Tagged: RCT

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The ‘Precinct’ Latest

Most people have noticed that great big hole in the ground now and many have asked what’s going to go in there. Well, the council’s ‘latest’ plans (they do change their minds quite a bit) are to put a God-awful ugly building with offices, gym and library there. Horray! Maybe…...

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Cuts to Libraries

RCT council, which still pays out £1.2m to councillors is to cut £1.1m from libraries, bus routes, day nurseries and youth services. Nice to see where their priorities lie! Among them are the introduction of single-staffed libraries – mooted for Hirwaun, Ferndale, Mountain Ash, Pontyclun and Rhydyfelin – and the plan to scrap three of RCT’s...

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Councillors – Are They Worth It?

Firstly, can I say this is not a personal attack on any individual, or any political party but… In RCT, where we are seeing unprecedented cuts to jobs and council services it surely must make sense to look at other ways of saving money. An area that rarely gets looked...

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Services Cut

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has to save £63m over three years. They’ve known this for years yet they keep dragging their feet. As anyone with a primary school education knows the longer you wait to start paying the more you have to pay when you do eventually start. Big cuts...

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Christmas Treat For RCT Residents

RCT have many car parks all over the borough, some are free, some are pay and display. The towns with free parking see an increase in footfall while the ones where you have to pay see less people (think dust bowl Ponty with its parking charges). So with this in...

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Latest Ponty Developments

Although Ponty has been going to the dogs for years, even though the council spent millions on half a dozen useless ‘I Love Ponty’ websites, Lost Prophet words etched into pavements, kerbs that are easier to trip over for the ‘Make A Claim’ insurers and ‘Do Up Your Shop Front If You Are...

‘Unthinkable’ RCT Council Cuts 3

‘Unthinkable’ RCT Council Cuts

Well, we’ve had ‘brutal‘ cuts, now for ‘unthinkable’ cuts… what’s next? ‘Historical’ ‘Hysterical’ cuts? Back to the present – Rhondda Cynon Taf council’s leader has called a meeting of the leaders of all local political groups to discuss “unthinkable” service cuts on the horizon. The meeting takes place at the civic...

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YMCA

Plans to transform the iconic Pontypridd YMCA building into a state-of-the-art culture and community hub have been revealed after £4.25m was raised towards the £6m development. The new design will get rid of the beautiful old entrance and replace it with a carbuncle of modernity, but I guess that’s the...

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Election Result 2015

Well, the results are now in and as predicted it’s no change for Pontypridd, Wales or Westminster. Owen Smith, resident Labour donkey with red rosette (no offence Owen) has retained his seat, even though 60%, of those that could be bothered to turn up, voted against Labour, and so it’s...

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Council Tax Rise

Rhondda Cynon Taff residents could be hit with a 3.8% rise in council tax next year as the council cuts jobs for frontline staff while giving senior managers huge pay rises. Doesn’t seem fair does it? Wales Online says that Wales’ third-largest local authority will consider the tax increase as...

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Happy New Year Taxpayers

Taxpayers in RCT have had to pay a legal bill of more than £354,000 because officials failed to do things properly. Yet, the idiots who costs us this money are still in jobs! The local authority paid out £144,000 for the legal costs of nursery campaigners and then a further £97,500 to Rhydyfelin...

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Muni Deal Called In

As part of cost-cutting plans Labour-controlled RCT council decided to close Pontypridd’s Muni Arts Centre (even though it was losing the least money when compared to the Park & Dare and the Coliseum) and a private group setup by Pontypridd’s Labour MP Owen Smith, calling itself ‘The Muni Working Group’,...

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RCT Cut Senior Managers At Last!

Fifteen senior managers are to be given huge redundancy payouts while those remaining will receive pay rises! Rhondda Cynon Taf council will scrap the roles of 15 senior staff but some posts will be re-graded. As a result of the decision, the new management arrangements will come into place this...

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RCT To Charge For Sports Fields

As part of its drive to save millions of pounds Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has proposed charging clubs for the use of the council’s 26 bowling greens, 15 cricket grounds, 38 rugby fields and 67 football pitches, in Phase Three of cuts to services. It estimates a 34-week season would...

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More RCT Cuts

Whilst people are still reeling from the massive cuts in services and huge job losses that have already taken place in the council it seems that this could just be the tip of the iceberg. News is finally out about the third round of brutal cuts to services across the...

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Save Our Fire Engine!

A decision on cutbacks to the fire service in Rhondda Cynon Taff will be announced on September 29. Firefighters said they expected an announcement on phase three of the Fire Cover Review, which will decide the future of provision in Porth and Pontypridd, to take place in the summer. Proposals...

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RCT to scrap education cuts

Parent power has prevailed after a top judge overturned a council’s decision to cut its nursery education provision. A judge at the Royal Courts of Justice in London today concluded that Rhondda Cynon Taf council acted unlawfully when making cutbacks to its schools admission arrangements. In January, cabinet approved proposals...

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‘Muni’ to close

Pontypridd’s Muni Arts Centre closes. The arts centre, in a converted church, is to close in Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) council’s £70m budget savings. RCT’s two other council-run theatres – the Coliseum in Aberdare and the Park and Dare in Treorchy – have been spared the axe but councillors confirmed...