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September 2019

Plan to build up to 100 homes on nearby farmland at Aberdare Country Park WHY?

Please stop the development of our wonderful country park. at Cwm Farm, AberdareBackground

This pre-application consultation relates to the Trustees of Cwm Farm Estate’s intention to submit an Application for Outline Plann

CARE HOMES PROPOSED TO BE DECOMMISSIONED in the Rhondda. RCT Council Cutting public services again?

Members of the public will soon be able to have their say on specific options for the Council’s future residential care provision – with an extensive, 12-week consultation period about to begin.

Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link – successful weekend of works

The Council’s contractors for the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link made excellent progress on the weekend, lifting large beams into place over the river and railway line – despite the wet and windy weather.

Bagsy for Life Competition Launched

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is giving its residents another great reason to recycle as it launches its BAGSY for Life competition this Recycle Week (23rd-29th September). 

‘State-of-the-art NGS Macmillan palliative care unit its doors at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital

A state-of-the-art Macmillan palliative care unit is opening its doors at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital offering a warm, welcoming environment to people who need specialist palliative care.


On your marks, get set, write:

#Her100Cerdd is back to celebrate National Poetry Day


Direction of Rail transport in Wales “delays, overcrowding and mismanagement” will it ever end?

The Welsh Labour Government has announced today their plans for rail in Wales over the next 20 years.

But Welsh Conservatives have said that the Welsh Labour Government must focus on addressing the current problems that commuters are facing. 

Calls for answers over the Welsh Labour Government’s failure to recruit NHS professionals in Wales

Welsh Conservative Leader in the Assembly, Paul Davies AM, has called for the Welsh Labour Government to explain how they will recruit extra doctors, nurses and other health professional working in the Welsh NHS if a future UK Labour Government implements a 32 hour working week.

Arts Bursary Funding Available from cash strapped council?

Would you like to apply for an Arts Bursary to help you fulfil your dreams and ambitions? 

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is offering grants of up to £500 to individuals or groups to help ease the cost of their journey in the world of cultural services. 


A programme aimed at encouraging more girls to play football is underway across Wales. With 23 locations involved in the first phase of Huddle, it is hoped the scheme will roll out to more areas in April.

Do you have any information about the whereabouts of Mary Puttick

Do you have any information about the whereabouts of Mary Puttick, who has been reported missing?

The 76-year-old was last seen shortly before 3pm on Wednesday, September 18, in the Tonyrefail area, and has links to the Cardiff area.

Sight loss charity urges people in South Wales to visit their optician

This National Eye Health Week (23 to 29 September 2019) RNIB Cymru is encouraging people across South Wales to book a sight test. 

Council to consult on new facilities for people with learning disabilities

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is to hold a consultation event on the creation of two modern purpose-built accommodation schemes for people with learning disabilities.

Mountain Ash Cross Valley will cause disruption to weekend train services from September 28-29.

The Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link will reach an exciting landmark as the main bridge structure will be placed over the River Cynon and Cardiff to Aberdare railway line. This will cause disruption to weekend train services from September 28-29.

Eloise Williams named first Children’s Laureate Wales

Literature Wales has announced that popular Pembrokeshire-based children’s author Eloise Williams is the first Children’s Laureate Wales.

Welsh Labour First Minister stalled proposals for M4 why?

Paul Davies AM began the new term in the Welsh Parliament today by reminding First Minister Mark Drakeford of some of the failed promises made by his government in recent months.

Councils withholding or heavily redacting information requested under Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014: report

  •   Local authorities are refusing to let the public access key information on how their money is being spent, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has claimed.

Watchdog to launch project to fund legal actions on transport discrimination

The equality watchdog is to launch a new project that will provide funding for disabled and older people to take legal action when they have faced discrimination on public transport.

New CIL rules come into force communities will be able to see what developer contributions are spent on

Updated Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) rules, which mean that communities will be able to see what developer contributions are spent on, have come into force.

Renewal of concessionary bus passes by the end of December 2019

Residents may have heard that concessionary bus passes in Rhondda Cynon Taf will have to be renewed soon – and the Council can confirm this is correct, but would like to reassure residents that nothing needs to be done just yet.

Salmon and Trout Conservation Cymru at Cynon Valley Museum

Artifishal - a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish


Thursday, September the 19th, 7:00pm


Cynon Valley Museum

Depot Road


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Surge in number of operations cancelled in Wales

Nearly 170,000 operations were cancelled in Wales over the last four years.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council continues to monitor culverts as a priority issue. Do they?

The Council will shortly begin a scheme to undertake significant repairs to a culvert located beneath Heol Pendarren in Rhigos. 

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Modernisation of Residential and Day Care or just cutting another service?

Cabinet has agreed to further consult on specific proposals for future residential care services across Rhondda Cynon Taf, having considered feedback from an extensive consultation and scrutiny process.

2019 Civil Service Care Leaver Internship Scheme open

The UK Civil Service Care Leaver Internship Scheme for 2019 has opened for applications from care leavers.

The scheme will provide care leavers with paid internships as either and administrative officer or an executive officer.





Doctors must be proactive, responsive and respected

Dr Olwen Williams OBE has been elected vice president of the RCP for Wales from January 2020 onwards.


Council fined for Hand Arm Vibration failings

Dacorum Borough Council has been fined for exposing seven grounds maintenance workers to Hand Arm Vibration (HAVS), caused by excessive use of power tools.






Royal College of Physicians Elects new vice president for Wales

Dr Olwen Williams OBE has been a vice president for Wales Elected RCP from January 2020.


The Good Childhood Report 2019

The Children’s Society has published their eighth annual report into trends in children and young people’s well-being. According to the Society, children are ‘increasingly unhappy’ since 2009.

Mike Powell selected as Parliamentary Candidate for Pontypridd.

Mike Powell has once again been selected as the Welsh Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for the Pontypridd constituency ahead of a much anticipated snap general election.

Launch of New Childcare Qualifications

This month sees the launch of new health and social care, early years and childcare qualifications. The below summary outlines the new qualifications:

Open Doors programme 2019

Wales’s ‘fairest abbey’ kick-starts Open Doors with exclusive access to 800-year-old undercroft.

This September, more than 200 of Wales’s most iconic landmarks and historic attractions will welcome thousands of visitors as part of the Wales-wide heritage festival, Open Doors.

UK Government committed to Wales with fresh boost for Welsh Labour Government

The UK Government has announced a £600million boost for the Welsh Government in a spending review by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

How much do you know about Gynaecological cancers?

Women are being encouraged to know the signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancers - those that develop in a woman’s reproductive tract.

Abercwmboi gas works to start

Homes and businesses across Abercwmboi are set to benefit as Wales & West Utilities begins a project to upgrade gas pipes in the area.


Cabinet to consider more cuts to public services residential and day care

Cabinet will next week consider recommendations for the future delivery of residential and day care services.


RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL (FOOTPATH 18 CWMBACH) (TEMPORARY CLOSURE) ORDER 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council intends not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulatio