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Vacancy on the Town Council

Newtown Central seat is now being advertised after Derek Harrison stepped down from the role.

The Newtown Central ward covers Vaynor, Trehafren and the Llanidloes Road area from Plas Cae Crwn care home to Newtown Evangelical Church.

What is a Town Councillor?

Councillors are elected to represent an individual geographical area on the council, known as a ward. The current vacancy is to represent the Central Ward. Councillors are generally elected by the public every four years, but there is currently a co-option space available on the Town Council as former councillor, Derek Harrison, has resigned their position.

What do councillors do?

  1. Decision making – Through meetings and attending committees with other elected members, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
  2. Monitoring – Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
  3. Getting involved locally – As local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. These responsibilities and duties often depend on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available, and may include:
  • Going to meetings of local organisations
  • Going to meetings of bodies affecting the wider community
  • Taking up issues on behalf of members of the public

How much time does it take up?

Quite often councillors say that their duties occupy them for a few hours a week. Obviously, there are some councillors who spend more time than this – and some less, but in the main, being a Town Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community and helping to make it a better place to live and work.

Councillors should be able to attend, as a minimum, two monthly meetings of the Town Council which normally take place on the evening on Mondays.

As a councillor representing your community you will help keep it a great place to live and work. You will be supported in your role and will be expected to undertake training. You should be comfortable working electronically. You should have a positive outlook and a can-do attitude and will be willing to work as part of a team.

How do I apply?

If this sounds like something you would enjoy doing and be interested in, please call 01686 625544 or email enquiries@newtown.org.uk for more information and a friendly chat.

The closing date for applications is 12.00pm on Tuesday 12 January 2021.