Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council Weekly Update 13/03/17

March 13, 2017



For immediate release



Robert Owen Gardens Refurbishment

In 2016, works were complete to the Robert Owen gardens to improve access and safety of the path and wall surrounding the gardens. During the winter our outdoor operative team worked to design and plant the gardens. Today we can see their hard work with this beautiful display.

Cllr Val Howard stated "people of the town have complimented the gardens on many occasion in conversation, we are happy with the final results and I can't wait for the sun to come out so the town can use the gardens to their full potential"


New opening days for HWRCs come into effect from April

A press release from Powys County Council today confirms the reduced opening hours for household waste and recycling centres that will come into effect on Monday April 3rd despite protests from Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council.

At the meeting of the full council in February, the town council supported a motion proposed by Cllr David Selby expressing his concerns of the proposed changes, a formal letter was sent to the County Council opposing the changes.

It was announced that the changes to the service in Newtown will now be ‘Tuesday and Thursdays (9am-5pm); Sundays (9am-4pm)’ Along with these changes Powys County Council have also announced changes to vehicle restrictions at the centres. See below:

Vehicles that will be allowed at the centres include:


  • All cars, sport utility vehicle (SUVs) and people carriers (with rear seats and windows)
  • Camper vans and Land Rovers (with rear seats and windows)
  • Pick-up trucks / double cab vehicles with sliding cover / fibre glass back
  • Single axle trailers towed by any of the above.


Vehicles that will not be allowed at the centre include:

  • Pick-up trucks / double cab vehicles with open or a metal back
  • All vans (including hire vans)
  • Agricultural vehicles
  • Sign-written vehicles
  • Any trailer that is not single axle (regardless of what it is towed by).


Flag flies for Commonwealth.

On Monday 13th March the Commonwealth flag flew in Newtown to mark Commonwealth Day. 2017 marks 40 years since Commonwealth Day became a global celebration marked on the same day every year: on the second Monday in March.


Tidy Newtown Week makes a big impression

Tidy Newtown Week has been a great success in its second year, with 7 different events aimed at making the town a tidier place.

Children from Maesyrhandir School, Ysgol Dafyd LLewydd and Treowen School litter picked around their area. Newtown Squadron of Air Cadets collected 8 bulging bags along the river path between the Cambrian Bridge and the Long Bridge. Members of Walking Newtown braved wind and drizzle to remove 10 bags from the Dolerw Bridge and skate park areas.

The Tidy Newtown Week was initiated by Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council and carried out in partnership with Keep Wales Tidy. The dates were organised to coincide with Spring Clean Cymru which is the Welsh part of the Great British Spring Clean.

During Tidy Newtown Week, 116 volunteers spent a total of 136 hours on litter picking and collected 70 bags of waste plus some large items, such as a bicycle and a bed frame. The waste was collected by Powys County Council, which supports the Tidy Week.