The village is situated in the Vale of Neath, 8 miles (13 km) north east of the town of Neath, next to the A465 Heads of Valleys Road, and is the main settlement in the community of Resolven. Together with the community of Clyne and Melincourt, the village makes up the Resolven electoral ward.
History and amenities
In the immediate surrounding areas there are a number of industrial sites, which have become somewhat run down during the 1980s and 1990s. The popular Rheola indoor market was located near the village on the site of an old industrial factory, but has since moved from Rheola and now resides in the old TRW Steering Systems building. The vacated site has plans to restore Rheola House and its estate buildings, and establish leisure and tourism facilities.
The larger surrounding area has much attractive countryside and a substantial wind farm above the village at Ffynnon Oer.
Resolven has played host to one of the best known stages of the Wales Rally GB for many years.
Resolven is also host to Football Association Wales affiliated team Resolven AfC.
The Neath and Tennant Canal has been restored and now has over four miles of walkable towpath between Resolven and Glynneath. The Vale of Neath Railway is still used for freight transport between Neath and Cwmgwrach.
- Resolven is the home of local MP Peter Hain and his second wife Elizabeth Haywood.
- The village is also the home of Bethan Jenkins, Plaid Cymru AM for South West Wales..
- Debbie Llewellyn, originally from Resolven, is the Mayor of Gloucester for 2014-15.
- Josh Sims, born and brought up in the village, star of Resolven Young Performers
- Mel James Welsh Rugby Union Pro Player.
- Daniel Jervis Swimmer.
- "Community population 2011". Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- Masterplan for Rheola Estate. Business in Neath Port Talbot, undated c.2014
- "Peter Hain". BBC Wales. Archived from the original on August 12, 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
- "Meet the new Mayor of Gloucester Debbie Llewellyn". Gloucester Citizen. Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
- "Mel James". Wikipedia. 2017-08-02.
- Cymdeithas Hanes Resolfen History Society
- Monumental Inscriptions for Resolven
- Resolven Rugby Club Official Site
- www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Resolven and surrounding area
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