousef Woolcock, 36, from Pendine Close, Barry, was jailed for 17-and-a-half years at Cardiff Crown Court on Wednesday, 11 December, 2019.Kevin Skinner, 37, of Wyndham Street,

Ken Skates: on thin ice over investigation?

Commenting on the published story that Clwyd South AM and Transport Minister Ken Skates is being investigated for a possible breach of government rules over funding for a bus service in his own constituency, a Welsh Conservative spokesperson said:“The constituents of Clwyd South, and the entire elec

Ken Skates: on thin ice over investigation?

Commenting on the published story that Clwyd South AM and Transport Minister Ken Skates is being investigated for a possible breach of government rules over funding for a bus service in his own constituency, a Welsh Conservative spokesperson said:“The constituents of Clwyd South, and the entire elec

South Wales Police are looking for adult football teams to take part in an exciting competition next year.

We will once again be running the football cohesion cup, a tournament where teams play each other in a group stages, which will be played in April and May 2020.

Potentially dangerous tablets in circulation

Officers are concerned following the theft of medication from a vets in Treforest overnight.Approximately 100 Tramadol tablets are currently unaccounted for following the burglary which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday (10 December).It’s believed they are now in circulation and likely to be us

Keeping You Moving Night And Day and don't forget we putting up Council Tax next year

Winter is now well and truly upon us, and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is doing all it can to keep the main roads open and residents moving through the day and night.Our Highways team are on hand 24-hours-a-day, 365 days of the year – even at “Gritmas” time, treating the network, whatever the weather.W

Rhos House Surgery. 55 Oxford Street. Mountain Ash and the Council?

We were informed Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has purchased Rhos House Surgery Mountain Ash why would the council purchase doctors surgery when they plan to build a new health centre in Mountain Ash?  So has the council purchased the property 55 Oxford Street?

Welsh Government consults on amending primary legislation to enable changes to executive governance arrangements of principal councils

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation which proposes amendments to provisions in the Local Government Act 2000 and the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 which enable changes to the executive governance arrangements of principal councils.In a 

Family pay tribute to Sandra Stroud

The family of the 76 year-old woman who tragically died after being in collision with a vehicle in Pontyclun on Monday (2 Dec) have paid tribute to her.They said:“On Monday, 2 December, we lost Sandra - lost seems such a small word yet the hollow that her passing has created is immeasurable.

Cannabis factory find in Ystrad Rhondda

Police acted on a community tip-off to discover a cannabis factory in Ystrad on Thursday (5 Dec).Officers entered the property on Arthur Street at approximately 1.30pm.They found 25 plants and growing equipment capable of cultivating thousands of pounds worth of cannabis.Two men were arrested and ta

Culvert installations underway at the A4061 Rhigos Road, Hirwaun

The Council has begun work to install two new highway culverts at the A4061 Rhigos Road, to alleviate the risk of flooding during heavy rainfall – requiring traffic lights at intermittent periods over the next three weeks.The #RCTinvest scheme, which started on Thursday, November 5, is aimed at impr

When you place your X in the box tomorrow who you are voting for to run the country

So one week to go before the next general election thankfully it's just under a week if it went on any longer the labour dreamer McDonnell the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer will be promising free groceries on Fridays from every supermarket. Is he living in the real world?

Senedd event highlights the need for more support for those living with chronic pain

The Chronic Pain Policy Coalition held an event at the Senedd this week to highlight the issues facing those in Wales who live with persistent pain.The event was sponsored by Russell George AM.The Montgomeryshire AM chaired the event which heard from Wales’ leading pain experts, people living with p

Pupils Discover World of Recycling

Caegarw Primary School pupils journeyed in to the world of recycling and waste this month at Visit Bryn Pica. The 30 lucky pupils went deep in to the world of recycling and discovered just how and why recycling is so important for the whole County Borough.

Re-programming of flu immunisation sessions in schools – week commencing December 9th 2019

Following the postponement of some school flu vaccination sessions, the following schools have now been rescheduled for week commencing December 9th.

New technologies are being designed and developed constantly with many devoting their time to create an accessible world for disabled people.

How technology is making the future more accessible for disabled people – by our guest blogger Elin WilliamsEach year the 3rd of December marks International Day of Disabled Persons and we’re honouring this year’s theme ‘The Future is Accessible’  by talking about technology and its contribution to

Welsh Government Child Poverty Review

The Welsh Government is currently undertaking a cross-government review of their programmes and services to ensure they have maximum impact on the lives of children, young people and families living in poverty.Many of their existing programmes are designed to support families living in poverty with

Opening event for state-of-the-art Macmillan and National Garden Scheme palliative care unit at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital

Visitors have had their first look inside the state-of-the-art Macmillan and National Garden Scheme (NGS) palliative care unit in Llantrisant at a special opening event. They got the chance to see inside the £7.25m Y Bwthyn NGS Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Unit at the Royal Glamorgan Hospita