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Newtown bypass will 'bring new opportunities'

Local businesses and visitors to Newtown will benefit from new opportunities the creation of a bypass will bring to the area, according to the Montgomeryshire AM.

Russell George was speaking ahead of a public meeting later, where the plans for the bypass will be displayed.

It's hoped the creation of the bypass will relieve congestion problems on the A483 and A489:

"The new bypass will help to alleviate the horrendous traffic congestion we have to put up with on a daily basis. But it will also bring new opportunities for businesses and visitors, providing economic opportunities for the town and the winder community."

– Russell George, Montgomeryshire AM

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Public urged to attend Newtown bypass meeting

Residents and businesses in and around Newtown are being urged to attend a public exhibition later on plans for a bypass in the town.

It's hoped the developments will relieve congestion on the A483 and A489, but the public will be given the opportunity to voice any concerns.

Some of those opposed to the bypass are the owners of a caravan park that risks being cut in two by it. Trevor and Patricia Bebb believe the current plans will lead to the closure of their business:

"We fully support the need for a bypass and don't wish to delay it being built, but on the other hand we also don't want to close a very successful business...if the bypass route is not changed, then we'll have to close the park...the five star park makes a significant contribution to the local economy by bringing in 80 families to the area who would not be here without it."

– Trevor Bebb, Glandulas Caravan Park

Police appeal over missing Newtown man

Richard Dwayne Hawkins was last seen on Sunday evening Credit: Family / Dyfed Powys Police

Police are appealing for information to help locate a 23 year old man missing from Newtown.

Richard Dwayne Hawkins was last seen at 10.15pm on Sunday evening. His family say they have had no contact with him since.

He is described as approximately 5ft 11in tall, with a large round burn scar on the top of his right hand. He is clean shaven, with fair short hair.

Police urge anyone with information to contact them in Newtown on 101.

Man dies in A483 crash between Newtown and Berriew

A man believed to be a 21-year-old male from the Welshpool area has died in a two-vehicle collision on the A483 between Newtown and Berriew.

His family have been informed.

The accident happened at around 10pm last night.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen a green Peugeot 206 and a blue Kia travelling on the road at the time of the crash to contact them.

Jobs blow for Newtown in run-up to Christmas

Around 40 jobs will go at the electrical company. Credit: Elkay Electricals

Elkay Electrical in Newtown is to close by the end of the year with up to 40 jobs being lost.

The Welsh Government says senior managers of the company declined an offer to discuss further potential avenues of support, in a bid to try and save the facility.

Montgomeryshire AM, Russell George said, "I am extremely saddened to hear the confirmation of the closure of Elkay Electrical; this is devastating news for everyone affected. This will be a particular blow to the community and on the run-in to Christmas, really doesn’t come at a worse time."

Staff are understood to have been issued with redundancy notices .

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Newtown bypass contractor announced

The contractor to build the Newtown bypass has been announced. Alun Griffith Contractors Ltd will build the 5.6km road around the mid Wales town.

The Welsh Government say the new road will help to "improve safety, reduce congestion and improve journey times around the town."

Newtown has suffered with congestion for many years, especially during summer months with holidaymakers travelling through the area.

I am delighted to be able to award the contract for this very important project, which will improve the quality of life for the people of Newtown and improve journey times and safety along the A483 and A489.

It is also encouraging to see that a Welsh company has won this tender, which will help safeguard Welsh jobs and result in money staying in the local economy.”

– Edwina Hart AM,

'Internet plays a key role'

Glyn Davies, MP for Montgomeryshire, said that the web is vital for businesses in rural towns such as Newtown.

Newtown is proud of its Google eTown award and I'm delighted to represent an area that has truly embraced the internet to help their local businesses to flourish. The internet is going to play a key role in Newtown's economic growth, helping local businesses and entrepreneurs thrive.

– Glyn Davies MP

Website success has meant that Darren Jones and his wife have expanded their villa rental business. They started it as a sideline, when they both had full-time jobs, in 2005. Since then they've been able to buy two more villas and it continues to grow.

I would recommend to businesses of all types - regardless of their product or service - get online to take advantage of the online marketplace.

– Darren Jones

Newtown 'one of the UK's most successful eTowns'

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Google say businesses in Newtown are actively embracing the web Credit: Adam Peck/PA Wire

Research looking at the levels of business usage of the internet has named Newtown in Powys as one of the most successful town in the UK. Google has created the eTowns Awards to recognise towns whose businesses are most actively embracing the web.

Last year saw the roll out next generation broadband to the area, and since then tech-savy small businesses have taken advantage of the growth opportunities that the web can provide.

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