Month: December 2020

FREE CHRISTMAS PARKING IN NEATH

FREE CHRISTMAS PARKING IN NEATH

You can park in Neath for FREE from Saturday 12th December 2020 until and including 1st January 2021 in the pay and display town centre car parks.

What a fantastic reason to support your local shops, stay local, shop local.

Not only do all our independently owned shops need your support all the big nationals need you too!

Please make sure that if you can get it in Neath – GET IT IN NEATH

Neath Inspired are grateful to Neath Port Talbot Council for providing the FREE CAR PARKING once again this year.

 

 

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Construction Begins on Neath Town Centre Redevelopment

Building work has begun on the multi-million pound Neath Town Centre redevelopment scheme.

The project will deliver a major leisure, wellbeing, shopping and learning zone for Neath’s town centre featuring a swimming pool, gym, health suite, retail floorspace and a modern library.

The scheme, being built by construction firm Kier, is designed to have a major beneficial impact on the town centre, increasing sustainability, vitality and footfall.

It will also drive the recovery of the town centre post COVID-19, bringing new uses into the centre of Neath to increase vibrancy and visitor numbers helping the delivery of a commercially viable redevelopment at a time of uncertainty for Britain’s traditional town centres.

The Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr Rob Jones, said: “This redevelopment will bring new activities and investment to the town centre, strengthening its commercial core and supporting more people to lead a healthy lifestyle while improving wellbeing facilities for the town and surrounding areas.

“The swimming pool, health suite, gym and library will attract many thousands of additional people into the heart of the town centre, including many families, every week.

“We look forward to welcoming them.”

The following floorspace will be created by the redevelopment:

  • Commercial / retail units (6) – 1,354 square metres.
    • Leisure Centre – swimming pool, gym, health suite – 5,631 square metres.
    • Library – 600 square metres.
    • High quality public space.

Construction is due for completion by Kier at the end of April 2022.

The scheme is being part funded by The Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns fund.

Chairman of Neath Inspired BID, Robert Williams said “The starting of work on the new development has been enthusiastically received by businesses in Neath. They consider that locating a state-of-the-art leisure centre as the main anchor for the development is both an innovative and commercial solution to regenerating Neath town centre. It will bring increased footfall and catalyse new investment by way of new shops that will add to the diverse retail mix that already exists in town.”

The Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn said of the Neath Town Centre project: “The regeneration of Neath Town Centre is a prime of example of how we are supporting and securing the future of Welsh towns through our Transforming Towns programme.

“This project will not only boost sustainability, footfall and economic growth but will have a beneficial impact on the wellbeing of the local community. I look forward to seeing the redevelopment when it is complete.”

ERF Restrictions Business Fund

 

ERF Restrictions Business Fund

Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. This may lead to applications not being appraised after they have been submitted if the fund is fully committed.

On the 30 November the First Minister announced a £340m package of support directed primarily at the hospitality, tourism and related supply chain sectors.

The purpose of the fund is to support businesses into the new year with cash flow support to help them survive the economic consequences of the restrictions put in place.

Hospitality businesses who received the Lockdown Business Grant in October via their Local Authority will begin receiving payments via the ERF Restriction Fund into their back account during December. These businesses will not be required to re-register their details.

For all other eligible businesses to receive any of the ERF Restrictions Fund, businesses will need to register their details, as well as making a short on-line application to their respective local authority for the discretionary elements. These payments will start to reach businesses in January.
The fund consists of two separate grants:

ERF Restrictions Business Fund:

The ERF Restrictions Business Fund will provide the following financial assistance:

  • Businesses in the hospitality sectors that are in receipt of Small Business rate relief (SBRR) and have a rateable value of £12,000 or less will be eligible for a £3,000 payment. Tourism, leisure, retail and supply chain business qualifying for SBRR will also be eligible for this support if they have greater than 40% reduction in turnover during the restriction period.
  • Hospitality businesses with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000 being eligible for a £5,000 payment if they are forced to close. Tourism, leisure, retail and supply chain business in the same rateable value bracket will also be eligible for this support if they have greater than 40% reduction in turnover during the restriction period.
  • Hospitality businesses with a rateable value between £51,001 and £150,000 being eligible for a £5,000 payment if impacted by the restrictions. Tourism and leisure businesses in the same rateable value bracket will also be eligible for this support if they have greater than 40% reduction in turnover during the restriction period.

How to access the ERF Restrictions Fund:

Businesses must be on the non-domestic rates (NDR) rating list for their local authority on 1 September.

Hospitality businesses who received the Lockdown Business Grant in October via their Local Authority will begin receiving payments via the ERF Restriction Fund into their bank account during December. These businesses will not be required to re-register their details.

For all other eligible businesses to receive any of the ERF Restrictions Fund, businesses will need to register their details, as well as making a short on-line application to their respective local authority for the discretionary elements. These payments will start to reach businesses in January.

Business will be able to access the registration and application process to access the funding through the Business Wales and Local Authority websites. Further details on the process will be published shortly.

ERF Restrictions Discretionary Grant

 

  • Local authorities will continue delivering the Lockdown Discretionary Grant to businesses that are materially impacted.  As was the case for the Firebreak, this will continue to be targeted at businesses that are not on the non-domestic rates (NDR) system and therefore not eligible for the NDR linked grants. The grant level for this strand would be set at eligible costs of up to £2,000 per business.
  • This will provide support to sub VAT sole traders without a property who are materially impacted (>40% reduced turnover) as a result of the restrictions, e.g. cleaners providing services to the hospitality industry.
  • Application for the grant can be accessed by visiting the relevant local authority website, or via the Business Wales website.

You are not eligible for this grant if:

  • You are eligible for, or have received a Non-Domestic Rate Grant from your Local Authority
  • If you have 50 or more employees
  • If the business generated less than 50% of your income, the business must be your main source of income.

Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. This may lead to applications not being appraised after they have been submitted if the fund is fully committed.