I assume that's something chambers of trade over there do.
"I think we businesses promoting ourselves is the best we can do but I'm dubious, especially of everyone getting together to do something about it." Work is expected to be completed on the bypass in March 2018.
Mr Barnwell said: "I am slightly apprehensive especially in regards to passing trade in the summer.
"I wonder whether those traders with such enthusiasm for the bypass have looked up the definition of bypass in the dictionary. "Most of the traders I've spoken to are enthusiastic and I can't help but think they are being somewhat short-sighted.
Mr George said that in the coming weeks construction boards will be erected for the entire route.
Glyn Davies, MP for Montgomeryshire, described yesterday as a "prestigious day" for the area.
Mr Davies said calls for the bypass date back as early as the 1940s.
"The real joy about today is the population of Newtown still don't believe it's going to happen but when they see a digger in the field they might," he said.
In February it was announced the path of the bypass would be 'bent' to ensure the survival of the 500-year-old Brimmon Oak at Lower Brimmon Farm, on the planned route for the bypass."Of course, it's as hugely important to central Wales – to Aberystwyth, Dolgellau, Machynlleth and Llanidloes – as it is Newtown because the hindrance of traffic means businesses can't guarantee when they can get the lorries through and people take other routes because it's such a pain." Mr Davies also said that as well as the bypass being needed to tackle congestion issues and boost the Mid Wales economy, it was also needed to improve school safety, response times of the emergency services and support tourism in the region.He also congratulated those who had been involved in pushing for the bypass, paying particular mention to Wales transport minister Edwina Hart for her determination and Mr George, who he said had been "like a dog with a bone".The inquiry heard from dozens of people who said the bypass will take a large amount of traffic away from the town centre, solving the long-running problem of vehicles queueing up to five miles to get into the town.Extensive work has been undertaken to identify traffic problems in Newtown, dating back to 1969. A further study was commissioned by the Welsh Government to assess the transport issues associated with the A483 and A489 through the town in 2006.