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
"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.