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Friday 15 January 2021

Budget proposals approved for 2021/22

Budget proposals approved for 2021/22
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This week, the council's cabinet committee endorsed the latest draft budget proposals for the 2021/22 financial year.
Monday 11 January 2021

Charged and ready to go: new electric vehicle charge points open in Torfaen

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Work is now complete on 10 new dual electric vehicle-charging points in Torfaen.In partnership with other local authorities in Gwent, the Council was awarded a share of £459,000 funding from the UK Government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), to start to develop the infrastructure for the vehicles of the future.
Friday 8 January 2021

Cwmbran resident supported to launch new mobile foot care business in Torfaen

Cwmbran resident supported to launch new mobile foot care business in Torfaen
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A Cwmbran resident is putting her 'best foot forward' as she steps into 2021 with the launch of her mobile foot health business Golden Mobile Foot Care Cwmbran.

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

Play Service get creative to support children learning from home

Play Service get creative to support children learning from home
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To compliment home learning already taking place with schools, from Monday 11th January Torfaen Play Service will be providing additional resources and activities online for families to take part at home.
Wednesday 23 December 2020

Pontypool Market Pop-Up Stalls

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This week our essential traders at Pontypool Indoor Market will be trading from 'pop-up' shops located in the entrance doors to the market on Crane Street and Market Street

Joint statement from all public services in Wales

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As the festive period fast approaches, please think carefully about what you 'should do' rather than what you 'can do'
Friday 18 December 2020

Changes to Torfaen library services

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The final day to visit a Torfaen library to borrow books and use other library services will be Saturday 19th December...

Statement from Torfaen Council on the return to education in January

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Following discussions with the Welsh Government and the WLGA, the new school term will start on 4th January for supported home learning in all Torfaen schools for the first week
Thursday 17 December 2020

New parents claiming Child Benefit reminded to register births

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Parents in Wales are being urged to register the birth of their newborns, so HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) can verify their Child Benefit claims

Wales' first plasmapheresis donor backs call for more donors in Wales to step forward

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The first donor in Wales to donate plasma through the Welsh Blood Service's new 'plasmapheresis' process is calling on other males who have recovered from COVID-19 to consider donating their plasma to support medical trials...
Monday 14 December 2020

Torfaen Santa Appeal receives more than 2000 donations

Torfaen Santa Appeal receives more than 2000 donations
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Gifts for Christmas will be handed out to 237 children and young people in Torfaen thanks to the huge success of this year's Torfaen Santa Appeal.

Keep up the MIGHTY recycling effort this Christmas to help get Wales to number one

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As Wales' recycling rate reaches an all-time high, we're calling on our residents to keep up their 'mighty' efforts when it comes to recycling this Christmas.

Changes to Christmas waste and recycling collections

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The council is pleased to announce that this year we will be collecting waste and recycling on Bank Holiday Monday (28th December), which in previous years wouldn't have occurred...
Friday 11 December 2020

A statement on Torfaen schools from the Executive Member for Education

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Secondary schools in Torfaen will move to blended learning for the final week of term. Primary schools will continue teaching in school until Wednesday with blended learning taking place on the last two days of term
Wednesday 9 December 2020

Getting about actively, safely and legally this Christmas

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This year, some Christmas lists may include an e-scooter, which have become an increasingly common sight as people look for an alternative to public transport or a way to cut down on car use.
Friday 4 December 2020

All-Wales approach agreed to keep schools open in run-up to Christmas

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A common approach has been agreed by the Welsh Government and the WLGA for school arrangements at the end of the Christmas term

Consultation on the Preferred Strategy of the Torfaen Replacement Local Development Plan

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The council is preparing a plan to identify where new developments such as housing, employment, community facilities, and supporting infrastructure, will go in Torfaen up to 2033...

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre announcement

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Further to the recent announcement from Welsh Government, the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce that the Heritage Café and Library will remain open over the next two weeks...
Wednesday 2 December 2020

Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment in Wales

Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment in Wales
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Today we received the welcome news that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has granted the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine temporary authorisation for use based on evidence of safety and effectiveness.

Coed Eva Primary School teacher wins prestigious award

Coed Eva Primary School teacher wins prestigious award
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A teacher at Coed Eva Primary School has just won 'Teacher of the Year' at the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru 2020 which took place on Sunday 29th November.
Monday 30 November 2020

New owner takes the reins as Betty retires from her wool shop after 30 years

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Business owner Mrs Betty Black is retiring from Pontypool Indoor Market after 30 years of working and owning Pontypool's Sewing and Wool Shop, also known as Betty's Wool Shop...
Friday 27 November 2020

A number of new businesses have started trading in Torfaen.

A number of new businesses have started trading in Torfaen.
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Two new business start-ups have launched in Torfaen after receiving support via Welsh Government and European Social Funded Communities for Work programme.

'Request and Collect' library book service still available

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No time to visit your local library to choose your own books at the moment? Torfaen Libraries 'Request and Collect' service is still operating across all three libraries...

Community project's interactive artworks now on display

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Last week Head4Arts released the first glimpses of its four digital interactive artworks generated from the visual contributions of over 450 participants in its first virtual Arty Parky event...
Wednesday 25 November 2020

Book your slot at the Household Waste Recycling Centre

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If you're having a clear out ready for Christmas, don't forget to book your slot at the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) in New Inn.
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.

Children get creative remembering the fallen

Children get creative remembering the fallen
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Leading up to Remembrance Sunday, Torfaen schools had the chance to take part in a Remembrance competition.
Thursday 19 November 2020

Keeping sport going through the tough times and the good times... Celebrating the National Lottery

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To say a huge thank you to the National Lottery and National Lottery players, we're celebrating the National Lottery's 26th birthday this month.
Wednesday 18 November 2020

Torfaen Council and partners win award at the Lets Recycle Award for Excellence 2020

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The council working in partnership with, Capital Valley Plastic and FCC Environment, have won 'The Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative of the Year' at the Lets Recycle Awards for Excellence 2020...

Torfaen libraries reopen for browsing next week

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Torfaen Libraries are pleased to announce that From Monday 23rd November all libraries will reopen for limited browsing, borrowing and book returns....
Tuesday 17 November 2020

Gwent White Ribbon Day 2020 #149Challenge

Gwent White Ribbon Day 2020 #149Challenge
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White Ribbon Day is an annual event that marks the United Nation's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and aims to raise awareness of male violence towards women.

Magic Moments in Home Care - Jade and Shaun's Story

Magic Moments in Home Care - Jade and Shaun's Story
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The coronavirus global pandemic has emphasised the critical role the social care workforce play in supporting Torfaen's most vulnerable citizens and the need for more people to start a career in the social care sector.
Monday 16 November 2020

Animal lover and passionate dog walker supported to launch a new business in Torfaen

Animal lover and passionate dog walker supported to launch a new business in Torfaen
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Supported by the European Social Funded Communities for Work project, Cwmbran resident Danny Moreton has been able to realise his dream of owning his own business by launching 'Happy Paws', a local dog walking and pet sitting service.
Friday 13 November 2020

Self isolation financial support

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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

Give a gift this Christmas

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Donate a gift this Christmas to an elderly person in your community and let them know you care.

Service users required to improve digital innovation

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Torfaen Council are looking to speak to residents who have recently requested or have been referred to support from the occupational therapy team
Tuesday 10 November 2020

Pontypool Indoor Market welcomes 3D printing business

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Pontypool Indoor Market has recently welcomed a new trader, Woolfalls 3DP, a 3D printing company...
Monday 9 November 2020

Green waste collections will stop for winter

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The fortnightly green waste collections in Torfaen will stop for winter shortly...

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
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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

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Last year, the Council declared a climate change emergency, acknowledging the real threat that climate change poses to both current and future generations...

Torfaen County Borough Council signs Healthy Travel Charter

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Twenty one leading public sector organisations which work across Gwent have today (6th November 2020) signed a Healthy Travel Charter, which commits to supporting and encouraging staff to travel in a sustainable way to and from work...

It's time to pick the world's favourite Green Flag Award parks

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Help us find the world's favourite Green Flag Award parks by voting for yours in the People's Choice Awards 2020.

Household Waste Recycling Centre to reopen Monday 9th November

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The Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Panteg Way, New Inn will re-open on Monday 9th November with new winter opening hours. The new opening hours will be Monday to Sunday 10am – 4pm.
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

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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...
Thursday 29 October 2020

Virtual sessions for people interested in fostering

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As part of the Councils Autumn fostering campaign, we will be hosting virtual one to one drop in sessions for anybody who is interested in becoming a foster carer.
Wednesday 28 October 2020

Temporary covid-19 'walk-up' test centres to close in Torfaen

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The temporary covid-19 'walk-up' test centres in Blaenavon and Pontypool will close on Friday 30 October.
Tuesday 27 October 2020

Support for Torfaen Businesses

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This is a fund to provide financial assistance to businesses that are facing operational and financial challenges caused by the national lockdown announced for Wales as a result of COVID-19

Celebrate Halloween safely at home

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Traditional Halloween activities, such as trick or treating, parties and other gatherings, all risk spreading Covid-19 further and are prohibited under the current Wales firebreak lockdown rules.
Monday 26 October 2020

Make some tasty treats with your pumpkins this Halloween

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Halloween is a fun time for many people who love getting creative carving out spooky pumpkins but did you realise that you can eat the insides of your pumpkins too?

Torfaen Santa Appeal opens soon: spread a little joy this Christmas!

Torfaen Santa Appeal opens soon: spread a little joy this Christmas!
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Once again Christmas is upon us and our thoughts turn to the children and young people of Torfaen who are experiencing poverty or have no contact with family.
Friday 23 October 2020

COVID-19 - Message from Torfaen Council Leader

COVID-19 - Message from Torfaen Council Leader
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A message to Torfaen residents, businesses and partners from the Torfaen Council Leader

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board have extended the opening of the covid-19 testing facilities in Torfaen.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board have extended the opening of the covid-19 testing facilities in Torfaen.
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The temporary covid-19 test centres in Blaenavon and Pontypool will now remain open until Friday 30 October

Torfaen Council launches a new campaign to support employment in the borough

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Working closely with partner agencies, Torfaen Council have an important role to play in the coming weeks and months to support residents whose employment situation has been affected by the impact of Coronavirus.

Urgent - Request for Holiday Accommodation Businesses to provide accommodation for vulnerable groups

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Urgent - Request for Holiday Accommodation Businesses to provide accommodation for vulnerable groups
Thursday 22 October 2020

Cemetery opening times changing from Sunday 25th October

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In conjunction with daylight saving and clocks going back an hour on Sunday, from Sunday the 25th of October, cemeteries in Torfaen will be changing to winter opening hours. Cemeteries will be open daily between 9am-5pm...

Remembrance Sunday; remembering the fallen at home

Remembrance Sunday; remembering the fallen at home
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.
Tuesday 20 October 2020

2020/21 Torfaen Council AGM

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At the annual general meeting (AGM) of Torfaen council on Tuesday 20th of October, all the key political appointments to the council's cabinet, committees and outside bodies were confirmed for the year ahead.
Friday 16 October 2020

Council's Trading Standards team warn the public of new inheritance scam

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Torfaen CBC's Trading Standards team are advising the public to be alert to a new scam. The team have become aware of attempts made to deceive vulnerable people by claiming they could be helped to attain a multi-million pound inheritance...

Three more Torfaen businesses handed Premise Improvement Notices for breaching Coronavirus Regulations

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Cwmbran Workingmen's Band Club and Institute, The Terrace Inn, Cwmbran, and The Teazer, New Inn, are the latest businesses to be handed a Premises Improvement Notice for breaches of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

COVID-19 'walk-up' test centres in Blaenavon and Pontypool to remain open

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is keeping open the temporary mobile testing unit in Blaenavon which opened on the 8th October.

#FosterLocal and make a difference that will last a lifetime

#FosterLocal and make a difference that will last a lifetime
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Torfaen Council are joining other local authorities across Gwent to promote a new Autumn fostering campaign that looks to encourage more families and individuals to come forward and foster a child or young person in need.

Poppy Appeal Launch

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The Poppy Appeal 2020 will soon be underway across the County of Gwent.
Thursday 15 October 2020

£50,000 from National Lottery and Welsh Government will help provide for pollinators in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent

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Verges in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent to benefit from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Welsh Government.
Wednesday 14 October 2020

Four areas in Torfaen named among country's best green spaces

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Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year's Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space...
Tuesday 13 October 2020

Improvement notice issued to Livio's Barber Shop for breaching Coronavirus Regulations

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A premises improvement notice has been issued to Livio's Barber Shop, Windsor Road, Griffithstown, for breaches of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.
Monday 12 October 2020

It's National Adoption Week!

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One of the best ways to inspire people to adopt is by sharing success stories of those that have been there and done it.

Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020

Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020
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This week marks Hate Crime Awareness week, a national week of action that encourages local authorities, key partners and communities affected by hate crime to work together to tackle local hate crime issues.
Friday 9 October 2020

Boathouse to be lit up to raise awareness of Baby Loss Awareness Week

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Pink and blue lights will illuminate the boathouse at Cwmbran Boating Lake between 6pm-10pm daily from Friday 9th – Thursday 15th to raise awareness of Baby Loss Awareness week. Now in its 18th year, the week aims to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby death.

Council shortlisted for prestigious recycling and waste management award

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Now in its 17th year, the Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management is considered the most prestigious awards scheme for waste and recycling professionals recognising organisations, partnerships and individuals across 17 categories.

Improvement notice issued to The Halfway Inn for breaching Coronavirus Regulations

Improvement notice issued to The Halfway Inn for breaching Coronavirus Regulations
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A premises improvement notice has been issued to The Halfway Inn, Old Cwmbran, for breaches of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

Walter Waygood photography exhibition to be held at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

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From Tuesday 3rd –Friday 27th November an exciting photography exhibition will be displayed at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre (BWHC) between 10am -5pm (Tuesday – Friday).
Wednesday 7 October 2020

Temporary 'walk up' Coronavirus testing unit opens in Blaenavon

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is opening a temporary mobile testing unit in Blaenavon on Thursday 8th October. The new unit will operate every morning from 9am – 12.30pm until Thursday 15th of October
Tuesday 6 October 2020

COVID-19 Innovation Support

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Ensuring that your business is COVID-19 safe and compliant while remaining productive and profitable can feel like a huge challenge. But help is available, at no cost to manufacturing businesses in Wales, through SMART Innovation programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Thursday 1 October 2020

NHS COVID-19 app

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We're encouraging people in Torfaen to download and use the app because the more people that do so, the more it will help reduce and manage the spread of COVID.
Tuesday 29 September 2020

Temporary 'walk up' Coronavirus testing unit opens in Pontypool

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is opening a temporary mobile testing unit at the Old Mill Car Park, Trosnant, Pontypool, NP4 8AT, on Wednesday 30th September.
Monday 28 September 2020

Torfaen Council partners with UDDR to provide a 'one stop shop' service for businesses and shoppers

Torfaen Council partners with UDDR to provide a 'one stop shop' service for businesses and shoppers
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Torfaen Council have formed a partnership with the mobile app UDDR to provide businesses and shoppers with an easy to use 'One Stop Shop'.

Local coronavirus restrictions introduced to control Covid-19 in Torfaen

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Coronavirus laws are being further tightened in Torfaen tonight from 6pm (Monday 28 September) in response to a rising rate of Covid-19 cases in the borough and due to Torfaen's proximity to neighbouring areas where numbers are significantly higher
Sunday 27 September 2020

Further local coronavirus restrictions introduced to control rises in South Wales

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Coronavirus laws are being further tightened in Neath Port Talbot, the Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen in response to a growing spread of cases, First Minister Mark Drakeford, has confirmed
Friday 25 September 2020

Council leader makes appeal

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This week the leader of Torfaen Council, Cllr Anthony Hunt made an appeal to the Torfaen public to follow the Covid-19 rules and guidance.
Thursday 24 September 2020

Torfaen calls on residents to Be Mighty, Recycle and get Wales to number one!

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We're already the third best recyclers in the world, and now Torfaen Council is backing the Wales-wide movement to make us first.
Wednesday 23 September 2020

Bi Visibility Day 2020

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At 2.00pm Bi Cymru / Wales will be hosting an online discussion and Q&A session for anyone who wants to ask questions or know more about being bi, pan, poly, or omni sexual/romantic and attracted to more than one gender.

New online NHS course helps people improve their mental health

New online NHS course helps people improve their mental health
Description:
Feeling worried or anxious can have a big impact on your health, and for some people life at the moment can be particularly difficult.
Tuesday 22 September 2020

Residents asked to display caution

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Torfaen Council's Trading Standards team have been made aware of book sales people operating door to door within the borough.
Monday 21 September 2020

Public Health Wales urges eligible people in Wales to have free flu vaccine

Public Health Wales urges eligible people in Wales to have free flu vaccine
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Public Health Wales is urging all eligible people in Wales to have their free flu vaccine as NHS Wales begins its largest ever national flu vaccine programme.
Thursday 17 September 2020

Local Seamstresses: The final Batch

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The council would like to thank a group of seamstresses for their hard work and effort in supporting the NHS during Covid-19.
Tuesday 15 September 2020

Community Farm site improvements get the green light

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Torfaen councillors have today approved £240,000 capital spend for essential maintenance and remedial work at the farm

Face coverings to be worn in all Adult and Community Learning buildings

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In response to the Covid-19 regulation changes, Torfaen Adult Community Learning has updated it's centre user policy.
Thursday 10 September 2020

Torfaen Pub has licence revoked for breaching Coronavirus Regulations

Torfaen Pub has licence revoked for breaching Coronavirus Regulations
Description:
Following the identification of persistent Coronavirus regulation breaches at Castell-y-Bwch, Henllys Lane, Cwmbran, the licence holder has had their licence revoked and has 21 days to appeal the decision.
Wednesday 9 September 2020

Shielding information from the Welsh Government

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Following the lockdown in Caerphilly, for Torfaen residents who were shielding prior to 16th of August and therefore remain on the Shielding Patient List, there is no change to the advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales.

Childcare Hubs a huge success during lockdown

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Over the summer period Torfaen Play, Youth and Sport Development services came together to provide a fun filled and engaging childcare provision for keyworker children and the most vulnerable

Important message - we need your help

Important message - we need your help
Description:
On Tuesday 8th September at 6pm, the Caerphilly County Borough Council area became an enhanced local health protection area and several new Lockdown restrictions come into force.
Friday 4 September 2020

Next round of weed spraying in the borough to start

Next round of weed spraying in the borough to start
Description:
The next round of weed spraying in the borough will start on Monday 7 September (weather permitting).

Schools to become 'Covid Secure' buildings

Schools to become 'Covid Secure' buildings
Description:
We are ensuring that all our Education buildings are 'Covid Secure' by complying with the government's guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19.
Thursday 3 September 2020

Flying the flag for Merchant Navy Day 2020

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Today we are flying the Red Ensign; the UK Merchant Navy's official flag outside the Civic Centre in Pontypool.
Friday 28 August 2020

Communication for schools and parents regarding the wearing of face coverings

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Following the Welsh Government's announcement and publication of the Technical Advisory Group Advice on Face Coverings for Children and Young People (under 18) in Education settings earlier this week, Council and school leaders have been urgently seeking clarification at a local and national level regarding key aspects of the guidance around the wearing of face coverings...
Thursday 27 August 2020

A not so Blue Lagoon

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Torfaen Council, Blaenau Gwent Council, Caerphilly Council and Gwent Police would like to remind the public that the area known as Blaencuffin Canyon is on private land and that it is not a tourist attraction.
Tuesday 25 August 2020

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre café re-opening

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The Heritage Café, located in the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, is looking forward to welcoming back their customers. The café is reopening on Tuesday 1st September from 10am and will be serving a reduced menu to eat in or takeaway.
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