Play areas: 

Following the Welsh Government ‘fire break’ announcement, all parks, play areas and open spaces owned and maintained by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will remain open, unless they were already closed for upgrades/refurbishment. 

Some play areas are under the ownership of community councils or other organisations and may not have re-opened yet – please contact them for more information. Please remember to regularly wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before and after using the equipment. 

Parks and Open Spaces 

Following the Welsh Government ‘fire break’ announcement, from 6pm 23 October, car parking facilities at Dare Valley Country Park will be temporarily CLOSED. 

Parks and open spaces remain OPEN 

View further details about Play areas, Parks and Open Spaces 

Town Centre Parking Charges 

Car parking in Pontypridd and Aberdare will be FREE each day after 10am from Sat 24th October – 31st December.
This free parking provision is aimed at supporting the local economy by increasing trade for local businesses, and therefore increasing employment within the towns. Parking in all other towns remains free.


All existing civil engineering projects will continue during the ‘firebreak’ period. The programme of resurfacing schemes will also be continued throughout, avoiding busy residential areas where possible due to increased vehicle parking. Council and contracted workers will continue to adhere to 2m social distancing guidance. 

Integrated Transport Unit 

All staff in the Council’s Integrated Transport Unit will be working from home until further notice. Any transport queries should be directed to the relevant email addresses, as listed below: 

Public Transport 

Following the Welsh Government ‘fire break’ announcement, from 6pm Friday 23 October 2020, you should only use public transport for essential purposes: 

  • Shopping for essential items 

  • Travelling to work, but only if you cannot work from home 

  • Pick up medicine/attend a medical appointment  

  • Provide care to someone vulnerable 

You are advised to contact the relevant companies directly for further information on how the pandemic is affecting services. 

Please note: Masks or three layer face coverings must now be worn in shops and indoor public spaces , unless there is a reasonable excuse or reason for exemption. - View further guidance from the Welsh Government 

Traffic information 

Local radio and television bulletins will help to keep you informed of any traffic issues or road closures. 

Public Rights of Way 

The majority of public rights of way across the County Borough remain open. 

The Welsh Government has introduced emergency regulations (The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020) which enables local authorities to close public paths and access land where use poses a high risk to the spread of coronavirus. 

If the Council identifies areas where groups of people are congregating and actively ignoring the new measures set out by the UK Government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Council will immediately close rights of way and access land. 


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