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Vote sees village become town
John Miles
Councillor John Miles argued little would change by becoming a town
Pontarddulais is to officially become a town rather than a village.

Councillors in the community on the outskirts of Swansea have voted in favour of a change of status which they hope will raise its profile.

Critics argued the change would make little difference - just that Pontarddulais would now have a mayor rather than a chairperson of the community council.

But those who backed the move said there could be several benefits.

Most people call it a town and it has get all the attributes you would expect to find in a town
Rebecca Griffiths

Community council vice-chairman John Mathias said: "I voted in favour as I think it is the way forward.

"If you include the children then there are something like 7,000 people living here.

"We hope it will raise our profile a bit and be a fresh start in many ways after the problems we have had with businesses and shops struggling in the last 10 years.

"There are also little things. For more than 50 years Pontarddulais band, which is known thoughout the world, has been Pontarddulais Town Band.

"It just makes a bit more sense."

Little difference

Resident Rebecca Griffiths said: "I'm pleased because for the past 20 years it's been a town based on its size.

"Most people call it a town and it has get all the attributes you would expect to find in a town."

But some maintain Thursday night's vote will make little difference.

County councillor John Miles said: "Other places like Gorseinon have changed from being a village to a town and the only difference is they have a mayor rather than a chairperson. I don't see this being an improvement.

"I do not think changing the name will bring an improvement."

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