Pontardawe (electoral ward)

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Pontardawe ward
Population 5,421 (2011 census)
Principal area Neath Port Talbot
Ceremonial county West Glamorgan
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Neath
Welsh Assembly Neath
Councillors Linet Purcell (Plaid Cymru)
Mike James (Labour)
List of places
UK
Wales
Neath Port Talbot

Pontardawe is an electoral ward of Neath Port Talbot county borough, Wales. It is a division of the Pontardawe community and falls within the parliamentary constituency of Neath.

The greater part of the geographical area of the ward is made up of mountainous grassland and open moorland with a scattering of farms. However, the majority of the population is concentrated in the town of Pontardawe in the south of the ward.

In clockwise order the ward is bounded

In the 2012 local council elections, the voter turnout was 38.64%. The results were:

Candidate Party Votes Status
Linet Purcell Plaid Cymru 911 elected – Plaid Cymru hold
Mike James Labour 729 elected – Labour hold
Sue Northcott Plaid Cymru 675
Vince Hotten Labour 612

Key demographics

  • The Welsh language is widely used in the ward. Only 46.6% of residents aged over 3 have no knowledge of Welsh.
  • There is a high standard of education in the ward. Only 41.6% of residents have no formal qualifications. 17.2% of residents have a higher qualification.
  • 12.5% of the working population are senior managers and officials, 12.1% are in professional trades, and 13.3% are in associate professional and technical jobs.
  • The top field of employment in Pontardawe is health and social care, with 16% of the population working in this sector.[1]

References

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