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17 December 2012
The week before Christmas

This is what we presented readers for Christmas

New Vale of Neath Website

The Neath Guardian website editorial team is proud to present the VALE OF NEATH website in conjunction with Mike Davies of Cadoxton.

Although the website is being officially launched this week, it has been on line for a couple of weeks, long enough for it to be spotted by the Austrailian readers mention below, who write:

"Mike’s superb photography has familiarized us with the wonders of Wales, and especially the Vale of Neath throughout the seasons,and we enjoy seeing the many delights Wales offers to our world.

We do hope to see more of Mike’s view of Wales as they are always unique and Mike shows a perspective that only a real dinkydi Welshman can capture with the lens!"

Brian and Elizabeth Trevor and Families, Tasmania, Australia

Neath Abbey development

Readers may remember in one of our first editions we reported a proposed new development at Neath Abbey Business Park, for the car supermarket Trade Centre Wales, who are already a major employer in the town.

At the time it was stated “With the support of Neath Port Talbot Council and the planners it is hoped that work will commence in early 2013”.
A quick browse through the current planning applications lodged with NPT shows that the matter has progressed as hoped, so all parties must have played their part, which can only be good for the town.
The application and plans can be viewed online on the Council’s website and shows a workshop of 14,500 sq.ft. is to be built at the rear of the site and an office block of 9,000 sq.ft. to the front of the site.
The number of jobs which will be created is not given, but for such large premises, it should be considerable and a much needed boost for our town.

A success application will mean more jobs for the area and will put the Neath Abbey Business Park in a better position as a commercial centre.

New life for an empty building

It looks like the building behind the café at neath Abbey Business Park, which has been empty for more than a year will have a new occupier.
There is a planning application currently under consideration and repair works to the building are underway.
It is good to see an empty building be used again and our enquiries reveal that the new occupiers will be one of the leaders in their business sector, although at the time of reporting, we have not found out who the occupier will be, but it is hoped that the business will be up and running in the first quarter of 2013.


Last week we asked a question.   This week we give the answer.

Last week we asked: What is TRANSPHOBIA?   We told you where to get the answer.   It was by CLICKING HERE

Again we asked how many women are in the above photo taken outside the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea?     The answer is NONE - there are only men pictured.

The story is that the Afan Tawe Nedd Neighbourhood Watch Association (who cover Neath and Port Talbot) were invited to have stand at the Transgender event held at the Brangwyn Hall by the Swansea Sparkle group.  The main objective was to show off the Association's new website, which was previously launched at Port Talbot Police Station by the Mayor of Neath Port and the High Sheriff of West Glamorgan. 

The police are against transphobia and classify it as a hate crime - on the the basis that hate can lead to violence.

Below is pictured the Association's stand at the transgender event:

The display stand at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, attended by Chief Inspector Darren Phillips, Mr Alun Thomas (Chairman of the ATN NW Association) and Sgt. Tony Powe.

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