About the Council

Wednesday 6 March 2019

Council approves 2019/20 budget

Description:
Councillors have this week approved the budget for 2019/20
Tuesday 5 March 2019

Polling station review

Description:
The council is reviewing all its polling districts and polling stations in Torfaen.
Friday 7 December 2018

Have we got Loos for you!

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Torfaen Council want to hear your views on its draft local toilets strategy. The draft strategy has been produced as a requirement of the Public Health (Wales) Act 2017
Tuesday 4 December 2018

Torfaen receives Silver Armed Forces Covenant Award

Torfaen receives Silver Armed Forces Covenant Award
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Major Stephen Dwyer, representing the 104th Regiment Royal Artillery, attended full council to officially award Torfaen a silver award on behalf of the 'Defence Employer Recognition Scheme'
Thursday 29 November 2018

New order brings in changes for dog walkers

New order brings in changes for dog walkers
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Important information for dog walkers in Torfaen
Thursday 1 November 2018

Remembrance Sunday parades and services - 11.11.18

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Details on Torfaen's Remembrance Parades and Services
Wednesday 17 October 2018

People have their say in Residents Survey

People have their say in Residents Survey
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More than half of Torfaen residents have rated the quality of public services in the borough as good.
Monday 1 October 2018

New plaque commemorates First World War

New plaque commemorates First World War
Description:
A new plaque has been unveiled outside Torfaen council's Civic Office in Pontypool marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Tuesday 25 September 2018

New plaque to commemorate First World War

New plaque to commemorate First World War
Description:
A service to unveil a plaque marking 100 years since the end of the First World War will take place on Monday 1 October at 10am outside the Civic Centre building in Pontypool.
Monday 3 September 2018

Merchant Navy Day

Merchant Navy Day
Description:
Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day on 3rd September has honoured the brave men and women who kept our 'island nation' afloat during both World Wars.
Wednesday 29 August 2018

Have you returned your Household Enquiry Form?

Have you returned your Household Enquiry Form?
Description:
Each year we send every household in Torfaen a Household Enquiry Form to check the right people are registered to vote. This is part of our annual canvass to maintain the electoral register and to ensure that all household details are correct and up to date.
Tuesday 24 July 2018

Council's unanimous show of support for Pontypool RFC

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Torfaen councillors in unanimous show of support for Pontypool RFC
Tuesday 17 July 2018

Council responds to Pontypool RFC Announcement

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Council statement in response to the announcement from Pontypool RFC
Friday 6 July 2018

Don't lose your voice - residents in Torfaen urged to look out for their voter registration details in the post.

Description:
Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by completing and returning their annual canvass form to their local authority as soon as possible.
Wednesday 16 May 2018

New appointments confirmed

Description:
At the annual general meeting (AGM) of Torfaen council on Tuesday, all the key political appointments to the council's cabinet, committees and outside bodies were confirmed for the year ahead.
Tuesday 24 April 2018

Tribute to former mayor and Cwmbran Community Council chair

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Tributes have been paid to former councillor Robert Jones who passed away at the weekend
Thursday 8 March 2018

'Girl power' is going strong in Gwent!

'Girl power' is going strong in Gwent!
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Today (Thursday 8th March) is International Women's Day, and with three of the five councils in the Gwent area seeing women holding their organisation's top job, 'girl power' is well and truly going strong.

Torfaen council recognised for its commitment to the armed forces

Torfaen council recognised for its commitment to the armed forces
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Torfaen council has had its commitment to serving and former members of the armed forces recognised with a bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.
Wednesday 7 March 2018

Have your say on Blaenavon Town Council's business plan

Have your say on Blaenavon Town Council's business plan
Description:
Blaenavon residents are being asked for their opinions on the town council's first ever business plan.
Wednesday 7 February 2018

Cabinet to consider budget proposals

Cabinet to consider budget proposals
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Torfaen council have set out proposals to balance the budget in 2018/19 and address a shortfall of £8.9 million

Agenda for Cabinet Meeting - 13/02/2018

Agenda for Cabinet Meeting - 13/02/2018
Description:
A meeting of the Cabinet will take place on Tuesday, 13 February at 10.30am
Thursday 25 January 2018

Councillors to scrutinise budget proposals

Councillors to scrutinise budget proposals
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Torfaen councillors will scrutinise the council's proposed budget savings for 2018/19 next week
Wednesday 17 January 2018

Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent councils adopt joint enforcement policies

Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent councils adopt joint enforcement policies
Description:
The way in which environmental crime, breaches in licensing laws and consumer protection issues are enforced will be standardised across Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent.
Thursday 21 December 2017

A Christmas message from the council leader

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A Christmas message from Cllr Anthony Hunt
Thursday 16 November 2017

Charities benefit from Mayor's fund

Charities benefit from Mayor's fund
Description:
Today (Thursday, November 16), the Mayor of Torfaen's charity appeal fund for 2016/17 has been officially closed with trustees approving that £5,516.27 will go to the Mayor's chosen charities.
Thursday 9 November 2017

Remembrance Sunday events in Torfaen

Remembrance Sunday events in Torfaen
Description:
Details of Torfaen's Remembrance Sunday events
Friday 3 November 2017

Homes named in honour of local hero

Homes named in honour of local hero
Description:
The mother of Cwmbran solider Pte James Prosser, who was killed while on deployment in Afghanistan in 2009, has today (Friday 3 November) unveiled a street sign on a new housing estate named in his honour.
Tuesday 5 September 2017

Former Torfaen Mayor passes away

Former Torfaen Mayor passes away
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The former Mayor of Torfaen and councillor for the Abersychan ward, Doug Davies sadly passed away on Sunday, 3 September at his home in Abersychan.
Monday 21 August 2017

Torfaen celebrate with Rainbow Flag

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Torfaen Council are flying the Rainbow Flag outside the civic centre in Pontypool all this week to celebrate Rainbow Flag day on Friday, August 25 and the start of Pride Cymru events in Cardiff this weekend.
Friday 4 August 2017

The Torfaen We Want

The Torfaen We Want
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Join the big conversation about the future of Torfaen
Tuesday 25 July 2017

Have your say in the Residents Survey 2017

Have your say in the Residents Survey 2017
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Our residents survey is your opportunity to tell us whether we are making a difference to the lives of the people living in Torfaen.
Wednesday 24 May 2017

Torfaen Council appointments announced at AGM

Torfaen Council appointments announced at AGM
Description:
At the annual general meeting of Torfaen council on Tuesday, all the key political appointments were confirmed for the year ahead.
Monday 10 April 2017

Only days left to register to vote in local elections

Only days left to register to vote in local elections
Description:
With only days left to go until the deadline to register to vote in local elections, Torfaen Council is urging residents who have not yet received a poll card to join the electoral register to make sure they are registered in time.
Thursday 23 March 2017

Cabinet Secretary visits the SRS

Cabinet Secretary visits the SRS
Description:
During March, Mark Drakeford, the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government visited the Shared Resource Service (SRS) at the Gilchrist Thomas Industrial Estate in Blaenavon.

Improvements for Civic Centre customers

Improvements for Civic Centre customers
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A major revamp of the Civic Centre in Pontypool is underway, creating an improved customer care area and enhancements to the building's security.
Thursday 16 March 2017

Council approves £460,000 investment in Voluntary Sector

Council approves £460,000 investment in Voluntary Sector
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Council approves an additional £18,000 for the major grants budget for third sector organisations in Torfaen.
Monday 13 March 2017

Torfaen Councillor passes away

Torfaen Councillor passes away
Description:
The ward councillor for Trevethin, Councillor John Marshall passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in the early hours of this morning.

Torfaen's longest serving councillor to step down

Torfaen's longest serving councillor to step down
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Torfaen's longest serving councillor, John Cunningham MBE KSG, is to step down as a councillor at the May elections after 40 years' service.
Wednesday 1 March 2017

£1.2bn CARDIFF CAPITAL REGION CITY DEAL RATIFIED BY LOCAL AUTHORITY PARTNERS

£1.2bn CARDIFF CAPITAL REGION CITY DEAL RATIFIED BY LOCAL AUTHORITY PARTNERS
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A £1.2 billion Cardiff Capital Region City Deal that could transform the economy of south east Wales has been formally ratified today (March 1, 2017) during a special ceremony held on St David's Day.
Tuesday 28 February 2017

Torfaen council sets 2017/18 budget and council tax

Torfaen council sets 2017/18 budget and council tax
Description:
At its full council meeting today (Tuesday 28 February), Torfaen councillors approved a budget dedicating extra money to its corporate priorities of schools, social services and cleaning and greening the borough.
Friday 27 January 2017

Torfaen to vote on Capital City Region Deal

Torfaen to vote on Capital City Region Deal
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Torfaen councillors will be asked to formally approve the establishment of a Regional Cabinet comprising of the leaders from the 10 local authorities in the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR).
Thursday 26 January 2017

Living Wage commitment for Torfaen

Living Wage commitment for Torfaen
Description:
Nearly 900 employees in Torfaen Council are set to receive a pay increase after the authority agreed to become an accredited Living Wage employer.
Tuesday 17 January 2017

Customer care facilities to be refurbished

Customer care facilities to be refurbished
Description:
Work to improve the customer care centre in the Civic Centre, Pontypool, is due to start on the 20 January 2017 and will take around 10 weeks to complete.
Tuesday 3 January 2017

Agenda for Extraordinary Council Meeting

Agenda for Extraordinary Council Meeting
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An extraordinary meeting of Torfaen County Borough Council will take place on Wednesday 11 January 2017
Tuesday 13 December 2016

Council elects a new leader

Council elects a new leader
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Councillor Anthony Hunt has been elected as the new leader of Torfaen Council
Tuesday 29 November 2016

House of Fraser Fined £40,000 For Misleading Consumers

House of Fraser Fined £40,000 For Misleading Consumers
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High street retailer House of Fraser has today been fined £40,000 after it admitted misleading customers about price discounts on its goods in the run up to Christmas 2015.
Monday 28 November 2016

Council leader to step down

Council leader to step down
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Cllr Bob Wellington CBE, has announced he will stand down from his position as Leader of Torfaen Council at the end of 2016 and will also finish in his role as Leader of the Welsh Local Government Association.
Wednesday 16 November 2016

Pupils inspired by Phoenix Project

Pupils inspired by Phoenix Project
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Cwmbran High pupils have completed South Wales Fire Service's Phoenix Project
Friday 21 October 2016

Blaenau Gwent signs up to SRS

Blaenau Gwent signs up to SRS
Description:
Blaenau Gwent has become the latest public sector organisation to join the Shared Resource Service (SRS)
Tuesday 27 September 2016

Buzz in council chamber as school children become bee keepers

Buzz in council chamber as school children become bee keepers
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Pupils from Nant Celyn Primary School have been recognised for their work creating new habitats for bees in their school grounds.
Monday 19 September 2016

Dead Man's Penny returned to Torfaen family

Description:
A commemorative First World War plaque awarded in memory of those killed in action has been reunited with the Torfaen soldier's family.

Torfaen Council praised for clear vision, leadership and plans for improvement

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Torfaen Council has a clear strategic vision, driven by open and inclusive leadership.
Friday 1 July 2016

Torfaen remembers the Battle of the Somme

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On this day 100 hundred years ago ... Torfaen remembers the Battle of the Somme
Thursday 30 June 2016

Change of opening times at council's New Inn office

Change of opening times at council's New Inn office
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The reception desk at the council's Ty Blaen office in New Inn will close in the afternoons, starting Monday 4 July.
Wednesday 15 June 2016

Residents urged to have their say on services

Residents urged to have their say on services
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Residents in Torfaen are being urged to give their experiences of using council services with the launch of the local authority's annual Satisfaction Survey.
Tuesday 14 June 2016

Cwmbran customer care cash desk to close temporarily

Cwmbran customer care cash desk to close temporarily
Description:
The cash desk at the customer care centre in Cwmbran Library will be closed on Thursday 22 and Friday 24 June to allow improvement work to take place.

Flag-raising ceremony to mark Armed Forces Week

Flag-raising ceremony to mark Armed Forces Week
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Flag-raising ceremony to mark Armed Forces Week
Tuesday 7 June 2016

Former Mayor raises over £11,000 for charity

Former Mayor raises over £11,000 for charity
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Former Mayor, councillor Mandy Owen raised more than £11,000 for charity during her mayoral year 2014/15.
Wednesday 18 May 2016

Torfaen's AGM

Torfaen's AGM
Description:
At the annual general meeting of Torfaen council last tonight, all the key political appointments to the council's cabinet, committees and outside bodies were confirmed for the year ahead.
Monday 7 March 2016

Government extends eligibility to provide lump sum compensation pay-outs to veterans suffering with mesothelioma

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All veterans living with the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, as a result of their Service are set to receive lump sum compensation pay-outs as a result of a campaign spearheaded by The Royal British Legion
Tuesday 1 March 2016

St David's Day Celebrations at Pontypool Market

St David's Day Celebrations at Pontypool Market
Description:
Today, Tuesday 1st March, Pontypool Indoor Market celebrated St David's Day in style.

Councillors set budget and council tax

Councillors set budget and council tax
Description:
Torfaen council has set its budget for 2016/17, with council tax set to rise by 3.95 per cent in April
Friday 26 February 2016

Council meeting to set 2016/17 budget

Council meeting to set 2016/17 budget
Description:
Torfaen council will set its budget for 2016/17 on Tuesday 1 March, with a report pledging that despite cuts in funding, more money will be set aside for schools, protecting the vulnerable and cleaning the borough.
Monday 1 February 2016

Get ready for the elections 2016

Get ready for the elections 2016
Description:
On Thursday 5 May 2016 voters in Wales will go to the polls for National Assembly for Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner elections
Friday 29 January 2016

Torfaen Council sets out new priorities

Torfaen Council sets out new priorities
Description:
This week, Torfaen councillors endorsed the council's political vision which will form the basis of its third Corporate Plan and sets out the council priorities for the next four years.
Friday 15 January 2016

New signatures needed to vote

New signatures needed to vote
Description:
This week, Torfaen council has sent out nearly 1300 new postal vote forms to Torfaen residents who are currently entitled to vote as an absent voter.
Thursday 17 December 2015

Torfaen's Community Services Unit review of 2015

Torfaen's Community Services Unit review of 2015
Description:
Torfaen Community Services Unit, which brings together a range of services that are focused on delivering positive change in the quality of life for people in the borough, has published its review of 2015.
Thursday 10 December 2015

Official opening of Cwmbran customer care centre

Official opening of Cwmbran customer care centre
Description:
The Cwmbran customer care centre has been officially opened by Torfaen cabinet members councillor Gwyneira Clark and councillor Lewis Jones at Cwmbran library today (Thursday 10th December).
Tuesday 8 December 2015

Wales stands ready to welcome Syrian refugees

Wales stands ready to welcome Syrian refugees
Description:
The first refugees from the conflict in Syria are to arrive in Wales this week
Wednesday 11 November 2015

Council prepares to address £26million shortfall

Council prepares to address £26million shortfall
Description:
Torfaen council has published for scrutiny a suite of savings measures as part of the development of its medium-term financial strategy for April 2016 until March 2019.
Tuesday 10 November 2015

Torfaen council dedicates social media account for resident's queries

Torfaen council dedicates social media account for resident's queries
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Torfaen Council have created a customer services Twitter account to assist with any enquiries, and offer advice and support for Torfaen residents.
Friday 9 October 2015

Christmas shopping trip for charity

Christmas shopping trip for charity
Description:
A Christmas shopping trip to Cheltenham has been organised in aid of the mayor of Torfaen's charities
Thursday 8 October 2015

Council trading standards teams merge

Council trading standards teams merge
Description:
Trading standards services in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent have merged under a single management structure.
Tuesday 6 October 2015

Mayor of Torfaen holds charity competition for local artists

Mayor of Torfaen holds charity competition for local artists
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The Mayor of Torfaen, Councillor Giles Davies is holding a charity competition for both adult and junior artists and photographers.
Friday 2 October 2015

Cwmbran customer centre move

Cwmbran customer centre move
Description:
The Cwmbran customer centre on General Rees Square will close at 4:30pm today (Friday 2 October) and reopen in Cwmbran library on Monday 5 October.
Tuesday 29 September 2015

Kiosks help residents access services

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Four kiosk terminals are available in Torfaen to help tenants and residents get online
Friday 25 September 2015

Social media helps council connect with residents

Description:
Torfaen council is engaging with residents to an unprecedented level, thanks to social media and new digital channels

Take advantage of local knowledge with the Wisdom Bank

Take advantage of local knowledge with the Wisdom Bank
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Torfaen council has a unique online network, allowing local people to share their skills, knowledge and experience
Wednesday 23 September 2015

Webcasts encourage greater engagement

Description:
Torfaen council's meetings have been viewed more than 65,000 times over the internet since it began webcasting all its major meetings in September 2013
Tuesday 22 September 2015

Cwmbran customer centre relocation

Cwmbran customer centre relocation
Description:
The Cwmbran customer centre will move into Cwmbran Library from Monday October 5

Thousands use app to access council services

Thousands use app to access council services
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Download Torfaen council's mobile app and join thousands of other residents who are using it to report issues and request services

Sign up to bulletin to Stay Connected with council news

Sign up to bulletin to Stay Connected with council news
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Residents can 'stay connected' with the latest Torfaen news, events and information about local services, thanks to the council's new email bulletin service
Monday 21 September 2015

Council creates new-look website

Council creates new-look website
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Torfaen council has a new-look, responsive website

Meet Torfaen's digital mayor

Meet Torfaen's digital mayor
Description:
The mayor of Torfaen, councillor Giles Davies, is the first mayor of the borough to use Twitter in the role
Monday 14 September 2015

The People's Panel needs YOU!

The People's Panel needs YOU!
Description:
The People's Panel offers residents of Torfaen the opportunity to work in partnership with public services and gives people the chance to have their say in decision making in the County Borough.
Wednesday 12 August 2015

Blogger Ben Black receives Civic Testimonial Award

Blogger Ben Black receives Civic Testimonial Award
Description:
Ben Black, creator of online blog Cwmbran Life, received the Civic Testimonial Award by the Mayor, councillor Giles Davies yesterday (11 August).
Monday 3 August 2015

Have your say on Torfaen council's performance in the annual residents' satisfaction survey.

Have your say on Torfaen council's performance in the annual residents' satisfaction survey.
Description:
The survey asks for residents' views and satisfaction ratings on a wide range of issues and services relevant to Torfaen, such as education, social care and waste management. Torfaen council, in partnership with other organisations, wants to use residents' feedback to improve the quality of services in the borough.
Monday 20 July 2015

Former councillor dies

Former councillor dies
Description:
Former councillor and Mayor, Mr Herbert John Rosser, passed away on Sunday 19th July.
Friday 26 June 2015

Council seeks suggestions for scrutiny

Council seeks suggestions for scrutiny
Description:
Torfaen council is asking members of the public to put forward suggestions for scrutiny by the council's five overview and scrutiny committees.
Wednesday 17 June 2015

Flag-raising ceremony to mark Armed Forces Week

Flag-raising ceremony to mark Armed Forces Week
Description:
Torfaen council will mark the start of Armed Forces Week with a flag-raising ceremony at civic centre on Monday 22 June
Friday 22 May 2015

Torfaen recognised among UK's Digital Leaders

Torfaen recognised among UK's Digital Leaders
Description:
The Torfaen app has been nominated for a prestigious national award
Thursday 21 May 2015

New deputy leader announced at Torfaen Council AGM

New deputy leader announced at Torfaen Council AGM
Description:
At the annual general meeting of Torfaen council last night, all the key political appointments to the council's cabinet, committees and outside bodies were confirmed for the year ahead.
Monday 18 May 2015

Civic Award Ceremony

Civic Award Ceremony
Description:
The Mayor of Torfaen, Cllr Mandy Owen has invited 10 Torfaen residents and community groups to receive a Civic Testimonial Award in recognition for their work in the community of Torfaen
Tuesday 5 May 2015

Torfaen remember

Torfaen remember
Description:
A parade will take place through Pontypool on Sunday, 10th May in honour of the Monmouthshire Regiment Territorial Force
Wednesday 11 March 2015

Mayor hosts command performance

Mayor hosts command performance
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An evening of music will take place this Saturday 14 March.
Tuesday 24 February 2015

Torfaen's first woman councillor remembered

Torfaen's first woman councillor remembered
Description:
A portrait of Torfaen's first woman councillor will be hung outside the council chamber in civic centre in Pontypool on Monday 2 March in memory of councillor Fanny Carver JP
Tuesday 3 February 2015

A service to commemorate the Llanerch colliery disaster

A service to commemorate the Llanerch colliery disaster
Description:
This Friday marks the 125th anniversary of the disaster at Llanerch colliery in Abersychan.
Wednesday 21 January 2015

John Fielding memorial parade

John Fielding memorial parade
Description:
A parade to remember Cwmbran hero, John Fielding will take place on Saturday 24th January.
Monday 22 December 2014

Canal bridge named in honour of council leader

Canal bridge named in honour of council leader
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An historical bridge across the Monmouthshire Brecon canal in Cwmbran has been named in honour of the leader of Torfaen council, Bob Wellington CBE.
Tuesday 25 November 2014

Council approves merger proposals

Council approves merger proposals
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Torfaen councillors unanimously vote in favour of proposals to merge with Blaenau Gwent
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