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The local area guide to living in Llandarcy

It started its humble beginnings as a garden village housing the workers of the oil refinery which existed in the village. Though the refinery shut indefinitely in 1998, Llandarcy continues to be a home base for many.

Sitting near Neath in the Neath Port Talbot borough in picturesque south west Wales, approximately 6.4 miles away from the waterfront city of Swansea, residents are eternally graced with the dramatic beauty of the South West Coastline and the varied landscapes that this charming corner of Wales brings.

Whether it’s the majestic splendour of the Gower Peninsula or the charming seaside resort of The Mumbles, a series of beautiful vistas are never more than a few steps away.

Information about the local residents

At its prime, the refinery employed just under 3,000 workers from Llandarcy and the neighbouring areas. Now, however, many of the Llandarcy locals can be seen working in either the construction, managerial, professional or service sectors.

Since the quaint village is part of the principal area of Neath Port Talbot, the total population as a whole stands at 139,812, though the actual number of residents living in Llandarcy is considerably smaller.

If you decide to relocate here, you’ll find that the locals are more than welcoming and the distinct Welsh identity prevalent in Llandarcy is more than charming.

Nearby schools

Choosing the right school for your child is, of course, an important decision. Even though there are no schools available in the immediate area of Llandarcy, parents still have some choice when it comes to picking the right establishment for their child.

A short drive down the road takes you to Neath, which is where Neath Abbey Infants school is situated. Pupils between the ages of 3 and 7 can expect to be taught to a high standard across all areas of learning, which is evidenced by the ‘Good’ rating given to them by Estyn. Estyn further praised the school’s efforts at effectively supporting children with learning needs.

St Joseph’s Catholic School is another school to be awarded a rating of ‘Good’ by Estyn. Of the 164 pupils on its roll, 95% achieve at least Level 5 at the end of the Foundation Phase and 89% achieve at least Level 4 in core subjects by the end of Stage 2 – which is well above the national average of 84%. YGG Castell-Nedd in Castell-Nedd and Alderman Davies CIW Primary School in Neath are two additional options.

At the secondary level, both Dwr Y Felin Comprehensive School and Cwrt Sart Community Comprehensive School in Neath offer pupils a caring learning environment and a high standard of teaching.

Getting around

Unfortunately, due to Llandarcy’s location, it does not benefit from a well-oiled travel network. The village lacks a train station and frequent bus services though residents can rely on the 158 South Wales Transport bus service to get them to and from Neath on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Many locals, therefore, depend heavily on their cars to get them to their desired location. As the village rests near Junction 43 of the M4 Motorway, major cities like Swansea, Cardiff and Bristol as well as the Big Smoke can be reached with little effort.

The development of an urban village by the name of Coed Darcy, adjacent to Llandarcy, is also in the works. The intention behind its creation is to lure in residents, businesses and to improve the current travel infrastructure in the area so nearby residents can, all being well, reduce their car usage.

Local shops

As you would expect from a small village, shopping is limited. Unfortunately, in Llandarcy it’s extremely limited, but don’t fret. Skewen (a mere 5-minute car journey away), Briton Ferry (under 10 minutes away) and Neath (situated 20 minutes up the road) are home to train stations as well a bustling shopping scene. The latter is, perhaps, the better option as Neath’s high street is home to a quirky blend of well-known and local independent stores. A Morrisons, Tesco, Marks & Spencer and even a Poundland can be found here, perfect for when you need to restock your cupboards with essentials!

It’s also wise to note that Swansea and its expansive shopping district can be reached within minutes by car, as can Cardiff, which is 50 minutes away.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.