Business Breakfast

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.

Leader of the Council, Councillor A.H. Thomas

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 announcement.

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 area.

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 can thrive."

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 being planned.

"It all means that more shoppers will be attracted to the town centre which, in turn, can only benefit all the businesses."