WORK to breathe new life into a Neath Valley town is set to begin next month.
Plans to regenerate Glynneath gathered momentum this week, as Neath Port Talbot Council secured £360,000 of funding.
The authority’s Upper Neath Valley Regeneration Strategy identifies Glynneath as a key town in the Western Valleys Regeneration Area.
The overall vision for Glynneath is of a town that offers a high quality of life and takes full advantage of its location.
The funding from the Welsh Government’s Western Valleys Regeneration Area initiative will be used for projects in and around the town centre.
Work will include enhancement works in the town square to improve the appearance and accessibility, while car parks are also set to be improved.
Some of the funding will also go towards a study to identify options for the redevelopment of the Trem Y Glyn site.
The council has worked with the Glynneath Regeneration Group to identify and develop these projects.
The Glynneath Regeneration Group brings together members from Neath Port Talbot Council, Glynneath Town Council, Blaengwrach Community Council and representatives from the voluntary and private sectors.
The group has been established to provide leadership and co-ordination for the delivery of the vision, objectives and actions of the Glynneath regeneration programme.
Neath Port Talbot Council’s Head of Property and Regeneration, Gareth Nutt, said: "This funding announcement is a major boost for Glynneath and the surrounding communities.
"Glynneath is a strategically important town in the Neath Valley.
"The Council is committed to its valleys communities and we will continue to work hard to secure further funding for other projects in the regeneration programme to fully realise the potential of this part of the county."
Janice Jenkins, chairwoman of the Glynneath Regeneration Group described the securing of the funding as excellent news for the people of the town.
"Both areas earmarked are central to the improvement of the town and hopefully this will only be the start of the regeneration of the area," she said.