Rhondda Cynon Taff

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Rhondda Cynon Taff county borough
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Geography
Area
- Total
- % Water
Ranked 13th
424 km²
? %
Admin HQTonypandy
ISO 3166-2GB-RCT
ONS code00PF
Demographics
Population
- Total (April 29, 2001)
- Density
Ranked 2nd
231,946
547 / km²
Ethnicity'98.9% White.
Welsh language
- Any skills
Ranked 13th
21.1%
Politics
Rhondda Cynon Taff Council
http://www.rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk/
ControlLabour Party
MPsChris Bryant
Ann Clwyd
Kim Howells
Huw Irranca-Davies

Rhondda Cynon Taff (Welsh: Rhondda Cynon Tāf) is a county borough in Glamorgan, south Wales.

The district borders Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly to the east, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to the south, Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot to the west and Powys to the north. Its main towns are Aberdare, Mountain Ash and Pontypridd.

Settlements in the district include:

Industry

The district developed from the discovery and mining, primarily for export, of high quality welsh coals, such as Anthracite, via Cardiff and Barry docks. The landscape was dominated by coal waste heaps and deep mine pit-heads. Many of the roads are lined with semi-ribbon development of closely packed Victorian terraces of houses which have given the Rhondda valleys their distinctive appearance. In the 1980's privatisation of British Coal resulted in the closure of many of the coal mining activities in the valleys, devastating the local economy.

As deep mines closed , a number of very large open-cast coal mines were created and remain in operation especially towards the north of the area.

The Welsh Development Agency, which was formed in 1976 to help reverse the economic down-turn in Wales caused by the recession in both the coal and Steel industries, has been very active in the Rhondda Cynon Taff area in supporting and encouraging industrial and commercial re-generation.

Environment

The Coal industry has had major adverse impacts on the quality of the environment such that most of the rivers were severely polluted to the exclusion of all fish life. Recent decades have shown great improvement with Salmon recorded from the River Taff and the River Rhondda but the continued presence of man-made obstacles in the rivers is inhibiting their return to their pre-industrial condition.

Administration

The district was formerly part of Mid Glamorgan. Yet the MGCC offices and employees were actually headquartered extraterritorially, in Cardiff, South Glamorgan. The administration department was formerly located in Greyfriars Road, Cardiff until the county borough was formed on April 1, 1996 by the merger of the former districts of Cynon Valley, Rhondda and part of Taff-Ely.


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