Highlighting our Heritage

Pontardawe Town Council has successfully won a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant from Neath Port Talbot County Council to complete a heritage project. Led by Councillors Dai Brain, Gwenno Ffrancon and Matty Vincent, work will be underway this summer to beautify the town of Pontardawe and the villages of Rhyd-y-Fro, Trebannws and Ynysmeudwy by painting benches and street furniture on some of the area's main streets.

The most attentive among you will have noticed the metal boxes along our streets – often green and grey – the majority are Openreach company boxes providing broadband to homes and a few grey electrical boxes for traffic lights. The aim of the project is to paint some of these boxes with illustrations that capture the history and heritage of the area while highlighting some of the most prominent attractions in the area and possibly a few aspects of our heritage that have been less obvious as well! How many of you would argue for having Carn Llechart and St Peter's Church on one of the boxes, or perhaps illustrations of the river Tawe or Cwm Du Glen’s waterfalls on a bench? Why not then highlight some of the local sports clubs with their striking crests, or perhaps the faces of some of the ward's greatest ambassadors?

The project enables cross-generational collaboration to share views and information that will help us highlight landmarks, individuals, and other elements of our heritage that reflect and make Pontardawe's culture and legacy visible to residents and visitors alike. We hope to provide something visually stunning that will stimulate discussion and enhance the look of the town.

By working with the primary schools in the Pontardawe ward the Town Council will gather the views and ideas of our youngest members for what should be included in the illustrations. There is also an opportunity for adults to share views through various platforms – via social media, through drop-in sessions at the town Library and Ty'r Gwrhyd and by contacting the Town Council directly.

A brief will then be prepared for the artists from FreshCreative Ltd to draw up designs and to start painting the boxes and benches. FreshCreative Ltd have considerable experience of carrying out this type of artwork throughout the county of Swansea. The aim will be to create striking illustrations that reflect what the Pontardawe’s residents are proud of but to also take advantage of a great way to present our local heritage to visitors. 

If you would like to contribute your ideas about what should be included in the illustrations, please feel free to share them by emailing cllr.g.ffrancon@gmail.com

In the meantime, here are some photos of Fresh Creative's work that can already be seen and enjoyed in and around Swansea.


Photo Credit: Fresh Creative Ltd