Pontardawe have elected Linet Purcell – Town Mayor 2017/18. Having taught Music for many years Linet entered politics in 2008 when she was elected to both the County Council and the Town Council. She is proud of the Town Council’s initiatives to encourage young people to participate. She said:
“Young people are our future and I am delighted that we have an elected member Geraint Nicholson who is the youngest Town Councillor in Wales, a young Deputy Mayor, and that the Council’s inclusion of Youth representatives who attend Council and contribute to discussions has received national recognition.
I feel very honoured to have been elected Mayor and look forward to meeting even more people during this year. I carried out my first duties in May when I attended a Songs of Praise in St Peter’s and took part in the Dementia Friendly Pontardawe launch when I reaffirmed the Town Council’s commitment to supporting the activities of the group.
I have chosen the Stroke association as my charity .
Stroke is the main cause of adult disability with 100,000 strokes occurring every year. The charity helps those affected and funds research. By working together this year let us see what we can do to help their work”
Councillor Charlotte Ford who was elected Deputy Mayor said:
I was born in Rhos and having been a pupil at Rhos primary, I moved to Trebanos 15 years ago and later attended Cwmtawe Community School. I am now studying for my PhD at Cardiff University.
I was first elected to represent Trebanos on Pontardawe Town Council in 2014. During my time as a Town councillor I have learned a great deal about our area and have found the experience very exciting and rewarding. Serving on various committees and representing the Council on One Voice Wales has also enabled me to appreciate the invaluable role of a Town Council. I get to discuss the real issues that we are facing as a community, and help make decisions that I hope will improve the area that we live in.
I know I am a young Deputy Mayor and hope to use this to motivate young people to take an interest in politics and to break down some of the stereotypes that they may associate with the role. I hope that my positive experience may encourage other young people who care about the future of Pontardawe to get involved to help make a difference.