Friday, August 05, 2005



The opening of a new “drop-in” centre as part of the Neighbourhood Renewal Area Scheme for Aberavon and Sandfields East is a welcome development that will allow residents to play an even bigger part in shaping their area for the future.

The centre, based in Wellington Place, is now open five days a week and scheme staff will be available to address any concerns about the scheme that people have.

The local authority, in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government, is delivering social justice for those who need it most by attracting £2.4 million worth of investment to the area already. However, if the scheme is to continue to be successful, it is essential that the views of local people are taken on board and that they feel able to make a positive contribution to the project and input their own ideas. This new facility will enable them to do exactly that.

The scheme is starting to transform the area for the better with rapid progress being made with the housing improvement works having a very visible impact already.

The centre will build on this and help to tackle important issues with a Keep Wales Tidy officer responsible for reducing rubbish, graffiti and flytipping and weekly surgeries to be held there by the police and fire service to crack down on anti-social behaviour and crime in the locality.

By establishing a central contact point between scheme staff and residents, an open and honest dialogue can take place to make sure that the scheme is meeting the needs of the people it seeks to help. This can only be positive for the future of Aberavon & Sandfields East.

The centre is based in Wellington Place, off Ysguthan Road in Aberavon. It opened on Monday, 25 July 2005. Staff at the centre can be contacted on 01639 796100 or via e-mail: opening times of the centre are Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.00pm. Friday is 8.45am to 4.30pm.

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