A WELSH Government Minister has said a speed limit change in a Powys village is unaffordable at this time.

Local Plaid Cymru politicians, Councillor Elwyn Vaughan and Cefin Campbell MS, wrote to the deputy minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters MS, to address concerns over speeding and dangerous driving in the village of Cemmaes, near Machynlleth.

Currently, a 40mph speed restriction is in place along the road through the village – however, due to the number of vehicles parked alongside the road, together with a growing number of pedestrians accessing local businesses and amenities, many residents have called for a review.


Mr Waters responded that he had asked officials to look into the matter but that “given budget and resource constraints it is unlikely to be funded in the 2023/24 financial year due to the volume of work and budget commitment to deliver the 20mph national roll out."

Cllr Vaughan said it was “surprising” that the Welsh Government had not reduced the speed limit through the village.

He said: “The road through the village is often effectively a single lane and it’s increasingly apparent the existing speed limit does not provide residents and pedestrians with comfort or assurance – particularly during the busy summer months.”

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Cefin Campbell, Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd for Mid & West Wales, added: “I was somewhat disappointed by the deputy minister’s response.

"In Commins Coch, Mallwyd and other villages along the A470, a 30mph speed limit already exists – and I had hoped Cemmaes’ unique circumstances would have merited a similar review.

"I will continue to make the case for the Welsh Government to review such restrictions, as well as pressing for a crossing in the village.”