Ceredigion County Council

Ceredigion County Council (Welsh: Cyngor Sir Ceredigion) is the governing body for the county of Ceredigion, since 1996 one of the unitary authorities of Wales.

Ceredigion County Council

Cyngor Sir Ceredigion
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byDyfed County Council
Ceredigion District Council
Chair of the Council
Cllr Peter Davies MBE, Independent
Leader of the Council
Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn, Plaid Cymru
Deputy Leader
Cllr Ray Quant MBE, Independent
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Ceredig Davies, Liberal Democrats
Chief Executive
Mr Eifion Evans
Seats42 councillors
Political groups
Administration (34)
  Plaid Cymru (20)
  Independent Group (11)
  Independent Voice (3)
Other parties (8)
  Liberal Democrat (8)
CommitteesAudit Committee
Charity Trustee Committee
Democratic Services Committee
Development Control Committee
Ethics and Standards Committee
Language Committee
Licensing Committee
CommitteesOverview and Scrutiny Committee
Scrutiny - Corporate Resources
Scrutiny - Healthier Communities
Scrutiny - Learning Communities
Scrutiny - Thriving Communities
Joint committees
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Length of term
5 Years
First past the post
First election
4 May 1995
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
5 May 2022
Meeting place
Council offices in Aberaeron

Its former offices in Aberystwyth were housed in the former hotel Swyddfa'r Sir. The council is now based in Aberaeron.

Public healthEdit

The county had the lowest rates of people infected with or dying from COVID-19 in the British mainland, up to June 2020. The area is naturally rural and holiday attractions and the University were closed down very early. The council set up its own contact tracing system in March 2020.[1]

Political makeupEdit

Elections take place every five years. The last full county election took place on 4 May 2017. The next will take place in May 2022.

Current compositionEdit

Group affiliation[2] Members
Plaid Cymru 20
Liberal Democrats 8
Llais Annibynnol 0
Labour 0[3]
Non-party independent 0

Historic resultsEdit

Summary of the council composition after council elections, click on the year for full details of each election.[4][5]

Year Conservative Independent Labour Liberal Democrats Plaid Cymru
1995 0 26 1 10 6
1999 0 22 1 7 14
2004 0 16 1 9 16
2008 0 12 1 10 19
2012 0 15 1 7 19
2017 0 13 1 8 20

Electoral divisionsEdit

Electoral divisions in Ceredigion

The county is divided into 40 electoral wards returning 42 councillors. There are 50 communities in the area, some of which have their own elected council. Many communities are coterminous with council wards. The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas. Communities with a community council are indicated with an asterisk.

Ward Communities Councillor(s) elected 2012
Aberaeron Aberaeron* Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Evans
Aberporth Aberporth* UKIP Gethin James[6]
Aberystwyth Bronglais Aberystwyth* (Bronglais ward) Plaid Cymru Alun Williams
Aberystwyth Central Aberystwyth* (Central ward) Liberal Democrats Ceredig Davies
Aberystwyth North Aberystwyth* (North ward) Plaid Cymru Mark Anthony Strong
Aberystwyth Penparcau Aberystwyth* (Penparcau ward [1]) Plaid Cymru Steve Davies
Plaid Cymru Lorrae Jones-Southgate
Aberystwyth Rheidol Aberystwyth* (Rheidol ward) Independent John Aled Roberts
Beulah Beulah* Plaid Cymru William David Lyndon Lloyd
Borth Independent Ray Quant
Capel Dewi Llandysul* (Capel Dewi, Pontshaen and Tregroes wards) Independent Peter Davies
Cardigan, Mwldan Cardigan* (Mwldan ward) Plaid Cymru John Adams-Lewis
Cardigan, Rhyd-y-Fuwch Cardigan* (Rhyd-y-Fuwch ward) Liberal Democrats Mark Cole
Cardigan, Teifi Cardigan* (Teifi ward) Plaid Cymru Catrin Miles
Ceulanamaesmawr Plaid Cymru Ellen ap Gwynn
Ciliau Aeron Plaid Cymru John Lumley
Faenor Faenor* Liberal Democrats John Roberts
Lampeter Lampeter Labour Robert George Harris
Independent John Ivor Williams
Llanarth Llanarth* Plaid Cymru Bryan Gareth Davies
Llanbadarn Fawr - Padarn Llanbadarn Fawr* (Padarn ward) Plaid Cymru Gareth Davies
Llanbadarn Fawr - Sulien Llanbadarn Fawr* (Sulien ward) Plaid Cymru Paul James
Llandyfriog Llandyfriog* Plaid Cymru Benjamin Towyn Evans
Llandysilio-gogo Independent Gareth Lloyd
Llandysul Town Llandysul (Trefol ward) Plaid Cymru Peter Evans
Llanfarian Llanfarian* Plaid Cymru Alun Lloyd Jones
Llanfihangel Ystrad
  • Llanfihangel Ystrad*
  • Nantcwnlle* (Nantcwnlle and Trefilan wards)
Plaid Cymru William Lynford Thomas
Llangeitho Independent Rhodri Evans
Llangybi Plaid Cymru Odwyn Davies
Llanrhystyd Liberal Democrats Rowland Rees-Evans
Llansantffraed Independent Dafydd Edwards
Llanwenog Independent Euros Davies
Lledrod Independent Ifan Davies
Melindwr Plaid Cymru Rhodri Davies
New Quay New Quay* Independent Gill Hopley
Penbryn Independent Gwyn James
Pen-parc Independent Haydn Lewis
Tirymynach Tirymynach Liberal Democrats Paul Hinge
Trefeurig Trefeurig* Independent Dai Mason
Tregaron Tregaron* Plaid Cymru Catherine Jane Hughes
Troedyraur Troedyraur* Independent Maldwyn Lewis
Ystwyth Liberal Democrats Rowland Jones


Coat of arms of Ceredigion County Council
Originally granted to Cardiganshire County Council on 21st October 1937
A mural crown Or.
Quarterly per pale indented first Sable a lion rampant reguardant Or second barry wavy of six Argent and Azure a herring haurient proper third Azure a garb Or banded Gules and fourth Sable a chevron between three roses Argent barbed and seeded Proper.
Golud Gwlad Rhyddid (A Nation's Wealth Is Freedom)[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The area of Wales that missed coronavirus - and the simple system it set up". Wales Online. 5 June 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Cynghorwyr" [Councillors] (in Welsh). Archived from the original on 2010-12-25. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  3. ^ "Plaid issues ultimatum over UKIP councillor". BBC News. 11 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Ceredigion County Council Election Results 1995-2012". Elections Centre Plymouth University. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  5. ^ "Wales at the polls: Local elections 2017". ITV News. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  6. ^ "Plaid issues ultimatum over UKIP councillor". BBC News. 11 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Wales". Civic Heraldry of Wales. Retrieved 22 March 2021.

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