by franklittle on 19 June, 2019
Apart from the fact that I have friends in Tonmawr and that I would dearly love to get back on the council to add to the Independents & Democrats holding the administration to account over housing and financial matters, I have great affection for Pontrhydyfen, Efail Fach and the rest of the Pelenna ward.
It seems to me that for the nearly fifteen years I have known Pelenna it has been disregarded by the powers that be. Labour-controlled Neath Port Talbot’s education committee closed a lovely progressive primary school, presumably for the sake of “efficiency”. The GP surgery in Efail Fach was closed on the grounds that the modern Welsh NHS needed high-speed broadband to operate. Well, ultra-fast broadband has now become available in the Pelenna valley and I have yet to receive a reply to my email asking what plans there were for GP services in the light of that development. The post office/general store has closed. It seems that the 59 bus route is the first to be cut if there are driver shortages.
I have personal concern for two particular local matters: that intermittent bus service and threats to footpaths in good walking country. I believe I can bring a more sympathetic approach to these issues than car-bound councillors.
Having stood only once in the ward since the inception of Neath Port Talbot CBC, the party is under no illusions about the size of the challenge. But we are up for it.
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