A spate of burglaries and attacks on local businesses in the summer of 2022 in Neath town centre prompted me to make further enquires as to how I could assist to protect traders and residents. I held meetings with local businesses people, the police and council officials.
I am therefore in regular contact with the council, the police and local traders to discuss the situation and work on solutions to tackle the ongoing problems.
The police have confirmed to me that there has been an increase in youth related incidents of both crime and anti-social behaviour in Neath town centre, but state they have limited evidence to tackle the perpetrators. Having spoken to some business owners this reflects the main concerns regarding the need for better CCTV coverage and more regular police patrols.
Having recently met with traders and the authorities I would therefore like to offer all Neath residents a forum to express their opinions, and thoughts on workable solutions. I can then take forward to both the police and the Local Authority to ensure our local businesses are supported, that their trade isn’t affected and that residents feel safe and happy visiting the town centre be it for work, shopping or pleasure.
19.07.22 – Letter to Transport for Wales
Neath Train Station gives a first impression for many visitors to the town. Many residents I’ve spoken to agree that it is in desperate need of a major uplift, so I have written to Transport for Wales about the station and their plans for improvements. In their response they outlined schemes in progress to improve cleanliness, accessibility, and connections and improvements to the footbridge. They also mentioned ongoing discussions regarding an interchange scheme for the station and immediate area. I will continue to push for information on plans to be shared publicly, with residents being able to have a say in the future of this important station.
06.07.22 – Letter to Royal Mail
Following frequent complaints regarding the state of the old Post Office, I have written to Royal Mail to confirm their ownership of the building and to pass on the comments I have received. The Post Office has been empty for years and is rapidly deteriorating. While many businesses are investing heavily in improving the attractiveness of the town – places like the old Post Office spoil those efforts. Royal Mail have confirmed ownership, so I will now seek to get an update on their future plans for the building.
14.07.22 - Letter to town center traders
08.07.22 - New temporary CCTV on Angel Square
29.06.22 - Update: Arrest Made
I want to thank Inspector Lindsey Sweeney and everyone involved in identifying and arresting those believed to be responsible for recent incidents in the town. I hope this arrest, and news that temporary cameras will be placed in Angel Square until permanent CCTV can be re-installed as part of the Council's programme of CCTV renewal, will go some way to reassuring all those who live, work and visit Neath that action is being taken to address safety concerns. My office will continue to work with relevant agencies to ensure that concerns are listened to, addressed and that Neath continues to be a beautiful, vibrant and safe town.