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Thursday 6 August 2020

Support for working families affected by Coronavirus given an extra boost

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Families who benefit from government funded childcare support were given a boost as the Government announced that they would not lose out due to COVID-19...

Torfaen receives Gold Award for supporting the armed forces community

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Torfaen council has been named as one of this years' winners of the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards for demonstrating outstanding support for the armed forces community...
Wednesday 5 August 2020

SenCom Independent Review 2020

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An independent external review commissioned by the WLGA of the Sensory and Communication Support Service (SenCom) has been completed.
Tuesday 4 August 2020

Eat out to help out scheme

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More than 32,000 restaurants across the UK have now signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme...

Torfaen Libraries 'Request and Collect' service extending to Pontypool and Blaenavon

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Torfaen Libraries is extending its 'Request & Collect' service. From Monday 17th August, the successful service which has been operating from Cwmbran Library will be extended to Pontypool and Blaenavon Libraries to make it even easier for residents to request and borrow books...
Monday 3 August 2020

Haggles joins Pontypool Indoor Market

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Pontypool Indoor Market was thrilled to reopen its doors earlier in the month to welcome customers back
Thursday 30 July 2020

Burial attendance - permitted numbers of mourners

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Today (30/07/20), the Gwent Local Resilience Forum, including the five councils, agreed to increase the number of mourners permitted to attend funerals at cemeteries within the five local authority areas of Gwent to 30

Free play equipment on National Play Day 2020

Free play equipment on National Play Day 2020
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Torfaen council's play service is encouraging families to celebrate and join in the fun on National Play Day

Achieve, create and learn with Adult Community Learning

Achieve, create and learn with Adult Community Learning
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Torfaen Council's Adult Community Learning team have delivered the new Autumn Term 2020 brochure to every household in Torfaen offering a wide range of learning opportunities
Wednesday 29 July 2020

Employment Support for Torfaen Residents

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As part of Torfaen Council's response to Covid-19, the Skills and Employability team are offering a free, specialist employment service to residents impacted by coronavirus

Phased reopening of national museums across Wales

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Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales is pleased to announce that it will begin a phased reopening of its museums to the public. Big Pit National Coal Museum will re-open on 1 September.
Tuesday 28 July 2020

Essential tree removal to be undertaken along Cwmbran Drive

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On Sunday 2nd August essential tree removal will take place along Cwmbran Drive between Rechem roundabout and Ashbridge roundabout between 5am and 5pm, therefore the road will be closed to ensure the safety of staff and road users.
Monday 27 July 2020

Happy customers return to playgrounds

Happy customers return to playgrounds
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Children from around the borough have been busy enjoying the fresh air and playgrounds since all council owned playgrounds reopened last week following relaxations in lockdown.
Friday 24 July 2020

Cemetery opening times changing from Monday 27th July

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From Monday 27th July cemeteries in Torfaen will be open daily from 9am-7pm.
Wednesday 22 July 2020

Cadw announce phased re-opening of Wales's major heritage sites

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Earlier this month, Cadw successfully re-opened 43 of its unstaffed, free-entry monuments and today (18 July), the historic environment service has revealed a phased re-opening plan for selected staffed sites in its care, including some of Wales's most iconic historical attractions...
Friday 17 July 2020

Summer Reading Challenge 2020 launches today

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The annual Challenge aims to get children between the ages of 4 and 11 to read six books over the summer holidays...

Torfaen Economy & Enterprise supporting local businesses and start ups with FREE 3 day 'Business Power Up' event

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Torfaen Economy & Enterprise supporting local businesses and start ups with FREE 3 day 'Business Power Up' event ...
Thursday 16 July 2020

Children play areas to reopen in Torfaen by 3 August

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Following the recent Welsh Minister's announcements regarding children's play areas, Torfaen County Borough Council is working hard to make these areas safe and ready for children...
Tuesday 14 July 2020

Stay #ScamAware

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With many of us spending more time online, either staying in touch with loved ones, shopping for essentials or work, criminals are hard at work trying to lure us into revealing our personal and business information.

Torfaen Business Club supports members via virtual events during Pandemic

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Torfaen Business Voice, one of south wales' most popular business networking clubs with over 65 members, has continued to support its members via a series of monthly 'virtual' networking meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Big Pit to open from September 1st

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"Wales' seven national museums and the National Collection Centre are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our priority and therefore our sites will reopen only when it is safe for us to do so.
Thursday 9 July 2020

Toilets in Torfaen parks to re-open tomorrow

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Toilets at Cwmbran Boating Lake and Pontypool Park will be opened tomorrow for the public to use (Friday 10th July).

Schools to reopen to all pupils from September

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Torfaen has today welcomed plans by the Education Minister to allow schools that can do so, to safely reopen from the first week of September, with all schools to reopen from September 14.
Wednesday 8 July 2020

Popular 'Request and Collect' library book service issues over 3.5K books since launch

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The Torfaen Libraries 'Request & Collect' service has proved popular since its launch at the beginning of June with almost 4,000 books now on loan...

Summer Support for Vulnerable and Key Worker Children

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Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are today announcing support for vulnerable children and some key worker children that will be put in place for the summer holiday period.
Tuesday 7 July 2020

£4m fund launched to save and rebuild community sport

£4m fund launched to save and rebuild community sport
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Grassroots sports clubs in Torfaen can apply for a new fund to help them survive the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare to restart activities safely.

Annual Canvass 2020

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Don't lose your voice - residents in Torfaen urged to look out for their voter registration letters.
Monday 6 July 2020

"Together we can keep people safe"

"Together we can keep people safe"
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A campaign launches today across Wales to encourage people to contact social services if they are worried that a family member, friend or neighbour is at risk of abuse, neglect and harm.

Important Covid-19 information and advice for employers and employees

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Important Covid-19 information and advice for employers and employees is now available on the Healthy Working Wales website

Vans and trailers can now book a slot to visit the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC)

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We are pleased to announce that from Monday 13th July, vans and trailers will be able to visit the Household Waste Recycling Centre at New Inn daily between 1.30pm-3.30pm

There is a vacancy in Pontypool Indoor Market for a Newsagent

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There is a vacancy in Pontypool Indoor Market for a Newsagent
Friday 3 July 2020

Are you a butcher looking for affordable premises?

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A vacancy has arisen in Pontypool Indoor Market, a Grade II Listed building in the heart of Pontypool Town, for a local butcher...
Wednesday 1 July 2020

Legionnaires Disease - Businesses urgently reminded to check their water systems before re-opening

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As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, businesses and building owners are reminded to check the maintenance of their premises as they reopen...

Burial attendance – permitted numbers of mourners

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Gwent Local Resilience Forum (LRF) statement on numbers at BURIAL services

Bulky waste collections to restart next week

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On Tuesday 7th July, bulky waste collections will resume.
Wednesday 24 June 2020

Registrar services resume in Torfaen

Registrar services resume in Torfaen
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Following a change in legislation by the Welsh Government on the 22nd June 2020, birth registrations and appointments for notices of marriage can now recommence in Torfaen
Tuesday 23 June 2020

Torfaen council's response to Covid-19

Torfaen council's response to Covid-19
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Today, (Tuesday, June 23) Torfaen councillors will receive a report outlining the council's initial response to the COVID19 outbreak, the council's role within the Gwent Local Resilience Forum (LRF) and the actions taken by all service areas.
Monday 22 June 2020

Armed Forces Week 2020

Armed Forces Week 2020
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Today we raise the Armed Forces Flag outside the Civic Centre to celebrate and honour the whole Armed Forces Community.
Friday 19 June 2020

Torfaen Schools reopen

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Following the Education Minister's announcement that schools will reopen on the 29th June, Torfaen Council have been working closely with all schools to make the necessary arrangements for a safe return

Torfaen is open for business. Shop local, shop safely, support you high street

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The First Minister has just announced that all non-essential businesses in Wales can reopen from Monday 22nd June....

Park safe, park right, park legally

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With businesses reopening in Torfaen over the next few weeks, the council is urging drivers to park safely and legally as Wales moves into another Covid-19 recovery phase.

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED 'Wildlife & Wellbeing' packages on offer to NHS staff as part of new Urban Wildlife project

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Torfaen County Borough Council, along with partner organisations will be leading a new Urban Biodiversity project called 'An Urban Buzz'...
Monday 15 June 2020

Do you know the signs of elder abuse?

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The Police & Crime Commissioner for Gwent is urging residents to learn how to spot the signs of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of older people.
Friday 12 June 2020

'Wildlife & Wellbeing' packages on offer to NHS staff as part of new Urban Wildlife project

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Torfaen County Borough Council, along with partner organisations will be leading a new Urban Biodiversity project called 'An Urban Buzz'...
Thursday 11 June 2020

Carers Week 2020 -supporting unpaid carers in Torfaen

Carers Week 2020 -supporting unpaid carers in Torfaen
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This Carers Week Torfaen Social Care teams continue to support unpaid carers in our communities, having positive conversations with them and offering information and support.

Don't let disposable face masks and gloves spoil our beautiful borough

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Since Covid-19 began disposable face masks and gloves have become a new stream of litter most of us have noticed around the borough....
Wednesday 10 June 2020

West Mon School congratulated for help with PPE

West Mon School congratulated for help with PPE
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West Mon School staff have been thanked for assisting with the production of PPE during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tuesday 9 June 2020

Four car-parking areas in Torfaen to reopen on Thursday

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In light of the recent Welsh Government announcement relaxing some of the Covid-19 restrictions...
Wednesday 3 June 2020

School laptops available to digitally excluded learners at home

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Schools across the borough have identified 1400 pupils who are most at risk of becoming digitally excluded whilst staying home during the lockdown period.
Tuesday 2 June 2020

'Request and Collect' library book service launching in Torfaen on Thursday

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Torfaen residents who enjoy reading can 'Request and Collect' books from Cwmbran library from Thursday (4th June).
Monday 1 June 2020

Contact Tracing starts in Gwent

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In response to the Welsh Government's Test, Trace, Protect strategy, partners including Public Health Wales, the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and the five Local Authorities in Gwent have joined forces to establish the Gwent Contact Tracing Service which went live on Monday June 1
Friday 29 May 2020

Play packs delivered to families during lockdown

Play packs delivered to families during lockdown
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More than ever, play is so integral to a child's mental health and well-being during these strange and often difficult times.
Thursday 28 May 2020

This Nature Week connect with nature on your doorstep

This Nature Week connect with nature on your doorstep
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To get the week off to a bumper start, join us for the Big Garden BioBlitz on May 30th! Open to all, fun and free, simply go out and spot nature in your garden or from your window!
Wednesday 27 May 2020

Attacks on waste and recycling crew members will not be tolerated

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The council has strongly condemned an unprovoked attack on one of its waste and recycling collection crew members which occurred yesterday at 10.30am (26th May 2020) on New William Street, Blaenavon.
Saturday 23 May 2020

Funeral attendance - permitted numbers

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Today (23/5/20), partners of the Gwent Local Resilience Forum agreed to increase the number of mourners permitted to attend funerals, memorial services and gatherings at Gwent Crematorium and cemeteries within the five local authority areas of Gwent, to ten
Thursday 21 May 2020

Applications for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme open early

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The Government's world-leading scheme to support the self-employed has opened for claims - weeks ahead of schedule

Household Waste Recycling Centre booking system is live

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Following our update last week about the Household Waste Recycling Centre re-opening on Tuesday 26 May, full details about the running of the site and how to book a slot can be found here
Friday 15 May 2020

Full grass cutting schedule to resume

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On Monday 18 May, the council's full grass cutting service around the borough will resume as staffing levels begin to return to normal.

Applications for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme open early

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The Government's world-leading scheme to support the self-employed has opened for claims – weeks ahead of schedule.

Ban on menthol cigarettes

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From Wednesday 20th May 2020, the sale of menthol cigarettes will be banned in the UK.
Thursday 14 May 2020

Temporary prohibition of fishing at Cwmbran Boating Lake

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Temporary prohibition of fishing at Cwmbran Boating Lake...

Household Waste Recycling Centre to reopen

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Following the latest Welsh Government announcement, and the subsequent change in the regulations allowing residents to visit recycling and waste sites, Torfaen's plans to re-open its Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at New Inn on Tuesday 26th May are progressing at speed.
Tuesday 12 May 2020

Second pub served notice for serving customers

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Last week, environmental health officers from Torfaen council's public protection team served prohibition notices to The Castell-y-Bwch public house in Henllys, Cwmbran after customers were found drinking on the premises

Social distancing in the workplace

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The Council's Environmental Health Team have been given powers under COVID-19 Regulations to monitor, investigate and take enforcement action, if necessary, on employers who are not abiding by the requirements for social distancing within the workplace
Thursday 7 May 2020

Show your support for Foster Care Fortnight

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For the next two weeks we are celebrating Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from 11-24 May.

More than 470 vulnerable Torfaen residents supported during lockdown

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Since the start of the Coronavirus lockdown back in March, more than 470 vulnerable residents across the borough have received vital support from the Council, which has enabled them to stay safe at home.
Wednesday 6 May 2020

Be road safe during Covid-19

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In light of Coronavirus, new road safety content has been created on the council's website to help parents keep road safety talks going while schools are shut.
Tuesday 5 May 2020

Learning Zone delay possible

Learning Zone delay possible
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Coleg Gwent, Torfaen Council and the contractor Interserve Construction are developing thorough contingency plans should the opening of the Torfaen Learning Zone be delayed due to the ongoing outbreak of Covid-19

HMRC invites self-employed to get ready to make their claims

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This week, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will start contacting around three and a half million customers who may be eligible for the government's Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) to explain the application process and help them get ready to make a claim.

CCTV upgraded in Pontypool

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A recent council report has approved improvements to CCTV.
Monday 4 May 2020

The 75th Anniversary of VE Day

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As we can no longer gather to celebrate the VE Day 75th commemoration events due to Covid-19, we want to know how you will be celebrating the 75th VE Day Anniversary at home.
Friday 1 May 2020

Adult learners sew their way into the hearts of NHS staff

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Torfaen Adult Community Learning's (ACL) Advanced Sewing learners have been putting their skills to great use in their own homes making scrubs, scrub bags and patient belongings bags for our excellent NHS service.
Thursday 30 April 2020

Green waste collections to restart from Monday 04 May

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From Monday 4 May, collections of green waste will restart in Torfaen.

May bank holiday waste and recycling collections 2020

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There will be no waste and recycling collections in Torfaen on both the Bank Holidays (8th May and 25th May) and all collections on each week will take place a day later than scheduled.
Wednesday 29 April 2020

Grass cutting reduced in the borough

Grass cutting reduced in the borough
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Local authority staff are under considerable pressure due to COVID-19 and it has been necessary to prioritise some services over others. You may have noticed one of the consequences of this is delayed grass cutting.
Tuesday 28 April 2020

Pub given Fixed Penalty Notices for breaking Lockdown rules

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Last week, Environmental Health Officers from Torfaen Council's Public Protection team served fixed penalty notices to The Hanbury Arms, on Clarence Street, Pontypool after customers were found drinking at the bar.

Let parts of your garden grow wild and nature will thank you

Let parts of your garden grow wild and nature will thank you
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For those of you who are letting your garden, or parts of it, grow wild at the moment have you seen any new and interesting plants growing? Have you been visited by any new insects, birds or wildlife you haven't seen before?
Monday 27 April 2020

Mobile App launch to support residents

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Today (27/04/2020), in response to Covid-19, Torfaen Council have launched 'Torfaen Community Support', a Mobile App to help quickly and easily link Torfaen's most vulnerable residents with volunteers who can help support them.
Wednesday 22 April 2020

Public Rights of Way and Covid-19

Public Rights of Way and Covid-19
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The government's priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home.

Appeal for old stationery to help save lives

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Last week, Torfaen Council were rummaging at the back of stationery cupboards looking for supplies of unused acetate sheets to help the battle against Covid-19.

Pet owners advised to act responsibly when walking near livestock

Pet owners advised to act responsibly when walking near livestock
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Torfaen council is reminding pet owners to act responsibly and keep dogs on leads at all times when walking near livestock.
Tuesday 21 April 2020

Capital Valley Plastics donate plastic to the NHS

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Cwmavon based Capital Valley Plastics are now playing a vital role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UK Government Coronavirus Business Support Finder

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Last night the UK Gov launched a new 'support finder' tool which will help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday 20 April 2020

Help keep Torfaen clean and green

Help keep Torfaen clean and green
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When you are out and about taking your daily exercise, and getting some well-deserved fresh air, we are asking residents to help us by taking their litter home and report any fly-tipping they see...
Friday 17 April 2020

Popular baby & toddler sessions move online

Popular baby & toddler sessions move online
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Greenmeadow Community Farm has today announced that their popular Baby & Toddler activities which normally takes place every Tuesday at the farm, will now be taking place online.

Posters created to thank key workers, partners and volunteers

Posters created to thank key workers, partners and volunteers
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Get creative and download our five posters to thank key workers, partners and volunteers...
Thursday 16 April 2020

COVID-19 Symptom Tracker App

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The Welsh Government and NHS Wales are appealing to the Welsh public to download a new COVID Symptom Tracker app to help the NHS response to COVID-19 in Wales

Reception Admissions 2020

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Have you received your child's offer for a place to start in Reception in 2020?

Directory of bereavement support available

Directory of bereavement support available
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We all know from experience that bereavement is difficult under any circumstances so knowing where to turn for support is important.
Wednesday 15 April 2020

Reduced price composters

Reduced price composters
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Due to the suspension of the green bin collections (garden waste) the council is providing an increased subsidy on purchasing home composting bins.
Tuesday 14 April 2020

Weed control on pavements and car parks 2020

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On Monday 20 April (weather permitting) Complete Weed Control (South & Central Wales) Ltd will be starting the second round of spot treating weeds on public footways and car parks...
Friday 10 April 2020

Easter waste and recycling collections 2020

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There will be no waste and recycling collections in Torfaen on Easter Monday (13 April) and all collections that week will take place a day later than scheduled.
Thursday 9 April 2020

Stay at home and get creative this Easter

Stay at home and get creative this Easter
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As the Easter bank holiday weekend approaches Torfaen Council, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and other partners across Gwent are sharing one simple message – stay home.

Serving our communities, collecting your waste whilst staying safe

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Torfaen County Borough Council has announced that additional steps will be taken to ensure the health and wellbeing of its staff during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Welsh households are urged to dispose of their waste correctly and #DontFuelTheFire

Welsh households are urged to dispose of their waste correctly and #DontFuelTheFire
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During these unprecedented times, fire services across Wales are urging the public not to be tempted to burn garden or household waste.
Wednesday 8 April 2020

Cats are not risking human health

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here has been a lot of news circulating recently around cats spreading the Coronavirus, and we would like to point people to the advice given by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) who are a trusted source of information.

Housing, homelessness and COVID-19

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Information from Shelter Housing. Free-to-attend 90 minute webinars.
Tuesday 7 April 2020

Extended support for pre-school childcare

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From Friday 10th April, the Early Years Childcare Hub at Garnteg Integrated Children's Centre, based at Garnteg Primary School, Garndiffaith, Pontypool will extend its opening hours for key workers and vulnerable children.
Monday 6 April 2020

Covid-19: Statement from Torfaen Council Leader, Cllr Anthony Hunt

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Statement from Torfaen Council Leader, Cllr Anthony Hunt
Saturday 4 April 2020

School Based Childcare Support on Sunday 5 April 2020

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The council opened its five school based child care provisions for key workers on Saturday 4th April as planned. We had very little demand so are making some important changes in what we originally planned for tomorrow
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