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Top awards for town council

Created on 10/12/2021 @ 08:57
Two accolades have been presented to Newtown Town Council for its work and support on a local circular economy project.

The council was awarded the Delivering Innovation and Overall Winner 2021 at the Ystadau Cymru Conference.

Ystadau Cymru was established by Welsh Government to encourage excellence in active management of the Welsh public sector estate through strategic collaboration and good practise guidance.

The council presented at the conference about Circular Economy Mid Wales (CEMW) entitled ‘Newtown as a Pioneer Reuse and Repair Economy in Wales’.

In December last year work started collaboratively between the town council and Circular Economy Mid Wales to submit an application to Welsh Government to seek £675,550 from the “Green Recovery Circular Economy Fund."

The money is being used to provide inward investment to Newtown, including the purchase of a property in Broad Street for the recently opened “Waste Not Shop."

Newtown Mayor, Cllr Richard Williams, said: It is fantastic that once again Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council is being recognised nationally for our innovative and outstanding work."

Acting as lead councillor on the collective project Cllr David Selby said: “This award is recognition of a huge amount of work by a dedicated team from both the town council and the Waste Not team. Newtown is now leading the way with the “waste not” culture.

Town Clerk, Ed Humphreys, said: “The success and national recognition in these two awards are a clear demonstration of the willingness of the town council to work flexibly and in new ways, grasping opportunities to work with others locally and directly with Welsh Government nationally, bringing significant investment into the community.

"This was made more possible by the evidence of community support in the Place Plan and the Council's own 5-Year Plan both of which are already in place."

Circular Economy Mid Wales trading as “Waste Not” opened its doors Saturday, 28 November selling preloved goods at fair prices, refills on household products, advice & information on repairs, recycling and upcycling and workshops.

Waste Not’s aims to make for a more sustainable tomorrow by demonstrating better practice today.