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Neath Port Talbot actress Di Botcher says ‘Lets Talk’ as she helps launch Council conversation to deliver post COVID services

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High Hopes and Stella actress Di Botcher from Taibach is helping launch Neath Port Talbot Council’s ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign – billed as the biggest and most important conversation the Council has ever had with those living and working in the area.

As the county borough shifts towards recovery from the history making Covid pandemic, no job, no school, no factory and no office will be quite the same and the future shape of the area will be under increasing focus.

That’s why the council say they’re launching the ‘Let’s Talk‘ campaign this week – which will not ask people to respond to any proposals – its sole aim is to invite you to talk to us about what matters to you most.

For instance, while the pandemic kept us apart, it showed that when we work together we can make a difference – so the council would like to know how that community spirit can be tapped into and maintained to help us build a better future.

The council wants to know what people would like Neath Port Talbot to look like in five, ten or 15 years from now in all sorts of areas such as jobs, clean streets, clearer air, greener environments and stronger communities.

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The same goes for the businesses which have kept Neath Port Talbot going during the health crisis. Many survived and regrettably many did not, but lots found new ways of working, explored new markets and created new partnerships.

Now, Neath Port Talbot Council wants to tap into this spirit of collaboration, so that you can help them serve you better.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Over the next few weeks, the Let’s Talk campaign will be visible on posters on signs and many other places – online and across the county – and you will be able to communicate your ideas for a better NPT in a variety of ways.

“You can visit the website www.npt.gov.uk/letstalk, use the social media hashtag #LetsTalkNPT, email letstalk@npt.gov.uk with your thoughts, or go straight to the online questionnaire.

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“You can also send in pictures of what you really like in the area – and what you really don’t like. There will also be a chance to get creative and write poetry about where you live and how you’d like that place to be in the future.

“The idea is that you set the agenda for recovery from the pandemic.

“What this council does is done for those living and working here. So, your views, your concerns and your ideas are important to us. You can help shape what the council does in the future.

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“Later this year, the feedback from Let’s Talk will be used to develop a recovery plan based on what those working and living here have told us they want.

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“Our resources are not unlimited, so we can’t promise to do everything. But we can promise to listen and to take your priorities into account in our planning.

“So, let’s talk and together help our communities progress.”

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