Caerphilly County Borough Council

Caerphilly County Borough Council (Welsh: Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Caerffili) is the governing body for Caerphilly County Borough, one of the Principal Areas of Wales. The last full council elections took place in May 2017 and the next elections are scheduled for 2022.

Caerphilly County Borough Council
Caerphilly County Borough Council.svg
Term limits
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byIslwyn Borough Council
Rhymney Valley District Council
Mid Glamorgan County Council
Gwent County Council
Mayor of Caerphilly
Cllr Julian Simmonds, Labour
since 2019/20
Leader of Council
Cllr Philippa Marsden, Labour
since 4 Nov 2019
Deputy Leaders
Cllr Sean Morgan
Cllr Barbara Jones, Labour
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Colin Mann, Plaid Cymru
Chief executive
Christina Harrhy
since 11 January 2018
Seats73 councillors[1][2]
Political groups
Administration (49)
  Labour (49)
Opposition (24)
  Plaid Cymru (18)
  Independent Group (6)
Length of term
Council elected every four years
First past the post
First election
4 May 1995
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
5 May 2022

Historic resultsEdit

Year Plaid Cymru Labour Independents Liberal Democrats
2017 (73) 18 50 5 0
2012 (73) 20 50 3 0
2008 (73) 32 32 9 0
2004 (73) 26 41 6 0
1999 (73) 38 28 6 1
1995 (67)[3] 9 55 3 0

Turnout for the 2017 election was 37.48% [4]

Electoral divisionsEdit

The county borough is divided into 33 electoral wards returning 73 councillors. Many of these wards are coterminous with communities (parishes) of the same name. The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas. Communities with a community council are indicated with a '*':

Ward Communities (Parishes) Other geographic areas
Aberbargoed Bargoed Town* (Aberbargoed ward) Bedwellty
Abercarn Abercarn Chapel of Ease, Cwmcarn, Llanfach, West End
Aber Valley Aber Valley* Senghenydd, Abertridwr
Argoed Argoed* Cwm Corrwg, Hollybush, Manmoel, Markham
Bargoed Bargoed Town* (Bargoed and Park wards) Gilfach Estate
Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen* Bedwas, Trethomas, Machen, Graig-y-Rhacca
Blackwood Blackwood Town* Britannia, Cwm Gelli, Highfields
Cefn Fforest Cefn Fforest
Crosskeys Crosskeys Pontywaun
Crumlin Crumlin Bont Pren, Croespenmaen, Hafodyrnynys, Kendon, Treowen, Trinant
Darran Valley Darran Valley* Deri, Groesfaen, Pentwyn, Fochriw
Gilfach Bargoed Town* (Gilfach ward)
Hengoed Gelligaer* (Cefn Hengoed and Hengoed wards)
Llanbradach Llanbradach & Pwllypant*
Maesycwmmer Maesycwmmer*
Morgan Jones Caerphilly Town* (Bryncenydd, Parcyfelin and Tonyfelin wards) Bryncenydd, Churchill Park, Pontypandy
Moriah Rhymney* (Abertysswg, Moriah and St.David's wards) Abertysswg, Tan-y-bryn
Nelson Nelson*
Newbridge Newbridge Cwmdows, Pant, Pentwynmawr
New Tredegar New Tredegar* Brithdir, Phillipstown, Tirphil, Elliotstown, Cwmsyfiog
Pengam Pengam Britannia, Fleur de Lis, Gellihaf
Penmain Penmain (Penmaen) Oakdale, Pen-y-fan, Woodfieldside
Penyrheol Penyrheol, Trecenydd and Energlyn* Trecenydd, Hendredenny, Energlyn, Groeswen
Pontllanfraith Pontllanfraith Bryn, Gelligroes, Springfield, Penllwyn
Pontlottyn Rhymney* (Pontlottyn ward)
Risca East That part of the Community of Risca bounded by a line commencing at the point on the boundary of the former borough of Islwyn at Grid Reference ST 24879259, thence southwards along a track to Grid Reference ST 24799214, thence southwestwards along a cart track to Grid Reference ST 24679204, thence southwestwards along field boundaries to the stream at Grid Reference ST 24459185, thence along that stream southwestwards to the place where it enters the Monmouthshire Canal[This quote needs a citation] Ty Sign
Risca West The area of Risca not contained in Risca East
St. Cattwg Gelligaer* Cascade, Cefn Hengoed, Glan-y-nant, Penpedairheol, Tir-y-berth
St. James Rudry*, Van* Lansbury Park, Mornington Meadows, Waterloo, Llwyn Gwyn
St. Martins Caerphilly Town* (Castle, Twyn and Watford wards) Watford, Bonfield Park, Castle View
Twyn Carno Rhymney* (Twyn Carno ward) Llechryd, Princetown
Ynysddu Ynysddu Brynawel, Wattsville, Wyllie, Cwmfelinfach, Mynyddislyn
Ystrad Mynach Gelligaer* (Ystrad Mynach ward) Tredomen, Penallta

Allegations of misconductEdit

In 2015 Anthony O'Sullivan, the chief executive and two other executives were charged with misconduct during public office. It was alleged that they specifically 'wilfully misconducted themselves in relation to securing Caerphilly County Borough Council’s approval of a remuneration package for the said council’s chief officers from which they stood to gain for themselves'.[5][6][7]

Relating to this and other failings the Welsh Assembly commissioned a special report on the council in January 2014 [8]


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  5. ^ Claire Hayhurst (5 January 2015). "Caerphilly council chief executive Anthony O'Sullivan appears in court charged with misconduct over pay rise". Wales Online.
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