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Moving Forward Together

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

Welcome to my first blog. I’ll be using this to let you know what our plans are for the future and how you can get involved. We want you to be fully involved in making Merthyr Tydfil a great place to live in, work in and enjoy.

Over the next couple of months, I’d like to talk about our strategy for providing housing for our homeless, looked after children, prison leavers and how that process works and how the community can get involved.

I recently visited a home for looked after children in Newport and we are looking to use some of the best practice to improve our facilities here.

I’d like to explain how the plans for new housing are made, where you find those plans and how you influence those housing strategies.

I was proud to attend the Remembrance Services on Sunday, initially at 11:30am to honour Sergeant John Collins who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Beersheba, Palestine, on 31st October, 1917 and further proved himself to be an exemplary soldier just months later when he was awarded the DCM (Distinguished Conduct Medal), another high award for bravery. I then went onto the main ceremony at 2:30pm.

On both occasions there was an excellent turnout and it was wonderful to see so many young people, in particular the Military Preparation College, Brownies, Scouts, Girl Guides and all the cadets from various organisations throughout the County Borough.

On Monday, I attended the service in my ward in Thomastown to recognise those who served and fell in the Boer War.

It has been inspiring to see the way people have acted with such dignity and respect. I believe this should be how we behave at all times and not just for one day a year.

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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