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Want to know what your county councillor has been doing?

Created on 05/10/2019 @ 09:36
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Want to know what your local Powys county councillor has been up to over the past year?

Well, the latest annual reports of your elected county council representatives have gone live and you can see what they've been doing on your behalf.

You can also find out what their attendance has been at council meetings.

In Newtown you can find out about:

Cllr David Selby, Newtown Central

Cllr Joy Jones, Newtown East

Cllr Daniel Rowlands, Newtown Llanllwchaiarn North

Cllr Mark Barnes, Newtown Llanllwchaiarn West

The Newtown South ward is currently vacant.

In a statement, Powys County Council said: "Annual reports for 2018-19 produced by individual councillors can be found on their individual webpages by visiting Powys County Council’s website and searching for your councillor.

"When written, reports give a snapshot of a councillor’s activities over the last year including membership of committees and attendances, issues taken up on behalf of constituents, development sessions attended and other activities.
"The reports were first introduced in 2012-13 as part of a Welsh Government initiative to strengthen local democracy."

However, writing reports is optional and not all councillors have one. But the council said: "Writing annual reports is optional. However, those councillors who do not wish to take up the option of writing a “full” report, will have a less detailed report agreed with them, which will give details of membership of committees and attendances and development sessions attended.  This will ensure that residents can access basic information about all councillors."
Chair of the Council’s Democratic Services Committee, Councillor Elwyn Vaughan, said: “Annual reports give residents an insight into the work carried out by councillors in representing their constituents. The idea is to promote greater understanding of the councillor’s role, greater transparency and greater accountability.”
If a member of the public wants to comment on a report they should contact the councillor concerned.

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