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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.


Temporary Social Distancing Measures for Hay

Powys County Council invited Hay Town Council and Hay Chamber of Commerce to a walkabout in Hay town centre on Monday 24th June 2020, and the walkabout took place on Wednesday 26th June. The walkabout was attended by Hay Town Councillors, Hay Chamber of Commerce, County Councillor Gareth Ratcliffe and two officers from Powys County Council. We appreciate that some of the proposed measures are extremely sensitive issues, particularly any road closures.
Please be assured that the measures attached in the proposal were considered in great detail by all partners, and that every effort has been made to ensure that businesses are not adverseley affected. From 6th July 2020 travel restrictions across Wales will be lifted and we are expecting the numbers of people coming to Hay to begin to increase. The measures are aimed at Public Health and protecting people's lives and helping people shop and visit Hay safely and in a welcoming environment. These are exceptional times as we face an unprecedented pandemic in living memory. Powys County Council is working with all towns across Powys in order to install temporary measures, not Hay in isolation. The measure are temporary and will be reviewed on a weekly basis.

Temporary Social Distancing Measures to Support Hay Reopen June 2020



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.

Notes of Remote Meeting 8 June 2020 - DRAFT

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Hay Covid-19 Support Group -  Grant from PAVO's C-SERT fund
VE Day 75 in Hay
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Hay Town Council, Council Chamber, Broad Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BX


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