Monmouthshire County Council

Monmouthshire County Council (or simply Monmouthshire Council) (Welsh: Cyngor Sir Fynwy) is the governing body for the Monmouthshire principal area – one of the unitary authorities of Wales.

Monmouthshire County Council

Cyngor Sir Fynwy
Coat of arms or logo
Logo
History
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byMonmouth Borough Council
Gwent County Council
Leadership
Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council
Cllr Mat Feakins, Conservative
since May 2021
Leader of the Council
Cllr Richard John, Conservative
since May 2021
Deputy Leader
Cllr Robert Greenland
Cllr Sara Jones, Conservative
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Dimitri Batrouni, Labour
since May 2013[1]
Chief Executive
Paul Matthews
since 2009[2]
Structure
Seats43[3]
Political groups
Administration (25)
  Conservative (25)
Opposition (18)
  Labour (10)
  Independent (5)
  Liberal Democrat (3)
Elections
First past the post
First election
4 May 1995
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
5 May 2022
Motto
Utrique Fidelis (Faithful to both)[4]
Website
monmouthshire.gov.uk

The current unitary authority was created in 1996 and covers the eastern three-fifths of the historic county. As of May 2021, the council is led by Richard John (Conservative), with Robert Greenland and Sara Jones (both Conservative) as deputy leaders.[5] The leader of the opposition is Dimitri Batrouni (Labour). The chief executive is Paul Matthews.[6]

HistoryEdit

A Monmouthshire County Council was originally formed in 1889, covering the administrative county of Monmouthshire. The council was based at Shire Hall in Newport. In 1891 Newport became a county borough and therefore outside the jurisdiction of the county council, although the council continued to be based there. The council was abolished in 1974, being absorbed into Gwent. However, a new Monmouthshire County Council was formed in 1996 covering the principal area of Monmouthshire. This council was a successor to the previous Monmouth District Council along with a small part of the former Blaenau Gwent District Council area, which had also been created in 1974.

From 1996 until April 2012, the council's administrative headquarters were at the six-storey former Gwent County Hall at Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran – outside its own jurisdiction in the neighbouring borough of Torfaen and shared with Torfaen County Borough Council. It was closed because of "concrete cancer" and later demolished.[7] In 2010 the authority had decided to relocate its headquarters functions to new offices in Usk.[8] In May 2010 it was reported that the council had purchased additional offices at the Wales 1 Business Park at Magor.[9] Planning permission for the new Usk office building, to provide the authority's central facilities, was granted in September 2011.[10] The new £6 million county hall was opened in mid 2013.[11]

A BBC television documentary "Carrying On at the Council" was broadcast in February 2012, after being filmed with Monmouthshire County Council over a period of seven months, in the lead up to their office move.[12]

ElectionsEdit

Elections take place every five years. Following the election on 3 May 2012, a working arrangement was established by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups to run the authority. Peter Fox (Conservative) was appointed as Leader, with Robert Greenland (Conservative) and Phylip Hobson (Liberal Democrat) as Deputy Leaders. In the elections, the two parties won a combined total of 22 seats, giving them an overall majority of one.[13] In May 2017, the Conservative party won overall control. Cllr Peter Fox began his fifth term in office.[14] Monmouthshire County Council became the only council in Wales under Conservative majority control.

The Conservatives had previously controlled the authority from the 2004 elections, when they took it from no overall control. They increased their majority in the council election of 2008.

Historic resultsEdit

Year Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats Plaid Cymru Others Notes
2017 25 10 3 0 5 Conservative majority control
2012[15] 19 12 3 0 10 NOC; Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition
2008 28 7 5 1 2 Conservative-controlled
2004 24 8 4 2 5 Conservative-controlled
1999 19 17 1 0 4 NOC; minority Labour administration
1995[16] 11 26 1 0 4 Labour

Current composition (2017)Edit

Group affiliation Members
Conservative 25
Liberal Democrats  3
Labour 10
  Independent
5
 Total
43

LeadershipEdit

Peter Fox, Conservative councillor for Portskewett, entered his fifth term as council leader in May 2017.[14] Cllr Fox had been council leader continuously since May 2008, when he replaced Raglan councillor, Andrew Crump. Crump had been leader since 2004, but resigned from the Conservative group after Fox's election as leader and joined the Independents. Prior to 2004 Crump had been leader of the hung council for a year.[17]

Fox was elected as a Member of the Senedd (MS) for the Monmouth constituency in May 2021, and stepped down from his position as council leader. Councillor Richard John, who has represented the Mitchel Troy district since 2017, was appointed as leader, becoming the youngest council leader in Wales. Councillor Sara Jones was appointed deputy leader alongside councillor Robert Greenland.[5]

Electoral districts, areas and communitiesEdit

 
Electoral divisions in Monmouthshire

For the purposes of electing councillors, the principal area is divided into forty-two electoral divisions, each returning one councillor, except Llanelly, known as Llanelly Hill, which has two councillors. These divisions date from 2004.[18]

The council operates a decentralised system of administration, with four area committees:

Although the council is described as a "unitary authority", there is in fact a second tier of government, with the entire area being divided into communities, all of which has either a town or community council.

Bryn y Cwm areaEdit

Electoral Division Community Other Places
Cantref Abergavenny (Town) (part) Knoll Estate
Castle Abergavenny (Town) (part)
Croesonen Llantilio Pertholey (part) Llwynu (part)
Crucorney Crucorney and Grosmont Campstone, Cupid's Hill, Cwmyoy, Forest Coal Pit, Grosmont, Henllan, Llangattock-Lingoed, Llangua, Llanthony, Llanvetherine, Llanfihangel Crucorney, Monmouth Cap, Pandy, Pedbidwal, Stanton, Wern Gifford
Goetre Fawr Goetre Fawr Little Mill, Mamhilad, Nant-y-derry, Pencroesoped, Penperlleni,
Grofield Abergavenny (Town) (part)
Lansdown Abergavenny (Town) (part) Llwynu (part), Major's Barn
Llanelly Hill Llanelly Blackrock, Clydach, Gellifelin, Gilwern, Maesygwartha, Waun Wen
Llanfoist Fawr Llanfoist Fawr (part) Belli-glas, Llanellen, Llanfoist
Llanover Llanarth and Llanover Aberffrwd, Betws newydd, Bryngwyn, Clytha, Croes Hywel, Llanarth, Llanddewi Rhydderch, Llanfair Kilgeddin, Llanvapley, Llanvihangel Gobion, Penpergwm, Pit Clytha, The Bryn, Upper Llanover, Wern-y-Cwrt,
Llanwenarth Ultra Llanfoist Fawr (part) Govilon, Llanwenarth
Mardy Llantilio Pertholey (part) Bryngwenin, Llanddewi Skirrid,
Priory Abergavenny (Town) (part)

Central Monmouthshire areaEdit

Electoral Division Community Other Places
Dixton with Osbaston Monmouth (Town) (part) Buckholt, Osbaston, Dixton, Dixton Road, Town Centre (part), Manson, Manson Cross, Leasbrook Lane, Newton Court
Drybridge Monmouth (Town) (part) Ancrehill, Brook Estate
Llanbadoc Gwehelog Fawr and Llanbadoc Glascoed, Gwehelog, Kemeys Commander, Llancayo, Monkswood, Rhadyr, Trostrey
Llangybi Fawr Llangybi, Llanhennock and Llantrisant Fawr Coed y paen, Gwernesney, Newbridge-on-Usk, Llandegveth, Llanllowell, Llangybi, Llantrisant, Tredunnock
Llantilio Crossenny Llangattock-Vibon-Avel and Llantilio Crossenny Bont, Caggle Street, Cross Ash, Llanvihangel-Ystern-Llewern, Norton, Rockfield, St. Maughans, Skenfrith, Tal-y-coed, Treadam, Walson
Mitchel Troy Mitchel Troy Cwmcarvan, Dingestow, Jingle Street, Wonastow, Tregare, Lydart (part)
Overmonnow Monmouth (Town) (part) Wonastow Road
Raglan Raglan Coed-y-fedw, Kingcoed, Llandenny, Llangovan, Pen-y-clawdd, Twyn y Sheriff
Trellech United Trellech United Catbrook, Hoop, Llandogo, Llanishen, Maryland, Penallt, The Narth, Treleck, Whitebrook
Usk Usk (Town)
Wyesham Monmouth (Town) (part) Wyesham, Hadnock, The Kymin

Lower Wye areaEdit

Electoral Division Community Other areas
Caerwent Caerwent Carrow Hill, Crick, Five Lanes, Llanvair Discoed, Trewen, St. Brides Netherwent, Carrow Hill, Highmoor Hill
Devauden Devauden and Llangwm Cobbler's Plain, Gaer Fawr, Howick, Itton, Llanfihangel Tor-y-Mynydd, Llangwm, Llansoy, Star Hill, Wolvesnewton
Larkfield Chepstow (part) Bulwark (part), High Beech, Hardwick Hill, Hardwick Court, Garden City (part)
St Arvans St Arvans and Tintern Barbadoes Green, Botany Bay, Chapel Hill, Porthcasseg, Parkhouse, The Cot
St Christopher's Chepstow (part) Bulwark (part), The Triangle
St Kingsmark Chepstow (part) St. Lawrence Park, The Danes, Bayfield Hamlet, The Bayfields, Crossway Green
St Mary's Chepstow (part) Chepstow Town Centre,Lower Chepstow, Garden City
Shirenewton Mathern and Shirenewton Bullyhole Bottom, Earlswood, Gaerllwyd, Mathern, Mounton, Mynydd-bach, Newton Green, Pwllmeyric, Pen-y-Cae Mawr, Haysgate
Thornwell Chepstow (part) Bulwark (part), Thornwell

SevernsideEdit

Electoral Division Community Other areas
Caldicot Castle Caldicot (Town) (part)
Dewstow Caldicot (Town) (part)
Green Lane Caldicot (Town) (part)
Mill Magor with Undy (part) Knollbury, Llandevenny, Magor
Portskewett Portskewett Ifton, Leechpool, Mount Ballan, Sudbrook
Rogiet Rogiet Llanfihangel Rogiet
Severn Caldicot (Town) (part) Deepweir
The Elms Magor with Undy (part) St. Bride's Netherwent, Undy, Vinegar Hill
West End Caldicot (Town) (part)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chepstow councillor to lead Monmouthshire Labour group".
  2. ^ "Top Torfaen officer to get Monmouthshire chief's job".
  3. ^ "Open Council Data UK - compositions councillors parties wards elections". opencouncildata.co.uk. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  4. ^ Civic Heraldry of Wales. Retrieved 8 January 2012
  5. ^ a b "Councillor Richard John announced as new Leader of Monmouthshire County Council", Monmouthshire County Council, 13 May 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021
  6. ^ "Your Councillors". Monmouthshire County Council. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Cwmbran County Hall demolition may need hole filling". BBC News. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  8. ^ Monmouthshire County Council press release, "This council is coming home", 12 January 2010 Archived 29 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ South Wales Argus, "Council buys new base in Magor", 9 May 2010
  10. ^ Free Press, Plans for new Monmouthshire council HQ in Usk are approved, 29 September 2011
  11. ^ Clare Gabriel (18 April 2013). "Monmouthshire Council: 'Agile' working means too few desks". BBC News. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Council happy with 'Carry On' BBC documentary". Abergavenny Chronicle. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  13. ^ Monmouthshire Free Press, Tories and Lib Dems form Monmouthshire coalition, 15 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012
  14. ^ a b "LOCAL ELECTIONS: Tories take control of Monmouthshire", South Wales Argus, 5 May 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  15. ^ Monmouthshire County Council, "Election results at a glance". Retrieved 19 May 2012
  16. ^ http://www.electionscentre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Monmouthshire-1995-2012.pdf[bare URL]
  17. ^ Lesley Flynn (21 May 2008). "'Stabbed in the back'". Free Press. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  18. ^ The County of Monmouthshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2002 (2002 No. 3275 (W.313))
  19. ^ Monmouthshire Council – Area Committees Archived 3 November 2005 at the Wayback Machine