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New Mayor and Deputy elected

Cllr Mike Childs and Cllr Margaret Lewington were elected as the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the town council, in the annual general meeting held earlier tonight.

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Photo: (R-L) Cllr M Childs & Cllr M Lewington (Photo: Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn Town Council)

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Cllr Mike Childs and Cllr Margaret Lewington were elected as the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the town council, in the annual general meeting held earlier tonight.

The election marks the beginning of their respective terms for the municipal year 24/25, in these important roles within the local government.


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Cllr Childs, who has been serving as Deputy Mayor for the past two years, now steps into the role of the 32nd Mayor of Newtown. His journey in local governance began in May 2017 when he was first elected, and he has since actively participated in various committees and external bodies, contributing to the betterment of Newtown.

As the Mayor of Newtown, Cllr Childs assumes a significant position as the first citizen of the town, ranking high in the order of precedence alongside notable figures like the Sovereign, the Lord Lieutenant, and the Chair of Powys County Council.

His responsibilities include presiding over town council meetings, managing debates, and casting decisive votes in case of tiebreakers. Additionally, he takes on the role of a civic leader, serving as a representative for residents and promoting local causes, events, and businesses in a non-political capacity.

Cllr Margaret Lewington, who joined the council through co-option in July 2022, has been an active member of both the town council and the local community. Her new position as Deputy Mayor will involve deputizing for the Mayor in his absence and contributing to the governance and affairs of Newtown.

Both Cllr Childs and Cllr Lewington are entitled to senior allowances of £1500 and £500 per annum, respectively, acknowledging the commitment and dedication they bring to their roles in serving the town of Newtown.

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