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The Local Area Guide to Living in Pontyates

Pontyates is a small village situated on the banks of the Gwendraeth River. The surrounding valleys from the top of the hill provide the village with impressive views.

Pontyates is a former mining village and features a railway station once used for mining purposes. The railway is no longer in service, but the track bed has become a popular trail for walkers. The residents enjoy a peaceful and laidback lifestyle with a strong community spirit.

Information About the Local Residents

Pontyates is primarily Welsh-speaking and the majority of the population were born in Wales. According to the 2011 census, the population of Pontyates and the surrounding area has a mean age of 42.3 and a median age of 44, which falls in line with the national average. Around a quarter of the population of Carmarthenshire are aged 60 and over.

The peaceful lifestyle provided by the quaint and community-based nature of the village, along with the low levels of crime (lower than the national average), makes for an environment that’s safe and ideal for those looking to settle down for retirement or to raise a family.

The majority of households consist of either two people living together, which tends to be retired couples or small families with one or two children. The census data indicates that 41.4% of the Carmarthenshire region own their home outright and 30% have a mortgage. The majority of the rest of the population live in private rental accommodation.

The Carmarthenshire region achieves exceptionally well in school performance and enjoys high levels of attainment. The number of pupils achieving grades A-C and those achieving over 2 A-Level passes is higher than the national average. Pupils achieving level 4 qualifications are in line with the national average.

Sources: 2011 Census: Department for Work and Pensions

Nearby Schools

There are two primary schools in the village, Gwynfryn Primary School and Pontiets C.P. School. Pontiest C.P. School has just 49 students enrolled, making classroom sizes small and reinforcing the small community atmosphere of the village itself. In their latest inspection by Estyn, (the Welsh equivalent of Ofsted), the school was awarded a Grade 2 rating. Grade 2 is the equivalent of the ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted and denotes good features with no shortcomings.

Gwynfryn Primary School received an overall rating of ‘Adequate’ with aspects of ‘Good’ standards also being recognised. The school is proud to instil strong community values into the children’s education which encourages the students to become respectful and active members of not only their small community, but also the wider society.

Unfortunately, there are no secondary schools within the village or in the immediate area. The nearest secondary schools are the Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade Secondary School and Glan-Y-Mor Comprehensive School.

Getting Around

There is currently no public transport system within the village. The closest train station is Kidwelly, located about 5 miles away, where it is possible to get to Swansea in just over 30 minutes. For children attending schools in neighbouring towns, there is a regular school bus service.

Local Shops

Pontyates is home to a few public houses and these provide a warm and relaxed atmosphere for socialising and gathering as a community. There is also a well praised Chinese restaurant as well as a highly recommended fish and chip shop.

The village offers services such as a fire and rescue station, a post office, a local garage and places of worship. There is also a GP Practice in the village, Meddygfa’r, which is situated on the main road between Carmarthen and Llanelli.

For a more extensive range of shops, restaurants and other services, you could take a quick car journey to Carmarthen, a neighbouring town. This county town features several landmarks, a university campus and a new shopping centre with a cinema, department store and restaurants.

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

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