Funding for Powys' Countryside

Image of old bridge

16 November 2020

Image of old bridge A bridge in mid Powys has been improved thanks to funding from Welsh Government, the county council has said.

A programme of countryside access improvement work, funded by the Welsh Government Access Improvement Grant, has allowed a bridge crossing the river Ithon near Llaithddu to be improved, following concerns over the condition of the bridge and its adjoining steps.

Powys County Council has worked closely with Natural Resources Wales and local contractor, R.F. Price to ensure any improvements do not damage the River Ithon, as an environmentally protected site. The council would like to thank the landowner for their support in achieving this work.

The 27 steps adjoining the bridge have now been replaced using more durable and sustainable materials, making them all a regular size, topped with crushed stone and new handrails. The ramps have also been improved, with an altered design which allows handrails to be placed on both sides and helps prevent the deck from becoming slippery in the future. The winter storm damage to the gabions supporting the bridge has also been addressed.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Countryside Services, Cllr Aled Davies, said, "We are grateful to Welsh Government for supporting us with this funding to help us to improve our countryside and public rights of way.

"Locally available public paths are incredibly important and should not be underestimated. Our public rights of way network can play a vital role in maintaining the health and well-being of the people of Powys.

"Powys has such a beautiful and thriving countryside and we want to make it easier for our residents to have access to it."

The Welsh Government Access Improvement Grant funding is also being used to address some long-standing requests for improvements from the community.

A further 15 projects are under way to improve access to the countryside in Powys and are due for completion by mid-March 2021. Included in this are projects to make paths easier to use, as well as improvements to the way members of the public can access public rights of way information on the council website and give their feedback.

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