People, Places, Business

Port Talbot Town Centre

Port Talbot Town Centre Work Progress

THE £4m project to give the Port Talbot public realm a make-over is moving into its second phase.

Contractor Alun Griffiths Ltd has installed much of the new stainless steel and timber street furniture and the refurbishment of the outdated shop canopy along Station Road has begun.

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

The project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. 

Neath Port Talbot Council 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.

Neath Port Talbot Council leader Ali Thomas said shoppers and residents are already reaping the benefits of the make-over.

He said: "The public realm is really being brought into the 21st Century. The new street furniture has made a real impact on the area and once the canopies have been refurbished the area will be much more attractive and welcoming for visitors.

"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 scheme."

Work is due to be completed by November 9, in time for the festive period.

For more information on the Commercial Property Grant scheme contact the regeneration section on 01639 686653.