(Promoted by Neil Allcock, Bethal Court, Oxford Street, Pontycymer. CF32 8DD)
Glyn Walters (Labour) – 339
Neil Allcock (Independent) – 78
Huw Marshall (Plaid)- 46
Labour’s Glyn Walters made a landslide victory over cocky newcomer #Allcock4Pontycymer‘s Social Media and door to door canvasing campaign proving that trust needs to be earned. Although new to the area Neil Allcock (Independent) almost doubled Huw Marshall’s Plaid Cymru vote.
Everyone including online rivals Allcock and Clatworthy shook hands at the Ballot counting and good spirit was felt by all. Onwards and upwards Pontycymer. Onwards and upwards.
Neil Allcock is running in the Election for Pontycymer Community Councillor with three priorities:
Priority No1: Clean up Pontycymer
As a Garw Womble Neil is dedicated to cleaning up Pontycymer and the Valley and is slowly working on projects and realising this dream. Recently I contacted the Community Council because as a Garw Womble I wanted to volunteer to help out with the maintenance of the area around the Lakes but the Community Council refused this help on Health & Safety grounds; Insurance. I, like all Litter Champions, are insured by KeepWalesTidy and therefore do not find this an acceptable excuse so I decided to run in the Community Councillor elections and if successful will use that position to change their minds. The Lakes are important to people.
Priority No2: Provide Outreach Mental Health Services
I’ve met with various mental health services with a view to providing outreach services to Pontycymer. One of the main problems services like this face is finding free premises that will accommodate mental health services. My solution is to either buy a Porta cabin like the one the Garw Valley Railway have, or convince the Garw Valley Railway to allow outreach services to use their cabin (Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri). I’ve spoken with the Halo Leisure Centre opposite who are happy to be custodians of the key and to ensure that only verified organisations use the space. The Garw Railway are open on Wednesday and Saturday.
To support the Garw Valley Railway I would like the Community Council to approve an annual Summer Fete that would take place at the bottom lake in Pontycymer which will coincide with the Garw Valley Railway Summer Bank Holiday Open Day. Unfortunately, this year, the residents of the valley witnessed the last Garw Valley Carnival so it only seems proper that the Community Council should endeavour to help create an event to follow in their footsteps.
Priority No3: Fix the Community Council
Both the Welsh Assembly and Parliament are video recorded and made available online. I want the Community Council meetings to be recorded and made available online via YouTube because not everyone can make the third Monday of every month at 7pm due to family and work commitments and for the disabled attending these meetings can be a challenge. My background in IT will set this up at zero cost, or £100 if the Community Council want to support this project and invest in a quality microphone.
I would also like to see a 30 minute open meeting where Residents can speak directly with the Community Councillors. At the moment the only method of communicating with the Community Council is via letter or email and resolution can take months.
Both of these initiatives will increase Community Council transparency and accountability.
I also want the Community Council to commit to a 25 year plan for the Valley. As I understand it there is currently no plan. You cannot build a future for the Valley without a plan.