Local Development Plan Consultation

Consideration is being given to candidate sites.  Yes there are some in and around Ponthir and Llanfrechfa.  Some will go forward to the next stage of planning, some will not.  How does this affect you?  Find out at,

Torfaen Replacement Local Development Plan: Candidate Sites | Torfaen County Borough Council

Contact details are at the bottom of the web page.

Outcome of PCC Consultation on LDP 14122020 click this link to find out how it affects you.



App to track buses and let you know how full they are.  Click here

Current bus timetables. Click Bus Time Table October 2020


Caerleon Road Closure 

From 28th September 2020 to mid November Caerleon Road will be closed due to extensive felling of diseased Ash trees.  Please select the link below to find out more about what’s happening and why.  Diversions and new bus routes can also be found on the site.


To: Town and Community Councils in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Area

Dear Sir or Madam

We are pleased to be able to contact you with the latest news from Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

The Grange University Hospital is Opening Early!

The Grange University Hospital will officially open in mid-November this year, instead of the original planned date in March 2021.  The new facility based in Cwmbran, which has received over £360m Welsh Government funding will provide emergency and urgent care, bringing together services previously provided at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport and Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny.

Parts of the hospital were made available to the NHS early as a field hospital to assist with the Coronavirus pandemic. The 60 acre site will have a 471 bed capacity and feature a 24 hour specialist assessment facility, intensive care facilities, and comprehensive diagnostic facilities, inpatient beds for major emergencies and complex surgery, and theatres.

Services will remain at the Royal Gwent and Nevill Hall Hospitals with inpatient and outpatient care including diagnostic tests, therapies, minor injuries treatment, and midwifery-led birthing services.  These will join Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan, St Woolos, Chepstow and County Hospitals to provide a network of hospitals able to provide the majority of care for local communities.  Alongside The Grange University Hospital providing state of the art facilities the hospital has helped to create over 600 jobs during its build. The hospital will employ over 3,000 people when it opens, with circa 600 members of staff on shift at any one time.

Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething MS, said:

“It’s with great pleasure that I am able to announce the Grange will open ahead of schedule. It’s testament to the hard work of everyone involved that this has been achieved, and even more so during these challenging times. The new date gives us the opportunity to now include the facility in winter preparations and provide more capacity and resilience.  It can also assist with any possible future waves of the coronavirus.  The new facility is another example of key investments being made into the NHS here in Wales, which benefit both patients and staff. I’m positive that this fantastic new facility will also help us attract more people to working in the birthplace of the NHS”.

Judith Paget, Chief Executive of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board said:

“We are delighted that our new hospital will open four months earlier than planned to help us respond to winter pressures and a potential second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The centralisation of our specialist and critical care services at the Grange University Hospital will provide increased resilience for our services, extra flexibility of having 75% single rooms to treat seriously ill or infectious patients, additional capacity to ventilate patients requiring critical care and make better use of our staff resources to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients.  We are very grateful for the support we have received from Welsh Government, our staff, partners and the public as we work towards the opening of the Hospital and implement significant changes to the way we deliver our NHS services in Gwent according to our longstanding Clinical Futures plan”.

For further information about the Grange University Hospital or any of other hospitals please visit our website /  or please get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like to discuss further. 


For all the latest news from the Health Board please follow our social media pages on Facebook @AneurinBevanUniversityHealthBoard, Twitter @AneurinBevanUHB and Instagram @AneurinBevanUHB


Torfaen App…… does it help me?

Report all kinds of nuisance by using the app.  Missed bins, dog fouling, potholes in roads, fly tipping you can even check the latest food hygiene ratings for restaurants in Torfaen.  Check gritting routes, concerns for neighbours, trees and much more!  All you need is an android or similar device, for more info, follow this link.

For those without Android devices, please email or phone 01495 762200

Whilst we always want to hear from members of the public, the quickest was to get a solution to your problem is to contact Torfaen County Borough Council directly by using one of the above methods.

Have your Say…..latest public consultations

None at this time.

Checking Afon Lwyd River Levels

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Community Garden

The Community Council have been looking at proposals to develop a community garden for the benefit of residents.  Links to the plans and proposed planting scheme are below.

Cynllun 4 – ER-EP-109 Ponthir Community Garden


Bwrdd Deunyddiau – Material Board – Community Garden

Please email if you wish for further information on the project.


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