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Powys to review ‘one-way to Hell’

Created on 04/08/2011 @ 17:41
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Powys County Council is to conduct a full review into Welshpool’s one-way system, and it can’t come fast enough according to Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies.
Mr Davies last night described the system as the “one-way to hell” and says he has been inundated by complaints from both shopkeepers and residents who want to see changes made.
Welshpool Town Council has said it has four main points of concern that it wishes to see addressed and it is believed that one of the town’s biggest shops – M&Co – has also made its concerns known in writing after claiming it has impacted trade.
Powys has appointed Cllr David Jones to head up the committee which is expected to feed back to council with a full report from its findings over the coming weeks.
Mr Davies welcomed the review stating: “A committee, under the Chairmanship of Cllr. David Jones has been established to look at how it's working, or not! Perhaps they might even ask why it was introduced in the first place. I can see this putting one or two noses out of joint. Good. Great stuff. At long last we will have Councillors asking the questions that the people they represent want asked.

“Personally, I hate one way systems. They usually cause more problems than they solve. They work fine when traffic is light, but cannot cope with heavy traffic - especially when delivery vehicles are allowed to completely stuff up the system by parking on Berriew St. and Severn St. during the daytime. Dozens of people have approached me with their concerns. Firstly by town centre businesses suffering a loss of trade, and secondly by people concerned about the greater danger in crossing Broad St., especially for the elderly and less mobile. Only thing positive you can say is that it's nothing like as bad as Newtown.”
The M&Co letter was received by Welshpool Town Council. Mywelshpool has not seen a copy of the letter but has been told that it was “to the point” and showed that the national retailer was “not happy with the town centre developments”.
Mr Robinson explained that the town council has replied to reassure the fashion retailer that the town was developing and would grow over the coming months and years with more big high street names coming to attract more shoppers.
To read Mr Davies’ full rant called 'One-way to Hell', visit
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