While on a visit to Neath town centre with Plaid Cymru Election Candidate Sioned Williams, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said that his party would put town centre regeneration at the heart of the party’s economic vision for Neath and for Wales.
Speaking with businesses in Neath Town Centre and in Neath’s historic indoor market during the visit two weeks before the Senedd election on 6 May, Adam Price and Sioned Williams heard that high rents and business rates, under investment in the town and concerns over recent anti-social and criminal incidents are affecting footfall in Neath - where many shops are currently vacant.
Adam Price said: “Neath is a fantastic town, it’s got great potential. If elected, Sioned Williams will make a big difference to this area and a Plaid Cymru government would make supporting local businesses and the regeneration of town centres across Wales a top priority. Some of the measures Plaid Cymru would take would be to appoint managers to co-ordinate town centre investment, maintenance, and promotion. and make town centres with high vacancy rates rate-free.”
Sioned Williams said : “I think the people of Neath and its surrounding communities are looking for a more local focus from their political representatives and Neath town centre and many of our local high streets are crying out for better support. Our town centres have to be busy, lively, social and safe places. At the same time, I will work hard to tackle the causes of crime and anti social behaviour, ensure vulnerable people and young people get the support they need. Plaid Cymru will invest in a better future for the centre of Neath and help our town and high streets recover from the effect of years of neglect and decline, and the Covid pandemic.”