Friday, October 28, 2005


Review of Sunken Gardens plans needed

We believe in the future of the Aberavon Seafront
The regeneration work currently being done on the Seafront to improve its appearance and attract more tourists to the area is to be applauded. The Seafront is key to the economic success of the local area and residents are always open to suggestions that will improve the level of trade and business based there as long as the redevelopment is sympathetic to the needs of local people.

However, there is a clear strength of feeling amongst the Sandfields and Aberavon communities that the proposals to build a car park on the Sunken Gardens and green land on the seaward side of Princess Margaret way need to be looked at again.

What are the views of the local Labour Party on this issue?
Our views on this proposal are clear. We support the views put forward by residents to review and amend the proposals to redevelop the Sunken Gardens areas of the Seafront for either car parking or housing development

It does not make much sense to build housing on the car parking provision that is already there, only to rip up the Sunken Gardens and other green land to build a replacement car park only a short distance away. What really needs to be done as far as the Sunken Gardens is concerned is for it to be upgraded both as a flower garden and a recreation area.

Can the proposals be changed?
These proposals are not set in stone. The plans are contained in a council document entitled the Aberavon Seafront Strategy Review which has been put out for consultation so that the voices of local people can be heard. Any plans that have been put forward as part of the Review can still be amended as a result of public feeling on the issue.

Although the consultation period formally ended at the start of October, the local authority has agreed to still accept submissions from residents who wish to air their views directly on this particular issue.

What can I do to help get the plans reviewed?
You can support our campaign by writing to Regeneration Manager, Economic Development Unit, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, Civic Centre, Neath, SA11 3QZ stressing the reasons why this proposal needs to be reconsidered. The more people who write to them, the more chance we have of getting them to look at it again.

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