A £4 million facelift for the town centre will include refurbishment of the shop front
canopy in Station Road as part of the plan.
Neath Port Talbot Council has secured a £1.1 million European grant
towards the renovation.
A major feature of the refurbishment will be the renewal of the canopy
running along the shop fronts. The new look will improve the
street scene in the town and make it more attractive and welcoming
for shoppers whatever the weather, according to a council spokesperson.
The existing structure will remain but will be remodelled and decorated.
The curved plastic cover will be removed and replaced with straight
panels of laminate glass letting in more light and creating a more pleasant
To complement the canopy, Station Road and Forge Road will have
new stainless steel and wooden street furniture including benches, tables,
bollards, bins and lighting pillars as well as planters and balustrading to
the river bank.
The refurbishment will be carried out in phases and efforts will be
made to reduce disruption to businesses, says the council.
due to go out in February, and the work is expected to start in early April
with the expectation it would be finished by Christmas.