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February 2022

Labour hope that Wales is numbing to health board scandals

Welsh Conservatives have accused the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay of hoping that voters will become numbed to the numerous scandals in the NHS in North Wales as another report revealed fatal failings.Late on Friday, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board released reports, 

Ballerina with type 1 diabetes to represent Wales in Dance World Cup

A Cardiff teenager who lives with type 1 diabetes has been chosen to represent Wales at an international dance competition.

One million Covid-19 vaccines administered by Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

This week, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB has reached a significant landmark of one million COVID-19 vaccines administered to residents across Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, and Rhondda Cynon Taf.CTM UHB is the third health board in Wales to reach this milestone of one-million vaccine doses given, in the largest

Section 19 report, Flood and Water Management Act 2010 – Treorchy

The Council has today published its tenth report under Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, following the unprecedented weather of Storm Dennis.

Local Schools Plea to Irresponsible Dog Owners

Schools across Rhondda Cynon Taf are supporting the Council’s latest campaign that aims to make irresponsible dog owners ‘SIT’ up and take notice!Following the success that the ‘NO DOG FOULING’ and ‘NO DOGS ON PITCHES’ stencil campaign is having across the County Borough, schools in RCT have reached

New BBC doc explores Wales' hidden history Capel Calfornia, Aberdare and Bethania Chapel, Mountain Ash

In Wales, hundreds of iconic buildings are at risk of ruin and demolition, and with them, a huge part of the country’s history. In Hidden Wales: Last Chance to Save, Will Millard explores the crumbling ruins of some of the country’s great architecture to tell the stories behind these remarkable plac

Letter from Sarah Greene: ovarian cancer crisis continues

Dear Editor, Women are being failed as the awareness crisis in ovarian cancer deepens.

Public access and rights of way guidance the Government doesn’t want you to see

Do you want to know about the location of sites of special scientific interest, the distance between two places on a road or footpath, registered common land boundaries or to measure the area of a plot of land – we

It looks like lots more money being spent in Pontypridd not forgetting the £2 million Labour spent on the bridge into the park

Cabinet could agree to consult residents on a draft Placemaking Plan for the future regeneration of Pontypridd town centre – and could also progress the redevelopment projects at the former Bingo Hall and Marks & Spencer sites. A report to Cabinet on Monday, February 28, sets out the draft Place

Road Closure Notification - B4276 Merthyr Road

As part of the ongoing construction of the A465, a temporary road closure of the B4276 Merthyr Road is required for around 400 meters from the A465 Baverstock junction.  The closure will take place from 05:00 on Saturday 19 until 05:00 on Monday 28 February 2022.The closure will mean that traffic wi

Welsh NHS waiting list continues to balloon with 50,000 waiting two years

The Labour-run NHS in Wales is continuing to rack-up a record-long treatment waiting list, with little improvement in A&E and ambulance waits.Latest Welsh NHS data for December showed the highest ever number of patients waiting for treatment with 683,331 on patient pathways – over 14,000 more th

Report calls for more rights for communities in Wales over land and assets

Wales lags behind England and Scotland in the rights the public enjoy to identify assets of community value.That finding has come from the Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA), which called in a report Our Land: Communities and Land Use for more rights for local communities to access land and a

Protected research time awarded to aspiring research leaders in Wales

Four aspiring research leaders in Wales have been awarded protected research time by Health and Care Research Wales.The funding comes from the 2021 round of the NHS Research Time Awards and has a total lifetime value of £35

Changes to visiting for Maternity Services in Cwm Taf

Thanks to the efforts of everyone in our localities, we have seen a reduction in the rates of transmission of COVID-19 in our communities and hospitals across CTM.We are now pleased to be able to reintroduce increased visiting across our Maternity Services.From Saturday 19 February, individual birth

Flood alleviation and structures update in RCT?

 Storm Dennis anniversary – flood alleviation and structures update by RCTCTo coincide with the two-year anniversary of Storm Dennis, the Council has provided a detailed update on ongoing infrastructure repairs as well as the significant investment in flood alleviation work in communities. Storm Den

Welsh Conservatives reiterate calls for National Flood Agency

Responding to warnings that record-breaking flooding is becoming the “new reality” for communities across Wales, Welsh Conservatives are reiterating calls for meaningful action to be taken by Labour Ministers in Cardiff Bay.Rhondda Cynon Taf flo

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Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and The BIG Street Blitz is it all because there is an election on 5 May?

Litter and refuse: council responsibilities to keep land clear The BIG street blitzes are coming to street near you thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s dedicated Streetcare team.  RCTC say, "Council’s ongoing commitment to keep our streets and open spaces clean" not a commitment it is the

Record-breaking floods are not the exception – they are the new reality

If flooding hasn't happened to you in the past, it doesn't mean it won't happen in the future.So why are Rhondda Cynon Taf Council building on a flood plain and still allowing development in the Cynon Valley floodplain?

Labour must focus on tasks at hand rather than four-day working week pet project

Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay have been urged not to go ahead with a four-day working week trial by the Welsh Conservatives.Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe, has called on the Labour administration to carry out pilot schemes across different sectors.But the Welsh Conservatives have war

Thousands to be spent to Tackle Dog Mess in RCT Again but the system is not working

Another £40,000 will not stop irresponsible dog owners a national dog DNA database is required to deal with owners who fail to pick up after their petsWhere are they all now?

Ramblers Cymru and Welsh Government unite to encourage people to get outdoors to improve mental health

“EVERYONE has their own Everest to climb.”Ramblers Cymru is encouraging people to put their best foot forward and get outdoors to improve their mental health and wellbeing.Supporting the Welsh Government and Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (CTMUHB) Help Us Help You Campaign, the organisati

Letter to Editor: Cancer support at Christmas

Letter to Editor: Cancer support at Christmas We had all been hoping Christmas would be a little more normal this year.

Campaigners warn planning system is 'destroying nature RSPB has called for urgent reforms to the planning system,

The RSPB has called for urgent reforms to the planning system, arguing it is failing to protect nature in its current form.By the time projects get to the drawing board, many key decisions have already been made.That's why we seek to influence both national planning policies and the way the planning

Welsh Government says that it does not have power to decide on coal mining license

The Welsh Government has said that it does not have the power to veto the award of a Welsh coal mine operator’s license by the UK Coal Authority.Energybuild Mining Limited has operated the coal mine, Aberpergwm Colliery in Neath Port Talbot, since 2004 and was given planning permission from by Neath

Changes to visiting in Cwm Taf hospitals

From February 11, 2002, we will be making some changes to the visiting restrictions across our hospital sites.

Cladding: Wales flat owners feel 'abandoned' on funding

Not a penny spent on building safety in Wales – Welsh Conservative responseDespite £60m being made available in Barnett consequentials as a result of the British Government’s spending, Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay have failed to spend a single penny on building safety, a report by 

Welsh councils call for clarification over council tax rebate

The Government has reassured council chiefs in Wales that the Welsh government will receive £180m of new funding as a result of the council tax rebate despite a fall in other sources of funding.Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced last week that Wales will receive an extra £180m as part of a Council Tax

A465 Visitor Centre Hirwaun

To find out more about the construction work taking place across the project, come along to our drop-in session at St Lleurwg’s Church Hall in Hirwaun on Tuesday 15 February between 09:00 and 12:30 and every two weeks thereafter.  Our team will be on hand to provide information and answer your quest

Welsh councillor who started coffee shop and wine bar without planning permission found to be in “serious breach” of code of conduct

Apparently, some councils follow planning laws. A Vale of Glamorgan councillor who sits on the local authority's planning committee has been found in breach of its code of conduct after establishing a cafe without first securing planning permission.

After years of neglect by the council at least some of the roads will see an improvement

From 2017, before the last local election, the two photographs show two Streets in 1972 and now in 2017, the only thing that has changed in the photographs is the vehicle.

Glanrhyd Church gets much needed makeover

Cwm Taf Morgannwg Estates team have been working had to renovate the historic church located on the Glanrhyd Hospital site in Bridgend.The Team has worked hard on the renovation project, which comprised of external and internal roof repairs, wall repairs, repointing, filling and painting.

Coal Authority had asked the Welsh government "for any direction they would wish to give" under current legislation but it was told that Labour ministers would not be making a “determination in this case”.

A report by BBC Wales has suggested Labour ministers could have stopped it approving a plan to dig up tens of millions of tonnes of coal at Aberpergwm mine.In November, Deputy Climate Change Minister Lee Waters said he had urged the UK government to stop "40 million tonnes of coal" being extracted a

The Welsh labour Government not taking coal tip safety seriously?

First Minister Mark Drakeford should apologise to all residents fearful of coal tip landslides after laughing while being questioned on the serious topic in the Senedd today (Feb 1).Drakeford started laughing as Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies MS pointed out that the Labour administration

Flood Investigation Reports Hirwaun Pontypridd Nantgarw

An additional three Section 19 Flood Investigation Reports following Storm Dennis have been published by the Council today, bringing the total number to nine.