A controversial £4m bulk recycling facility will be developed in Abermule after it was passed by Powys County Council's Cabinet meeting this morning.

A vocal group of protestors attended County Hall to hand over 200 signed letters demanding the council reconsider the scheme, which has attracted strong local opposition since the scheme was approved by the council's planning committee in August 2018.

At a public meeting held in Abermule in December 2018, villagers were given time to find an alternative site, which needed to meet the criteria specified by PCC.

And a series of meetings took place this year between PCC and ACT to discuss the sites found and proposed by the group as alternatives, with the council adamant that the alternative sites proposed by campaigners were unsuitable.

PCC has stressed that the facility is to help the authority deal with hitting the Welsh Government recycling targets of 70 per cent by 2024/25.

It believes the recycling bulking facility is “essential to maximise the efficiency” of the collection vehicles and is “ideally located between the two main population centres of North Powys,” Welshpool and Newtown.