People, Places, Business

Major funding boost

Major funding boost for Port Talbot Town Centre

Regeneration work in Port Talbot has received another major boost, with funding of over £9.64m secured by Neath Port Talbot Council from the Welsh Government's Vibrant and Viable Places programme.

Artiost Impression of new Port Talbot Parkway Statio

The Council's bid comprised a number of projects to be delivered working alongside key partners, including town centre housing developments providing mixed tenure and affordable housing; Parkway Integrated Transport Hub; Plaza Arts and Cultural Centre; an Employability Centre in Water Street; and new links connecting the town with the surrounding area.

Further discussions with the Welsh Government will determine the final package of projects to be approved as part of a major programme of housing-led regeneration for the centre of Port Talbot.

The work will seek to transform the living and working environment of the town centre, and link with the recent mixed use development at Harbourside; new developments on Aberafan Seafront; and ongoing regeneration activities underway in the adjacent Sandfields and Aberavon Communities First areas.

The Council will also be looking to maximise local employment benefits through the delivery of the programme, continuing the work which led to over 40 local people gaining jobs during the construction of nearby Harbour Way.

Welcoming the announcement Council Leader, Cllr Ali Thomas, said: "This is again fantastic news for the residents and businesses of Port Talbot and surrounding areas. This funding will enable a programme of development which will build on other recent successes such as the completion of Harbour Way, the first phase of the town's Harbourside quarter and the redevelopment of the Parkway station".

"There is now real momentum behind our regeneration programme for the county borough, and whilst this remains a very tough time for local councils financially, we are committed to securing the necessary funding to deliver our vision for a prosperous and attractive Neath Port Talbot".

"The programme will bring about a genuine transformation of the town, ensuring Port Talbot plays a major role in the future of the Swansea Bay City Region".