People, Places, Business

Port Talbot's £4m Facelift

Port Talbot's £4m facelift complete

THE finishing touches have been made to the £4m facelift of Port Talbot Town Centre.

The outdated shop front canopy along the Westside of the pedestrian area at Station Road has been replaced with new remodelled modern straight panels of laminated glass.

Complemented by the new, modern street furniture the canopy has improved the street scene and is making the area more attractive and welcoming for shoppers and visitors.

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

Leader of the Council Ali Thomas said shoppers and visitors to Port Talbot are reaping the rewards of the project.
 
He said: "The public realm has really been  brought into the 21st Century. The canopy opens up the view along the street and complements the new street furniture which was installed in September.

"The Council is committed to working with traders to make Station Road a more attractive and welcoming area for shoppers and visitors alike."
 
Neath Port Talbot Council secured a £2.3 million grant towards the £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 Leader is urging local shop owners to take advantage of the funding available to improve their properties.

He said: "I would 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 the Regeneration Team on 01639 686653.