Neath Port Talbot Councillors have approved spending totalling £2,993,000 on highways and neighbourhood works throughout the county borough for the coming (2018/19) financial year.
The money – part of the Highways and Neighbourhood Works Programme – is earmarked for schemes like improving and maintaining pathways, roads and bridges.
And £300,000 will also be spent on various drainage schemes. Some of the money will also be used for work on residents’ parking bays, disabled crossings and replacing cattle grids.
A total of £600,000 will go on carriageway resurfacing work to improve the condition of Neath Port Talbot’s roads.
The works programme is developed following meetings with individual councillors who highlight various local concerns but technical surveys and inspection reports from council officers are also taken into account.
The council spending programme for 2018/19 totals £1,865,000 but will be added to by a Welsh Government Road Refurbishment Capital Grant of £1.128m to be spent by 31st March 2019.
Work on the following sections of highway will go ahead thanks to the grant:
- The B4242 Aberdulais to Glynneath
- The A483 Fabian Way
- The A48 Margam (approach to roundabout)
- The A474 (approach to Cwmgors)
A total of £300,000 will be spent on bridges and other major highway structures, and crash barrier remedial works, while £20,000 will go on “signalised crossings”. There will also be £218,000 spent on minor works/traffic schemes.
A large percentage of the money allocated in the works programme will go to valleys areas – a total of £915,500 of the Council’s direct spend is going to Valleys areas (49.2%) and £476,750 of the Welsh Government grant spend goes to Valleys areas (42.3%).
Overall, that makes £1.394m of the total £2.993m spend in the works programme is being allocated to Valleys areas (46.6%).
Approval of expenditure for the Highways and Neighbourhood Works Programme was approved by Neath Port Talbot Council’s Streetscene and Engineering Cabinet Board which met this month.
The Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Councillor Rob Jones said:
“Like other Councils across Wales, we continue to face considerable financial challenges.
“However, we recognise the importance of maintaining the County Borough’s highways and other assets which is why we are investing in improvement and upgrade works for things like bridges, paths and highways.
“A safe, well-maintained and effective roads network is vital not only for the wellbeing of those who live and work in Neath Port Talbot, but also for securing future investment and regeneration opportunities.”