People, Places, Business

Glynneath Regeneration

Plans to regenerate Glynneath are moving forward

Councillors in Neath Port Talbot have agreed to establish a steering group to implement a strategy aimed at regenerating the town and the surrounding areas.

The purpose of this group will be to provide co-ordination and leadership for the delivery of the vision, objectives and actions of the Glynneath Regeneration Strategy which was agreed by the Council earlier this year.

The group will include the local county council members, Glynneath Town Council, Blaengwrach Community Council along with representatives from the voluntary and private sectors.

The overall vision is of a sustainable town that offers a high quality of life and takes full advantage of its location. 

One key aim 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.
 
The strategy includes a programme for securing funding for physical improvement and development projects for business workshops, a community campus and potential sites for residential developments. 

Neath Port Talbot Council Leader Ali Thomas said: "Glynneath is a strategically important town to the Neath Valley and the Borough as a whole.  With the support of council officers, this group will ensure that the needs and priorities of Glynneath and surrounding communities are recognised and responded to."

Cllr Robert Parry, Town Mayor said: "The establishment of the Glynneath Regeneration Group is a wonderful opportunity for the town and fully supported by the Town Council. The Group will encourage input into the regeneration of the town from the Town Council and Blaengwrach Community Council as well as other local groups, businesses and organisations. Together we are committed to seeing new investment and facilities in the town that will meet the needs of the communities of the Upper Neath Valley and fully realise the potential of the town."