“Potential irregularities” within Powys Council’s highways division are being investigated by police.
Dyfed-Powys Police Force has confirmed that it is looking into the highways team after councillors at the area's community council sounded the alarm.
Neither the police nor the council have given details of the “irregularities”. However, the BBC reported that the investigation is believed to centre on “the possible misuse of a significant amount of tarmacadam”.
Concerns were first raised last year by a councillor in the Llangynog area in the north of the county.
He raised his concerns after reports of tarmac allegedly designated for pothole repairs in the village was being used for private driveways.
Minutes from a Llangynog Community Council meeting in July 2020 show the councillors discussed allegations of what was described as "excess tarmac" being sold while work was still needed to repair potholes on public roads in the area.
Dyfed-Powys Police Force has now started its investigation. A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys police said: “We can confirm that we have been approached by Powys County Council in respect of potential irregularities. An investigation has commenced.
“At this stage we are working with the council to fully understand the issues.”
A Powys Council spokesperson added: "The county council is still investigating the allegations and cannot comment until all actions are complete. Discussions have taken place with Dyfed-Powys Police and Audit Wales."