Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council Weekly Update 28/10/16

October 31, 2016



For immediate release



Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council Weekly Update


Wales Rally GB

Town Mayor (Cllr. Richard Edwards) was pleased to welcome Wales Rally GB to Newtown on the morning on October 28th. Newtown hosted the regroup and tyre fitting zone for the international crews on the rally. Guests were welcomed in the Town Council Chamber and included Glyn​ Davies Montgomery MP, Russell George Assembly Member​, Cllr ​Keith Tampin Chairman, Powys County Council with Rally Officials from MSA and the WRGB. Cllr. Richard Edwards said “Supporting events in Newtown is important to this Council, not only large international events like Wales Rally GB but also our smaller local events such as our very own Newtown Food and Community Festival and the Winter Festival”


Day Centre Public Meeting

Town Councillors attended the public meeting on Tuesday 25th October to hear about Powys County Councils options for the future of The Park day centre. Mayor Cllr. Richard Edwards spoke at the meeting and said “We would like to get involved, roll our sleeves up and get stuck in. If we were to put in, say £100,000 for a service like this. That would be an increase in our precept of about £23 per household per year.”


Montgomery Canal Clear up

On Saturday 12th November, there will be a second working party on the Freestone lock site, cutting back bushes and self-seeded trees. Volunteers will meet in the Gravel car park, near the picnic benches, at 9.30am for transport to the site, returning at 3.30pm. You must book a place with Sue Newham, Keep Wales Tidy, by emailing or ringing 07766 757145

Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council, along with Keep Wales Tidy and the Canal and Rivers Trust have come together to clear the disused Montgomery Canal Lock, the main aim of the initial project are To clear weed trees and shrubs from the walls and bed of the Freestone lock, as an “early win” activity, forming part of a much bigger and more long term project by Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council to restore the Montgomery canal to Newtown.

The group have already come together to make a start on the site clearing the area and removing small bushes and brambles from brickwork in and around the structure of the lock.

“We’ve accomplished something for the future of the canal. I’ve had many pleasurable walks along the canal and it’s good to give a hand to restore something. I work indoors the whole week and it’s nice to be out in the fresh air with a nice crowd of people.”

Clive Lloyd, volunteer


Town and Community Council Conference

The mayor reported attendance to the conference and welcomed the comments by the Cabinet Minister for Local Government on the future of town and community Councils. “It’s clear the minister is placing greater emphasis on town and community councils than in the past and we look forward to see how this will help save some of our services which the County Council may not be able to sustain”



Cllr. P Watkins proposed the town council investigate the possibility of providing a defibrillator for the town centre. The town council agreed to consider this for the 17/18 budget and to look at fund raising possibilities.


Mayors Announcements

Mayor reminded council about the Remembrance Sunday parade on 13th November. Assembling in Broad Street from 10:30 and also reminded members about the Remembrance Day gathering at the cenotaph and 11:00 on Friday 11th November to mark Armistice Day