On the 21st February 2013, Pontardawe Town Council hosted an Open Forum meeting at Pontardawe Leisure Centre, where members of the public were able to ask questions of a panel of elected representatives. The Panel consisted of Local County Borough Councillors together with an Assembly Member and the questions posed were varied and considered both local and national issues.
It was agreed that the evening was a great success, and therefore the Town Council hopes to stage another evening in 2014.
Pontardawe Town Council AGM
Following the AGM in May, Councillor Bob Williams completed his two year tenure as Mayor.
Councillor Sue Northcott was then duly elected as Mayor for Pontardawe Town Council for the 2013/14 year.
I’m sure that we all wish to thank Bob for his past work and wish Sue well for her year in office.
From the Art Centre to the Cross
The Cross in Pontardawe is to become the new home of the slate fountain dedicated to ‘Gwenallt’ , that previously stood outside the Art Centre, and the sun dial that was until recently at the opposite end of Herbert Street. I sure that the relocation will add another dimension to the features at ‘the Cross’ and will ensure that two exceptional pieces of Art can be enjoyed for many years to come.
Ponty had a fabulous day for its Carnival, with the parade, its vintage car and pipe bands and lots of fun at the fair.
Out of School Activities brochure
Following a suggestion from Councillor Vince Hotten, the Town Council in partnership with Cilybebyll Community Council produced an’ Out of School Activities’ brochure, providing bilingual information on some of the after school clubs operating in the Pontardawe, Trebanos, Rhyd y Fro, Alltwen and Rhos areas. A copy of the brochure was provided to school children in the local Primary and Secondary Schools and was followed up by an ‘Out of School Activities’ fair at Cwmtawe School.
Mynydd Y Betws Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund
The Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm has now been completed and ESB the owners of the site have thanked both the Town Council and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council for working with them to provide solutions to issues relating to the transport of the wind turbines, and for ensuring that the views of the local residents, and any issues being experienced by them, were communicated in a timely manner.
The Mynydd y Betws Community Benefit Fund is also now open for business, and will be reviewing its first batch of grant requests in September 2013.