Swansea Labour leader Rob Stewart has congratulated Carrie Townsend Jones after being elected as Labour’s first ever chair of Mumbles Community Council.
In 35 years of the MCC being in existence it is the first time the chair has not been Conservative, Independent or Lib-Dem.
The new chair Cllr Townsend Jones is joined by Cllr Tim Bull as her vice-chair.
“This is excellent news for the four wards of Mumbles, Mayals, Newton and West Cross, and Carrie has to be congratulated over her election,” said Cllr Stewart, leader of Swansea Council.
“I know Carrie and the Labour party group on MCC have some positive ideas about taking Mumbles and the vicinity forward.”
Cllr Townsend Jones said that she is now keen to build up a good relationship with the Labour-led Swansea Council.
“I am very conscious that we need a positive and ongoing relationship with the City Council so that we are all reading off the same page,” said Cllr Townsend Jones.
Her first job as chair has been to gauge the mood and feelings of the Mumbles community and particularly young people.
“Under the previous council there was no appetite to spend the budget, but we are committed to investing in various projects. There is nothing really for teenagers in Mumbles from the age of 14 to 17 so we are keen to provide them with activities such as a MUGA (Multi Use Games Area),” revealed Cllr Townsend Jones.
“We are also considering re-introducing the Blue Light Discos that used to be organised for teenagers at Cinderella’s.
“We don’t want to forget others either. We also have to consider the older generation, who in Mumbles have seen such important things as pensioner clubs close down.”
MCC has also commissioned a Community Plan through Urban Foundry which will be reporting back soon their findings from across the four wards.