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October 2020

Warning following scam spike in region

People should be vigilant following a spate of telephone scams this week affecting people in Hirwaun, Pontyclun and Tonypandy.Thousands of pounds have been handed over to criminals who have contacted their victims by phone.Scammers have pretended to be from Microsoft, an internet provider, and al

Western Power Distribution (South Wales) Plc Electricity Act 1989

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an application is being made by Western Power Distribution (South Wales) plc to the Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy under Section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989, for his consent to erect a new tower (to replace an exi

Acts Of Remembrance 2020

Remembrance Day is one of the most significant events in the nation’s annual calendar of events – bringing communities together to pay their respects and give thanks for the immense sacrifices made by our Armed Forces.

A message from Wales & West Utilities – working to keep Wales’ energy safe and secure

During the Welsh Government’s ‘fire break’ lockdown, which is in place across the country, we want to reassure our customers that our engineers are continuing to work hard to keep the gas flowing and people safe and warm at home.

Nearly 70 people have now died with Covid-19 at Cwm Taf health board hospitals

Commenting on reports nearly 70 people have now died with Covid-19 at Cwm Taf health board hospitals, Welsh Conservative health spokesperson, Andrew RT Davies MS: 

Unadopted Roads Taskforce

There are quite a few unadopted roads throughout Cynon Valley

Written Statement: Response to the report and recommendations from the Unadopted Roads Taskforce - Ken Skates MS, Minister for Economy and Transport and North Wales.

Have your say in the 2021/22 Budget consultation up until December 7

The Council has started a public consultation into its 2021/22 Budget – with residents urged to have their say in an initial phase up until early December, focusing on key issues such as investment priorities and efficiency savings.

TWO PUBS in Cynon Valley Served Closure Notices

TWO further licensed premises have been served Closure Notices for breaking Covid-19 regulations.  The closures come as infection rates continue to rise across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Wales as the country heads into a national firebreak lockdown.

Tirion birth centre re-opens at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital

The Tirion freestanding midwifery-led birth centre will re-open at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital on, Monday 26th October.

Zip World Ltd to turn Tower Colliery lamp room building into coaster kart track


Application Affecting the Setting of a Listed Building


Application 20/1094/12 No:

NO 1 CANON STREET, ABERDARE Construction of commercial premises with 7 No. self-contained flats to upper floors.



Development Affecting the Character or Appearance of a Conservation Area

Application 20/1114/10 No:

FYI - Updated national, regional and trade stats CJRS and SEISS

A fifth set of official national, regional and trade stats for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) have now been published yesterday. 


Housing association with properties across RCT appoints new Chief Executive

Jason Wroe will take over the role of Chief Executive at Newydd Group when Paul Roberts retires at the end of October.

February 2020 floods reviews trigger clarion call to step up response to Climate Emergency impacts

The lessons learnt from February’s floods must be the catalyst for a seismic shift in how Wales responds to theclimate emergency and manages its future flood risk.

Culverts and Rivers in Cynon Valley the responsibility of Natural Resources Wales?

On the 4 March 2020, because of the recent flooding, I emailed Natural Resources Wales

and requested under the Freedom of Information Culverts and Rivers the responsibility of Natural Resources Wales.


RCT Council Leader Responds to Publication of NRW Flood Report

Following the unprecedented flooding brought about by the exceptional storm events that impacted Rhondda Cynon Taf and other areas of Wales, the Leader of RCT Council has issued the following statement in response to the publication of the NRW report.

New research finds 90% of blind people unable to vote independently

·       Charity research shows just one in 10 blind voters and less than half of partially sighted voters could vote independently and in secret in the last General Election

Natural Resources Wales response to February 2020 floods in Wales

Introduction from Sir David Henshaw

Many of you reading this will remember the exceptional scenes we saw across Wales in February 2020 as the nation was hit by three named storms in the space of four weeks.

FREE parking in Aberdare and Pontypridd up until December 31

The Council has today announced that car park charges in Aberdare and Pontypridd town centres will be FREE after 10am each day from this Saturday morning (October 24) – for the remainder of 2020.

Maerdy Mountain Road drainage work requires half term closure from Saturday, October 24, to Sunday, November 1

The Council will implement a full closure of Maerdy Mountain Road to carry out significant drainage work as a result of Storm Dennis – scheduled for the school holiday and ‘firebreak’ lockdown period to minimise disruption. 

Planning Applications Affecting Public Right of Ways at ABERNANT & LLWYDCOED



Town and Country Planning Act 1990


Welsh Office Circular 32/92


Application Affecting Public Right of Way


Application No: 20/0671/10


Applicant: R Dash


National Theatre Wales and Common Wealth Theatre announced to host a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow


·    The 12-month role of Associate Director at Common Wealth and National Theatre Wales is open for applications from Tuesday 20 October 2020

Changes to RCT Council Services

Following the Welsh Government ‘fire break’ announcement to help regain control of coronavirus, RCT Council is announcing that, in accordance with Welsh Government guidance, the following Council services will be closed to the public from 6pm Friday 23 October 2020:

Survey: a review of approaches in education due to COVID-19 disruption

Our learners, teachers, leaders, parents, governors, schools and pupil referral units continue to face extraordinary challenges. Now that autumn term has begun, we’re seeking everyone’s views about support in education.

Wales campaign to end loneliness

A national charity, the Campaign to End Loneliness, has published a new report (on 15 October 2020) calling for urgent action by the Welsh and UK governments, health bodies, funders and service providers to better address the critical issue of loneliness in Wales.  The call comes as the results o

Statement - 'circuit breaker' lockdown

The Welsh Government has today announced that a 'circuit breaker' lockdown will come into force across the whole of Wales from 6pm on Friday, October 23, until midnight on Monday, November 9.

Young poet supports Diabetes UK Cymru for big push on mental health awareness

Duke Al Durham from Vale of Glamorgan, who lives with type 1 diabetes, is adding his distinct voice to Diabetes UK Cymru’s efforts to get the nation talking about mental health, diabetes and social issues.

Shadow Health Minister reacts to situation at Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board

Welsh Conservative Shadow Health spokesperson, Andrew RT Davies MS, said: 

“First and foremost, our thoughts are with the families of those who have tragically died due to outbreaks associated with the three hospitals in the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board area.

Reintroduction of services, Royal Glamorgan Hospital

Restrictions in services at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital are now being carefully lifted, working closely with partners including Public Health Wales and the Welsh Ambulance Service, as part of our ongoing response to a COVID-19 outbreak at the site.






Ghosts needn’t be toast!

How to enjoy Halloween during lockdown 

Wales: Over half of children in poverty missing out on free school meals

New analysis from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) finds that over half of children in Wales who live below the UK poverty line are not entitled to free school meals.

Mountain Ash Southern Cross Valley Link to open on Friday

The Council has today announced that the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link will open on Friday, October 16, following the completion of the major construction process by contractor Walters-Sisk.

Pontypridd kids take two million steps for Diabetes UK Cymru

Awen-Haf and Llion Harding, aged 9 and 7, from Church Village, Pontypridd decided to double the 

Coronavirus can’t stop fundraising family raising thousands for people with cancer in Wales

While coronavirus continues to hit charities hard, three generations of the Peters family have bucked the trend by raising thousands of pounds for people with cancer.

Giving to Pink hit £300,000 on its sixth anniversary!

During Breast Cancer Awareness month we are delighted to announce that the Giving to Pink fundraising group has reached a huge milestone in raising £300,000 towards a state-of-the-art specialist breast care unit at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. G

River Wye pollution concerns: no answer to request for temporary moratorium

The Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Energy and Rural Affairs – Janet Finch-Saunders MS – has today (October 14) urged the Welsh Government to consider imposing a temporary moratorium on new intensive poultry units around the River Wye, while a new plan of action can be cons

Supreme Court refuses permission to appeal over decision by Welsh council to shut leisure centre

The Supreme Court has refused permission to appeal in a dispute over a Welsh council’s decision to implement a sports and recreation strategy for 2019-20, it has emerged.

The long awaited start to renovating the former St Mair’s Day Centre in Aberdare

The long awaited start to renovating the former St Mair’s Day Centre in Aberdare began on the 17th August 2020, with appointed contractor M and J Cosgrove Ltd breaking ground on the £1.8 million project.

Marks and Spencer Bridge progress update – preparatory work

£2 million on a vanity footbridge over the Taff in Pontypridd now essential repairs required for the original M&S footbridge after Storm Dennis, Ponty doing well for bridge repairs and the grade 2 listed White Bridge in Pontypridd also requires replacing.

New child poverty data: Pembrokeshire has the highest child poverty rate in Wales

Nearly one in 3 children in some constituencies are living in poverty after housing costs are factored in

·         Highest rates of child poverty in Pembrokeshire and Blaenau Gwent

·         Child poverty continues to grow in rural counties such as Ceredigion, Powys and Gwynedd

54,800 customers claim tax relief for working from home


HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has received more than 54,800 claims from customers using a new online portal which allows workers to claim tax relief for working at home.


Leader of the Opposition questions First Minister’s approach to lockdowns in Wales

During the hybrid Plenary session today (October 13), Paul Davies MS – the Leader of the Opposition in the Welsh Parliament – quizzed the First Minister over the effectiveness and proportionality of his party’s approach to localised lockdowns. 

Top Welsh public sector lawyer receives OBE

The Director of Legal Services for the Welsh Government, Jeff Godfrey, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to “Devolution and the Legislative Process in Wales”.

New logo brings Mountain Ash Primary Care Centre one step closer

As work progresses on the new Primary and Community Care Centre in Mountain Ash, the building has been given its new identity, with a little help from the local community.

Welsh Conservatives lead calls to prioritise and protect the most vulnerable in the fight against Covid

Conservatives in the Welsh Parliament have called on the First Minister to prioritise and protect the most vulnerable in society as Wales prepares for the next stage in the fight against Coronavirus. 

Welsh Conservatives call for investigation into Cwm Taf Coronavirus deaths

Another three people have died with Coronavirus following outbreaks at hospitals in the Cwm Taf Health Board area. 


Cyclists travelling along the Taff Trail in the 

RCT Council Digital Christmas Performance Planned

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet has agreed to progress plans for an online digital Christmas performance, as part of this year’s ‘very different’ festive celebrations. 

Temporary testing centre for Covid-19Coleg-Y-Cymoedd car park in Robertstown, Aberdare.

Temporary testing centre for Covid-19 is being set up in the Coleg-Y-Cymoedd car park in Robertstown, Aberdare. If you have symptoms, please book a test online - more details here

Labour shows little regard for older people in Wales

The Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Covid Recovery, Darren Millar MS, has accused the Welsh Labour-led Government of having a “blind-spot” to the needs of older people in Wales.

World Mental Health Day Oct 10 - 6 tips to help your child develop emotional intelligence

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Culvert strengthening works at three locations in Rhydyfelin

The Council will shortly begin work to strengthen the culverts under Elm Street, Oak Street and Holly Street in Rhydyfelin – requiring a five-day road closure at each location, taking place one after another throughout October. 

A new vision for our city centres – Welsh sight loss charity launches Senedd elections manifesto

National sight loss charity RNIB Cymru is urging the next Welsh Government to ensure city centres don’t become no-go areas for blind and partially sighted people as the country rebuilds in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Graphic makes the case for hyperlocal lockdowns

Welsh Conservatives have long been making the case for hyperlocal – as opposed to blanket – lockdowns as a key measure to contain the spread of Covid-19. Hyperlocal lockdowns rely on equally hyperlocal data so that only the areas that need to be locked down are saving lives – and livelihoods.

RCT Council announces extended period of event cancellations

As the coronavirus situation continues, the Council has taken the decision to further extend the cancellation period for all Authority-run events until at least the end of 2020. 

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board COVID-19

Service changes

Temporary service changes are still in place including:

Flood defence measures EGLWYSBACH SURGERY, Pontypridd

Application No: 20/0973/12

Applicant: Dr O Williams


Flood defence measures to the internal and external Arfaethedig/envelope of the building.



Objection to the Planning Application for a 90m Emissions stack, Hirwaun Industrial Estate

We, the undersigned object to the planning application for a 90m Emissions Stack as part of a waste gasification plant "Enviroparks" on Hirwaun Industrial Estate, Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales.  

Most care workers are still waiting for their £500 bonus

Andrew RT Davies MS, the Shadow Health Minister, has expressed his concern over a news report that – some five months since it was announced – almost two-thirds of care workers in Wales are still to receive the £500 bonus promised by the First Minister.

Mr Davies said:

RCTC Cabinet Approve PSPO for Dog Fouling Extension

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet have agreed to extend the existing tough measures to tackle dog fouling across the County Borough.

Self Assessment customers to benefit from enhanced payment plans

Self Assessment customers can apply online for additional support to help spread the cost of their tax bill into monthly payments from today (1 October), without the need to call HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

A campaign to fill hundreds of social care vacancies

AN AWARD-WINNING Welsh care company has recently (October 2020) joined a growing list of care providers coming together to help fill hundreds of social care vacancies in Wales.


Abacare is just one of hundreds of businesses that are behind the WeCare Wales campaign.


Progress update – future investment for Ysgol Rhydywaun

Residents can now view and have their say on detailed plans for the future investment in 21stCentury Schools facilities for Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun – funded in partnership with Welsh Government. 

Shining a spotlight on hypos this Hypo Awareness Week-Diabetes UK Cymru

This Hypo Awareness Week (5 -11 Oct 2020), Diabetes UK want to shine a spotlight on hypos. Hypos (short for hypoglycaemia) affect nearly everyone with type 1 diabetes, and many people with type 2 diabetes, who use insulin or certain other diabetes medications.

New rapid point of care COVID-19 test a step closer

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB has been working with scientists from the University of South Wales on a rapid point-of-care COVID-19 test.

The University team has been awarded funding from the Welsh Government’s innovation department to validate the test.

Important Announcement | Tirion Birth Centre at Royal Glamorgan

It is with regret that we must delay the re-opening of Tirion Birth Centre at Royal Glamorgan Hospital which was planned for Monday 5th October, due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the hospital.

Planning application MOUNTAIN ASH TOWN HALL and Mountain Ash Workmens Club



Application for Listed

Building Consent

Application 20/0965/12

Applicant: Mountain Ash Workmens Club