Local farmer and Gorseinon Town Council deputy mayor Andrew Stevens is to join Councillor Jan Curtice in standing for the Labour party in the 2017 council elections in Penyrheol.
He replaces existing Labour Councillor David Cole, and brings an important agricultural perspective, as well as more than four years’ experience on Gorseinon Town Council.
A third generation dairy farmer at Llannant Far in Penyrheol, Andrew’s family has been living and working at Llannant since 1941, and also used to run a local veg round up until the mid 1990s, which his grandfather started on his horse and cart.
Before returning to work full time, he studied agriculture for four years and took time out to work on a dairy farm in New Zealand. He is also a keen sportsman and has played rugby locally for Loughor RFC for the past 20 years.
“I feel that I can bring a much needed agricultural viewpoint not only to our area but also to the authority as a whole, because it is something that I feel is lacking within the council, not only for farmers, but for the community, as I believe that self-sustainability is a necessity, especially with the austerity we are currently facing,” he said.
He joins Councillor Jan Curtice, who has been a Labour councillor since 2012. Born and bred in Gorseinon, she is currently Chair of the Swansea Labour Group and Deputy Presiding Member for the Swansea Council.
“It’s been a privilege to have served the many lovely people throughout the ward, and to have been able to help them with a range of issues, from flooding to highways. A major breakthrough this year was obtaining a brand new crossing in Grovesend – something we struggled for for years and finally got this year with the help of children residents and councillors teaming together,” said Jan.
“I thank David Cole for all his hard work as my fellow Labour councillor for Penyrheol, and I’m looking to be able to carry on that work and taking it that bit further with Andrew, who is an excellent candidate with a great deal to offer.”