Elections May 2022: Results of Uncontested Elections to Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn Town Council

The County Returning Officer has published the results of an Uncontested Election for   

Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council.

The results show 10 nominees for 16 seats were received for persons wishing to stand as town councillors across the 5 electoral wards in the community. The following persons have been validly nominated and therefore elected unopposed to each ward…

Newtown Llanllwchaiarn North:

• Tracy Owen

• Rex Shayler

• 1 vacancy remaining

Newtown East Ward:

• John Byrne

• Val Howard

• 1 vacancy remaining

Newtown South Ward:

• Richard Edwards (Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales)

• 2 vacancies remaining

Newtown Llanllwchaiarn West:

• Mike Childs (Welsh Labour/ Llafur Cymru)

• Peter Lewington (Welsh Conservative Party Candidate Ymgeisydd Plaid Geidwadol Cymru)

• 1 vacancy remaining

Newtown Central Ward:

• David Selby (Welsh Liberal Democrats)

• Rupert Taylor (Independent)

• Richard White (Independent)

• 1 vacancy remaining

Town Clerk Ed Humphreys added,

“Town councillors are elected as representatives of the community to consider matters, together, and then make collective decisions on behalf of the community as a whole.  The elections process was the opportunity for those who have observations and ideas about whether or how to change the status quo and make a difference to the community for the better, to come forward to try to put them into practice.

I extend a welcome to all new town councillors and thank retiring ones for their past service.

Whilst some might be disappointed that that so few have been prepared to stand and be counted, being a councillor is unlikely to be everyone’s liking and there are other ways to influence community for the better – perhaps through the potential Town Partnership (https://newtown.org.uk/uncategorized/be-part-of-a-town-partnership-for-the-future-of-newtown-and-llanllwchaiarn-05-04-2022.html) or delivering projects from the community’s own Place Plan (https://newtown.org.uk/consultations/placeplan.html).

Newly elected town councillors will assume office on 9th May and will be required to sign a declaration of acceptance of office and an undertaking to abide by the code of conduct.  The town council may co-opt to fill remaining vacancies, for which public notice will be given.

The new council’s first business will be transacted at the Annual Meeting on 23rd May when it elects the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, Committees, and ‘Representatives to Outside Bodies’.  After that the new council will conclude the current 5-year business plan and work with the community to set out a new one using the Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn Place Plan as a starting point.”

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