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Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council Weekly Update 03/03/17
Positive News Brisco House
Brisco House is the current home of Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council and the Robert Owen Museum, erected in 1902 by public subscription and is currently owned by the Sarah Brisco Trust. At the meeting of the Full Council on Monday, Council accepted an invitation from the Sarah Brisco Trust to join them in transforming the building and have agreed to work together to develop a plan of works to change the use of the building. In the meantime the council are looking at improving access with some essential maintenance planned this year.
Motion Passed at Full Council
At the meeting of the Full Council on Monday 27th February a motion was proposed by Cllr D Selby on the decision by Powys County Council on the towns recycling and waste centre.
‘This Council welcomes the decision of Powys Council to keep the Potters Recycling Centre open but is concerned that the opening will in future be only 3 days a week. This Council believes that the recycling service in Newtown will be put at risk by this decision and urges Powys Council to re-instate daily opening.’
The town council resolved to support the motion.
Green Space Amenity Land – One Step Closer
Last week, The Big Lottery Fund agreed £47,500 to fund a development and community engagement stage of the Community Asset Transfer 2 Fund. This would lead to a further bid of £1.1 million for the regeneration and development of amenity land and green open spaces including sports areas in the town.
The Town Council has agreed to spend £30,250 to transfer 116 acres of amenity land and green open spaces, including Trehafren and Vaynor football pitches, Dolerw Park and the Town Hall grounds, from Powys County Council to Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council. With the vision of transforming the area into a riverside park, events area and replacing the town centre play park with a new Premier Play park. The intention of this project is to work in conjunction with an Open Spaces Consortium of community, sports and business organisations led by Cwm Harry Land Trust.
The development and community engagement stage will begin in March and run through to September 2017, during this time the consortium will seek the opinion of the community to build into the bid for the second stage of the fund.
Honorary Freeman Award
At the meeting of the Full Council it was resolved to adopt the policy for the new Honorary Freeman Award that was drafted by the working group comprising of Cllrs White, Edwards and Watkins. The award is now an official policy of the council that can be found in the document library on the Town Council website: www.newtown.org.uk.