Business Breakfast in Port Talbot
Nearly 100 local businesses and traders attended a business
breakfast today (Tuesday) to hear about plans to revitalise the
town centre in Port Talbot.
Welcoming everyone, Council Leader Ali Thomas, announced that the
Council has been successful in securing a £4 million investment for
the town centre which includes European funding and matchfunding
from the private sector, other agencies and the Council.
He informed the traders that the purpose of the meeting was to
update them on the important projects following the grant
Delegates were shown a presentation from Head of Property and
Regeneration, Gareth Nutt, on all the projects underway and what
plans are in the pipeline for the future of the town centre.
He reassured the businesses that although economic conditions were
extremely tough, much work was still being done by the Council
behind the scenes.
Mr Nutt focussed on the redevelopment opportunities for Harbourside
now that the new Harbour Way was well underway. He also briefed
them on Aberavon Seafront and Port Talbot town centre.
Highlights included the new £7½ million railway station and new
sites being opened up on the dockland area for developers as well
as negotiations going ahead for a research and development village
on the site adjacent to the Justices Centre.
The Council is still looking for opportunities for the Green Park
Thanking everyone for attending, Council Leader, Ali Thomas, said,
"These massive infrastructure projects provide the framework for
further investment and sets the standards for design which the
Council aspires to.
"We recognise that we are in very difficult times but the way
forward for progress is for the Council to work in partnership with
others to realise our joint ambitions.
"The Council is committed to supporting local businesses and the
priority is to protect our town centres so that those businesses
Steve Redmore, Aberavon Shopping Centre Manager, added, "This was a
very productive meeting which businesses in Port Talbot found
informative and useful.
"The agenda was relevant to improvement for the future of trading
in Port Talbot and it was positive to hear what new projects are
"It all means that more shoppers will be attracted to the town
centre which, in turn, can only benefit all the businesses."