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Safer boat and canoe hire plan for Powys

Plans to make the hire of boats and canoes in Powys safer are being put forward under a new licensing scheme.

Powys council is looking at regulating the self-hire of boats and wants operators to have their say.

A meeting will take place in Llandrindod Wells on 30 June.

The proposals follow the death of a nine-year-old girl on the River Wye in Powys in 2006 after the canoe she was in overturned.

At the inquest of Billie Clayton two years later, the Powys coroner called for the rules governing canoe hire on rivers to be reviewed.

John Powell, cabinet member for licensing, said: "Regulating this activity under a licensing regime will ensure operators achieve and maintain a safe standard of operation that ensure the safety of the public and also increase customer confidence in this activity.

"The regime in Herefordshire is one we're looking to mirror in Powys but we have arranged this meeting to discuss our proposals and provide operators with the opportunity to raise any concerns or issues they have with us."

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