Mayor’s Statement Bethel Chapel, New Road, Newtown

I am saddened and disappointed to learn this morning of reports that the roof to the Bethel Chapel located on New Road has collapsed.

Though it is privately owned, Bethel Chapel has been a historic landmark feature of our town for over 124 years.

Through our Place Plan work, the Town Council has been pressing Powys County Council to take action from the point of view of conservation of historic building and street scene, and for public safety.

The Town Council recently discussed Powys County Council’s response to our concerns at this month’s meeting of the Council’s Economy and Environment Committee, where Councillors expressed further concerns at the potential to collapse and cause damage to surrounding properties.  Unfortunately, this collapse has come true.

In light of this sad news, I have no doubt that the Town Council will continue its efforts to persuade Powys County Council to take the appropriate action.

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