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Review: I Should Be So Lucky

On a cold November evening, as I battled the Cardiff Bay traffic looking for somewhere to park, little did I know that “I Should Be So Lucky” would transport me from the chilly Welsh streets to the sun-soaked realms reminiscent of Mamma Mia, ITV’s Benidorm, and the ever-charming Gavin and Stacey. And what a delightful […]


Ten-year anniversary of FREE festive parking in RCT town centres

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s FREE festive parking initiative in Aberdare and Pontypridd, from 10am each day in December, will be returning for a tenth consecutive year in 2023 – to encourage residents to Shop Local this Christmas.  Once again, parking charges in Council car parks within the two towns will not apply after 10am each […]


Pontypridd’s MP joins local community for candlelit vigil to raise awareness of male violence against women

Alex Davies-Jones, the MP for Pontypridd and Taff Ely, will tonight stand vigil with the local community to mark White Ribbon Day 2023, and highlight the tragic impact of male violence against women and girls. Tomorrow marks the International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women. Commenting before the event, Alex Davies-Jones MP said: […]


Schemes identified for additional investment in highways service

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet has agreed the details of a supplementary programme of highways, structures and flood alleviation schemes – to be carried out in the remainder of 2023/24 using funding that was recently allocated to the service. In September 2023, Cabinet agreed a wider, one-off £7.73m investment for Council priority areas – which […]


Natwest to close Pontypridd branch

Pontypridd and Taff Ely MP, Alex Davies-Jones has told GTFM that she is “deeply frustrated” by Natwest’s decision to close it’s branch in Pontypridd town centre next year.  Natwest bank have announced that the Pontypridd branch will close its doors for the last time on Thursday 29th February 2024. Natwest have confirmed with customers affected […]


Committee to pre-scrutinise proposed changes to day service offer

The Community Services Scrutiny Committee will look at proposals relating to the current day service offer for older people in Trecynon and Tonyrefail – before Cabinet Members formally consider the matter next month.  On Tuesday, November 21, the Committee will discuss the proposals that have been brought forward with the aim of creating a more efficient service, […]


Welsh Government wants your views on the school calendar

A consultation will open on 21 November on changing the school calendar, so breaks are spread out more evenly, including a 2-week half term autumn break. The current school calendar means that the autumn term is longer than others. Research suggests this term is tiring and challenging for learners and staff, as more teaching is squeezed into […]

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