John Byrne


Ward East
Party Affiliation None
Office Mayor
Committee Services, Strategy and Corporate Projects


I have lived and worked in Newtown for over 14 years. I am a trade union activist and have a vast knowledge and experience of local government having worked for this authority for the past 14 years.

I am keen to support the ward I have been elected to and the town council to ensure the needs of the residents and the town council are met.

I am looking forward to working with the Town Council to keep Newtown the vibrant and welcoming town I found myself moving to.

Councillor Stats

Date took office 11.7.18 – (The start of continuous service)


DNA – Data not currently available
X – Councillor not in office

Attendance Record

Your Council’s decisions are made at meetings of the council or its committees.  Your Councillors have a duty to attend all meetings of the Council and meetings of the Committees of which they are members, unless an absence is approved by the meeting for a stated reason, for example a council duty elsewhere or ill-health.

Note that some councillors have been required to attend more meetings than others by reason, for example, of a shorter term of office or lesser number of committees to which elected, so the reader is advised to consider both the total number and the percentage when interpreting the attendance record.

Year (April – Mar) Total Required Meetings Total Required Meetings Attended (including Approved Absences) % of Required Duty Met Other Meetings Attended
May 22 – May 23 30 27 90 5
2023 – 2024 DNA      
2024 – 2025        
2025 – 2026        
2026 – 2027        

Training Record

There are no legal requirements for councillors to undertake training either before or after being elected.  However, this Council does require that all councillors undertake Code of Conduct training within six months of taking office and encourages all councillors to take advantage of training offered by organisations operating in the local council sector.

Year Course
2022-23 Innovative Practice Conference

Outside Body Appointments

Year Outside Body
2022-23 PAVO
  Dementia Friendly Newtown
  Montgomery Medical Practice Patients Association
 2023-24 One Voice Wales Larger Councils Committee
  Sarah Brisco Trust
  Dementia Friendly Newtown

Project Leads and other Responsibilities

Project Start Date End Date 
Newtown Network/Volunteering in Newtown project June 23  

Declarations of Interests

Your Councillors are obliged to observe the Code of Conduct.  In doing so they will declare their personal and prejudicial interests in matters being discussed in meetings.  Note that in Wales councillors are not required to declare interests in a Resister of Interests, but must declare them whenever they occur in meetings.

Payments to Members

Your Councillors are entitled to payments (remuneration) at levels determined by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales though they may choose to opt out of all or some of the payments.  Note that some councillors may have lesser entitlement if joining or ceasing part way through the year.

The total amounts shown here, are made up of various allowances including a care allowance.

Year Total Payments
May 2022-23 £2,173.33

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