BREAKING NEWS: Fire Near a Valley’s Landfill Site

This afternoon South Wales Fire & Rescue Service are tackling a blaze near Ty Amgen Landfill site in Llwydcoed.

Accourding to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, both Ty Amgen and Bryn Pica sites remain open to the public.

The council confirmed the news via Twitter and said that they will post any further updates:


BREAKING: Valley’s Road Reopens Following Crash

This morning the A4059 was closed due to an accident.

The accident caused disruption between Canal Street and Asda Aberdare roundabout. Bus services were affected. However, South Wales Police said that the accident ‘didn’t look serious’.

All traffic is running smoothly and back to normal.


BREAKING NEWS: Huge Fire & Explosions in Pontypridd

Pontypridd Fire from A470
View of the fire from the A470, near Glyntaff. Credit: @MrEdwardTed on Twitter.

Tonight a massive fire continues to burn at an industrial unit in Pontypridd with some roads shut as a result.

Emergency services started to receive calls regarding the incident at around 7pm this evening. Four fire engines and three water bowsers have been dispatched to the scene near Pentrebach Road, Glyntaff. Residents have been affected and there have been reports of evacuations due to the severity of the fire.

Eye witnesses have also stated how they heard a ‘number of explosions’ with many taking to social media to broadcast the unfolding situation.

Jennie Griffiths, head of fire control for South Wales, on Twitter confirmed that the fire involves a number of vehicles and cylinders.

More details follow, please follow my Twitter page for the latest on this breaking story. The link to my profile can be found at the bottom of this screen.

Also, thanks to @MrEdwardTed and @Rhuanedd on Twitter for allowing my to use their pictures of the fire.

Pontypridd fire
Black smoke. Credit: @Rhuanedd on Twitter.



News: Interview with Cynon Valley MP

On Friday 8th June I will meet and interview a veteran Member of Parliament who has represented the Cynon Valley since 1984; Labour’s Ann Clwyd.

The interview will be filmed and will be available to watch on this page and via Wicid.TV’s YouTube Channel in the coming weeks following various editing.Ann Clwyd


Arriva Trains Wales apologies for the delay but the next stop is Keolis Amey

After 15 long years of delays and overcrowding on smelly outdated carriages its time to say goodbye Arriva and hello to a new company that will take over in the Autumn.

From October, a new franchise will take over. French and Spanish company Keolis Amey yesterday outlined their proposals to transform rail services in Wales.

But how will this affect us here in the Cynon Valley?

Transport for Wales has set out its plans to invest ‘£738 million to transform the valley lines to Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil, Treherbert, Rhymney and Coryton, electrifying 172 km of track and upgrading infrastructure to enable improved journey times and more trains every hour.’

• We will have brand new trains.
• Metro Vehicles will be introduced providing a metro-style service to Aberdare, Treherbert and Merthyr valleys.
• There will be extra Sunday services for the Cynon Valley.
• New, improved and cleaner stations.
• Better ticket buying facilities and availability.
• By December 2022 there will be 4 trains per hour between Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff – a significant change.
Credit to Transport for Wales for the aforementioned information and statistics.

It is indeed fair to say that there is a lot being promised and offered here, but the big question remains; will these promises be put into real action and will they be fulfilled? Time will only tell. But if they do go ahead this will surely be a hugely beneficial project to the Cynon Valley transforming our rail services and the way that we travel. And hopefully it will give passengers a more clean and efficient travelling experience.


Magnificent Mountain Ash

I’ve selected some gorgeous pictures of Mountain Ash to showcase. I hope that you enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts and please send me your pictures by Email, Facebook, Instagram or Tweet me. All of the addresses are provided on the bottom of this screen.

Victoria Park
Victoria Park, Mountain Ash.
Mt. Ash
View of Mountain Ash.
Mountain above Forest View, Mountain Ash.
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Sun peaking through the trees in Victoria Park.



My week with Vikki Howells

From meeting new people and working with Vikki’s brilliantly dedicated team, its fair to say I had an interesting and educated week. I spent four days with the assembly member from Aberdare, as she invited me last year to join her for some journalistic and political work experience. However, it proved challenging finding the right time as I was juggling university and my part time job at a supermarket. But following the assembly’s Easter break, I joined Vikki and her team both at her constituency office in the centre of Aberdare, and at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

Monday 16th April; the day I started with the team. Whilst both nervous and excited for this new experience, I decided to arrive on time. Well, I was half an hour early. I stood outside Vikki’s shop which is opposite to Aberdare’s finest building; the Constitutional Club. Half an hour is indeed a long time to stand outside a shop without people starting to suspect what on earth you’re doing. So, I decided to grab a coffee in Weatherspoon’s. When I got back to the office I was greeted by two lovely women; Jackie and Sue. Both are Vikki’s office support staff that deal with all the constituency issues and matters. I was introduced to their roles and was given a task to complete by the end of the day. To prepare a newsletter for Vikki to send out to primary schools across the Cynon Valley.

Tuesday; time for the Senedd, Cardiff Bay. The heart of Welsh democracy and where Welsh laws are made and debates regarding Welsh issues are held. I’ve been to the Senedd many times, but this was the first time that I entered the Red National Assembly building that sits behind the Senedd. This is where the offices of all assembly members and of course the first minister, are. It contrasted the Aberdare office. This is where the action takes place, where Vikki attends Assembly related events at lunchtime then goes into the chamber to debate in the afternoon. It’s a highly busy environment, with many minsters rushing back and forth to different places. It’s very interesting to see what it is like behind the scenes. In that week, I attended more than three events with Vikki and her assistant Robyn. It was great to see Vikki sponsoring all of these events. I continued with the tasks I was given, including drafting press releases for Vikki’s website. This continued into the Wednesday.

Thursday; my last day with the team. Me and Vikki attended a constituency event in Cilfynydd, Pontypridd. I had the opportunity to meet the housing minister for Wales, Rebecca Evans. We visited a housing shelter for women that are victim to various things such as domestic abuse. It was an eye opener to see the work they do and the support they provide to those young women.

Overall, I had a great time with the team. I thank them for their warm hospitality and wish them all the best for the future.






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