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March 2022

Bus White Paper? The Public Transport system in Wales is a Joke

Commenting on the announcement, Welsh Conservative and Shadow Minister for Transport, Natasha Asghar MS, said:
“It is long past time that Labour ministers took the issue of busses seriously.

A long overdue call for overhaul of sewer system to tackle storm sewage discharges in Wales

Welsh Conservatives call for overhaul of sewer system to tackle storm sewage discharges in WalesThe UK Government has launched its plan to deliver the largest programme to tackle storm sewage discharges in history in England.Building on a package of measures already introduced to tackle storm overfl

SETTLEMENT AGREED IN BRITISH STEEL COKE OVEN WORKERS LITIGATION

Joint Media Statement on Behalf of Claimants and Tata Steel UK LtdA scheme for the disposal of the British Steel Coke Oven Workers Litigation has now been approved by the High Court.The claimants in this group litigation brought civil proceedings for certain non-malignant respiratory illnesses and s

The Public Right of Way and the Iron Tram Bridge in Trecynon closed for 4 years WHY?

The Public Right of Way in Trecynon known as footpath 35 was closed back in 2018 also was the Iron Tram Road Bridge the grade 2 listed structure because it was dangerous, a permanent fence was erected not a temporary fence to stop the public from using the bridge. Storm Denn

Labour minister refuses to release education report

Labour’s Education Minister was taken to task by the Welsh Conservatives in the Senedd today over a report he has refused to release.Shadow Education Minister Laura Anne Jones MS asked Jeremy Miles about the independent review of educational leadership in Wales his government announced last year.At

Welsh Labour? Ambulance waiting times show Labour breaking all the wrong NHS records

The dire state of the ambulance service was laid out today as the First Minister had to again use Covid as an excuse for underperforming public services in Wales.Welsh Conservative Leader of the Opposition Andrew RT Davies MS raised the 

Thousands of families in Wales can receive help towards Easter childcare costs

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding working parents in Wales to not miss out on the opportunity to get up to £2,000 a year to pay for regulated childcare, including holiday clubs and other out-of-school activities, during the Easter holidays.

Pentre man who defecated in garden before burgling house has been jailed

A burglar who defecated in the back garden of a victim’s house before leaving trail of excrement inside the address has been jailed for 5 years and 10 months.Zac Tranter, 49, from Pentre, prized open a window with a screw driver, and stole a wallet and a phone from inside the house in Crayshaw Road,

Leading diabetes charity looking for people in Wales to get on their bike this spring

People in Wales are being asked to saddle up for a cycling challenge that will raise vital funds for Diabetes UK this spring.

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

The Council has published its eleventh report under Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 following Storm Dennis.

Aberdare Festival is back

Aberdare Festival is back – with a two-day extravaganza to celebrate its 2022 return!The ever-popular event in Aberdare Park has been extended this year to include celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.Free family fun and entertainment, as well as a funfair, food stalls and live entertainmen

Cwm Taf Water Supply Strategy

Thank you for visiting our page outlining the emerging plans for future-proofing our supply of water to our customers across Merthyr Tydfil and the surrounding areas.

Charity warns that performance is the lowest on record since new national cancer treatment targets began

Macmillan Cancer Support is warning that performance against Wales’ national cancer treatment times targets has fallen to its lowest point since records began.The charity says that more people are now facing delays in receiving their life saving cancer treatments than ever before.

Wife of welsh stroke survivor happy to see Emmerdale take on challenging stroke storyline

Mountain Ash Grandfather waits 13 hours for ambulance after strokehttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-59162994Mark Goatley, 41 years old from Llansamlet, Wales had a stroke in October 2014.

Labour Health Minister needs sort-out Crippling NHS waiting lists that are breaking all the wrong records – again

Labour health minister needs to move up a gear to tackle record-long NHS waiting lists, while A&E and amber-call ambulance waits worsen too.Latest Welsh NHS data for January showed the highest ever number of patients waiting for treatment with 688,836 on patient pathways – over 5,000 more than t

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board transforming our Outpatient Services to improve access but will this bring down waiting lists?

We are transforming our Outpatient Services to improve access and the health of our communities in CTM.In order to give patients more control over their own care, free up capacity to see patients when they most need to be seen, and reduce the number of appointments which do not add clinical benefit

RCTC Capital Programme for Highways Projects in 2022/23 Not Going To Get Far With Just £1.5m allocated for the Cynon Gateway North

Cabinet Members have agreed a £26.365m Capital Programme for Highways, Transportation and Strategic Projects in 2022/23 – to further invest in these priority areas, while continuing to maximise external funding opportunities. A report to Cabinet on Monday, March 21, proposed capital allocations of £

Post Office card accounts: switch now, says HMRC

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning Post Office card account holders, who receive HMRC-related payments, that time is running out – with just two weeks left to switch their accounts.

Labour’s record leading to “dentistry desert” in parts of Wales

The Leader of the Opposition today slammed Labour’s record on dentistry as funding levels remain below other parts of the UK.Questioning the First Minister today, Andrew RT Davies MS highlighted concerns that many in the dentistry sector have regarding the canyon between per head spend between Wales

Organisations come together to help people live well for less

With cost-of-living increases hitting record levels and more families finding themselves livingin fuel poverty, a charity based in Aberdare is aiming to help people live well for lessthrough a series of information roadshows.

Lifesaving Equipment Installed For Community

A new lifesaving defibrillator unit has been fitted to the exterior of the Coliseum Theatre, for the benefit of the whole community as well as theatre visitors.Funded by the Council’s Arts Service, the installation took place during National Heart Month, a national awareness campaign in the fight ag

Pregnancy loss charity, CRADLE, to launch first Welsh partnership alongside Tilbury Douglas at Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil

As the lead contractor on the £130 million refurbishment of the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, Tilbury Douglas, a leading UK building, infrastructure, engineering and fitout company, has partnered with CRADLE to launch the first CRADLE pregnancy loss service in Wales at the Prince Charle

Have you seen Suzie-Ann?

Suzie-Ann, 14, from Rhydyfelin, was last seen at around 9.30am this morning in the Rhydyfelin area.Suzie-Ann is described as 5ft 7in tall, of slim build with long dark straight hair and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black hooded top and a black jacket.Anyone who may have seen her, or who may h

A465 Pant Industrial Estate Partial Temporary Closure: 09:30 Monday 4 April 2022.

Upcoming Traffic Management Information:  1. Rocky Road will be reopened on Sunday 3 April 2022.2. Pant Industrial Estate Partial Temporary Closure: 09:30 Monday 4 April 2022.A temporary closure of the westernmost part of Pant Industrial Estate road will take place for around 10 weeks.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board no suspensions?

NHS staff suspensions: Five-year ban and 37,000 days lostThe Welsh Conservatives have expressed fears for healthcare workers, patients, and the taxpayer as hundreds of NHS staff miss tens of thousands of working days due to suspensions.A Freedom of Information request by the Welsh Conservatives reve

Senedd makes public law expert Chief Legal Adviser on permanent basis

Public law specialist Huw Williams has been appointed Chief Legal Adviser to the Senedd on a permanent basis.Williams, who has also been a member of the Law Society's Wales Committee since 2016, had been interim Chief Legal Adviser since 2019 until his position became permanent earlier this month.He

Welsh Government funding award of £3.9m for flood alleviation work

The Council has secured significant funding of more than £3.9m across two Welsh Government programmes for 2022/23 – to deliver targeted works that will reduce the risk of flooding in communities. Each year, Risk Management Authorities in Wales (such as Rhondda Cynon Taf Council) are asked to bid for

Ukrainian aid effort gathers pace

Freedom Boxes Ukrainian aid effort gathers pace  Freedom Buses evacuating Ukrainian refugees / Essential Freedom Boxes being delivered  Visit 

THE Welsh Ambulance Service will host its bi-monthly Board meeting next week.

THE Welsh Ambulance Service will host its bi-monthly Board meeting next week.The Trust’s Executive and Non-Executive Directors will gather at Newport’s International Convention Centre (ICC) on Thursday 24 March, whilst the public can join via Zoom.Chair Martin Woodford said: “As we learn to live wit

Macmillan warns that more people are dying of cancer in the most deprived areas of Wales

Macmillan warns that more people are dying of cancer in the most deprived areas of WalesMacmillan Cancer Support is warning that the number of people dying from cancer is far higher in Wales’ most deprived communities.

Diabetes UK Cymru offers advice for people living with diabetes ahead of Ramadan

People in Muslim communities who live with diabetes in Wales are being offered help and advice from Diabetes UK Cymru to stay healthy during Ramadan.

YOUNG WALES IS RECRUITING YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN OUR BOARDS AND GROUPS

If you are a professional working with young people please share this exciting opportunity.Young Wales is recruiting young people to join its boards and groups. We have a range of opportunities for young people to get involved in.

Section 33(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 sets out the offence of fly tipping describing it as the “illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it”.

If this is the law why is Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Natural Resources Wales, allowing selective developers to flout the laws on fly-tipping and penalizing other members of the public?------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

New space funding paves the way for pioneering approaches to energy, communication and resources

British space technology will help pioneer new approaches to energy, communications and resources, thanks to new projects from the UK Space Agency.   Science and Innovation Minister George Freeman announced the £2 million boost for 13 new projects during 

THE ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK SHOW AT THE COLISEUM-

Wales rocks! We all know that Wales is the land of song; this couldn’t be more true of a group of welsh musicians, bringing classic rock back to the valleys.

Statue Of Pioneering Welsh Writer

A statue to honour the pioneering writer, evolutionary theorist and trailblazing feminist Elaine Morgan is being unveiled in Mountain Ash following a campaign by the Monumental Welsh Women group.  This will be the second statue of a named, non-fictionalised woman to be erected in an outdoor public s

Working Wardobe launched in Rhydyfelin

A new service offering free interview clothing to job seekers was launched on Thursday 10th March in Rhydyfelin near Pontypridd.  The Working Wardrobe initiative aims to give people the confidence to take their first step towards a new career by gifting free interview and workwear attire.  Whether l

Customs easement to help Ukraine aid exports

Moving aid and donations to the people of Ukraine will be made easier thanks to a customs easement, the UK Government has announced. The simplification of customs processes will apply to goods intended to support th

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB hands back community vaccination centres

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is handing back two of its five community vaccination centres (CVCs) so that the venues can be used again as a leisure centre and indoor bowls facility.The Health Board has five CVCs in Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Llantrisant, Rhondda and Mountain Ash.

Diabetes UK Cymru appoints new director

Diabetes UK Cymru has appointed Rachel Burr as the organisation’s new National Director. As part of Diabetes UK, Diabetes UK Cymru supports people living with the condition, campaigns for improved care, and raises money to fund vital research in Wales.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board Meeting Notice – 31 March 2022

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 of the public are normally welcome to attend and observe.  However, in light of the current advice and guidance in relation to Coronavirus (

HMRC urges caution as fraudsters seek to hijack personal tax accounts

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is today warning customers not to share sensitive personal information online to avoid their identities being used to commit tax fraud.HMRC is aware that criminals are attempting to obtain customers’ Government Gateway logins and other personal details, enabling them to

Armed robbery that took place along the footpath, which runs along the B4595, and joins PowerStation Hill,

| Officers are appealing for information in relation to an armed robbery that took place along the footpath, which runs along the B4595, and joins PowerStation Hill, Tonteg and University of South Wales,

Glynneath Employment Project

The Community Impact Initiative is about a new construction project we’re running in Glynneath in April. A quick overview of our project:
  • Two days a week on a six-month home renovation project
  • One on one learning with our skilled construction tutors
  • Free PPE (boots, gloves, et

Have your say on the future regeneration framework for Pontypridd

Residents can now have their say on a draft Placemaking Plan which outlines the future regeneration of Pontypridd town centre – by taking part online or at face-to-face events in a consultation running throughout March.Last month, Cabinet agreed to seek residents’ views on the Plan, which puts forwa

Road Closure Notification - Croesbychan Road

As part of the ongoing construction of the A465, a temporary road closure of Croesbychan Road is required from its junction with the A465 to the junction with Cwmynysminton Road. This closure will take place on the following dates:From 00:01 on Monday 14 March until 05:00 on Friday 08 April 2022.Fro

A drug dealer from Aberdare caught with cocaine and cash has been jailed for three years.

A drug dealer from Aberdare caught with cocaine and cash has been jailed for three years.Twenty-four year-old Morgan Smart, of Wenallt Road, Aberdare was spotted in a supermarket car park in Pontypridd by an off duty officer in January. The officer contacted colleagues and officers from the organise

Home-Start Cymru launches a campaign to find community volunteers for a rewarding role supporting local families.

A Welsh charity that supports families through some of their most challenging times has launched a campaign to recruit more volunteers to join their team after seeing a rise in demand during the pandemic.Home-Star

1 in 7 lower-income Welsh households struggle to access breakfast clubs - New survey from CPAG and Parentkind

Breakfast clubs key to tackling the cost of living squeeze, yet1 in 7 lower-income Welsh households struggles to access them. More than one in seven lower-income parents with children at primary school in Wales can’t get a breakfast club place, despite the Welsh Government’s aim to ensure all primar

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council to spend £50,000 on Tree Planting in RCT

An investment of £50,000 has been allocated to tree planting across Rhondda Cynon Taf as part of its commitment to tackle Climate Change and to create a more resilient Wales as part of the well-being and future generation act.Trees are vital and release oxygen which we need for our life.

Penrhiwcieber Fly-Tipper FINED Over £740

Fly-tip in Rhondda Cynon Taf and you will be caught red handed as this man from Penrhiwcieber has recently found out!Earlier this month the individual was held accountable in court for his reckless, fly-tipping actions.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg welcomes Ty Gwyn Education Centre Students to Prince Charles Hospital

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board was delighted to welcome students from Ty Gwyn Education Centre in Aberdare recently to Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil where they were given the opportunity to visit the current construction site, while being offered help with CV writing and inter

Who owns the Cwmbach OAP hall? And why is it up for sale?

Below taken from Facebook Just re-posting this as councillor Jeff Elliott had deleted it yesterday because he did not think it ok that I asked who was on the committee for the OAP Hall.The questions I asked were1. Does anyone know who is on the committee at the OAP hall?2.

Valleys-based care professional is hailed as a ‘Care Frontline Leader’ at special ceremony

Kris Davis won over Great British Care Awards judges as the brains behind an initiative which ‘seeks to progress learners with autism as far as possible in life’  A Valleys-based autism care professional has been hailed as a ‘Care Frontline Leader’ after winning an award of the same name in a nation

Cancer charity announces new emergency funding as cost-of-living crisis hits people with cancer in Wales

Macmillan Cancer Support has announced an extra £3.5million in funding for its financial grants scheme, to help people with cancer in Wales and across the UK cope as the cost-of-living continues to soar. In the first six weeks of this year, Macmillan provided more than £88,000 in grants to support v

Welsh Conservatives comment on labour's second homes tax policy

Commenting on the news of Labour’s new tax rises on second homes, Welsh Conservative and Shadow Minister for Housing, Janet Finch-Saunders MS said:
“It is deeply concerning that Labour ministers are pandering to their nationalist coalition partners and punishing aspiration and investment

KIND-HEARTED villagers went to great lengths for vulnerable and elderly members of their community during the Covid-19 pandemic. And

And the unique Lee Gardens Pool project will be able to help even more people in future as a £500,000 redevelopment project is due for completion this summer, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund with support from the Landfill Tax Communities Scheme and The Welsh Church Act.Led by retired s

Welsh Labour rase rail fares again up to 3.8% from today, so much for using public transport

Labour in disarray about rail faresWelsh Conservatives have criticised Labour of hypocrisy and exacerbating the rise in the cost of living.