I’d like to start this Blog by saying congratulations to Ellis Cooper, who was appointed as Interim Chief Executive at the Full Council meeting held on 11 September 2019. Also, to Alyn Owen on being appointed as Deputy Chief Executive on 23 October 2019.
Its been a busy summer! Early in July, I attended the Mayor, Councillor Howard Barrett’s Civic Service at St Johns The Baptist Church in Wales, Cefn Coed. It was well attended by our councillors, the High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan and civic heads from Bridgend, Caerphilly, Monmouth, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Powys and the Vale of Glamorgan. Reverend Tim Williams led the service and it was lovely to see Ysgol Y Graig School Choir perform two songs during the service.
So much has been happening recently in our town and Merthyr Tydfil continues to go from strength to strength.
Information on all these great things is featured in our latest edition of the CONTACT newspaper that will be landing on your doorstep in the next few weeks. It is packed with some great information on the latest projects and initiatives and more importantly, a celebration of our successes!
For this town to flourish, we must continue to work together to ensure that we deliver a vibrant, economic town for our future generations. There will always be challenges but nothing we cannot overcome.
I was delighted to be involved in the opening of the Student Conference at The College Merthyr Tydfil on 15th November.
It was great to see so many groups represented there, including Eco Schools, South Wales Grid for Learning, School Nurses, TEDS - substance misuse, South Wales Police, Holos, Safer Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr and the Valleys Mind, Kidscape, Healthy Schools and Merthyr Tydfil Youth Forum.
The Conference was an excellent opportunity to reinforce the importance of attendance, with this week seeing the County Borough’s first ever ‘School Attendance Week’ and the launch of the ‘Miss School, Miss Out’ campaign.