Neath Town Centre Regeneration
Neath Town centre redevelopment is a key part of the Council’s
overall regeneration strategy, working to make the County Borough
an attractive place to live, visit and do business. For their part
the Council and its partners have been proactive in developing
Neath’s physical and commercial environment over recent years.
Major regeneration work is taking place
as part of a retail-led redevelopment.
The first phase of the redevelopment started in Summer 2014.
This phase will include a new 600 space multi-storey car park
providing a modern well lit, spacious and secure facility for
people using the town centre.
Kier Construction are currently
on site and finalising their site preparation works with
hoardings and assembly of their office and welfare facilities.
Preparations are also underway for the demolition of the
Magistrate's Court building, which will start this month and should
be completed by the end of September. Excavation and piling work
for the new multi-storey car park and retail unit are due to start
soon. The next visible construction milestone will be the erection
of the new steel frames later this year. The existing
multi-storey car park will remain in place until the new facility
has been built. The first 24,000 sq.ft. retail unit will be
constructed alongside the car park.
To supplement this work, funding has been secured to undertake
improvements to the public space including new paving,
lighting, street furniture and landscaping.
The Council has rebuilt this much loved
historic building into a truly modern arts and cultural venue which
will inspire generations to come. The new Gwyn Hall incorporates a
traditional auditorium theatre, 3D digital cinema, multipurpose
studio as well as a café-bistro and interval bar. There are
facilities for conferences and other corporate events.
Business Improvement District
Neath Port Talbot Council has been successful
in securing Welsh Government funding to develop plans for a
Business Improvement District (BID) in Neath Town Centre. The Welsh
Government is supporting the development of additional BIDs in
Wales as part of its commitment to encourage economic development
and to deliver its new regeneration framework, Vibrant and Viable
Once established, a BID delivers a
sustainable financial model to a defined geographical area where
businesses have voted to invest collectively in local improvements,
in addition to those delivered by statutory authorities.
Bringing together local businesses and other partners, BID's have
proved to be an effective structure for improving the trading
environments and profitability of towns and cities around the
world. Used in areas as diverse as Merthyr Tydfil and Manhatten,
BIDs are developed, managed and paid for by the commercial sector
by means of a BID levy to fund physical environmental
Consultants were appointed
in February 2014 have begun working with the local business
community in order to make the decision on whether the
BID proposal will be progressed to a formal delivery
stage. The local authority, on behalf of the local BID group,
submitted the initial feasibility report to the Welsh
Government in July and are currently awaiting a decision on whether
the group will be allowed to progress to campaign and ballot
Neath Town Centre Consortium
A town centre consortium has been
recently established, working in partnership with local businesses
and other stakeholders to ensure the success of the town centre as
The objectives of the consortium have
been set out as follows:
1) Enhance Communication &
Knowledge amongst stakeholders regarding developments in Neath Town
2) Ensure efficient Promotion,
Marketing, Research and Customer Service in Neath Town Centre.
3) Ensure Neath Town Centre improves
and capitalises upon the existing resources – events, attractions,
arts, culture, history, sports, retail, heritage & history.
For further information on how you can
get involved with the consortium, email Gemma Nesbitt on firstname.lastname@example.org .