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Encyclopedia > Rhondda Cynon Taff
Rhondda Cynon Taf county borough
Image:WalesRhonddaCynonTaff.png
Geography
Area
- Total
- % Water
Ranked 13th
424 km²
? %
Admin HQ Tonypandy
ISO 3166-2 GB-RCT
ONS code 00PF
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2006 est.)
- Density
 
Ranked 2nd
233,900
Ranked 7th
552 / km²
Ethnicity 98.9% White.
Welsh language
- Any skills
Ranked 13th
21.1%
Politics
Arms of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council
Control Labour
MPs

Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT; Welsh: Rhondda Cynon Taf) is a county borough in the preserved county of Mid Glamorgan, south Wales. Places and things named Rhondda include: Rhondda Cynon Taf — a county borough in Glamorgan, South Wales Rhondda (UK Parliament constituency) — a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom Rhondda (National Assembly for Wales constituency) — a constituency of the National Assembly for Wales Rhondda (district... Image File history File links WalesRhonddaCynonTaff. ... Area is the measure of how much exposed area any two dimensional object has. ... This is a list of principal areas of Wales ordered by area. ... To help compare different orders of magnitude and geographical regions, we list here areas between 100 km² and 1000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Tonypandy is a town in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taff, traditional county of Glamorgan, south Wales, lying in the Rhondda Fawr Valley. ... The ISO 3166-2 codes for the United Kingdom correspond to the nations administrative divisions. ... The Office for National Statistics coding system is a hierarchical code used in the United Kingdom for tabulating census and other statistical data. ... For other uses, see Density (disambiguation). ... This is a list of principal areas of Wales ordered by population. ... This is a List of Welsh principal areas by population density in the 2001 UK census. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... This is a List of Welsh principal areas by the percentage of those professing some skills in the Welsh language in the 2001 UK census. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Labour Party is a political party in the United Kingdom. ... This is a list of MPs elected in the UK general election, 2005 to the House of Commons for the Fifty-Fourth Parliament of the United Kingdom at the United Kingdom general election, 2005, arranged by constituency. ... Christopher John Bryant (born January 11, 1962) is a British politician. ... The Rt. ... Kim Scott Howells (born November 27, 1946 in Merthyr Tydfil) is a Labour politician in Wales, and member of Parliament for Pontypridd. ... Ifor Huw Irranca-Davies (now known as Huw Irranca-Davies) was born on 22 January 1963, Swansea, as Ifor Huw Davies) is a Labour politician in Wales, and member of Parliament for Ogmore. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... County borough was a term introduced in 1889 in the United Kingdom to refer to a borough or a city independent of county administration. ... The Preserved counties of Wales are the current areas used in Wales for ceremonial purposes such as Lieutenancy. ... Mid Glamorgan is a ceremonial preserved county of Wales, one of the divisions of the traditional county of Glamorgan. ... This article is about the country. ...


The district borders Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly to the east, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to the south, Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot to the west and Powys to the north. Its main towns are Aberdare, Mountain Ash and Pontypridd. Merthyr Tydfil (Welsh: ) is a town and county borough in Wales, with a population of about 55,000. ... Caerphilly [county borough] is a local government principal area in southern Wales, straddling the boundary between the traditional counties of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire. ... This article is about the capital city of Wales. ... For other uses, see Vale of Glamorgan (disambiguation). ... Bridgend is a county borough in what was the traditional county of Glamorgan, southern Wales. ... Neath Port Talbot (Welsh: ) is a county borough in Glamorgan, south Wales. ... Powys is a local government principal area and a preserved county in Wales. ... Caradog statue in Victoria Square For other uses, see Aberdare (disambiguation). ... Mountain Ash (Welsh: Aberpennar) is a town in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taff, traditional county of Glamorgan, south Wales. ... , Pontypridd is a town in Glamorgan, Wales, in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf. ...


See List of places in Rhondda Cynon Taf for a list of towns and villages.

Contents

History

The county borough was formed on April 1, 1996, by the merger of the former Mid Glamorgan districts of Cynon Valley, Rhondda and Taff-Ely (with the exceptions of Creigiau and Pentyrch, which were added to Cardiff). Its name reflects all these, and the rivers Cynon, Rhondda and Taff. is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Mid Glamorgan is a ceremonial preserved county of Wales, one of the divisions of the traditional county of Glamorgan. ... In 1974 Wales was divided for local government purposes into districts. ... Categories: UK geography stubs ... The Borough of Rhondda was one of six local government districts of Mid Glamorgan, South Wales from 1994 to 1996. ... Taff-Ely was a local government district in Wales from 1974 to 1996. ... Creigiau is a village near Cardiff, in Wales, U.K. It currently has about 1,000 houses, containing a population of approximately 2,400 people. ... Pentyrch is situated about seven miles north west of Cardiff the capital city of Wales. ... The River Cynon is a river in South Wales and is one of the larger tributaries of the River Taff. ... The River Rhondda (Welsh: ) is a river in south-east Wales which has two major tributaries; the Rhondda Fawr (English: ) and the Rhondda Fach (English: ). Despite their names, both tributaries are about the same length. ... The River Taff is a large river in South Wales. ...


Industry

The district developed from the discovery and mining, primarily for export, of high quality Welsh coals, such as steam coal, via Cardiff and Barry docks. The landscape was dominated by coal waste heaps and deep mine pit-heads. Many of the roads are lined with semi-ribbon development of closely packed Victorian terraces of houses which have given the Rhondda valleys their distinctive appearance. In the 1980s, privatisation of British Coal resulted in the closure of many of the coal mining activities in the valleys, devastating the local economy. This article is about the country. ... Coal Coal (IPA: ) is a fossil fuel formed in swamp ecosystems where plant remains were saved by water and mud from oxidization and biodegradation. ... This article is about the capital city of Wales. ... Barry (Welsh: ) is a town in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. ... Manchester Town Hall is an example of Victorian architecture found in Manchester, UK. The Carson Mansion is an example of a Victorian home in Eureka, California, USA The term Victorian architecture can refer to one of a number of architectural styles predominantly in the Victorian era. ... British Coal was a former British corporation consisting of the assets of various coal mining firms which had been nationalised. ...


As deep mines closed, a number of very large open-cast coal mines were created and remain in operation especially towards the north of the area.


The Welsh Development Agency, which was formed in 1976 to help reverse the economic down-turn in Wales caused by the recession in both the coal and steel industries, was very active in the Rhondda Cynon Taff area in supporting and encouraging industrial and commercial re-generation. Recent investment in the area has included the Dragon International Film Studios, currently under construction (2006) on the site of Llanillyd open cast mine. This project is headed by Sir Richard Attenborough and will include TV studios, editing suites and a large film studio complex. The location of the project has led it to become known locally as "Valleywood", even though the Welsh Valleys are some miles away. The Welsh Development Agency (WDA) is a public sector quango or NGO funded by the British government for the purpose of encouraging business development and investment in Wales. ... Surface coal mining in Wyoming. ... For other uses, see Steel (disambiguation). ...


Environment

The Coal industry has had major adverse impacts on the quality of the environment such that most of the rivers were severely polluted to the exclusion of all fish life. Recent decades have shown great improvement with Salmon recorded from the River Taff and the River Rhondda but the continued presence of man-made obstacles in the rivers is inhibiting their return to their pre-industrial condition. Illustration of a male Coho Salmon The Chinook or King Salmon is the largest salmon in North America and can grow to 1. ... The River Taff is a large river in South Wales. ... The River Rhondda (Welsh: ) is a river in south-east Wales which has two major tributaries; the Rhondda Fawr (English: ) and the Rhondda Fach (English: ). Despite their names, both tributaries are about the same length. ...


The chemical industry has also had adverse effects due to the dumping of toxic waste in the now disused Brofiscin Quarry in the village of Groesfaen. Dumping took place over a 7 year period between 1967 and 1973 by Monsanto. It is estimated that the cleanup costs could be more than £100 million. A Dr Papageorge, formerly Monsanto's chief scientist, estimates that between 60,000 and 80,000 tonnes of PCB contaminated wastes were dumped there.[1] The Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. ... Labelling transformers containing PCBs Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a class of organic compounds with 1 to 10 chlorine atoms are attached to biphenyl and a general structure of C12H10-xClx. ...


Government

The area is governed by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (Welsh: ) is the governing body for Rhondda Cynon Taff, one of the Principal Areas of Wales. ...


Twin Towns

Rhondda Cynon Taf is twinned with the city of Nürtingen, Baden-Württemberg (Germany) Sign denoting twin towns of Neckarsulm, Germany Town twinning is a concept whereby towns or cities in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links. ... Neckar waterfront Watershed of the Neckar River Watershed of the Rhine River Nürtingen is a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, in the district of Esslingen. ... Location Coordinates , , Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2) Administration Country NUTS Region DE1 Capital Stuttgart Minister-President Günther Oettinger (CDU) Governing parties CDU / FDP Votes in Bundesrat 6 (from 69) Basic statistics Area  35,752 km² (13,804 sq mi) Population 10,741,000 (11/2006)[1]  - Density...


References

  1. ^ John Hughes; Pat Thomas (May 2007). "Burying The Truth". The Ecologist 37 (4): 33–63. 

External links

  • Rhondda Cynon Taf Unitary Authority homepage
  • Stay in the valleys Visit the Rhondda, Cynon and Taff Valleys

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Rhondda Cynon Taff - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (381 words)
Rhondda Cynon Taff (Welsh: Rhondda Cynon Tâf) is a county borough in Glamorgan, south Wales.
The district borders Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly to the east, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to the south, Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot to the west and Powys to the north.
Recent decades have shown great improvement with Salmon recorded from the River Taff and the River Rhondda but the continued presence of man-made obstacles in the rivers is inhibiting their return to their pre-industrial condition.
jobsgopublic - Advertiser.Brochure (304 words)
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council is a large but progressive unitary authority with responsibility for the majority of public services delivered in the area.
Rhondda Cynon Taf has a very influential role in supporting, developing and shaping the region employing approximately 14,000 employees, of whom the vast majority live and work in the County boundary.
Rhondda Cynon Taf is engaged from the highest levels, taking a leading role in the Community Plan, as part of the 'Better Life Partnership', right down to the local level, where services are delivered.
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