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Friday 24 March 2023
Big Walk and Wheel Week
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
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
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...
Wednesday 22 March 2023
Spring clean volunteering opportunities
This year's annual Torfaen Spring Clean will start on Monday and run for nearly two weeks...
Tuesday 21 March 2023
Social care recruitment bus hits the road
A bus dedicated to helping people interested in working in the care sector set off from Cwmbran today.
Monday 20 March 2023
Changes to waste and recycling services
At least 70 per cent of rubbish must be recycled in Wales by 2025.
Wednesday 15 March 2023
Plans to improve customer services
Around 400 calls are made to Torfaen Council's contact centre every day and there are often telephone queues at busy times.
Tuesday 14 March 2023
Social Care recruitment bus set to hit the road
A new recruitment bus that looks to help people take their first steps into the social care sector, is touring Gwent this year.
Friday 10 March 2023
Takeaway owner prosecuted for rotting meat
A takeaway in Pontypool was closed down after Environmental Health Officers responded to reports of a petrol generator being used because the electricity to the premises had been cut off.
Food waste recycling lessons
Primary school pupils are joining the fight to reduce food waste...
Thursday 9 March 2023
Greenmeadow Farm back open to the public
Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran will spring back into life in time for the summer season
Wednesday 8 March 2023
Train station on track
A project to transform Pontypool and New Inn Railway Station has reached an important construction milestone.
Tuesday 7 March 2023
New business service launched
Local business leaders and entrepreneurs marked the launch of a new business support service earlier today.
School library reopens
St Albans R.C. High School have opened the doors to its newly refurbished library, thanks to a £1.2 million grant from the Welsh Government.
Monday 6 March 2023
New dedicated litter and fly-tipping prevention officer
A new fly-tipping and litter prevention officer has been employed by Torfaen Council to help reduce litter and fly-tipping in the borough...
New trees for Pontypool Park
Work to establish 80 new trees and more than 4,500 hedging plants in Pontypool Park will begin this week.
Support for food businesses
A project has been launched offering grants to food businesses to help them diversify local produce or pilot new production techniques.
Wednesday 1 March 2023
Play volunteers celebrated
More than 180 young people from across Torfaen have been celebrated at this year's Torfaen Play Service Volunteering Awards ceremony.
Tuesday 28 February 2023
Council sets budget and council tax for 2023/24
Today, Torfaen councillors approved the final budget proposals for 2023/24 and set council tax at 1.95 per cent for the second consecutive year
iPad Lending Scheme launched
Torfaen residents can now borrow an iPad from Cwmbran Library, after a new pilot scheme was launched in the borough today.
Friday 24 February 2023
Answering the Housing Crisis
Next week, councillors on the Healthier Communities committee will scrutinise the wicked issues creating a national and local housing crisis and review the actions of the council and partners to address the fallout.
Torfaen Play Service Half Term Fun
More than 700 children have taken part in a fun-filled week of play this half term with Torfaen Play Service.
Thursday 23 February 2023
Surgeries to tackle a rise in damp homes
A series of surgeries for Torfaen residents have been set up during March to provide a range of information, advice and guidance on the increasing problem of mould and damp in homes.
Wednesday 22 February 2023
Service to transform business support
A new service to help and support more than two and a half thousand businesses in Torfaen will launch next month.
Friday 17 February 2023
Facebook sellers admit peddling fake designer items
Two women have admitted to trading in counterfeit designer goods, using selling groups on Facebook.
Torfaen Repair Café needs you
More than 50 electrical items have been saved from the rubbish bin thanks to the Torfaen Repair Café.The café opened in Pontypool Indoor Market in October and since then 54 products have been repaired including electric drills, vacuum cleaners, kettles and toasters.
Thursday 16 February 2023
More sites to be left for nature to bloom
Cabinet members have agreed to increase the number of sustainably managed grassland sites in Torfaen to increase local biodiversity and help tackle climate change...
Wednesday 15 February 2023
LGBTQ+ youth group gets lottery funding
A group that supports young people from the LGBTQ+ community in Torfaen has been given £10,000 in lottery funding.
Tuesday 14 February 2023
Cabinet approves plans for 20mph roll out
Cabinet members have approved Torfaen Council's plans for the roll out of new 20mph legislation later this year.
Friday 10 February 2023
Work begins on new inclusive play parks
Work will begin next week to transform two children's parks into inclusive play areas.New play equipment is to be installed in Pontypool Park and Cwmbran Boating Lake to make the play areas more suitable for those with special needs including sensory impairments...
Road closures to remove diseased trees
Five temporary road closures will be in place over the next few weeks to allow for the safe removal of diseased trees along main road corridors in Torfaen...
Praise for nurturing and inclusive school
School inspectors have praised staff and pupils at a Torfaen primary school for creating a "respectful, nurturing and inclusive environment".
Thursday 9 February 2023
Local author praises library service
An author has dedicated his first book to Torfaen Libraries after receiving IT support from staff at Cwmbran Library over the past few years.
Wednesday 8 February 2023
New head praised by inspectors
A new headteacher has been praised by the school inspectorate Estyn, just a month after taking up the post.
Tuesday 7 February 2023
Turn food waste into Welsh power
This week marks the start of the annual Be Mighty Recycle campaign aimed at increasing food waste recycling.
Friday 3 February 2023
Report into future of waste and recycling services
A report into the future of waste and recycling services in Torfaen will be discussed by scrutiny committee members next week.
Go green for Kidney Cancer Awareness Week
Pontypool Civic Centre will be lit green from Monday in aid of Kidney Cancer Awareness Week.
Thursday 2 February 2023
New wetland for newts and toads
A new wetland area has been created near Garn Lakes Local Nature Reserve as part of a project to conserve amphibians and reptiles.
Friday 27 January 2023
Free fun maths workshops
Find out how to help your children with maths at a series of free workshops run by Torfaen Council and Techniquest.
Wednesday 25 January 2023
Winter Fuel Payment deadline
The Welsh Government Winter Fuel Scheme 2022/23 will close at the end February 2023.
Monday 23 January 2023
19 new recycling vehicles in service
Torfaen Council's new recycling fleet is now in operation as part of a multi-million pound investment in the borough's waste and recycling service...
Friday 20 January 2023
Parenting programme helps new dad
A new For Dads By Dads programme starts next month. Andrew, from Pontypool, recently completed the course and says it's helped him become a better dad to 6 month old William.
Thursday 19 January 2023
Pontypool awarded £7.6 million from Levelling Up Fund
Pontypool is one of only 11 projects in Wales to receive grants from the UK Government's Levelling Up Fund which aims to create jobs and grow the local economy
More opportunities to play and have fun
Torfaen Council's Play Service is launching six new clubs aimed at helping more children across the borough to have more fun!
Wednesday 18 January 2023
Recycling vehicles named
The results of our primary school competition to name some of Torfaen Council's new recycling vehicles have been announced...
Tuesday 17 January 2023
New Year, New Purpose
In a new series of vlogs, foster carers from across Wales have come together to explore the reasons, life experiences and changes that led to them becoming carers.
Tuesday 10 January 2023
Cabinet endorses improved financial picture and 2023/2024 budget proposals
Today, Torfaen Council's cabinet committee endorsed a report that updated the council's financial position for 2022/23 and importantly outlines how the council is moving towards a balanced budget position for 2023/24.
Thursday 22 December 2022
New warm hubs
Seven new warm hubs are being set up in Torfaen, thanks to Welsh Government funding of more than £35,000.
Youth service serves up Christmas fun
Youth workers served Christmas dinner to around 40 young people and family members this week.
Tuesday 20 December 2022
Volunteers needed for Assistive Technology trial
Torfaen Council's assistive technology team is looking for volunteers to trial a new device aimed at helping to calm and comfort people living with dementia.
Friday 16 December 2022
Council workers rescue elderly lady
Two council workers have been praised after they rescued an elderly lady who had fallen between two cars in Pontypool.
Nature projects shortlisted for national awards
Two nature projects aimed at improving biodiversity across the region have been shortlisted for two prestigious awards...
Thursday 15 December 2022
It's a kind of magic
Residents living in care settings across Torfaen are trialling new technology which can help to reduce falls and stimulate movement and interaction.
Foster carer reaps reward
A Torfaen foster carer has received a prestigious award from the Fostering Network for her contribution to fostering.
Wednesday 14 December 2022
Schools tackle unauthorised absences
The number of unauthorised absences in primary schools in Torfaen has reduced over the past month.
Tuesday 13 December 2022
Christmas drink drive campaign
This week, Gwent Police launched their new DRIVE initiative aimed at identifying people who drink drive over the festive period.The
Friday 9 December 2022
Festive sensory fun
Children attending a sensory playgroup turned up in festive outfits for this year's Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day.
Thursday 8 December 2022
Grant helps make dream come true
A young karate champion says support she has received from the Torfaen Mic Morris Trust has been instrumental in helping her realise her sporting dream.
Wednesday 7 December 2022
Christmas and New Year recycling and waste collections
There will be no changes to collection days in the week leading up to Christmas, however after Christmas, collections will run one day later than usual...
Friday 2 December 2022
Fund open for Warm Hub applications
This week, Torfaen Council has received a Welsh Government grant of £35,132 to support the creation of Warm Hubs in the borough.
Friday 25 November 2022
Grab a bag of toys for £1
If you are concerned about finances this Christmas, head to The Steelhouse reuse shop to grab a bargain...
Thursday 24 November 2022
Carers ID card takes off
More than 200 young carers from across Torfaen have signed up to a new ID card that helps to make them more visible and valued in their communities.
Award for two Covid heroes
When the Covid pandemic started and their day centre temporarily closed, Akin Agbaje and Patrick Smith decided to take action.
More schools to benefit from solar power
Fourteen schools in Torfaen are to receive solar photovoltaic (PV) installations thanks to support from the Welsh Government...
Wednesday 23 November 2022
School attendance drive
Scrutiny members have considered a report into Torfaen Council's partnership approach to improving school attendance.
Community artwork inspired by nature
New nature-inspired artwork is appearing across Gwent to encourage people to value the nature we can find in green spaces within our communities...
Tuesday 22 November 2022
Fund launched to support unpaid carers
Unpaid carers struggling with the cost of living can apply for a new grant of up to £500 to help with essential items.
Friday 18 November 2022
World Cup fever
More than 180 children got into the World Cup spirit this week by taking part in a football festival, organised by Torfaen Council.
Climate change hero
The Council's Local Places for Nature Co-ordinator, Veronika Brannovic, has been named a climate change hero by the National Lottery...
Getting winter ready
Highways maintenance teams are checking gullies and drains as part of the Council's winter preparedness plan...
Thursday 17 November 2022
Caring Costs roadshows
Next week, Torfaen Council is hosting a series of roadshows across the borough to support unpaid carers concerned about the rising cost of living.
Wednesday 16 November 2022
Places to Connect
People are aware now more than ever how important it is for everyone to feel connected to others and to experience a sense of belonging to their community.
Friday 11 November 2022
Remembrance Sunday parades
Remembrance Sunday is a national opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of all those that have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.
Torfaen County Plan
Torfaen Council is asking for feedback on their new county plan.
Thursday 10 November 2022
New school attendance campaign
A campaign has been launched to increase the number of children who regularly attend school in Torfaen in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Friday 4 November 2022
£1.7m farm plans unveiled
Details of a £1.7 million pound project to transform Greenmeadow Community Farm have been unveiled.
Remembrance Sunday is an important date in the nation's annual calendar, and this year takes place on 13 November.
Thursday 3 November 2022
Former pub owner pays price for dirty premises
The former owner of the Castell-y-Bwch pub in Henllys, has been prosecuted for food hygiene offences dating from 2021
Wednesday 2 November 2022
Foster carers urgently needed across Wales
With around 550 foster carers needed each year in Wales, a one-off recruitment event looks to inspire a new generation of carers later this month.
Tuesday 1 November 2022
Budget forecast 2023-2024
A report into Torfaen Council's budget for the next financial year, 2023/24, has highlighted a potential funding gap of £12.5 million
Friday 28 October 2022
Annual residents survey opens
Today, we're launching our annual Residents' County Survey.
This week, a housing partners summit took place with contributions from Torfaen council, registered social landlords Bron Afon and Melin Homes, plus local health, housing developers and planners.
Torfaen Repair Café opens
Residents have an alternative to throwing away small items when they become broken or damaged thanks to a new repair shop...
Thursday 27 October 2022
Ex-footballer launches new podcast
Former footballer Sean Wharton has spoken about the racism he experienced growing up and during his professional career
Tuesday 25 October 2022
Pledge to support Armed Forces
Torfaen's Town and Community Councils have today pledged their allegiance to support the borough's armed forces community.
Drivers given on the spot fines
Drivers of defective vehicles faced action last week, following a multi-agency operation carried out by officers from Torfaen Council, Gwent Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)....
Friday 21 October 2022
New accessible play equipment
The playground will be closed next week while the work is being carried out but it's hoped it will reopen during the half term holiday.
Seedling School officially opens
OnThursday, Jeremy Miles MS, the Welsh Government Minister for Education and Welsh Language, officially opened the 'Gwladys Block' at Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw in Pontypool.
Summer Reading Challenge winner
Six-year-old Sophie Hyde will be able to buy lots of new books after completing a national reading challenge...
Warm spaces open up in Torfaen
Libraries across Torfaen are now providing warm spaces for people struggling with the cost of keeping their homes warm due to the significant rise in energy costs.
Thursday 20 October 2022
Civica Pay Education system upgrade
The Civica Pay Education system will not be available tomorrow morning due to a security upgrade and improvement
Wednesday 19 October 2022
School Payment System Unavailability
Due to an essential upgrade, parents and carers will not be able to make payments on the Civica Pay Education Payments system for a period of time on the 19th and 21st October
Friday 14 October 2022
Torfaen Santa Appeal 2022
The Torfaen Santa Appeal 2022 will open for donations at the beginning of next month.
Thursday 13 October 2022
Schools launch Active Travel Plans
Two primary schools in Cwmbran have become the first in Torfaen to launch new Active Travel School Plans...
Monday 10 October 2022
Celebrating World Mental Health Day
More than 200 people attended a wellbeing event at the Congress Theatre today in celebration of World Mental Health Day.
Friday 7 October 2022
Bringing the Community Together this World Mental Health Day
On Monday, Torfaen Council's Community Connectors team will be marking World Mental Health Day by holding a free wellbeing day at the Congress Theatre.
Wednesday 5 October 2022
£1.77m plan for Greenmeadow Farm
Councillors have approved a £1.77m plan to overhaul Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran.
Tuesday 4 October 2022
Garden waste collections extended
Fortnightly garden waste collections in Torfaen are extended for the duration of November, after being suspended for a few weeks earlier in the year...
Monday 3 October 2022
Name the recycling vehicle
Torfaen Council is taking delivery of 19 new recycling vehicles over the next few months, and we want school children to name them...
Thursday 29 September 2022
Ukrainian Community Day
More than 30 Ukrainian refugees got the chance to find out about - and experience - some of the different learning opportunities on offer with Torfaen Adult Community Learning.
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