Summarises projects across Neath Port Talbot which have previously received European funding.
Previous European Funded Projects in Neath Port
Convergence Programme 2007 - 2013
The West Wales and the Valleys Convergence
Programme covered 15 local authority areas including Neath Port
Talbot, with a total programme value of approximately £1.4
The emphasis during the programme was
sustainable jobs and growth. Convergence funding was
delivered through two funding streams; the European Social Fund
(ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
A summary of the outputs of the Convergence
Programme and a searchable database detailing projects funded
through Convergence can be found within the Welsh European Funding
Office (WEFO) website (external link).
Objective 1 Programme 2000 - 2006
Aimed at reducing differences in social and
economic conditions within the European Union, where prosperity
(measured in Gross Domestic Product (GDP)) was 75% or less of the
European average; Objective 1 invested around £1.3 billion across
West Wales and the Valleys which included Neath Port Talbot.
Previously Funded Projects in Neath Port Talbot
A selection of ESF and ERDF funded projects
delivered during the period 2000 – 2013 across Neath Port Talbot
are featured below. They include a variety of schemes which
have helped to increase the economic prosperity of Neath Port
Talbot including physical regeneration and up-skilling, training
and work placements for local residents.
For further information on the various
projects, please contact the
European & External Funding Team.
Harbour Way (Peripheral Distributor Road)
Led by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, the
project created a 4.8 km road link between Port Talbot town centre
and junction 38 of the M4 and a 2km cycle route. Previously
known as Peripheral Distributor Road, Harbour Way cost a total of
£108.7 million and received a contribution of £55.9 million from
ERDF and was created to relieve bottlenecks on the M4 and to open
up brownfield sites for future development and employment
opportunities. Harbour Way was officially opened to the
public in October 2013.
Neath Port Talbot Regeneration
Led by Neath Port Talbot Council, a
package of regeneration works in the commercial centres of Neath
and Port Talbot included a Commercial Property Grant and Property
In addition, Croeserw Community Enterprise Centre was built
along with environmental improvements within Croeserw.
Officially opened to the public in 2013, the centre provides
accommodation for community enterprises and small start-up
businesses. Training rooms and workshops allow for training
courses to be delivered on site and a café serves refreshments and/
or catering. The external floodlit games area has proven
popular with local sporting clubs.
The total regeneration package cost a total of £14.6 million,
which received a contribution of £9.6 million from the
Workways helped to tackle barriers that
prevented individuals from finding employment. The project
provided support with job searching, CVs, applications forms,
interview skills, telephone techniques and access to training.
Participants were also matched with local businesses, which helped
them gain the vital experience needed to find long term
Led by Neath Port Talbot Council in collaboration with
Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and City and County of Swansea, the
South West Workways project cost a total of £25 million and
received a contribution of £16.7 million from the ESF. The
project ran from April 2009 to December 2014, during which 5,270
participants entered into employment.
‘Collaborative Communities’ supported the
development of social and community enterprises across Neath Port
Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire from July 2009
to January 2015. Within Neath Port Talbot, organisations
received assistance and/or direct funding packages.
Led by Carmarthenshire County Council who partnered with Neath
Port Talbot County Borough Council, Pembrokeshire County Council
and the City and County of Swansea, the project cost a total of
£5.1 million and received a £4.1 million contribution from
For further information, please visit the Collaborative
Communities website (external link).
An acronym for ‘Creating Opportunities and Skills Teams
Alliance’, the COASTAL project promoted employment and training
opportunities to individuals who were experiencing serious illness,
disability and/or social disadvantage, thereby reducing economic
inactivity and reliance on incapacity related benefits.
Led by the City & County of Swansea, the
project was a partnership between 6 local authorities including
Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and
Ceredigion. Costing a total of £41.3 million, the project
received £22.7 million from the ESF and was operational for the
period January 2009 to December 2014.
South West Wales Flexible Business Finance Scheme
Using a contribution of £8.9 million from the ERDF
and with a total project cost of £20 million, the Local Investment
Fund (LIF) provided flexible financial support to small and medium
enterprises and start-up businesses. Led by Carmarthenshire
County Council, LIF operated within the local authority areas of
Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Swansea and Ceredigion.
Within Neath Port Talbot, over 150 private sector businesses
benefited from funding from the Local Investment Fund.
More information on LIF can be found in the Local
Investment Fund website (external site).
South West Wales Property Development Fund
Led by Carmarthenshire County Council in partnership with
City and County of Swansea, Neath Port Talbot County Borough
Council and Pembrokeshire County Council, the Property Development
Fund provided grant aid to developers to bridge the gap between the
costs of providing or refurbishing commercial property and its
subsequent market value, within specific strategic employment
locations. The total project cost £26.9 million and used an
ERDF contribution of £10 million.
In Neath Port Talbot, Deryn Properties
secured a Property Development Fund grant to help develop a
research and development facility at Harbourside, to provide
opportunities for new and existing research and development
The Engage project helped thousands of young people aged
between 14 and 19 across south Wales who were facing difficulties
such as underachievement, absenteeism or at risk of dropping out of
school or further education. Tailored to each individual’s
needs, the Engage project provided vocational training, one-to-one
intensive support and activities to raise self-esteem and encourage
young people to remain in education and improve their skills.
Led by Neath Port Talbot Council in
collaboration with Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and
Carmarthenshire Councils and the six further education colleges
across the region, the Engage project ran for period June 2009 to
November 2012, cost £21 million in total and received £11 million
from the ERDF.
Aberavon Beach Sunken Gardens
The development of the Sunken Gardens at Aberavon
Seafront included new paths, ramps and steps. Beach
facilities were upgraded including benches, waste bins and
landscaping. The highlight of the scheme is a shingle beach
garden feature. This has been complemented with soiling,
planting and grass terracing. The gardens were officially
opened to the public in June 2012.
Funding contributions were received through
the Green Sea (Beach Improvement) Programme through Visit Wales’
Environment for Growth (E4G) Coastal Tourism Project which was part
funded by the ERDF through the Welsh Government.
Aberavon Beach Outdoor Toddler Play Area, Beach Shelter and
a total of £156,000, the outdoor toddler play area, beach shelter
and beach signage have improved the experience considerably for all
ages who visit Aberavon Beach since their completion in 2012.
The outdoor toddler's play area is designed for children aged
between two and five. Adopting a seaside theme, the play area
includes seating, bins, fencing and gate entrances.
Located as a central feature within the redesigned and enhanced
sunken garden, the new interactive beach shelter is now a focal
point in the gardens.
New signage installed along the beachfront promenade provide a
plan of the seafront, emergency contact and safety information and
details of local facilities such as car parking, toilets and local
Margam Country Park: Historic Gardens Centre of Excellence
As one of a collection of ‘historic gardens’, the
gardens within Margam Country Park received investment for
restoration and landscaping improvements. The improvement
works cost £700,000, which included an ERDF funding
contribution of £320,000 which has brought Margam Country Park’s
historic gardens back to their former glory.
Led by Pembrokeshire County Council in partnership with Neath
Port Talbot, Swansea, Bridgend and Carmarthenshire Councils, the
'One Historic Garden' project formed part of Visit Wales'
Environment for Growth (E4G) Sustainable Tourism Project with a
total project cost of £4.5 million which was part funded by the
ERDF with a £1.9 million ERDF grant.
Cognation Cycling Centre of Excellence
The total ‘Cognation’ project cost £4.3 million and
received a contribution of £2 million from the ERDF. The
‘Cognation’ brand was developed to promote the mountain bike market
of South Wales.
Within Neath Port Talbot, Afan Forest Park received large scale
investments through the Cognation project, including the
refurbishment of the Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre, the creation
of family friendly mountain bike trails and improvements to
existing mountain bike trails.
Led by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, the project was
a partnership with Caerphilly County Borough Council, Merthyr
Tydfil County Borough Council and Forestry Commission Wales.
For further information, please visit the Cognation website (external
Valleys Regional Park
Costing a total of £22 million (which used a contribution
of £13.3 million from the ERDF), Valleys Regional Park delivered an
environment and heritage action plan to create a high quality,
sustainable network of green space across the Heads of the Valleys
and Western Valleys Regeneration Areas.
A number of projects were delivered specifically in Neath Port
Talbot, including improved interpretation and facilities at
Aberdulais Falls, stone artwork installed throughout Afan Forest
Park, resurfaced paths at Gnoll Country Park, a Welsh Waterways
Festival held on Neath Canal, new entrance features at Amman Valley
Trotting Club, environmental improvements along Neath Canal, new
brown signage in the Vale of Neath and the installation of a new
Afan Valley Connect 2 cycleway. For further detail on all of
the Neath Port Talbot projects, please visit the Valleys Regional Park
website (external site).
Led by Welsh Government, Valleys Regional Park created a
partnership with a range of local authorities including Neath Port
Talbot, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire,
Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Torfaen, together
with Sustrans, Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency
Wales, Forestry Commission Wales and Groundwork Wales.
Regional Essential Skills
The Regional Essential Skills for the Workforce
project promoted and delivered basic skills/ essential skills
training to employed people in the 5 local authority areas of Neath
Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and
Ceredigion, namely the collective members of the Regional Learning
Partnership South West Wales (RLPSWW).
Led by the City & County of Swansea's
Lifelong Learning Service, the project received £3.8 million in ESF
funding towards the total project cost of £5.7 million. The
project secured £847,000 in ESF funding for the Neath Port Talbot
Adult Learning Network to deliver the contract of providing basic
skills/ essential skills training up to Level 2 in the Neath Port
Talbot area. The project started in January 2011 and ended in
Communities Two Point Zero
Communities 2.0 was a Welsh
Government programme, delivered by four partner
organisations – the Wales Co-operative Centre, Pembrokeshire
Association of Voluntary Services, Carmarthenshire County
Council and the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the
University of South Wales. Much of the funding for Communities 2.0
came from the European Regional Development Fund.
A number of Neath Port Talbot organisations such as a community
groups, voluntary sector organisations and social enterprises
received support and funding to improve their digital access
through this project. The project ran for the period December
2008 – June 2015 and received £9.9 million from the ERDF towards a
total project cost of £19.3 million. Further information on
the project can be found via the Communities 2.0 website