LLANFYLLIN councillors are making plans to keep the town centre square busy.

At this month’s meeting of the town council, held via Zoom, members said they had noticed people making use of shops and street furniture in recent weeks as lockdown restrictions were eased.

County councillor Peter Lewis suggested purchasing more benches to go in the square to give more people a place to sit and encourage them to stay in the area.

He said: “I think there are only three benches there at the moment, and you can only get a couple of people on each bench with social distancing.

“We want to keep the place busy and I think we need to purchase two more benches there.”

Cllr Sophia Nazar added: “I think it’s a very good idea. There are a lot of elderly people who want to rest their legs on their daily walk.”

Members estimated it would cost around £400 per bench, although suggestions were made to purchase one for now.

Earlier in the meeting Cllr Lynette Kretchmer said a bench had been reported missing from the bottom of the car park at the doctor’s surgery.

Cllr Lewis added that he was speaking to British Telecom about the possibility of getting the phone box’s there removed.

Cllr Lewis said he was pleased to see the town gradually returning to life following months of lockdown restrictions.

“It’s good to see the town looking busy, shops occupied and smartening up,” he said.

“The town looks clean and tidy and we are going to get the bollards re-pointed soon.

“I just hope people keep supporting local businesses.”

Cllr Lewis also gave an update on hopes for road improvement work from Powys County Council with the town listed for works to be undertaken in 2021-2022.