Cyngor Cymuned | Ystalyfera | Community Council

Yn gwasaneuthu Ystalyfera, Godre'r Graig, Cilmaengwyn a Chwmtwrch Isaf
Serving Ystalyfera, Godre'r Graig, Cilmaengwyn and Lower Cwmtwrch

Amdanom Ni / About Us Cyswllt / Contact
Pwy ydyn ni? / Who are we?

Amdanom Ni / About Us

Ein Hanes ac ein gweledigaeth /
Our History and our vision.

Our History

Ystalyfera Community Council was established in 1986 by the dissolution of Llanguicke Community Council and its division into 4 councils, one of which was Ystalyfera. It comprises two wards: Ystalyfera (including Lower Cwmtwrch) with a population of 3019, Godre’r Graig (including Cilmaengwyn) with a population of 1644. Currently Ystalyfera has 9 councillors while Godre’r Graig has 6 councillors. PACT meetings are held regularly where the public are invited to attend and discuss current local problems with police personnel.

Both settlements lie approximately 10 miles north of Swansea, in the Swansea Valley, just off the A4067 Swansea Valley By-pass and 8 miles from junction 45 of the M4. There are Main Line Rail stations at Neath and Swansea, with bus links to and from the area. The area serves as a good base for travelling, south to Gower, Llanelli and Carmarthen and north to the Brecon Beacons National park, with easy access to Craig y Nos Country Park and the acclaimed Dan yr Ogof cave complex only 6 miles away.

Ystalyfera Community Council is in the County Borough of Neath Port Talbot and borders the County of Powys at Ystradgynlais.

Ystalyfera and Godre’r Graig evolved as villages with the development of coal mining and iron working. In 1838 a furnace was built in Ystalyfera by James Palmer Budd which grew into what was regarded as the largest iron works in the world in 1863. In the mid 1850’s, approximately 40 furnaces were in operation, with the output of iron increasing from about 5000 tons to 30000 tons. Peak production was reached in 1872. There was little further investment in the iron works and after Budd’s death in 1880 heavy losses were incurred and the works closed in 1885.

Our Vision

Ystalyfera Community Council aims to improve our surroundings by improving and ensuring the upkeep of the area including parks, streets and buildings. The Council aim to continue to be the ‘go-to’ organisation for assistance with Community issues and provide grants to other local organisations. We will continue to assess planning applications so that new buildings are complimentary to our surroundings. The Council also aim to improve local facilities to ensure access to all in our community.

Prosiectau / Projects

Prosiectau wedi eu cwblhau / Projects completed
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Adborth positif / Positive feedback
Prosiectau cyfredol / Current projects
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