Cymmer, Neath Port Talbot

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Cymmer
Cymmer is located in Neath Port Talbot
Cymmer
Cymmer
Location within Neath Port Talbot
Population2,825 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSS860961
Community
Principal area
Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPORT TALBOT
Postcode districtSA13
Dialling code01639
PoliceSouth Wales
FireMid and West Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
Councillors
  • Scott Jones (Independent)
List of places
UK
Wales
Neath Port Talbot
51°39′N 3°39′W / 51.65°N 3.65°W / 51.65; -3.65Coordinates: 51°39′N 3°39′W / 51.65°N 3.65°W / 51.65; -3.65

Cymmer (Welsh: Cymer) is a small village in Neath Port Talbot in Wales, set on a hillside in the Afan Valley near the confluence of the River Afan and the River Corrwg. In 2001, Cymmer had a population of 2,883.[2]

Description[edit]

Cymmer can also be spelled "Cymer", with "Cymmer" being the English-language version, and "Cymer" the Welsh language one. The word "Cymmer" translates from Welsh into English as "joining place of two rivers", and it is here that the Afon Corrwg and the Afon Afan meet, to flow onward as the River Afan until entering the sea at Aberavon/Port Talbot.

The immediate area is set in a densely forested upland area with steep sided river valleys cut through by the Rivers Afan and Corrwg. Patches of open moorland exist to the north and south.

Social conditions[edit]

The Cymmer electoral ward was one of the top 10% most deprived wards in Wales according to the 2005 Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation.[3]

Amenities[edit]

Local public houses include The Refreshment Rooms (the preserved Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway station) and a working men's club called The Coronation Club. Local amenities include a library, a community swimming pool, a sports hall, primary school and secondary schools, a police station and fire station. There is also an exhibition on the history of the area held near the petrol filling station. The exhibition is owned and maintained by a local newsagent.[4]

Government and politics[edit]

Cymmer is also the name of the electoral ward for the immediate area around the village. It elects a county councillor to Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. The ward includes some or all of the villages of Cymmer, Abercregan, Duffryn and Croeserw in the parliamentary constituency of Aberavon. Cymmer is bounded by the wards of Resolven to the north; Glyncorrwg to the northeast; Gwynfi to the east; Blaengarw, Caerau and Maesteg West of Bridgend county borough to the south east; Bryn and Cwmavon to the southwest; and Pelenna to the west.[5]

In the 2008 local council elections, the electorate turnout was 48.23%. The results were:

Candidate Party Votes Status
Scott Jones Labour 594 Labour gain
David Williams Ratepayers 463

Only one nomination was received for the 2012 Local Council Elections, from the sitting councillor Scott Jones. Jones continued to be the councillor of Cymmer without a contest.

In the 2017 local council elections, the results were:

Candidate Party Votes Status
Scott Jones Labour 673 Labour hold
Jeff Jones Independent 370

In July 2018, Councillor Scott Jones resigned the Labour whip. He therefore now sits as an independent.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  2. ^ ONS: Neighbourhood statistics
  3. ^ http://new.wales.gov.uk/docrepos/40382/40382313/statistics/wimd-2005/4038211011/wimd2005-analysis-pt4-r1-e.pdf?lang=en[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ BBC: Cymmer Carnival
  5. ^ "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 6 September 2018.

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