Pontarddulais has a population of 6,600 and is represented by Labour Party duo Philip Downing  and Jane Harris.

The ward lies approximately 12 kms north west of the city centre with Mawr, Llangyfelach, and Penyrheol as their neighbouring wards.

For centuries, Pontarddulais (or ‘The Bont’ as it is locally known) was a small hamlet built around a crossing point of the River Loughor.

The first railway arrived in 1839 to transport anthracite from the Amman Valley to Llanelli, followed in 1866 by another line from Swansea and the Graig Merthyr coal mine in 1867.

Heavy industry transformed Pontarddulais into a thriving industrial town, with six tinplate works opening between 1872 and 1910.

Substantial population and housing growth followed in the early 20th century, although of course the general ‘de-industrialisation’ of the area in the post war years is also well documented. Pontarddulais’ housing market is closely linked with that of adjoining Hendy (Carmarthenshire), with both benefiting from proximity to the M4 motorway.

Phillip Downing

Phillip Downing

Chair - Poverty Reduction Policy Development Committee

Quick Facts

  • Labour Held

    Pontarddulais is a Labour held ward.

  • Representatives

    Pontarddulais has 2 Labour representatives.

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