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February 2020

First confirmed case of Coronavirus in Wales

Public Health Wales has today (February 28) confirmed the first case of Coronavirus in Wales. The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Frank Atherton, said one patient had travelled back to Wales from northern Italy, where the virus was contracted.

Significant impacts expected from Storm Jorge

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is warning people of the risk of significant river and surface water flooding today and over the weekend as Storm Jorge hits Wales.

A yellow warning for heavy rain has been issued by the Met Office.

Exclusive Poetry Competition for primary aged children launched in celebration of Cymru qualifying for the Euro 2020 finals.

In celebration of Cymru qualifying for their first consecutive Euro finals tournament, the Football Association of Wales and Literature Wales have joined to launch an exclusive Cymru Euro 2020 Poetry Competition.

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council Flooding Assistance February 2020

The recent flooding events in Rhondda Cynon Taf has affected thousands of properties and many residents are now facing the devastating clean-up operation. 

Please note: If you have contacted the Council requesting flooding assistance, please be reassured that we are dealing with each and every req

Welsh Government budget decisions are impacting directly on the ability of NRW to deliver services

Commenting on this afternoon’s Welsh Government update on Storm Dennis and its Emergency Flood Summit, speaking outside the Senedd chamber, Shadow Minister for Environment, Andrew RT Davies AM said:

Flooded households can claim up to £1,000 emergency Welsh Government funding

Following yesterday’s First Minister’s Questions, the Environment, Energy & Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths (Lab, Wrexham), updated the Senedd on the practical measures being undertaken on the ground by Welsh and local government in the aftermath of storms Ciara and Dennis.

So just how much will this Labour administration payup for the Welsh people?

The Welsh Government has set up a £10m emergency fund to help with the immediate aftermath of the floods but the cost of infrastructure damage and the investment needed to address the climate emergency go far beyond this.

South Wales Police satement on the family of Christopher Kapessa

The family of Christopher Kapessa, who died following an incident in the River Cynon in July, 2019, were informed last week of a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute anyone in connection with his death.

Vanuatu partnership for Cwm Taf Morgannwg medics

A special partnership between medics in South Wales and the South Pacific is underway to fund medical supplies and send health professionals to island communities to teach new skills.

Culvert Information for Cynon Valley

Critical Drainage “Hotspots”

Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC provided a report “Arrangements during Flood Incidents” (November

Generous residents looking to support local flooding victims are being urged to donate with caution.

It has been brought to officers’ attention that unsolicited callers and visitors, claiming to be collecting for the flood relief fund, may be operating in the county borough.

Warning Following Gas Powered Space Heater Use and Flood Damage

Following the recent devastating flooding around South Wales, some residents are utilising Gas Powered Space Heaters to dry out their properties. SWFRS would only recommend the use of Gas Powered Space Heaters in well ventilated spaces.

Another damning set of A & E and time-to-treatment figures

A & E and referral-to-treatment figures released today (February 20) generally paint a grim picture of the state of NHS Wales under this Labour administration.

Update On Llanwonno Tip

Following the recent disruption and damage caused by Storm Dennis and the intense rainfall over the weekend, the Council is providing residents with an update on the landslip at Llanwonno Tip.

New £20 note strengthens Bank’s commitment to making money accessible for people with sight loss

Today (20 February 2020), the Bank of England’s new £20 note comes into circulation with tactile markings to help make it easy for blind and partially sighted people to decipher it from existing £5 and £10 notes.


New £20 notes hitting Mountain Ash Post Office ATMs today

Post Office, who own and run the largest cash network across the UK, have announced today that seven of their ATMs around the country will be stocked with the new £20 polymer note from this afternoon.

Welsh Conservatives' three-point plan for flash floods

Commenting further on the floods in Wales, Shadow Welsh Conservative Environment, Sustainability and Rural Affairs Minister, Andrew Davies AM, said: “On behalf of the Welsh Conservatives I’d like to reiterate our thanks to the emergency services, volunteers and to people in communities across Wal

Wales to have mini nuclear power plants .Where in Wales?

A consortium, including Rolls-Royce, plans to build modular nuclear power plants in Wales

Andrew RT Davies AM/AC, the Shadow Minister for Sustainability, has broadly welcomed the recent news about the possible site of the first small modular reactor (SMR) in Wales, and said:

Cash strapped council extend length of Sobell Leisure Centre’s Pool

Exciting improvements that will increase the capacity for lessons and different activities in Sobell Leisure Centre’s Pools have been confirmed. 

Community Flood Recovery Grant to help residents and businesses

The Council will provide financial support to residents and businesses affected by the flooding following Storm Dennis.


You might not know it, but it the Cynon Valley has its own community radio station. Dapper FM, currently based in Jacs Live Music venue, Aberdare, has been the community radio station for the Cynon Valley for the last twelve years. We need help though.

Community Response to Flooding and Volunteer Support

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is working in partnership with Interlink, Community Groups and our Communities to coordinate a community response to flooding and ensure we get the right help to the right locations as soon as we can.

Flood Warnings expected due to Storm Dennis

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is warning people of the risk of dangerous river and surface water flooding tonight and into Sunday, particularly in the South Wales Valleys, as the full impact of Storm Dennis hits Wales.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is the first in Wales to appoint a Donor Family Support Volunteer

Organ Donation is a difficult conversation for anyone to have, whether you’re in a professional role within the health service or a family member having the conversation with their loved ones.

Cwm Taf Board Meeting February 27th update on the provision of A & E services at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant.

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board will be held in public on Thursday, 27 February 2020 at 2pm – venue to be confirmed.

Storm Dennis to bring further risk of flooding

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is warning people of the risk of further significant river and surface water flooding this weekend as Storm Dennis is expected to reach Wales.

Drainage improvements off Llanwonno Road in Mountain Ash

The Council will undertake important drainage improvements off Llanwonno Road in Mountain Ash, to reduce the risk of flooding to local properties.

Parents cant feed their kids during school holidays why?

Successful Holiday Hunger scheme rolled out across Wales

The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services has confirmed the Holiday Hunger Scheme will return with additional funding after a trial last year.

South Wales Police fined after employee injured during cable installation

South Wales Police has been fined after an employee received an electric shock whilst installing computer data cables.


It’s understandable that many people have questions about the proposals for our emergency department at Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

Campaign to Save Royal Glamorgan Hospital A&E

The Campaign to save the Royal Glamorgan Hospital Accident & Emergency Department is calling on members of the Welsh Assembly to back moves for the permanent retention at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital of a 24-hour consultant led, emergency department.


When will the Iron Tram Bridge and PROW in Robertstown reopen?

Jason Bragg

Public Rights of Way Officer

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

February 10 2020 

Subject: Re: Iron Tram Bridge, Robertstown Aberdare Cadw Source ID: 2283


Dear Mr Bragg,


Warnings likely as Storm Ciara hits

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is urging people living near the Welsh coast to be prepared for possible flooding this weekend as Storm Ciara reaches the UK.

Current forecasts indicate that strong winds could cause a tidal surge and large waves hitting the coast.

Lease of Land at Aberdare Park, Aberdare Paddling Pool,




Labour run Rhondda Cynon Taf Council criticise Labour run Welsh NHS

CT Council Notice of Motion on Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board Proposals

Following the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board meeting this week, where it was decided to review options for the provision of A&E services at Royal Glamorgan Hospital, this Council places on record that full A&E services

Transport for Wales signs terms of lease for Llys Cadwyn

The Council is delighted to announce that Transport for Wales has signed the terms of the lease to occupy one of the brand new Llys Cadwyn buildings – confirming that Pontypridd will become its new home later this year. 






·       Stars including Rio and Kate Ferdinand, Ellie Simmonds, Harry Kane, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Max Whitlock get their kit on to launch this year’s Sport Relief

Adult Social Care Tax

Commenting on the news released today (February 4) that the Welsh Labour Government is considering  introducing a tax or levy to pay for adult social care, Janet Finch-Saunders AM/AC, Shadow Minister for Social Care, said:

Hail Cremation! celebrates the extraordinary life of the Welsh radical and cremation pioneer Dr William Price

National Theatre Wales (NTW) presents Jon Tregenna’s brand new musical Hail Cremation! - a psychedelic fusion of live music, dance and video celebrating the extraordinary life of Welsh radical Dr William Price, regarded as the pioneer of modern cremation and a passionate Welshman. Hail Cremation!

The Rhondda driver of a Toyota MPV which was involved in a single vehicle road traffic collision

The driver of a Toyota MPV which was involved in a single vehicle road traffic collision at around 5.00pm on Friday 17th January has died in hospital.

Welsh Conservatives launch the Big Wales NHS Survey

Welsh Conservatives are today (February 1) taking part in the Big Wales NHS Survey across the country to find out what matters to people in Wales about our NHS.

And there has been no better time to conduct such a survey.

As Angela Burns AM/AC, the Shadow Minister for Health, said: