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August 2021

Assurances sought over Labour’s plans for disinfection machines in schools

Welsh Conservatives have sought assurances from Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay over their plans to introduce ozone disinfecting machines into schools across Wales.The Welsh Government announced it is to spend nearly £6 million on 1,800 chemical-spraying devices and 30,000 CO2 sensors as students pr

Landslip remediation work to begin at Ynyshir Community Route

Significant work will shortly begin to rectify landslip damage to a section of the Ynyshir Community Route following Storm Dennis – including removal of slip material, drainage works and embankment reinstatement.The shared path between Woodfield Terrace in Porth and Llanwonno Road in Ynyshir has rem

Theatr Iolo’s show for babies returns to Cardiff and Newport this September.

Following the success of the socially distanced production for babies created in 2020,Baby, Bird & Bee is now set to return to delight more babies in South Wales with performances at Grange Pavilion, Insole Court and The Riverfront.

Zip Wire Challenge for Tenovus Cancer Care

Thrill seekers in South Wales are invited to join Tenovus Cancer Care at Zip World Tower, Aberdare for the charity’s On a Mission Zip Wire Challenge on the world’s fastest seated zip line. On Sunday 3rd October, you can be one of the 100 supporters testing their limits on the Phoenix zip line.

‘It is time for flexible working in the NHS to be embraced’

Survey finds that medical staff shortages are likely to increase over the coming years as RCP launches report with initial pandemic lessons learned  As the Royal College of Physicians (RCP Cymru Wales) publishes the follow up report to a virtual workshop with physicians across south west Wales (atta

Welsh Conservative response to Labour's announcement on PCSOs

Commenting on the Welsh Labour Government’s announcement of more PCSOs, Welsh Conservative Shadow Justice Minister, Mark Isherwood MS said: 
“As the responsibility of policing rightly remains a reserved matter, it’s important governments in Cardiff and Westminster work together to ensure

The Lidl store at Aberdare is moving to Tirfounder Fields, Cwmbach a former landfill site

The Lidl store at Aberdare is moving to Tirfounder Fields, Cwmbach a former landfill site the plans appear to have been drawn up in September 2020 you can view the plans on

Fresh calls for defibs at all sports clubs after rugby player’s death

Fresh calls for every sports club in Wales to have a defibrillator have been issued by the Welsh Conservatives following the tragic death of a rugby player over the weekend. Alex Evans, a 31-year-old flanker, was playing for Cwmllynfell RFC at Parc y Bryn in Neath Port Talbot when he suffered a card

REVEALED: Cancer hospital admissions DOWN 40,000 during pandemic in Wales

The number of people entering hospitals in Wales for cancer treatment has fallen by over 40,000 in just one year, sparking fears that the Welsh Government’s strategy for tackling the coronavirus has had unintended consequences. Figures acquired by the Welsh Conservatives found 142,097 people were ad

Regeneration grant support helps Mountain Ash business thrive

The Council has supported Mountain Ash business Abigail Lewis Photography to access Welsh Government funding and transform an unused building into a bespoke studio – allowing it to go from strength to strength this year. The town centre business, run by sisters Abigail Lewis-Savage and Kristie Lewis

Old trash screen refitted by RCTC contractors at the Nant Gwawr Watercourse Aberaman has started to come adrift after just 5 months

Contractors have been back to repoint sections of the new wall constructed alongside the Nant Gwawr watercourse I note someone was checking the work today. On the 9th April 2021 AberdareOnline email the Infrastructure Asset Manager

Work is progressing on the new access route for the latest road crossing at the Ynys Roundabout but how much longer will you need to walk to get to a similar point at the new crossing?

Work is progressing on the new access route for the latest road crossing at the Ynys Roundabout it must be costing council taxpayers a bit with all that new brickwork and railings but it’s only money. Rhondda Cynon Taf Council published a statement “while the new pedestrian route is just 70-metres l

Welsh Labour’s Julie James MS said, nothing wrong with eating meat but we just have to be eating it as a high days and holidays type of thing

Welsh Conservatives respond to Climate Change Minister’s “out of touch” interview In an interview with Wales Online, Wales’ Climate Change Minister said plans to tackle climate change should include drastically cutting down on meat consumption, with devastating consequences for the farming industry.

Care Inspectorate report highlights the dramatic impact of the pandemic on the care sector

A report released today from the Inspectorate of social care and childcare services in Wales, highlights the impact of the pandemic on the care sector.

Deadline looms for parents to update Child Benefit for 16 year olds

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding parents and carers they have until 31 August 2021 to confirm whether their teenagers are staying in full-time education or training beyond 16. Last week, teenagers across the UK received their GSCE or Scottish National Certificate results and many are now c

HMRC reveals absurd excuses for not paying National Minimum Wage

While the vast majority of employers pay their employees at least the National Minimum Wage, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has today released some of the most absurd excuses used for not paying the legal minimum. Last year (2020 to 2021) HMRC helped more than 155,000 workers across the UK recover mo

An operation targeting motorists who drive around dangerously in often illegally modified vehicles has been hailed a success.

Anti-social and dangerous drivers targeted in clampdown  An operation targeting motorists who drive around dangerously in often illegally modified vehicles has been hailed a success.Operation Buena took place on Friday, August 13, following complaints from residents in Talbot Green and LLantrisant a

Just How much money has Welsh Labour has given to Ryanair to return to Cardiff?

Labour ministers need to tell Welsh taxpayers how much of their money might’ve been spent on encouraging Ryanair to return to Cardiff Airport, the Welsh Conservatives have urged. Ryanair announced today that it would resume flights from the Rhoose-based airport after a 15-year break, and that the re

Statement: National supply issue of blood sampling tubes.

You might have read in the news that there is a national supply issue for blood sampling collection tubes. This affects our hospitals and our GP surgeries. We are aware of this issue and are working closely with our clinical teams to ensure that we take appropriate action to manage the supply of the

Cwm Taf Morgannwg Community Health Council – accessing Emergency care – Patient experience survey

Community Health Councils (CHC’s) routinely seek feedback from patients and the public about their NHS services.Cwm Taf Morgannwg CHC are interested in hearing about the patient experience of accessing Accident and Emergency departments located in Prince Charles Hospital, Princess of Wales Hospital

Missing | Damian Winstone Age: 15 From Bridgend

Missing | Damian WinstoneAge: 15From Bridgend with links to Tonyrefail and CaerphillyDamien was last seen in Tonyrefail at 7.30pm on August 12, and is believed to be still in the area.Description: 5ft 1 with a slight build and short, dark brown hair, and blue eyes.Clothing: Last seen wearing a beige

Welsh Conservatives respond to map showing large parts of Wales flooded by 2050

A worrying map has been produced to show the effect of climate change on the world of predicted rises in sea levels by 2050 – and it shows many Welsh cities and communities underwater. Commenting, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Janet Finch Saunders MS said:  
“This

South Wales Central MS Visits Wales Air Ambulance

Regional MS Joel James was delighted to recently spend a few very enjoyable hours with the team of Wales Air Ambulance at their heliport in Cardiff Bay.

Yesterday’s GCSE results highlight the resilience and determination of our country’s young people

Dear Editor,Yesterday’s GCSE results highlight the resilience and determination of our country’s young people, who on average have missed 14 weeks of learning. At Nacro, our Further Education and Skills Centres teach some of the most disadvantaged 16–19-year-olds.

No date was given by the Welsh Government for the publication of the list of dangerous coal tips in Wales.

A response was received today from Samantha Thomas the Head of Coal Tip Safety Operations at the Welsh Government regarding the publication of the list of dangerous coal tips in Wales. Thank you for your email of 21 July regarding the publication of coal tip data.I appreciate that members of the pub

When will Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's mystery client take possession of Rhos House Surgery Mountain Ash?

AberdareOnline has asked Rhondda Cynon Taf Council when will their client be taking over the building the council purchased with taxpayer’s money in 2019 AberdareOnline has received no response to its question on the 8 July.  In December 2019 the council reported on social media that RCTC has secure

Labour’s Model Farm decision fails climate change and localism test

A community in the Vale of Glamorgan is united in anger as the Labour-run Vale Council approved proposals to build over a local farm. Vale Communities Unite – an action group for Vale of Glamorgan – is protesting plans to turn Model Farm, in Rhoose, into a 45-hectare business park. Planning permissi

Abercynon Memories.

Hello, my name is David.At 86 I still have memories of the day in 1944 when Abercynon Park became a U.S.Army Camp.Later that park provided rides on what must have been Wales,s first Zip-Wire ride.I remember when the parks sports fields alongside the railway from the Bowls Pavillon to Pontcynon Halt

Leading charity Diabetes UK looking for people in Wales to saddle up for autumn cycling challenge

 People from Wales can get on their bike and raise vital funds for Diabetes UK Cymru this autumn by taking part in a cycling challenge. The UK Wide Cycle Ride runs throughout September and is a perfect opportunity to take your fitness up a gear while raising money for diabetes research along the way

Is it a coincidence that the Cynon Valley MS Vikki Howells chosen to be photographed on the footbridge due for demolition

The question is why is Rhondda Cynon Taf Council demolishing a perfectly good footbridge over the Aberdare bypass in support of a longer walk to the proposed new bridge and new pedestrian crossing? It would appear that the Council has millions to spend on other bridge projects but wants to remove th

'What Matters to Me Now' Roadshow 2021 with People First

Cwm Taf People First will meet up with those with learning disabilities for a series of fun workshops to better understand the things that matter to them – including face-to-face events in Aberdare and Ystrad next week. The charity will meet up with local people as part of the ‘What Matters to Me No

Be Active RCT – helping people to improve their physical and mental health

Yoga, gardening, bushcraft, chair aerobics, dance, mindfulness and walking are just some of the sessions being delivered by the Be Active RCT partnership project to help people across Rhondda Cynon Taf improve and maintain their physical and mental health. The Be Active RCT programme aims to improve

A response from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council to the constant flooding of the Ynys underpass

The constant flooding of the National Cycle Network and PRoW at the Ynys Underpass may residents use this public footpath every day and many children use the path to the Aberdare Community School so when the footpath is out of use due to flooding residents get frustrated as it seems to be flooded mo

Not in the public interest to publish? The Welsh Government has categorised each coal tip so why has the list of dangerous coal tips not been published?

Following a comment by Andrew Morgan leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council on May 13 2021 when he was asked a question on social media, “People need to see the report on the 64 dodgy coal tips in RCT.

New kitchen and coffee shop announced for Cynon Linc in Aberdare

Cynon Linc in Aberdare has announced exciting plans for a new kitchen and coffee shop which will be opening its doors to the public on 4th October. The Hyb will sit at the heart of Cynon Linc, a bright and welcoming space that includes a fantastic outside courtyard for sunny days.

AS and A-Level Results Day Across RCT

Rhondda Cynon Taf learners have received their AS, A level, Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and level 3 vocational qualification results today.

Missing, Bethan Marson Age: 39 from Mountain Ash

Bethan MarsonAge: 39Mountain Ash w / links to SheffieldLast seen on Saturday, August 7 (in Mountain Ash)Description: 5ft 8 with large build, and blonde and brown hair which is braided.Clothing: white knee-length dress with a pattern on the front and flat flip-flop type sandals.Have you seen her?Plea

Staff being short-changed by employers is ‘completely unacceptable,’ Welsh Conservatives say

Ten businesses in Wales have been exposed for not paying workers the minimum wage. The companies failed to pay £78,000 to 171 workers from 2012 to 2018, but have now paid up following the HMRC investigation. Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Social Justice, Mark Isherwood MS, said: 

The NHS in Wales is “running on fumes” as nearly 3,000 vacancies for healthcare staff go unfilled

The NHS in Wales is “running on fumes” as nearly 3,000 vacancies for healthcare staff go unfilled in figures revealed by the Welsh Conservatives. Vacancies for 2,201 nurses and midwives, along with 771 medical and dental professionals, are adding increased pressure to the Welsh NHS as it begins to d

How to help your youngsters kickstart their friendship skills

Learning how to be a good friend is a vital part of growing up, but the pandemic has kept many youngsters away from their peers so their social skills may have taken a knock. Here, former primary school teacher Laura Steele of education resource experts 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest insights

A roundup of the latest data and trends about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from the ONS and other sources.4 August 2021Latest COVID-19 headlines

Seven-year-old girl was knocked over by an off-road motorbike on the pedestrian crossing opposite the Spar shop on the A4058, Hopkinstown

On Sunday 1st August at around 1.15pm, a seven-year-old girl was knocked over by an off-road motorbike on the pedestrian crossing opposite the Spar shop on the A4058, Hopkinstown,

Reaction to Welsh Government proposal to voting in supermarkets and secondary schools

Shadow Minister for the Constitution Darren Millar MS, said:
“Once again, Labour’s priorities are wrong.“The Welsh Government should be focused on tackling NHS waiting lists, helping young people to catch up with their months of lost education, and the economic recovery; not tinkering aro

Welsh government proposes placing polling stations in colleges

People in Wales may soon be able to vote for their local representatives as they go about their weekly shop or finish their lessons.The Welsh government has written to the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) putting forward the idea of flexible voting pilots in next year’s local government ele

Judges make history as first all-female Court of Appeal sits in Wales

History has been made after three female judges – Lady Justice Nicola Davies, Mrs Justice Jefford and Mrs Justice Steyn – sat as part of the Court of Appeal in Wales.

Calls for a Wales-specific Covid inquiry

The UK Government has already committed to holding a UK-wide inquiry, but so far Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay have refused to commit to hold a Welsh inquiry to examine decisions taken at a devolved level. Throughout the pandemic, Labour ministers insisted on taking different decisions but when it

Wales’ health boards spend £1.3bn to fill staff shortages

The Welsh Government’s retraining and recruiting strategy needs “real teeth” to get more full-time staff in the NHS rather than spending money on emergency workers to fill shortages, the Shadow Health Minister has said. The response to a Freedom of Information request made by the Welsh Conservatives

Aberdare Park Road Races

The Aberdare Park National Road Races return in all their glory this weekend, once again attracting top riders from around the country and a maximum of 4,000 spectators per day. In line with Welsh Government guidance, the Aberdare Park Road Races will take place on Saturday and Sunday (August 7-8).