Town, Merthyr Tydfil
|Population||7,671 (2011 census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament|
The Town community covers Merthyr Tydfil town centre east of the River Taff, stretching as far as Merthyr Common and the border with Caerphilly County Borough. It includes the residential areas of Cae-draw, Penyard, Penyrheol, Thomastown, Twynyrodyn and Ysgubor Newydd. The community of Troed-y-rhiw borders to the south, Cyfarthfa to the west, Park, Penydarren and Dowlais to the north and the Caerphilly community of Darran Valley to the east.
As well as the High Street and town centre the community includes Merthyr Tydfil railway station and Merthyr Tydfil bus station. Merthyr Tydfil's main Church in Wales church, St Tydfil's, is located at the bottom of the High Street. There are a number of schools in the community, including Cyfarthfa High School.
Town is an electoral ward which elects four councillors to Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. At the May 2017 elections Town elected three Independent councillors (John Thomas, Kevin O'Neill, Andrew Barry) topped the poll, with the fourth councillor from the Labour Party (Dai Jones). Town has elected a broad political spectrum of councillors since 1995. Between 1995–1999 and 2012–2017 the ward elected four Labour councillors. Between 1999 and 2004 the ward was represented by Plaid Cymru. Between 2004 and 2008 three of the councillors were elected under the People Before Politics (PBP) banner. Between 2008 and 2012 the ward was represented by the Liberal Democrats.
By-elections took place in the ward on 23 October 2008 and 7 May 2015, both won by Labour.
- "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
- UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Town Ward (as of 2011) (1237328034)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
- "These are your councillors in Merthyr Tydfil after the 2017 local elections". Wales Online. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
- Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Election Results 1995-2012, The Election Centre. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
- "Election results". Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
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