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February 2021

A 90-meter high chimney stack in Cynon Valley all down to the Planning Committee on the 4 March

So the Planning Department of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council (RCTC) has approved the 90-meter high chimney stack a Development Control Committee meeting takes place on March 4, looking at the history of the site and the way RCTC have approved earlier development on the site the decision to approve the

The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority have concern over the 90M Stack but not RCT Planning Department you have to ask the question WHY?

Rhondda Cynon Taf Planning Officers have today issued a report, which has recommended that the application for a 90m stack at the proposed Enviroparks development is approved. So what will our councillors say and do or will the Welsh labour Government allow this?

Welsh Government confirms Community Testing Programme to commence in Cwm Taf Morgannwg

The Welsh Government’s Health Minister has today confirmed that a Community Testing programme will commence across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board area from Wednesday, March 3. 

Disabled Facilities Grant supporting residents to remain independent

Help is available to elderly, vulnerable and disabled residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf to adapt their homes, and to provide specialist aids and equipment, to help keep them safe from injury and maintain their independence in their home.

Zip World at Tower Colliery application to supply alcohol and to provide late night refreshment.

An application has been made by Zip World Limited to the Licensing Authority for Rhondda Cynon Taf for the grant of a Premises Licence for Zip World Tower, Tower Colliery, Hirwaun, Aberdare. CF44 9UF.


elsh Government confirms Community Testing Programme to commence in Cwm Taf Morgannwg

The Welsh Government’s Health Minister has confirmed that a Community Testing programme of asymptomatic people, will commence across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board area from Wednesday, March 3.

HMRC: Latest CJRS & SEISS stats

HMRC’s latest national, regional and trade statistics for the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) have gone live.              


People over 50 are invited to get walking in Rhondda Cynon Taf


Living Streets Cymru is helping people aged over 50 in Rhondda Cynon Taf stay healthy and connected with its new walking programme.


Landmark report champions value of regulation in Wales

A landmark new report published today (Wednesday, February 24th) by Unchecked champions the value of regulation in Wales and calls on all Wales’ political parties to commit to maintaining and strengthening public standards and protections.



Launching our NPS Framework Fortnight: Book Your Place

A ‘worrying lack of focus’ on job creation in Welsh Labour’s statement

Labour’s statement on Economic Resilience and Reconstruction Mission has a “… worrying lacking of focus on job creation, productivity, competitiveness, entrepreneurship”, said Russell George MS, the Shadow Minister for Economy, Transport and Mid Wales, adding:

A response to Labour's Development Bank announcement

Commenting on the Labour Government's Development Bank support announcement, Welsh Conservative economy spokesman, Russell George MS said:  

School Grounds and Playgrounds Across RCT to be Smoke-Free From 1st March

New laws will soon come in to force to make more places in Wales and Rhondda Cynon Taf smoke-free.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB sends out second dose appointment letters for COVID-19 vaccine

Appointment letters for second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are now landing on doormats across Cwm Taf Morgannwg.

More than 30 organisations from across health, housing and social care in Wales come together to call for action on health inequalities

Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Cymru Wales has written today (22 February 2021) on behalf of the Welsh NHS Confederation health and social care policy forum to the first minister and Senedd opposition leaders to call for a cross-government strategy for tackling wider health inequalities in Wal

NRW repairing and preparing: One year on from the February 2020 floods

The combined impacts of storms Ciara, Dennis a Jorge in February 2020 resulted in record rainfall and river levels, and some of the most significant and devastating flooding Wales has seen since the 1970s with 3,130 properties affected right across the country.

One week until all Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board hospital grounds become smoke free

People living across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board area are being reminded that today marks just one week until hospital grounds become smoke-free.

CADW responds to Trecynon Iron Bridge now its up to RCTC

I am pleased to inform you that Cadw offered interim scheduled monument consent for this application (subject to various conditions) earlier this month.  We are currently awaiting the applicant’s formal acceptance of the conditions before the consent is finally in place, at which point I understa

Body of a man located within the Dare Valley Country Park.

Shortly after midday today (Sunday 21 February) police in Aberdare were called following the discovery of the body of a man located within the Dare Valley Country Park.The body has been taken to Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil where identification will take place.The family of Martin Edwar

Zoe Williams represented CTMUHB in the first International Dementia Conference

Well done to Zoe Williams who represented CTMUHB in the first International Dementia Conference to be held in Wales

Royal Glamorgan Hospital first in NHS Wales to use world-leading technology to fight heart disease

HeartFlow, Inc. and Royal Glamorgan Hospital are working together to help clinicians diagnose one of Wales’ biggest killers, coronary heart disease (CHD).

Proposed three-year Capital Programme and additional resources

Cabinet will consider proposals for a new capital programme which would invest £116m across Council services and infrastructure over the next three years – and includes additional one-off Council funding of £9.4m for targeted priorities in 2021/22. 

Helen Whyley, Director RCN Wales, responds to growth in UCAS nursing applications

"To deliver safe, effective, and quality care Wales desperately needs more nurses, so I am pleased to see an increase in the number of nursing applications this year.

How much more council taxpayers money will be spent on an impracticable system?

A constant flooding problem that Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have failed to solve even after spending many thousands of pounds of your council tax money on a system that is not fit for purpose, back in 2014 The cost of the Annual Service Agreement is £250.00 pa plus the cost of any parts require ov

Welsh Conservatives would re-establish the WDA to get Wales on the road to recovery

In the Welsh Conservatives’ first major manifesto announcement, Russell George MS, the Shadow Minister for Economy and Transport has outlined plans to re-establish the best aspects of the Welsh Development Agency (WDA) to get Wales on the road to recovery.

Return to school arrangements for Foundation phase after half term in RCT

Parents and carers in Rhondda Cynon Taf have received a letter outlining the school arrangements after half term – with Foundation Phase pupils returning to face-to-face learning in a phased approach from February 22. 

Optometry scheme leads to reduction in hospital referrals

A pioneering optometry scheme is reducing hospital referrals and allowing patients to be treated closer to home during the pandemic.

Tesco Health Charity Partnership fundraising appeal in Wales – shows a little help can go a long way

People in Wales will be able to give a big boost this month to three life-changing charities that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19.

Consultation – New draft Guidance on the Code of Conduct for members of County and Community/Town Councils

Please see our new draft Guidance on the Code of Conduct for members of County and Community/Town Councils. Please submit any comments to by 21 March 2021.

Storm Dennis - one year on and no Public Inquiry by Welsh Government WHY?

Exactly one year ago to the date, residents and businesses in Rhondda Cynon Taf were hit by one of the worst flooding events in living memory.

Making it Pay

Jeremy Davies, 55, has been a Mental Health Nurse for almost 33 years. In this feature he discusses his work, pay challenges facing NHS nurses and his hopes for the RCN's Fair Pay for Nursing Campaign.

Shadow Minister comments on coal tips report

Janet Finch-Saunders MS – the Shadow Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs – is concerned at the report into coal tips in Wales, which has found that some 600 have been classed as "high-risk".

Fight for Justice for Flood Victims Continues a Year-on

On the night of 15th February and the early hours of 16th February 2020, Storm Dennis hit and over 1000 homes and businesses across RCT suffered devastating floods.

Welsh Conservative reaction to Transport for Wales fare increases

Commenting on the planned fares rise, Russell George MS – the Shadow Minister for Economy, Transport and Mid Wales – said:

Penywaun Primary School, Aberdare the School Of Excellence

A Rhondda Cynon Taf primary school is first in the UK to be named as a ‘School of Excellence’ for mental wellbeing.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB hits COVID-19 vaccination target

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has achieved its target of giving 104,148* vaccines to the top four priority groups.


Police seized drugs worth over £100,000 in a series of Rhondda raids this week.Officers executed the arrest and search phase of Operation Tredegar which was focussing on the supply of class A drugs in the region.Search warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act were executed at three address across Tony

Welsh Conservative comment on reported delays to Covid vaccine supplies

Commenting on the news of a delay to the delivery of the Covid vaccine, Angela Burns MS - the Shadow Health Minister - said:


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RCN Wales calls on Welsh Government to Improve Communications to Health and Care Staff on their Second Dosage of COVID-19

RCN Wales calls on Welsh Government to Improve Communications to Health and Care Staff on their Second Dosage of COVID-19 Vaccine following the results of RCN survey

Labour has not come clean over £58m received for cladding replacement

Laura Anne Jones MS – the Shadow Housing Minister – has called on Labour to clarify how some £58 million it received from the UK Government to help homeowners and leaseholders pay for remedial work to high-rise buildings with cladding has been spent.

Strokes caused by Covid-19 under the spotlight in world’s largest research study

The Stroke Association is funding the world’s largest research study to investigate worrying reports that Covid-19 is causing life-threatening strokes [1-2]. As Covid-19 cases continue to rise across the globe, this critical research may help to prevent Covid-19-related death and disability.

Labour suggests putting ‘low-carbon diets’ on the menu to achieve carbon net zero by 2050

Janet Finch-Saunders MS – the Shadow Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs – has broadly welcomed the Welsh Government’s ambition to achieve carbon net zero by 2050, but cautions that its suggestion switching to “low-carbon diets” could put it on a collision course with farmers and f

SAFER INTERNET DAY…..Internet use and Children’s Rights

Why not help us celebrate Safer Internet Day 2021 today and catch-up on a networking event that Children in Wales organised last week?


The proposed development at CWMAMAN, ABERDARE,

Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012



The proposed development at 128, GLANAMAN RD, CWMAMAN, ABERDARE, County, CF44 6HY, ABERDARE, CF44 6HY


Alleged assault and attempted dog theft at Aberdare Country Park

South Wales Police are aware of a post circulating on social media regarding an alleged assault and attempted dog theft at Aberdare Country Park on February 6.While the post makes reference to South Wales Police having been notified, no such reports have been received.We fully appreciate and share t

Planning Application for Extension to Aberdare Bypass

Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012



Proposed development at: Lies between the communities of Llwydcoed to the east and Penywaun to the west.


Practical support sessions offered online for Dinas Powys residents impacted by December floods

The National Flood Forum (NFF) is set to host a series of online support sessions for residents of Dinas Powys whose homes and businesses were impacted by flooding in December.

Cynon Valley primary school is first in the UK to be named as a School of Excellence for mental wellbeing

A South Wales primary school has been named as the first Thrive School of Excellence in the UK for the role it plays in supporting the wellbeing of its pupils in order to prevent mental health issues.


Two men have been charged with attempted murder following a shooting in Trecynon, Aberdare, on Monday.

Detectives investigating an incident in which gun shots were fired in to an address in the Cynon Valley have charged two men with attempted murder.


Two arrests made following Aberdare shooting as officers continue the appeal.We are continuing to appeal for information after gunshots were fired into an address in Windsor Street, Trecynon at approximately 9.30pm on Monday, 1st February, 2021.Officers are appealing for anybody who may have been in

£655m Covid support in Wales still unallocated WHY?

Commenting on today’s Wales Governance Centre analysis of the Welsh Government’s budget, Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies MS said:

Berw Road Bridge (White Bridge) – update on repair process

The Council is making progress towards a repair scheme for Berw Road Bridge in Pontypridd – with consent being sought for initial work to reopen the bridge in the coming months, ahead of a full repair programme in 2022. 

‘The thanks and recognition that NHS staff need right now’

On Time to Talk Day 2021, Dr Helen Lane, a consultant physician at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, has published a new poem, ‘It’s good to talk’.

Provision of PPE for taxi drivers finally aligned with other transport operators

Russell George MS – Shadow Minister for Transport – has given a broad welcome by the initiative from the Welsh Government to introduce “free” PPE for taxi and PHV drivers in Wales,

The Census 2021 is Coming: 21/03/2021

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is supporting this year’s 2021 Census and is asking all its residents to make sure they take part to help shape future services in our County Borough.

Please Clean Up After Your Dog!

Dog owners in Rhondda Cynon Taf are being reminded to act responsibly and clean up after their dogs. 

Welsh Labour promised seven times that an NVZ would not be imposed on Wales during the pandemic, and then did just that

Labour’s Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs betrayed farmers in Wales announcing the introduction of a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) across the whole country despite saying in the Senedd Chamber on seven separate occasions* that she would not while the pandemic continues.

Second phase of consultation for 2021/22 Rhondda Cynon Taf Budget now underway

The Council has today started a second phase of public consultation on its 2021/22 Budget – with residents, businesses and other stakeholders now invited to have their say on the specific proposals as outlined in a Draft Budget Strategy. 

Have your say on the £4.5m investment proposals for YGG Aberdâr

Residents can view detailed plans and have their say on the Council’s £4.5m future investment at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Ab

More choice for patients as primary care services adapt to pandemic Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Use of innovative, new video technology has been helping elderly residents in the South Wales valleys to become more involved in decisions regarding their own care.