There has been a lot happening in Pontardawe over the second half of the year...
We had some great times at the 'Summerfest' in August with the street market, torchlight parade, Saturday dance parade, St Peters Flower Festival, and some amazing bands and street acts, including Owen Money, Jessica Lee Morgan and of course Fat Barry's soul band.
Not to mention fairground rides for the kids and the legendary 'Road Train'.
Our new park at Gelli Deg was also completed during August and named 'Parc Chwarae Teg' The name was chosen following a naming competition through the local schools. The winning entry came from Cwmtawe Community School and they received a £50 cheque as a result.
Fun times were had by all during the opening day, and the weather was amazing. Our Mayor Councillor Williams specifically liked the new slide.
September saw the movement of wind turbine parts through the Town to the Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm. The movement of such huge vehicles caused some considerable concern initially however by expressing our concerns we were able to ensure that our specific local knowledge was available to the haulier, so that they were able to anticipate issues, and put in place contingency plans prior to the movement of the turbine parts. Constant communication between residents, the Town Council, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, the police and the haulier also ensured that when issues did arise they were dealt with quickly and efficiently.
There were some spooky times had during the Autumnfest in October and spectacular fire works in November. We capped it off with a visit from Santa to turn on the Christmas Lights during the Winterfest in December and a wonderful Christmas tree display at St Peters Church to get us feeling festive. 'Merry Christmas everyone !!!'
And now a new year is here ... A big welcome to 2013 (some thought we wouldn't see you)