Following the recent spate of burglaries and attacks on local businesses in Neath town centre I am keen to do all I can to make the town centre safe and welcoming to all. I am incredibly proud of our vibrant town and having recently opened an office on Alfred Street I am honoured to be a part of the community, but it as we all know, it is not without its challenges.
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.
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.