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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Drizzle gives way to more substantial rain which will push in to western areas during the second half of tonight!