Work is progressing on the new Community Enterprise Centre in Croeserw, which is due to open its doors to the public in September.
The facility, which has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, will provide flexible accommodation for community enterprises and small start up businesses.
It will also include a wide range of community facilities such as a dedicated youth and IT training area and two workshops for construction skills and hair and beauty training courses.
The centre is being built on the former Rhiw Lech View site and is being constructed by Andrew Scott Ltd.
Upon completion of the new centre the current community centre will be demolished and the land will be landscaped as public open space with new footpaths, tree and shrub planting and a children’s play area.
Neath Port Talbot Council has secured further grant funding from the European Regional Development Fund towards the cost of a landscaping project to enhance the appearance of the Afan Valley village.
The work will include landscaping in various locations around the village which will enhance the street scene and existing facilities.
Councillor Ali Thomas, leader of the council, said: “This centre will be a great boost to the village offering small business units and a much needed social and meeting place for local people”.
The centre will have a cafe and catering facility that will be available for lease by an existing business or a new social enterprise.