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
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
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."