WORK to widen the pavement at the end of the High Street in Presteigne will begin later this month.

Measures put in place to help facilitate social distancing measures during the Covid-19 pandemic in the Radnorshire town will be adopted permanently along the cobbled end of Presteigne High Street, near the library, says Powys County Council – with the work to begin next week.

Currently, the cobbled section of the road is cordoned off to traffic with temporary bollards, allowing pedestrians more room to walk along the pavement and into the town centre.

The work to raise the cobbled section and incorporate it into the pavement permanently is expected to take no longer than two weeks to complete.


The pavement will be closed but access to the shops will be maintained.

Councillor Jackie Charlton, PCC cabinet member for a Greener Powys, said: “In the midst of the pandemic measures to help keep people safe were introduced.

“Here in Presteigne, as in other towns across the county, the temporary changes have proved so beneficial to businesses, residents and visitors to the towns, they have now been adopted permanently.”

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Presteigne county councillor Beverley Baynham is supportive of the plans to make the pavement wider, adding: “Anything that improves the access to the shops and businesses, encouraging more people to easily visit our town centre, is welcomed.

“The widening of the pavement at the end of the High Street was introduced as a temporary measure during Covid and I am pleased work will be carried out to make it permanent, without losing any on street parking.

“The work will ensure that the walkway is accessible for all, especially on busy days or for those pushing buggies or using wheelchairs.

“We appreciate the support this plan has received from local residents and businesses, especially as we realise that there will be a few weeks of disruption while the works take place.”