Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
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Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
Cyngor Bwrdeisdref Sirol Blaenau Gwent
|Founded||1 April 1996|
Chair of the Council
Cllr Mandy Moore, Independent
Leader of the Council
Cllr Nigel John Daniels, Independent
since 25 May 2017
Cllr Garth Collier, Independent
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Stephen Thomas, Labour
since 11 August 2017
Length of term
|4 May 1995|
|4 May 2017|
|5 May 2022|
Prior to May 2017 the Labour Party had firm control of Blaenau Gwent council, with 30 seats. However, at the May 2017 council elections the numbers of Labour councillors was greatly reduced, with the Independents winning majority control. The Conservatives and Green Party failed to win any seats.
|Year||Conservative||Independent||Labour||Liberal Democrats||Plaid Cymru|
- In 1995, two Ratepayers' Association candidates and one Independent Labour candidate was elected.
- In 1999, four Ratepayers' Association candidates and one Independent Labour candidate was elected.
- In 2008, five candidates were elected to represent Blaenau Gwent People's Voice.
Previous council controlEdit
The county borough is divided into 16 electoral wards returning 42 councillors. The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas. Communities with a community council are indicated with an asterisk (*).
|Ward||Communities||Other geographic areas|
(3 Seats - 1 No Party, 2 Labour)
|Abertillery & Llanhilleth Town* (Abertillery ward)||Rhiw Park, Aberillery Park|
|That part of the Community of Beaufort specified in relation to the existing district ward of Badminton in column 2 of the Schedule to the Blaenau Gwent (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1986||Newchurch, Glyncoed|
|That part of the Community of Beaufort specified in relation to the existing district ward of Badminton in column 2 of the Schedule to the Blaenau Gwent (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1986||Garn Lydan, Carmeltown,|
|Nantyglo & Blaina Town* (Blaina ward)||Cwm Celyn, Bournville|
|Abertillery & Llanhilleth Town* (Cwmtillery ward)||Rose Heyworth|
|Ebbw Vale North
|That part of the Community of Ebbw Vale specified in relation to the existing district ward of Ebbw Vale North in column 2 of the Schedule to the Blaenau Gwent (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1986||Mountain Air, Willowtown, Waun-y-pound, Newtown|
|Ebbw Vale South
|That part of the Community of Ebbw Vale not contained in the Ebbw Vale North ward||Garden City, Tyllwyn, Hilltop, Briery Hill|
|Tredegar Town* (Georgetown ward)||Troedrhiwgwair, Peacehaven|
|Abertillery & Llanhilleth Town* (Llanhilleth ward)||Brynithel, Aberbeeg, Swffryd|
|Nantyglo & Blaina Town* (Nantyglo ward)||Winchestown, Coalbrookvale, Garn Fach, Coed Cae|
|That part of the pre-2010 community of Beaufort not contained in the Badminton and Beaufort wards||Nantycroft|
|Tredegar Town* (Sirhowy ward)||Tafarnaubach, Waundeg, Trevil, Dukestown, Rhoslan|
|Abertillery & Llanhilleth Town* (Six Bells ward)||Warm Turn|
|Tredegar Central and West
|Tredegar Town* (Central and West ward)||Bedwellty Pits, Cefn Golau, Ashvale|
Blaenau Gwent Council discontinued the role of mayor in 2017. The last Mayor of Blaenau Gwent was Councillor Barrie Sutton.
All the ceremonial and civic functions previously undertaken by the Mayor are now allocated to the Leadership, Executive and other members of the Council. A Chair of the Council role was also created for the chairing of meetings.
Council Leadership and Executive (2020-21)Edit
Leader / Executive Member - Corporate Services - Councillor Nigel John Daniels
Deputy Leader / Executive Member - Regeneration & Economic Development - Councillor Dai Davies
Executive Member - Education - Councillor Joanne Collins
Executive Member - Environment - Councillor Joanna Wilkins
Executive Member - Social Services - Councillor John Edward Mason
Political Party Group Officers (2012)Edit
Leader of the Majority Group: Cllr Hedley McCarthy (Lab, Llanhilleth)
Deputy Leader of the Majority Group: Cllr Steve Thomas (Lab, Tredegar Central and West)
Majority Chief Whip: Cllr Mike Bartlett (Lab, Llanhilleth)
Secretary to the Majority Group: Cllr David White (Lab, Beaufort)
Leader of Minority Group: Cllr John Mason (Ind, Nantyglo)
Deputy Leader of the Minority Group: Cllr Garth Collier (Ins, Blaina)
Criticism of councillors' conductEdit
Joanne Collins, the council's executive member for education and also a governor of her son's primary school took her family on holiday during school term time, "in direct contravention of her department's own policy", reported Private Eye in April 2020. The council reportedly distributes a pamphlet titled "School Attendance - a guide for parents of children starting school" that clearly states Blaenae Gwent Council "requested headteachers do not authorise any holidays in term time". The booklet had been published by Families First, a welsh government project, in conjunction with the council. Collins' action reportedly caused resentment among local families who had been refused permission to take a holiday during term time to save on cost. In response, council leader, Nigel Daniels, issued a statement to the South Wales Argus newspaper stating the "holiday in question was authorised ... and fully complied with the policy".
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- "Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council Election Results 1995-2012" (PDF). Elections Centre Plymouth University. Retrieved 4 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Wales local elections 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 4 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Councillors - General Information". Archived from the original on 3 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Blaenau Gwent CBC: Councillor Directory". www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
- Private Eye, Issue 1519, p.18
- "Wales". Civic Heraldry of Wales. Retrieved 22 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)