Council Facilities


  • The 18 council owned parks are to reopen on Thursday 4th June with safety measures in place 
  • Based on Welsh Government guidance, the children's play areas within the parks will have to remain closed
  • Facilities such as toilets and cafes will also remain closed
  • Visitors to the re-opened parks will be requested to stick closely to social distancing measures
  • Signs reminding park users of safety precautions will be placed on all access gates
  • Visitors will be reminded of the need for hand washing/sanitising before and after visiting and to refrain from touching surfaces likely to have been touched by others.
  • Margam Park will be opening from 11.00am, this will allow park gardeners to move out of public areas. Normal opening hours at Gnoll Country park

Aberavon Beach

  • We will be enforcing the Aberavon beach dog walking restriction from Monday 8th June.
    This prevents dogs from entering a designated part of the beach and requires dogs to be on a lead at all times. Dog owners can be fined for failing to follow the order. Dog wardens will be out this Saturday and Sunday to give advice to any dog walkers on the seafront ahead of the enforcement coming in
  • If you're visiting Aberavon beach , remember your social distancing - stay at least 2m/6 feet from everyone else! We’re urging everyone to follow Public Health Wales guidance to help stop the spread of #Coronavirus.
  • We have arranged for signs to be placed along Aberavon seafront and we will be mobilising a loud speakerphone to remind residents about social distancing.


Following new Welsh Government advice, all Neath Port Talbot owned cemeteries plus Margam Crematorium will be re-opened to the public from Thursday 30th April for visits to graves and memorials.

Public Rights of Way

  • Given the introduction of the new regulations (Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020), we have closed a small number of Public Rights of Way during the emergency period, a list of which can be found here.
  • The list of closed paths will be kept under review throughout the period that we are required to maintain social distancing.

Advice on areas to visit/ exercise

  • We are unable to offer advice on appropriate areas to exercise outside of your garden during this period of social distancing, as in doing so we would be increasing risk of exposure for people already making use of these areas.
  • We ask that you follow the government guidelines and make minimal use of areas within close proximity to your house.



  • In line with the UK Government's announcement on 23rd March all weddings have been stopped to ensure compliance with the Government’s instruction to stay at home.
  • More information can be found here


  • Funerals are restricted to immediate family because of the need to maintain social distancing. 
  • More information on this is available on our Cemeteries page or our Margam Crematorium page

Council's Civic Buildings

  • All civic centres (Neath Civic Centre, Port Talbot Civic Centre and the Quays) are closed to the public from Monday 23rd March.
  • Specific arrangements are being made for those residents who need a face to face service.

Public Toilets

  • Public toilets are closed as we have insufficient staff to maintain satisfactory hygiene levels 


The Pontardawe Arts Centre, the Gwyn Hall and the Princess Royal Theatre have shut temporarily from Tuesday 17th March 2020 in line with Government advice on “social distancing”.


All libraries are closed.  Books and magazines are available to download free from our libraries, more information can be found here.

Youth clubs

All youth club activity has been suspended as have adult learning courses. We will seek to maintain adult learning through digital channels where possible.​

Leisure centres

All leisure centres are closed.