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: Oct 26, 2016
RCT Council will shortly be advertising for a new permanent Chief Executive following the news that there will be no Council mergers in the foreseeable future.
The post is currently filled by Director of Education, Chris Bradshaw, in an Acting capacity. The Labour council made the decision when it seemed likely that former Rhondda AM and then Minister for Local Government, Leighton Andrews, was going to push through mergers which would probably have seen RCT join with Bridgend and Merthyr. Those plans, which were widely opposed by many, including his own party colleagues, have been shelved by his successor.
Article: Oct 23, 2016
RCT Council appear to have won the lottery or been left a substantial sum in a rich Uncle's will because all of a sudden we have stopped hearing about cuts they are being forced to make and the hard decisions they don't want to take.
Instead it is all good news and improvements and give-aways. So obviously they must have come into some unexpected cash from somewhere. Unless, of course, shock, horror, there is another explanation!
Article: Oct 22, 2016
Autism is a subject about which there is much more public awareness now than ever before, although of course there is still much more work to do. Autism is a "spectrum" condition, all autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways and they will require different levels of support.
Article: Oct 14, 2016
Key members of RCT Welsh Lib Dems will be travelling to Wrexham today to join colleagues at the Welsh Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference.
One key item on the agenda is a diversity motion which , whist recognising the need to attract a wide range of candidate including those from currently under-represented groups, opposes positive discrimination such as all women shortlists.
Article: Oct 12, 2016
The car park off West Street in Trallwn, Pontypridd, will be resurfaced next week following considerable effort from ward Councillor Mike Powell to get it added to the Council's highways improvement list. Local residents will be delighted to know that the road alongside the Llanover will be resurfaced at the same time.
Cllr Powell says it is long overdue.
"I am pleased to see that this work is eventually being carried out, albeit later than I was told it would start. The car park is well used and has been in need of attention for some time.
"The section of road alongside it is a disgrace, full I potholes that I have been telling highways about for many, many months. Pleased as I am to see this happening I do question the timing of some of these projects
"After spending years telling us they must save millions and closing services across the area, the Labour run Council seem, in election year, to have borrowed some money to spend. This requires press releases and photographs of Cabinet Members, or in this case the Leader, in wards they do not represent and are usually not seen in.
"A cynic might think they are seeking to buy votes, although I am sure they don't intend to leave the public with that impression."
The car park will be closed from October 17 for preparatory works to take place before the main works during the half term week, October 24-31.
Article: Oct 5, 2016
There is a community council election campaign under way in Pontyclun and the Labour party are apparently putting out leaflets telling people that if they vote Conservative then they will lose their local comprehensive school as it will become a grammar school.
At the same time Pontyclun Labour Councillors Margaret and Paul Griffiths ,writing for the "District Diary" state:
Article: Oct 5, 2016
As reported on Wales Online the town of Treorchy is one of the few thriving high streets left in the valleys. Whilst places such as Porth and Tonypandy are seeing falling trade this high street is reportedly flourishing.
So what makes Treorchy different? Well obviously there is the variety of independent retailers and goods on sale there, but the obvious question then is why are they setting up there and surviving?