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Do you want more for yourself, your children, your grandchildren, for this area? Are you as fed up as we are of a health service that, despite the best efforts of front line staff, is not fit for purpose; of an education system where it is a postcode lottery whether pupils will be able to continue to sixth form in their locality?
Are you tired of money being wasted on grand projects and schemes that fail to deliver any real benefit; of our town centres becoming derelict?
Do you think you deserve better? Because we do.
Under Labour party rule from Cardiff Bay since 1999 and prior to that at Westminster Wales and the South Wales Valleys in particular has gone downhill. We are being failed by those who shoud be sticking up for us at the Assembly and Westminster.
Join us now and let's fight for a better future together.

  • Article: Apr 5, 2019

    The agenda for RCT Council meeting on Wednesday 10th April includes a motion from Labour Councillors that

    "This Council seeks to express its concerns at the practical implications, changes to maternity services in Cwm Taf are creating for residents in Rhondda Cynon Taf" and "calls upon the Local Health Board to review the newly implemented arrangements in Cwm Taf, to reflect upon the difficulties this set-up is causing residents."

  • Article: Mar 24, 2019

    Several members of RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats joined an estimated million people in London yesterday on an anti - Brexit march.

    In recent days the situation surrounding Brexit has become even more farcical as the Prime Minister has been forced to go back to Europe to ask for an extension to Article 50 which means we won't now leave on 29 March.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019

    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.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2019

    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.

  • Article: Jan 28, 2019

    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.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2019

    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.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2019

    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.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2019

    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.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2019

    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.

  • Article: Dec 28, 2018

    Opinion piece - Karen Roberts. Campaign Manager RCT Welsh Lib Dems.

    I have been involved in a number of community enterprises over the past 18 or so years and understand the level of commitment and work it takes to make them successful and how easily it can unravel.

    I am still a member of the board of the Cambrian Village Trust which I helped to setup, and Cambrian Lakeside which grew out of it. Currently a very successful venture, but only as the result of years of planning and a willingness to diversify and take on new projects - and being able to employ staff who know their business and are dedicated to the scheme. As the local authority looks to move more schemes into community hand then we have been perfectly placed to take advantage. It has brought a huge amount of investment into Clydach Vale but as a board we are very careful not to take its success for granted.