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Plaza feasibility study

Plaza feasibility study

Councillors in Neath Port Talbot have endorsed the development of a feasibility study and business plan for the restoration of the former Plaza cinema complex in Port Talbot.

Members of the Council's Economic and Community Regeneration Cabinet Board agreed proposals which will look at establishing ideas, costs, resources, facilities and funding sources for the listed building which could further enhance the regeneration of the town.

Work has been progressing in Port Talbot to help sustain the town centre and to take advantage of the significant infrastructure projects which are underway or about to start. 

Urban Public Realm work has been undertaken in the town centre and the Research & Development Village is nearing completion on Harbourside.  The £107 million Harbour Way project is due to be opened in October and it is expected that work will start on the new £9.5 million Parkway station later this year.

A feasibility study and business plan will look at specific costs but it is anticipated that any restoration will be in the region of £5 million.

In order to take forward the proposals, it's intended to establish a Plaza Working Group made up of local community groups and elected members.

Neath Port Talbot Council Leader Ali Thomas said: "The Plaza Cinema building is in a very strategic position in the town centre right opposite the railway station.  There is a lot of regeneration work going on in Port Talbot such as Harbourside and Harbour Way so it's important that we look at what is possible to achieve with this iconic building in partnership with the local community."

Beverley Carver, Plaza group secretary, said: " The Plaza steering group has been liaising with the council for the last 18 months, and we are delighted that its future is being considered. We are hoping that the building could be restored to its former glory and that the people of Port Talbot will be able to enjoy the Plaza once again."