Shropshire Star

Christian group at the centre of mid Wales chapel graveyard road row speaks out

A Christian group embroiled in a row with grieving relatives over the building of a driveway and parking spaces in a mid Wales graveyard say their priority is to be good neighbours.

Signs have been placed on graves making an appeal to the trust

The Dolafon Trust is a part of the Plymouth Brethren church which wants to bring the Bethany Chapel, near Newtown, back into use but campaigners are aghast at the building work and want it stopped as a mark of respect.

In a statement, a spokesperson for The Dolafon Trust said it had not been contacted by the police or council regarding any live investigations. Dyfed-Powys Police and Powys Council Council both said on Thursday that investigations have begun.

The chapel driveway at the centre of the controversy

The spokesperson for the registered charity said: "Members of our congregation have lived and worked in the area for many years.

"Guided by our Christian faith, our priority has always been to be good neighbours and support the local community, including through extensive charitable activity.

“We understand that some relatives of those laid to rest on the grounds of the Bethany Chapel are concerned by our ongoing restoration works.

"We wish to reassure all that we are meticulously adhering to the planning consent granted by Powys County Council.

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