Chil­dren run­ning risks of ill health by swim­ming in un­treated wa­ter

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SOME of my con­stituents who fre­quently walk the Taff Trail be­tween Moun­tain Ash and Tyn­te­town are con­cerned for the safety of young­sters swim­ming in the River Cynon.

Their con­cerns were height­ened be­cause they also spot­ted rats in the river­bank. Noth­ing un­usual there, other than the fear that rats spread dis­eases and that there was an in­ci­dent of Weils dis­ease a few years ago in Moun­tain Ash and the per­son died as a con­se­quence.

It is only nat­u­ral for chil­dren to seek to cool down in the very hot weather we re­cently en­dured but they should be very mind­ful of the risks of swim­ming in un­treated wa­ter.

The river is much cleaner now than it was in my child­hood, when coal was king, but I am not con­vinced it is clean enough to swim in.

I spent a lot of my youth swim­ming in Moun­tain Ash out­door baths or over the Cwm to­wards Ynysybwl where the wa­ter was crys­tal clear.

I don’t want to spoil the sense of ad­ven­ture of our young peo­ple but I am con­cerned that they don’t know the risks they are run­ning.

I will be ask­ing the coun­cil to is­sue pub­lic health ad­vice on this mat­ter.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary re­cently an­nounced that the GCSE re­sults are ex­pected to take a dip across Wales this sum­mer.

She has ob­vi­ously had some feed­back to make that pre­dic­tion but I wish she had kept it to her­self for the time be­ing.

All she has achieved by mak­ing this early an­nounce­ment is that when the fi­nal re­sults are known she can say well I did pre­dict this in early July so it is old news. No thought for the stu­dents who be­tween now and the end of Au­gust will worry more about their grades as a re­sult of that an­nounce­ment.

Still it gives the Welsh Gov­ern­ment, on the day that the re­sults are an­nounced, the head­line “We told you so”.

Well I for one hope they are proven wrong and that they are the best re­sults ever. Well done chil­dren, be pos­i­tive.

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