South Wales Valleys jeweller Derek Davies is among those who has felt the effects of the retail sector's struggles. He has closed his jewellery shop in Tonypandy.
He told our reporter Rob Osborne that even if he was offered a shop in the town with no costs to pay, he wouldn't take it. He said the trading environment is so bad 'it's turning into a ghost town.'
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council says it 'remains committed to working with traders in all of our town centres in an effort to support various initiatives that have a positive effect on the local economy. Initiatives have included various events. This is particularly the case with Tonypandy itself.'
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A fine and bright start to the week, with any lingering rain clearing away as we move throughout the afternoon.
A wet and windy night to come, with rain turning heavier overnight. Feeling particularly blustery in coastal areas.
In today's Newsweek Wales, Carl talks to Dr David Bailey from The BMA about how to ease the pressure on the Welsh NHS.