ABERMULE is unlikely to feature as part of the official name for the £4.1 million waste transfer site, being built on the edge of the village.

At a meeting of Abermule and Llandyssil community council on Wednesday, July 1,  held by remote attendance, the name for the site was brought up for discussion.

Community council chairman, Councillor Jane Rees, said:  “It was raised last week that we consider a name for the site.

“Apparently some of the people in Abermule are not happy with it having Abermule in the name

“Does anyone have an opinion on that?”

Councillor Alan Meredith- Jones: “I was told that the council had already decided a name and would call it North Powys Recycling Centre.”

Powys County Councillor Gareth Pugh, who represents the village and is also a member of the community council, pointed out that the project has always gone under that name.

Stephen Meadowcroft a member of Abermule Communities Together (ACT) who campaigned against the scheme, told councillors that an agreement had been made with Powys County Council (PCC).

He said: “The site is to be designated the North Powys Waste Transfer Station and Abermule will not be used in any of the signage.”

Cllr Rees said that she would have the issue clarified when the community council next meets PCC.

A spokesman for Powys County Council, said: “It is suggested that the name of the facility will be the North Powys Bulking Facility, to reflect its purpose and the area it will serve.”

It is now anticipated that it will be built by the end of the year, with the site operational in spring 2021.

Once operational, kerbside recycling such as cardboard, glass, tins or plastics are supposed to be stored there, before being taken away to be processed.

In August 2018, planning permission was given for the project.

In May 2019 the PCC cabinet voted unanimously in favour of going ahead with the scheme after a full council meeting had urged them to refuse it.

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 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, namely Newtown and Welshpool.