CHANGES to the road layout in Newtown will go ahead as planned after Powys Council rubber-stamped the proposals.

On Monday, March 28, the council's environment portfolio holder Cllr Heulwen Hulme gave the green light to the proposals, which will see a one-way system introduced on key roads in the town centre.

As of next Monday, April 5, traffic will only be allowed to go in one direction along Newtown High Street and part of Short Bridge Street.


No driving will be allowed for part of Wesley Street at the current junction to Broad Street as the council attempts to introduce cafe culture to some stretches of road in the town centre.

A five-day period to allow for the possibility of the decision being scrutinised will follow last Monday's decision before the decision comes into force next week.

In December it was announced that Powys County Council would hold a consultation into changes that will stop vehicles driving down some streets of Newtown town centre.

The consultation was held between January 28 and February 27.

During that time Powys received 21 responses raising “concerns” about the proposal and only two in favour.

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These objections have now been noted, but the proposals will go ahead as planned nonetheless.

Powys traffic and travel manager Tony Caine said: “The one-way will enable the green infrastructure scheme to be enhanced with an additional footway provision to aid pedestrians and the removal of traffic from the section of Wesley Street will improve the amenity of the area for visitors to the town.”

Newtown East county councillor Joy Jones had originally suggested truncating Wesley Street and that the junction to Broad Street should be permanently closed on the grounds of pedestrian safety.

Cllr Jones said: "I support the proposals for making High Street one-way in a south-westerly direction as it will enhance the Green Infrastructure scheme currently being constructed as well as improving the streetscape in general for pedestrians within the town.

“My only concerns are the additional congestion this will cause on Broad Street especially on the Tuesday market.

“I hope that the county council can work with the town council in ensuring the traders adhere to the market rules and remove unnecessary vehicles from the street to minimise any delays caused.”