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Clock tower bell saga contiues

Created on 12/08/2019 @ 15:56
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The debate over the chiming of Newtown's town centre clock continues.

Some local businesses have complained about the clock tower bells chiming at night keeping guests at local bed and breakfasts and neighbouring properties.

It followed the launch of a consultation by Newtown mayor, Cllr David Selby, asking people if they relied on the bells chiming at night and what they thought about it being silenced at nighttime.

Since then a number of businesses have said they would support muting the bells between midnight and 6am.

It would cost £2,500 for equipment to silence the bell which some local businesses said they would pay for.

The clock tower has chimed since it was built in 1900. The tower is looked after by the town council, while the rest of the building is privately owned.

At the launch of this consultation, Cllr Selby, said: “What I want to find out is do townspeople rely on the bells and do they feel it is integral to Newtown?

“I have not asked the town council to spend a single penny on the project. The equipment needed would cost £2,500 and would have to be paid for by businesses.

“It is a delicate balance between history and supporting the tourist business. Other nearby towns such as Montgomery and Bishops Castle opted to change theirs.”

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