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Man dies after car collides with wall in Pontardawe

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South Wales Police are appealing for information after an 87-year old man died in a single vehicle collision in Pontardawe.

The accident occurred around 2.30pm on Monday (11 October) when a silver Vauxhall Astra collided with a wall on Hopkin Street in the town.

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The road was closed for some time while Police carried out an investigation into the collision.

South Wales Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has dashcam footage to contact them online, by emailing SWP101@south-wales.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting reference 357217.

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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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Poundstretcher marks St David’s Day with a 50% sale

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Customers at Poundstretcher’s Neath and Pontardawe stores will have even more to celebrate this St David’s Day as the discount chain launches a special 50% sale!

Poundstretchers say that absolutely everything in store will be covered by the discount including trendy homeware products, as well as a wide variety of must-have cleaning necessities, seasonal and beloved branded confectionery and drinks.

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Loo Loo Rose, Poundstretcher Marketing Manager commented, “50% off absolutely EVERYTHING in store is such an amazing deal for the local community.

“With stock being updated regularly, customers can treat themselves to bargains time and time again with our fantastic offer! Get to the store today and shop ‘til you drop!”

The 50% sale is available at Poundstretcher’s stores at Pontardawe Retail Park, Pontardawe and Castle Retail Park, Briton Ferry Road, Neath.

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18 year-old woman dies and another in hospital after late night Swansea Valley crash

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal road traffic accident on the A4067 travelling from Swansea to Godre’r Graig

South Wales Police are reporting that a white Citroen C1 left the road shortly before 1.30am on Sunday 23 January.

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An 18 year-old woman was tragically declared to have died at the scene. A second 18 year-old woman was taken to University Hospital Wales with non-life-threatening injuries.

No other vehicle is thought to have been involved in the accident.

The A4067 was closed between the Pontardawe Tesco store and the B4603 Ynysmeudwy Road for a number of hours while police carried out investigations.

A spokesperson for South Wales Police said: “We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed or has dash-cam footage of the incident or the manner in which the white Citroen C1 was being driven prior to the collision to contact us.”

Police can be contacted online, by calling 101 or by emailing SWP101@south-wales.police.uk quoting occurrence number 2200024693.

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