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April 2021

Five more years of Labour will “hold back Wales’ economic recovery"

Another five years of Labour focusing on powers, taxes and fighting the UK Government will "hold back Wales’ economic recovery”, the Welsh Conservatives have said. Today, the Welsh Conservatives will launch an ad van campaign to highlight the damage from 22 years of Labour government in Wales.Labour

Fine and costs issued to Ferndale resident for fly tipping offences

A resident from Ferndale has been ordered to pay more than £1,700 after she was caught fly-tipping on six separate occasions at the same location – with CCTV evidence provided by the Council used in court.The defendant appeared at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, April 21, in relation

Hoax calls are putting the lives of police officers and the public at risk

That is the stark warning from Superintendent Marc Attwell after armed officers went to an address in the south Wales valleys after a hoax call was made earlier this month.The caller had told police in a 999 call that there was a fight involving people with knives in a neighbour’s garden.But when of

When you wanted Welsh Labour to vote yes they Voted no so now it’s your chance to have your vote on the May 6th don’t waste it

With only 6 days to go before you vote in the Senedd Cymru elections, the question is do you want more of the same a labour government controlling the Welsh political landscape as they have for over 22 years with the help of Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats, you have the choice and the ch

A response from Sustrans Cymru to the flooding of the National Cycle Network at the Ynys Aberdare

Continual flooding of the Public Right of Way at the Ynys and the National Cycle Network prompted AberdareOnline to contact Sustrans as they are responsible for the National Cycle Network the reply below.

‘For some, the consequences of COVID-19 have been absolutely devastating’: 36 organisations endorse new joint paper calling on the next Welsh Government to show national leadership on ending inequalities

With just one week to go before the Senedd election, 36 organisations from across health, social care, transport, and housing have signed up to a joint paper which calls for urgent Welsh Government action on health inequalities.The incredible hardship inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic has not been

Rallying to save roof at Rhigos RFC

A facility in Rhigos has been thrown a lifeline thanks to the support of local organisations and the community – allowing it to be repaired and open in a matter of months.During lockdown members of Rhigos RFC were dealt the devastating blow that the roof of the clubhouse had collapsed, deeming it un

is the Cynon Valley MS pleased that the local council is building on a floodplain?

Well there was an election due and the Cynon Valley MS is pleased that the local council is building on a floodplain well she did help to secure the project,  “I'm pleased to have helped secure a number of projects, such as the new units on Robertstown Industrial Estate,” Taken from Twitter

‘NHS staff are exhausted and need a break, but there aren’t enough of us’:

 RCP publishes new workforce data showing doctors in Wales are frustratedAs the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) publishes new findings on doctor wellbeing from its 2020-2021 annual census of consultant physicians in Wales, colleagues working in intensive care medicine in Wales have written an open

Diabetes UK Cymru urges next Welsh Government to tackle the diabetes health crisis, intensified by the pandemic

Diabetes UK Cymru has launched its manifesto for the Senedd elections asking candidates to deliver change for people living with diabetes in Wales. Wales has the highest prevalence of diabetes in the UK.

Welsh Labour’s unbroken 22-year stint in power has seen a staggering 188% increase in council tax bills, whilst local services have declined immeasurably.

They say a week is a long time in politics, which makes twenty-two years feel like a lifetime.It’s easy to forget - even for someone of my vintage - that when the first Welsh Assembly Elections were held back in 1999, Westlife were top of the charts; Scott Gibbs had not long broken


Drugs and cash were seized in a day of action in the Rhondda valley on Thursday (22 April).Officers executed two early morning warrants in Ferndale, one in Parry Street and one in East Road, as they acted on information from the community.In total, four men were arrested and one woman was cautioned.

Enviroparks will be mounting an appeal into the likely refusal of our application.

The controversial plan to double the height of a waste energy plant’s chimney stack in the Cynon Valley has been rejected by the Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Planning Committee well they couldn’t do anything else if they wanted to be re-elected next year the committee refused against officer recommenda

Abercwmboi Culvert Replacement Scheme at Bronallt Terrace

A culvert replacement scheme will begin next month at Bronallt Terrace in Abercwmboi, after the Council awarded Calibre Contracting Ltd.

Welsh Secretary emphasises importance of next Welsh Government delivering M4 Relief Road

The Secretary of State for Wales will today visit a South Wales haulage company to emphasise the importance of the next Welsh Government delivering the M4 Relief Road. As part of plans to build a more prosperous Wales, the Welsh Conservatives have revealed an ambitious £2 billion infrastructure plan

Welsh Labour allow hire vehicles and abandon cars to clog up Cwmbach TFW Car Park and Access Road

Residents have been complaining for months about the designated Cwmbach Transport for Wales Car park being used by a vehicle hire company to store vehicles but having visited the site today its not only vans that are stored on the site but several cars.Most of the vehicles have a number of parking t


Top 100 UK law firm, Hugh James, has advised on the sale of the Sheppard’s pharmacy Group, the largest independent pharmacy group in Wales, to Avicenna Retail Limited.Sheppard’s is a family-owned business, which started in Aberdare by Alan and Jean Sheppard in 1972, and now operates 34 community pha

“National mission” at heart of Welsh Conservatives’ "ambitious plan" to get Wales' economy on the road to recovery

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies will today set out what he will describe as Wales’ “national mission to get the economy on the road to recovery” as the party unveils its manifesto for the upcoming Senedd election.At the heart of the manifesto will be the creation of 65,000 new jobs to pow

Zach Praised For His Bravery

The quick-thinking and calmness of a six-year-old Rhondda Cynon Taf student helped save his mother from choking, and all of his family, friends and teachers are extremely proud of him. Zachary James, a Year 2 learner at Maesybryn Primary School, Llantwit Fardre, saw his mother coughing and strugglin

New trail set to show whether nature really is the best medicine!

An outdoors social enterprise boosting health and wellbeing in the Cynon Valley is joining forces with Cardiff University scientists to see whether nature really is the best medicine! Cynon Valley Organic Adventures has partnered with researchers to create a nature trail to explore the benefits of g

Labour to hit Welsh workers with a £1,084 tax bombshell

Labour plan to hit Welsh workers with a £1,084 tax bombshell if they hold onto power after May’s Senedd election. Proposals to hike income tax and council tax for Welsh workers, plus new taxes on drivers parking at work and using trunk roads, would hammer the incomes of hardworking people and do not

Corroded equipment unquestionably is pumping the best solution to the continuing problem of flooding at the Ynys?

The company Samatrix Pumping Solutions who have had a contract with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council from November 2014 Samatrix limited was incorporated on 24 January 2001, but the company in its literature claim to having over 40+ years in the wastewater market Samatrix can offer you a turnkey solution t

Welsh Conservatives' plan to level-up and modernise hospitals

The Welsh Conservatives have unveiled their ambitious plan to level-up and modernise hospitals and primary care facilities in Wales.The £1-billion NHS Hospitals and Buildings Recovery Fund would usher in a new era for the NHS by ensuring hospitals have state of the art facilities to deliver world cl

Labour run RCT Council close most youth clubs down now looking for younger voters by providing mobile hubs think before you vote on 6 May

THE death knell has finally sounded for an award-winning Cynon Valley youth centre.Chequers at Aberdare has closed its doors despite desperate attempts to secure funding.In a statement, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said:“ We can confirm that we have secured the lease of Chequers in ord

The Open Spaces Society’s call to candidates in the Senedd election, 6 May 2021.

The Open Spaces Society’s call to candidates in the Senedd election, 6 May 2021.The pandemic has shown the importance of public paths and open spaces for recreation and relaxation, now is the time to invest in them for the health and well-being of the people of Wales.

Rogue Traders in Tonypandy

Police are appealing for information after a rogue traders are believed to have conned an elderly couple in Tonypandy on Wednesday, 7th October, 2020.Two men charged nearly £2,000 to cut a tree down in their garden.The men provided quotes for the work but kept adding costs until the total amounted t

Sewage dumping highlights lack of concern for the Welsh environment under Labour's watch

Reacting to a news documentary that water companies have been illegally dumping untreated sewage into rivers in Wales and England, the Welsh Conservative spokesperson for the environment, Janet Finch-Saunders, said:“Reports that Welsh Water’s Aberbaiden plant illegally dumped untreated sewage into t

Why is Welsh Labour Obstructing the Reinstatement of the Rhigos Old Parish Road?

The old Parish Road that runs from Rhigos, Rhondda Cynon Taff, to Cwmgwrach, Neath Port Talbot, the question is why has this road not been reinstated as this was a condition of granting development consent from Rhondda Cynon Taf Development Control Committee at a meeting held on 3 October 2013.At th

Did the Labour Party close Aberdare Police Station?

Aberdare police station, the last remaining facility in the Cynon Valley closed in 2013 the excuse given at the time was described by the then Assistant Chief Constable Julian Kirby who said officers were going out into the community more, seeing people at PACT meetings and visiting them in their ho

Welsh Conservatives pledge to freeze council tax for at least two years

Welsh Conservatives have today confirmed it will fund a council tax freeze for at least the first two years of the next Senedd term, with the ambition of freezing for the full term.Council Tax in Wales under Labour has more than trebled since 1998, whilst they’ve failed to give communities more powe

Why is Rhondda Cynon Taf Council allowing flooding to block the Public Right of Way and National Cycle Route, route 478

AberdareOnline has written many times about the blocked Public Right of Way (PROW) Formally Footpath 160 Commences at the northern end of Violet Street Aberaman at a kissing gate but excludes the section of the path across Aberdare By-pass.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council licence fees charged for Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Vehicle & Operator Licences

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has resolved to vary the licence fees charged for Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Vehicle & Operator Licences granted by the County Borough. These charges are to take effect from the 1/5/2021.

Technical problems at Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB’s vaccination reserve list for 40-49 year olds – an update

Firstly, we would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding over our reserve list.Our teams have worked non-stop to resolve the technical problems with the reserve list form since Tuesday night.They have identified the issues and are now running final tests on the system.As a result,

‘Left behind’ neighbourhoods isolated by poor public transport

People living in ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods are cut off from urban centres and essential services due to poor public transport and low car ownership, according to a new report.Produced by Campaign for Better Transport for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods, the repo

Councils taking ‘too long’ to pay support grants to businesses

The Government has written to the leaders of 314 councils in England urging them to pay out grants money to local businesses more quickly.The grants have supported local businesses during the lockdown and the Government today launched an expansion of this effort with the new £5bn New Restart Grants