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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RCT Council: 'Spending cuts mean tough decisions'

Rhondda Cynon Taf council says it has been forced to reduce the number of public events held in the borough due to spending cuts.

It follows complaints from disgruntled Tonyrefail residents, who say they've had to fork out for the village's Christmas decorations themselves this year after the council scrapped them - along with its annual Santa visit.

Tonyrefail has unfortunately suffered as a result of these cuts which are forcing the Council to make very tough decisions.

Tonyrefail has already benefited from 'Its All About Youth' in February, the 'Taste of Tonyrefail' with celebrity Gino di'Campo in April and the Council's County Show in August.

Because of limited engagement by local businesses and by organisations such as the Community Council, and poor attendance at last year's event, the decision was taken not to proceed with it this year.

Most importantly the Council wants to ensure it achieves maximum impact with its events and as a result a wider of review of events, will see a greater variety and geographical spread of activities for the public of Rhondda Cynon Taff over the coming year.

The Council is still operating eight different Christmas events in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

– Rhondda Cynon Taf Council spokesperson

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