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So why should you get behind RCT Welsh Lib Dems? Well we believe that Rhondda Cynon Taff deserves more at a local and national level. There is so much going on that is simply not fair.

It's not fair that our children do not all get a first rate education in schools fit for the purpose, or that nursery education was cut by half denying many a better start in life.

It's not fair that services such as special baby care, paediatrics trauma services are being cut from our local hospital and centralised elsewhere.

It's not fair that whilst neighbouring authorities such as Merthyr and Caerphilly are attracting new business and expanding their retail outlets our high streets are dying.

It's not fair that so many have to travel outside the area for work whilst others cannot because of a public transport system that does not meet their needs.

We could go on, but you get the drift. It is what drives us as a party - a desire to see more equality, to see a better standard of living for people in RCT, a fairer society for us all.

It is why RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats were at the frontline fighting the plans to cut nursery education, to create 3 - 16 schools in the Rhondda and Tonyrefail, to cut services at the Royal Glamorgan. All pushed through by the Labour party - the alleged party of the working class. Well not any more.

If you care about your community then there is only one party working for you - the Welsh Liberal Democrats. Join us now and let's fight for a better RCT together.

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  • Erthygl: 2019 Mawrth 16

    Parents at Gwauncelyn school breathed a sigh of relief this week when the Labour Cabinet announced they would not be pushing forward with changes to the catchment areas which would have seen the school fall into the catchment area of Hawthorn rather than Bryncelynnog as at present.


    However they still intend to go ahead with proposals to create 3 to 16 schools at Hawthorn and Pontypridd High, removing the sixth forms which with see pupils have to transfer to Bryncelynnog or Coleg Y Cymoed if they wish to continue their education post 16.

  • Erthygl: 2019 Chwef 5

    Yesterday was the closing day for "expressions of interest" for groups looking to take over the running of the Muni in Pontypridd and reopen the venue which closed just before Christmas when the group previously running it went bankrupt.

    It is understood that several groups have applied and now await a decision on whether they will be taken through to the next stage. If they are then they will need to produce a detailed business plan outlining exactly how they intend to reinvigorate the venue and make it a success.

  • Erthygl: 2019 Ion 28

    We were strongly opposed to the creation of through schools in the Rhondda when that was consulted upon and later introduced despite strong protest from stakeholders. Since then we have seen nothing that changes our view and have still yet to see any real evidence that supports the educational case for such schools. The current consultation on reorganisation of schools in Pontypridd appears to be merely a rehash of the case put forward previously with no additional information to reinforce the position being put forward.

  • Erthygl: 2019 Ion 27

    There is currently a consultation under way on proposals by RCT's Labour council to reorganise schools provision in the Pontypridd area.
    The proposals include removing the sixth forms from Hawthorn High School, Pontypridd High and Cardinal Newman and creating through 3 to 16 schools in the former two. It also includes taking Welsh medium education from Pontsionnorton and rearranging catchment areas for pupils of Gwauncelyn who would be expected to transfer to Hawthorn rather than Bryncelynnog, and Coedpenmaen where pupils will move on to Pontypridd High rather than Hawthorn.

  • Erthygl: 2019 Ion 21

    Polls appearing it seems on an almost daily basis show that the tide of public opinion has turned and there is now a majority in favour of remaining in the EU. Some who voted leave have now seen through the lies that were peddled by the leave campaign and realise the UK government are determined to drive us off a cliff edge.

  • Erthygl: 2019 Ion 21

    This week an article on Wales Online pointed out what has been obvious for some time - the new town given planning permission five years ago does not seem to have appeared. Instead there is a roundabout and a concrete barrier protecting a small section of road that leads to nothing but open land and, even more inexplicably, a sign pointing to a superstore which doesn't exist.

  • Erthygl: 2019 Ion 18

    The deadline for responses to the reorganisation of schools in the Pontypridd area is approaching. Comments and responses via the online consultation form are to be received by 31 January.

    The consultation documents can be found here.

    Councillor Mike Powell is a governor at one of the affected schools - Hawthorn High - where the proposal is to remove the sixth form and move Hawthorn and Heol Y Celyn primary schools onto the site creating a 3 to 16 school. He is opposed to the proposals but says that once the Labour Cabinet have made up their minds it is highly unlikely they will back down.