We firmly believe that Rhondda Cynon Taff deserves more at a local and national level. We have long argued that more has to be done to improve health services, education, town centres and job prospects.
The cosy Labour consensus across every level of Government currently means there is no challenge from constituency AMs and MPs to anything and the question must be asked, just who is standing up for the people of RCT?
RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats strongly opposed moves to reduce services at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, starting way back in 2008 when we worked with concerned parents and staff to try and prevent the downgrading of the neonatal unit there. Whilst local Labour politicians waved banners against it and posed for photo shoots it is their own colleague, the Welsh Government Health Minister, who gave the go ahead for it to happen.
We were involved in the fight against RCT Cabinet's decision to cut nursery education - a decision originally deemed to be unlawful following a judicial review. Labour Councillors, AMs and MPs all backed the decision of their Cabinet.
Cllr Mike Powell is currently our sole voice on RCT council. First elected in 1999 he continues to work hard not just for residents of his own ward but right across Rhondda Cynon Taff. Mike's no-nonsense approach makes him a constant thorn in Labour's side; their persistent attempts to unseat him scuppered by his popularity and reputation as a man who cares for his community.
We want a better future for this area and the people in it. RCT is at the bottom of all the wrong league tables - highest unemployment, poorest health, fewer pupils attaining good GCSE grades. It is not good enough - we deserve better.
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Article: Dec 1, 2016
When the Independent Remuneration Panel set the allowances for Councillors across Wales they made it very clear that the Leader and Cabinet Members were to be paid on the basis that their roles were to be full time. This to reflect the level of repsonsibility they were expected to take on and the time commitment they should give to their posts.
Article: Nov 30, 2016
A short while ago RCT Council announced they were revamping the café at the Rhondda Heritage Park and creating a traditional Italian café reminiscent of those that were at one time to be found in towns and villages across the area.
They spent £500,000 on the revamp of the Park and café and put out a press release saying that they were looking for someone to run it and that it would be a great opportunity for anyone in catering looking to start a new business.
Article: Nov 20, 2016
Well the Labour party end of year clear-out seems to be gathering pace and spreading across South Wales.
Last week we heard of Labour Councillors in Cardiff and Bridgend being deselected, in the latter case leading to others resigning and the party losing control of Maesteg Town Council. Now the discord in the party appears to have spread to RCT.
Article: Nov 11, 2016
The Welsh Government have announced that they are starting a pilot scheme offering 30 hours a week free childcare for three to four years old in six areas across Wales, including part of Rhondda Cynon Taff.
The details of the scheme are not yet known, but it does raise several questions.
The Labour party in RCT last year cut the amount of nursery education for three year olds from 30 to 15 hours a week, so how they are now going to be able to offer 30 hours a week free childcare is puzzling. Are they going to extend the school day back to full time? Although the provision is for child care not education, and of course is only for working parents.
Article: Nov 6, 2016
RCT Council are currently consulting on possible reductions to car parking charges in the county. The six week consultation began on 21st October and can be accessed here.
The press release quoted Council leader Andrew Morgan stating:
"Earlier this year I met with a number of traders from our town centres to discuss car parking. This was a constructive meeting in which a commitment was given to review our car park charging arrangements."
Article: Nov 5, 2016
The amount of vitriol being thrown around currently by leave voters furious at this week's court ruling that Parliament should decide on the next steps with regard to Europe is quite frankly terrifying. The pre referendum arguments were bad enough but the past few days has revealed a level of hatred and bitterness that in the minds of many has taken the great out of Britain.
Article: Oct 30, 2016
In 2010 RCT Council astounded many people when it was announced that £190,000 was to be spent to provide three dormice bridges across the long awaited Church Village bypass.
RCT Welsh Lib Dems expressed incredulity that this amount of money was being earmarked for these bridges - whilst being very much in favour of preserving the environment we remarked at the time that such bridges had been provided for a fraction of the cost elsewhere. These were surely super bridges, best quality, built to last. Or maybe not…