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Cutting costs at Christmas

Tonyrefail residents say they're having to organise village festivities themselves this Christmas after the council scrapped plans for decorations and the annual Santa visit. Rhondda Cynon Taf council says spending cuts mean 'difficult decisions'.

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Tonyrefail residents: 'Council's cancelled Christmas'

Tonyrefail residents say they are having to source and pay for their own Christmas cheer this year Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

Residents in Tonyrefail say they're having to organise village festivities themselves this Christmas after the council scrapped plans for decorations and the annual Santa visit.

Councillor Paul Wasley, who now plans to buy a Christmas tree for the village himself, told ITV Wales that locals are determined to pull together to provide some festive cheer.

Rhondda Cynon Taf council says spending cuts have meant some tough decisions, but other Christmas events are still taking place across the borough.

A spokesperson added that Tonyrefail has benefited from various events throughout 2012.

But locals say they feel the village is being overlooked and have criticised the 'miserable' and 'mean-spirited' decision - with one local business owner comparing the council to Scrooge.

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