Cllr Elaine George – Elected 2017
I was born and raised in Abercynon, mainly in the lower half of Abercynon Road and currently live in the Carnetown area. I am married with two children and three young grandsons. I currently work as a Health and Safety Manager for a Commercial Vehicle Company.
Two and a half years ago I attended the first public meeting called to discuss the closure of the Abercynon War Memorial Paddling Pool as this was something I felt really strongly about and wanted the current generation of children to be able to enjoy the same or similar memories of happy times using the pool. I subsequently became Chairperson of the committee and we have successfully opened the pool for the last two summers, making it a fabulous local amenity that is enjoyed by many families.
I still feel as enthusiastic about the pool as I did following the first meeting and actively work to raise the profile of the pool and continue to fundraise to open it again this summer. Over the past few years I have built up good relationships with many companies, local businesses, community and government organisations. I also support Abercynon Community Primary School by attending any fundraising events they run and serving as a school governor.
I am very passionate about our village and am keen to keep the community spirit alive. I would like to continue building on this, helping to make a difference within our community.
Cllr Rhys Lewis – Elected 2012
It has been an honour to represent the people of Abercynon Ward on Rhondda Cynon Taf Council since 2012. As an Abercynon boy born and bred, I am very proud of our community. I am a co-opted member of the Abercynon Community Centre Committee, Abercynon War Memorial Paddling Pool Committee and a Vice President of Cor Meibion Abercynon and The Phoenix Singers respectfully.
I am Chair of the Governing Body at Y.G.G Abercynon and I served as a board member of Lower Cynon Communities First. I am a former Trade Union Officer in the retail sector and I have worked in a number of community engagement roles. I have fought hard since 2012 to secure vital Council investment in Abercynon Ward and I conduct regular street walkabout surgeries in Bryntirion and Park View. Cllr George and I organise community clean-up days in Abercynon Ward throughout the year, helping to improve our local environment. Since my election to the Council, I have served in a number of prestigious roles including Deputy Mayor of R.C.T 2015-16 and Mayor of R.C.T 2016-17 as well as taking on a prominent role as a scrutiniser of Council decisions. In May 2018 I was appointed to the role of R.C.T Council Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being and Cultural Services.
I look forward to working further with residents to make Abercynon Ward an even better place to live and work.