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August 2021

Assurances sought over Labour’s plans for disinfection machines in schools

Welsh Conservatives have sought assurances from Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay over their plans to introduce ozone disinfecting machines into schools across Wales.

Landslip remediation work to begin at Ynyshir Community Route

Significant work will shortly begin to rectify landslip damage to a section of the Ynyshir Community Route following Storm Dennis – including removal of slip material, drainage works and embankment reinstatement.

Zip Wire Challenge for Tenovus Cancer Care

Thrill seekers in South Wales are invited to join Tenovus Cancer Care at Zip World Tower, Aberdare for the charity’s On a Mission Zip Wire Challenge on the world’s fastest seated zip line.


‘It is time for flexible working in the NHS to be embraced’

Survey finds that medical staff shortages are likely to increase over the coming years as RCP launches report with initial pandemic lessons learned 


Welsh Conservative response to Labour's announcement on PCSOs

Commenting on the Welsh Labour Government’s announcement of more PCSOs, Welsh Conservative Shadow Justice Minister, Mark Isherwood MS said:


The Lidl store at Aberdare is moving to Tirfounder Fields, Cwmbach a former landfill site

The Lidl store at Aberdare is moving to Tirfounder Fields, Cwmbach a former landfill site the plans appear to have been drawn up in September 2020 you can view the plans on

Fresh calls for defibs at all sports clubs after rugby player’s death

Fresh calls for every sports club in Wales to have a defibrillator have been issued by the Welsh Conservatives following the tragic death of a rugby player over the weekend.


REVEALED: Cancer hospital admissions DOWN 40,000 during pandemic in Wales

The number of people entering hospitals in Wales for cancer treatment has fallen by over 40,000 in just one year, sparking fears that the Welsh Government’s strategy for tackling the co

Regeneration grant support helps Mountain Ash business thrive

The Council has supported Mountain Ash business Abigail Lewis Photography to access Welsh Government funding and transform an unused building into a bespoke studio – allowing it to go from strength to strength this year. 

Care Inspectorate report highlights the dramatic impact of the pandemic on the care sector

A report released today from the Inspectorate of social care and childcare services in Wales, highlights the impact of the pandemic on the care sector.

Deadline looms for parents to update Child Benefit for 16 year olds

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding parents and carers they have until 31 August 2021 to confirm whether their teenagers are staying in full-time education or training beyond 16.


HMRC reveals absurd excuses for not paying National Minimum Wage

While the vast majority of employers pay their employees at least the National Minimum Wage, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has today released some of the most absurd excuses used for not paying the legal minimum.


Wales shows, on average, house prices have risen by 4.6% since May 2021.

Wales shows, on average, house prices have risen by 4.6% since May 2021. An annual price rise of 16.7% takes the average property value to £195,291.

There were 10 repossession sales for Wales in April 2021.

Just How much money has Welsh Labour has given to Ryanair to return to Cardiff?

Labour ministers need to tell Welsh taxpayers how much of their money might’ve been spent on encouraging Ryanair to return to Cardiff Airport, the Welsh Conservatives have urged.


Statement: National supply issue of blood sampling tubes.

You might have read in the news that there is a national supply issue for blood sampling collection tubes. 

This affects our hospitals and our GP surgeries. 

A response to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council to questions residents raised by the controversial plans to move the Ynys roundabout road crossing

The response from? whoever at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, to questions residents raised by the controversial plans to move the Ynys roundabout road crossing and the demolition of the footbridge over the A4059 Aberdare Bypass. 


Missing | Damian Winstone Age: 15 From Bridgend

Missing | Damian Winstone
Age: 15
From Bridgend with links to Tonyrefail and Caerphilly
Damien was last seen in Tonyrefail at 7.30pm on August 12, and is believed to be still in the area.

Welsh Conservatives respond to map showing large parts of Wales flooded by 2050

A worrying map has been produced to show the effect of climate change on the world of predicted rises in sea levels by 2050 – and it shows many Welsh cities and communities underwater

South Wales Central MS Visits Wales Air Ambulance

Regional MS Joel James was delighted to recently spend a few very enjoyable hours with the team of Wales Air Ambulance at their heliport in Cardiff Bay.

No date was given by the Welsh Government for the publication of the list of dangerous coal tips in Wales.

A response was received today from Samantha Thomas the Head of Coal Tip Safety Operations at the Welsh Government regarding the publication of the list of dangerous coal tips in Wales. 

Thank you for your email of 21 July regarding the publication of coal tip data.

When will Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's mystery client take possession of Rhos House Surgery Mountain Ash?

AberdareOnline has asked Rhondda Cynon Taf Council when will their client be taking over the building the council purchased with taxpayer’s money in 2019 AberdareOnline has received no response to its question on the 8 July.  In December 2019 the council reported on social media that RCTC has sec

Labour’s Model Farm decision fails climate change and localism test

A community in the Vale of Glamorgan is united in anger as the Labour-run Vale Council approved proposals to build over a local farm.


Abercynon Memories.

Hello, my name is David.
At 86 I still have memories of the day in 1944 when Abercynon Park became a U.S.Army Camp.
Later that park provided rides on what must have been Wales,s first Zip-Wire ride.

Leading charity Diabetes UK looking for people in Wales to saddle up for autumn cycling challenge


People from Wales can get on their bike and raise vital funds for Diabetes UK Cymru this autumn by taking part in a cycling challenge.


Is it a coincidence that the Cynon Valley MS Vikki Howells chosen to be photographed on the footbridge due for demolition

The question is why is Rhondda Cynon Taf Council demolishing a perfectly good footbridge over the Aberdare bypass in support of a longer walk to the proposed new bridge and new pedestrian crossing?


'What Matters to Me Now' Roadshow 2021 with People First

Cwm Taf People First will meet up with those with learning disabilities for a series of fun workshops to better understand the things that matter to them – including face-to-face events in Aberdare and Ystrad next week. 

RAFT – The Big Weekend 2021

It’s back! The popular Rhondda Arts Festival Treorchy (RAFT) will return after a one-year hiatus later this month with ‘The Big Weekend’, featuring a day-long music festival, outdoor movie screenings plus food and drinks, stalls and more.

Be Active RCT – helping people to improve their physical and mental health

Yoga, gardening, bushcraft, chair aerobics, dance, mindfulness and walking are just some of the sessions being delivered by the Be Active RCT partnership project to help people across Rhondda Cynon Taf improve and maintain

New kitchen and coffee shop announced for Cynon Linc in Aberdare

Cynon Linc in Aberdare has announced exciting plans for a new kitchen and coffee shop which will be opening its doors to the public on 4th October. 

AS and A-Level Results Day Across RCT

Rhondda Cynon Taf learners have received their AS, A level, Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and level 3 vocational qualification results today.

Missing, Bethan Marson Age: 39 from Mountain Ash

Bethan Marson
Age: 39
Mountain Ash w / links to Sheffield
Last seen on Saturday, August 7 (in Mountain Ash)
Description: 5ft 8 with large build, and blonde and brown hair which is braided.

Staff being short-changed by employers is ‘completely unacceptable,’ Welsh Conservatives say

Ten businesses in Wales have been exposed for not paying workers the minimum wage.


The companies failed to pay £78,000 to 171 workers from 2012 to 2018, but have now paid up following the HMRC investigation.


The NHS in Wales is “running on fumes” as nearly 3,000 vacancies for healthcare staff go unfilled

The NHS in Wales is “running on fumes” as nearly 3,000 vacancies for healthcare staff go unfilled in figures revealed by the Welsh Conservatives.


How to help your youngsters kickstart their friendship skills

Learning how to be a good friend is a vital part of growing up, but the pandemic has kept many youngsters away from their peers so their social skills may have taken a knock. Here, former primary school teacher Laura Steele of education resource experts 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest insights

A roundup of the latest data and trends about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from the ONS and other sources.

4 August 2021

Seven-year-old girl was knocked over by an off-road motorbike on the pedestrian crossing opposite the Spar shop on the A4058, Hopkinstown

On Sunday 1st August at around 1.15pm, a seven-year-old girl was knocked over by an off-road motorbike on the pedestrian crossing opposite the Spar shop on the A4058, Hopkinstown,

Reaction to Welsh Government proposal to voting in supermarkets and secondary schools

Shadow Minister for the Constitution Darren Millar MS, said:

“Once again, Labour’s priorities are wrong.

Welsh government proposes placing polling stations in colleges

People in Wales may soon be able to vote for their local representatives as they go about their weekly shop or finish their lessons.

The Welsh government has written to the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) putting forward the idea of flexible voting pilots in next year’s local go

Judges make history as first all-female Court of Appeal sits in Wales

History has been made after three female judges – Lady Justice Nicola Davies, Mrs Justice Jefford and Mrs Justice Steyn – sat as part of the Court of Appeal in Wales. It is the first time the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) has sat in Wales comprising all women.

Calls for a Wales-specific Covid inquiry

The UK Government has already committed to holding a UK-wide inquiry, but so far Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay have refused to commit to hold a Welsh inquiry to examine decisions taken at a devolved level.


Wales’ health boards spend £1.3bn to fill staff shortages

The Welsh Government’s retraining and recruiting strategy needs “real teeth” to get more full-time staff in the NHS rather than spending money on emergency workers to fill shortages, the Shadow Health

Aberdare Park Road Races

The Aberdare Park National Road Races return in all their glory this weekend, once again attracting top riders from around the country and a maximum of 4,000 spectators per day.