Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council - Wikipedia

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

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Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council (Welsh: Cyngor bwrdeistref Sirol Blaenau Gwent) is the governing body for Blaenau Gwent, one of the Principal Areas of Wales.

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Cyngor Bwrdeisdref Sirol Blaenau Gwent
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council.png
History
Founded1 April 1996
Leadership
Chair of the Council
Cllr Mandy Moore, Independent
since 2019/20
Leader of the Council
Cllr Nigel John Daniels, Independent
since 25 May 2017
Deputy Leader
Cllr Garth Collier, Independent
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Stephen Thomas, Labour
Chief executive
Michelle Morris
since 11 August 2017
Structure
Seats42 councillors
Political groups
Administration
  Independent (29)
Other parties
  Labour (13)
Length of term
4 years
Elections
First election
4 May 1995
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
5 May 2022
Website
www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

BackgroundEdit

Prior to May 2017 the Labour Party had firm control of Blaenau Gwent council, with 30 seats. However, at the May 2017 council elections the numbers of Labour councillors was greatly reduced, with the Independents winning majority control. The Conservatives and Green Party failed to win any seats.[1]

Current compositionEdit

Group affiliation Members
  Independent 28
Labour 13
Plaid Cymru 1
 Majority (IND) +15
 Total 42

Historic resultsEdit

Summary of the council composition after council elections, click on the year for full details of each election.[2][3]

Year Conservative Independent Labour Liberal Democrats Plaid Cymru
1995 1 6* 33 1 1
1999 0 7* 34 1 0
2004 0 7 32 3 0
2008 0 23* 17 2 0
2012 0 9 33 0 0
2017 0 28 13 0 1

Previous council controlEdit

  • 1991: Labour hold
  • 1995: Labour hold
  • 1999: Labour hold
  • 2004: Labour hold
  • 2008: Independent/People's Voice/Liberal Democrat Coalition GAIN from Labour
  • 2012: Labour GAIN from Independent Coalition[4]
  • 2017: Independent GAIN from Labour[5]

Electoral wardsEdit

 
Electoral divisions in Blaenau Gwent

The county borough is divided into 16 electoral wards returning 42 councillors. The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas. Communities with a community council are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Ward Communities Other geographic areas
Abertillery

(3 Seats - 1 No Party, 2 Labour)

Abertillery & Llanhilleth Town* (Abertillery ward) Rhiw Park, Aberillery Park
Badminton

(2 seats)

That part of the Community of Beaufort specified in relation to the existing district ward of Badminton in column 2 of the Schedule to the Blaenau Gwent (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1986 Newchurch, Glyncoed
Beaufort

(2 seats)

That part of the Community of Beaufort specified in relation to the existing district ward of Badminton in column 2 of the Schedule to the Blaenau Gwent (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1986 Garn Lydan, Carmeltown,
Blaina

(3 seats)

Nantyglo & Blaina Town* (Blaina ward) Cwm Celyn, Bournville
Brynmawr

(3 seats)

Brynmawr Town*
Cwm

(2 seats)

Cwm Waunllwyd
Cwmtillery

(3 seats)

Abertillery & Llanhilleth Town* (Cwmtillery ward) Rose Heyworth
Ebbw Vale North

(3 seats)

That part of the Community of Ebbw Vale specified in relation to the existing district ward of Ebbw Vale North in column 2 of the Schedule to the Blaenau Gwent (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1986 Mountain Air, Willowtown, Waun-y-pound, Newtown
Ebbw Vale South

(2 seats)

That part of the Community of Ebbw Vale not contained in the Ebbw Vale North ward Garden City, Tyllwyn, Hilltop, Briery Hill
Georgetown

(2 seats)

Tredegar Town* (Georgetown ward) Troedrhiwgwair, Peacehaven
Llanhilleth

(3 seats)

Abertillery & Llanhilleth Town* (Llanhilleth ward) Brynithel, Aberbeeg, Swffryd
Nantyglo

(3 seats)

Nantyglo & Blaina Town* (Nantyglo ward) Winchestown, Coalbrookvale, Garn Fach, Coed Cae
Rassau

(2 seats)

That part of the pre-2010 community of Beaufort not contained in the Badminton and Beaufort wards Nantycroft
Sirhowy

(3 seats)

Tredegar Town* (Sirhowy ward) Tafarnaubach, Waundeg, Trevil, Dukestown, Rhoslan
Six Bells

(2 seats)

Abertillery & Llanhilleth Town* (Six Bells ward) Warm Turn
Tredegar Central and West

(4 seats)

Tredegar Town* (Central and West ward) Bedwellty Pits, Cefn Golau, Ashvale

MayoralityEdit

Blaenau Gwent Council discontinued the role of mayor in 2017. The last Mayor of Blaenau Gwent was Councillor Barrie Sutton.

All the ceremonial and civic functions previously undertaken by the Mayor are now allocated to the Leadership, Executive and other members of the Council. A Chair of the Council role was also created for the chairing of meetings.[6]

Council Leadership and Executive (2020-21)Edit

Leader / Executive Member - Corporate Services - Councillor Nigel John Daniels

Deputy Leader / Executive Member - Regeneration & Economic Development - Councillor Dai Davies

Executive Member - Education - Councillor Joanne Collins

Executive Member - Environment - Councillor Joanna Wilkins

Executive Member - Social Services - Councillor John Edward Mason

Political Party Group Officers (2012)Edit

Leader of the Majority Group: Cllr Hedley McCarthy (Lab, Llanhilleth)

Deputy Leader of the Majority Group: Cllr Steve Thomas (Lab, Tredegar Central and West)

Majority Chief Whip: Cllr Mike Bartlett (Lab, Llanhilleth)

Secretary to the Majority Group: Cllr David White (Lab, Beaufort)

Leader of Minority Group: Cllr John Mason (Ind, Nantyglo)

Deputy Leader of the Minority Group: Cllr Garth Collier (Ins, Blaina)

Criticism of councillors' conductEdit

Joanne Collins, the council's executive member for education and also a governor of her son's primary school took her family on holiday during school term time, "in direct contravention of her department's own policy", reported Private Eye in April 2020. The council reportedly distributes a pamphlet titled "School Attendance - a guide for parents of children starting school" that clearly states Blaenae Gwent Council "requested headteachers do not authorise any holidays in term time". The booklet had been published by Families First, a welsh government project, in conjunction with the council. Collins' action reportedly caused resentment among local families who had been refused permission to take a holiday during term time to save on cost. In response, council leader, Nigel Daniels, issued a statement to the South Wales Argus newspaper stating the "holiday in question was authorised ... and fully complied with the policy".[7]

ArmsEdit

Coat of arms of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
 
Notes
Originally granted to Blaenau Gwent Borough Council on 13th November 1975.
Crest
On a wreath of the colours upon a rocky mount Proper a dragon passant Gules breathing flames collared with a ring of steel and supporting with the dexter foreleg a pair of millrolls Proper.
Escutcheon
Paly wavy of six Argent and Vert on a chief dancetty of three points downward per pale Azure and Sable three fleurs de lys Or.
Supporters
On either side a dragon Gules breathing flames collared with a ring of steel and supporting with the dexter foreleg a pick axe head downward Proper.
Motto
Unbed A Rhyddid (Unity & Freedom)[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Local Elections: Independents take control of Blaenau Gwent from Labour". South Wales Argus. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council Election Results 1995-2012" (PDF). Elections Centre Plymouth University. Retrieved 4 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Wales local elections 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 4 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Councillors - General Information". Archived from the original on 3 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Blaenau Gwent CBC: Councillor Directory". www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  6. ^ https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/no-longer-mayor-blaenau-gwent-13100056
  7. ^ Private Eye, Issue 1519, p.18
  8. ^ "Wales". Civic Heraldry of Wales. Retrieved 22 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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