Torfaen

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Torfaen County Borough
Bwrdeistref Sirol Torfaen
Wales Torfaen locator map.svg
Geography
Aurie
- Total
- % Watter
Ranked 20t
126 km²
0 %
Admeen HQ Pontypool
ISO 3166-2 GB-TOF
ONS code 00PM
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2010 est.)
- Density
 
Ranked 17th
90,500
Ranked 3rd
718 / km²
Ethnicity 99.2% White.
Welsh language
- Ony skills
Ranked 19t
14.5%
Politics
Torfaen County Borough Council
http://www.torfaen.gov.uk/
Control Labour
MP
AM

Torfaen is a coonty burgh in Wales athin the historic bundaries o Monmouthshire. It wis oreeginally formit in 1974 as a destrict o the coonty o Gwent an in 1996 it wis reconstitutit as a unitary authority.

Education[eedit | eedit soorce]

Seicontary schuils in the aurie are:

Further education, vocational trainin an some heicher education is providit at the Ponytpool Campus o Coleg Gwent, umwhile Pontypool College.

Etymology[eedit | eedit soorce]

The meanin o Torfaen in Welsh is brak-stein, an the name refers tae the river that flowes throu the coonty burgh frae its source in Blaenavon. The river in quaisten is nou kent as the Afon Lwyd ("gray river").

Location[eedit | eedit soorce]

Torfaen borders the ceety o Newport tae the sooth, the coonty o Monmouthshire tae the east an the coonty burghs o Caerphilly an Blaenau Gwent tae the wast an north-wast.

Aurie characteristics[eedit | eedit soorce]

The aurie haes a population o aroond 91,000. Hintle o the soothren pairts o the coonty burgh are nou urbanisit aroond the Cwmbran new toun conurbation. The north o the coonty burgh is greener an retains vast acres o kintraside, especially on the route tae Blaenavon.

The admeenistrative centre is Pontypool in the centre o the coonty burgh. Maist o the admeenistration o Torfaen County Borough Council is conductit frae the Civic Centre here, although facilities at the Coonty Haw in Cwmbran are shared wi Monmouthshire County Council.

Local landmarks[eedit | eedit soorce]

Torfaen, although a relatively sma aurie, haes a number o notable landmarks:

Pontypool Park[eedit | eedit soorce]

Main article: Pontypool Park
  • Pontypool Park is the name given tae the umwhile principal residence o Pontypool (nou a seicontary schuil) an the 160-acre (0.65 km2) pairk that surroonds it. The pairk contains Pontypool Leisure Centre an sports facilities an is the hame o Pontypool RFC. The pairk includes a folly, shell grotto an ornamental ponds. Hintle o the aurie is given tae firthland but there is extensive open grassland. The American Gardens wur open tae the public in 2008, efter being closed tae visitors for mony years, an a restoration project is unnerway. Torfaen County Borough Council is currently mappin aw the trees frae the pairk tae remuive an then replant the dyin an diseased trees.[1]

Cwmbran Shopping Centre[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Cwmbran Shopping Centre is advertisit as the seicont lairgest unner-cover shopping centre in Wales. The centre includes mony familiar heich-street stores.

Blaenavon Booktown[eedit | eedit soorce]

Main article: Blaenavon
  • The umwhile minin town o Blaenavon in the northern part of the county borough is now a recognised UNESCO Warld Heritage Steid.

Politics[eedit | eedit soorce]

Torfaen is historically a safe Labour Pairty seat. At present the MP is Paul Murphy. Constituents in Croesyceiliog North, Croesyceiliog South, Llanyrafon North an Llanyrafon South wairds are servit bi the Monmouth MP, Conservative David Davies. Torfaen is a Welsh Assembly Govrenment constituency an aw, presidit ower bi Labour AM, Lynne Neagle.

In local elections on 1 Mey 2008, the Labour majority o Torfaen County Borough Council failed tae win 16 o its 34 seats an lost owerall control. Housomeivver, a greement wis reached wi Plaid Cymru an twa independent members tae maintain a stable regime wi Labour control.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Torfaen man's bid to make map of trees". South Wales Argus. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 

Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]

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Coordinates: 51°07′N 3°05′W / 51.117°N 3.083°W / 51.117; -3.083