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Glynneath Blueprint Revealed

Glynneath Blueprint Unveiled

Councillors are set to consider a plan which sets out a strategy for the future regeneration of Glynneath town centre and surrounding areas.

Following a study commissioned by Neath Port Talbot Council in February 2012, identifying Glynneath as a key town in the Western Valleys.

The purpose of the report produced by consultants Powell Dobson Urbanists, is to outline a clear vision for co-ordinated Regeneration activity for the town and surrounding area.

Comprehensive consultation with the community and local stakeholders identified issues and opportunities to make the area more vibrant and prosperous.

Recommendations within the plan include improvement projects for the gateways into the town and its centre, as well as a series of developments for Cwmgwrach. 

Specific schemes identified in the proposals include business workshops, a community campus and potential sites for residential developments. 

The overall vision is of a sustainable town that offers a high quality of life and takes full advantage of its location.  One key aims to achieve this is to capitalise on nearby attractions such as the Brecon Beacons National Park and Waterfalls, by establishing Glynneath as a base for tourism.

Part-funded with a £20,000 grant from the Welsh Government, the plan will form the basis for securing further grant funding to implement the identified projects. 

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Ali Thomas said "Glynneath is a strategically important town to the Neath Valley and the Borough as a whole.  This study will assist us to realise its full potential and benefit the people of Glynneath and surrounding communities".