Costs to reduce the speed limit in a village near Newtown would currently not be justified by Powys County Council.

Residents in the village of Bettws Cedewain have been calling for the speed limit to be lowered in some parts of the village such as on tight bends, the bridge, and the school.

The area’s representative at Powys County Council, councillor Gareth Pugh (Dolforwyn, Welsh Conservatives) discussed the issue with the council’s traffic engineer Chris Lloyd.

Cllr Pugh described the response as “very interesting”.

In a letter shared by cllr Pugh on social media, Mr Lloyd writes: “I suspect that the vast majority of drivers already travel at or near 20mph through these tight bends within the village and over the bridge, so the cost to change the speed limit now could not really be justified.”

He added that privately-run educational facilities such as Bettws Lifehouse would be expected to fund the cost of introducing speed limits and signage near the school.