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Thursday 13 May 2021

Boom in recycling rates

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The amount of cardboard being left out for recycling in Torfaen has increased by 16 per cent since the start of the pandemic.

New trees vandalised

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Dozens of newly planted beech trees have vandalised at Cwmbran Boating Lake
Wednesday 12 May 2021

Students taking Mind Matters into their own hands

Students taking Mind Matters into their own hands
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Coleg Gwent has been offering it's students training to help boost their mental health and wellbeing, and to support their friends as well.

Have your Say on Active Travel

Have your Say on Active Travel
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Residents in Torfaen are being asked to help improve walking and cycling routes for everyday journeys around Torfaen.
Monday 10 May 2021

Britain's Got Talent star unveils latest art project celebrating local authority foster carers across Wales

Britain's Got Talent star unveils latest art project celebrating local authority foster carers across Wales
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Welsh artist Nathan Wyburn wants to shine a light on the work that Torfaen's foster carers do, as Pontypool Civic Centre will be lit up in orange this Foster Care Fortnight.

Torfaen Council is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week

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Today (Monday 10 May 2021)marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK's national week to raise awareness of mental health.
Friday 7 May 2021

Cwmbran cash office reopening

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Next week, Cwmbran Cash Office will re-open on Thursday 13th May and Friday 14th May and will continue open every Thursday and Friday thereafter.
Tuesday 4 May 2021

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres in Torfaen (5 - 11 May)

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has extended the Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit at Greenmeadow Community Farm until 11 May 2021
Friday 30 April 2021

Calum supported to unlock doors to success

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A new business venture, supported by Torfaen Council's Communities For Work and Careers Wales, launched this month in the county borough.
Wednesday 28 April 2021

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres in Torfaen (28 April - 4 May)

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has extended the Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit at Greenmeadow Community Farm until 4 May 2021

Reminder: Libraries reopening Tuesday 4 May

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Libraries in Torfaen are reopening from Tuesday 4 May for limited browsing, borrowing and returning books.
Tuesday 27 April 2021

No changes to waste and recycling collections on bank holidays

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There will be no changes to waste and recycling collections next week on the May bank holiday.....
Friday 23 April 2021

Community Renewal Fund information session

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Further to our invitation to bid on 20th April, Torfaen County Borough Council in partnership with Torfaen Voluntary Alliance has organised a webinar on the 29th April from 11am-12 noon...

Torfaen Youth Service win mock Senedd election

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Five Young People from Torfaen Youth Service have recently taken part in a virtual Mock Senedd Election, competing against other young people political parties from across Wales.

Demand for Torfaen Community Meals hits an all-time high

Demand for Torfaen Community Meals hits an all-time high
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A Torfaen Council meal delivery service has seen demand for its service increase by almost a third over the past year.
Wednesday 21 April 2021

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres in Torfaen (20 - 27 April)

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has extended the Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit at Greenmeadow Community Farm until 27 April 2021

Changes to polling stations

Changes to polling stations
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Things will look different for people planning to vote at a polling station at next month's elections.
Tuesday 20 April 2021

UK Community Renewal Fund: Invitation to Submit Project Bids

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Torfaen County Borough Council is seeking bids from organisations wishing to deliver activity as part of the UK Community Renewal Fund...
Friday 16 April 2021

Phase 2 of libraries reopening

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Torfaen Libraries are pleased to announce that all libraries will reopen from Tuesday 4 May for limited browsing, borrowing and returning books...

Green waste (garden waste) reminder

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Unfortunately, due to some residents using their green waste bin inappropriately our recycling contractors haven't been able to recycle everything we have sent them this week. ..

Celebrating 'Month of the Military Child'

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April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, which highlights the important role Service children play in the Armed Forces community.
Wednesday 14 April 2021

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres in Torfaen (14 - 20 April)

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has extended the Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit at Greenmeadow Community Farm until 20 April 2021
Tuesday 13 April 2021

New Torfaen councillors

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Meet Torfaen Council's newest councillors who were elected in three by-elections last week

Pontypool skate park closed for essential repairs

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Pontypool skate park will remain closed until essential ramp repairs can be carried out, due to safety concerns related to their current condition...
Monday 12 April 2021

Next steps for post-EU funding

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On 3 March, the UK Government announced further details on how replacement EU funds will be made available via the Shared Prosperity Fund...
Friday 9 April 2021

All areas of Cwmbran Boating Lake open to the public tomorrow morning

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Tomorrow morning (Saturday 10 April), all access points to the Cwmbran Boating Lake will be open to the public...

The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021

The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021
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Torfaen Council is saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh

More Than 1000 Popular Magazines Now Available for Download through Torfaen Libraries and the Libby reading app

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Torfaen Libraries are pleased to announce that more than 1,000 popular magazines are now available to download and read on any device 24/7
Thursday 8 April 2021

Cash offices to reopen

Cash offices to reopen
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The cash offices in Pontypool Civic Centre and Blaenavon Medical Centre will re-open from Monday April 12th
Wednesday 7 April 2021

Bag sorting to restart at the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC)

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On Wednesday 14 April, bag sorting will restart at the HWRC located in New Inn...
Monday 5 April 2021

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres in Torfaen (7 - 13 April)

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has extended the Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit at Greenmeadow Community Farm until 13 April 2021
Thursday 1 April 2021

Boating Lake reopens

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On Good Friday (April 2), the whole Boating Lake, children's playground and toilet block will reopen to the public following essential work to remove trees along the railway line

There is still time to complete Census 2021

There is still time to complete Census 2021
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Census day took place on Sunday March 21, but it is vital those who have not yet completed, do so as soon as possible
Wednesday 31 March 2021

Should we reopen the footpath that lies between number 13 and 14 John Fielding Gardens, Llantarnam?

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The Council is proposing to reopen a footpath which lies between number 13 and 14 John Fielding Gardens, Llantarnam...

Removal of play equipment from play area off Henllys Way/Tegfan Court

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The Council has received a proposal to remove the play equipment located at Henllys Way/Tegfan Court...

Youth Service meals

Youth Service meals
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A team of youth workers has been cooking up a treat for vulnerable young people affected by the pandemic
Tuesday 30 March 2021

Phased reopening of Torfaen Libraries from Tuesday 6 April

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From Tuesday 6 April, Torfaen Libraries be extending their Request and Collect service to all three libraries in the borough. Library members will also be able to book 30 minute computer (PC) sessions at each library...
Monday 29 March 2021

Easter Waste & Recycling Collections 2021

Easter Waste & Recycling Collections 2021
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The Council is pleased to announce that this year we will be collecting waste and recycling on Easter Monday (5th April 2021), which in previous years wouldn't have occurred...
Friday 26 March 2021

Cwmbran Boating Lake tree felling update

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Earlier than anticipated, we have been able to reopen the play area at the Boating Lake this afternoon. Access is from the Boating Lake car park only...

Use your recycling box net to help reduce litter

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We all want to see Torfaen litter free, and one of the ways residents can help is by using their recycling box nets...

Reminder: Leave your garden waste bins for collection

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Due to the large amount of garden waste residents are leaving out for collection, our crews are finding it difficult to collect it all on your allocated collection day...

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres in Torfaen (26 March - 6 April)

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has extended the Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit at Greenmeadow Community Farm until 6 April 2021

Help us shape the Future of the Farm

Help us shape the Future of the Farm
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Today (26/03/2021) Torfaen Council have launched a public consultation to capture views on the future development of Greenmeadow Community Farm.
Wednesday 24 March 2021

Council launches five year litter and fly-tipping strategy

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Following last week's launch of Caru Cymru, Keep Wales Tidy's national campaign to eradicate litter, the Council is today launching its new five-year litter and fly-tipping strategy...
Tuesday 23 March 2021

Volunteers needed to support Summer Wellbeing Camps

Volunteers needed to support Summer Wellbeing Camps
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Torfaen Play Service are currently looking for volunteers aged 16 years and over to support a number of Play and Wellbeing Camps this summer.

Earth Hour

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Join the Earth Hour switch off
Monday 22 March 2021

Pontypool Civic Centre goes purple in celebration of Census 2021

Pontypool Civic Centre goes purple in celebration of Census 2021
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Last week, Torfaen Council Civic Centre and more than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales were lit up purple to celebrate the Census and its importance to communities.

World Water Day

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Today is World Water Day, a day to highlight the importance of freshwater. In the UK we are very fortunate that we have access to freshwater for sanitation, hygiene and drinking...
Friday 19 March 2021

A time to reflect

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On Tuesday 23 March 2021, Torfaen Council will join the Welsh Government and public bodies across Wales in support of the charity Marie Curie's initiative to take part in a 'National Day of Reflection' to mark the anniversary of the national covid-19 lockdown...
Thursday 18 March 2021

Have your say at the online public meetings for the proposed Craig Y Felin and Llanfrechfa Strategic Sites

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Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the Council will be holding an online public meeting on Microsoft Teams to answer your questions on these proposed sites

Are you a manufacturer in Torfaen that needs guidance with COVID-19 cases in the workplace?

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Test Trace Protect (TTP) and Torfaen Council's Public Protection team are holding an online Business Clinic...
Wednesday 17 March 2021

Torfaen County Borough Council joins new movement to eradicate litter and waste

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Torfaen County Borough Council has joined forces with Keep Wales Tidy to support Caru Cymru, the biggest ever initiative to eradicate litter and waste...
Monday 15 March 2021

Summer opening hours at the Household Waste Recycling Centre begin Sunday 28 March

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On Sunday 28 March, the opening hours at the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) located in New Inn will be changing...

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres in Torfaen (17-23 March)

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has extended the Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit in Torfaen until 23 March 2021

Young Carers' National ID card launched in Torfaen

Young Carers' National ID card launched in Torfaen
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After 18 months of planning and development by local authorities, Welsh Government and Carers Trust Wales, today (15 March 2021) a new Young Carers' National ID card scheme has been launched in Torfaen.
Friday 12 March 2021

Working together to deliver a successful Census 2021

Working together to deliver a successful Census 2021
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The Office for National Statistics – which runs Census 2021 – is working with Torfaen Council to deliver a successful census and help local services to fully meet future needs.

Hate Hurts Wales campaign

Hate Hurts Wales campaign
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Torfaen Council is standing with victims of hate crime as part of the Welsh Government's major anti-hate crime campaign Hate Hurts Wales

IWD Inspiration

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Did you know that nearly three quarters of people who work for Torfaen Council are female? To mark International Women's Day this week we've spoken to one of the many women who hold leadership positions with us

Borough wide grass cutting service to restart next week

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Weather permitting, the Council's grass cutting service which covers the borough is to restart next week...
Thursday 11 March 2021

Cwmbran Boating Lake tree felling update – work to continue

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Tree felling and chipping will continue at Cwmbran Boating Lake for another few weeks. We expect the work to be completed by the end of Thursday 1 April...

Torfaen Council joins Wales' mighty recycling mission to tackle climate change and get to world number one

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With 92% of people in Wales now recycling regularly*, Wales is one step closer on its Mighty Mission to become world number one for recycling...
Wednesday 10 March 2021

Can you help Gwent Police establish a youth community cohesion group?

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Gwent Police are looking to establish a Youth (young persons) Community Cohesion Group for 16-25 year olds.
Tuesday 9 March 2021

Free School Meals update

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Free School Meals update

New virtual employability hub launched in Torfaen

New virtual employability hub launched in Torfaen
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A new virtual employability hub to support residents into work has been launched in Torfaen.
Monday 8 March 2021

Garden waste collections to resume

Garden waste collections to resume
Description:
Fortnightly garden waste collections in Torfaen will resume the week commencing Monday 22 March
Friday 5 March 2021

Cwmbran Boating Lake tree felling update

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As tree felling and chipping continues at the Boating Lake, the Council would like to remind residents that the playground continues to be closed. The lake and the car park will also be closed from Sunday 7th March.

Love Food Hate Waste: top 10 tips for Food Waste Action Week

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Wasting food is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. A lot of water, land, energy, time, and transportation go into producing our food, and yet in UK homes we waste 4.5 million tonnes of edible food every year. That's enough to make 10 million meals...
Thursday 4 March 2021

'Balanced' budget for 2021-2022 financial year

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Torfaen councillors have approved the authority's budget for the 2021/22 financial year

New electric vehicle charge points installed across Gwent

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Sixty-two new dual electric vehicle 22kw fast charging units have been installed at thirty-four sites across Gwent...
Wednesday 3 March 2021

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres in Torfaen (3-16 March)

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From 3rd February, Torfaen will have temporary mobile testing units at Greenmeadow Community Farm Car Park, Pontypool Old Mill Car Park and Blaenavon Ironworks Car Park

Stretchy plastic bring bank location change

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Due to an ongoing issue with littering and fly-tipping at the Cwmavon Road stretchy plastic bring bank, the decision has been taken to move it to the entrance of Capital Valley Plastic a few hundred meters away...

Council employee receives Armed Forces award for outstanding Service and Devotion to Duty

Council employee receives Armed Forces award for outstanding Service and Devotion to Duty
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Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE recently paid tribute to the work of all of the Armed Forces who are currently supporting civil powers during the coronavirus crisis.
Tuesday 2 March 2021

Three ways to vote at the Senedd and Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Three ways to vote at the Senedd and Police and Crime Commissioner elections
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On Thursday 6 May residents in Torfaen will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them in the Senedd and as Police and Crime Commissioner.
Monday 1 March 2021

Cwmbran Interchange public consultation questionnaire

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Cwmbran is the busiest sub-regional town centre in South East Wales and attracts around 15 million visitors a year. Cwmbran town centre provides a focal point for the surrounding valleys communities and acts as a 'strategic hub' for retail, employment, services, leisure and cultural activities...
Friday 26 February 2021

Torfaen Green Infrastructure Strategy consultation

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Green infrastructure is the living network of natural and semi-natural green spaces, blue spaces, and other landscape features, scattered within and between urban and rural places...
Thursday 25 February 2021

Age Connects supporting UK Census 2021

Age Connects supporting UK Census 2021
Description:
Age Connects Torfaen has been identified as a Census Support Centre to help Torfaen residents with general census queries, provide support to complete an online census or paper form, and discuss other ways to support residents.

Our draft tree strategy and action plan is open for consultation

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We are in the process of preparing a tree strategy for the borough that sets out our approach to managing trees, including those that make up woodland and hedgerows. The draft strategy explains national and local policies, and explains how these translate into action to protect and manage trees for multiple benefits...
Wednesday 24 February 2021

Please use litter bins for litter and dog waste only

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We've had reports over the last few weeks that household waste bags are being put in litter bins. This is not the proper use of a litter bin, and can result in bins overflowing, leading to more litter in neighbourhoods...
Tuesday 23 February 2021

Farm receives improvements during lockdown

Farm receives improvements during lockdown
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Greenmeadow Community Farm was scheduled to reopen during February 2021, but due to current Welsh Government COVID restrictions on visitor attractions, this is still not possible.
Monday 22 February 2021

One week to go: School grounds and playgrounds across Torfaen to be smoke free from Monday 1st March

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Today marks just one week until new laws are introduced to make more places in Wales smoke-free.
Friday 19 February 2021

Cwmbran Boating Lake to close for emergency tree felling

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Torfaen Council and Network Rail are working together to remove dangerous trees in Cwmbran Park that pose an immediate risk to rail passengers and the public...

More than 120 vulnerable children supported at half term wellbeing camps

More than 120 vulnerable children supported at half term wellbeing camps
Description:
Torfaen Play and Sports Development have worked in partnership during the February half term to deliver five play and wellbeing camps for vulnerable children in Torfaen.

Charity joins forces with the Welsh Government and The Dragons to support older people with online exercise groups

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National charity, Re-engage, is launching free online groups to give the over-75s in Wales the chance to participate in gentle exercise as they make connections with others...
Thursday 18 February 2021

Do you have symptoms of COVID-19?

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Torfaen's first Local Testing Site (LTS) has opened today (February 18) in the Old Mill Car Park on Trosnant Street, Pontypool.

Welsh Government Sustainability Funding for Childcare Providers

Welsh Government Sustainability Funding for Childcare Providers
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Torfaen Council's Early Years team has received an additional £187,000 of funding from the Welsh Government to help the sustainability of registered childcare providers in Torfaen who have been directly impacted by Covid 19.
Wednesday 17 February 2021

Small business opportunities at Pontypool Indoor Market

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Have you ever wanted to start a business? Are you looking to move or expand your business into Pontypool?...

Notice of Election

Notice of Election
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Due to current vacancies and with the approval of the Electoral Commission, Notices for the Election of Councillors to Torfaen County Borough Council have been published on the council's website.
Tuesday 16 February 2021

Over 200 businesses supported through a 12 month pilot project

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Last year, Torfaen Council ran an invaluable 12-month pilot project that offered help and support to local business start-ups and Small to Medium Enterprise's (SME's) that are situated in the Pontypool area...

Reminder to mourners and how to reduce the risks

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Those that have lost loved ones over the last year, whether related to the pandemic or not, have had to deal with the extra stress and complications that the virus and associated restrictions have caused...

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres in Torfaen (17 February - 2 March)

Description:
From 3rd February, Torfaen will have temporary mobile testing units at Greenmeadow Community Farm Car Park, Pontypool Old Mill Car Park and Blaenavon Ironworks Car Park
Monday 15 February 2021

£6.5m flooding support for Welsh communities

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Welsh Government Ministers have announced £6.5 million to support local authorities and people affected by flooding during the Alert Level 4 lockdown...
Friday 12 February 2021

'Talk Tuesday' - a small conversation can make a huge difference

'Talk Tuesday' - a small conversation can make a huge difference
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Torfaen Council's Skills and Employability Team is launching a new 'Talk Tuesday' campaign, which looks to encourage local people to get in touch and talk about matters that's affecting their ambitions to succeed in life.

A phased return to school in Torfaen

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The Welsh Government's Minister for Education has announced that schools will be reopening to children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2 after half term from the week commencing the 22nd of February

Cabinet approves plans to expand Crownbridge school.

Cabinet approves plans to expand Crownbridge school.
Description:
This week, Torfaen Council's Cabinet committee approved to invest £6,850,000 in a 50 place extension to Crownbridge School.
Wednesday 10 February 2021

Pet owners advised to act responsibly when walking near livestock

Description:
With the evenings getting lighter and Spring on the way, walkers are making the most of the beautiful landscape in Torfaen...

Bridges into Work 2 supports Andrew to land his dream job!

Bridges into Work 2 supports Andrew to land his dream job!
Description:
Andrew Wilkinson's journey with ESF funded project Bridges into Work 2 in 2020 lifted everyone's spirits, following his successful move into meaningful employment at the start of the New Year.
Monday 8 February 2021

Free PPE for Taxi and PHV drivers in Wales

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Taxi and private hire vehicle drivers in Wales can claim a free pack of high-quality PPE and vehicle cleaning materials, funded by the Welsh Government...
Thursday 4 February 2021

We're PROUD to support #LGBTHM21

We're PROUD to support #LGBTHM21
Description:
For LGBT + History Month, the council has teamed up with other #ProudCouncils across South Wales to fly the LGBT+ flag and promote equality and inclusion.

The Big Welsh Rhyme Time 8 -14 February

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The Big Welsh Rhyme Time is a national celebration of sharing rhymes and songs in the early years. It is organised by BookTrust Cymru as part of our Welsh Government funded programmes...
Tuesday 2 February 2021

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres in Torfaen (3-16 February)

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From 3rd February, Torfaen will have temporary mobile testing units at Greenmeadow Community Farm Car Park, Pontypool Old Mill Car Park and Blaenavon Ironworks Car Park
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