Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council

 

 

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Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council was established in 1974, comprises 16 elected Members and employ 7 members of staff. Newtown Town Council is the largest of its kind in Powys and operates within boundaries that can be viewed here; Newtown has a population of over 11,000 people. There are currently over 5,000 residential properties in the town.

 

Contacting the Council

Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council offices are open Monday - Friday 9am-4pm.  We are situated in:

   The Cross

   Broad Street

   Newtown

   Powys

   SY16 2BB

You can also contact the office on 01686 625544 or townclerk@newtown.org.uk

Every year, we receive applications for financial and other support towards the activities of local groups. You can pick up a form from the Town Council offices or download it here.

 

Council Arrangements

The Council holds monthly meetings, on the third Monday of the month at 6:45pm.

Venue.
Meetings are held in the Council Chambers The Cross, Broad Street, Newtown, Powys SY16 2BB.

Notice, Agenda, and Minutes of meetings.
Agenda’s are published on the Town Council notice board and online prior to the meeting.

Minutes of meetings are also made available in the meetings archive.

Check all the meetings in the archive

Public Attendance.
Meetings are open to the public to attend and observe - to see council business conducted in public.

 

The work of Newtown Town Council

The council has a number of areas it works on, below are the broad areas the work will fit into:

    • Direct services and events offered to the town.
    • A local voice on behalf of the town to other organisations, groups and individuals.
    • A consultee between different organisations, groups and individuals.
    • A recipient of information on behalf of the town from other organisations, groups and individuals.

 

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   Community and town councils are the grassroots level of local governance in Wales.

 

There are over 730 community and town councils throughout Wales. Some represent populations of fewer than 200 people, others populations of over 45,000 people; but they all work to improve the quality of life and environment for citizens in their area.

Community and town councils are accountable to local people and have a duty to represent the interests of the different parts of the community equally.

About 8,000 people in Wales give voluntary service as community and town councillors.

What can town councils do?

There is a restricted list of powers that have been vested in Town and Community councils by Acts of Parliament. They are summarised in this PDF as a guide to Councillors and others. Each description is brief and is intended to be a general indication. Like all powers given to public bodies the powers of local councils are defined in detail in legislation and these details may include a requirement to obtain the consent of another body (for example the approval of Powys County Council to the provision of a car park). 

Local Council Services and Powers (courtesy of SLCC © 2012)

How councils are elected.

Councillors are elected to office, usually in May or June, for a period of 4 years. Elections are administered by Powys County Council, and the qualifying conditions for office can be readily obtained from the Powys County Council elections office in Welshpool. 

Anyone on the electoral register can vote in the elections.

If you are interested in being a councillor you can read the document below that gives you an insight into what it entails.

Become a councillor (courtesy of One Voice Wales) 

How are town councils funded?

The income for most town councils is a precept to be raised by the principal local authority as part of Council Tax. This is paid by residents of the town. Town councils may also receive other income such as grants and fees for letting buildings. The income is used to improve the quality of life for residents. 

 

For more information and frequently asked questions visit the Welsh Government FAQ 

 

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Forthcoming Council Meeting

Council Meeting

Date to be confirmed

Details to be confirmed

Previous Council Meeting

Full Council Meeting - 15th December 2014

Monday 15th December 2014