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Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council (Welsh: Cyngor bwrdeistref Sirol Blaenau Gwent) is the governing body for Blaenau Gwent, one of the Principal Areas of Wales.

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
Cyngor Bwrdeisdref Sirol Blaenau Gwent
Leadership
Chair of the Council
Cllr Denzil Hancock
Since 25 May 2017
Leader of the Council
Cllr Nigel John Daniels, Independent
Since 25 May 2017
Structure
Seats42 councillors
Political groups
Administration
     Independent (28)
Other parties
     Labour (13)
     Plaid Cymru (1)
Length of term
4 years
Elections
Last election
4 May 2017
Website
www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

Contents

BackgroundEdit

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.[1]

Current compositionEdit

Group affiliation Members
  Independent 28
Labour 13
Plaid Cymru 1
 Majority (IND) +15
 Total 42

Previous Council ControlEdit

  • 1991: Labour hold
  • 1995: Labour hold
  • 1999: Labour hold
  • 2004: Labour hold
  • 2008: Independent/People's Voice/Liberal Democrat Coalition GAIN from Labour
  • 2012: Labour GAIN from Independent Coalition[2]
  • 2017: Independent GAIN from Labour[3]

Electoral wardsEdit

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
Abertillery

(3 Seats - 1 No Party, 2 Labour)

Abertillery & Llanhilleth Town* (Abertillery ward) Rhiw Park, Aberillery Park
Badminton

(2 seats)

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
Beaufort

(2 seats)

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,
Blaina

(3 seats)

Nantyglo & Blaina Town* (Blaina ward) Cwm Celyn, Bournville
Brynmawr

(3 seats)

Brynmawr Town*
Cwm

(2 seats)

Cwm Waunllwyd
Cwmtillery

(3 seats)

Abertillery & Llanhilleth Town* (Cwmtillery ward) Rose Heyworth
Ebbw Vale North

(3 seats)

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

(2 seats)

That part of the Community of Ebbw Vale not contained in the Ebbw Vale North ward Garden City, Tyllwyn, Hilltop, Briery Hill
Georgetown

(2 seats)

Tredegar Town* (Georgetown ward) Troedrhiwgwair, Peacehaven
Llanhilleth

(3 seats)

Abertillery & Llanhilleth Town* (Llanhilleth ward) Brynithel, Aberbeeg, Swffryd
Nantyglo

(3 seats)

Nantyglo & Blaina Town* (Nantyglo ward) Winchestown, Coalbrookvale, Garn Fach, Coed Cae
Rassau

(2 seats)

That part of the pre-2010 community of Beaufort not contained in the Badminton and Beaufort wards Nantycroft
Sirhowy

(3 seats)

Tredegar Town* (Sirhowy ward) Tafarnaubach, Waundeg, Trevil, Dukestown, Rhoslan
Six Bells

(2 seats)

Abertillery & Llanhilleth Town* (Six Bells ward) Warm Turn
Tredegar Central and West

(4 seats)

Tredegar Town* (Central and West ward) Bedwellty Pits, Cefn Golau, Ashvale

Civic Office HoldersEdit

Mayor 2011-2012: Cllr Mike Bartlett (Lab, Llanhilleth)

Mayor 2012-2013: Cllr Graham Bartlett (Lab, Cwmtillery)

Deputy Mayor 2011-2012: Den Hughes*

Deputy Mayor 2012-2013: Cllr Mostyn Lewis (Lab, Ebbw Vale South)

(*The Deputy Mayor for 2011-2012 lost his seat at the elections in May 2012)

Council Leadership and Executive (2012)Edit

Leader of the Council: Cllr Stephen C. Thomas (Labour)

Deputy Leader of the Council: Cllr Jim McIlwee (Labour)

Executive Member for Finance and Resources: Cllr Barrie Sutton (Lab, Brynmawr)

Executive Member for Social Services: Cllr Anita Hobbs (Lab, Tredegar Central & West)

Executive Member for Leisure & Young People: Cllr David Wilkshire (Lab, Rassau)

Executive Member for Transformation and Partnership working: Cllr Haydn Trollope (Lab, Tredegar Central & West)

Executive Member for Regeneration: Cllr Brian Scully (Lab, Badminton)

Executive Member for Highways & Infrastructure: Cllr David White (Lab, Beaufort)

Executive Member for Environment: Cllr Keith Hayden (Lab, Georgetown)

Executive Member for Governance: Cllr Jim McIlwee (Lab, Llanhilleth)

Other positions:

Leader of the Opposition: Cllr John Mason (Ind, Nantyglo)

Deputy Leader of the Opposition: Cllr Garth Collier (Ind, Blaina)

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)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Local Elections: Independents take control of Blaenau Gwent from Labour". South Wales Argus. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  2. ^ "Councillors - General Information". Archived from the original on 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  3. ^ "Blaenau Gwent CBC: Councillor Directory". www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk. Retrieved 2018-02-19.

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