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March 2021


Police are urging the public to be vigilant following a telephone scam that duped an elderly resident from

RCTC Libraries Update

Following the latest Welsh Government announcement, the Council can confirm that all of its Library branches have now returned to the same levels of service provision as before the latest lockdown period in Wales.This means that residents are able to utilise the Order and Collect service, make use o

Plaid’s £500m flooding fund to help communities left behind by Labour

Welsh Labour Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths has said she does not believe a public inquiry is needed "at this stage".

Law Society agrees to facilitate creation of new Law Council of Wales

The Law Society has agreed to provide the secretariat for the new Law Council of Wales and to facilitate its establishment.The Commission on Justice in Wales, led by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, had recommended as a priority the creation of the Law Council to be a “voice for legal Wales” – an umbrella b

Can you be sure the grass fires won't reach your door?

A recent incident involving two teenagers from Ferndale deliberately setting grass fires is a timely reminder ahead of the Easter Holidays.The boys, aged 15 and 13, were spoken to by police on Monday, 8th March after they were summoned home by their parents who had been paid a visit by officers look

21 Fixed Penalty Notices for dog fouling and fly tipping last week

The Council has provided an update on its ongoing activity across the County Borough to clamp down on dog fouling and fly tipping – with 21 Fixed Penalty Notices issued for offences last week. Rhondda Cynon Taf is home to beautiful landscapes we can all be proud of – and the Council takes a zero-tol

Welsh Conservatives reaffirm commitment to M4 Relief Road

The Shadow Minister for Transport, Russell George MS, has reiterated the Welsh Conservatives’ commitment to deliver an M4 Relief Road.He said:“Residents and businesses throughout South Wales have been crystal clear: they want an M4 Relief Road to tackle congestion and turbocharge the Welsh economy.“

County Borough Council of Rhondda Cynon Taff intends to dispose of an area of land at William Street, Ynyshir, Porth

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

Primary Care Centre for Mountain Ash to open on Monday 29 March

A brand new primary care centre will open its doors in Mountain Ash next week, bringing modern healthcare services to the local community.The £4m purpose-built facility, named Tŷ Calon Lān, will become home to the newly merged GP practice, Meddygfa Glan Cynon Surgery (formerly Cynon Vale Medical Cen

Hypocrisy and confusion over international travel at Cardiff Airport

International flights to and from state-owned Cardiff Airport were put to the First Minister during Plenary by Andrew RT Davies MS – the Welsh Conservative Senedd Leader – who asked why it is permitted to fly from Cardiff to Alicante, but not to drive from Cardiff to Aberystwyth.Mr

Council has now appointed Centregreat as the contractor responsible for delivering Blaen-y-Cwm Road river wall repairs

A contractor is now appointed for the upcoming scheme to the Blaen-y-Cwm Road river wall – to carry out preliminary work in April and full repairs from May, when seasonal restrictions on working within the river come to an end. Large sections of the structure were damaged during the unprecedented we

More than £68,000 in Macmillan’s hardship grants given to help people with cancer in Rhondda Cynon Taf during the pandemic

Cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support gave more than £68,000 in hardship grants last year to help people with cancer in Rhondda Cynon Taf struggling with the pandemic’s financial impact and the unexpected costs cancer can bring. The charity’s grants are available to anyone living with cancer in Wa

Part of the Railway embankment on the railway track from Abernant Station to the Cwmbach Railway tunnel

Most people in Cynon Valley when you mention the Abernant to Merthyr tunnel they say the Cwmbach tunnel but let’s not forget this section of the railway and its historical importance the railway was authorised by Act of Parliament on 3 August 1846.

Why is company allowed to use a Cwmbach TFW car park to store commercial vehicles Rhondda Cynon Taf Council?

Residents have been complaining for months about the designated Cwmbach Transport for Wales Carpark being used by a vehicle hire company to store vehicles. So long has this been going on it even show up on the Google Street View maps numerous complaints and photograph evidence has been provided on S

CTUHB whole area testing estimated to have prevented hundreds of cases of COVID-19

Whole area testing with lateral flow device (LFD) tests in Merthyr Tydfil and lower Cynon Valley is estimated to have prevented 353 cases of COVID-19, 24 hospitalisations, 5 Intensive Care Unit admissions and 14 deaths, according to a new report.An evaluation of the pilot, released today (Monday Mar

Welsh voters back strong public protections as new poll shows cross-party support for rules that keep Wales safe

New polling from YouGov, published today (Friday, March 19th) by Unchecked UK, shows that Welsh voters from across the political spectrum are strongly supportive of well-enforced regulations, and value them for the role they play in keeping society running smoothly

Welsh Labour last moment on whether Wales’ tourism sector will reopen in time for Easter.

The Shadow Minister for Economy, Russell George MS, has reacted to the online report that a decision will not be reached until “the last moment” on whether Wales’ tourism sector will reopen in time for Easter.He said: “The tourism sector is vital to Wales’ economy and the entire sector is eager to r

Andy Muxlow of Cwmaman is walking 200 miles in March with guide dog Ernie

WALKIES are a part of daily life for all guide dog owners – and this one is no exception.

Blind and partially sighted people ‘forgotten’ as COVID vaccine rolled out in Wales

Leading sight loss charity RNIB Cymru is warning that the needs of blind and partially sighted people are being forgotten as the COVID-19 vaccine is rolled out across the nation. The charity has been campaigning for an accessible vaccination process since January 2021 but says that little progress h

Appeal Following Theft Of Gulley Covers in RCT

Residents are urged to take extra care and to be vigilant following the theft of storm drain gulley covers in Rhondda Cynon Taf overnight.Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a spate of gulley cover thefts in the Rhydyfelin and Llantw

Dare Valley Country Park Bike Park

Excellent progress continues to be made in the delivery of a range of exciting improvements to Dare Valley Country Park, with work on the Gravity Family Bike Park nearing completion. The Gravity Family Bike Park forms part of the wider £1.5m investment comprising of funding from both RCT Council and

Over 12,500 patients had online medical consultations in first year of pandemic. Are you waiting on a medical consultation?

New figures released today reveal that almost 12,500 patients across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (CTMUHB) region have still been able to receive medical consultations during the Covid-19 pandemic, despite not being able to visit the GP surgery or other healthcare setting in person.

Covid confusion leads to late type 1 diabetes diagnosis in 10-year old boy from Neath

Diabetes UK Cymru is highlighting how quickly undiagnosed type 1 diabetes can become a medical emergency as another child had a lucky escape despite goinginto 

Diabetes UK Cymru launches “Think: Could it be type 1 diabetes: the 4 Ts: campaign

Diabetes UK Cymru has launched a radio ad campaign in Wales to show that anyone can develop type 1 diabetes, tell people what the main symptoms of the condition are and urge them to get a finger-prick test with their GP if they are concerned. Dai Williams, National Director at Diabe

Reopening date confirmed for M&S Bridge in Pontypridd

The Council is pleased to confirm that the Ynysangharad Park (M&S) Bridge in Pontypridd will reopen later this week, as the significant scheme to repair the structure following Storm Dennis is nearing completion. 

Cwm Taf Morgannwg celebrates opening of landmark Clinical Research Centre

A new Clinical Research Centre designed to enhance Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB’s research work and give patients access to new therapies, treatments and therapeutics has opened at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant.The development of the centre demonstrates our Health Board’s commitment to undert

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council imposes 20 mph speed limit in RCT is your street affected?

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council(Miscellaneous Town Centers in Rhondda Cynon Taf) Order (Experimental Speed ​​Limit) 2021 This was hereby notified that an Order was made by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, on 11 March 2021, under Sections 9 and 10 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act


Welcome to Young Carers’ Action Day – 16 March 2021.Young carers are children or young people who take a significant role in caring for a family member.

RCN Wales calls for investment in infection prevention and control

In its newly-published report, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in Wales recommends that learning from the COVID-19 pandemic is used to ensure that infection prevention and control (IPC) nursing teams are recognised as an essential contributor to patient protection and safety.The report recommends

'The emotional toll of working on a COVID-19 ward is huge - I feel broken'

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Covid anniversary a ‘time for reflection’

Commenting on the first anniversary of the first death of a person with Covid-19 in Wales, Angela Burns MS – the Shadow Minister for Health – said:“Anniversaries, whether good or bad ones, are times for reflection, and today it is fitting that we remember all those who have died with Covid, and the

A new streamlined approach to lung disease care

An innovative, multi-disciplinary model of providing treatment for patients with lung diseases is reducing waiting times at Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.Supported by the Bevan Commission’s Exemplar programme, the hospital is delivering a new model of service for patients, utilising the exp

Council tax up again did we get value for money from a contract for replacing a retaining wall in Gwawr Street Aberaman?

Council tax for residents in Rhondda Cynon Taf was approved by labour councillors another rise of 2.65%, why is our council tax going up every year in one of the poorest parts of Wales? Do our labour run council give us value for money lots of hype and propaganda put out of social media on what they

Alfie's Generous Gesture To Key Workers

Rhondda Cynon Taf student Alfie Ford is giving something back to his community during lockdown, by providing care packages to key workers in his locality.

Guide to screen addictions and responsible digital use

Have you been spending more time on your phone or laptop? The way we spend our time has been changing as a result of COVID-19.

Work to begin on major A4059 in an attempt to prevent flooding

The Council has appointed a contractor to deliver a major Welsh Government-funded scheme on the A4059 between Asda and Tinney’s roundabouts in Aberdare – to ensure the road is more resilient during heavy rainfall.The £500,000 scheme is wholly funded by Welsh Government’s Resilient Roads Grant and is

Non-essential retailers in Wales ‘badly let down’ by Labour

Commenting on the First Minister's U-turn regarding the opening of non-essential retail, Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies MS: Commenting on the First Minister's U-turn regarding the opening of non-essential retail, Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies MS:“Non-essentia


RHONDDA CYNON TAF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL Town and Country Planning Act 1990 Welsh Office Circular 32/92 Application for Major Development Application 21/0269/16 Applicant: Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council Reserved matters application seeks approval of all remaining reserved matters layout,

Shadow Minister welcomes plan for wales to receive a freeport

The Shadow Minister for Economy, Russell George MS, has called on the Welsh Labour Government to stop keeping Wales “in the dark” and urgently publish a roadmap out of lockdown.Mr George made the calls following a report that some shop owners feel they have been “treated like children” over the lack

Shadow Minister welcomes plan for wales to receive a freeport

The Shadow Minister for Economy, Russell George MS, has warmly welcomed reports that Wales is to receive a free port.He said: “Freeports will generate jobs, trade and innovation, and I welcome the fact that Wales is set to get one from the UK Government.“Given this announcement will undoubtedly attr

Royal Glamorgan Hospital ED patients offered next-day appointment in pilot project

Patients who attend the Royal Glamorgan Hospital (RGH) with a minor injury late in the evening are being offered a choice of waiting to be seen or returning the following day for a timed appointment, under a new pilot scheme to reduce waiting times.People attending the hospital’s Emergency Departmen

Cardiff Airport: nationalised airport now worth just £15 million

Cardiff Airport is now worth just £15 million, according to the Welsh Government.The valuation was revealed in response to questions by Welsh Conservative Darren Millar MS during the Economy, Skills, and Infrastructure Committee meeting today (March 10).The Welsh Government paid £52 million for the

Welsh Labour admits there's no plan to take Wales out of lockdown

Responding to the Welsh Government’s admission that it is no longer following its Coronavirus action plan, Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies MS said:“It’s clear Labour hav

First Welsh national spatial strategy published

Housing and local government minister Julie James has launched the national spatial strategy in a 180-page document called Future Wales.This blueprint sets out where housing, employment and infrastructure should be developed to support town and city centres; achieve decarbonisation and climate resil


Wenjing XU murder investigation: Police appeal for drivers to check dashcamsThe Major Crime Investigations Team at South Wales Police is continuing its investigation into the murder of 16 year-old Wenjing XU, who died following an incident at the Blue Sky takeaway on Baglan Street, Treorchy on Frida

Labour has dismissed the hard work of the Welsh people in combatting Covid

Welsh Conservative Senedd Leader Andrew RT Davies MS today (March 9) tackled the First Minister over comments made by the one of his Cabinet that “… if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile”.

Latest local government settlement is nothing short of a “bitter blow”

The Shadow Minister for Local Government has branded the latest local government settlement “a bitter blow”.Laura Jones MS said: “Today, the Welsh Labour Government had the opportunity to finally get behind Wales’ local authorities, where local services are under severe pressures from COVID-19.“But,

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board will be held on Thursday, 25 March 2021 at 10:00 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 members

Key findings from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) provision have been released

Swansea University and Children in Wales launched a survey at the end of 2020, to develop a better understand of the impact of the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) provision.Over 439 early years practitioners, childcare workers, setting managers, childminder

Demolition work for regeneration of Rhos Square in Mountain Ash

Residents and businesses in Mountain Ash town centre will shortly receive a letter outlining upcoming work to demolish two buildings in Oxford Street – to enable significant future improvements at Rhos Square. Known locally as Guto Square, the area will be developed under the Mountain Ash Town Centr

Statement by Gareth Robinson, Chief Operating Officer, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB

In the early hours of Sunday morning (March 7, 2021),  a fire incident happened at one of our community hospitals –  Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda.The fire affected one ward and no harm came to any patients or staff as a result of the incident.All patients affected by the incident were promptly relocated withi

Revised Local Development Plan – Call for Candidate Sites to end

Residents, developers and landowners are reminded that the first stage of the process to revise and replace the current Local Development Plan will soon end – with the Call for Candidate Sites closing at the end of the month. The Council is working towards producing a Revised Local Development Plan

Winning young playwrights have their original scripts transformed into audio plays by Theatr Iolo.

The winners of Theatr Iolo’s Young Playwright’s competition have had their plays read by professional actors and turned into audio plays to be released on 11 March.

Police Incident Treorchy

Police units are currently dealing with a serious incident which occurred in Baglan Street, Treorchy, at approximately midday today (5 March, 2021).Ambulance crews are also in attendance as the incident involves a number of casualties.The street has been closed off and people are advised to avoid th

Evie's Stay At Home Message

A Rhondda Cynon Taf student has won the Welsh Government’s Stay At Home poster competition, beating hundreds of other entries across Wales in the fight to keep everyone safe and promoting the key COVID-19 safety message.Evie Barnett, aged 9, of Aberdare, entered the competition after being set the h


RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL(HIGH STREET, MOUNTAIN ASH) (TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE) ORDER 2021 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 Regula

Welsh Conservatives announce long-term COVID-19 management plan

Welsh Conservatives have announced their plan for managing coronavirus in the long-term in Wales ahead of a panel discussion with a leading health and social care think tank.It’s widely accepted the health impact of Covid-19 will be around for years to come and the Welsh Conservatives will implement

Review into current special school provision agreed by RCTC Cabinet

Cabinet Members have agreed for a detailed review of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s special schools to be undertaken – with the intention of bringing forward future investment proposals to improve current provision and meet growing demand. A report to Cabinet on February 25 presented information from a recent

“Don’t ignore cancer concerns or miss appointments” urges doctor

A leading cancer consultant from Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, is urging anyone with worrying symptoms not to let the ongoing lockdown put them off getting checked by their GP or miss scheduled tests or treatment.Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, Sean Watermeyer, who is the Rho

EXPERIMENTAL SPEED LIMIT in Cynon Valley 20mph speed limit on the lengths of roads specified

The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL (VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN RHONDDA CYNON TAFF) (EXPERIMENTAL SPEED LIMIT) ORDER 2021 Notice is hereby given that on the 25 February 2021 the Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council made an order under Sections 9 and 10 of the

Taxpayer hit by another new £130m bill for Cardiff Airport

Commenting on the Welsh Government’s latest statement on financial support for Cardiff Airport, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Economy, Russell George MS said:“The aviation sector has been badly hit by coronavirus and governments across the world are supporting the industry.“However, the bal

Early Years Action Group Manifesto 2021

A group of leading Welsh children’s charities is calling on all political parties to put the needs of babies and the youngest children at the centre of their policies for the next Senedd.

Planning application submitted for an extension to the Aberdare Bypass

The Council has submitted a planning application for the future A465 Cynon Gateway North (link road to A465) highways scheme – an important landmark following the Pre Application Consultation that took place during autumn 2020. The future scheme will extend the A4059 by 1.2km – from a point between

Cardiff Capital Region City Deal five-year progress report

Cabinet has received a five-year update on the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal – outlining progress on the South Wales Metro and wider investment to help develop exciting projects such as the Porth Transport Hub and Zip World.A report to Members on Thursday, February 25,provided an update on the Ci

FOOTPATH 35 ABERDARE another 6 months without the Iron Bridge in Trecynon


Welsh language support essential for stroke survivors

Stroke survivors who speak Welsh should get an equal opportunity to rebuild their life, according to The Stroke Association. The charity is pledging to meet the needs of more Welsh-speaking stroke survivors with the launch of their new Welsh Language policy. Providing health care services in the lan

Labour still ignoring the retail, hospitality, and tourism sectors

Commenting on the announcement of a further £682 million being released by the Welsh Government to tackle Coronavirus, Andrew RT Davies MS – the Leader of the Conservatives in the Senedd – said:“We’ve been calling on Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay to use the near £6 billion provided by the Conserva


MACS pupils have once again shown how much talent is in the Cynon Valley! Launched just under one month ago, we have received hundreds of entries for homework, creative and stage competitions in this slightly different Eisteddfod for 2021.

Cynon Valley Police are investigating the death of a 56-year-old man from Aberdare.

Officers in the Cynon Valley are investigating the death of a 56-year-old man from Aberdare.Officers were called to assist ambulance colleagues at an address in Erw Las, at approximately 10.25am on Saturday, February 27.The occupant of the address was taken to the University of Hospital Wales with s

A4059 Aberdare temporary road closure

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL(A4059 ABERDARE) (TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE AND TEMPORARY 30MPH SPEED LIMIT) ORDER 2021 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 and 88