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Cllr John Warman inaugurated as new Neath Port Talbot Mayor

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Cllr John Warman has been sworn in as the Mayor of Neath Port Talbot for 2021/22.

Cllr Warman took up his new role at Neath Port Talbot Council’s Annual General Meeting on March 17th where the swearing in ceremony took place. Cllr Warman’s wife Lesley will be Mayoress.

Cllr Del Morgan will be the Deputy Mayor for 21/22 with his wife Anne as Deputy Mayoress.

Paying tribute to outgoing Mayor, Cllr Scott Jones, at the AGM, Cllr Steve Hunt described him as “the model of determination, grit and community spirit”.

The theme of Cllr Warman’s year of office is “It is people who matter”. Cllr Warman worked as a boilermaker for more than 30 years at the Port Talbot Steel Works and was a volunteer member of the plant’s rescue team.

He has served in public life as a councillor for 45 years, first being elected in 1973 to the then Neath Borough Council. He was the organiser for the Campaign against Severn Tolls  (CAST) group which lobbied Parliament helping towards the abolition of the Severn Bridge Tolls.

He is also the current General Secretary of the campaign group Protection of Privacy (POP) and chairman and organiser of a Leasehold Reform Group.

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New Mayor Cllr Warman’s mayoral charities will be the British Heart Foundation Cymru and the volunteer run Neath Port Talbot Cancer Challenge, the aim of which is to help with the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of all types of cancer.

The charity raises funds to buy equipment for local hospitals in Neath Port Talbot and also Singleton and Morriston in Swansea and the Princess of Wales, Bridgend.

Over recent years, Mayors of Neath Port Talbot have raised around £100,000 between them, with various amounts distributed amongst nominated charities including:

  • CATCH
  • Everybody’s Gateway
  • Llansawel Church Briton Ferry
  • Marie Curie Cancer Care
  • National Autistic Society
  • Neath Foodbank
  • Pantry
  • Port Talbot Foodbank
  • SNAC
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Ty Olwen
  • The Salvation Army
  • Ty Seren
  • Hafal

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  1. Daniel hawes

    26th March 2021 at 11:08 pm

    My late grandfather worked with John in the Steelworks. He was actually invited to the mayor’s parlor during John’s first term as mayor. He would have chuckled at this and certainly didn’t think much of John’s boiler making skills!

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Council to review Swansea Valley ‘Super School’ decision made by previous administration

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A reprieve could be on the cards for Alltwen, Godre’rgraig and Llangiwg Primary schools as Neath Port Talbot’s new coalition administration say they want to review the decision made to create a new ‘super school’ in Pontardawe.

The new administration says it wants to establish if an alternative way to bring 21st Century School standards to the Swansea Valley can be achieved, which would be more acceptable to the community.

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The decision to establish a new £22.7m English-medium 3-11 school and specialist Learning Support Centre for pupils with a statement of Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Pontardawe to replace Alltwen, Godre’rgraig and Llangiwg Primary schools was taken by Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet on October 20th, 2021.

The controversial decision triggered a process of communicating with local schools around the next steps and general planning for the construction of the new school and swimming pool.

A successful tender exercise took place to secure a contractor to begin stage one of a two stage process.

Neath Port Talbot Council say that under its own procurement rules, it says it has been necessary to approve the appointment of the contractor to undertake Stage 1 contract works only, with no obligation on the council to proceed to the second stage. Stage 1 includes developing the design information; carrying out assessments of traffic and site conditions; ground investigations; and obtaining planning approval.

The council say that this first stage contract does not commit them to the construction of the school and pool, with a further contract being entered into at Stage 2, which is the actual construction phase. 

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It adds that allowing stage 1 works to progress will ensure that the opportunities to meet the timescales of the October 2021 decision could still be realised if a review does not highlight any changes are needed to the project.

This will avoid further anxiety for the school staff and families due to unnecessary delays, particularly important for those pupils in Godre’rgraig Primary School who are currently educated in temporary accommodation awaiting the new school.

Neath Port Talbot Council say they will now start discussions with Welsh Government Ministers to establish what information they might require from the council. This will inform the consultation process which the council will undertake with stakeholders.

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Port Talbot RNLI shop open again for business

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Following refurbishment, visitors to Port Talbot will once again be able to visit the shop located at the lifeboat station at Aberavon seafront.

The shop refit marks the start of a new era. The shop was opened in loving memory of the previous shop manager, Phil Jones, who sadly passed away in early 2021.

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Phil had kept the shop open single-handedly for over twelve years with much success. Phil’s wife and daughter kindly agreed to officially open the new shop on Sunday 12 June when many memories were shared and there were plenty of best wishes for the future.

RNLI shops started out as simple cake stalls run by volunteers to raise money for their local station. Around 1920 commemorative RNLI products were added and shops were selling souvenirs and Christmas cards, all profits helping to save lives at sea.

The RNLI now has over 170 shops around the coast and inland all of which are run by dedicated volunteers: Port Talbot is no exception.

The shop volunteer team has grown since April 2021 from a team of one to thirteen and is also involved with fundraising.

New Shop Manager Kirstee David says: “It has been amazing watching the shop team develop over the last twelve months and to see how passionate the team is about developing what we offer – and about the RNLI!”

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(Lead image: Port Talbot RNLI)

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Body found in search for missing Neath man

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A body has been found in the search for missing man Mathew Scott who was last seen on Saturday 4th June in Neath.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Owens from South Wales Police said: “Officers, following up on information sent into us by members of the public, forced entry to an address in Windsor Road, Neath, yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 28th June) and found a body inside.

“Formal identification has taken place and Mathew’s family have been informed.

“Detectives are continuing enquiries to ascertain the full circumstances behind his death. A 44 year old man from Neath is assisting officers with their investigation.

“I’d like to thank everyone who shared our appeal and provided us with valuable information.”

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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