No council candidate for Bryncrug

Villagers living in a remote part of Gwynedd have spoken of their disappointment that nobody has put themselves forward as candidates for the local elections in May.

Bryncrug's current councillor Arwel Pierce is standing down next month, and no one has put themselves forward as a potential replacement.

It's a real shame. We're going to miss out now. Who's going to stand up for us and our issues?"

– Iau Thomas, villager

Many locals are upset their primary Ysgol Bryncrug is being closed, with the 37 pupils moving to a new school in Llanegryn costing £5.4million.

Beth Lawton, chair of the school governors, said news that nobody would stand up for local issues at a local authority level was "very disappointing". She had considered standing herself.

"We can confirm that no candidates have been nominated for the Brycrug/Llanfihangel ward. In accordance with the Representation of the People Act 1983, a by-elecition to fill the vacancy will be held in due course."

– Gwynedd Council spokesperson