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Closure of Offices

Please note that the Pontypool Community Council offices will be closed as from 23rd March 2020 for the foreseeable future due to Coronavirus.

All Council meetings and events will be cancelled or postponed until further notice but the Council can still be contacted on 01495 742805 or via email pontypool@pontypoolcc.gov.uk. 

Citizens Advice Torfaen are still available to contact via For Advice:
Call on 0300 330 2117 to talk to an adviser who will arrange a telephone call back if needed. Also see www.citizensadvice.org.uk/wales for information and help.


Poetry/short story competition

The theme is“Life in lockdown”

1st prize - £60 Amazon Vouchers

2nd prize - £40 Amazon Vouchers

3rd prize - £30 Amazon Vouchers

There are four categories:

• Adult
• 11 -17 years of age
• 7 – 10 years of age
• 4- 6 years of age



Entries are invited from anyone living within the area of TORFAEN only

Poem can be up to 30 lines long

Short story can be up to 1000 words long

The closing date is 8th July 2020

If entering the Junior category, please state your age.

Email entries and postal entries allowed:

Send entries to - aambrosen@pontypoolcc.gov.uk
Mrs Annette Ambrosen
Pontypool Community Council
35a Commercial Street


 Photography Competition 2020

 The theme is

The Four Seasons”

1st prize - £50 Amazon Vouchers plus your photo on canvas

2nd prize - £30 Amazon Vouchers plus your photo on canvas

3rd prize - £20 Amazon Vouchers plus your photo on canvas


The image must have been taken in Torfaen.

Entries are invited from anyone living within the area of Torfaen only.

• Images must be submitted in a digital format via email and must be AT LEAST one megabyte in size, JPEG is the easiest way to submit.
• All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other photographic competition.

• Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.
• Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the Competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to Pontypool Community Council to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.

• It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws.
• Only one entry per person.
• The photograph must comprise of a single image and not a composite of other images.
• The winning entry will be that that is judged to be the most visually appealing by the judges

Please note photographs entered can be taken from before the current lockdown or should be taken whilst entrants are out during their allocated daily exercise time. Please ensure current Government guidelines are adhered to.

The closing date is 8th July 2020

Email entries only. Send entries to - rcronin@pontypoolcc.gov.uk

Competition winners will be contacted by 31st July 2020

Please note : prizes will be posted



 It is with great regret that the Council has made the decision that due to the COVID-19 virus and current government guidelines, this year’s Party in the Park has had to be cancelled.                                                                                      The members and staff are disappointed that the event has been cancelled, but obviously as there is no way of knowing when life will return to normal it was felt that this is the proper decision to make during these difficult times.


Please feel free to spread the word!


The Welsh Government via the GPs has compiled a list of people who the GPs consider are "vulnerable " i.e. those who are over 70 and those who have certain medical conditions. These people have received a letter from Welsh Government entitling them to additional support.

Unfortunately there are many people who feel that they should be in that category but have not had the letter.

If you feel that you are one of these people then you must contact your GP who is able to refer you to Welsh Government.



 Race Juniors AFC under 14's were awarded Junior Teams Sponsorship from Pontypool Community Council. The money was used to purchase new kit with the Community Council logo on it.

They all look very smart 😊😊



Please check our Facebook page for updates = Pontypool Community Council.

Useful tel numbers that you may wish to contact if you require assistance are:
Torfaen CBC 01495 762200
Samaritans Helpline: 116 123
Tofaen Citizen’s Bureau: 0300 330 2117
AGe Connects Torfaen: 01495 769264
Pontypool Credit Union : 01495 742500 
Pontypool Womens Aid: 01495 742052
Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent: 01495 757393 
Age UK: 0800 169 6565
Mind: 0300 123 3393
Domestic Violence Hotline: 0808 2000 247
Childline: 0800 1111
Torfaen Voluntary Alliance: 01495 742420

Alcohol rehab in Wales :  02072052845

Additional numbers will be added in due course.
Please check our Facebook page for more updates:
Pontypool Community Council. We look forward to a time where we can return to a normal service and hope you stay safe and well in the mean time.


Well pharmacy Garndiffaith – 10am- 12pm and 2pm-5pm

Blaenavon pharmacy linked to the medical centre 10 - 12 and 2 - 5

Lloyds pharmacy Pontypool 10-12 and 2.30-5.30

Mayberry Pharmacy Pontypool 10 -12 and 2-5


Pontypool: Boots 01495 762727

Mayberry 01495 763431

Health Plus 01495 762991

Abersychan - 01495 774012

Lloyds Pharmacy 01495 762502

Griffithstown Lloyds Pharmacy: 01495 763960 

New Inn Pharmacy: 01495 763504

Well Garndiffaith: 01495 772711.

Blaenavon: Well Blaenavon 01495 790293,

Blaenavon Healthcare Centre 01495 790594,

The Pharmaceutical Department 01495 790594.

Cwmbran: Boots 01633 483281 01633 244026

Lloyd’s 01633 483509 or 01633 482897

Superdrug 01633 861228

Malpas Pharmacy: 01633 858002


Tesco: 8.00 am to 8.00 pm Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Sunday. They will be prioritising the elderly and most vulnerable for one hour between 9.00 am and 10 am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. NHS workers also have a dedicated hour every Sunday 9.00 am to 10. 00 am before checkout open.

Iceland: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Dedicated 2 hour shop 9.00 am to 11.00 am on Wednesdays for the elderly and final hour of trading 5.00 to 6.00 pm Monday to Saturday for NHS staff.

Farmfoods: 8.00 am to 8.00 pm. Sunday 10.00 to 4.00.

Sainsbury’s: 8:00 am to 8.00 pm Monday to Saturday, 10.00 to 4.00 to public. Dedicated hour on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8.00 am to 9.00 am for elderly customers, disabled and carers NHS workers can shop 7.30 am, half an hour before store opening Monday to Saturday as long as they take they present an ID card.

CO-OP - most stores open 8.00 am to 9.00 pm Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on Sunday. Dedicated hour for NHS workers, vulnerable people and their carers between 8.00 am to 9.00 am Monday’s to Saturdays and 10 am to 11.00 am on Sundays.

Asda: 8.00 am to 8.00 pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday 9-10am is for NHS workers with ID to shop before the checkouts open at 10am. Monday Wednesday and Fridays 7-8am is for NHS and carers with id also then 8-9am for the elderly and vulnerable.

Morrisons: 8.00 am to 8.00 pm to the public Monday to Saturday, Sunday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm with a dedicated hour 7.00 am to 8.00 am for NHS Staff Monday to Saturday on presentation of their official NHS card.

Aldi  Monday to Saturday 8.00 am to 10.00 pm. Sunday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

 New Inn Upper Councillor Vacancy

No person has requested a bye election for the New Inn Upper vacancy during the 14 days required to advertise the vacancy. Therefore the Council will fill the vacancy by co-option. This will be done as soon as is practicable when normal meetings resume.

Please click on the link below to see the Notice of Vacancy’ for the UK Youth Parliament role:
notice of election Welsh TCBC youth.pdf
notice of election English TCBC youth.pdf

Pontypool Community Council -Date
of Next Meeting
To view the agenda for this meeting please click on the Council toolbar at the top of this page then choose the relevant committee from the options on the toolbar on the left hand side of the page.  All meetings start at 6.30pm (unless stated otherwise) and are held in our Council Chamber at 35a Commercial Street, Pontypool.
Unfortunately the next two Council  meetings :Events and Full Council have been cancelled. 
Cyngor Cymuned Pont-y-pŵl –
Dyddiad y Cyfarfod NesafYn anffodus, mae dau gyfarfod nesaf y Cyngor: Digwyddiadau a’r Cyngor Llawn, wedi eu canslo.
I weld yr agenda ar gyfer y cyfarfod hwn, cliciwch ar far offer y Cyngor ar frig y dudalen hon ac yna dewiswch y pwyllgor perthnasol o’r opsiynau ar y bar offer ar ochr chwith y dudalen.
Mae pob cyfarfod yn cychwyn am 6.30pm (oni nodir fel arall) ac fe’u cynhelir yn ein Siambr Cyngor yn 35a Commercial Street, Pont-y-pŵl.
Y cyfarfod Pwyllgor nesaf fydd y Pwyllgor Digwyddiadaua fydd yn cael ei gynnal ar  Wednesday 18th March  at 6.30pm.

Well done to all 800 pupils of 8 Pontypool Schools who entered our Eisteddfod this week.  The event was fantastic.  Below are pictures of Griffithstown Primary who were both Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 Overall winners.

Environment Wales Act 2016
The Bio-diversity and resilience of eco- systems duty report 2019 will appear on our website subject to approval from Council in January.
 Click on the link below for the DRAFT version:
20.01.15 Environment Wales Act 2016 Part 1section 6.pdf

Tree of the year competition
Pontypool  Park's Sweet Chestnut tree has  won the Woodland Trust's tree of the year competition and the prize is £1000 that needs to be spent on the tree.
The tree is a Sweet Chestnut which is located in Pontypool Park and is over 400 years old.
Thank you to all who voted.