Wintry weather adds to Welshpool traffic chaos

Reporter:

Barry Jones

WELSHPOOL’S problems with the wintry weather were compounded by road works and extra traffic lights in the town this week.

“The works that meant Church Street was closed off was being done by the gas company so we didn’t have a choice and there was not much we could do about it,” said town clerk Robert Robinson.

“It was only for a few days and didn’t cause much delay although it may seem ages waiting for lights to change. We haven’t had many comments.

“The biggest problem has been with the weather so that concrete mixers had to close but there’s little you can do about that.”

The work involved the gas main renewal which had to be scaled up after it was discovered that the main ran down the middle of the street rather than under the pavement as originally anticipated.

The opportunity was also taken to carry out road works in association with the new one way traffic system which is now being programmed to be ready for around January 12.

But Mr Robinson said that would also still now be dependant on the weather as it goes into the worst period.

He said problems caused by the weather are widespread in the town with the council experiencing leaks in the town hall although nothing on the expensive scale of last winter.

Mr Robinson said meetings continue to be held weekly with Tesco, Powys County Council and the development contractors, although there is no new word on tenants for the other units on the Tesco site.

Mr Robinson said drawings had been received and would be brought before councillors on Wednesday night for a Marston’s pub and restaurant on the former sheep pens sale site off Mill Lane.

But he said the feeling seemed to be that no new pub should be allowed unless it was in association with a new hotel or motel requested in the town’s development plan.

Mr Robinson also praised Powys County Council Highways for their efforts in keeping roads open.

“With such a rural network I think they have done really well in keeping things moving.

With litter bins full after the Winter Festival last Sunday they were also out emptying them again for Sunday so you can’t ask for more than that.

"We are quick to knock them so when they do well they should also have some praise”.

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