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There Was Terror in the Town

Halloween was celebrated in Neath Town Centre by hundreds of children and their Parents. They learned the dance in the Town Square

They Monster Marched through the  Town. Scary!

Great fancy Dress

Great Make up.

Prizes to Finish



A massive thanks to all the businesses that got involved! Stage 8, The Round House, Treats, Lorraine’s Tea Shop and the Cosy Cafe.

Neath Inspired Photo Competition

Neath Inspired and Neath Camera Club’s ongoing partnership has resulted in many professional quality photographs covering all the events supported by Neath Inspired throughout the year.

This has culminated in the first Neath Inspired Photographic Competition. The challenge “The Best Photograph of Neath” that gives a flavour of the many things that Neath Town Centre has to offer. Well done Neath Camera Club & thanks.

Short Listed 27 Images that all tell a story:

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.”


*Kier https://businessnewswales.com/kier-construction-to-undertake-next-phase-of-neath-town-centre-re-development/


* Approval of the Neath Town Centre Retail Scheme https://businessnewswales.com/approval-neath-town-centre-retail-scheme/ 


*Crown Packaging Site https://businessnewswales.com/council-buys-former-metal-box-factory-create-new-jobs-investment-opportunities/

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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 manager@neathbid.biz  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 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.

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:






Minister gets BIDs off the ground with Neath visit

Funding to help town centre businesses work together to boost their local economy is now open for applications.

Housing and Regeneration Minister Rebecca Evans will announce the £270,000 funding with a visit to meet local traders in Neath to learn about how their Business Improvement District is making a difference to the town.

Business Improvement Districts are an innovative way of bringing local businesses together by pooling their resources to work as a team. Once the BID is agreed via a ballot, each business contributes financially via a levy, which is then used to fund the agreed activities set out in the Business Plan. These could include marketing, promotion and events, car parking, tackling anti-social behaviour, improving access to towns, or work to make the area more attractive.


Rebecca Evans said:

“The momentum for BIDs is growing across the UK and we’re aware of the real impact they create in towns across Wales, but setting them up takes time, effort and support, which is why we provide Welsh Government funding to get them off the ground.

“Neath Inspired, the Business Improvement District, has developed effective partnerships with the town and county council on several projects, including supporting events, providing hanging baskets and Christmas lights. Members can access social media and marketing training, and their website advertises some fantastic local festivals.”

Economy Secretary Ken Skates said:

“Collectively, the eight established Business Improvement Districts which have already received our support will generate over £5m private investment to support activities in their area over the next five years. These projects are supporting economic development and town centre regeneration, making our high streets more attractive and vibrant places to visit.

“We know that a number of towns across Wales are looking at this sustainable funding model, and I hope we see many more potential BIDs come forward as a result of the funding. We are also keen to encourage themed BIDs such as Tourism and Industrial BIDs alongside traditional town centre BIDs”

Andrew Shufflebotham who is the Neath Inspired BID manager, strongly recommends that other towns consider applying for the new funding. He said:

“Towns benefit from establishing a successful BID, especially smaller independent retailers and businesses, where the BID levy is used effectively to increase footfall into the BID area.”


More information on Neath Inspired is available here: www.neathinspired.co.uk