A big thanks to Councillor Brian Thomas who ended his term as Town Mayor in May 2016 and welcome to Pontardawe Town Council's youngest Mayor. Councillor Rebeca Phillips was elected as Town Mayor for 2016/17 by Pontardawe Town Council. She is originally from Trebanos and is also the Trebanos County Borough Council Member.
Councillor Andrew Nicholson was unanimously elected as the Deputy Mayor for 2016/17.
Pontardawe Town Council has agreed to support the local 'Working with Nature Project' for a three-year period. The project will enable to the Town Council to carry out much needed maintenance on the path at Cwmdu Glen together with work to improve health of the trees adjoining the paths. Unfortunately, one small section of the path will need to remain closed to the public as it is extremely unsafe but a circular walk will still be available with a small walk along the road way at Gelligron.
The 'Working with Nature Project' will ensure that there is adequate way marker to direct members of the public on the new circular walk and will also arrange for a viewing area to be created to allow full views of the spectacular waterfall.
A number of volunteer days were held at Cwmdu during the Summer of 2016 and it is hoped that additional days can be arranged in 2017.
Festivals and Carnivals
The Pontardawe Carnival took place in June this year and the Music Festival in August. Despite some inclement weather a great time was had by all who attended. Similarly, the 'Heart of the Valley Show' concluded the Summer entertainment program with events for all the family.
The residents of Ynsymeudwy in Partnership with Pontardawe Town Council held some community events to support a grant application submitted by the Town Council to WREN in order to raise funds to refurbish Ynysmeudwy Park. Young people were invited to the Parks open day in order to give their ideas on what was needed at the park. This was accompanied by a picnic, party games and children's entertainment, together with some lovely Summer weather. It is hoped that Wren will see the enthusiasm of the local community for this project and will provide funds for a park refurbishment. Fingers crossed.
Pontardawe Town Council has launched its 'Go Valley' web site, which provides details of activities for children outside school together with clubs for senior and events for disabled people in the area. The Town Council would like to thank its Youth Representative Harri Evans-Mason for all the work he put in to the project and hopes that this one stop resource will allow many Members of the Community to get together with others in fun and stimulating activities.