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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.

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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Clydach

Historic canal route set to welcome more cyclists and walkers

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An historic canal route in Swansea, already popular with walkers and cyclists, is set to be upgraded.

Swansea Council has secured funding to upgrade a 1.4km section of towpath along Swansea Canal.

The route between Clydach and Pontardawe is already part of the national cycle network (NCN 43) and sees many people using it to walk and travel by bicycle. Overgrown vegetation and an ageing surface under foot has prompted the council to seek further funding to make it more user-friendly.

A £250,000 investment via the Welsh Government Active Travel programme has now been secured and will result in a major upgrade to the route.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement and Infrastructure Management, said: “Our aim will be to widen the existing path along the canal and provide an improved surface for walkers and cyclists.

“We will be working with the Canal and River Trust to make this route a safer and an even more popular walking and cycling route. We also want to continue the improvements already completed by the neighbouring local authority along their section, link up with it and maximise the regional benefits.”

The latest funding features as part of a report to the Council’s Cabinet, recommending approval of the scheme along with further investment in walking and cycling infrastructure, totalling £696,000.

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Part of the funding (£245,000) will also help create a new 1.4 km link between the communities of Clydach and Craig Cefn Parc.

Additional investment will be spent on the introduction of locally produced artwork along existing sections of the city’s network.

Cllr Thomas, added: “We’re extremely grateful for the support from the Welsh Government in enabling us to expand and improve our current walking and cycling infrastructure.

“We want more people to consider the options of walking and cycling to travel around Swansea and to use a car less often. Making sure we have good quality routes which link up communities and give people confidence to travel safely is key to achieving this.”

Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Climate Change, with a responsibility for Transport, Lee Waters said: “We know that getting people out of cars for short journeys to cycle or walk is an ambitious agenda, but if we’re to meet our net zero carbon emission target by 2050 we need to take action now.

“Having the right infrastructure in place is key to encouraging more people to feel safe to walk and cycle and that’s why we’ve committed to investing significant funding in active travel this year.”

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Neath Port Talbot

Family pays tribute to 80 year-old man who died in Pontardawe road traffic accident

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The 80-year old man who died following a single-vehicle road traffic collision on Monday (11 October) in Pontardawe has been named as Thomas Edward Thomas, known to his family as ‘Eddie’.

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

Eddie’s family have paid tribute.

“’Eddie the Cobbler’ ran a shoe repair and key cutting shop in the Aberavon shopping centre, Port Talbot for the past 43 years, and passed away in a single vehicle road traffic collision.

“He is survived by his lifelong partner Gwyneth Morgan, who he idolised. She was sadly also injured in the same collision and is currently in hospital receiving treatment.

“He will be sorely missed by his step-sons Andrew and Alistair, his grandson Christian and the wider family. “Eddie was a keen snooker player where he will be known from his years playing at the Top Club, Jubilee and Pontardawe Working Men’s Club.

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“Over the years he has run a cobblers shop in Morriston, where he will be most remembered as larger than life in the Aberavon shopping centre. He was a well-loved figure, family say he could be heard before he was seen.”

Officers investigating the collision are appealing to anyone who has any dash-cam footage of the collision to contact South Wales Police quoting reference: 357217.

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Neath Port Talbot

Two people hospitalised after Pontardawe playing fields assault

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Members of an amateur youth football team and their coaches were verbally and physically attacked by a group of youths in an incident that that left two in hospital.

The attack at Parc Ynysderw Playing Fields left one football coach with broken ribs.

In an online statement, Pontardawe Town FC said: “We are sad to report that on the evening of Monday 9th August there was an incident at Parc Ynysderw Playing Fields where coaches and players of Pontardawe Town FC were subjected to verbal and physical abuse by a number of youngsters resulting in the assault of a coach and a young player.

“Both required hospital treatment for their injuries and our coach has sustained a number of broken ribs and bruising. We wish them both a speedy recovery.

“This is an incident which has shocked the whole club. We are a club of volunteers who always work to the highest standards to protect our coaches and players but sadly in recent weeks we have seen an increase in this type of behaviour down at Parc Ynysderw.

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“The club will now work with the Police and local authorities to catch the people that did this and will also review procedures in terms of training and match days to see if there is anything we can do further.

“If you have any information relating to this incident please contact the local police.”

A spokesperson for South Wales Police said: “South Wales Police were called to reports of an assault near Ynysderw Road, Pontardawe, at around 7.30pm yesterday, 9th August.

“One 50-year-old man has been taken to hospital to be treated for injuries. Enquiries are ongoing.”

Parc Ynysderw is the site of the controversial new superschool recently approved by Neath Port Talbot Council that will see Alltwen, Godre’rgraig and Llangiwg Primary schools close.

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