Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council Weekly Update 20/01/17
Ex-Mayor David Pugh
Mayor, Cllr Richard Edwards
“I was very sorry to hear of the passing of David Pugh this week. He will be remembered as one of the leading sons of Newtown and a former mayor of Newtown and Llanwchaiarn town council. I have known David for a long time and his knowledge of Newtown's history and our community was second to none. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Councillors visit Newtown By-pass construction site
“Newtown Bypass is progressing well” said the Mayor, Cllr Richard Edwards.
Cllr Sue Newham chair of the Economy and Environment Committee who visited the site with the Mayor said "My thanks to Nick Cleary for a fascinating visit. The way that Griffiths is overcoming the technical challenges of the bypass route is really impressive. It was interesting to see the parts of the site that you can't actually see from public roads and to recognise what tremendous progress has been made in less than a year." Cllr Edwards added “it was great to see the whole bypass route and I was interested to see that work has started on three of the major bridges”.
Nick Cleary Project Manager from Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd gave the councillors a guided tour of the site. Nick explained that by this summer there will be up to 200 people working on site on the site, which is great news for the local economy. “I am very happy to be able to show Councillors around the construction site of the A483 Newtown bypass, we are grateful for the support of this challenging project shown by the Town Council”
The bypass will take the heavy vehicles out of the town by connecting the industrial estates to the bypass and overall reduce traffic on the current road through Newtown. There should be a boost to economic growth and jobs which is being prevented at the moment due to congestion. The bypass is still targeting a completion date of late 2018 and will then be followed by the de-trunking of Pool Road and New Road within the town and the opportunity for necessary work to update and improve the services and surfaces of the road.
Cllr Richard Edwards said “Newtown has been overlooked and had had to wait for many years for the bypass to be approved and work to begin on it. It took Ieuan Wyn Jones, when Minister for the Economy and Transport with the Welsh Government, to approve the project."
Cllr Richard Edwards explained that the Town Council was already looking to the future and planning how to make the town attractive to visitors who come for both work and leisure. One of the proposals is to transfer the open green and amenity land from Powys County Council to the Town council and upgrade it into a riverside park and events area. This would also allow the redevelopment of the current play park in the town centre into a premier play park.
Newtown Community Grant
Received at the recent Resources Committee meeting were letters of thanks from beneficiaries of the October round of the Newtown Community Grant. The grant scheme is used to help groups and organisations with projects that benefit the people of Newtown.
Mayor Cllr. Richard Edwards “It is heart-warming to have received so many letters of thanks for the groups doing worthwhile and interesting projects within the town.”