Agenda item

Statement by the Leader of Council


The Leader of Council made the following statements to Council.


New Parkway Station at Felindre


What South West Wales needs is sustained medium to long term investment in its rail and transport infrastructure, not a single new station which would produce only marginal benefits on the basis of the information available to us.


Welsh Government Ministers have previously joined us in making clear that they would not support a proposal which potentially takes Neath and other stations off the main line to a significant extent. It is also difficult to see what the Felindre proposal adds in terms of promoting footfall in our town and city centres or on cutting east bound journey times by car and rail given the relatively recent investment at the widely used Port Talbot Parkway station.


Councillor Jones added that time and resources might be better spent concentrating on a new regional transport project working with the Welsh Government and local authorities.’



Nuclear Waste


‘I shall be brief. There have been a number of articles in the media this last week concerning public meetings to be organised, apparently, by an agency of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to consult on the possibility of sites being identified for the disposal of nuclear waste.


I want to make it absolutely crystal clear that Neath Port Talbot Council will not be engaging in this process at any level.


The Welsh Government has made it clear that they would only support such a proposal if the community concerned was willing. Well, ours is not – and that is the end of the matter.


Moreover, in the unlikely event that a credible proposal emerged in any adjacent area, we would very strongly oppose that also.’