Cymmer, Neath Port Talbot

Cymmer (Welsh: Cymer) is a small village in the community of Clymer and Glyncorrwg, in Neath Port Talbot in Wales, set on a hillside in the Afan Valley near the confluence of the River Afan and the River Corrwg. In 2001, Cymmer had a population of 2,883.[2]

Cymmer is located in Neath Port Talbot
Location within Neath Port Talbot
Population2,825 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSS860961
Principal area
Preserved county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSA13
Dialling code01639
PoliceSouth Wales
FireMid and West Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
  • Scott Jones (Independent)
List of places
Neath Port Talbot
51°39′07″N 3°38′56″W / 51.652°N 3.649°W / 51.652; -3.649


Cymmer can also be spelled "Cymer", with "Cymmer" being the English-language version, and "Cymer" the Welsh language one. The word "Cymmer" translates from Welsh into English as "joining place of two rivers", and it is here that the Afon Corrwg and the Afon Afan meet, to flow onward as the River Afan until entering the sea at Aberavon/Port Talbot.

The immediate area is set in a densely forested upland area with steep sided river valleys cut through by the Rivers Afan and Corrwg. Patches of open moorland exist to the north and south.

Social conditionsEdit

The Cymmer electoral ward was one of the top 10% most deprived wards in Wales according to the 2005 Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation.[3]


Local public houses include The Refreshment Rooms (the preserved Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway station) and a working men's club called The Coronation Club. Local amenities include a library, a community swimming pool, a sports hall, primary school, a police station and fire station.

Government and politicsEdit

Cymmer is also the name of the electoral ward for the immediate area around the village. It elects a county councillor to Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. The ward includes some or all of the villages of Cymmer, Abercregan, Duffryn and Croeserw in the parliamentary constituency of Aberavon. Cymmer is bounded by the wards of Resolven to the north; Glyncorrwg to the northeast; Gwynfi to the east; Blaengarw, Caerau and Maesteg West of Bridgend county borough to the south east; Bryn and Cwmavon to the southwest; and Pelenna to the west.[4]

In the 2008 local council elections, the electorate turnout was 48.23%. The results were:

Candidate Party Votes Status
Scott Jones Labour 594 Labour gain
David Williams Ratepayers 463

Only one nomination was received for the 2012 Local Council Elections, from the sitting councillor Scott Jones. Jones continued to be the councillor of Cymmer without a contest.

In the 2017 local council elections, the results were:

Candidate Party Votes Status
Scott Jones Labour 673 Labour hold
Jeff Jones Independent 370

In July 2018, Councillor Scott Jones resigned the Labour whip. He therefore now sits as an independent.


  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Archived from the original on 12 April 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  2. ^ ONS: Neighbourhood statistics
  3. ^[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 6 September 2018.

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