NEW railings could be installed at a "dangerous" spot in a town centre on the Herefordshire border.

Hay Town Council has asked Powys County Council if it could put up metal railings outside the Cheese Market, in Market Street.

The town council said that the steel bow railings, similar to those already outside the former Barclays bank in Broad Street, would be 7.7 metres in length and hand-crafted by a local tradsmen

It said the area outside the Cheese Market was a "significant height" above Castle Street, and people often sit there after going to the nearby Shepherd’s Ice Cream Parlour. It said the railings were important to stop anyone falling.

"This is vitally important in Hay, which is a very busy market town with narrow roads and pavements where the delineation between public realm and highways is often not very clear and therefore dangerous," documents sent with plans said.

If plans are approved, it would mean the "local community and tourists alike can enjoy a drink, food or simply watching the hustle and bustle of Hay-on-Wye town centre in a much safer, secure environment".