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Glynneath Regeneration Funding

Glynneath to benefit from £360,000 regeneration funding

Plans to regenerate Glynneath are gathering momentum as Neath Port Talbot Council secures £360,000 to regenerate the town.

Glynneath Regeneration

The Council’s Upper Neath Valley Regeneration Strategy identifies Glynneath as a key town in the Western Valleys Regeneration Area. The overall vision for Glynneath is of a town that offers a high quality of life and takes full advantage of its location.

The funding from the Welsh Government’s Western Valleys Regeneration Area initiative will be used for projects in and around the town centre.

Glynneath town square will see enhancement works to improve the appearance and accessibility of the town centre.

Another project prioritised for funding is the acquisition and improvement of Riverside car park, a town centre car park at the bottom of Oddfellows Street.

Some of the funding will also go towards a study to identify options for the redevelopment of the Trem Y Glyn site.

The Council has worked with the Glynneath Regeneration Group to identify and develop these projects.

The Glynneath Regeneration Group brings together members from Neath Port Talbot Council, Glynneath Town Council, Blaengwrach Community Council and representatives from the voluntary and private sectors.

The Group has been established to provide leadership and co-ordination for the delivery of the vision, objectives and actions of the Glynneath regeneration programme.

Neath Port Talbot Council’s Head of Property and Regeneration, Gareth Nutt, said: “This funding announcement is a major boost for Glynneath and the surrounding communities. Glynneath is a strategically important town in the Neath Valley. The Council is committed to its valleys communities and we will continue to work hard to secure further funding for other projects in the regeneration programme to fully realise the potential of this part of the County Borough.”

Housing and Regeneration Minister Carl Sargeant said “Towns like Glynneath are the lifeblood of valley communities across South Wales. The £360,000 the Welsh Government is investing in Glynneath will revitalise the appearance of the town and will do much to improve facilities in the town centre.”

Janice Jenkins, Chair of the Glynneath Regeneration Group said: “This funding is excellent news for the people of Glynneath. Both areas earmarked are central to the improvement of the town and hopefully this will only be the start of the regeneration of the area.”

Work is expected to start in March.