News Archive

Friday 21 July 2023

Eight Green Flags

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Eight green spaces in Torfaen have been awarded Green Flag status for another year...

School celebrates attendance achievement

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A primary school has seen a significant reduction in the number of pupils classed as persistently absent.
Thursday 20 July 2023

Secondary school praised for supporting education and wellbeing

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A secondary school has been praised for creating a caring and inclusive environment that supports pupils' education and wellbeing.

Join forces to reduce flood risks

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Residents and businesses are invited to have their say on a draft six-year plan to reduce flooding in the borough...
Wednesday 19 July 2023

Council commits to supporting LGBTQ+ Pride event |

Council commits to supporting LGBTQ+ Pride event  |
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Yesterday, council members voted in favour of a motion to support local Pride initiatives which promote acceptance, equality and celebrate the work of LGBTQ+ people.
Tuesday 18 July 2023

Portraits pay tribute to fallen servicemen

Portraits pay tribute to fallen servicemen
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Today marked the unveiling of the first of three portraits honouring local servicemen who tragically lost their lives in conflict.

Summer Fun with Torfaen Play

Summer Fun with Torfaen Play
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Hundreds of playworkers and volunteers are gearing up for an action-packed programme of fun for children over the summer holidays.
Friday 14 July 2023

Prosecuted for fly-tipping

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A woman has been prosecuted for fly-tipping 10 black bags of rubbish on a public highway...
Thursday 13 July 2023

Football Festival Empowers Girls and Champions Inclusivity

Football Festival Empowers Girls and Champions Inclusivity
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This week, around 100 girls from primary schools across Torfaen took part in a football festival at Cwmbran Stadium in preparation for the start of the women's FIFA World Cup.
Friday 7 July 2023

Pupils call for cleaner air

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More than 100 pupils from a school in Cwmbran have campaigned to the Senedd to introduce a Clean Air Bill in Wales.
Thursday 6 July 2023

New team to tackle carbon emissions

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A new team has been appointed by Torfaen Council to help reduce carbon emissions which are a major contributor to climate change.

Nominations open for Community and Volunteer Awards

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Do you know of a volunteer, community group or business which goes above and beyond for their community?

£1.1m investment for Blaenavon

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More than £1m is being invested in transforming three derelict buildings in Blaenavon Town Centre.
Wednesday 5 July 2023

First pupils graduate from Carreg Lam

First pupils graduate from Carreg Lam
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Today, the first set of pupils from Torfaen's newly established Welsh Language Immersion Unit – Carreg Lam, have graduated

Preparation work for new 20mph limits

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Work to install new road signs will begin next week ahead of the introduction of a new 20mph speed limit.

Estyn inspectors highlight improvements in leadership

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During June, Estyn inspectors visited Torfaen council to conduct a 'pilot' monitoring visit as a follow up to the core inspection which took place in March 2022
Tuesday 4 July 2023

Plans for zero carbon energy

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A blueprint for how carbon emissions in Torfaen will be reduced to net zero by 2050 is being developed.
Monday 3 July 2023

Are you a victim of anti-social behaviour?

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Torfaen Council has joined a national campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) and keep people in Torfaen safe.

Are you registered?

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Residents are urged to check their electoral registration details as part of the annual canvass.
Friday 30 June 2023

Council launches soft plastic recycling points to Raise the Rate

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New public recycling points for plastic bags and wrapping known as "stretchy plastic" are to be introduced by Torfaen Council's waste and recycling team..
Thursday 29 June 2023

Hundreds celebrate Youth Work Week

Hundreds celebrate Youth Work Week
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More than 500 young people have taken part in a fun-filled week of activities, as part of National Youth Work Week.

Adult Community Learning Open Day

Adult Community Learning Open Day
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Looking to start a career in health and social care or education?
Wednesday 28 June 2023

Mic Morris Torfaen 10k road closures

Mic Morris Torfaen 10k road closures
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Up to 1,000 runners are set to hit the road for this year's Mic Morris Torfaen 10k race, which takes place on Sunday 16 July.
Tuesday 27 June 2023

Award gifted to Paralympian

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The head of a service that supports visually impaired children with their education across Gwent has won a national award.
Friday 23 June 2023

Torfaen Summer Fun Fest

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Thousands of children and young people from across Torfaen are in for an action-packed summer holiday period, filled with lots of exciting activities, events, and trips.

Pupils race to finals of F1 competition

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Pupils from a school in Pontypool will represent Wales at the finals of a UK competition to design and drive a model Formula One racing car.

Schools catering team nominated for innovation award

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Around one third of all food produced for human consumption contributes to around eight per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions...
Thursday 22 June 2023

Windrush exhibition comes to Torfaen

Windrush exhibition comes to Torfaen
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An exhibition celebrating the history of the Windrush generation in Wales has come to Torfaen.

Summer Reading Challenge 2023

Summer Reading Challenge 2023
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The Summer Reading Challenge - 'Ready, Set, Read!' - kicks off this July in Torfaen libraries!
Tuesday 20 June 2023

Pupils help rebrand school

Pupils help rebrand school
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Pupils at a secondary school in Cwmbran have devised a new motto and badge for their school.
Monday 19 June 2023

School food waste competition

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Primary schools are being invited to take part in a new competition organised by Torfaen Council's Catering Service to help reduce food waste.
Friday 16 June 2023

Torfaen high school embraces Big Green Week

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Pupils at a school in Pontypool have turned their school green as part of Great Big Green Week this week...

Pontypool Cultural Hub and Café Quarter plans take step forward

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Preliminary work is due to take place next week ahead of 3-projects within Pontypool Town Centre...

A thrifty return to school

A thrifty return to school
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With just weeks to go until the end of the school year, parents may already be concerned about the cost of buying new school uniform for the autumn return.

Torfaen business awards winners

Torfaen business awards winners
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Nine Torfaen businesses won awards at the inaugural Torfaen and Monmouthshire Business Awards last week.
Thursday 15 June 2023

New employment and skills shop launches

New employment and skills shop launches
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A new one-stop-shop for anyone looking for employment or to improve their skills has opened in Cwmbran Centre, run by Torfaen Council.

Schools innovative approach to reduce unauthorised absences

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A school in Torfaen has seen an increase in attendance, thanks to an innovative approach to education.
Wednesday 14 June 2023

Veterans' Support Hub set to open

Veterans' Support Hub set to open
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Torfaen County Borough Council is proud to announce the launch of a new veterans' support hub which opens in Cwmbran next week, as part of Armed Forces Week 2023.
Friday 9 June 2023

Great Big Green Week

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Free plant giveaways, nature talks, and workshops about how to help nature, are just a few of the activities taking place throughout The Big Green Week, which starts tomorrow, Saturday 10 June...

Pontypool Relay for Life

Pontypool Relay for Life
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Pontypool Park is gearing up for its sixth Cancer Research UK Relay for Life Event, happening in just over a weeks' time!

Carers Week 2023 Celebrations

Carers Week 2023 Celebrations
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This Carers Week 2023 saw hundreds of unpaid carers across Torfaen come together to take part in a series of events and activities, as a thank you for the support they give to their loved ones..

Caring school praised by inspectors

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Staff at a primary school in Cwmbran have been praised for putting pupils' well-being at the heart of the school.

Cwmbran Big Event

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Thousands of people are expected to head to Cwmbran Boating Lake this weekend for the annual Big Event...
Thursday 8 June 2023

Community review consultation

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Residents are being asked to take part in a review of community boundaries and electoral arrangement for community councils.

Unpaid carers offered courses

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Unpaid carers are being offered e-learning courses to help them in their caring roles, thanks to Torfaen Council.
Wednesday 7 June 2023

New Welsh medium childcare setting opens

New Welsh medium childcare setting opens
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Torfaen Council is pleased to announce the opening of a new Welsh medium childcare setting in Pontypool.

Carers champions support colleagues

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Torfaen Council has set up a Carers Champions Network to help provide advice and support for staff who are unpaid carers.
Tuesday 6 June 2023

Fun in the half term sun

Fun in the half term sun
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More than 900 children have taken part in a fun-filled week of play this half term, thanks to Torfaen Play Service.
Friday 2 June 2023

Improvements to textile recycling service

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Improvements have been made to Torfaen Council's textile recycling collection service, following feedback from residents
Wednesday 31 May 2023

Residents reminded to put black boxes out by 7am

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As part of the Council's strategy to Raise the recycling Rate, from Monday 5 June, residents are being reminded to put black boxes out on the kerbside by 7am...

Café lease in tourist hot spot up for grabs

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Have you ever dreamed of running your own café?
Friday 26 May 2023

Unpaid carers celebrated

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This Carers Week, Torfaen Council will be hosting a series of events to thank adult and young carers for the work they do.

Foster carers honoured for transforming children's lives

Foster carers honoured for transforming children's lives
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More than 170 foster carers from across Torfaen have been celebrated for their outstanding work in transforming the lives of children in their care.

Childcare support reaches more families

Childcare support reaches more families
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A significant expansion of childcare provision in Torfaen is set to benefit more families, as more Flying Start areas are introduced across the borough.
Thursday 25 May 2023

New floodlit pitch for the north of Torfaen

New floodlit pitch for the north of Torfaen
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A scheme to build a new floodlit all-weather community sports pitch for north of the borough has been given the green light

Need help to apply for Voter Authority certificate?

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Torfaen Council's library service has launched a new service to help anyone who needs to apply online for a voter authority certificate.
Wednesday 24 May 2023

Former foster children say thanks

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Young people who spent time in local authority foster care have said thank you to their foster carers as part of Foster Care Fortnight.

New easy to use online hub launched for food businesses

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Food businesses can now find guidance and advice from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in one easy to access business guidance hub on food.gov.uk...
Monday 22 May 2023

Fitness programme helps woman reverse diabetes

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Jacquelin Chapman has managed to reverse onset type-2 diabetes after taking part in the #IfyougoIgo health and fitness programme for women.
Friday 19 May 2023

Glowing Estyn report for primary school

Glowing Estyn report for primary school
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A primary school in Cwmbran has received an exceptional report from Estyn inspectors.

Council and clients being held over a barrel by residential care providers

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Today, Torfaen council have started speaking with residents and their families living in several residential and nursing homes in the borough in response to a letter from care providers demanding extra payments for care

Raise the Rate survey reaches 1,200

Raise the Rate survey reaches 1,200
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There's just two weeks left to have your say on how you think recycling rates can be improved in Torfaen.
Thursday 18 May 2023

New route helps pupils walk to school safely

New route helps pupils walk to school safely
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Pupils and parents say a new footpath to Llantarnam Community Primary has transformed their journeys to school.
Wednesday 17 May 2023

Pupils play active role in school

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Staff at Cwmffrwdoer Primary School are offering pupils the chance to join a walking bus this week, as part of #WalktoSchoolWeek.

Foster family keeps siblings together

Foster family keeps siblings together
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Lorna and Jason have discovered working full time and having children are not barriers to becoming full-time foster carers.
Tuesday 16 May 2023

Key political appointments made at council AGM

Key political appointments made at council AGM
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At the annual general meeting (AGM) of Torfaen council on Tuesday 16 May, the key political appointments to the council's cabinet, committees and outside bodies were confirmed for the year ahead

Polling stations access review

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Torfaen Council's elections team has been working with disabled people's groups to improve review access to local polling stations.
Monday 15 May 2023

Walk to Nursery Week

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Nurseries and childminders are being encouraged to take part in Torfaen's first-ever Walk to Nursery Week.

Foster Wales calls on Welsh employers to support foster carers

Foster Wales calls on Welsh employers to support foster carers
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This Foster Care Fortnight TM, 15 - 28 May, The Fostering Network, the UK's leading fostering charity, and local authority fostering services in Wales are calling on the wider business community to lend their support and make it easier for their employees to combine fostering and working.
Friday 12 May 2023

Pupils strive for 95

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Pupils at Llantarnam Community School are aiming to return to an average of 95 per cent attendance.

Youth outreach scheme triumphs over antisocial behaviour

Youth outreach scheme triumphs over antisocial behaviour
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A new youth outreach scheme is helping to tackle antisocial behaviour in Cwmbran.
Thursday 11 May 2023

Get set for the Mic Morris Torfaen 10k run

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Hundreds of runners have already signed up for this year's Mic Morris race, which the organisers say is "the fastest race of its kind on the planet".
Monday 8 May 2023

School rewards attendance

School rewards attendance
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A secondary school in Torfaen has launched a new initiative that rewards good attendance in efforts to reduce unauthorised absences
Friday 5 May 2023

Raise the Rate recycling survey

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A new survey has been launched as part of a campaign to increase household recycling rates in Torfaen to 70 per cent.
Thursday 4 May 2023

Let it grow for summer

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Residents are being urged to support No Mow May, which encourages people to leave their lawns uncut this month to support local biodiversity and help tackle climate change...
Wednesday 3 May 2023

Pupils trial plant-based meals

Pupils trial plant-based meals
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Pupils at Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw have put their tastebuds to the test by trying out a variety of new plant-based meals.
Friday 28 April 2023

New dementia support group

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A new support group is providing a welcoming space and activities for people living with dementia, memory loss and their carers.

Garden waste and purple lidded bin update

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We've had a bit of a setback this week with our garden waste and purple lidded bin collections due to vehicle issues...

Golfers invited to tee off for charity

Golfers invited to tee off for charity
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Golfing enthusiasts, golf widows, even golfing amateurs are invited to take part in the Torfaen Mic Morris Charity Golf fundraiser this summer.
Thursday 27 April 2023

Recycling and waste bank holiday collections

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Our recycling and waste crews will be working as normal over the three bank holidays next month...

School wins digital film award

School wins digital film award
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A team of primary school pupils from Pontypool has come third in a national competition to produce a video to promote internet safety.

Prepare for GCSE with Torfaen Adult Community Learning

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Are you considering enrolling on a GCSE course this September with Torfaen Adult Community Learning?
Wednesday 26 April 2023

Cost of Living Payments

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Millions of households are set receive further support from UK government to ease financial pressures during the rising cost of living. ​
Tuesday 25 April 2023

Waste consultation update

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Council Leader Anthony Hunt has announced a public consultation on plans to reduce residual waste collections in Torfaen is to close early.
Monday 24 April 2023

Pupils interview Welsh stars for new podcast

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Students at Croesyceiliog Comprehensive School have been interviewing Welsh stars for a new school podcast.
Friday 21 April 2023

Spring clean tackles litter hot-spots

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Plastic drink bottles, crisp packets, car tyres, a scooter and a golf club are just some of the items of rubbish picked up as part of Torfaen's annual Spring Clean.
Thursday 20 April 2023

New Welsh language centre opens

New Welsh language centre opens
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A specialist centre has opened this week for children who want to transfer from English-medium to Welsh medium primary school education.
Wednesday 19 April 2023

World Book Night

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In light of this year's World Book Night, Torfaen Adult Community Learning will be offering a selection of free books to collect from their centres during normal opening hours.

Canal plan consultation

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Residents are invited to have their say on a 10-year plan to develop and improve one of Torfaen's most popular attractions.
Monday 17 April 2023

Pupils star in their own film

Pupils star in their own film
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Pupils and teachers at Padre Pio Primary School have filmed a video celebrating some of the reasons they love going to school.
Thursday 6 April 2023

Hundreds take part in Easter fun

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More than 850 children have taken part in a week of Easter fun thanks to Torfaen Council's Play Service.
Friday 31 March 2023

Pupils enjoy learning opportunities

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Pupils at Llanyrafon Primary School enjoy the opportunities they have to learn and play, according to an Estyn report.
Thursday 30 March 2023

Schools see drop in persistent absenteeism

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Primary and secondary schools in Torfaen have seen a reduction in the number of pupils classed as persistently absent.

Batteries to be collected at the kerbside

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From next week, residents will be able to recycle small household batteries weekly at the kerbside...

Easter recycling and waste collections

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Crews will be working the Easter bank holidays this year, so there are no changes to collection days. Please put your recycling and waste out on your usual collection day...
Wednesday 29 March 2023

Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw removed from Special Measures

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Following a recent inspection by Estyn, His Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales, Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw is now judged to have made sufficient progress to be removed from the list of schools requiring special measures.
Monday 27 March 2023

Waste collections consultation

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You can have your say on plans to increase recycling collections and reduce residual waste collections in Torfaen from today.
Friday 24 March 2023

Big Walk and Wheel Week

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Three primary schools have agreed to sign up to a national programme aimed at getting school children to regularly walk, cycle or scoot to school.

Council signs Placemaking Charter

Council signs Placemaking Charter
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Torfaen Council are the latest council in Wales to sign up to the Placemaking Charter for Wales which demonstrates the council's support for the principles of placemaking.

Tattoo and beauty industry to be made safer

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Tattoo artists and professionals working in body piercing, semi-permanent make-up, acupuncture and electrolysis will need to sign up to a new Wales-wide mandatory licensing scheme next year...
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