Welsh Government announce feasibility study for Brunel Docks regeneration in Briton Ferry.
Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart, has announced the Welsh Government is to fund a feasibility study into the regeneration of the historical Brunel Docks in Briton Ferry.
The Docks, built by world famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1845, were closed in 1959 and this new study will look at the potential for transforming the site into a heritage tourism attraction.
The £15,000 grant will allow Neath Port Talbot Council to carry out an engineering review to assess the works required to protect and stabilise the condition of the historic features of Brunel Dock.
The study will also consider measures to arrest further deterioration of the features and enhance the current visitor experience in readiness for a wider regeneration proposal.
The Minister said, "The Brunel Docks in Briton Ferry are an important part of Wales' industrial heritage. At its height in 1870 over 2,500 ships, mostly carrying coal, used the port in one year.
"As well as preserving our heritage for future generations in Wales, the dock's association with world renowned engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel also offer opportunities to attract visitors from outside Wales.
"This grant will help Neath Port Talbot Council develop plans to preserve these historic docks and create a new tourism attraction."
Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr Ali Thomas OBE said, "The historic Brunel Dock in Briton Ferry is an important link with our past and the Council felt it was vital to preserve it. I am delighted that this funding will now help us assess what we need to do to protect the historic features of the Dock to support our regeneration aspirations for this part of the County Borough.
"Neath Port Talbot has an amazing history and we should do what we can to preserve it for future generations."