Thursday, February 24, 2005



Following the elections last June, the Labour administration on the Council set itself two main targets: to keep Council Tax rises down to an absolute minimum and to find more resources for the frontline services which matter most to people.

In the recent budget announcement, we were pleased to announce the following:

Eighty one per cent of our funding comes from a grant from the Welsh Assembly. Therefore, the key to this excellent budget was the lobbying of the Assembly by the Labour Group. This lobbying resulted in the Council being awarded over £2 million in additional funding.

Another key element in delivering this first-rate budget has been the savings strategy introduced by the Labour administration. Part of this was the restructuring of departments, which will save over £1 million in the next three years and £600k per year after that.

We will continue to argue to get the best grant settlement for Neath Port Talbot and to make efficiency savings wherever possible.

Labour in Neath Port Talbot

Keeping Council Tax rises down

Funding better services

Friday, February 18, 2005


Warm Wales team tackles fuel poverty in Aberavon

Residents across Aberavon will soon be visited by the Warm Wales team as part of a project brought to you with the help of Labour in Neath Port Talbot.

Advisers will be knocking on every door in the ward and offering free energy efficiency advice. They will be asking residents to complete a detailed questionnaire that will assess each household’s energy needs and benefits entitlement. The form is quite simple and help will be on hand to fill it out.

The advisers will then be able to identify those people who qualify for help with energy efficiency measures as well as finding out whether they are eligible to claim any additional benefits.

Residents who complete the questionnaire will automatically qualify for free energy saving lightbulbs.

This is an innovative scheme which will tackle deprivation and fuel poverty in the most disadvantaged homes.
Warm Wales – which will bring warm homes to Neath Port Talbot is a partnership between Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, National Grid Transco, npower, Warm Zones Ltd, eaga Partnership and the Labour Welsh Assembly Government.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005


Key transport project makes good progress

Today saw the construction of the Port Talbot Peripheral Distributor move on a stage further when a 500 tonne crane was used to lift eight 15 tonne beams across the River Afan.

A reinforced concrete bridge deck will then be cast on top of the beams to carry the new dual carriageway across the River Afan.

This particular phase of the PDR is on schedule and is expected to be finished by the end of the year. It is one part of a major road building programme that will transform traffic flow in Aberavon and Port Talbot and will run until 2011 at a cost of £110 million.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005


Aberavon & Baglan Moors Labour elect officers for 2005

At its recent Annual General Meeting, the Aberavon Ward Labour Party elected its officers for the year ahead.

The results are as follows:

Chair: John Slater, 3 Brwyna Avenue
Vice Chair: John Sparks, 89 Llewellyn Street
Secretary: Sam Jenkins, 23 Gladys Street
Treasurer: Arthur Howells, 57 Llewellyn Street

We will all be working hard over the next twelve months to continue to deliver on the issues that matter most to local people.All of our officers live the Aberavon Ward and experience the same day-to-day problems that other residents do. We will work with the people of Aberavon and Baglan Moors and use our knowledge and experience of local life to campaign on their behalf and to get things done around the ward.

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