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Hay on Wye, a market town with a long and colourful history located in the Welsh county of Powys close to the border with Herefordshire.


Co-option Notices for Hay Town Council - 2 Councillor Vacancies

Hay Town Council has two vacancies for the role of Hay Town Councillor following the resignations of Josie Pearson and Derek Price. No election has been called by electors, so HTC can now Co-opt Councillors. If you are interested in becoming a Town Councillor for Hay, please click on the link below to find out more details and the qualifying criteria. HTC has set an initial deadline of 30 October for expressions of interest to become a Town Councillor.
Notice of Co-Option for the roles of Hay Town Councillor Sept 2020

Memorial Square Car Park - Use for Businesses

Hay Town Council, working in partership with Powys County Council and the Chamber of Commerce has now put in place a formal system for business use of Memorial Square Car Park. The first stage is to complete the Expression of Interest form which you can find in the link below and return to Hay Town Council. HTC will then consider all Expression of Interests on a regular basis and confirm whether a business is allowed to go ahead. Businesses may only be given a stated period of time to ensure fairness, and the number of businesses will be limited to ensure social distancing. Once this stage has been approved, please note that there will be a second stage to be gone through with Powys CC. But this can be done retrospectively provided HTC has given your business permission. If any business has any queries about the Expression of Interest, please contact the Clerk on: haytownclerk@hotmail.co.uk  
HTC Expression of Interest for Use of Memorial Square Car Park August 2020 
Update from Powys County Council Environmental Health
Welsh Government Guidelines and amended legislation outline the responsibilities on businesses to reduce the risk of Coronavirus, the key points of Regulation 12 being:
  1. The first is to take "all reasonable measures" to maintain 2 metres distance between people who are on the premises or are waiting to go into the premises.
  2. The second is to take "any other reasonable measures" to minimise the risk of exposure to Coronavirus - this primarily means improving hygiene and taking measures to minimise face to face interaction (something which is particularly important where 2-metre distancing isn't reasonably practicable).
  3. The third is to provide information to those entering or working at the premises about how to minimise the risk of exposure to Coronavirus - something that is closely linked to the other two requirements as measures taken will often depend on the behaviour of those on the premises.
Temporary Measures  - Summary To Date
The initial measures were put in place on Tuesday 28th July at 11.00 a.m. The measures will continue to be monitored on a weekly basis. At Hay Town Council's meeting on 10th August 2020, Councillors agreed to re-open St John's Place for traffic coming from Oxford Rd/the Bull Ring down to Lion Street, but not to traffic coming up from Lion Street. This is in response to safety issues caused by an increase of traffic going down Bear Street. Hay Town Council continues to meet with Powys County Council and another leaflet will shortly be delivered to every household in Hay with some questions so that we can gauge the level of support for the measures.

Social Distancing Measures for Hay town centre - Plan

Social Distancing Measures for Hay town centre - written proposal draft three


Covid-19 - Information and Support 

 Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)

  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times

  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.


Hay Town Council.

Hay on Wye is a market town situated in the Welsh county of Powys on the border with Herefordshire. The Town is home to around 1700 residents but this increases considerably during the tourist season, particularly at the time of the world renowned Hay Festival and other large events and festivals taking place in the town.

Hay is located in the North Eastern corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park which is an area with beautiful and varied scenery and home to one of the first Dark Sky Reserves.

Hay Town Council has 11 councillors (when there are no vacant seats) and two members of administrative staff. The Mayor, who is also the leader of the council, is chosen by the councillors.

The full council meets monthly, usually on the first Monday of the month, unless this falls on a Bank Holiday.  The council also has a number of sub committees who meet approximately every six weeks. Where possible we allocate councillors to sub committees that make the best use of their knowledge and experience.

The operation of the council is governed by a set of Standing Orders that cover, for example. how often the council meets and the conduct of meetings.  

Latest Minutes - Covid-19

Council Meetings - Hay Town Council will now be holding council meetings to discuss urgent business only as we continue to follow Government advice on Covid-19. These meetings will be held remotely until or unless the advice from Goernment changes. All our remote meetings will be published on this website. 

The Minutes of the last Council Meeting can be viewed here. For other minutes please use the Meetings and Minutes tab at the top of the page. 

Please note that minutes are generally a month behind as they have to be agreed and signed off at the following month's council meeting.

Minutes of Meeting 14 September 2020















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Hay Covid-19 Support Group -  Grant from PAVO's C-SERT fund

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Hay Town Council, Council Chamber, Broad Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BX


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