Seiont (electoral ward)

Seiont is an electoral ward in the town of Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales, electing councillors to the town council and Gwynedd Council.

Seiont
Electoral ward
Seiont is located in Gwynedd
Seiont
Seiont
Location within Gwynedd
Population3,038 (2011 census)
Community
Principal area
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCAERNARFON
Postcode districtLL55
Dialling code01286
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
Councillors2 (County)
4 (Town Council)
List of places
UK
Wales
Gwynedd
53°07′55″N 4°16′37″W / 53.132°N 4.277°W / 53.132; -4.277Coordinates: 53°07′55″N 4°16′37″W / 53.132°N 4.277°W / 53.132; -4.277

DescriptionEdit

The Seiont ward covers an area either side of the Afon Seiont in the southern part of the community. The ward includes the southern part of Caernarfon town centre, including Caernarfon Castle, Caernarfon railway station and the housing estates south of the A4085.

Seiont is bordered to the north by the A4085 (Constantine Road) and Caernarfon High Street, to the northwest by the Menai Strait and is surrounded to the southeast and southwest by the Bontnewydd ward.[1]

The ward population, according to the 2011 Census, was 3,038.[2]

Town wardEdit

Seiont is an electoral ward to Caernarfon Town Council electing four of the seventeen town councillors.[3]

District wardEdit

Seiont was a ward to Arfon Borough Council (abolished 1996), electing two councillors (Independent and Plaid Cymru) at the 1987 and 1991 elections.[4]

Gwynedd county wardEdit

Seiont has been an electoral ward to Gwynedd Council since 1995, electing two county councillors, a mixture of Independent, Plaid Cymru, Labour Party and Llais Gwynedd representatives.[5]

Following the death of Independent councillor Bob Anderson, a by-election was held on 7 October 2010. It was won by Llais Gwynedd's Endaf Cooke with a majority of 120 over the Plaid Cymru candidate.[6] Cooke retained his seat at the May 2012 county council election.

At the 2017 elections Plaid Cymru regained their seat.

Gwynedd Council election, 4 May 2017 [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent W. Roy OWEN * 563 28.2
Plaid Cymru Olaf Cai LARSEN 282 14.1
Labour Gareth PARRY 261 13.1
Llais Gwynedd Endaf COOKE * 251 12.6
Plaid Cymru Glyn TOMOS 248 12.4
Independent Keith JONES 217 10.9
Independent Arfon Lewis JONES 176 8.8
Turnout 1998 46.5

* = sitting councillor prior to the election

Seiont's Independent councillor Roy Owen was leader of the Independent group for ten years on the county council, until he resigned from the group in May 2017[8] to form the Gwynedd United Independents. Cllr Owen made the news in 2018 when he personally filled in over 90 potholes in the ward's highways, though Gwynedd Council advised him to stop.[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Election Maps GB". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Seiont - Key Stats". UKcensusdata.com. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Councillors". Caernarfon Royal Town Council. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Arfon Welsh District Council Election Results 1973–1991" (PDF). The Elections Centre (Plymouth University). Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Gwynedd Council Election Results 1995-2012" (PDF). The Elections Centre (Plymouth University). Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  6. ^ "'Pob un ward' o fewn gafael Llais Gwynedd". Golwg360 (in Welsh). 8 October 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Election results for Seiont (Caernarfon): Local Government Elections 2017 - Thursday, 4th May, 2017". Gwynedd Council. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  8. ^ Hywel Trewyn (17 May 2017). "Ex-Gwynedd group leader declares independence from Independents to set up new party". North Wales Live. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  9. ^ Hywel Trewyn (8 May 2018). "Meet the man who's taking Caernarfon pothole problem into his own hands". North Wales Live. Retrieved 25 April 2019.