Pontardawe (electoral ward)

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Pontardawe ward
Population 5,421 (2011 census)
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
  • Linet Purcell (Plaid Cymru)
  • Anthony Richards (Plaid Cymru)
List of places
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 2017 local council elections, the voter turnout was %. The results were:

Candidate Party Votes Status
Linet Purcell Plaid Cymru 992 elected – Plaid Cymru hold
Anthony Richards Plaid Cymru 635 elected – Plaid Cymru gain
Vince Hotten Labour 622
Mike James Labour 609
Sascha Lopez Conservative 260
Kieran Davies Conservative 233

Key demographics[edit]

  • 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]


Coordinates: 51°43′29″N 3°51′06″W / 51.72461°N 3.85169°W / 51.72461; -3.85169