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March 2021


Police are urging the public to be vigilant following a telephone scam that duped an elderly resident from

RCTC Libraries Update

Following the latest Welsh Government announcement, the Council can confirm that all of its Library branches have now returned to the same levels of service provision as before the latest lockdown period in Wales.

Plaid’s £500m flooding fund to help communities left behind by Labour

Welsh Labour Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths has said she does not believe a public inquiry is needed "at this stage". At what stage should there be a Public Inquiry? What are Welsh Labour Natural Resources Wales afraid of?

Law Society agrees to facilitate creation of new Law Council of Wales

The Law Society has agreed to provide the secretariat for the new Law Council of Wales and to facilitate its establishment.

Can you be sure the grass fires won't reach your door?

A recent incident involving two teenagers from Ferndale deliberately setting grass fires is a timely reminder ahead of the Easter Holidays.The boys, aged 15 and 13, were spoken to by police on Monday, 8th March after they were summoned home by their parents who had been paid a visit by officers look

21 Fixed Penalty Notices for dog fouling and fly tipping last week

The Council has provided an update on its ongoing activity across the County Borough to clamp down on dog fouling and fly tipping – with 21 Fixed Penalty Notices issued for offences last week. 

Welsh Conservatives reaffirm commitment to M4 Relief Road

The Shadow Minister for Transport, Russell George MS, has reiterated the Welsh Conservatives’ commitment to deliver an M4 Relief Road.

He said:

Primary Care Centre for Mountain Ash to open on Monday 29 March

A brand new primary care centre will open its doors in Mountain Ash next week, bringing modern healthcare services to the local community.

Hypocrisy and confusion over international travel at Cardiff Airport

International flights to and from state-owned Cardiff Airport were put to the First Minister during Plenary by Andrew RT Davies MS – the Welsh Conservative Senedd Leader – who asked why it is permitted to fly from Cardiff to Alicante, but not to drive from Cardiff to Aberystwyth.

Council has now appointed Centregreat as the contractor responsible for delivering Blaen-y-Cwm Road river wall repairs

A contractor is now appointed for the upcoming scheme to the Blaen-y-Cwm Road river wall – to carry out preliminary work in April and full repairs from May, when seasonal restrictions on working within the river come to an end. 

More than £68,000 in Macmillan’s hardship grants given to help people with cancer in Rhondda Cynon Taf during the pandemic

Cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support gave more than £68,000 in hardship grants last year to help people with cancer in Rhondda Cynon Taf struggling with the pandemic’s financial impact and the unexpected costs cancer can bring.


Part of the Railway embankment on the railway track from Abernant Station to the Cwmbach Railway tunnel

Most people in Cynon Valley when you mention the Abernant to Merthyr tunnel they say the Cwmbach tunnel but let’s not forget this section of the railway and its historical importance the railway was authorised by Act of Parliament on 3 August 1846.

Why is company allowed to use a Cwmbach TFW car park to store commercial vehicles Rhondda Cynon Taf Council?

Residents have been complaining for months about the designated Cwmbach Transport for Wales Carpark being used by a vehicle hire company to store vehicles.


CTUHB whole area testing estimated to have prevented hundreds of cases of COVID-19

Whole area testing with lateral flow device (LFD) tests in Merthyr Tydfil and lower Cynon Valley is estimated to have prevented 353 cases of COVID-19, 24 hospitalisations, 5 Intensive Care Unit admissions and 14 deaths, according to a new report.

Welsh voters back strong public protections as new poll shows cross-party support for rules that keep Wales safe

New polling from YouGov, published today (Friday, March 19th) by Unchecked UK, shows that Welsh voters from across the political spectrum are strongly supportive of well-enforced regulations, and value them for the role they play in keeping society running smoot

Welsh Labour last moment on whether Wales’ tourism sector will reopen in time for Easter.

The Shadow Minister for Economy, Russell George MS, has reacted to the online report that a decision will not be reached until “the last moment” on whether Wales’ tourism sector will reopen in time for Easter.

Andy Muxlow of Cwmaman is walking 200 miles in March with guide dog Ernie

WALKIES are a part of daily life for all guide dog owners – and this one is no exception. Andy Muxlow, of Cwmaman, is so delighted with new guide dog Ernie that he has vowed to walk a total of 200 miles with him during March to raise money for Guide Dogs Cymru.


Blind and partially sighted people ‘forgotten’ as COVID vaccine rolled out in Wales

Leading sight loss charity RNIB Cymru is warning that the needs of blind and partially sighted people are being forgotten as the COVID-19 vaccine is rolled out across the nation.


Appeal Following Theft Of Gulley Covers in RCT

Residents are urged to take extra care and to be vigilant following the theft of storm drain gulley covers in Rhondda Cynon Taf overnight.

Dare Valley Country Park Bike Park

Excellent progress continues to be made in the delivery of a range of exciting improvements to Dare Valley Country Park, with work on the Gravity Family Bike Park nearing completion. 

Over 12,500 patients had online medical consultations in first year of pandemic. Are you waiting on a medical consultation?

New figures released today reveal that almost 12,500 patients across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (CTMUHB) region have still been able to receive medical consultations during the Covid-19 pandemic, despite not being able to visit the GP surgery or other healthcare setting in pers

Covid confusion leads to late type 1 diabetes diagnosis in 10-year old boy from Neath

Diabetes UK Cymru is highlighting how quickly undiagnosed type 1 diabetes can become a medical emergency as another child had a lucky escape despite goinginto 

Diabetes UK Cymru launches “Think: Could it be type 1 diabetes: the 4 Ts: campaign

Diabetes UK Cymru has launched a radio ad campaign in Wales to show that anyone can develop type 1 diabetes, tell people what the main symptoms of the condition are and urge them to get a finger-prick test with their GP if they are concerned.


Reopening date confirmed for M&S Bridge in Pontypridd

The Council is pleased to confirm that the Ynysangharad Park (M&S) Bridge in Pontypridd will reopen later this week, as the significant scheme to repair the structure following Storm Dennis is nearing completion. 

Cwm Taf Morgannwg celebrates opening of landmark Clinical Research Centre

A new Clinical Research Centre designed to enhance Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB’s research work and give patients access to new therapies, treatments and therapeutics has opened at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council imposes 20 mph speed limit in RCT is your street affected?

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

(Miscellaneous Town Centers in Rhondda Cynon Taf) Order (Experimental Speed ​​Limit) 2021



Welcome to Young Carers’ Action Day – 16 March 2021.

Young carers are children or young people who take a significant role in caring for a family member. The family member could be suffering from physical or mental health problems, a disability or drug and alcohol problems.


RCN Wales calls for investment in infection prevention and control

In its newly-published report, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in Wales recommends that learning from the COVID-19 pandemic is used to ensure that infection prevention and control (IPC) nursing teams are recognised as an essential contributor to patient protection and safety.

'The emotional toll of working on a COVID-19 ward is huge - I feel broken'

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Covid anniversary a ‘time for reflection’

Commenting on the first anniversary of the first death of a person with Covid-19 in Wales, Angela Burns MS – the Shadow Minister for Health – said:

A new streamlined approach to lung disease care

An innovative, multi-disciplinary model of providing treatment for patients with lung diseases is reducing waiting times at Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

Council tax up again did we get value for money from a contract for replacing a retaining wall in Gwawr Street Aberaman?

Council tax for residents in Rhondda Cynon Taf was approved by labour councillors another rise of 2.65%, why is our council tax going up every year in one of the poorest parts of Wales?


Alfie's Generous Gesture To Key Workers

Rhondda Cynon Taf student Alfie Ford is giving something back to his community during lockdown, by providing care packages to key workers in his locality. He has also been awarded £1,000 for his chosen charity, the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital due to his generosity.

Guide to screen addictions and responsible digital use

Have you been spending more time on your phone or laptop? The way we spend our time has been changing as a result of COVID-19. Whether it’s during a lockdown or as we adjust to new norms, it’s likely you’ve been spending more time on your devices.

Work to begin on major A4059 in an attempt to prevent flooding

The Council has appointed a contractor to deliver a major Welsh Government-funded scheme on the A4059 between Asda and Tinney’s roundabouts in Aberdare – to ensure the road is more resilient during heavy rainfall.

Non-essential retailers in Wales ‘badly let down’ by Labour

Commenting on the First Minister's U-turn regarding the opening of non-essential retail, Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies MS: 




Town and Country Planning Act 1990


Welsh Office Circular 32/92 Application for Major Development


Application 21/0269/16


Applicant: Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council


Shadow Minister welcomes plan for wales to receive a freeport

The Shadow Minister for Economy, Russell George MS, has called on the Welsh Labour Government to stop keeping Wales “in the dark” and urgently publish a roadmap out of lockdown.

Shadow Minister welcomes plan for wales to receive a freeport

The Shadow Minister for Economy, Russell George MS, has warmly welcomed reports that Wales is to receive a free port.

He said: “Freeports will generate jobs, trade and innovation, and I welcome the fact that Wales is set to get one from the UK Government.

Royal Glamorgan Hospital ED patients offered next-day appointment in pilot project

Patients who attend the Royal Glamorgan Hospital (RGH) with a minor injury late in the evening are being offered a choice of waiting to be seen or returning the following day for a timed appointment, under a new pilot scheme to reduce waiting times.

Cardiff Airport: nationalised airport now worth just £15 million

Cardiff Airport is now worth just £15 million, according to the Welsh Government.

The valuation was revealed in response to questions by Welsh Conservative Darren Millar MS during the Economy, Skills, and Infrastructure Committee meeting today (March 10).

Welsh Labour admits there's no plan to take Wales out of lockdown

Responding to the Welsh Government’s admission that it is no longer following its Coronavirus action plan, Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies MS said:

First Welsh national spatial strategy published

Housing and local government minister Julie James has launched the national spatial strategy in a 180-page document called Future Wales.


Wenjing XU murder investigation: Police appeal for drivers to check dashcamsThe Major Crime Investigations Team at South Wales Police is continuing its investigation into the murder of 16 year-old Wenjing XU, who died following an incident at the Blue Sky takeaway on Baglan Street, Treorchy on Frida

Labour has dismissed the hard work of the Welsh people in combatting Covid

Welsh Conservative Senedd Leader Andrew RT Davies MS today (March 9) tackled the First Minister over comments made by the one of his Cabinet that “… if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile”.

Latest local government settlement is nothing short of a “bitter blow”

The Shadow Minister for Local Government has branded the latest local government settlement “a bitter blow”.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board will be held on Thursday, 25 March 2021 at 10:00 am.  

Key findings from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) provision have been released

Swansea University and Children in Wales launched a survey at the end of 2020, to develop a better understand of the impact of the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) provision.

Demolition work for regeneration of Rhos Square in Mountain Ash

Residents and businesses in Mountain Ash town centre will shortly receive a letter outlining upcoming work to demolish two buildings in Oxford Street – to enable significant future improvements at Rhos Square. 

Statement by Gareth Robinson, Chief Operating Officer, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB

In the early hours of Sunday morning (March 7, 2021),  a fire incident happened at one of our community hospitals –  Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda.

The fire affected one ward and no harm came to any patients or staff as a result of the incident.

Revised Local Development Plan – Call for Candidate Sites to end

Residents, developers and landowners are reminded that the first stage of the process to revise and replace the current Local Development Plan will soon end – with the Call for Candidate Sites closing at the end of the month. 

Winning young playwrights have their original scripts transformed into audio plays by Theatr Iolo.

The winners of Theatr Iolo’s Young Playwright’s competition have had their plays read by professional actors and turned into audio plays to be released on 11 March.

Police Incident Treorchy

Police units are currently dealing with a serious incident which occurred in Baglan Street, Treorchy, at approximately midday today (5 March, 2021).Ambulance crews are also in attendance as the incident involves a number of casualties.The street has been closed off and people are advised to avoid th

Evie's Stay At Home Message

A Rhondda Cynon Taf student has won the Welsh Government’s Stay At Home poster competition, beating hundreds of other entries across Wales in the fight to keep everyone safe and promoting the key COVID-19 safety message.





Welsh Conservatives announce long-term COVID-19 management plan

Welsh Conservatives have announced their plan for managing coronavirus in the long-term in Wales ahead of a panel discussion with a leading health and social care think tank.

Review into current special school provision agreed by RCTC Cabinet

Cabinet Members have agreed for a detailed review of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s special schools to be undertaken – with the intention of bringing forward future investment proposals to improve current provision and meet growing demand. 

“Don’t ignore cancer concerns or miss appointments” urges doctor

A leading cancer consultant from Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, is urging anyone with worrying symptoms not to let the ongoing lockdown put them off getting checked by their GP or miss scheduled tests or treatment.

EXPERIMENTAL SPEED LIMIT in Cynon Valley 20mph speed limit on the lengths of roads specified

The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984



Taxpayer hit by another new £130m bill for Cardiff Airport

Commenting on the Welsh Government’s latest statement on financial support for Cardiff Airport, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Economy, Russell George MS said:

“The aviation sector has been badly hit by coronavirus and governments across the world are supporting the industry.

Early Years Action Group Manifesto 2021

A group of leading Welsh children’s charities is calling on all political parties to put the needs of babies and the youngest children at the centre of their policies for the next Senedd.

Planning application submitted for an extension to the Aberdare Bypass

The Council has submitted a planning application for the future A465 Cynon Gateway North (link road to A465) highways scheme – an important landmark following the Pre Application Consultation that took place during autumn 2020. 

Cardiff Capital Region City Deal five-year progress report

Cabinet has received a five-year update on the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal – outlining progress on the South Wales Metro and wider investment to help develop exciting projects such as the Porth Transport Hub and Zip World.

FOOTPATH 35 ABERDARE another 6 months without the Iron Bridge in Trecynon




Welsh language support essential for stroke survivors

Stroke survivors who speak Welsh should get an equal opportunity to rebuild their life, according to The Stroke Association.


Labour still ignoring the retail, hospitality, and tourism sectors

Commenting on the announcement of a further £682 million being released by the Welsh Government to tackle Coronavirus, Andrew RT Davies MS – the Leader of the Conservatives in the Senedd – said:


MACS pupils have once again shown how much talent is in the Cynon Valley! Launched just under one month ago, we have received hundreds of entries for homework, creative and stage competitions in this slightly different Eisteddfod for 2021.

Cynon Valley Police are investigating the death of a 56-year-old man from Aberdare.

Officers in the Cynon Valley are investigating the death of a 56-year-old man from Aberdare.Officers were called to assist ambulance colleagues at an address in Erw Las, at approximately 10.25am on Saturday, February 27.The occupant of the address was taken to the University of Hospital Wales with s

A4059 Aberdare temporary road closure