Regeneration Newsletter

The Changing Face of Port Talbot

Work to improve the public realm in Port Talbot is now underway with Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd being 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.


The funding package 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 which can assist towards the construction costs of business and commercial premises.

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, bollards, bins, planters, lighting pillars and cycle stands. 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 "The existing canopy is outdated and in need of significant repair," says Gareth Nutt, Head of Property & Regeneration.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 street scene 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."

Learn more about the plans for Port Talbot

Come along to our Information Drop in Day On: Wednesday, 30th May, 2012

Upstairs at the Aberafan Shopping Centre

Call in any time between 3pm & 6pm

It will be an opportunity to ask questions and see artist impressions of how the work will change the face of Port Talbot.

Commercial Property Fund

Before and After: 33 Station Road, Port Talbot


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Commercial Property Fund:

Gemma Nesbitt - 01639 686413

Port Talbot Canopy Refurbishment & Street Works:

Lindsey Williams - 01639 686411

Regeneration Team, The Quays, Brunel Way, Baglan Energy Park,

Briton Ferry, SA11 2GG.