The spelling of the commote varied widely, and the Cardiff Records shows the various spellings: Many sources state the meaning of Rhondda as 'noisy', though this is a simplified translation without research.Sir Ifor Williams, in his work Enwau Lleoedd, suggests that the first syllable rhwadd is a form of the Welsh adrawdd or adrodd, as in 'recite, relate, recount', similar to the Old Irish rád; 'speech'.Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Members will consider a report following the recent public consultation into dog controls at Aberdare Park.The consultation included an online survey asking local residents about whether a requirement for dogs to be kept on leads at Aberdare Park should be included in a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).The consultation came about after the Council announced it is introducing new measures to tackle irresponsible dog owners from October 1, promoted through its hard-hitting Sort **IT Out! Dog owners MUST carry suitable means to pick up dog mess, while dogs will be banned from ALL Council schools, play areas and marked sports pitches.
The specific consultation for Aberdare Park was carried out following feedback from local Councillors, who outlined the strong support locally for keeping the park’s current rule – which dates back to a by-law from 1866 – whereby dogs must be kept on leads at all times.
The landscape of the Rhondda was formed by glacial action during the last ice age, as slow moving glaciers gouged out the deep valleys that exist today.
With the retreat of the ice sheet, around 8000 BC, the valleys were further modified by stream and river action.
Locals tend to refer to "The Rhondda" with the definite article, despite its non-usage on sign posts and maps.
The Rhondda Valley is located in the upland, or Blaenau, area of Glamorgan.