Hello, and welcome to the April edition of the Pontardawe Town Council newsletter.
First of all, I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Debby Phillips, and I took over from the previous Clerk on the 1st January 2011. I have a background in banking and finance and was employed for over twenty years in a large financial organization. But, having reached the grand age of forty something, I decided that it was time for a change... As I was raised in Pontardawe and am a PONTY girl at heart, it's wonderful to be home.
What's happening now in Pontardawe?
Cycle Safe Cycle Smart
This initiative has been set up by the Pontardawe neighbourhood policing team in partnership with Pontardawe Town Council, Neath Port Talbot Road Safety Team and Pontardawe Youth Club.
The aim is raise awareness of cycle safety and consideration for other road users with local young people.
The scheme is due to run on Wednesday the 27th April 2011 at the Stables, Herbert Street, Pontardawe and will include cycle instruction, maintenance and safety checks. There will also be cycle goodies for those who pass the test... So come along and see.
Pontardawe Town Centre
As many people have noticed, Pontardawe Town Centre is in the process of a major refurbishment. The Canal bridge has received some smart new stone walls, 'The Cross' is being modified to give better access to Cwm du Glen, and to provide an attractive area to sit, and, the bottom area of Herbert Street , near the Art Centre is soon to get a makeover. Although this will mean some disruption initially, the effect of the makeover will improve the appearance of our Town Centre and make it an attractive place to visit.
The Town Council will once again this year provide summer hanging baskets, in order compliment the makeover, and, as in previous years, this should give the centre of the Town a bright and colourful background to our street fetes and events.
What else has been happening in the first quarter of the year in Pontardawe?
Retirement of the previous Town Clerk Mrs Doreen Howells
Doreen Howells, retired as Town Clerk after thirty years at the helm of Llanguicke Community Council and later Pontardawe Town Council. I know that we all would like to thank her for her dedication and hard work over the years and wish her well in her retirement.
The issue of teenagers congregating in unsuitable places is an issue for many communities, often large groups of teens in bus shelters is intimidating for some residents, and the issue of noise and litter can also prove difficult to manage.
In Trebanos however, following a generous grant from WREN, Pontardawe Town Council has succeeded in purchasing a 'Teen Shelter'. This covered seating area, while not exclusively for teenagers, will give our younger members a place to hang out with their friends, and call their own, in an area which is designated for young people and is a little further away from busy roads, bus shelters and residential houses.
The shelter, which is monitored by 24 hour CCTV coverage, is part of the Town Councils longer term goal to improve the park, and to provide a fun and safe environment for children and young people, within the community.
We would like a catchy new name for this newsletter...So if anyone has any ideas and would like to see their idea in print on our web site - Please get in touch with the Clerk. All submissions welcome.