Richard Edwards


Telephone 07805 878255
Ward South
Party Affiliation Plaid Cymru
Office Chair, Economy and Environment Committee
Committee Membership Economy and Environment, Strategy and Corporate Projects, Resources


I went to Hafren Primary, Newtown High School and Coleg Powys before completing a HND course at Aberystwyth University.

I work at Cultivate; a Co-op based in Newtown and that runs a Community Garden and shop. In addition, I run my own market garden near Kerry, growing vegetables for the local market.

I’m especially interested in the regeneration of Newtown, promoting the use of our parks, greater sustainability and care for the environment including reducing the amount of litter in the town.

I believe that by working together we can make Newtown a successful place to live, learn, work and visit.

Councillor Stats

Date took Office – 25.6.2012 (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 46 43 93 1
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 How to Market Your Parish / Town / Community to Attract Visitors

Outside Body Appointments

Year Outside Body
2022-23 Maesyrhandir CP
  Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd
 2023-24 Mid Wales Tourism
  Maesyrhandir CP
  Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd
  Mid & North Powys Destination Network
  Climate Action Newtown


Project Leads and other Responsibilities

Project Start Date End Date 
Continue to develop the ‘Newtown Brand’ Pre 2022  
Continue to develop plans for an improved Tourist Information Centre Pre 2022  
Encourage people to leave the bypass & come to town centre via the Discover Newtown brand Pre 2022  
Continue to work with appropriate agencies for archaeological dig at the Town Hall Mound Pre 2022  
Provide additional info boards around the town centre June 2023  
Kicking off Christmas June 2023  
Celebration of Newtown Event Pre 2022  
Finding a New Route (The Tourism Plan) – review Pre 2022  
PP HW3-Investigate partners & funding to establish a central source of information (such as a Directory / What’s On listing – ref project CF4) to promote engagement in sport, nature, creativity and social engagement as a means of keeping well June 2023  
PP CC5-Climate Change/ Biodiversity Education June 2023  
Canal Restoration – Campaign for funding for a feasibility study Pre 2022  
Allotment Service: consider possible transfer from Powys CC June 2023 March 2024
Climate Emergency representative Pre 2022  


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.

Richard Edwards Declarations of Interest 2022-2027

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- May 2023 £1,730.00

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