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No candidate for seat on Powys council

Nominations have now closed for the local elections on May 4 Credit: Powys Council

In most parts of Wales, election leaflets will be landing on doormats with increasing frequency for the next month, as candidates try to win our votes. But in some rural areas, a single candidate has been unopposed and declared elected. And in at least ward -Yscir in Powys- no-one has been nominated.

More than 1,000 voters in the village of Cradoc and its neighbouring communities north of Brecon will be unrepresented when councillors first meet after May 4, which is election day -where there is an election. Nominations will then have to be re-opened and a fresh attempt made to drum up some interest in representing Yscir

It's not yet clear if Yscir is the only ward in Wales with no candidate. At the last local elections in 2012, Bryncrug in Gwynedd had the dubious distinction of being the only candidate-free zone. Two months later, five people stood for the seat and there had to be a by-election.

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500-year-old Powys oak is European Tree of the Year runner-up

Credit: Tracey Williams

An ancient pollarded oak thought to be over 500 years old has come second in the European Tree of the Year competition.

The tree, near Newtown, has been cared for by one family for generations. Even their family wedding photographs from 1901 were taken under its spreading canopy.

But in 2015 it was threatened with destruction by a new bypass. Mervyn Jones, who farms the land, campaigned hard to save the tree with Tree Hunter Rob McBride and after a 5,000 signature petition to the Welsh Assembly, the bypass route was adjusted.

The UK is rightly renowned for having some of the best examples of ancient trees in Europe, so it’s good to see them finally achieving recognition in the competition.

– Beccy Speight, Chief Executive, Woodland Trust

Police appeal for missing man in Powys

Police are appealing for information after a 51-year-old man went missing in Powys.

Andrew Hardy has not been seen since 4.30pm on Wednesday 4 January.

Officers say he went missing from the Bronllys area, Brecon, but has ties to the north of Powys and also Aberystwyth.

Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

He is described as white, approximately 5’9” tall, quite slender, with long brown hair.

He is believed to be wearing black skinny jeans and a black coat, and may have a black cowboy hat.

Anyone who has seen Mr Hardy or has any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact 101.

Heavy rain warning for parts of South Wales and Powys

The warning is valid until 10pm. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

The Met Office says there could be 'tricky driving conditions' as heavy is forecast for parts of South Wales and Powys.

It has issued a 'be aware' warning with up to 40mm (over 1.5 inches) expected in places.

Areas affected:

  • Carmarthenshire
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Powys
  • Caerphilly
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • Bridgend
  • Cardiff
  • Swansea
  • Vale of Glamorgan

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