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Protest due over plans to close day centre for elderly

A protest march is being held in Treharris today. It's in opposition to Merthyr Council's plans to close the village's day centre for the elderly.

The day centre is held in Treharris Boys' Club, which is 150 years old. There are concerns that jobs will be lost and the boys' club itself could close if income is lost.

Campaigners say this would then have a knock-on effect on other activities in the village such as the youth club and toddlers' group.

The council have yet to comment.

Merthyr Tydfil's historic Vulcan House reopens as £2m affordable housing scheme

Merthyr Tydfil's iconic Grade two listed Vulcan House officially opened today after a £2m redevelopment.

Formally a brewery and then an iron foundry, it became a centre of activity for the Chartist movement in the 19th Century.

It now has a very different future - made into affordable housing as part of the regeneration of the area.

Alexandra Lodge reports.


Grade II listed building turned into affordable homes

The building used to be a brewery and then became an iron foundry. Credit: Wales & West Housing

Merthyr Tydfil's iconic Grade II listed Vulcan House is officially opening after a £2m redevelopment.

Formerly a brewery and then an iron foundry, it became the centre of activity for the Chartist movement in the 19th century.

Vulcan House has been made into 15 affordable homes for local people. Credit: Wales & West Housing

Part of the regeneration of the area and a partnership between Wales & West Housing and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council enabled the building to be saved with funding from the Welsh Government.

Vulcan House has now been made into 15 affordable homes for local people.

Cuts to school transport could cause 'serious disruption' for Merthyr sixth-formers

Proposals to cut transport for sixth formers in Merthyr Tydfil who go to their closest Welsh-medium school in Rhondda Cynon Taf, would lead to serious disruption for pupils and could lead to teachers being made redundant.

Over 90 sixth form pupils travel from Merthyr to Ysgol Rhydywaun every day. But there are now plans out for consultation that could bring the service to an end.

The headteacher says it would decimate their school.

Hannah Thomas reports.

Catch-up: Coast & Country episode 2

In this episode:

Andrew is in Merthyr Tydfil at the new mountain biking centre 'Bike Park Wales.' He meets the brains behind the project and takes to the trails himself. The park is open from 9am till 5pm during the Winter, and day passes for the uplift service start at £30.

Hannah joins us from Tenby in Pembrokeshire. She speaks to the man behind plans to transform St. Catherine's Island into a tourist attraction. Just 100 metres off the coast, it's been closed to the public for the past thirty years. For more information on the plans visit their website.

Carl joins History Chef Ceri at Tretower Court and Castle in Crickhowell. He finds out about the varied history of the site, from it's time as a grand country house, through to it's restoration.

If you want to have a go at tonight's recipe, you'll need:

Plain Flour

Water (but we're using milk and butter to make the biscuits a little softer)

A little salt - (not used in the past)

We served our biscuits with an Apple and Pear marmalade.

Last but not least, Ruth continues her journey along the Wales Coastal Path, this time stopping off in Pembrokeshire. She meets Marten Lewis from The Darwin Experience, a charity aiming to encourage more young people to take an interest in science. She visits Porthclais and St. Brides Haven.

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State-of-the-art Merthyr Tydfil college campus opens

First Minister Carwyn Jones will officially open a new state-of-the-art campus at the College Merthyr Tydfil today.

The sixth-form college, in Ynysfach, is part of the University of South Wales.

The new college opened its doors to over 3000 students in September. Credit: The College Merthyr Tydfil

The new building boasts IT facilities worth more than £2m, science laboratories and a professional standard sports hall.

In 2010, there were protests against the potential closure of sixth forms in four secondary schools in Merthyr.

The decision was taken by the Welsh Government to close them and move pupils to the new college, which is known as a tertiary learning facility.

Parents protest over compulsory school bus pass

parents and children arriving at school
Parents in Merthyr Tydfil are unhappy about paying a term fee. Credit: Nicola Hendy / ITV News

Parents in Merthyr Tydfil are protesting over the local council's decision to introduce compulsory bus passes for school children. Instead of paying 60 pence per day, parents must now pay £39.50 per term.

Many parents say they cannot afford the payout and have no choice but to allow their children to walk to school.

In a statement, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council said the bus pass scheme implemented was "a way to improve the safety of pupils."

Previously, there was "no way of being able to clearly identify potential pupils, on any of our contracted buses, in the event of an incident", it said.

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