In the last full council meeting, Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn Town Council welcomed guest speaker Mr D Thorpe from One Planet Centre.

Mr Thorpe is the Founder and Director of the One Planet Centre which offers consultancy, tools and training to assist individuals and organisations in becoming measurably more sustainable and making a real difference. He is also the author of The One Planet Life – a manual for low impact living by individuals, families, and communities as well as One Planet Cities – a compendium of solutions for towns and cities, with a suggested roadmap for transitioning to “one planet” status.

The councillors welcomed Mr Thorpe to present and discuss his work calculating the carbon footprint of Newtown including the ecological footprint and the relevant components.

Discussion also included how Powys’s footprint is higher than average, where key contributing factors include the age of dwellings and reliance on domestic oil in rural properties.

The Mayor Cllr Richard Williams thanked Mr Thorpe for is attendance and offer of support to assist the Town Council with calculating its own footprint.  The Councils lead councillors for climate emergency will continue any further correspondence with One Planet Centre. Further information on One Planet Centres work can be found by visiting their website: The One Planet Centre | How to repair our home (

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