News Archive

Wednesday 23 September 2020

New online NHS course helps people improve their mental health

New online NHS course helps people improve their mental health
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Feeling worried or anxious can have a big impact on your health, and for some people life at the moment can be particularly difficult.
Tuesday 22 September 2020

Residents asked to display caution

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Torfaen Council's Trading Standards team have been made aware of book sales people operating door to door within the borough.
Monday 21 September 2020

Public Health Wales urges eligible people in Wales to have free flu vaccine

Public Health Wales urges eligible people in Wales to have free flu vaccine
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Public Health Wales is urging all eligible people in Wales to have their free flu vaccine as NHS Wales begins its largest ever national flu vaccine programme.
Thursday 17 September 2020

Local Seamstresses: The final Batch

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The council would like to thank a group of seamstresses for their hard work and effort in supporting the NHS during Covid-19.
Tuesday 15 September 2020

Community Farm site improvements get the green light

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Torfaen councillors have today approved £240,000 capital spend for essential maintenance and remedial work at the farm

Face coverings to be worn in all Adult and Community Learning buildings

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In response to the Covid-19 regulation changes, Torfaen Adult Community Learning has updated it's centre user policy.
Thursday 10 September 2020

Torfaen Pub has licence revoked for breaching Coronavirus Regulations

Torfaen Pub has licence revoked for breaching Coronavirus Regulations
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Following the identification of persistent Coronavirus regulation breaches at Castell-y-Bwch, Henllys Lane, Cwmbran, the licence holder has had their licence revoked and has 21 days to appeal the decision.
Wednesday 9 September 2020

Shielding information from the Welsh Government

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Following the lockdown in Caerphilly, for Torfaen residents who were shielding prior to 16th of August and therefore remain on the Shielding Patient List, there is no change to the advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales.

Childcare Hubs a huge success during lockdown

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Over the summer period Torfaen Play, Youth and Sport Development services came together to provide a fun filled and engagng childcare provision for keyworker children and the most vulnerable.

Important message - we need your help

Important message - we need your help
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On Tuesday 8th September at 6pm, the Caerphilly County Borough Council area became an enhanced local health protection area and several new Lockdown restrictions come into force.
Tuesday 8 September 2020

£50,000 from National Lottery and Welsh Government will help provide for pollinators in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent

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Verges in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent to benefit from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Welsh Government.
Friday 4 September 2020

Next round of weed spraying in the borough to start

Next round of weed spraying in the borough to start
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The next round of weed spraying in the borough will start on Monday 7 September (weather permitting).

Schools to become 'Covid Secure' buildings

Schools to become 'Covid Secure' buildings
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We are ensuring that all our Education buildings are 'Covid Secure' by complying with the government's guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19.
Thursday 3 September 2020

Flying the flag for Merchant Navy Day 2020

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Today we are flying the Red Ensign; the UK Merchant Navy's official flag outside the Civic Centre in Pontypool.
Friday 28 August 2020

Communication for schools and parents regarding the wearing of face coverings

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Following the Welsh Government's announcement and publication of the Technical Advisory Group Advice on Face Coverings for Children and Young People (under 18) in Education settings earlier this week, Council and school leaders have been urgently seeking clarification at a local and national level regarding key aspects of the guidance around the wearing of face coverings...
Thursday 27 August 2020

A not so Blue Lagoon

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Torfaen Council, Blaenau Gwent Council, Caerphilly Council and Gwent Police would like to remind the public that the area known as Blaencuffin Canyon is on private land and that it is not a tourist attraction.
Tuesday 25 August 2020

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre café re-opening

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The Heritage Café, located in the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, is looking forward to welcoming back their customers. The café is reopening on Tuesday 1st September from 10am and will be serving a reduced menu to eat in or takeaway.

Nursery Admission 2021

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Nursery admissions 2021 for pupils born between 1/09/2017 and 31/08/2018
Monday 24 August 2020

The phased re-opening of the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

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The facilities at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre will be gradually reopening from the beginning of September.

August bank holiday waste and recycling collections 2020

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There will be no waste and recycling collections in Torfaen on the Bank Holiday 31st August, and all collections that week will take place a day later than scheduled.

PRIDE 2020: Pride Cymru's Big Online Week is here!

PRIDE 2020: Pride Cymru's Big Online Week is here!
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Whilst most summer festivals have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Pride Cymru have been working tirelessly to take Pride – Wales's biggest celebration of equality and diversity - online!
Friday 21 August 2020

Making school transport safe

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During this time of uncertainty, we know that parents and carers have many questions about how their children can return to school safely using council provided school transport.

Adult Learners celebrate GCSE results

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Torfaen Council's Adult Community Learning service are celebrating this year's GCSE results and the amazing achievements of post 16 adult learners.
Thursday 20 August 2020

Learners celebrate GCSE results

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Today, pupils across Torfaen have been picking up their GCSE results, which will set them on the pathway to further education, training or employment

Making visits to the barber safer in Torfaen

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Following the announcement by Welsh Government that businesses providing close contact services such as barbers and hairdressers can open again, Torfaen Council's Public Protection Service have been visiting barbers to offer advice and guidance on COVID-19 controls.
Tuesday 18 August 2020

New online NHS course helps people improve their mental health

Description:
Feeling worried or anxious can have a big impact on your health, and for some people life at the moment can be particularly difficult.

Childcare Offer re-opens

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The Childcare Offer for Wales has re-opened to eligible families. Applications for parents eligible for the Offer from April 2020 can apply now. Once approved, eligible parents will be able to access the Offer from the start of the autumn term in their local authority, providing they still meet the criterion.
Monday 17 August 2020

Your experience when contacting the council

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We are asking for your views on the experiences you've had when contacting the council during the last 12 months. In particular, how you've been able to gain information or receive a service.
Friday 14 August 2020

Learners celebrate A-level results

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This week, Torfaen's Year 12 and Year 13 learners have been celebrating their examination results, which sets them on the path to an exciting future.

Community Farm to re-open in February

Community Farm to re-open in February
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Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Greenmeadow Community Farm which closed its gates on March 23 following guidance from the Welsh Government, will re-open in February 2021.

Canvass deadline approaching

Canvass deadline approaching
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Torfaen Council are appealing to residents to return their annual canvass forms which were delivered through letterboxes during July.

75th anniversary of VJ Day

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The next celebration on the Armed Forces calendar is the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Japan, which takes place this Saturday, 15th August 2020.

Computers and printers available to book in Torfaen Libraries from Monday

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From Monday 17th August, Torfaen Libraries will be offering access to computers and printing by appointment in all three libraries.
Tuesday 11 August 2020

Beyond Perfection the latest trader to join Pontypool Indoor Market

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Gemma Davies, from Sebastopol, is the latest trader to set up shop in Pontypool Indoor Market. "Beyond Perfection" is a ladies hairdressers, and is situated in Unit 29 of the market...
Monday 10 August 2020

National Play Day 2020 success

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Despite the ongoing pandemic, this year's Torfaen Play Service National Play Day campaign was a huge success.
Friday 7 August 2020

Tech Coach service home visits are back

Tech Coach service home visits are back
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A Torfaen Social Care project which aims to support digitally excluded residents in Torfaen is once again taking appointments to conduct home visits.
Thursday 6 August 2020

Support for working families affected by Coronavirus given an extra boost

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Families who benefit from government funded childcare support were given a boost as the Government announced that they would not lose out due to COVID-19...

Torfaen receives Gold Award for supporting the armed forces community

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Torfaen council has been named as one of this years' winners of the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards for demonstrating outstanding support for the armed forces community...
Wednesday 5 August 2020

SenCom Independent Review 2020

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An independent external review commissioned by the WLGA of the Sensory and Communication Support Service (SenCom) has been completed.
Tuesday 4 August 2020

Eat out to help out scheme

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More than 32,000 restaurants across the UK have now signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme...

Torfaen Libraries 'Request and Collect' service extending to Pontypool and Blaenavon

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Torfaen Libraries is extending its 'Request & Collect' service. From Monday 17th August, the successful service which has been operating from Cwmbran Library will be extended to Pontypool and Blaenavon Libraries to make it even easier for residents to request and borrow books...
Monday 3 August 2020

Haggles joins Pontypool Indoor Market

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Pontypool Indoor Market was thrilled to reopen its doors earlier in the month to welcome customers back
Thursday 30 July 2020

Burial attendance - permitted numbers of mourners

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Today (30/07/20), the Gwent Local Resilience Forum, including the five councils, agreed to increase the number of mourners permitted to attend funerals at cemeteries within the five local authority areas of Gwent to 30

Free play equipment on National Play Day 2020

Free play equipment on National Play Day 2020
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Torfaen council's play service is encouraging families to celebrate and join in the fun on National Play Day

Achieve, create and learn with Adult Community Learning

Achieve, create and learn with Adult Community Learning
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Torfaen Council's Adult Community Learning team have delivered the new Autumn Term 2020 brochure to every household in Torfaen offering a wide range of learning opportunities
Wednesday 29 July 2020

Employment Support for Torfaen Residents

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As part of Torfaen Council's response to Covid-19, the Skills and Employability team are offering a free, specialist employment service to residents impacted by coronavirus

Phased reopening of national museums across Wales

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Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales is pleased to announce that it will begin a phased reopening of its museums to the public. Big Pit National Coal Museum will re-open on 1 September.
Tuesday 28 July 2020

Essential tree removal to be undertaken along Cwmbran Drive

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On Sunday 2nd August essential tree removal will take place along Cwmbran Drive between Rechem roundabout and Ashbridge roundabout between 5am and 5pm, therefore the road will be closed to ensure the safety of staff and road users.
Monday 27 July 2020

Happy customers return to playgrounds

Happy customers return to playgrounds
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Children from around the borough have been busy enjoying the fresh air and playgrounds since all council owned playgrounds reopened last week following relaxations in lockdown.
Friday 24 July 2020

Cemetery opening times changing from Monday 27th July

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From Monday 27th July cemeteries in Torfaen will be open daily from 9am-7pm.
Wednesday 22 July 2020

Cadw announce phased re-opening of Wales's major heritage sites

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Earlier this month, Cadw successfully re-opened 43 of its unstaffed, free-entry monuments and today (18 July), the historic environment service has revealed a phased re-opening plan for selected staffed sites in its care, including some of Wales's most iconic historical attractions...
Friday 17 July 2020

Summer Reading Challenge 2020 launches today

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The annual Challenge aims to get children between the ages of 4 and 11 to read six books over the summer holidays...

Torfaen Economy & Enterprise supporting local businesses and start ups with FREE 3 day 'Business Power Up' event

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Torfaen Economy & Enterprise supporting local businesses and start ups with FREE 3 day 'Business Power Up' event ...
Thursday 16 July 2020

Children play areas to reopen in Torfaen by 3 August

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Following the recent Welsh Minister's announcements regarding children's play areas, Torfaen County Borough Council is working hard to make these areas safe and ready for children...
Tuesday 14 July 2020

Stay #ScamAware

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With many of us spending more time online, either staying in touch with loved ones, shopping for essentials or work, criminals are hard at work trying to lure us into revealing our personal and business information.

Torfaen Business Club supports members via virtual events during Pandemic

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Torfaen Business Voice, one of south wales' most popular business networking clubs with over 65 members, has continued to support its members via a series of monthly 'virtual' networking meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Big Pit to open from September 1st

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"Wales' seven national museums and the National Collection Centre are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our priority and therefore our sites will reopen only when it is safe for us to do so.
Thursday 9 July 2020

Toilets in Torfaen parks to re-open tomorrow

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Toilets at Cwmbran Boating Lake and Pontypool Park will be opened tomorrow for the public to use (Friday 10th July).

Schools to reopen to all pupils from September

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Torfaen has today welcomed plans by the Education Minister to allow schools that can do so, to safely reopen from the first week of September, with all schools to reopen from September 14.
Wednesday 8 July 2020

Popular 'Request and Collect' library book service issues over 3.5K books since launch

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The Torfaen Libraries 'Request & Collect' service has proved popular since its launch at the beginning of June with almost 4,000 books now on loan...

Summer Support for Vulnerable and Key Worker Children

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Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are today announcing support for vulnerable children and some key worker children that will be put in place for the summer holiday period.
Tuesday 7 July 2020

£4m fund launched to save and rebuild community sport

£4m fund launched to save and rebuild community sport
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Grassroots sports clubs in Torfaen can apply for a new fund to help them survive the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare to restart activities safely.

Annual Canvass 2020

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Don't lose your voice - residents in Torfaen urged to look out for their voter registration letters.
Monday 6 July 2020

"Together we can keep people safe"

"Together we can keep people safe"
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A campaign launches today across Wales to encourage people to contact social services if they are worried that a family member, friend or neighbour is at risk of abuse, neglect and harm.

Important Covid-19 information and advice for employers and employees

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Important Covid-19 information and advice for employers and employees is now available on the Healthy Working Wales website

Vans and trailers can now book a slot to visit the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC)

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We are pleased to announce that from Monday 13th July, vans and trailers will be able to visit the Household Waste Recycling Centre at New Inn daily between 1.30pm-3.30pm

There is a vacancy in Pontypool Indoor Market for a Newsagent

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There is a vacancy in Pontypool Indoor Market for a Newsagent
Friday 3 July 2020

Are you a butcher looking for affordable premises?

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A vacancy has arisen in Pontypool Indoor Market, a Grade II Listed building in the heart of Pontypool Town, for a local butcher...
Wednesday 1 July 2020

Legionnaires Disease - Businesses urgently reminded to check their water systems before re-opening

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As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, businesses and building owners are reminded to check the maintenance of their premises as they reopen...

Burial attendance – permitted numbers of mourners

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Gwent Local Resilience Forum (LRF) statement on numbers at BURIAL services

Bulky waste collections to restart next week

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On Tuesday 7th July, bulky waste collections will resume.
Wednesday 24 June 2020

Registrar services resume in Torfaen

Registrar services resume in Torfaen
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Following a change in legislation by the Welsh Government on the 22nd June 2020, birth registrations and appointments for notices of marriage can now recommence in Torfaen
Tuesday 23 June 2020

Torfaen council's response to Covid-19

Torfaen council's response to Covid-19
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Today, (Tuesday, June 23) Torfaen councillors will receive a report outlining the council's initial response to the COVID19 outbreak, the council's role within the Gwent Local Resilience Forum (LRF) and the actions taken by all service areas.
Monday 22 June 2020

Armed Forces Week 2020

Armed Forces Week 2020
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Today we raise the Armed Forces Flag outside the Civic Centre to celebrate and honour the whole Armed Forces Community.
Friday 19 June 2020

Torfaen Schools reopen

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Following the Education Minister's announcement that schools will reopen on the 29th June, Torfaen Council have been working closely with all schools to make the necessary arrangements for a safe return

Torfaen is open for business. Shop local, shop safely, support you high street

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The First Minister has just announced that all non-essential businesses in Wales can reopen from Monday 22nd June....

Park safe, park right, park legally

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With businesses reopening in Torfaen over the next few weeks, the council is urging drivers to park safely and legally as Wales moves into another Covid-19 recovery phase.

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED 'Wildlife & Wellbeing' packages on offer to NHS staff as part of new Urban Wildlife project

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Torfaen County Borough Council, along with partner organisations will be leading a new Urban Biodiversity project called 'An Urban Buzz'...
Monday 15 June 2020

Do you know the signs of elder abuse?

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The Police & Crime Commissioner for Gwent is urging residents to learn how to spot the signs of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of older people.
Friday 12 June 2020

'Wildlife & Wellbeing' packages on offer to NHS staff as part of new Urban Wildlife project

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Torfaen County Borough Council, along with partner organisations will be leading a new Urban Biodiversity project called 'An Urban Buzz'...
Thursday 11 June 2020

Carers Week 2020 -supporting unpaid carers in Torfaen

Carers Week 2020 -supporting unpaid carers in Torfaen
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This Carers Week Torfaen Social Care teams continue to support unpaid carers in our communities, having positive conversations with them and offering information and support.

Don't let disposable face masks and gloves spoil our beautiful borough

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Since Covid-19 began disposable face masks and gloves have become a new stream of litter most of us have noticed around the borough....
Wednesday 10 June 2020

West Mon School congratulated for help with PPE

West Mon School congratulated for help with PPE
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West Mon School staff have been thanked for assisting with the production of PPE during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tuesday 9 June 2020

Four car-parking areas in Torfaen to reopen on Thursday

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In light of the recent Welsh Government announcement relaxing some of the Covid-19 restrictions...
Wednesday 3 June 2020

School laptops available to digitally excluded learners at home

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Schools across the borough have identified 1400 pupils who are most at risk of becoming digitally excluded whilst staying home during the lockdown period.
Tuesday 2 June 2020

'Request and Collect' library book service launching in Torfaen on Thursday

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Torfaen residents who enjoy reading can 'Request and Collect' books from Cwmbran library from Thursday (4th June).
Monday 1 June 2020

Contact Tracing starts in Gwent

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In response to the Welsh Government's Test, Trace, Protect strategy, partners including Public Health Wales, the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and the five Local Authorities in Gwent have joined forces to establish the Gwent Contact Tracing Service which went live on Monday June 1
Friday 29 May 2020

Play packs delivered to families during lockdown

Play packs delivered to families during lockdown
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More than ever, play is so integral to a child's mental health and well-being during these strange and often difficult times.
Thursday 28 May 2020

This Nature Week connect with nature on your doorstep

This Nature Week connect with nature on your doorstep
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To get the week off to a bumper start, join us for the Big Garden BioBlitz on May 30th! Open to all, fun and free, simply go out and spot nature in your garden or from your window!
Wednesday 27 May 2020

Attacks on waste and recycling crew members will not be tolerated

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The council has strongly condemned an unprovoked attack on one of its waste and recycling collection crew members which occurred yesterday at 10.30am (26th May 2020) on New William Street, Blaenavon.
Saturday 23 May 2020

Funeral attendance - permitted numbers

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Today (23/5/20), partners of the Gwent Local Resilience Forum agreed to increase the number of mourners permitted to attend funerals, memorial services and gatherings at Gwent Crematorium and cemeteries within the five local authority areas of Gwent, to ten
Thursday 21 May 2020

Household Waste Recycling Centre booking system is live

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Following our update last week about the Household Waste Recycling Centre re-opening on Tuesday 26 May, full details about the running of the site and how to book a slot can be found here
Friday 15 May 2020

Full grass cutting schedule to resume

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On Monday 18 May, the council's full grass cutting service around the borough will resume as staffing levels begin to return to normal.

Applications for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme open early

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The Government's world-leading scheme to support the self-employed has opened for claims – weeks ahead of schedule.

Ban on menthol cigarettes

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From Wednesday 20th May 2020, the sale of menthol cigarettes will be banned in the UK.
Thursday 14 May 2020

Temporary prohibition of fishing at Cwmbran Boating Lake

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Temporary prohibition of fishing at Cwmbran Boating Lake...

Household Waste Recycling Centre to reopen

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Following the latest Welsh Government announcement, and the subsequent change in the regulations allowing residents to visit recycling and waste sites, Torfaen's plans to re-open its Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at New Inn on Tuesday 26th May are progressing at speed.
Tuesday 12 May 2020

Second pub served notice for serving customers

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Last week, environmental health officers from Torfaen council's public protection team served prohibition notices to The Castell-y-Bwch public house in Henllys, Cwmbran after customers were found drinking on the premises

Social distancing in the workplace

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The Council's Environmental Health Team have been given powers under COVID-19 Regulations to monitor, investigate and take enforcement action, if necessary, on employers who are not abiding by the requirements for social distancing within the workplace
Thursday 7 May 2020

Show your support for Foster Care Fortnight

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For the next two weeks we are celebrating Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from 11-24 May.
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