It's been all go in Pontardawe in the first part of 2014. With austerity measures biting the Town Council in partnership with grant providers, charity and trade organisations, community groups and the unitary authority have been working hard to ensure that Pontardawe and the surrounding district remain a great place to live..........Whether you are two or ninety two.
So..... What's been going on?
Mynydd y Betws Community Benefit Fund
Our Mayor Councillor Sue Northcott met Majella McCarron, Stakeholder Manager, ESB Renewables, following the first round of grants provided to local organisations. A second opportunity to apply for grants from the Community Benefit fund was considered by the panel during March 2014.
Cymraeg yn Gyntaf
Pontardawe Town Centre had a very traditional feel on St David's day this year with a 'Best Dressed Shop Front Competition' organised by Menter Iaith in conjunction with the Chamber of Trade.
Congratulations to the winner of the Competition 'Acorns' on Herbert Street, Pontardawe.
And also on March 1st the Pontardawe SpringFest was held, which celebrated St David's day in the town, with stalls, music and general fun.
There also seemed to be a sneaky Dragon hiding in the Town Council Office!!
Pontardawe Town Council Open Meeting
The Town Council once again hosted an 'Open Meeting' on the 6th March 2014, at Pontardawe Leisure Centre to give members of the public the opportunity to question their elected representatives.
This year had an impressive panel which consisted of the Right Honourable Peter Hain MP, Gwenda Thomas AM, Peter Black AM, Suzy Davies AM and Byron Davies AM, together with County Borough Councillors Mike James, Linet Purcell, Rebeka Lewis, David Lewis and Alex Thomas.
A number of important questions were raised on National and Local issues. From 'Fracking' and flood defence to the future of the Bowls and Rugby Club.
Annual General Meeting
The Council offered a big 'THANK YOU' to Councillor Sue Northcott for her sterling work as Mayor for the 2013/14 year and welcomed a new Mayor for 2014/15. Council Peter Williams has taken over the role for the next year with Councillor Brian Thomas as Deputy. I'm sure that we would like wish them well for their year in office.
Councillor Peter Williams – Mayor 2014/15
Councillor Brian Thomas – Deputy Mayor 2014/15
Councillor Mel Thomas
We were saddened by the death of Councillor Mel Thomas. Mel had been an enthusiastic supporter of the people of Trebanos, and a dedicated Councillor for many years. Sincere condolences to his family and many friends.
The Town Council's ongoing refurbishment of Trebanos Park notched up another first in July with the completion of the Climbing Boulder which will provide endless climbing entertainment for the children and teens in Trebanos. The Project also included the creation of an alternative entrance to the park and Rugby ground with a lower gradient to assist parents with pushchairs and the disabled. The boulder project was financed by a Core funding grant and was completed with the assistance of Groundworks Bridgend.
The initial phase of the project has now been completed with the climbing boulder 'open for business'
Ongoing work will include the establishment of a new gate to enter the ground at the alternate entrance and attractive landscaped trees, which will be completed in the next few months.
The Town Council will also be pursuing additional grant funding to update and increase the park equipment in both the toddler and junior areas. Grant applications have been prepared and we are awaiting a response ..........................So................................fingers crossed.
The 'Summerfest' and Flower Festival are back on from August 15th to the 17th – so why not come down to join the fun!
Despite the withdrawal of all the funding from Neath Port Talbot Council due to austerity measures, the Town Council and Chamber of Commerce would not allow the popular 'Summerfest' abandoned. Community festivals, Carnivals and Fayres are important forms of interaction, bringing people from diverse cultures and many ages together to support the Community in which they live.
Ponty and its surrounding districts are now and will continue to be ........ A great place to live!