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Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has welcomed new funding of more than £750,000 from Welsh Government, towards road maintenance across the County Borough.  The significant contribution, from the Local Government Roads Maintenance Revenue Grant 2020/21, was awarded on March 15. Funding was allocated to all Local Authorities in Wales as part of the Grant, and the […]

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has provided an update on its Flood Risk Management response and continuing work in Pentre – as the village was one of the worst-hit areas during Storm Dennis and other subsequent storm events last year. In February 2020, Storm Dennis saw record rainfall and caused record river levels and flows as Rhondda Cynon Taf saw its most […]

The First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford will take part in the National Coronavirus Commemorative Event held at 5:15pm on March 23rd. The event will bring the nation together to pay our respects to those we’ve lost and express our sympathy to those who are grieving for their loved ones. It will be a chance […]

Attempting to take a holiday abroad will result in a £5,000 fine under new coronavirus laws. The legislation covering COVID-19 restrictions includes a ban on leaving the UK without a reasonable excuse – with the hefty fine for those breaking the rule.The new rules will also mean protests will be considered a permitted exception to the ban […]

A horrific year of nearly 150,000 COVID-related deaths is being marked with sombre ceremonies across the UK on the anniversary of Boris Johnson’s first lockdown. A year since his dramatic “stay at home” TV address to the nation, the prime minister claims the past year has been one of the most difficult in the country’s […]

Twelve men have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, assault and possession of offensive weapons following a disturbance near Wentloog Avenue, Cardiff. Three men are in hospital, a police presence remains in the area and the road remains closed while enquiries continue. It is understood that those involved are known to each other. Officers […]

Temperatures are expected to plunge in the coming days with wintry showers, heavy rain and strong winds set to hit parts of the UK. The unsettled weather comes with British Summer Time beginning in the UK this weekend when clocks go forward one hour from 1am on Sunday.Some forecasters are predicting the cold and wet […]

The community testing programme will be extended to the end of September to help manage outbreaks and target areas that see a rapid increase in cases, the Health Minister has announced. Asymptomatic testing has been taking place in Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf since the beginning of March with plans also progressing in Anglesey […]

Health Minister Vaughan Gething has today (Monday 22 March) published a plan, supported by an initial £100m funding, to help the health and care system in Wales to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Health and Social Care in Wales COVID 19: Looking Forward looks at the following key aspects of recovery: Reducing health inequalities to achieve […]

The Welsh Government is making £1.5m available to returning officers to enable polling stations for the Senedd election to be made covid-secure. The additional funding is being provided to cover the range of extra staff and equipment required to ensure the protection of staff and public health. Voters attending polling stations will see many of […]

Shoppers in Welsh supermarkets can now buy non-essential goods again as it takes its next step in easing lockdown. Supermarkets have been barred from selling goods such as clothes, books and toys since Christmas Eve, when all non-essential shops had to close as strict COVID rules came in.But now aisles that were off limits and items that […]

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. An evaluation of the pilot, released today (Monday March 22) by the partner organisations who […]