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May 2021

Calling all budding young filmmakers and photographers this half term!!! Win amazing prizes and get close to nature.

Born Free competition extends over half term to take advantage of glorious June weather as mini heatwave hits UK
  • Amazing prizes include a stunning Canon EOS 2000D Digital camera kit and Isabelle Groc’s book Gone is Gone:  Wildlife Under Threat, Jessops vouchers and a full day Phot

Armed Forces and CTMUHB Covid Teamwork Recognised in Presentation

This week Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board was honoured to be recognised by the Armed Forces for our work alongside them over the course of the pandemic.The presentation of a regimental plaque and a certificate of recognition was made in Ward A of Ysbyty’r Seren, a field hospital set up on

Vacancy: Chair of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is seeking a new Chair of the Health Board.Marcus Longley is currently the Chair of Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and his term of office ends in September 2021. Applications are therefore being sought for a new Chair to commence in October.If you

One in three people in Wales are impacted by the housing emergency

Shelter Cymru launches the fight for good homes - for all of WalesOne in three people (34%) in Wales have been impacted by the housing emergency, Shelter Cymru can reveal today.

Repair scheme to Maes-y-Felin footbridge in Pontyclun

The Council will begin a significant repair scheme to Maes-y-Felin footbridge in Pontyclun, starting from Tuesday (June 1) – which requires the necessary closure of the structure and a nearby footpath to safely carry out the works. 

Increased traffic congestion more parking problems for residents and parents as YGG Aberdâr granted planning permission for extension

The Council’s £4.5m proposals to expand Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Aberdâr and introduce an on-site childcare facility have received planning permission – with the plans brought to life through an artist’s impression video.The application for full planning permission was discussed by the Council’s Planni

Partnership aims to raise over £500 for Velindre

Front row (L-R) Gadlys Rovers Junior players Lewys Bevan and Marley HaytonBack row (L-R) Pennant Walters, Harry Llewellyn, Gadlys Rovers Juniors Coach, Alun Bevan, with Pennant Walters Owen JonesA partnership between local Aberdare football team, Gadlys Rovers Juniors, and local energy company, Penn

Tylorstown Landslip Remediation – update on progress in 2021

More information will be published next month with a comprehensive list across wales with info and data from other agencies like Coal Authority and Welsh Government.The Council has provided an update on the further progress made so far in 2021 towards the Tylorstown Landslip Remedia

Government urged to consider flooding in planning bill what about Flooding in Wales?

Flood Re and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) have called on the government to make sure that new homes are not built in areas at risk of flooding.The call comes after a planning bill was announced in the Queen's Speech on 11 May.The Queen said the government wants to bring forward t

Aberdare Friends of Tenovus Cancer Care Virtual Fundraising raises over £1,800!

Over the past 12 months fundraising events have almost come to a complete stand still, but Tenovus Cancer Care’s volunteer fundraising group in Aberdare have adapted to the new ways of virtual fundraising, raising over £1,800 for the charity.The volunteers have been busy organising online music even

South Wales Police are continuing to appeal for information following a fatal road traffic collision which happened at around 11.00am on Thursday 13th May on the A465 Heads of the Valleys.

South Wales Police are continuing to appeal for information following a fatal road traffic collision which happened at around 11.00am on Thursday 13th May on the A465 Heads of the Valleys.The collision involved a blue Ford Fiesta which was in collision with a white Renault Clio between the Hirwaun a

Businesses left high and dry after Welsh Labour government support fails to cover April closure

Businesses have hit out at the Welsh Labour Government’s refusal to backdate financial support to cover costs in April.The Shadow Minister for the Economy, Russell George MS, has called on the Welsh Government to swiftly act to support businesses and save jobs.He said:“The COVID-19 pandemic has caus

NHS 111 Wales - local patients' "first port-of-call"

Latest YouGov research (on behalf of the Welsh Government) shows that people across our Cwm Taf Morgannwg communities, which includes Bridgend/Merthyr/Rhondda Cynon Taf, are getting used to turning to NHS 111 Wales online, or via the 111 phone line, as their first port-of-call when unwell.  This use

Dedication of foster carers during the pandemic recognised at UK-wide Foster Care Fortnight event

This weekend, the whole of the UKs fostering community came together to recognise the work of foster carers during the Covid19 pandemic and to thank them, and to remember those from the fostering community who sadly lost their lives.In the past year, and amidst the Covid19 pandemic, over 55,000 fost

Working from home? Customers may be eligible to claim tax relief in 2021/22

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is accepting tax relief claims for working from home due to coronavirus during 2021/22.


Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 10APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION Proposed development at:BIRCHWOOD, LLWYDCOED ROAD, LLWYDCOED, ABERDARE, CF44 0UL For planning permission to: Description of proposed development ERECTION OF 3 PRO

The issue of Flooding again and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council unenthusiastic approach to reopen the Robertstown Bridge

So we have had a few days of rain and I have been informed that the Public Right of Way at the Ynys is flooded again so again I ask the question why?

Rhondda football club unveils new 60-seater stand

Cambrian & Clydach Vale BGC has unveiled its new 60-seater stand as the club sets its sights on joining the top tier of Welsh domestic football - the JD Cymru Premier League.The stand, which has been installed over the last few months, is positioned at the southern end of the pitch and will brin

Election special moving closer with the announcement of land acquisition in Trecynon

Cabinet Members have received an update on the Council’s progress in acquiring land at Trecynon and Gwaelod-y-Garth, which are intended to be used to support the South Wales Metro in the future.In two separate exempt reports to the Cabinet meeting on Thursday, April 29, Members discussed the two acq

Diabetes diagnoses doubled in 15 years – New Diabetes UK analysis shows

  • Around 203,499 adults in Wales have been diagnosed with diabetes, up from 198,883 in 2019.
  • 7.7% of the adult population is now living with a diabetes diagnosis, the highest prevalence of all UK nations.

RNIB launches new support during Mental Health Week

The Royal National Institute of Blind People is offering free Wellbeing Check Ins and launching a range of mental health guides for people in Wales during Mental Health Awareness Week (between 10 May and 16 May).  

A meeting of the 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, 27 May 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 o

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council propose reinstating new footbridge over the River Cynon but not over Aberdare Bypass

Well, you voted for more of the same and that’s what Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is proposing for easing the traffic problems at the Ynys Roundabout.

Welsh Government agriculture law must step up for access

The Welsh Government’s consultation paper on the future funding for agriculture fails to spell out how subsidies will be directed to securing more and better access, and how grants will be withheld from land managers who abuse the law on public paths and access.  We argued for these objectives in ou

Demand for CBD Soars During Lockdown As UK Market Now Estimated at £690 Million

Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI) and Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) today launch their report Green Shoots - Sowing The Seeds Of The New UK Cannabis Industry with a new assessment of the size of the UK consumer cannabidiol (CBD) market.The sector is now estimated to generate £690

You all have a choice today for more of the same or change now its up to you don't forget you get what you vote for

Well now it's up to you what happens tomorrow do you want more of the same or a complete change Welsh labour has clung on to power over the years with the help of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru and now apparently Plaid Cymru has already sad they will go into a coalition with Labour afte

The candidates for 2021 South Wales Police & Crime Commissioner

The candidates for 2021:Mike Baker - IndependentSteve Gallagher – ConservativesGail John - PropelCallum Littlemore - Liberal DemocratsNadine Marshall - Plaid CymruAlun Michael - Labour

A loss of £150M on the M4 and just how many million has Welsh Labour lost on Cardiff Airport so far?

In May 2013 the Guardian reported Spanish owner Abertis sells struggling Cardiff Airport to the Welsh government for £52m where passenger numbers have halved. The purchase price of £52m paid by the Welsh government which is well above market value when compared to recent transactions involving UK ai

Loss making land deals is this why you keep voting for Welsh labour? Well its your money.

The south Wales Argus reported the Welsh Government sold land at Wonastow Road fields in Monmouthshire for £900k which was then sold on for £12m well it was only public money. More land deals that lost you money, an Abergele site in North Wales was sold by the Welsh Government for £100,000 and sold