Forthcoming Investment for Neath



Gareth Nutt Director for the Environment Neath Port Talbot Council

Up-date to Neath Inspired Marketing & Accessibility Meeting Monday 17th September 2018

Gareth made positive comments on the diversity of Neath town centre and its low vacancy rate at around 8.9%, almost half the average rate in Wales.  Privately developed A3 café bars are helping to enhance the town centre offer and increase reasons to visit.

NPT Council have been active in investing in the fabric of the town grant aiding Café 46 and the Plaza Café and other businesses with development grants.

He commented on the successful partnership working between the BID and the Local Authority in providing parking initiatives including free parking, after 3.00pm, every day, on the third floor of the Multi-storey Car Park and free parking after 10.00am on key seasonal event days.

Gareth went on to confirm that town centres were a priority both for the Council and the Welsh Government. He outlined some of the forthcoming initiatives and funding streams that were announced in 2018 by Alun Davies, Cabinet Secretary in the Welsh Government, naming Neath as one of the seven valleys strategic hubs. The “Our Valley Our Futures”* project will help NPT Council fund several economic regeneration projects.

NPT Council are currently:

  • Negotiating to buy the Crown Packaging site*, the former Metal Box Factory, to provide local jobs.
  • Planning to up-grade Neath Railway Station, the project will be to create a better, modern interface with the town centre.
  • Planning to refurbish No.3 Wind Street to develop a start-up hub for businesses.
  • Progress the WG initiative: Homes as Power Stations to deal with fuel poverty and carbon issues.
  • Are re-locating NPT Council Social Services employees into the town centre, having purchased the ex-County Court Building next to the Police Station.
  • Negotiating a Property Enhancement and Regeneration Grant, which will be Welsh Government funded, to up-grade town centre properties.

Also announced:

  • Global Centre of Rail Excellence preferred site in Onllwyn /Nant Helen at the top of the Dulais Valley.

On the physical regeneration agenda Gareth outlined the Boots Yard development.


Coastal Housing Group will be on site early next year, having received planning permission for a new development consisting of a 3-storey mixed use block comprising 5 units of ground floor commercial with 12 residential units above with associated changes to the existing service yard access and configuration of the public realm.

Gareth went on to explain that the Neath Town Centre Retail Scheme* for the ex-Tesco/Wilco site had been approved with Kier appointed to undertake the next phase under a design and build contract.


Kier* will now start work on detailed designs for the main retail project as part of a planning application for the second phase of the town centre re-development scheme.

There will be enabling/surveying activity on site during October and November.

Currently there are no firm commitments from potential retail stores who do not commit to “off plan” developments, however, commercial letting agents have confirmed that there is potential demand.

*Information from Our Valleys, Our Future Progress report 2018 One Year On

“A £500,000 town centre loan, in addition to an earlier £1m loan, will support regeneration in Neath Port Talbot, as part of the Welsh Government’s commitment to creating prosperity in Valleys communities. Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council is seeking to use the loan funds to acquire key sites close to Neath town centre to support major regeneration programmes. The council intends to develop derelict or under-used buildings and sites to provide residential, commercial and employment opportunities. The Town Centre Loan Fund is designed to help bring empty, underused sites and premises in town centres back into use. It supports activities that increase footfall in town centres, tackle empty sites and help businesses to grow and prosper. Once loans are repaid, the money is used again to fund new loans up to a 15-year period.”




* Approval of the Neath Town Centre Retail Scheme 


*Crown Packaging Site

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Footfall Counting in Neath Town Centre



Starting in April this year Springboard footfall counters have been monitoring footfall in Neath Town Centre. 

The count is made on a line drawn between the corner of Holland & Barret and the corner of the Card Centre in Neath Town Square.

The count is for both way movements across the line.

The count is for one central location, however, pro rata comparisons can be made by businesses for other areas of the town.

BID Businesses that do not already receive this data should email  to be added to the emailing list

The above graph shows footfall recorded by the hour, week commencing Monday 13th August 2018

Footfall by Day, week commencing Monday 13th August 2018

Footfall by Week commencing Monday 2nd February 2018 showing increased footfall  for the Neath Inspired sponsored event dates.

 [Great Guitar Gig 26th & 27th May, Comedy Festival Launch 30th June & Music Festival 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th July]


Neath Real Ale & Cider Festival – Best So Far!


Neath Real Ale and Cider Festival appeals to everyone,  family, friends for fun and laughter. The festival goers benefited from super weather to make this year’s event the best so far.

With 29 ales, 9 ciders and plenty of prosecco on offer in the town hall it was an event that everyone could enjoy. All the cafes and bars joined in the celebrations and made it a day to remember.

Free Parking allowed shoppers to participate too.

The Neath Inspired, Town Council, Neath Port Talbot Borough Council and the Wave & Swansea Sound all worked together to put on this much acclaimed event, with people travelling from Llanelli, Port Talbot, Merthyr,  Bridgend and other towns specially for the event.

Music Festival & Free Parking Boosts Footfall. Up 26%

The first Neath Music Festival together with free car parking after 10am in the town centre pay & display car parks boosted footfall over  four days by 26% [week on week comparison].

Both traders and the public alike made very positive comments on the lively & friendly ambience that Neath was  providing to visitors and shoppers.

The music festival took place at three different locations through the town providing over 100 hours of music.

Footfall for the week was 104,578 counted by our Springboard footfall counters recording the highest numbers of people in town since counting began.

Neath Real Ale & Cider Festival 2018

Neath Real Ale & Cider Festival 2018
Friday 20th & Saturday 21st July with FREE Parking after 10am in all town centre Pay & Display Car Parks.
Real ale galore!
If you are not in to real ale and cider, why not just take advantage of the FREE parking and great atmosphere, grab a coffee, or a glass of prosecco, do a bit of shopping, relaxed knowing the parking is free after 10am.

Twelve FREE PARKING Days in Neath


Neath Inspired in partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council have agreed FREE PARKING after 10am in all town centre Pay & Display Car Parks for the Music Festival, the Ale & Cider Festival, the Food & Drink Festival and the Christmas Lights On and Christmas Fayre.
Dates for your Diary:
Music Festival: July 12th, 13th, 14th &15th
Ale & Cider Festival: July 20th & 21st
Food Festival [10th Anniversary] October 5th, 6th & 7th 
Christmas Fayre & Lights On: November 23rd, 24th & 25th
12 Days of FREE Parking in Neath Town Centre

NEW EVENT 100 Hours of Music! Neath Music Festival – July 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th


A new event for Neath is on its way

Neath Music Festival with 100 hours of music on 3 stages through the town 

Wind Street – Orchard Street & Green Street

Neath Inspired in partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council are providing

FREE PARKING after 10am in all the town centre Pay & Display Car Parks

The full programme of events and locations can be viewed below:






Guitar Gig & Free Parking Boosts Footfall

This year’s excellent Great Guitar Gig together with the Neath Inspired Free Parking After 10am in all the pay and display car parks in Neath Town Centre helped to significantly boost footfall in the town centre.

A comment below on Facebook from a lady in Bridgend says it all:

“We have just had a lovely day out in Neath today. Lovely stop at Cafe 46, a walk around the town centre and busy well populated market, a bit of shopping, cheap car parking and the town was bustling, friendly and local entertainment was there to watch. I would never dream of doing this in Bridgend town centre and have lived there all my life. Well done Neath 😊”

Footfall increased by 12% on Saturday and by 19.5% on Sunday compared to the previous week.

The Free Parking initiative by Neath Inspired and Neath Port Talbot Council will be carried through to all other key town centre events giving shoppers and visitors free parking on event days.

The Gig in the town Hall was a great success with world renowned Adrian Legg and Chris Buck and Gary Potter leading a packed line-up of great guitar entertainment.

Neath Inspired would like to thank members of the Neath Town Consortium, Neath Town Council and others for the immense amount of hard work that goes in to putting on a quality and successful event like this.



Free Parking After 10am for Neath’s Great Guitar Gig.

Parking is FREE after 10am in all Neath’s Pay & Display Car Parks on Saturday 26th May and Sunday 27th May, supporting the two days of Neath’s Great Guitar Gig.

Neath Inspired, in partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council, are delivering this initiative to support events in Neath Town Centre and to attract more people to come & visit Neath.


Coming Soon Neath’s Great Guitar Gig

Neath’s Great Guitar Gig 2018

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May

Sponsored by Neath Inspired, Neath Town Council, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, The Music Shop and Blackstar.

Supported by The Wave and Swansea Sound.

Neath Town Hall and various bars in the town centre, so far: The Ambassador, Presidents, The Cross Keys & Ten/21

The Line Up so far




Opening 12.00pm Jango Haze


Jeremy Young Trio


1.30pm-2.30pm Up the Creek  Dewi Griffiths


3.00pm-4.00pm Adrian Legg Master Class Gary Potter Solo


4.30pm-5.30pm Chris Buck Master Class TBC





6.30pm-7.30pm Adrian Legg Gary Potter Band



Rivers Duo


9.30pm Chris Buck   

Glas (James Oliver)


Please note:

  • Artists are subject to change.
  • Times are approximate and subject to change.
  • There is limited capacity in the Town Hall so entry is based on a first come, first served basis.
  • All tickets purchased in advance will guarantee entry.

Entrance fee per day £6 at the Town Hall.

Or, to avoid disappointment, book in advance at the Gwyn Hall Box Office

tickets £6.45 per day (includes 7.5% ticket levy).