People, Places, Business

Pontardawe Regeneration

Pontardawe Regeneration Phase Two Complete

THE second phase of the £725,000 make-over of Pontardawe is complete.

Supported by a grant from the Welsh Government's Strategic Regeneration Area fund (SRA), residents and shoppers are benefiting from improved parking facilities, new street furniture, signs and lighting at the Cross and along Herbert and Holly Street.

The fire damaged toilets next to the car park have been repaired and upgraded, the Arcade link between Herbert Street and the Paradise Car Park has been refurbished and the war memorial stone and plaques have been cleaned.

In addition, The Pontardawe Arts Centre and the One Stop Shop have had a lick of paint and given a new lease of life.

Neath Port Talbot Council leader Ali Thomas said improving Pontardawe Town Centre forms part of our plans under the Western Valleys Strategic Regeneration Area.  

He said: "I'm delighted to see the regeneration of Pontardawe moving forward thanks to our success in securing external funding.
"The latest phase of improvements ties in with the first phase of works carried out on Herbert Street.

"The Council is fulfilling its commitment to the people of Pontardawe by creating a distinctive and unique town centre which attracts new investment and brings prosperity to the town and surrounding communities."

To date, Pontardawe has benefited from the demolition of the former Motorworld shop site, which has been redeveloped into an attractive focal point in the town, and improvement works were carried out at the Square and around the Pontardawe Arts Centre.

The Council is now working behind the scenes to secure further grant funding to carry out phase three of the planned work in the town, which will also see a new home being found for the memorial fountain and the sundial at the Cross.

Councillor Thomas added: "The Council is keen to continue with its plans to further enhance the town centre and will continue to seek additional grant funding to ensure the plans for the town are brought to fruition."