Pontardawe facelift attracts bakery chain

South Wales Guardian: NEW CHAPTER: Council Leader Cllr Ali Thomas pictured outside Greggs in Herbert Street with employee Leanne Heard. Work on the pavement is starting outside the newly opened shop. NEW CHAPTER: Council Leader Cllr Ali Thomas pictured outside Greggs in Herbert Street with employee Leanne Heard. Work on the pavement is starting outside the newly opened shop.

A FURTHER phase of Pontardawe’s make-over is due to begin.

Supported by grants from the Welsh Government, residents and shoppers have already benefited from improvements to the streetscene and amenities throughout the town and now the fire-damaged toilets, next to the car park, have been repaired and upgraded.

The Arcade link between Herbert Street and the Paradise Car Park has been refurbished and the war memorial stone and plaques have been cleaned.

In addition, the Pontardawe Arts Centre and the One Stop Shop have also been given a facelift.

Now, the final phase of the make-over is set to begin with Neath Port Talbot Council putting the finishing touches to the enhancement works along Herbert Street.

The lower end car park will be upgraded as well as the repaving of the road and walkway. The street lighting will be upgraded and new street furniture will be installed.

A new home will be found for the memorial fountain and the sundial at The Cross.

Neath Port Talbot leader, Ali Thomas said: “Improving town centres such as Pontardawe forms part of our plans for the regeneration of our valley communities”.

He added: “The council is fulfiling its commitment to the people of Pontardawe by creating a distinctive and unique town centre which attracts new investment and brings prosperity to the town and surrounding area”.

The enhancement works in Pontardawe have already helped attract a major investor into the town.

Cllr Thomas added: “Improving the attractiveness of the town centre has surely influenced the decision of Greggs Bakery to locate here. Hopefully, this will encourage other High Street retailers to do likewise.”

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