From January 2011 there will be a new Town Clerk, Deborah Phillips. She has a background in banking and will keep the Council within their budget in these difficult financial times.
Precept for 2011/12
Council appreciates the difficulties that many are experiencing with regard to higher VAT and increased utility payments and many other increased calls on the individual’s purse. With this in mind the Council propose not to increase the precept for the financial year 2011/12 but to work within the confines of the frozen precept. However, they do not propose to cut the hanging baskets which seem to bring joy to most people during the cold Winter months and even more joy and wonderful colour during the Summer months.
Teenage Meeting Point at Trebanos Park
The Town Council has been successful in their bid for grant aid from WREN, the old Landfill Tax Grant. £15,000.00 has been awarded to place a teenage shelter in Trebanos Park. This will allow the young people to meet, under cover, instead of clogging up the bus shelters in the area. The teenage shelter will have solar lighting and a modern design, and will be purchased from REKK a very forward looking firm who specialise in this type of structure. This new shelter will be in place well before the Easter school break and we hope that it will be well used and respected by the young people of the area. The PONTY Project Youth Club is continuing to go from strength to strength under the guidance of the PCSOS and the Youth Service. Thanks go to the Trustees and Town Council for continuing support.
The Winter Fest took place on 3 December 2010 the weather was very cold and there was some rain which did not deter the revelers. The Christmas Lights were switched on by the Mayor of Neath Port Talbot with the help of the Deputy Mayor of Pontardawe Town Council.
It looks as if we are again going to experience a very hard winter with spells of snow with icy roads and pavements. Council wish residents of the area to take every care when moving around during the very bad weather and to also drive carefully to avoid accidents.
Council also wishes residents of Pontardawe and District a Very Happy Christmas and New Year.