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December 2021

Are you finding it difficult to get an appointment with your doctor?

Admitted at this time, they are overstretched with Coronavirus and its various mutations, but what about before this pandemic came about were some of you failing to get an appointment to see your GP? That inevitable scramble to telephone at that precise time of the day.

CTM UHB COVID-19 Vaccination Update Christmas Greetings

The first COVID-19 vaccination was given in CTM on the 7th December last year and what a year has followed that!  This week we will see a significant milestone when we reach 1 million vaccine doses given in CTM - I don’t believe any of us would have expected that number when we set out.

Police in Rhondda are appealing for information following an incident involving a mountain biker

Police in Rhondda are appealing for information following an incident involving a mountain biker which occurred on Sunday (Dec 19) at around midday.A 39 year-old man who was riding downhill the Bwlch Mountain trail, which runs into Ton Pentre, sustained a serious injury to his neck after cycling int

Councils should use bumper budget to benefit residents

Welsh Conservatives have called on local authorities in Wales to spend their bumper budgets on helping hardworking families. The call comes as Labour ministers revealed details of their Local Government Settlement for 2022, which will see councils get a share of £5.1billion. The hike in funding has

Another £1.9 million to be spent in Pontypridd

Visitors to Ynysangharad War Memorial Park will notice works activity from early January – towards the refurbishment of the bandstand and sunken garden areas, and delivery of a new activity centre, throughout 2022. The significant £1.9m works will begin at the much-loved park in Pontypridd from Tues

A KIND-HEARTED foster parent and Army veteran lit up the lives of struggling families, pensioners and vulnerable adults throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

Passionate Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) resident Dawn Parkin set up The Lighthouse Project two years ago, initially as a service supporting bereaved families in the area.Operating from home to begin with, Dawn seized an opportunity to take over the Tonyrefail Community Centre in January 2020 – which in h

Welsh Conservatives welcome armed services assistance in booster rollout

98 armed forces personnel have been made available to support the Covid-19 vaccine booster programme in Wales amid a wave of Omicron infections.Personnel will make up 14 teams of vaccinators who will provide surge support to increase capacity.

RCT Council to adopt the updated Welsh in Education Strategic Plan

Having considered feedback from a recent consultation, Cabinet has agreed for the Council to adopt the Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) – setting ambitious targets to increase Welsh medium learners over the next 10 years. The WESP is a strategy to underpin the Council’s approach to increase

Bute Street, Aberdare BUTE CHAMBER For the conversion of a dwelling to 12 flats

Parking SPG Access, Circulation & Parking 2011. Rhondda Cynon Taf Highways advice for the application The existing use as offices Zone 1 requires up-to a maximum of 16 off-street car parking spaces with potential for one off-street parking space to the side served off Cross Stre

This is yet another example of Labour and Plaid taking the people of Wales for granted.

Commenting on the statement by the Llywydd on the changes to Senedd Business following the Labour Government and Plaid Cymru “coalition” agreement, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for the Constitution Darren Millar MS said:
“Labour and Plaid must not be allowed to stitch-up Senedd Busi

Welsh Labour have failed on housebuilding once again

The Welsh Conservatives have today criticised the Labour Government over its lacklustre housebuilding record. Housebuilding slumped even lower in Wales over the past year as Labour ministers failed to get a grip on the housing crisis.During 2019-20, the number of new dwellings commenced stood at 6,2

Concerns after fresh photos emerged over the weekend showing passengers crammed onto a Transport for Wales train.

Fresh demands for more carriages as overcrowding is “getting beyond a joke”Concerns have been raised by the Welsh Conservatives after fresh photos emerged over the weekend showing passengers crammed onto a Transport for Wales train.Similar shocking scenes have unfolded in recent weeks on trains head

Changes to visiting for Maternity Services

From today, Monday 13 December, we are pleased to be able to make some changes to visiting in maternity services.

Welsh households urged to know their flood risk as wet winter predicted

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is urging people across Wales to check their flood risk online, sign up for flood warnings and, if they are at risk, know what to do if flooding hits their home amid predictions of a wet winter ahead.The call to action comes as the Met Office predicts an above-average c

Armed robbery at the Premier Shop on Ynysmeurig Road, Abercynon

South Wales Police received a report of an armed robbery at the Premier Shop on Ynysmeurig Road, Abercynon at 7.15am this morning.Two people had entered the shop, one of them armed with a knife.

Queries and feedback from the recent Active Travel consultation

Cabinet will consider the outcome of the recent Active Travel consultation – which saw 146 responses and has resulted in several changes to the draft Network Map that outlines future aspirations for local walking and cycling routes within Rhondda Cynon Taf.On Monday, December 13, Cabinet will consid

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB retains Platinum Award for its services to health care promotion within the workplace

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (CTMUHB) is proud to announce it has achieved the Platinum Corporate Health Standard.  The Corporate Health Standard (CHS), run by the Welsh Government, is the national quality mark for workplace health promotion across Wales.An organisation can only seek to

Since the start of devolution councils in Wales under Labour Governments have raised council tax by a whopping 188 per cent.

Welsh Conservatives respond to Labour and Plaid’s council tax reform plansLabour ministers and their coalition pals in Plaid Cymru have announced plans to reform council tax in Wales.Their plans include revaluation, a review of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme and an evaluation of discounts, disrega

CTM Paediatric Physio Teams celebrate Award in collaboration with Ysogl Ty Coch Primary School

A joint collaboration between staff in CTM Paediatric Physio Team and the staff and pupils in Ysgol Ty Coch, Tonteg have won the National MOVE Programmes, Better Together Award.

Aberdare residents disappointed because Christmas fairs cancelled dew to old Act of Parliament

The owners of ABERDARE MARKETS & TOWN HALL CO are enforcing A 2-mile rule thus preventing any other markets or fairs?Because of this rule, a number of festive fairs have had to be cancelled with a lot of di

A statement from Welsh Government regarding the reintroduction of face coverings in all secondary school settings

A statement from the Welsh Government regarding the reintroduction of face coverings in all secondary school settings.“All staff and learners in our secondary schools, colleges and universities should now wear face coverings while indoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Children in Wales Annual Child and Family Poverty Survey Report Launched

Today Children in Wales launched the report on the findings from our 5th Annual Child and Family Poverty surveys.  The findings are bleak and unacceptable. The surveys sought to understand more about the current issues children, young people and families are facing, the impact this has and important

Supporting the return of manufacturing to former Burberry factory

We are Treorchy Sewing Enterprise, a team of local, experienced ex-Burberry and Polikoff workers going back to our roots, reviving production within the Burberry factory. We’re here to bring manufacturing back to the South Wales Valleys.

Labour and Plaid coalition poses great threat to Mid Wales residents and businesses

Labour and Plaid Cymru’s coalition deal poses a great threat to the people and economy of Mid Wales, the Welsh Conservatives have warned.The party is fearful that a string of planned policies – such as a tourism tax and creating a national construction company – will hit residents and businesses har

Plaid Cymru leader must apologise for dragging politics into the gutter

Calls have been made for Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price to issue an apology after describing the UK Conservative Government in Westminster as “the common enemy” after making hypocritical comments about farmers.Price’s comments came after he wrongly accused the Conservative Party of betraying Welsh fa