People, Places, Business

Neath Parade

Finishing touches made to Neath Parade street improvements

The finishing touches are being made to the £1.4 million facelift of Neath Parade.

Environmental and street scene improvements include new paving, lighting, street furniture, highway resurfacing, traffic management and landscaping works.

The project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, and by the Welsh Government's Western Valleys Regeneration Area initiative.

The scheme has upgraded the pedestrian environment of The Parade, Croft Road and Maes Yr Haf and has complemented recent property improvements in this area, including the Bluebell Hotel, Market Chambers and the Ambassador Hotel.

This area is a key part of the wider regeneration blueprint for Neath, providing a first impression for visitors to the town arriving by train.

The improvements at the Parade follow the many street schemes already completed across the town in Angel Square, Church Place, Green Street and Stockham's corner.

Council Leader Ali Thomas has welcomed the improvements. He said, "This is good news for Neath and continues the Council's commitment to the regeneration of the town centre."

"We want to promote Neath as an attractive place to visit, shop and do business. This work has made the town centre more attractive and more prosperous for local traders."

"Neath has always been a popular place to visit and shop, and residents, businesses and visitors to the town can see progress has been made."

"Following the restoration work at Victoria Gardens and the refurbishment of the Gwyn Hall, I am pleased to see our ambitious plans for Neath coming to fruition."

To assist the regeneration of the town centre, Commercial Property Funding is also available to provide financial assistance to business premises owners and tenants, to improve the external appearance of their commercial premises. 

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 686413.