Newtown residents are being asked to give their views on a potential 9.5 per cent increase in council tax at a specially arranged forum with councillors.

County Councillor Mark Barnes has arranged a public meeting, set to be held at Newtown Football Club on February 13, to enable residents and representatives of Powys County Council to share their views and concerns with each other.

Cllr Barnes said “My view is that both residents and the Council should make every attempt to understand each other’s viewpoint.

"Residents are understandably concerned about diminishing services combined with increased charges, but these are unfortunately what we are facing. So, what are the options?

"This meeting is intended to go some way towards a meeting of minds.”

Cllr Barnes says the meeting will include a 'transparent discussion' covering all issues that fall under the Council’s responsibility.

Members of the panel confirmed so far include Cllr Aled Davies, Portfolio Holder for Finance, Countryside and Transport and Cllr Myfanwy Alexander Portfolio Holder for Learning and Welsh Language.

Anyone wishing to attend should reserve a ticket online here:

For more information email or call 07590 005692.