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September 2020

Campaign notes COVID-19 restrictions at Royal Glamorgan Hospital, welcomes assurance of long-term future of A&E

The Campaign to Save Royal Glamorgan Hospital A&E (SRGAE) has noted with concern that the incidence of COVID-19 at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital has spiked and that Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has introduced a raft of restrictions, including on the Accident & Emergency departmen

Gwalia Healthcare a Treforest business donates hand sanitiser to voluntary groups

Treforest-based business Gwalia Healthcare has kindly donated 5,600 bottles of hand sanitiser for the Council to distribute to more than 60 voluntary-run organisations across Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Temporary service restrictions to be put in place at Royal Glamorgan Hospital as part of strong action to respond to COVID-19 outbreak

Significant temporary service restrictions will be put in place at Royal Glamorgan Hospital from today at 14.00 September 30th as increased action is taken to contain a COVID-19 outbreak within the hospital.Significant temporary service restrictions will be put in place at Royal Glamorgan Hospital f

No lessons were learnt at mid Glamorgan Hospital after July spike in infections at Wrexham Maelor Hospital

Commenting on the closure of many services at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital because of a spike in Coronavirus cases, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, Andrew RT Davies MS, said: “This is very concerning particularly as many of the additional cases are linked to transmission within the ho

Big Butterfly Count 2020 sees lowest numbers of butterflies recorded in 11 years

Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation has today released data about the number of butterflies counted in this year’s Big Butterfly Count (17th July – 9th August 2020).

Food takeaway van the latest to be issued with a Premises Improvement Notice

A food takeaway van near Mountain Ash has become the latest business to be issued with a Premises Improvement Notice for failing to adhere to COVID-19 Regulations and posing a risk to the public. The Council’s Public Health and Protection team, who have been continuing their inspection regime of bus

The disregard for democracy by giving policy announcements to the media before the Welsh Parliament is unacceptable

Paul Davies MS – the Leader of the Opposition in the Welsh Parliament – has today (September 29) questioned the First Minister over a number of policy statements given to the Welsh media before they were presented to Members of all parties in the Chamber.The most recent was just last week, when the

Call for expressions of interest for new Partnership Panel

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB is looking for expressions of interest from people in Rhondda Cynon Taf to join a new Partnership Panel.The Panel is an opportunity for the Health Board and local community to come together to look at models of care for emergency, minor injury and illness services in the area a

Cwm Taf scandal: Shadow Health Minister calls for support for bereaved parents

Andrew RT Davies – the Shadow Health Minister – has said it will be an “extremely distressing time” when parents whose children died because of service failures at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Boar’s maternity department are told of the findings of the investigation.Welsh Conservative Mr Davi

RNIB works with the LEGO Foundation to bring LEGO® Braille Bricks toolkits to children in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Children with vision impairment in Rhondda Cynon Taf are set to benefit from LEGO® Braille Bricks toolkits thanks to the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) work with the LEGO Foundation. 

Public Health Wales urges eligible people in Wales to have free flu vaccine

Public Health Wales is urging all eligible people in Wales to have their free flu vaccine as NHS Wales begins its largest ever national flu vaccine programme.Flu (also known as influenza) can be serious, particularly for those who are older or have a health condition and are more vulnerable to compl

Council to create a Social Letting Agency to meet housing pressures? Is that what housing associations were supposed to do?

Cabinet has agreed to the Council creating a Social Letting Agency (SLA) to manage private rented properties for landlords – providing sustainable and affordable housing for those in need and acting as an incentive for vacant properties to be brought into use.A report to the virtual Cabinet meeting

RCT Pubs Served Improvement Notices

Six more public houses and licensed premises in Rhondda Cynon Taf have been served with Premises Improvement Notices. Council Enforcement Officers have served the 48-hour Premises Improvement Notices to the following licensed premises for failure to adhere to Covid-19 Guidance and Regulations in rel

Cwm Taf Morgannwg welcomes new chief executive Paul Mears

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has welcomed its new chief executive, Paul Mears, who joins the organisation having worked in the NHS in England since 2003.Starting in the role at a time

Wales’ largest wind farm marks third birthday with £5million community investment milestone

Wales’ largest onshore windfarm is celebrating its third birthday by reporting it has invested £5million in community projects in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Neath Port Talbot - including £500,000 in emergency Covid funding.Operated by energy company Vattenfall and located on land owned by Natural Resourc

Hinkley Point C sediment sample plan approved

Natural Resources Wales has approved EDF Energy’s 

CancerPal founder picks up Entrepreneur for Good Award

The founder of CancerPal, Jo Riley, has won the Entrepreneur for Good Award for Wales at theGreat British Entrepreneur Awards.CancerPal

HMRC reminder to register for Self Assessment by 5 October

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding customers that time is running out to register for Self Assessment. Anyone submitting a Self Assessment (SA) return for the first time – including High Income Child Benefit Charge customers - will need to register for SA by 5 October so that they can comple

Rallying back on course in Welsh forests

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Motorsport UK have signed a new access agreement which will allow competitive four-wheeled rallying on NRW-managed land for the next three years.For decades, NRW’s forests have played host to a range of motorsport, working effectively with Motorsport UK to stage eve

Welsh Health Minister failed to meet with Public Health Wales following coronavirus data breach

Commenting on the admission from Public Health Wales that it had not met with the Health Minister following a significant data breach involving over 18,000 coronavirus patients, Welsh Conservative health spokesperson, Andrew RT Davies MS, said: 
This was a remarkable admission from Public

Chief Constable Matt Jukes to take up Metropolitan Police role

In November 2020, Chief Constable Matt Jukes will take up an appointment with the Metropolitan Police as Assistant Commissioner, initially responsible for the Met’s transformation programme.The Chief Constable said: –

Three primary schools in RCT proposed for 21st Century Schools investment

RCTC Cabinet will receive an update on the Mutual Investment Model (MIM) funding element of Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme – through which three RCT primary schools have been proposed for future investment.At the Cabinet meeting on Thursday, September 24, to be held v

COVID-19 Outbreak Control and Prevention

All Local Authorities in Wales were granted powers under the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 2) (Wales) (Amendment) (No.

Award nomination for Rhondda pharmacists

Pharmacists in Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board’s Rhondda Primary Care Cluster are delighted after being shortlisted for a national award.The Rhondda Pharmacist Cluster Forum has been shortlisted for the Primary Care Partnership award at the Chemist and Druggist awards, which will take place later thi

RCOT statement on COVID-19 testing shortages

The difficulty that frontline key workers are having in accessing COVID-19 tests has recently been the subject of much discussion in parliament and the media.Occupational therapists across the UK play a key role in the fight against the pandemic, and the lack of testing isof huge concern to the Roya

Can I see friends and family? Yes in the pub

Rules for meeting indoors have changed. Friends and family can no longer meet indoors, while overnight stays are also be banned.Extended households are unable to meet, essentially meaning you cannot enter anyone else's home in the county.Meeting people from outside your extended household indoors re

Shadow Health Minister comments as further local lockdowns imposed in South Wales

Andrew RT Davies MS – the Shadow Health Minister – has given his reaction to the announcement today (September 21) that local lockdowns will be imposed on Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent, and Newport local authorities.Welsh Conservative Mr Davies said:“Ministers and governments must do every

Annual General Meeting of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board will be held on Wednesday, 30 September 2020 at 14:00pm. Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is committed to openness and transparency, and conducts as much of its business as possible in a

Culvert system upgrades to get underway in Fernhill

The Council will begin an important scheme to upgrade two culvert inlets in Fernhill, to reduce the risk of flooding during periods of heavy rainfall. 

Work to assess the damage to Feeder Pipe footbridge in Abercynon

The Council will begin important work from Monday to progress the scheme to replace the storm-damaged Feeder Pipe footbridge, located between Abercynon and Quakers Yard. The footbridge spans the River Taff between Tramroad in Quakers Yard and the footpath leading to Alexandra Place in Abercynon – an

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board Meeting Notice – 30 September 2020

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board will be held on Wednesday, 30 September 2020 at 10.30 am. Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is committed to openness and transparency, and conducts as much of its business as possible in a session that mem


RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL(FFORCHNEOL ROW, ABERAMAN) (TEMPORARY CLOSURE) ORDER 2020 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 Traffic Regulation A

An apology must be made over Doncaster Races false allegation

Commenting on the statement released by Doncaster Races following remarks made yesterday by the Labour Party's Health Minister, Andrew RT Davies MS – the Welsh

£2.7 million emergency funding will help Wales’s heritage weather the coronavirus storm

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded almost £3 million (£2,742,400) to 54 organisations in Wales as part of an emergency support package for the UK’s heritage sector.The money raised from The National Lottery will help address immediate pressures over the next few months for those organisa

Working to keep Rhondda Cynon Taf communities gas safe

As communities across Rhondda Cynon Taf adapt to new coronavirus restrictions, Wales & West Utilities wants to reassure people of the steps it is taking to keep them safe. As the county becomes the second in Wales to go into lockdown because of the rate of coronavirus cases, Wales & West Uti

High Court allows appeal by claimant after council bids to withdraw admissions of liability in failure to remove case

An unnamed South Wales local authority has been stopped by the High Court from withdrawing three admissions of lability made in a lengthy dispute over the care while a child of J, who is now aged 20 and seeks damages.In 

Further interventions announced to stop the spread of Coronavirus in RCT. But the pubs remain open?

The Welsh Government has announced that further interventions will come into force across all of Rhondda Cynon Taf from 6pm on Thursday 17, September, to help prevent increasing Coronavirus cases from spreading further. The Council is awaiting the publication of Welsh Government guidance, which is e

INCIDENT UPDATE | Porth RTC - Two hospitalised and an appeal for information

South Wales Police are appealing for information following a serious multi-vehicle collision which occurred on Trebanog Road, Porth at approximately 9am today (Wednesday, 16 Sept).A coach was in collision with a number of moving and parked vehicles as it travelled along Trebanog Road.One man and one

Welsh Government Local restrictions imposed to control Rhondda Cynon Taf outbreak

Coronavirus laws are being tightened in Rhondda Cynon Taf Council area following a sharp increase in cases of the virus, Health Minister Vaughan Gething has confirmed. A range of new measures will come into force from 6pm on Thursday 17thSeptember 2020, to protect people’s health and control the spr

No lockdown for RCT just Local restrictions?

Local restrictions imposed to control Rhondda Cynon Taf outbreakCoronavirus laws are being tightened in Rhondda Cynon Taf Council area following a sharp increase in cases of the virus, Health Minister Vaughan Gething has confirmed.A range of new measures will come into force from 6pm on Thursday 17t

Council Leader's Covid-19 update statement

3PM - Tuesday, September 15The rise in confirmed coronavirus cases locally over the last 14 days (296 at the time of writing) has quite clearly shown that the virus is very much still in circulation in our communities. This has obviously been a concerning trend that the Council, along with our numer

TWO PUBS and a BARBERS Served Notices in RCT

Pubs and businesses across Rhondda Cynon Taf are once again being told to follow the rules or face closure as TWO further PUBS and a BARBERS have been Served Notices in RCT. The warning comes as Covid-19 figures continue to rise across Rhondda Cynon Taf.

New culvert inlet to reduce the risk of flooding at Pentre Road

In partnership with Natural Resources Wales, the Council will begin significant work to install a new culvert inlet and reduce the risk of flooding in Pentre – as part of a wider comprehensive response following this year’s flood events.

Health Minister’s failure to disclose PHW data breach is ‘unacceptable’

Commenting on the announcement that Public Health Wales has admitted a data breach that saw details of some 18,105 people who tested positive for Covid-19 posted on its website for nearly a whole day, the Shadow Health Minister – Andrew RT Davies MS - said:“This is another personal data breach after

Launch of the South Wales Trauma Network

Today (Monday 14 September) saw the official launch of the South Wales Trauma Network, held at the new Major Trauma Centre at the University Hospital of Wales.Serving the population of South Wales, West Wales and South Powys, the network is made up of hospitals, emergency services and rehabilitation

Temporary drop-in testing centre in Merthyr Tydfil

There will be a temporary COVID testing centre, located at The Castle Car Park in Merthyr Tydfil, from Wednesday 16th September until Tuesday 22nd September.This will be a DROP-IN, WALK THROUG

Compulsory use of face coverings in public areas from Monday

Welsh Government has announced that residents MUST wear a face covering in shops and indoor public areas from Monday – but the Council continues to ask residents to volunteer to wear them with immediate effect due to the local circumstances in Rhondda Cynon Taf.The compulsory new rule covering the w

Invictus Vice-Captain Kelly’s 2021 Games Boosted by Custom-Built Wheelchair Gift

AN RAF veteran who suffered a life-changing injury in a motorbike crash has been given a new custom-built wheelchair as she prepares for her role as Vice-captain of Team UK at the Invictus Games.

Roald Dahl Day 13th Sept - all you need to know about the much-loved author.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, James and the Giant Peach… children and adults have been delighted by Roald Dahl’s books for generations. September 13 is Roald Dahl Day, a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our favourite Dahl stories and characters with fellow fans all over the world. 

Father’s coast-to-coast cycle ride in Wales raises thousands for Diabetes UK Cymru after daughter lost sight to conditio

An uncle and nephew from Merthyr Tydfil have raised almost £7000 by taking on a gruelling, 250-mile bike ride from Holyhead to Cardiff Bay in aid of Diabetes UK. Robert Evans, 49, and his nephew Rhys Deen, 29, took on the two-day challenge after Robert’s 14-year-old daughter, Bonnie, experienced tem

Council Issues Premises Closure Notice

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has issued its first Premises Closure Notice to a licensed premises within the County Borough for failure to comply with COVID-19 guidance and regulations. Using its designated powers, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has imposed, with immediate effect, a Premises C

Pre-lockdown – a request for support from local communities to avoid the need for a lockdown

Due to an increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB and Council Leaders in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf are asking all residents to take action now to avoid the need for a formal local lock-down in the near future.

URGENT INFORMATION- Relocation of Temporary Testing Centre RCT

The temporary COVID testing centre in Porth will be RELOCATED to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council offices at The Pavilions, Clydach Vale, CF40 2XX, with IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

Inspectorate publish reviews of the care and support provided to older people in Wales

Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) has today published two companion national reports, reviewing care and support for older people in Wales.  The national review of prevention and promotion of independence for older adults considers the experiences of older people in contact with local authority social s

Social distancing and making your workplace COVID-secure

Social distancing means keeping people apart to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.Where possible you should keep people 2m apart.

Temporary Testing Centre to open in Lower Rhondda on Thursday 10 September

Due to the recent rise in the number of cases of Coronavirus in the Lower Rhondda area, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, working in partnership with Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board will be setting up a temporary testing centre at Oldway House car park, Porth, CF39 9ST from Thursday 10 September.

Redstart Working for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

Redstart’s origins go back 20 years. Our first incarnation was in response to a local Government reorganisation, when the Gwent and Glamorgan design consultancies became shared service providers for multiple local authorities.

£106m for rural economy must represent value for money

The Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Energy, and Rural Affairs – Janet Finch-Saunders MS – has today (September 8) sought urgent clarity from the Welsh Labour-led Government as to how it will ensure that the schemes supported by the 

Call for more action in the war against plastic waste in Wales

Following the announcement this week that the UK Government will increase the single-use carrier bag charge to 10p from April 2021 in England, Janet Finch-Saunders MS – the Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Energy, and Rural Affairs – has called on the administration here to do the same.Mrs Finch-

Theatr Iolo announces its first post-lockdown show created for babies to be performed live in September 2020

Theatr Iolo will present their first show since lockdown, a brand-new, socially distanced performance for babies in the garden of Cardiff’s multi-artform venue, Chapter.Baby, Bird & Bee​ will mark the return of the award-winning children and young people's theatre company since they were forced

Shadow Health Minister backs ‘Covid-light’ hospital recommendation

Andrew RT Davies MS – the Shadow Health Minister – has backed a call from one of Wales’ top surgeons for action to create “Covid-light” hospitals and pathways to work through the backlog of delayed elective operations.Since the middle of March, thousands of elective surgery patients – those waiting


RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL(FOOTPATH 18 CWMBACH)(TEMPORARY CLOSURE) ORDER 2020 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Order made by Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council on 6 March 2020 under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Act”) which would have expired on 9 S

YouGov Survey: Welsh Shoppers Driving UK’s 2020 Online Shopping Boom

  • 33% of Brits are shopping more online than during lockdown, with 38% shopping online as much as during lockdown
  • Regionally, this trend is highest in Wales where 39% are shopping more than during lockdown, compared to 27% in Northern Ireland, 32% in England or 36%

Legal Charity receives over £420,000 to expand legal advice clinics in Wales

Legal Charity LawWorks has announced it will expand its services in Wales having received a grant of £422,760 from the National Lottery Community Fund.It will expand its network of independent clinics which provide free le

Face Coverings at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Rhydywaun

In light of the revised advice on this matter by the World Health Organisation, the Local Authority is strongly recommending that from 10 September 2020, face coverings be worn by all secondary school-based staff and secondary mainstream pupils when moving around common areas of school buildings inc

Beatus Cartons, based in North Road, Porth a local Firm Donates PPE To Council Staff

The Council has thanked a local Rhondda-based company for its kind donation of Personal Protective Equipment, which has helped provide our frontline care staff with 1,200 protective visors so far.Beatus Cartons, based in North Road, Porth, approached the Council at the start of the Coronavirus natio