Vale of Glamorgan Council

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is the governing body for the Vale of Glamorgan, one of the Principal Areas of Wales. It was run by the Conservative Party after the 2008 United Kingdom local elections, taking over the council from no overall control. Following the 2012 elections, it reverted to no overall control, and remained as such following the 2017 elections.[3][4]

Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cyngor Bro Morgannwg
Vale of Glamorgan Council.svg
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byVale of Glamorgan Borough Council
South Glamorgan County Council
Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan
Cllr Christine Cave since 24 May 2019, Conservative
Leader of the Council
Cllr Neil Moore, Labour
since 24 May 2019
Deputy Leader
Cllr Lis Burnett, Labour
since 24 May 2019
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Vincent Bailey, Conservative
since 24 May 2019
Managing Director
Rob Thomas
since 26 March 2015
Seats47 councillors[1][2]
Political groups
Administration (25)

  Labour (13)
  Vale Independents (8)
  Llantwit First (4)

Other parties (22)

  Conservative (15)
  Plaid Cymru (4)

  Independent (3)
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
Civic Offices, Barry


The new Vale of Glamorgan Council unitary authority came into effect on 1 April 1996, following the dissolution of South Glamorgan. It replaced the Vale of Glamorgan Borough Council, which had been a second-tier authority to South Glamorgan County Council.

Political makeupEdit

Elections normally take place every five years, with the next election scheduled for May 2022.[5] The last election was on 4 May 2017,[6] and before that 3 May 2012.[7]

Conservative Councillor, John Thomas, led the council following the May 2017 elections, but resigned from the Conservative group together with his cabinet in 2019. In May 2019 Labour's Neil Moore (who had led the council until May 2017) became council leader, of a coalition of 13 Labour members, 8 former Conservative councillors and the four Llantwit First Independents.[8]

Current composition (2019)Edit

Group affiliation Members
Conservative 15
Labour 14
Llantwit First Independent 4
Plaid Cymru 4

Historic resultsEdit

Con Lab Plaid Indi UKIP Lib Dem
2017[9] 23 14 4 6 0 0
2012 11 22 6 7 1 0
2008 25 13 6 3 0 0
2004[10] 20 16 8 3 0 0
1999 22 18 6 0 0 1
1995[11] 6 36 5 0 0 0

Electoral divisionsEdit

Electoral wards in the Vale of Glamorgan

The county borough is divided into 23 electoral wards returning 47 councillors. Some of these wards are coterminous with communities (parishes) of the same name. Other wards may encompass several communities and in some cases communities can encompass more than one ward. 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
Baruc Barry Town* (Baruc ward) The Knap, Garden Suburb, Barry Island
Buttrills Barry Town* (Buttrills ward)
Cadoc Barry Town* (Cadoc ward) Cadoxton, Palmerstown
Castleland Barry Town* (Castleland ward) Bendricks
Cornerswell Penarth Town* (Cornerswell ward) Cogan
Court Barry Town* (Court ward)
Cowbridge Aberthin, City, Craig Penllyn, Llanblethian, Llandough, Llansannor, Penllyn, Pentre Meyrick, St Mary Church, St. Hillary, Trehyngyll, Ystradowen
Dinas Powys Eastbrook, Leckwith, Michaelston le Pit, Murch, St Andrew's Major, Westra
Dyfan Barry Town* (Dyfan ward) Colcot, Highlight Park
Gibbonsdown Barry Town* (Gibbonsdown ward) Merthyr Dyfan
Illtyd Barry Town* (Illtyd ward) Cwm Talwg
Llandough Llandough*
Llandow/Ewenny Colwinston, Corntown, Llysworney, Ruthin, St. Mary Hill, Sigingstone, Troes,
Llantwit Major Boverton, Llanmaes, Monknash
Peterston-super-Ely Clawdd Coch, Downs, Drope, Gwern y Steeple, Hensol, Pendoylan, St. Brides-super-Ely, St. George's
Plymouth Penarth Town* (Plymouth ward) Lower Penarth, Cosmeston
Rhoose East Aberthaw, Fonmon, Font-y-gari, Llanbethery, Llancadle, Llancarfan, Llantrithyd, Moulton, Penmark, Porthkerry, Tredogan, Walerston,
St Athan St Athan* Flemingston, Gileston, West Aberthaw, East Camp, Eglwys Brewis
St Augustine's Penarth Town* (St. Augustine ward) Headlands, Penarth Marina,
St. Bride's Major
  • St. Bride's Major*
  • Wick*
Boughton, Ogmore, Ogmore-by-Sea, Southerndown
Stanwell Penarth Town* (Stanwell ward)
Sully Sully* Cog, Cosmeston, Lavernock, Swanbridge
Wenvoe Wenvoe* Bonvilston, Dyffryn, St. Lythans, St. Nicholas

In the newsEdit

In 2010 it was revealed that the chief executive of the Vale of Glamorgan Council was the fourth highest paid in Wales, at £160,000 and £170,000 per annum. This was more than the salary of the First Minister of Wales. The Vale of Glamorgan Council explained, "The salary is on a par with other council chief executives".[12]


  1. ^ "Open Council Data UK - compositions councillors parties wards elections". Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Labour councillor leaves party over 'toxic and bullying environment'". 30 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Vale of Glamorgan Council elections 2012: Results", Penarth Times, 4 May 2012
  4. ^ "Vale of Glamorgan Council". BBC. BBC News. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  5. ^ Vale of Glamorgan BC: Local Government Election
  6. ^ "How BBC election results will be calculated and reported in 2017". BBC. BBC News. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Trailer - Local Elections May 2012". Keith Edkins. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  8. ^ Discombe, Matt (15 May 2019). "Tory rebels pledge support to Labour in shock council twist". walesonline. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Vale of Glamorgan Council". BBC. BBC News. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Vale Of Glamorgan council". BBC. 11 June 2004. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
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  12. ^ "Council chief executives earn more than first minister", BBC News, 25 February 2010.

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