Double Award Win for Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn Town Council
The Ystadau Cymru awards aim to share and reward collaboration that has taken place across the public estate in Wales. The Awards in 2021 included the below categories:
- Creating Economic Growth
- Environmental sustainability
- Delivering Innovation
- Delivering Social Value
Following the success of being awarded the winner of the category “Delivery Innovation” at the Ystadau Cymru Awards 2021, Newtown & Llanllwchairn Town Council were delighted in also being awared the “Overall Winner 2021 Ystadau Cymru Award”.
In December 2020- work started collaboratively between the Town Council and Circular Economy Mid Wales (CEMW) to submit an application to Welsh Government to seek funds of £675, 550 from the “Green Recovery Circular Economy Fund; Covid Reconstruction repair and reuses activities in Welsh Town Centres”. Seeking the funding would provide inward investment to Newtown which included the purchase of property to house the “Waste Not Shop” as part of CEMW dedication to closing the economic lop in Mid Wales through repair and re-use.
The success and national recognition in these two prestigious awards clearly demonstrates the willingness of the town council to work flexibly and in new ways, grasping opportunities to work with others locally and directly with Welsh Government nationally, bringing significant investment into the community.
Commenting on behalf of CEMW, Jeremy Thorp Director “This funding came at precisely the right time for us, we had established a pilot operation retrieving re-usable and salvageable good from the MWRC in Newtown, and this fund enabled us to acquire and refit a retail premises which provides us with a far better sales offering, a wider messaging opportunity to showcase the circular economy in practise”.
CEMW Waste not shop is located on Newtown’s Broad Street, selling preloved goods at fair prices, refills on household products, advice & information on repairs, recycling and upcycling and workshops. Waste Not’s aims to make a more sustainable tomorrow by demonstrating better practise today.