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The local government adopts a new 15-year strategy to protect the historic and natural environment

Talbot Memorial Park

A council has adopted a new heritage strategy to ensure “the conservation, protection and sustainability” of the area’s historic and natural environment.

Neath Port Talbot’s Restore, Regenerate, Repurpose strategy covers the period 2024-2039.

The council secured funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2020 to deliver the Heritage NPT project, which included the development of the strategy.

Assets in the plan include listed buildings, buildings of local importance, canals, nature reserves, historic landscapes, scheduled monuments, historic parks and gardens, battlefields and shipwrecks.

Value

The themes of the strategy focus on the need to value the area’s historic environment and work with partners and stakeholders to “implement far-reaching and long-term interventions to achieve these objectives”.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund will continue to support the next phase of the heritage project and has announced that Neath Port Talbot is one of nine areas in Britain to benefit from a £200 million share to help transform the historic environment through a new Heritage Places Project. initiative.

Priority

Cllr Cen Phillips, the council’s Cabinet Member for Nature, Tourism and Wellbeing, said: “The clear message from our residents when their views were asked in a public consultation on this issue is that greater priority must be given to our heritage and culture. .

“The recently adopted strategy recognizes how our heritage values ​​play an important role in increasing the appeal of the county town as a place to live, work, visit and invest. Working creatively with key stakeholders, it sets out how we can manage and protect our historic environment.

“The strategy, coupled with the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s announcement of major financial support, has the potential to transform this area using its own unique heritage.”

You can view the Recover, Regenerate and Reuse strategy here.


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