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Thursday 29 September 2022

Proposed changes to Hackney Carriage fares

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Torfaen Council has received a request from the Hackney Carriage trade to increase their fares. Hackney Carriages are the black taxis that can be hired on the taxi ranks in Torfaen or be hailed in the street, and use a meter system to work out the cost of a journey...
Friday 23 September 2022

Great Big Green Week

Description:
There will be a host of activities in Torfaen next week as part of #GreatBigGreenWeek, which starts this Saturday.
Tuesday 20 September 2022

Staff celebrate 30 years at school

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Two members of staff are celebrating 30 years working at the same school.
Thursday 15 September 2022

Royal visit to Cardiff

Royal visit to Cardiff
Description:
King Charles III will visit Cardiff tomorrow - Friday 16 September - on his first visit to Wales since the death of Queen Elizabeth II
Monday 12 September 2022

Torfaen Proclamation of King Charles III

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Councillors and civic leaders gathered at Pontypool Civic Centre on Sunday for the local Proclamation of King Charles III
Friday 9 September 2022

Torfaen Remembers

Torfaen Remembers
Description:
Following the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we would like to provide you with some information linked to the week or so ahead
Thursday 8 September 2022

Queen Elizabeth II (1926 - 2022)

Queen Elizabeth II (1926 - 2022)
Description:
It is with true sadness that we receive the news that The Queen has passed away at Balmoral

New history book and exhibition

New history book and exhibition
Description:
Step through the ages and find out what life was like in Blaenavon town centre in the latest book by Blaenavon Heritage History Group.

Special Ukrainian picnic in the park

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Ukrainian refugees living across Gwent got the chance to meet each other at a special picnic at Pontypool Park on the weekend.
Monday 5 September 2022

Resident prosecuted for fly-tipped furniture

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A resident has been prosecuted by Torfaen Council for fly-tipping after an eyewitness reported dumped household items, including broken furniture, a chair and carpet, near their home in Blaenavon.
Tuesday 16 August 2022

August Bank Holiday update

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August bank holiday update...
Monday 15 August 2022

There's still time to take part in the Nature Isn't Neat survey

Description:
Since its launch, this summer's Nature isn't Neat online Survey has received more than 1,000 responses from across Torfaen and the wider Gwent area...
Thursday 11 August 2022

Your issues under the spotlight

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Torfaen Council's five scrutiny committees have decided the topics they will examine over the next year.
Tuesday 9 August 2022

Childcare support for families to be expanded

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A programme that supports families with young children living in deprived areas is being expanded.
Friday 5 August 2022

Disability access group expands

Description:
A forum which gives people with disabilities in Torfaen a voice has seen the number of people attending its meetings more than double.
Friday 29 July 2022

Carer Friendly Award is first in Wales

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Torfaen Council has become the first organisation in Wales to be granted Carer Friendly Employer Accreditation by the Care Collective.
Wednesday 27 July 2022

Geese petition response

Description:
At this week's council meeting, a report was presented in response to a petition about the removal of geese from Two Locks towpath in Cwmbran.
Thursday 21 July 2022

Annual Canvass gets underway

Description:
Residents in Torfaen are being urged to check their electoral registration details or risk losing their chance to vote on decisions that affect them.
Friday 15 July 2022

Take care in the extreme heat

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Experts at Public Health Wales are warning people to take extra care in the extreme heat that is forecast over the next few days.
Tuesday 12 July 2022

Plans for military parade and Forces Fun Day

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Royal Welsh soldiers will march through Pontypool later this month to celebrate the reaffirmation of their Freedom of the Borough.
Friday 1 July 2022

Free mental health training

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A project to create a network of qualified mental health trainers in Torfaen is underway.
Friday 24 June 2022

Food parcel cookery tips

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A day of cookery demonstrations will be held next month using items in food parcels.
Wednesday 22 June 2022

Shop SustainABLE-ly

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A charity supporting people with autism and learning disabilities has opened a new shop selling fresh fruit and vegetables.
Tuesday 31 May 2022

Support is Cream of the Crop!

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A programme offering rural food producers £10,000 to diversify and create new sustainable food networks is paying tasty dividends.
Tuesday 24 May 2022

Key political appointments made at AGM

Key political appointments made at AGM
Description:
At the annual general meeting (AGM) of Torfaen council on Tuesday 24th of May, all the key political appointments to the council's cabinet, committees and outside bodies were confirmed for the year ahead
Monday 23 May 2022

Climate Change Minister's message on International Day of Biodiversity was 'let it grow'

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"We are in a nature emergency and now, more than ever, we must support our precious wildlife."...
Friday 20 May 2022

Support for rural businesses to grow

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A project aimed at increasing the amount of locally-produced food is offering grants to rural businesses to help them diversify.
Wednesday 4 May 2022

Pub pulls in punters for polling day

Pub pulls in punters for polling day
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The Unicorn Inn in Pontypool will become the first pub in Torfaen to host a polling station, as part of this year's #Torfaenlocalelections2022.
Tuesday 12 April 2022

Geese settle into new home

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The two geese removed from the canal following complaints about aggressive behaviour are settling into their new home.
Friday 8 April 2022

School catering team wins national award

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Torfaen Council's schools catering department has won an award for innovation at the Public Sector Catering Awards...

Climate ambassadors focus on active travel

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Community climate ambassadors met with representatives from Torfaen Council this week to discuss plans to increase active travel in the borough

Film shows first-time voters how its done

Film shows first-time voters how its done
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Pupils from West Monmouth School have produced a video for first time voters planning to vote at a polling station, as part of Torfaen Council's #TorfaenLocalElections2022 campaign.
Thursday 24 March 2022

Join an award-winning service

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If you fancy getting paid to help children play, then Torfaen Council's multi-award winning play service is recruiting.

Small businesses helped to flourish after pandemic

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A total of £50,000 has been given to small businesses in Torfaen to help them recover and grow following the pandemic.

Torfaen Council supports Earth Hour 2022

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Torfaen Council is going to be switching off the Civic Centre lights for Earth Hour 2022...
Thursday 10 March 2022

Council investing in vehicles and staff

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On Thursday, Torfaen Council received five second-hand recycling vehicles purchased from Powys County Council to help address an ageing fleet and a spate of breakdowns.
Thursday 3 March 2022

Torfaen Council approves budget plans

Description:
Today, Torfaen Council has approved final budget proposals and set the Council Tax increase below two per cent for 2022-2023.
Friday 25 February 2022

Special visitor to half-term play camps

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Children at some of Torfaen Council's Play and Respite sessions welcomed a special visitor this half-term.
Thursday 24 February 2022

Council seeks Mental Health First Aiders

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Torfaen Council is allocating £25,000 to train and support six people from local community groups and the voluntary sector to become Mental Health First Aiders.
Tuesday 22 February 2022

UFC fighter backs elections campaign

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Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor Mason Jones has thrown his weight behind a campaign to encourage young people to register for this year's local elections.
Friday 11 February 2022

Torfaen to pilot advance voting centre

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Residents will be able to vote in this year's local elections the weekend before polling day.
Wednesday 9 February 2022

Young people prepare for historic local elections

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Young people will get the chance to have their say in who their next councillors will be in this year's local elections.
Friday 4 February 2022

New food and craft market

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A new monthly food and craft market is coming to Pontypool.
Friday 28 January 2022

Torfaen councillors to examine improved budget

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Next week Torfaen councillors will examine the council's latest budget proposals and proposed level of council tax for 2022/23
Thursday 27 January 2022

Climate ambassadors network takes shape

Climate ambassadors network takes shape
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Plans for Torfaen's first climate ambassadors network are starting to take shape.
Wednesday 26 January 2022

Food4Growth Grants

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A project is offering £10,000 grants to businesses and community groups to develop local food supply chains.
Tuesday 25 January 2022

Torfaen Local Elections 2022

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Preparations are underway for the Local Government elections in May, which will elect 40 county borough councillors across Torfaen.
Friday 26 November 2021

£1.2 million to support pandemic recovery

Description:
Torfaen council's cabinet committee have approved plans to invest £1.2 million to help the community recover from the impacts of covid-19.
Thursday 25 November 2021

Torfaen bid to become Sustainable Food Place

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There are plans to transform Torfaen into a Sustainable Food Place, as part of an initiative to support and encourage local food networks.
Wednesday 17 November 2021

Plans for climate ambassadors network kickstarted

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A meeting to kickstart plans for a new climate ambassadors network in Torfaen was held yesterday evening.
Thursday 11 November 2021

Torfaen part of flexible voting pilot

Description:
This week the Welsh Government set out plans in advance of the May 2022 elections to increase the number of people registered to vote and to introduce new flexible voting scheme.

Become a climate ambassador

Description:
The UN climate change conference COP26 comes to a close this weekend, but we want to continue the conversation here in Torfaen.
Friday 5 November 2021

Setting a Council Budget for 2022/23

Description:
This week, councillors have looked at Torfaen Council's budget plans for the next financial year, and we'd like you to do the same....

Remembrance parades to resume

Remembrance parades to resume
Description:
Taking place on Sunday 14 November, Remembrance Day is an important date in the nation's annual calendar.
Thursday 4 November 2021

Setting a council budget for 2022/23

Setting a council budget for 2022/23
Description:
Councillors will this week consider a report into Torfaen Council's budget plans for the next financial year
Wednesday 3 November 2021

Project celebrated at climate roadshow

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A project to improve and protect upland areas in South East Wales - led by Torfaen Council - will be featured at an event to mark the COP26 summit this weekend.
Monday 25 October 2021

Tackling Torfaen's carbon emissions

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Tackling climate change in Torfaen is a key priority, and today Torfaen Council launches its first major consultation on how that can be done...
Friday 22 October 2021

Pride of Torfaen Awards 2021

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The first ever Pride of Torfaen Awards are now open for nominations to recognise the individuals, groups and clubs that make Torfaen a better place to live.
Tuesday 19 October 2021

Gwent Dragons drive anti-hate message

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Rugby players from the Gwent Dragons have been helping to drive home the message that Hate Hurts Wales.
Wednesday 13 October 2021

Shining a light on Baby Loss Awareness Week

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Three key council buildings will be illuminated in pink and blue this week in honour of parents and families in Torfaen who have lost a baby in pregnancy or infancy this week...
Friday 1 October 2021

Have your say in our residents survey

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We're committed to making Torfaen a better place to live and work and delivering on services that matter the most to you.
Wednesday 22 September 2021

Veteran awarded for voluntary service

Veteran awarded for voluntary service
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A volunteer for the Blaenavon Royal British Legion has won a Community Award at the Welsh Veterans Awards for going above and beyond for his local armed forces community.
Friday 10 September 2021

Electoral boundaries review

Description:
Initial proposals for changes to Parliamentary constituencies in Wales are now live for public consultation.

Interested in the work of the Council?

Description:
Torfaen Council is seeking to appoint an independent member to sit on its Governance & Audit Committee from May 2022.

2023 Review of Parliamentary Constituencies

Description:
Initial proposals for changes to Parliamentary constituencies in Wales are now live for public consultation

Governance & Audit Committee

Description:
Torfaen Council is seeking to appoint an independent member to sit on its Governance & Audit Committee from May 2022
Wednesday 28 July 2021

Access council services 24/7

Access council services 24/7
Description:
You can contact Torfaen Council anytime of the day by signing up for your personal online council service
Friday 23 July 2021

Don't lose your voice in elections

Don't lose your voice in elections
Description:
Torfaen residents are being urged not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.
Wednesday 23 June 2021

How a bin lorry driver from Cwmbran gained the confidence to speak in public – thanks to the Reserves

How a bin lorry driver from Cwmbran gained the confidence to speak in public – thanks to the Reserves
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Despite a dislike of public speaking, 25-year-old Jack Pritchard from Cwmbran is glad he was pushed out of his comfort zone.
Tuesday 22 June 2021

Council approves extra funds for The British

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Torfaen councillors have voted in favour of allocating an extra £1.2m to regenerate the site of an old ironworks.
Saturday 5 June 2021

Celebrating Torfaen's Ecosystems

Celebrating Torfaen's Ecosystems
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It's World Environment Day and this year's theme is ecosystem restoration. Local Nature Partnership Coordinator Veronika Brannovic explains why ecosystems are important and what's being done in Torfaen to develop them.
Wednesday 2 June 2021

Young Volunteers Thanked

Young Volunteers Thanked
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Hundreds of young people volunteer with Torfaen Council's Play Service every year.
Tuesday 18 May 2021

Key political appointments made at AGM

Key political appointments made at AGM
Description:
At the annual general meeting (AGM) of Torfaen council on Tuesday 18th of May, all the key political appointments to the council's cabinet, committees and outside bodies were confirmed for the year ahead
Monday 17 May 2021

Support for LGBTQ youngsters making a difference

Description:
Members of an LGBTQ support group for young people have welcomed Torfaen Council's commitment to supporting gender diversity and promoting equality
Friday 7 May 2021

Cwmbran cash office reopening

Description:
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.
Wednesday 21 April 2021

Changes to polling stations

Changes to polling stations
Description:
Things will look different for people planning to vote at a polling station at next month's elections.
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
Friday 9 April 2021

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
Thursday 8 April 2021

Cash offices to reopen

Cash offices to reopen
Description:
The cash offices in Pontypool Civic Centre and Blaenavon Medical Centre will re-open from Monday April 12th
Tuesday 23 March 2021

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

Description:
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

Description:
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...
Friday 12 March 2021

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
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
Wednesday 3 March 2021

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
Description:
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.
Wednesday 17 February 2021

Notice of Election

Notice of Election
Description:
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.
Thursday 28 January 2021

Our Scrutiny Committees need your views

Description:
The Cleaner Communities, and the Prosperous Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committees, are holding a joint meeting on Thursday 04 February to look at the development of a strategic vision for the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal...
Friday 22 January 2021

Voting safely at this year's elections

Voting safely at this year's elections
Description:
On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Torfaen will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them in the Senedd and on who will be the Police and Crime Commissioner for their local police force area.
Friday 15 January 2021

Torfaen Council's Covid Enforcement Team: Keeping you safe during the pandemic

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The Coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on the lives of us all, and with the threat expected to continue until the effects of the vaccine are seen, Torfaen Council's Public Protection service continues to play a vital role in helping to prevent transmission...

Budget proposals approved for 2021/22

Budget proposals approved for 2021/22
Description:
This week, the council's cabinet committee endorsed the latest draft budget proposals for the 2021/22 financial year.
Friday 8 January 2021

Keep Torfaen safe - stay home and stay local when exercising

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We really don't want to shut any of our car parks which is why we are asking everyone to think first before driving anywhere for exercise or a spot of fresh air
Friday 20 November 2020

Torfaen Council wants to know what matters to you

Torfaen Council wants to know what matters to you
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Torfaen Council wants your suggestions on the burning issues you feel require scrutiny from councillors on the council's five Overview and Scrutiny committees.
Friday 13 November 2020

Self isolation financial support

Description:
The Welsh Government want to make it easier for you to follow self-isolation guidance if you test positive or are asked to isolate by our Test, Trace and Protect (TTP) team
Monday 9 November 2020

A message from Councillor Anthony Hunt, Leader of Torfaen Council

A message from Councillor Anthony Hunt, Leader of Torfaen Council
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Thank you to all Torfaen residents for all your efforts during the national Firebreak and the local restrictions before that.
Saturday 7 November 2020

Remembrance Sunday 2020

Remembrance Sunday 2020
Description:
Remembrance Day is an important date in the nation's annual calendar. This year however, additional precautions are required to comply with the latest Coronavirus regulations
Friday 6 November 2020

Get involved in the Torfaen Climate Change Challenge today

Description:
Last year, the Council declared a climate change emergency, acknowledging the real threat that climate change poses to both current and future generations...
Wednesday 4 November 2020

Stay Home, Stay Safe this Fireworks Night

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With many organised events cancelled, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are preparing for a busier night than usual as people plan to celebrate in their own gardens.
Monday 2 November 2020

Wales Climate Week 2020

Description:
From Monday 2nd to Friday 5th November, the Council will be sharing tips on how to live a more sustainable life to promote and support Wales Climate Week...
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