Port Talbot Police Station site contractors help out local community
16 October 2018
South Wales construction company Morganstone Ltd has visited the Port Talbot Mosque and Islamic Centre to present a cheque for £2,000 which will be used to complete building work on a new Wudhu area - where ritual washing is performed before prayer.
The cheque is the latest community gesture from Morganstone during the construction of a landmark development for Pobl Group, which involves 30 apartments and three commercial units being built on the site of the former Port Talbot Police Station in the centre of the town.
The £4 million scheme is one of a number of projects in Neath Port Talbot Council's Regeneration programme and is part-funded by the Welsh Government's Vibrant and Viable Places Programme.
The Mosque and Islamic Centre is positioned adjacent to the newly named “Ty’r Orsaf” and members have been very supportive of Morganstone during the development.
Morganstone’s Business Development Director, Stuart Davies, (pictured presenting the cheque to Trustees), said: “Engagement with the local community is important to us on all our developments, and our work on site coincided with the Mosque undertaking some improvements which we were very pleased to support.”
Councillor Annette Wingrave, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainable Development said: “The development at the former Port Talbot Police Station is part of a modernisation of this part of Port Talbot which is progressing well and it’s good to see contractors supporting the local community.”
Vibrant and Viable Places is the Welsh Government’s £110m regeneration fund dedicated to regeneration programmes across a number of towns in Wales.
Port Talbot is one of 11 welsh towns to benefit from a share of the fund, launched in 2013, which aims to create more versatile and diversified town centres not solely focused on retail provision but which encourage people living in town centre to enhance and extend the vitality of the town.
As well as the police station project, Vibrant and Viable Places schemes in Port Talbot include the multi-million pound project to turn Aberafan House alongside the River Afan into 41 town centre apartments (Hacer Developments/Pobl Group), the Integrated Transport Hub (Andrew Scott Ltd), the £5.7m former Glanafan School housing project (JEHU/Coastal Housing) in Station Road and the £4.5m development of riverside homes at Green Park, Aberavon (Wates/Coastal Housing).
Other current regeneration schemes involve the transformation of the historic former Port Talbot Magistrates Court into a hi-tech business hub and the plan to convert the art-deco, Grade Two listed Plaza Cinema into a community facility with a hall, fitness centre, cafe, shops and offices.