People, Places, Business

Port Talbot Town Facelift

£2.3m Grant Towards Port Talbot Town Centre Facelift

Neath Port Talbot Council has secured a £2.3 million grant towards a £4 million facelift for the town centre.

View of Station Rd shoppers

Work to improve the public realm in Port Talbot will get underway next week. (Monday 16th April)

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd. have been appointed to carry out the work which will be completed in November this year.

The project has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. 

Neath Port Talbot Council has secured a £2.3 million grant towards a £4 million facelift for the town centre, which includes a Commercial Property Fund that will provide financial assistance to business premises owners and tenants to improve the external appearance of their commercial premises. It also includes a Property Development Fund towards the construction of speculative, commercial developments.

The main feature of the refurbishment will be the renewal of the canopy running along the shop fronts.

The existing structure will remain but will be remodelled and decorated. The curved plastic cover will be removed and replaced with straight panels of laminate glass creating more light and a much more pleasant shopping experience.

To complement the canopy, Station Road and Forge Road are to have new stainless steel and wooden street furniture including benches, tables, bollards, bins and lighting pillars as well as planters and lighting pillars.

The refurbishment will be carried out in phases and every effort will be made to reduce disruption to businesses.

"The existing canopy is outdated and in need of significant repair," says Gareth Nutt, Head of Property & Regeneration.

"This design of replacing the discoloured curved sheeting with modern sheet glazing will provide a brighter pedestrianised area, be less obtrusive, but will still keep the weather protection.

"New, modern street furniture will complement the refurbished canopy and will improve the streetscene in the town, making it much more attractive and welcoming for shoppers.

"I would also encourage businesses and shop owners who want to improve their shop frontages and business premises to contact the Council to see if we can support them financially to undertake the work with the help of the European funded Commercial Property Fund."

For more information on the Commercial Property Fund contact Clare Hale on (01639) 686245.