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Port Talbot Council's plans to boost attractions at Aberavon seafront

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 21, 2011

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PLANS to improve Aberavon seafront have been revealed by council bosses.

As well as a new proposal which could see the Afan Lido moved to the bowling alley site to create a major leisure complex, Neath Port Talbot Council has announced some of its plans for the surrounding area.

Council head of property and regeneration Gareth Nutt said it was looking to the future and was keen to bring new facilities to the area.

Mr Nutt said it was aiming to apply for funding to create a kiosk and a beach shelter.

"What we are looking at is trying to see if we can get a new concession permanently all year round," he said.

"We are looking to incorporate a toilet facility with the concession so the seafront has a bit more activity.

"We are also looking to put in a bid for a beach shelter for the sunken gardens."

A planning application for a seafront respite centre will also be ready in the next few weeks it was said.

Mr Nutt also announced that the council has received funding to upgrade the fort play area.

He said the area "has had its day" and the new design will be a pirate beach design.

"We have got funding for that and it will be developed this financial year," he said.

Responding to the proposed developments, Sandfields East councillor Lella James said: "The need for toilets on the seafront is important.

"The facility of the kiosk will be a step forward. I am excited about all the plans."

The meeting, which gave community leaders and councillors an insight into the council's plans, also revealed that it was in discussions with Murdock Property Group, which owns the derelict bowling alley at Hollywood Park, to move the new lido to the site.

It is then proposed that the area would be transformed with a futuristic circular car park and retail units built for restaurants next to the Apollo Cinema.

"To me it makes sense that we are going to transform that area," said Mrs James.

"At this point in time it looks awful. It makes business sense and it will be a tourist attraction."

Deputy council leader Peter Rees said: "I think this meeting has been very positive.

"I would just like to emphasis that this is not just a local facility, but this is a council wide facility."

Following the meeting, Captain Beany who also attended, added: "It sounds very promising. There seems to be some progress and it will be good news for the area.

"With the lido plan I like the idea of an integrated system where you would be able to go from one leisure facility to another.

"I am all for it, and it will bring jobs to the area."

What do you think about the new seafront plans and the proposal to move the Afan Lido?

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  • nptresident  |  October 22 2011, 3:24AM

    Why has no NPT Council Official announced the fact that the Afan Lido was not insured and thy have lost millions on it? Where's the tax payers money that the NPT Councillors squandered in a Iceland Bank? So now the planners who have already spent thousands of tax payers money on the first proposal of building a replacement swimming poll, meeting rooms and health complex on the old Afan Lido site have realised that the old site may be better suited for residential development - as is proposed for the large surface car park between Channel View and Victoria Road! Seems to me that they are trying to again get way with a cheaper option. One big insult to the intelligence of the local residents is that the NPT Council are in discussions with the owners of the never finished Bowling Alley building firm Murdock Property Group - who must be thinking all of their Christmases have come at once. Why are they even talking to these losers who couldn't be bothered to invest in the equipment to furnish the building and provide a much needed entertainment outlet in dead Port Talbot. Perhaps they are writing the next chapter for Michael Sheen's next play....surely to involve Judas! No Bowling Alley No direct Afan Lido replacement - the new one equivalent is going to be a paddling pool when you compare it to the once Olympic sized pool of the Afan Lido. Remember the Farm Foods plan near Water Street - Never happened - the signs are still up! This whole episode in PT history over the last 5 or 6 years is worrying. You would hope that Council Staff on £60,000 per year plus would have more respect for the tax payers of NPT – after all they pay their salaries for them. NPT Council score card 3/10 – could do a lot better for the NPT Residents and tax payers.

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  • Reactions  |  October 21 2011, 4:36PM

    I was at the press launch for Hollywood Park - I would guess this idea stands as much chance of completion as that did...

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