A petition has been launched in opposition to a new project to expansion plan s on the Llanidloes bypass.

Plans to introduce an overtaking lane on the A470 towards Llandinam have received a backlash from councillors and residents since a consultation into the plans was launched earlier this year.

Last week, the Welsh Government confirmed to the County Times that the plans were being assessed as part of a moratorium on all new road-building projects in Wales introduced after the Senedd elections.

And now the Welsh Liberal Democrats have launched a petition aimed at stopping the proposals altogether, saying that disturbance for residents of Hafren Terrace is among the main reasons for objecting.

Powys Liberal Democrats are campaigning for the proposals to be thrown out altogether and as soon as possible.

The petition is supported by the long-serving Councillor for Llanidloes Gareth Morgan and regional Senedd (Welsh Parliament) Member Jane Dodds.

The group hopes to reach 500 signatures before presenting the petition to Deputy Climate Change Lee Waters, who also holds responsibility for road projects.

Cllr Morgan said: “The whole community is against this scheme because it is a complete misconception to bash a road alongside the rear of Hafren Terrace followed by an upgrade in front.

"The latter is full of danger and disturbance for the residents of Hafren Terrace and many other citizens who enjoy the safety of that cul-de-sac that provides a safe haven to take young families walking and enjoying the countryside."

Ms Dodds added: “Local residents are rightly outraged over these proposals. I will make sure I use all the influence available to me to make sure these plans are scrapped permanently.

"This petition will help me convey the feeling of public anger to my Labour colleagues in the Welsh Government."