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February 2021

A 90-meter high chimney stack in Cynon Valley all down to the Planning Committee on the 4 March

So the Planning Department of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council (RCTC) has approved the 90-meter high chimney stack a Development Control Committee meeting takes place on March 4, looking at the history of the site and the way RCTC have approved earlier development on the site the decision to approve the ne

Welsh Government confirms Community Testing Programme to commence in Cwm Taf Morgannwg

The Welsh Government’s Health Minister has today confirmed that a Community Testing programme will commence across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board area from Wednesday, March 3. Focusing on key areas that have been identified as “hot spots” for continued high levels of COVID-19 infections, the pro

Disabled Facilities Grant supporting residents to remain independent

Help is available to elderly, vulnerable and disabled residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf to adapt their homes, and to provide specialist aids and equipment, to help keep them safe from injury and maintain their independence in their home.Some minor aids and adaptations, including the provision of intern

Zip World at Tower Colliery application to supply alcohol and to provide late night refreshment.

An application has been made by Zip World Limited to the Licensing Authority for Rhondda Cynon Taf for the grant of a Premises Licence for Zip World Tower, Tower Colliery, Hirwaun, Aberdare.

elsh Government confirms Community Testing Programme to commence in Cwm Taf Morgannwg

The Welsh Government’s Health Minister has confirmed that a Community Testing programme of asymptomatic people, will commence across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board area from Wednesday, March 3.Focusing on key areas that have been identified as “hot spots” for continued high levels of COVID-19 in

HMRC: Latest CJRS & SEISS stats

HMRC’s latest national, regional and trade statistics for the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) have gone live.               The CJRS stats provide analysis of claims up to 31 January 2021 under the CJRS extension, which opened

People over 50 are invited to get walking in Rhondda Cynon Taf

 Living Streets Cymru is helping people aged over 50 in Rhondda Cynon Taf stay healthy and connected with its new walking programme. The walking charity is inviting people to register for 

Landmark report champions value of regulation in Wales

A landmark new report published today (Wednesday, February 24th) by Unchecked champions the value of regulation in Wales and calls on all Wales’ political parties to commit to maintaining and strengthening public standards and protections. Unchecked, an organisation making the case for common-sense

LEGAL UPDATES FOR PUBLIC SERVICES IN WALES

Launching our NPS Framework Fortnight: Book Your PlaceTop 100 UK law firm, Hugh James, is hosting a 

A ‘worrying lack of focus’ on job creation in Welsh Labour’s statement

Labour’s statement on Economic Resilience and Reconstruction Mission has a “… worrying lacking of focus on job creation, productivity, competitiveness, entrepreneurship”, said Russell George MS, the Shadow Minister for Economy, Transport and Mid Wales, adding:“At a time when Welsh businesses and the

A response to Labour's Development Bank announcement

Commenting on the Labour Government's Development Bank support announcement, Welsh Conservative economy spokesman, Russell George MS said:  “Any additional support for Welsh businesses has to be welcomed, although it's disappointing Labour ministers continue to drag their heels on extending the busi

School Grounds and Playgrounds Across RCT to be Smoke-Free From 1st March

New laws will soon come in to force to make more places in Wales and Rhondda Cynon Taf smoke-free.The laws being introduced across Wales on 1st March, build on the smoking ban introduced in 2007 and will protect more people from the harms of second-hand smoke and help those trying to quit.In 2009 Rh

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB sends out second dose appointment letters for COVID-19 vaccine

Appointment letters for second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are now landing on doormats across Cwm Taf Morgannwg.When the Health Board’s six community vaccination centres (CVCs) open on March 1, they will begin by administering dose two for health and social care workers and people aged 70 to 74.Th

More than 30 organisations from across health, housing and social care in Wales come together to call for action on health inequalities

Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Cymru Wales has written today (22 February 2021) on behalf of the Welsh NHS Confederation health and social care policy forum to the first minister and Senedd opposition leaders to call for a cross-government strategy for tackling wider health inequalities in Wales.

NRW repairing and preparing: One year on from the February 2020 floods

The combined impacts of storms Ciara, Dennis a Jorge in February 2020 resulted in record rainfall and river levels, and some of the most significant and devastating flooding Wales has seen since the 1970s with 3,130 properties affected right across the country.

One week until all Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board hospital grounds become smoke free

People living across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board area are being reminded that today marks just one week until hospital grounds become smoke-free.New laws, being introduced across Wales on 1st March, build on the smoking ban introduced in 2007 and will protect more people from harmful second-h

CADW responds to Trecynon Iron Bridge now its up to RCTC

I am pleased to inform you that Cadw offered interim scheduled monument consent for this application (subject to various conditions) earlier this month.  We are currently awaiting the applicant’s formal acceptance of the conditions before the consent is finally in place, at which point I understand

Body of a man located within the Dare Valley Country Park.

Shortly after midday today (Sunday 21 February) police in Aberdare were called following the discovery of the body of a man located within the Dare Valley Country Park.The body has been taken to Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil where identification will take place.The family of Martin Edwar

HIRWAUN DUALLING AND SLIP ROADS to remove the single gyratory layout at Hirwaun Junction and to replace it with a two linked roundabout layout,

STATUTORY NOTICEFor a large print copy of this Notice contact 03000 255 454 or email Transportordersbranch@gov.wales HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 THE NEATH TO ABERGAVENNY TRUNK ROAD (A465) (ABERGAVENNY TO HIRWAUN DUALLING AND SLIP ROADS) AND EAST OF ABERCYNON TO EAST OF DOWLAIS TRUNK ROAD (A4060) AND CARDIFF T

Zoe Williams represented CTMUHB in the first International Dementia Conference

Well done to Zoe Williams who represented CTMUHB in the first International Dementia Conference to be held in WalesZoe Williams, Team Lead, Occupational Therapist Memory Assessment Services, did Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB proud as she represented the Older Persons Mental Health Occupational Therapy (OPMH

Royal Glamorgan Hospital first in NHS Wales to use world-leading technology to fight heart disease

HeartFlow, Inc. and Royal Glamorgan Hospital are working together to help clinicians diagnose one of Wales’ biggest killers, coronary heart disease (CHD).

Proposed three-year Capital Programme and additional resources

Cabinet will consider proposals for a new capital programme which would invest £116m across Council services and infrastructure over the next three years – and includes additional one-off Council funding of £9.4m for targeted priorities in 2021/22. A report to Members on Thursday, February 25,outlin

Helen Whyley, Director RCN Wales, responds to growth in UCAS nursing applications

"To deliver safe, effective, and quality care Wales desperately needs more nurses, so I am pleased to see an increase in the number of nursing applications this year.

How much more council taxpayers money will be spent on an impracticable system?

A constant flooding problem that Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have failed to solve even after spending many thousands of pounds of your council tax money on a system that is not fit for purpose, back in 2014 The cost of the Annual Service Agreement is £250.00 pa plus the cost of any parts require over

Welsh Conservatives would re-establish the WDA to get Wales on the road to recovery

In the Welsh Conservatives’ first major manifesto announcement, Russell George MS, the Shadow Minister for Economy and Transport has outlined plans to re-establish the best aspects of the Welsh Development Agency (WDA) to get Wales on the road to recovery.In his article published today on the 

Return to school arrangements for Foundation phase after half term in RCT

Parents and carers in Rhondda Cynon Taf have received a letter outlining the school arrangements after half term – with Foundation Phase pupils returning to face-to-face learning in a phased approach from February 22. The letter, sent by the Council’s Director of Education and Inclusion Services, hi

Optometry scheme leads to reduction in hospital referrals

A pioneering optometry scheme is reducing hospital referrals and allowing patients to be treated closer to home during the pandemic.Patients in RCT, Merthyr and Bridgend are benefitting from the Optometry Independent Prescribing scheme which has allowed seven optometrists across the Cwm Taf Morgannw

Rhondda Cynon Taff intends to dispose of the following areas of land rear of Tylacoch, Llanharry, CF72 9LS

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

Rhondda Cynon Taff intends to dispose of the following areas of land adjacent to Ely Valley Sports Ground

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

Tesco Health Charity Partnership fundraising appeal in Wales – shows a little help can go a long way

People in Wales will be able to give a big boost this month to three life-changing charities that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19.Tesco stores across the nation are supporting the Tesco Health Charity Partnership’s appeal to raise money for Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and

Storm Dennis - one year on and no Public Inquiry by Welsh Government WHY?

Exactly one year ago to the date, residents and businesses in Rhondda Cynon Taf were hit by one of the worst flooding events in living memory.But so much devastation could have been avoided by better maintenance and management of culverts watercourses and floodplains.  

Making it Pay

Jeremy Davies, 55, has been a Mental Health Nurse for almost 33 years.

Shadow Minister comments on coal tips report

Janet Finch-Saunders MS – the Shadow Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs – is concerned at the report into coal tips in Wales, which has found that some 600 have been classed as "high-risk".

Fight for Justice for Flood Victims Continues a Year-on

On the night of 15th February and the early hours of 16th February 2020, Storm Dennis hit and over 1000 homes and businesses across RCT suffered devastating floods.

Welsh Conservative reaction to Transport for Wales fare increases

Commenting on the planned fares rise, Russell George MS – the Shadow Minister for Economy, Transport and Mid Wales – said:“The irony, verging on hypocrisy, shown by Labour over this 2.6-percent rise in fares for Transport for Wales passengers is shocking – especially with just a fortnight before the

Penywaun Primary School, Aberdare the School Of Excellence

A Rhondda Cynon Taf primary school is first in the UK to be named as a ‘School of Excellence’ for mental wellbeing.Penywaun Primary School, Aberdare, has been named as the first Thrive School of Excellence in the UK for the role it plays in supporting the wellbeing of its pupils in order to prevent

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB hits COVID-19 vaccination target

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has achieved its target of giving 104,148* vaccines to the top four priority groups.From today (February 15) phase two of the programme begins, as Cwm Taf Morgannwg will aim to offer a first dose vaccine to approximately 120,000 people who are in groups 5 to

DRUGS SEIZED | ARRESTS MADE | RHONDDA

Police seized drugs worth over £100,000 in a series of Rhondda raids this week.Officers executed the arrest and search phase of Operation Tredegar which was focussing on the supply of class A drugs in the region.Search warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act were executed at three address across Tony

Welsh Conservative comment on reported delays to Covid vaccine supplies

Commenting on the news of a delay to the delivery of the Covid vaccine, Angela Burns MS - the Shadow Health Minister - said:“There is a race to procure, and that’s why it was so crucial that the UK Government got out in front early when it did and signed deals ahead of the rest – including ahead of

FOUR MAJOR WELSH ARTS FESTIVALS JOIN FORCES TO STAGE GŴYL 2021; A FREE, ONLINE FESTIVAL

Adwaith | Ani Glass | Arlo Parks | BERWYN | Carys Eleri | Cate Le Bon | Gruff Rhys | Catrin Finch | Brett Anderson, Charles Hazlewood and Paraorchestra, featuring special guest Nadine Shah | Charlotte Adigéry | Dani Rain | The Gentle Good | I Wish I Was an Only Child | Jordan Brookes | Juice Menace

RCN Wales calls on Welsh Government to Improve Communications to Health and Care Staff on their Second Dosage of COVID-19

RCN Wales calls on Welsh Government to Improve Communications to Health and Care Staff on their Second Dosage of COVID-19 Vaccine following the results of RCN survey85% of nursing staff surveyed in Wales have had a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the RCN survey with NHS employees ranking top.  Howeve

Labour has not come clean over £58m received for cladding replacement

Laura Anne Jones MS – the Shadow Housing Minister – has called on Labour to clarify how some £58 million it received from the UK Government to help homeowners and leaseholders pay for remedial work to high-rise buildings with cladding has been spent.Ms Jones made her call after reports today (Februa

Strokes caused by Covid-19 under the spotlight in world’s largest research study

The Stroke Association is funding the world’s largest research study to investigate worrying reports that Covid-19 is causing life-threatening strokes [1-2]. As Covid-19 cases continue to rise across the globe, this critical research may help to prevent Covid-19-related death and disability.

Labour suggests putting ‘low-carbon diets’ on the menu to achieve carbon net zero by 2050

Janet Finch-Saunders MS – the Shadow Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs – has broadly welcomed the Welsh Government’s ambition to achieve carbon net zero by 2050, but cautions that its suggestion switching to “low-carbon diets” could put it on a collision course with farmers and food

SAFER INTERNET DAY…..Internet use and Children’s Rights

Why not help us celebrate Safer Internet Day 2021 today and catch-up on a networking event that Children in Wales organised last week? Mike Mainwaring, one of our highly experienced trainers with extensive experience in children’s rights and participation, delivered a presentation focusing on how ch

The proposed development at CWMAMAN, ABERDARE,

Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 10 APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION The proposed development at 128, GLANAMAN RD, CWMAMAN, ABERDARE, County, CF44 6HY, ABERDARE, CF44 6HY For planning permission to: Description of proposed develop

Alleged assault and attempted dog theft at Aberdare Country Park

South Wales Police are aware of a post circulating on social media regarding an alleged assault and attempted dog theft at Aberdare Country Park on February 6.While the post makes reference to South Wales Police having been notified, no such reports have been received.We fully appreciate and share t

Planning Application for Extension to Aberdare Bypass

Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 10 APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION Proposed development at: Lies between the communities of Llwydcoed to the east and Penywaun to the west. Take notice that application is being made by: Rhondda C

Practical support sessions offered online for Dinas Powys residents impacted by December floods

The National Flood Forum (NFF) is set to host a series of online support sessions for residents of Dinas Powys whose homes and businesses were impacted by flooding in December.Delivered in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW),

Cynon Valley primary school is first in the UK to be named as a School of Excellence for mental wellbeing

A South Wales primary school has been named as the first Thrive School of Excellence in the UK for the role it plays in supporting the wellbeing of its pupils in order to prevent mental health issues. Penywaun Primary School, in Aberdare, was named as the first School of Excellence after going throu

Two men have been charged with attempted murder following a shooting in Trecynon, Aberdare, on Monday.

Detectives investigating an incident in which gun shots were fired in to an address in the Cynon Valley have charged two men with attempted murder.Oliver Pearce, 30, from Rhydyfelin, and Ricky Webber, 28, from Porth, were charged on Friday night and have been remanded in custody.

APPEAL ABERDARE SHOOTING TWO ARRESTED

Two arrests made following Aberdare shooting as officers continue the appeal.We are continuing to appeal for information after gunshots were fired into an address in Windsor Street, Trecynon at approximately 9.30pm on Monday, 1st February, 2021.Officers are appealing for anybody who may have been in

£655m Covid support in Wales still unallocated WHY?

Commenting on today’s Wales Governance Centre analysis of the Welsh Government’s budget, Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies MS said:“Despite a sig

Berw Road Bridge (White Bridge) – update on repair process

The Council is making progress towards a repair scheme for Berw Road Bridge in Pontypridd – with consent being sought for initial work to reopen the bridge in the coming months, ahead of a full repair programme in 2022. 

‘The thanks and recognition that NHS staff need right now’

On Time to Talk Day 2021, Dr Helen Lane, a consultant physician at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, has published a new poem, ‘It’s good to talk’.

Provision of PPE for taxi drivers finally aligned with other transport operators

Russell George MS – Shadow Minister for Transport – has given a broad welcome by the initiative from the Welsh Government to introduce “free” PPE for taxi and PHV drivers in Wales, bu

The Census 2021 is Coming: 21/03/2021

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is supporting this year’s 2021 Census and is asking all its residents to make sure they take part to help shape future services in our County Borough.The Census is a survey that happens once, every 10 years and gives a picture and count of all the people and households in E

Please Clean Up After Your Dog!

Dog owners in Rhondda Cynon Taf are being reminded to act responsibly and clean up after their dogs. The Council has received a number of complaints around dog fouling in its streets, trails and sports pitches, which is not only unsightly but could lead to major health consequences at a time when NH

Welsh Labour promised seven times that an NVZ would not be imposed on Wales during the pandemic, and then did just that

Labour’s Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs betrayed farmers in Wales announcing the introduction of a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) across the whole country despite saying in the Senedd Chamber on seven separate occasions* that she would not while the pandemic continues.Andrew RT Da

Second phase of consultation for 2021/22 Rhondda Cynon Taf Budget now underway

The Council has today started a second phase of public consultation on its 2021/22 Budget – with residents, businesses and other stakeholders now invited to have their say on the specific proposals as outlined in a Draft Budget Strategy. At the Cabinet meeting on Thursday, January 28, Members agreed

Have your say on the £4.5m investment proposals for YGG Aberdâr

Residents can view detailed plans and have their say on the Council’s £4.5m future investment at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Aberd

More choice for patients as primary care services adapt to pandemic Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Use of innovative, new video technology has been helping elderly residents in the South Wales valleys to become more involved in decisions regarding their own care.Attend Anywhere is an online system, being used daily across Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, to enable hospital and GP patien