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Here's when free parking and reduced charges will start across five Rhondda Cynon Taff towns
People in Aberdare, Pontypridd, Porth, Mountain Ash and Tonypandy will soon benefit

Free or reduced parking across five Rhondda Cynon Taff towns will come into force in two months' time.

During January, RCT council's cabinet members agreed to introduce the measures in a bid to boost the local economy - going beyond recommendations to reduce the charges in Porth, Mountain Ash and Tonypandy by abolishing the fees.

The reduced fees - including a 50p short stay of one hour (down from 75p) and £1 two-hour stays (down from £1.50) - will still come into force in Aberdare and Pontypridd.

Long stays will also be reduced from £2.50 to £2 in Aberdare and Pontypridd, along with monthly permits from £37.50 to £20, annual permits from £375 to £200, and all-day Saturday parking from £2.50 to £1.
The changes will start from April

It has now been confirmed all of the changes will come into effect from Saturday, April 1.

RCT council leader Andrew Morgan, writing in his latest blog on the council website, said: "Significant reductions in charges were agreed for our key town centres of Aberdare and Pontypridd and charges will be removed in Mountain Ash, Tonypandy and Porth from April 1.

"We fully recognise that the trader environment for local shops and businesses is the most challenging it has ever been and the rationale for this decision was simple – to encourage more residents to opt to shop locally in our town centres, to improve local trade and to boost the local economy.


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