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Cardboard collections now take place weekly
Friday 8 December 2023
Solar powered schools
Solar panels have been installed in 14 schools across the borough saving hundreds of thousands of pounds in electricity...
Thursday 7 December 2023
New climate action group
The Climate Ambassadors Network was set up by Torfaen Council in November 2021 to help plan for the borough to become net carbon zero by 2050. Since then, the group has formed a residents' action group and they are looking for new members.
Pupils shape school values
Pupils from Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw have told councillors how they are helping to shape their school's core values
Wednesday 6 December 2023
Young entrepreneurs given boost
A group of entrepreneurs has taken part in a new course dedicated to supporting young business people in Torfaen.
Pupils win healthy cooking lessons
The winners of Torfaen Catering Service's Waste Warriors competition have enjoyed learning how cook healthy food and help reduce food waste.
Monday 4 December 2023
New nature reserve will be the largest
A former colliery site in Abersychan is on course to become Torfaen's eighth and largest Local Nature Reserve.
Friday 1 December 2023
New protection for private tenants
From today, all private rental properties must have a mains-wired interlinked smoke alarms on every floor and a valid electrical condition report.
School sees big increase in attendance
A secondary school has seen a remarkable increase in attendance rates thanks to the range of support it offers pupils struggling to go to school.
New mandatory course for tattooists and beauticians
Starting from next year, all professionals who offer body art and acupuncture services in Wales will need to obtain a mandatory licence to operate.
Wednesday 29 November 2023
School is at heart of community
A primary school in Torfaen has won an award for its outstanding work with families and the local community.
Scores on the doors celebrated
More than half of food businesses in Torfaen display the highest level of cleanliness, according to the Food Hygiene Ratings scheme.
Tuesday 28 November 2023
Torfaen school receives beaming report.
A Welsh medium primary school in Pontypool has received an exceptional report from Estyn inspectors this week.
Unlicensed street trader prosecuted
A man from Swindon has pleaded guilty to trading in Torfaen without a street trading consent...
Monday 27 November 2023
Pontypool shop ordered to close for three months
A shop in Pontypool town centre has been ordered to close for three months...
Friday 24 November 2023
Young carers lobby Senedd members
A group of young carers have met with local Member of Senedd Lynne Neagle to discuss the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis.
Thursday 23 November 2023
Networking event is the business
More than 100 female entrepreneurs and business leaders attended the Torfaen Women in Business event last night.
Tuesday 21 November 2023
New canal plan approved
Councillors have approved a new 10-year plan to protect and improve the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in Torfaen.
Work to protect Garn Lakes
Work is underway to remove a number of trees and shrubs growing close to Garn Lakes to enable repairs and reduce the risk of flooding.
Monday 20 November 2023
New job is a new start
A mechanic has joined Torfaen Council's fleet team, thanks to a chance meeting at HMP Prescoed.
Friday 17 November 2023
School catering team win national award
The team in charge of school catering in Torfaen has won another two national industry awards...
Carers Rights Day
Unpaid carers in Torfaen will join thousands of carers across the UK to mark Carers Rights Day next week, an annual campaign organised by Carers UK.
Review of Council's Cemeteries
Next year, as part of a cemeteries review, a public consultation will take place...
Hearing-impaired experiences put on display
A mural designed by pupils at Cwmbran High School's hearing-impaired unit has been unveiled at the school
Friday 10 November 2023
Parents prosecuted for persistent absenteeism
The parents of a child who was persistently absent from school have been prosecuted by Torfaen Council.
Thursday 9 November 2023
Beware of scam callers targeting Lifeline users
Torfaen Council's Assistive Technology Team has received reports that some residents across Wales have been targeted by scam callers who claim to be from the council or the Lifeline service.
Budget proposals for 2024/25
Next week, Torfaen councillors will consider the council's draft budget for 2024/25 and will be asked to make suggestions for potential further savings or areas for review to bridge a funding shortfall of £2.8million.
Wednesday 8 November 2023
Trader prosecuted for selling illegal vapes
A 42-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the possession and sale of illegal disposable vapes.
Weekly cardboard collections start Monday
Cardboard recycling collections will increase from fortnightly to weekly from Monday 13 November...
Tuesday 7 November 2023
Remembrance Sunday is an important date in the nation's annual calendar, and this year takes place on 12 November.
Monday 6 November 2023
Santa Appeal launched
Torfaen Social Services has today launched its long standing annual Santa Appeal.
Thursday 2 November 2023
Young people in care celebrated
A conference has been held to celebrate the achievements of young people who have experienced the care system in Torfaen.
Wednesday 1 November 2023
New hub to support homeless
Plans for a new centre to support homeless people in Torfaen have taken a step forward.
Monday 30 October 2023
Polling station review
Every five years, local authorities must review their polling stations to ensure they are convenient and accessible for voters.
Friday 27 October 2023
Service scoops Heart of Community award
Torfaen Play have won the Torfaen Voluntary Alliance 'Heart of the Community award', which recognises groups of volunteers that make a positive impact in the local community.
How to dispose of vapes safely
An estimated 5 million disposable vapes are thrown away every week in the UK – equivalent to eight every second...
Thursday 26 October 2023
Residents get help with energy costs
Hundreds of people have been given free energy support, including advice and energy saving give aways like LED lightbulbs and radiator heat reflectors.
Weekly cardboard collections to start
Cardboard recycling collections will increase from fortnightly to weekly from next month.
Recycling facilities improved at flats
Torfaen Council has been working with Bron Afon Community Housing to increase the number of flats with recycling facilities...
Wednesday 25 October 2023
New Collaborative Procurement Service
Torfaen Council has signed up to a new procurement service focusing on socially responsible business purchasing, increased collaboration and greater community impact.
Wales! Get ready to harness the power of food waste and get us to #1
Wales, we're crackin' at recycling and take pride in doing our bit, so much so that we're the 3rd best recycling nation in the world. But we can always do better, right?...
Friday 20 October 2023
Cwmbran butcher prosecuted for food hygiene offences
A Cwmbran butcher has pleaded guilty to three food hygiene offences...
Centre puts young Welsh learners on right path
Since opening its doors earlier this year, Torfaen's Welsh immersion centre has seen 18 pupils supported to learn the Welsh language in order to transition from English to Welsh mainstream education.
Schools launch national recycling campaign
Pupils and staff from two primary schools in Cwmbran have helped launch the Welsh Government's annual Be Mighty Recycle campaign.
Green waste recycling increases
The amount of green waste recycled in Torfaen has increased since the start of April...
Thursday 19 October 2023
Women in Business event
An evening aimed at celebrating female business leaders and entrepreneurs will be held in Cwmbran next month.
Santa Appeal opens soon.
Torfaen Social Services is preparing to play Father Christmas again as plans for this year's Santa Appeal get underway.
Wednesday 18 October 2023
National Adoption Week 2023
As part of National Adoption Week 2023, The South East Wales Adoption Service is continuing their mission to encourage more people to consider adoption, as sibling groups, children with additional needs, and older children across Wales still wait to find their 'forever home'.
Food waste recycling increases
The amount of food waste being recycled in Torfaen has increased 13 per cent over the past five months...
Friday 13 October 2023
Summer Reading Challenge winners announced
Torfaen Libraries have announced the winners of their 'Ready, Set, Read!' Summer Reading Challenge, that saw more than 1000 children take part this summer.
Repair shop celebrates first anniversary
Volunteers who repair small electrical items free of charge are celebrating their first year.
Tuesday 10 October 2023
Funding awarded to bring communities together
Eight community projects across Torfaen, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent have been successful in acquiring funding to help reduce inequality and bring communities together.
Baby Loss Awareness Week
Torfaen Council is joining other organisations across the UK to light up iconic landmarks pink and blue to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week.
Friday 6 October 2023
People's Library event comes to Torfaen
Library members will get the chance to borrow a person instead of a book, as part of the first-ever People's Library event later this month.
Waste Warriors competition winners
Primary schools in Torfaen have reduced the amount of food waste they produce by an average of 20%, thanks to a new competition...
Wednesday 4 October 2023
Unlicensed street trader fined
A Cwmbran man has pleaded guilty to trading without a street trading consent
Filming for major new TV series
Filming for a new Channel Four series will take place in Cwmbran and Pontypool over the next three weeks.
Support service renamed
Members of the deaf community have influenced a decision to rename a local support education service.
Friday 29 September 2023
Pontypool trader guilty of selling counterfeit cigarettes
A Cardiff man has been charged for selling counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco in Pontypool...
Multi-million pound centre open to public
A £30 million multi-functional facility at Croesyceiliog Comprehensive School has been opened to the public.
Wednesday 27 September 2023
Plans for new Local Nature Reserve
A former colliery site in Abersychan could become Torfaen's eighth Local Nature Reserve...
Paying the price for selling counterfeit goods
A Pontypool woman has been prosecuted by Torfaen Council after being caught selling counterfeit goods using Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp...
Monday 25 September 2023
Rare find thanks to grassland management
Wasp spiders have been discovered in two areas of Torfaen where grassland has been allowed to flower over the summer...
High street business support
A service has been launched to support new and aspiring businesses looking to set up in Blaenavon or Pontypool town centres.
Friday 22 September 2023
Cardboard collections increase
Residents are helping to Raise the Rate by increasing the amount of cardboard they leave out for kerbside collections....
Libraries are just the trick
The number of people using libraries in Torfaen Library Service increased this summer compared to last year.
Riverside car park revamp
From Monday 25 September, work to improve vehicle ramps and surface water drainage will start.
Healthy school award
A primary school in Pontypool has become the latest to receive the Healthy Schools National Quality Award.
Tuesday 19 September 2023
Council approves farm investment
Councillors have agreed to invest an additional £1.64 million on redeveloping Greenmeadow Community Farm
Monday 18 September 2023
School podcast nominated for award
A school podcast featuring Welsh celebrities has been nominated for an award.
Friday 15 September 2023
Team cleans up at awards
The Torfaen School Cleaning Team have been crowned winners of a national award at a ceremony this week...
New Litter Picking Hub opens
In an effort to combat litter and promote a cleaner, more sustainable environment, a new Litter Picking Hub has been officially opened today at Blaenavon Heritage VC Primary School...
Unlock your potential this Adult Learners Week
To celebrate Adult Learners Week 2023, Torfaen Adult Community Learning has announced an exciting line-up of free taster sessions at all their centres.
Thursday 14 September 2023
Are you considering a Welsh medium education for your children?
Next week, the team who supports early years education in Torfaen is holding a Welsh Medium Showcase at the Congress Theatre to help parents understand the options available.
School Kitchens refurbished for school return
Catering facilities in a number of Torfaen primary schools have been upgraded this summer, thanks to a £1.7 million investment from Welsh Government as part of their Universal Free School Meals rollout.
Wednesday 13 September 2023
Councillors asked to decide on Farm
Next week, Torfaen councillors will consider the latest report on the proposed reopening of Greenmeadow Community Farm
School celebrates milestone anniversary
Celebrations are being arranged to mark the anniversary of one of Torfaen's oldest comprehensive schools.
Friday 8 September 2023
Pupils return to new-look school
More than a thousand students returned to a new-look Cwmbran High School this week.
Award winning author and poet visits Torfaen library
Waterstones Children's Laureate, Joseph Coelho, has today visited Cwmbran Library, as part of his nationwide 'Library Marathon' which aims to encourage people, young and old, to join their local library.
Young gardening enthusiasts reap rewards
A group of young individuals have reaped the rewards of their gardening prowess by winning an agricultural award, after taking part in Torfaen Council's 'Inspire To Grow' initiative.
Statement on Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC)
The council are treating this as a priority and have already completed an initial review of our education premises to establish sites where RAAC may have potentially been used
Thursday 7 September 2023
Trees targeted by vandals
Five trees have been deliberately vandalised in Cwmbran over the recent months...
Wednesday 6 September 2023
Preparation work for new 20mph limit
Work has begun to remove road signs in Torfaen ahead of the introduction of a new 20mph speed limit.
Get ready for Voter ID
From next month, voters will need to show photo identification to vote at polling stations in some elections.
Shops caught selling age-restricted items to children
Knives and alcohol have been sold to children under the age of 16 during a test purchasing operation in Torfaen...
Tuesday 5 September 2023
Volunteers sought to help schools flourish
Volunteers are being sought to help schools in Torfaen flourish by becoming school governors.
Monday 4 September 2023
Free compost trial
Residents are being offered free compost as part of a trial by Torfaen Council to reuse green waste collected from local homes...
Wednesday 30 August 2023
Families urged to claim Tax-Free Childcare
With the new school term starting, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding families to open a Tax-Free Childcare account today to save up to £2,000 per child on their yearly childcare bills.
Record-breaking Summer Fun Fest
A record number of volunteers have help to provide hours of free fun to thousands of children this summer.
Tuesday 29 August 2023
The British consultation
Residents are invited to comment on plans for a new drainage scheme at The British site, prior to it being submitted for planning permission.
Friday 25 August 2023
Bank holiday recycling and waste collections
Crews will be working as normal this Bank Holiday Monday so there won't be any changes to waste and recycling collections next week.
GCSE success for adult learners
It wasn't just school pupils celebrating GCSE success this week - more than 50 adult learners also collected their results.
Thursday 24 August 2023
Pupils celebrate GCSE success
Thousands of Year 10 and Year 11 pupils collected their exam results today
Play Service gives hundreds of food boxes
Families of children who attended Torfaen Council's Food and Fun camps this summer have been given food boxes containing a range of essential items.
Local company to run World Heritage Centre cafe
A local catering company has won the contract to manage the World Heritage Centre cafe in Blaenavon.
Tuesday 22 August 2023
Hundreds of trees to be planted
Residents are being given the chance to identify the location of hundreds of new trees, as part of the Branching Out project which is supported by Torfaen Council and Bron Afon Community Housing.
Friday 18 August 2023
Community Resilience Fund
A new fund has been launched by Torfaen Council to help groups and organisations that support communities to be more self-sufficient.
Thursday 17 August 2023
Gwynllyw students get first choice
A-Level students at Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw are celebrating after they all secured places at their preferred universities.
Friday 11 August 2023
More children to benefit from Free School Meals
From September, more than 4,000 junior school pupils in Torfaen will be able to receive a Universal Primary Free School Meal.
Community Cohesion Grant opens
A grant aimed at funding projects that brings communities together, has opened.
Thursday 10 August 2023
New active travel routes
Nearly half a million pounds will be spent on two key projects to improve active travel in the borough...
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