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Western valleys

The Western Valleys Regeneration Area was in operation from April 2009 to March 2014.

The regeneration area straddled five unitary authority areas: Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Powys, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend. It covered an area of approximately 150 square miles across nine valley areas – the Upper Gwendraeth, Amman, Swansea, Dulais, Neath, Afan, Llynfi, Garw, and the Ogmore Valleys.

The Western Valleys RA’s population of 150,015 was very much identified with its history of heavy industry in mining and steel. Due to the decline and scars of these industries, a number of areas within the RA were identified in the Wales Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) 2008 as being some of the most deprived in Wales and were designated as Communities First Areas.

We invested £20.7m in this regeneration area over five years. It also attracted £41m from other public and private sources, including European funds, to deliver a £61.7m programme.

The regeneration programme focused on three key themes:

  • economic investment, including projects covering business development and enterprise, tourism, jobs, inactivity and worklessness transport initiatives and connectivity, perceptions and confidence
  • environmental improvement, including the physical environment of town centres, greening of communities and enhancing waterway opportunities
  • social legacy, including improving skills and learning, communications and ICT and promoting health improvement.

Our new regeneration framework Vibrant and Viable Places is now in operation.

Programme Board and Steering Group

The governance arrangements for the Western Valleys Regeneration Area comprised of a Programme Board and a Steering Group. Both included representation from the public, private and third sector.