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Bypass statue idea backed by town council

Created on 27/06/2018 @ 10:10
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An idea for statues representing well-known people from Newtown and Mid Wales has won the backing of town councillors.

A group has proposed a series of statues on the bypass' roundabouts marking the contribution of individuals such as social reformer Robert Owen and industrial pioneer and entrepreneur David Davies from Llandinam have made on the world.

Newtown Town Council, which has already backed plans by campaigners to have the bypass named the Robert Owen Bypass, said they supported the move by Newtown Local History Group and a local businessman, Peter Webber, who presented to the council this week.

The statues would be funded through private sponsorship, according to the group.

Similar stories in recent months have prompted comments from some residents that the bypass will still be called the Newtown bypass no matter what its official name is.

Three years ago plans were also put forward by a group of local business people promoting the need for a wider marketing campaign in advance of the opening of the bypass to ensure the town and Mid Wales region benefited from the new road.

Their plan suggested a longer lead-in time to ensure potential visitors and business people in the Midlands, North West of England, North and South Wales were aware of the investment in order to attract more business into the area and tourists. It was never taken on by the Welsh Government or local councillors.

"We seem more interested in brown signs and statues than planning ahead and promoting the bypass as an economic tool for the area to regions outside the area who only know about the current congestion," said one comment.

The town council has backed the plans for the statues. The history group will now take the proposal to the Welsh Government and contractors Alun Griffiths.

Photo: One of the Newtown bypass bridges under construction earlier this year


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