Pontypridd Town Council is a Community Council, which is able to refer to itself as a Town Council given its status as an authority which covers a number of wards across the town of Pontypridd.
The Town Council came into being from the Urban District Council in 1972 under Local Government Organisation. The Council at this time had ownership of both the crematorium and Ynysangharad War Memorial Park. Since 1972 a number of the town councils responsibilities have been transferred to Rhondda Cynon Taff.
The Pontypridd Town Council covers the area from Treforest Industrial Estate to Cilfynydd to Glyncoch to part of Trehafod. There are in excess of 30,000 residents within this area and as such Pontypridd Town Council is one of the largest Community Councils in Wales.
The Town Council has 23 Councillors representing the various wards within the authority and the Council itself is responsible for a wide number of services within the area including bus shelters, allotments, seats, open spaces, Pontypridd Museum and Taff Meadow Community Centre to name but a few. The Town Council is also responsible for the Christmas lights within Pontypridd, the August Transport Parade through the Town and the Remembrance Sunday Parade.
The Town Council is headed by a Town Mayor who is elected annually in May (or June during an election year). The Town Mayor is the Civic Head of Pontypridd and during his or her term of office will attend many functions and events through the area.
Whilst the Town Council is small in size it is large in terms of its influence and impact on the town and works in partnership with many organisations including Rhondda Cynon Taff, the University of Glamorgan and the Town Forum.
Being at grass roots level it is able to act as a springboard for public opinion to the larger unitary authority and has a statuary right to comment on planning issues.
The Town Council always welcomes the views of residents in respect of its services and responsibilities, which can be addressed to the Civic Office.