|City and County of Swansea Council|
|Ceremonial county||West Glamorgan|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament constituency||Gower|
|Ioan Richard (The People's Representative)|
|Land area (2001)||57.81 km2 (22.32 sq mi)|
Mawr falls within the parliamentary constituency of Gower. It is bounded by the wards of Pontarddulais to the west; Llangyfelach and Morriston to the south; Clydach to the southeast; Pontardawe of Neath Port Talbot to the northeast; Betws to the north and Tycroes to the north west. For the purposes of local elections it is broken down into three polling districts: Garnswllt, Craigcefnparc and Felindre. Mawr returns one councillor to the City and County of Swansea council. It is currently represented by Ioan Richard (Independent).
Mawr consists of some or all of the following villages: Felindre, Bryntwood, Craigcefnparc, Garnswllt, Rhydypandy and rural uplands of Mawr. The area of the ward is one of the most sparsely populated in Swansea but it has the highest proportion of Welsh language speakers. Mawr is the second largest ward in Swansea by land area. Most of the ward comprises rural farmland and open moorland.
2008 local council elections
In the 2008 local council elections, the voter turnout for Mawr was 48.64%. The results were:
|Ioan Richard||The People's Representative||450||The People's Representative hold|
|Linda Mary Frame||Plaid Cymru||156|
|Howard Owen Griffiths||Labour||65|
|Andrew Patrick Sivertsen||Conservatives||56|
Lliw Reservoirs country park
There are two man made reservoirs near the village of Felindre, in the Lliw valley called the Lower Lliw Reservoir and the Upper Lliw reservoir. The reservoirs are managed by Welsh Water. The countryside around the reservoir is open to the public for recreational purposes.
The Lower Lliw Reservoir (or Felindre Reservoir) was originally opened in 1863 to provide water for Swansea and the surrounding area costing £160,000 to create. The Upper Lliw Reservoir opened in 1892 and cost £116,000 to build. Subsequently the Lower Lliw Reservoir was reconstructed between 1976-78 with inclusion of new rockfill dam, new overflow spillway and new pumping station.