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Leader’s Blog October 2019

  • Leader of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Kevin O'Neill
  • 06 Nov 2019

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.

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Summer Update from the Leader

  • Leader of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Kevin O'Neill
  • 05 Sep 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.

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Achieving the best for the people of Merthyr Tydfil

  • Leader of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Kevin O'Neill
  • 11 Jul 2019

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.

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Step into Christmas

  • Leader of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Kevin O'Neill
  • 22 Nov 2018

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.

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I was was born in Merthyr Tydfil 1959 and am married with two children and one grandson. 

I was Chief Superintendent Divisional Commander of Northern Division at South Wales Police and retired in October 2014 after completing 37 years’ service.

I was elected as Town Ward Councillor on 4th May 2017 as an Independent Councillor and elected as Leader in June 2017.

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