Harry Robson is standing in Newtown West. Harry is from Newtown and has lived in West Ward most of his life, having gone to Penygloddfa Primary School and then Newtown High School and 6th Form. Harry has a background in environmental policy and security consulting and is now working in communications.
Among Harry’s top priorities are tackling the growing problem of crime and county lines in Newtown, seeing the town centre regenerated and getting the basics right.
Harry has also stood against the 30% council tax rise implemented by the current Independent and Conservative administration (which this year was supported by Plaid Cymru).
Commenting Harry said:
"Too often the current Conservative and Independent Council is failing to even get even the most basics done. The state of our roads both in Newtown and outside the town are atrocious. Some of the potholes on Llanfair Road and around Penygloddfa are big enough to take the wheel off your car.
"Likewise streetlights are often reported faulty and has been raised as a concern to be by many of my female friends, who find it very concerning when they want to go running in the winter or are walking home at night.
"Residents across Milford Road, Penygloddfa and Bryn Meadows have also complained about the amount of litter and dog mess on local paths. We clearly need more public bins in place. Across all of Bryn Meadows and the Penygloddfa area there are just two pubic bins.
"There has been great work going on over the last couple of years to help rejuvenate Newtown town centre by both the town council and others. But I am worried to hear people think we are falling behind both Llanidloes and Welshpool. I want to make sure that the County Council is supporting the town council and others in their efforts to improve the town centre. I believe we must do more to attract independent retailers to town and retain them once they are here if we are to restore our vibrant high street.
"Unfortunately, a lot of people have raised their concerns over the growth of anti-social behaviour and crime in Newtown. The concerns have been particularly focused on the growth of county lines and gangs in and around town. Parents in particular have spoken about their worries that young people in the area are getting pulled into gangs. I want to work with the hardworking team at Dyfed-Powys Police to make sure that the Council is doing all they can to support them.
"But I also want to see an increased focus from the council on youth projects that help keep young people busy and out of the reach of gangs. I also want to see the cuts being made to social services in Powys stopped."