The Western Valleys Strategy

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The Neath Port Talbot Western Valleys Strategy was launched in 2005 as a 10 year strategy to improve the life in the Neath Port Talbot Valleys and improve the social and economic prospects of people who live there. The Strategy was published by the Council after liaising with its main Community Plan partners and listening to the views of residents and organisations in the five Valleys.

The Strategy consists of a programme for all the Valleys under a number of key themes and a supplementary Action Plan for each Valley. The Strategy is a partnership document and is all about local communities and partners (including the Council) taking ownership of project delivery and playing a more active role in ensuring that any vision for the Valley is delivered.

The Strategy contains a vast selection of the individual comments/project ideas made during the consultation phase which form a wish list for development of the Valleys areas. It has proved challenging to deliver some of the projects with constraints on funding and to secure delivery partners to take projects forward.  However a large number of projects have been delivered to date and the Strategy has raised the profile of the Neath Port Talbot   Valleys locally and nationally.

In 2009 it was decided that, as the Strategy was nearly mid way through, it would be timely to carry out a review to ensure the Action Plans were still relevant. More consultation events were held in October 2009 to seek the ideas of partners and residents for the future of their communities. Coincidently at this time the Welsh Assembly Government launched plans for its Western Valleys Strategic Regeneration Area funding (SRA).  The Western       Valleys of Neath Port Talbot are included within the Programme boundary along with areas of Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Powys.

Funding has been earmarked for Strategic projects under a number of themes across the SRA area along with an allocation for community based regeneration projects.  Forums were established for each Valley with representatives from the community invited to attend. The Council prepared a Valley Area Regeneration Plan (VARP) for each Valley which includes statistical evidence highlighting areas of deprivation. Forum members were asked to come up with a list of key areas of need for their Valley and to put forward projects that would address theses issues and to form the basis of an action plan.  The SRA Steering Group will assess the proposed projects and prioritise community projects for funding over the next 2 years.

As the VARPS are more current and address most of the issues identified during the most recent Valleys Strategy Consultation meetings, and have funding attached to them they will now be adopted as a vision for development of the Valleys areas of the County Borough, superseding the original Neath Port Talbot Western Valleys Strategy.

The VARPS will be a working document and the Valleys Team within the Council will offer advice, guidance and assistance to community groups to develop and deliver the projects listed in the Action Plans.

For up-to-date information on progress with the Western Valleys Strategic Regeneration Area, please visit the Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Services’s website.

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