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Become a councillor

Created on 08/03/2017 @ 18:18
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Fancy becoming a county, community or town council member in the Newtown area?

Your chance will soon be here as nominations to stand for the council wards open on 20 March and close at 4pm on 4 April before the elections on 4 May.

Powys County Council Chief Executive and Returning Officer, Jeremy Patterson said: “Residents decide to become councillor for a variety of reasons, for instance because they are active in their community or committed to a particular issue or political party, but whatever the reason they are often surprised by the amount and variety of interesting work.

“Almost anyone can be a local councillor and it is important that we get a range of different people from different backgrounds to represent local communities. It is a challenging role but one that can be very rewarding.”

At county council level, 73 county councillors are to be elected, with each county councillor representing an electoral division that comprises one or more communities with an average of approximately 1,500 electors.

For the 110 town and community councils in Powys, there is a total of 1,041 community councillors to be elected. The communities vary widely in geographical area and in their numbers of residents. The smallest has approximately 149 electors and seven councillors, while the largest has over 8,000 electors and 16 councillors.

Nomination papers will be accepted from March 20 until nominations close at 4pm on April 4, 2017. 

If you are interested in obtaining a nomination pack or finding out more about the election process, please contact the Elections Office on 01597 826747 or visit

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