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October 2019

Yr Ieuan Ap Iago in High Street Aberdare has been awarded a platinum rating by inspectors.

The Aberdare pub has won acclaim for the quality and standards of its toilets – in the Loo of the Year Awards 2019.


Yr Ieuan Ap Iago in High Street has been awarded a platinum rating by inspectors.


Council Backs Operation Bang

With celebrations for Halloween and Bonfire Night upon us, the Council is once again joining forces with partners to promote Operation Bang, helping to ensure a safe and enjoyable time for everyone. 

Revised guidance on categorisation of defects

Our guidance on how we categorise vehicle defects in roadside checks and vehicle tests has been updated today.

This guide outlines the actions to take when roadworthiness defects are found during vehicle inspections.

Let’s have the full cost of Welsh Government commitment to Pinewood

Calls have been made for the Welsh Labour Government to urgently disclose the full cost of its commitment to Pinewood.

Re-programming of flu immunisation sessions planned for children aged 4-10 years in schools

Due to factors beyond our control, there is a requirement to postpone the school flu immunisation sessions planned for the first two weeks after half term.

Agreement for cystic fibrosis medicine needs to be agreed to quickly

In light of the Welsh Labour Health Minister’s announcement that he would meet with the manufacturers of the cystic fibrosis drugs Orkambi and Symkevi this week, the Welsh

A letter from Astronaut Tim Peake about a new Scout Campaign

As Scouts, here in Aberdare, we make a promise to help other people.


We’re the doers and the give-it-a-goers. We’re the change-makers. We’re not afraid to take a deep breath and speak up.


Stories of rugby, mining communities and passionate love affairs lie at the heart of National Dance Company Wales’ new Roots tour this Autumn

Freshly returned from supporting Wales’ Rugby World Cup squad in Japan performing its new rugby-themed work, National Dance Company Wales prepares to score its next winning goal; to ensure that its work can be enjoyed by all people, in all of Wales, so that everyone across the nation can feel wel

RCT establishes training café for adults with learning disabilities

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has launched a training café for adults with learning disabilities to help them gain new skills and employment experience.

Demolition and reconstruction of wall at Abercwmboi Rugby Club

The Council will begin a scheme to replace the large wall at Abercwmboi Rugby Club, requiring temporary traffic lights at Cardiff Road – scheduled over the upcoming school half term break to minimise disruption. 

Brain tumour patients can now access a vital new support service in Wales

Brain tumour patients in South East Wales can now access vital specialist help thanks to a new partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and Brain Tumour Support.

A public notice put out by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council yesterday that I posted on AberdareOnline

A public notice put out by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council yesterday that I posted on AberdareOnline caused a bit of a stir on social media with a few getting the fact wrong, unlike AberdareOnline.


Public events confirmed to help residents renew their bus passes

The Council has announced details of 32 public events throughout November 2019, where residents can ‘drop in’ to popular community locations and receive help in renewing their Concessionary Bus Passes. 

Child & Family Poverty Survey 2019

Children in Wales have been carrying out an Annual Child & Family Poverty Survey for the last 4 years, which helps us to understand levels and trends of child poverty in Wales.

Please could you help us by completing our short Online Survey.

You can find the survey at:

Producer turned comedy writer’s debut play confronting society’s dismissal of women over 40 tours Wales this Autumn

Inspired by her own sense of disappearance after a battle with cancer abruptly ended her successful media career, Swansea born TV producer and director Ailsa Jenkins felt determined to tell a story that all too many women will relate to in The Invisible Woman.


Aberdare First to have Free Town Centre Wi-Fi

Visitors and businesses in Aberdare have become the first town centre to benefit from the Council’s free public-access Wi-Fi scheme, which delivers on a commitment to provide further support to seven town centres across the County Borough.






Series hospital of Hope 'VCC wins BAFTA Cymru!

This is a week of celebration for staff, patients and volunteers VCC having won an award for best fiction series about hospital of Hope 'is a Welsh BAFTA ceremony Sunday night.


Transport for Wales “on the wrong track”

A year after Transport for Wales took over the running of our trains in Wales from Arriva Wales, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Paul Davies AM has raised the failings of the new service with the Welsh Labour

Search continues for missing Merthyr woman Brooke Morris

Police in Merthyr Tydfil are continuing their search for missing woman Brooke Morris.

Call for Artists

If you are an artist and the idea of winning a cash prize appeals to you or you would like to see your artworks on display in an art gallery and seen by hundreds of visitors then this might be of interest.






Jail for woman who burgled elderly family friend twice

Y Twyn – her victim, and man in his 70s, was sleeping in his bedroom when he heard a bang on the landing.

Cabinet Members to receive update on draft Corporate Plan

Cabinet will receive an update on the ongoing scrutiny and consultation of the Council’s draft Corporate Plan 2020-2024 (‘Making a Difference’), which provides a vision for Rhondda Cynon Taf over the next four years. 

Davies Homes appealed to the Planning Inspectorate over the refusal for development on the former Blaengwawr Comprehensive School site.

Davies Homes Ltd has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate because on the 24th July 2019 Rhondda Cynon Taf Council refused development on the former Blaengwawr Comprehensive School site.


Statement on publication of Independent Maternity Oversight Panel report

Greg Dix, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Care, said: “We welcome today’s statement from the Minister and the first formal report from the Independent Maternity Services Oversight Panel.

Celebrating Libraries Week Across RCT

Lots of events are planned across Rhondda Cynon Taf this week to celebrate Libraries Week (October 7-12). 

The aim of Libraries Week is to highlight the different ways that libraries can help people of all ages through digital support, services and activities. 

Shadow Minister calls for stronger dialogue to benefit care home residents

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Social Care, Janet Finch Saunders AM, has called for a stronger dialogue between care homes, NHS Health Boards and Local Authorities to improve the

Unpaid carers in Wales feel demoralised and disillusioned

Despite having rights in law, implemented in 2016, many unpaid carers are failing to receive the help and support they need to care

for loved ones.

A decade of young people abandoned by Welsh Labour

After 20 years of Welsh Labour running education in Wales, GCSE results in Wales are going backwards with the results for this year being worse than the summer of 2007.

RCT Residents who need to renew their concessionary bus passes

The Council will shortly host a series of dedicated sessions across all of its Libraries, where staff will be able to help residents renew their concessionary bus passes using the Transport for Wales website. 

Jail for Mountain Ash man a drug dealer who kept heroin hidden in his crutches

A man from Mountain Ash has been jailed for more than four years for possessing heroin with intent to supply.

Ecstasy warning following incident in Talbot Green

Officers are appealing for help in identifying the male who supplied the tablet...