Location of the Gwynfi ward within
Neath Port Talbot County Borough
|Population||1,362 (2011 census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament|
Gwynfi is bounded by the wards of: Glyncorrwg to the northwest; Treherbert of Rhondda Cynon Taff to the east; Blaengarw of Bridgend county borough to the south; and Cymmer to the west. The northern part of the ward is covered in woodland whereas the south of the ward comprises open moorland.
In June 2018, Labour's Ralph Thomas resigned as councillor. On 16 August 2018, a by-election was held, the electorate turnout was 51.3%. Jane Jones was returned to the seat, having previously been councillor until May 2012. The swing in votes was attributed to a threat from the Labour controlled council to close Cymer Afan School. The results were:
|Jane Jones||Independent||268||Independent Gain|
|Katie Jones||Plaid Cymru||73|
In the 2017 local council elections, the results were:
|Ralph Thomas||Labour||273||Labour hold|
|Ralph Thomas||Labour||502||Labour gain|
- Elizabeth Bradfield (29 August 2018). "School closure plans 'behind huge party swing in by-election'". Wales Online. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
- "Port Talbot elections 2012". Port Talbot Magnet. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2018.