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Plaid Cymru call for a freeze on NPT Council Tax

Plaid Cymru call for a freeze on NPT Council Tax in exceptionally difficult year for our communities.

Plaid Cymrus proposed amendment would have seen the council tax frozen for one year and still have left the Council with reserves at the very higher end of the range recommended by auditors.

Councillor Alun Llewelyn, Leader of the Plaid Cymru group on Neath Port Talbot Council said:

“This has been a very difficult year for the authority and these are very challenging circumstances to set a budget. But they are very difficult times too for our communities and residents, after a year of pandemic restrictions, lockdowns and job uncertainty. This comes on top of years of austerity and cuts in council services which have affected the environment and quality of life of all our communities.

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Council Group's response to Council Leader Comments

Leader of the Plaid Cymru group on Neath Port Talbot council, Councillor Alun Llewelyn, has welcomed the investigation of the tape recording of Council Leader Rob Jones’s alleged personal comments about political opponents, school closure policies, and potential discrimination against Plaid Cymru and Independent Councillors that have been democratically elected to work for their areas.

"That investigation needs to be fair and thorough, but these are serious issues - and there should also be an investigation of the political culture of the Labour Party and the way they run councils in south Wales.

 “I am very concerned about the contents of the tape as it undermines public confidence in the fairness of the council’s budget and spending in different parts of the county, and the way in which council decisions are made. We need to have explanations about the statements in the tape and I have asked the council’s chief executive and monitoring officer to look into this urgently."

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Neath Port Talbot Budget and Council Tax 2021/22

Neath Port Talbot Budget and Council Tax 2021/22 – Plaid want you to have your say.
The Labour-controlled Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council is consulting on its budget for 2021-2022.
Council budgets are complex and help to pay for a wide range of services.
These are difficult times for many families, and Council services have been important throughout the Covid period. Approximately 25% of the budget comes from the COUNCIL TAX, with 75% from Welsh Government.
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Plaid Cymru Neath's Covid Response

The situation in Neath Port Talbot has continued to deteriorate and we now have the worst Covid-19 infection rates in Wales.

 

Councillor Alun Llewelyn, Leader of the Plaid Cymru group on NPT Council has written to the Council as well as Jeremy Miles MS, who is a member of the Welsh Government, asking that more be done by the Council, Welsh Government amd the Health Authorities to respond to this serious situation.

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Now is the time for young people’s voices to be heard!

by Jamie Evans, Plaid Cymru County Councillor for Neath South

 

During these strange times I unfortunately found myself having to shield from the virus as someone in the high risk group. I was unable to get out and about to help community activists deliver goods and services to the most vulnerable and needy in my community, this was incredibly frustrating for me as an otherwise healthy twenty-something. However I was heartened to see young people in my family, my street, my town and across Wales step up to the plate and volunteer their time to ensure those in need did not go without.

 

Young people often get a bad press for being disengaged and un-interested in their community and the world around us. However activists such as Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg have shown when we get involved in a movement, the world stops and takes note.

 

I now unfortunately find myself out of the 18-24 age bracket, but was delighted to see that it is this generation that is the main driving force in the Welsh independence movement, with 41% of people in the age range in favour of an independent Wales.

 

For too long the political establishment have ignored young people and betrayed their trust on issues such as free milk, university tuition fees and low wages. But the shift in attitudes of the youth of Wales should be a serious wake up call to those in positions of power. Our voice will be heard, and our time will come! If you’d like to get involved with plaid Ifanc Neath, find us on Twitter or FB!

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Busy in Bryncoch

Plaid Cymru County Borough Councillor for Bryncoch North Wyndham Griffiths and Plaid Cymru County Borough Councillors for Bryncoch South Joanna Hale and Chris Williams, along with Community Councillors Julie Griffiths and Emma Edwards arranged a fund raising event to pay for the lighting up of the Christmas trees in both Wards. This was the second event since June of this year and were both very successful.

          

From their community fund, the three Bryncoch Plaid Cymru Councillors have also donated £15,000 to help fund an improvement project at Bryncoch Rugby Club. The funds have helped the club to make major improvements to the changing room showers and to provide disabled access to the new disabled toilets.

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Plaid Teamwork in Pontardawe

During the lockdown Plaid Cymru County Councillors Linet Purcell and Anthony Richards worked individually; Anthony dealt with casework and Linet took on the role of Community champion, coordinating Pontardawe’s wonderful team of volunteers that helped support residents during the lockdown.

On some tasks they worked together. They were asked for assistance in getting a path and a bench used by elderly residents restored. Linet and Anthony pursued this over many months, liaising with County Council Officers and were finally successful in getting the path reopened and a new bench, provided by Pontardawe Town Council installed. Team work brings results!

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Keeping Our Identity

 

When the boundary commission announced the proposal to merge the village of Trebanos with Pontardawe Town, Plaid Cymru Councillor Rebeca Phillips let her constituents know immediately.

 

Naturally, this was met with much opposition due to the fact that residents felt that they would lose their village identity if merged with a town centre. The problems that face the areas around the county are all very different. Bigger doesn’t always mean better.

 

Cllr Phillips organised a petition signed by hundreds of residents and encouraged as many as possible to respond to the consultation. Plaid Cymru elected members on all levels in the area got involved with the campaign.

 

The boundary commission has listened to these objections and are now recommending to keep Trebanos as a separate council ward. This proves how important it is to have Plaid Cymru elected members on every level to listen to your concerns and act in your best interest!

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Fighting for Blaengwrach

In March this year, at the start of lockdown, Blaengwrach ward had the devastating news that the bridge at Chain Road had been so severely damaged by Storm Dennis that it had to be closed with immediate effect.

 

The bridge is a vital pedestrian link between the two settlements of Blaengwrach and the Lamb. The Welsh Government, at the time of completing the A465, insisted that the ward had a pedestrian rather than a vehicular access.

 

A lot of discussion took place about this important issue between Plaid Cymru County Councillor for Blaengwrach, Carolyn Edwards, and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council during lockdown and after a lot of wrangling Neath Port Talbot Council agreed to put a temporary bridge in place, to be replaced in the near future with a brand new bridge.

 

“Although the underpass itself is not the best solution for access it became obvious once closed how vital that link is to the both communities and I am very grateful that despite the difficulties caused by COVID 19 the issue has been satisfactorily resolved.”  - Cllr Carolyn Edwards, Plaid Cymru County Borough Councillor for Bryngwrach.

 

Welfare Park Improvements

Carolyn Edwards says that her proudest achievement last year was the successful Park project at Blaengwrach Welfare Park.

 

“The project was achieved by the hard work of Blaengwrach Community Council, of which I am chair, the clerk and councillors. The project could not have been achieved without funding from the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm, the Selar Trust Fund and Neath Port Talbot. It is an amazing achievement we thank all concerned with the project and the Plaid Cymru led council is now looking at future developments at the park.”

 

Wild flower garden

As Chair of Blaengwrach Community Council, Cllr Carolyn Edwards helped  children of Blaengwrach school, members of Glynneath training centre and volunteers have created a wild flower garden at the entrance to the village.

 

Cllr Edwards said : “It is hoped that this garden will enhance the entrance to the village and encourage our youngsters to take an interest in gardening and encouraging wild flowers and insects etc to flourish.’

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Save Our Care Home Campaign

 

 

Members of an Action Group in the Vale of Neath are re-launching the campaign to save their care home from closure eighteen months from now.

 

Neath Port Talbot Council, which had previously listened to the voices of those fighting to retain the Trem-y-Glyn care home in Glynneath some ten years ago, performed a u-turn in 2016 claiming that the retention of the home was no longer viable. Following a minor refurbishment, the home was condemned to close in 2022.

 

Plaid Cymru councillor, Dr. Del Morgan, who is the Convener of the Trem-y-Glyn Action Group, argued that he was always convinced that there would be an increase, not a reduction, in the need for such care homes over the coming decades, and he has welcomed the more recent noises from Neath Port Talbot Council that they are at last giving serious consideration to this argument.

 

“I’m a little more optimistic now that the Council is beginning to reconsider this whole issue,” he said, “although I believe that we are beginning to run out of time, and that the time is now right for the Action Group to re-launch its campaign to save the home and seek a commitment to retain our care home indefinitely.”

 

“With people living longer and with the baby-boom population coming through, how could we possibly see a reduction in the numbers of people who will need care homes? Trem-y-Glyn is such a homely facility, with dedicated staff and residents who are happy to remain near to their communities,” Councillor Morgan added.

 

The County Council’s Social Care, Health and Wellbeing Cabinet Board is monitoring the situation at present, and Action Group members are hoping that the Board will once again listen to their voices and reprieve the home, either by giving at least a three-year extension to the closure period in the short term, or by granting a permanent extension to the home’s existence immediately.

 

“I implore the Council to lift the potential threat to this home immediately,” said Councillor Morgan. “At the very least, let’s see a three-year moratorium on any closure plans so that we can work up further research to show that this home is needed as a permanent facility.” He added, “I’m so grateful for the work and support of everyone who has been active in the cause of Trem-y-Glyn, including the Action Group, staff of the Home and the residents and their families.”

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