Press Release

COUNCIL CHANGES APPROACH TO THE SWANSEA BAY CITY DEAL

11 April 2019

Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet will next week (17 April) consider proposals to significantly change its approach to the City Deal. This follows the publication last month of two reviews of City Deal governance issues and related matters.

Swansea Bay City Deal

Councillor Rob Jones, Leader of the Council said:

“The last few months have been difficult for the City Deal. Thus the Council now believes that a different approach is essential to securing real progress two years after the Deal was signed and four years after work on it commenced.  

We are therefore proposing a different package of projects in Neath Port Talbot which will be put to the Cabinet as soon as possible for final approval and then to the City Deal Joint Committee. This builds upon the strengths of some existing projects; but also includes new elements”.

Councillor Anthony Taylor, Deputy Leader of the Council added:

“The Council still believes that there is great potential in the City Deal for all parts of the region, including our Valleys; but the two reviews identified that progress and delivery has, so far, been too slow. 

There are a number of reasons for this but we must now aim for clear and rapid progress so that people in Neath Port Talbot can begin to see the tangible difference it can make to our local economy.”

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