SIGNS will soon go up to point the way to Newtown’s new fast food restaurant.

At this month’s meeting of Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council, Cllr Richard Edwards told fellow members that a planning application had been submitted to Powys County Council, seeking permission to signpost the Burger King restaurant coming to the town.

An application for the restaurant on the Tesco car park, on land near the filling station, were approved in 2018.

The proposed site encompasses 70 parking spaces at the far end of the large car park, near the garage. The new Burger King and a retail unit will be 155 square metres and 150 square metres respectively, and would be served by 22 car parking spaces.

It is hoped the arrival of Burger King in Newtown will create 40 new jobs – 20 full-time and 20 part-time.

Cllr Edwards also confirmed that a feasibility study is being undertaken with a view to the town gaining a tourist information centre.

An archaeological dig will also take place on the site of what is considered to be remains of a motte and bailey castle near Back Lane, next year.

Due to a dispute over the classification of the remains, Cllr Edwards said the site would be referred to as a “mound” for the foreseeable future.

Members also agreed to apply for an £87,000 loan to ensure the town play area is built.

The council had the option of applying for a £100,000 loan but as £13,000 had already been raised for the project through the precept, Cllr Joy Jones successfully argued they should apply for the lesser amount.