Posted: Wed 17th Feb 2016

Riverside project to put green space into Green Park

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Feb 17th, 2016

The transformation of the old Green Park industrial area in Port Talbot is underway with the creation of a new Riverside Walk and Park. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Artists impression of Riverside Walk and Park ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The first phase of the imaginative scheme is expected to be complete by April and the second phase will be launched later in the year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The project is part of the extensive Vibrant and Viable Places Regeneration Programme in Port Talbot which will see over £30million invested in a wide range of schemes. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Neath Port Talbot Council secured £10.1million funding from the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) programme to undertake a number of Regeneration projects in the town centre, working alongside key partners. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The aim of the programme is to create more diversified areas that encourage people to live and work in town centres, and not focus solely on its retail provision. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The work to create Riverside Walk and Park is being carried out by contractors Afan Landscapes, a local company which actually started life in the very area they are now improving. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The scheme includes a footpath, seating area, new planting and environmental improvements over a wide area. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The aim is to improve what had become a derelict industrial area and provide new pedestrian links with retail and transport areas and the new residential area currently under construction at Green Park. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Providing green space in what was formerly a run-down industrial area is vital to the overall success of the regeneration programme and will improve the public perception of one of the oldest areas of Aberavon. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr. Ali Thomas OBE said: “Riverside Walk will provide a green oasis in what had become an increasingly derelict area. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The scheme together with the new housing being built on Green Park will transform the area, creating a pleasant place for people and relax and an additional link to the town centre.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Communities Minister, Lesley Griffiths, said: “We want communities across Wales to be vibrant places to live, work and socialise in. This is why I am pleased the Welsh Government has been able to provide regeneration funding of over £10 million to help transform Port Talbot. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I look forward to seeing the results of the work underway at the old Green Park industrial area to create a new riverside walk and park. This latest project follows the completion of improvements at Station Road and Harbour Walk, which are transforming the town and making Port Talbot a more pleasant and inviting place to live and work.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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