Neath Port Talbot

Neath Port Talbot County Borough

Bwrdeistref Sirol Castell-nedd Port Talbot
Coat of arms of Neath Port Talbot County Borough
Coat of arms
Location of Neath Port Talbot County Borough
Admin HQPort Talbot
Largest townPort Talbot
Government
 • TypeNeath Port Talbot County Borough Council
 • ControlLabour
 • MPsStephen Kinnock, Labour (Aberavon)
Christina Rees, Labour (Neath)
 • AMsDavid Rees, Labour (Aberavon)
Jeremy Miles, Labour (Neath)
Area
 • Total442 km2 (171 sq mi)
Area rankRanked 11th
Population
(2017)
 • Total142,100
 • RankRanked 9th
 • Density321/km2 (830/sq mi)
 • Density rankRanked 12th
 • Ethnicity
97.9% White
1.0% South Asian
0.8% Oriental
0.3% Other
Welsh language
 • RankRanked 9th
 • Any skills28.8%
Geocode00NZ (ONS)
W06000012 (GSS)
ISO 3166 codewww.neath-porttalbot.gov.uk

Neath Port Talbot (Welsh: Castell-nedd Port Talbot) is a county borough and one of the unitary authority areas of Wales. Neath Port Talbot is the eighth most populous local authority area in Wales and the third most populous county borough. The actual population taken at the 2011 census was 139,812.[1] The coastal areas are mainly English-speaking, however there are many Welsh-speaking communities in the Valleys to the north of the borough.

The county borough borders the other principal areas of Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taff to the east, Powys and Carmarthenshire to the north and Swansea to the west. Its principal towns are Neath, Port Talbot and Pontardawe.

Geography

The local authority area stretches from the coast to the borders of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The majority of land is upland or semi-upland in character, and 43% is covered by forestry with major conifer plantations in upland areas. Most of the lower lying flat land is near the coast around Port Talbot. An extensive dune system stretches along much of the coast, broken by river mouths and areas of development.[2] The upland areas are cut by five valleys: Vale of Neath, Dulais Valley, Afan Valley, Swansea Valley, Upper Amman Valley.[3]

Modern settlement patterns reflect the industrial history of the area, with urban development along the flatter areas of the valleys and some parts of the coast. The largest town is Neath with a population of 47,020, followed by Port Talbot (35,633), Briton Ferry (7,186), Pontardawe (5,035), and Glynneath (4,368). The majority of the population live in the coastal plain around Port Talbot and the land around the River Neath in the vicinity of Neath. Much of the larger towns in the borough lie within the Swansea Urban Area.

Neath Port Talbot County Borough (shaded brown) is at the western end of the South Wales valleys.
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