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THE three candidates who want to represent Penrhiwceiber on Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have been confirmed.

The by-election for the seat is taking place after the seat was declared vacant by the full council because of the non-attendance at a council meeting for more than six months of Gavin Williams who previously held the seat for the Cynon Valley Party.

Mr Williams is standing again for the seat but this time as an independent and said he did not wish to comment at the moment.

The other two candidates are Daniel Allen for Plaid Cymru and Ross Williams for Labour.

Mr Allen said:

“Despite the optimism and resilience shown by local people, it is not good enough that Penrhiwceiber remains one of the most deprived wards in Wales.

“I do not underestimate the challenge in fighting for fair shares of council investment in schemes and projects that will improve the quality of life for so many.”

“If I am elected I will insist that the people of Perthcelyn, Miskin and Penrhiwceiber are asked what their priorities are so that the road to recovery post-Covid is focussed, meaningful and makes up for the lost time.”

Mr Williams, the Labour candidate, was born and raised in Penrhiwceiber like his family and lives there with his wife and two children.

He works as an aircraft engineer for GE Aviation and is also a shop steward and a branch equalities representative for the Unite union.

Outside of work, he is an ambassador volunteer for Llamau, the young people and women’s homelessness charity, and he has also given his time volunteering with the Cynon Valley Foodbank and as a community volunteer during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since 2016, he has co-organised and run the Santa Appeal, providing thousands of presents to local children in conjunction with RCT Council to ensure that no child goes with a present at Christmas.

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