2022 Ceredigion County Council election

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All 38 (previously 42) seats to Ceredigion County Council
20 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
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Leader Bryan Davies Ceredig Davies
Party Plaid Cymru Independent Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat Llannarth Did not contest
Last election 20 13 8
Seats before 20 14 7
Seats won 20 9 7
Seat change Steady Decrease 4 Decrease 1

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
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Leader Hag Harris Gwyn Wigley Evans
Party Labour Gwlad
Leader's seat Lampeter Llanrhystyd
Last election 1 0
Seats before 1 0
Seats won 1 1
Seat change Steady Increase 1

2022 Ceredigion County Council election map.png
Map showing the results of the 2022 Ceredigion County Council elections.

Council control before election

No overall control
Plaid Cymru and Independent coalition

Council control after election

Plaid Cymru
Plaid Cymru

The 2022 Ceredigion County Council election took place as of 5 May 2022 to elect 38 members to Ceredigion Council. On the same day, elections were held to the other 21 local authorities and to community councils in Wales as part of the 2022 Welsh local elections. The previous all-council election took place in May 2017 and future elections will take place every five years.

Background

Council elections in Wales were originally scheduled for May 2021, but were delayed to avoid a conflict with the 2021 Senedd election. The frequency of the elections was also increased from 4 years to five years to avoid future clashes, meaning (after 2022) the next council election is expected in 2027.

The number of councillors was decreased by 4 after the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales recommended the change in a report in May 2019.[1] The number of wards was also decreased to 34 from 40.[2]

Plaid Cymru groups in conjunction with Independent group had been in control of the council since 2012. Ellen ap Gwynn had been the leader of the council and leader of the Plaid Cymru group in the council since 2012, but she stepped back from that role after the elections. Bryan Davies, the County Councillor for Llannarth was chosen as the successor of ap Gwynn and leader of the Plaid Cymru group.[3]

Ward Changes

In August 2021 Welsh Government accepted a number of ward change proposals by the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales, with slight modifications on Welsh language names for some wards. These took effect from the 2022 council election. The changes gave a better parity of representation. 4 wards; Aberystwyth Penparcau, Aberystwyth Morlais a Glais, Beulah and Llangoedmor and Aberporth and Y Ferwig will be electing 2 councillors. 19 current wards will see no change under these reforms.[4]

Candidates by party

A total of 86 candidates stood for the 38 seats on the council (an average of 2.3 candidates per seat). Six political parties stood candidates in this election, plus 27 independent candidates.

Five candidates (two independent, one Plaid Cymru, one Liberal Democrat, one Labour) were the only candidates in their ward, and were thus returned unopposed without an election taking place.

Party Number of candidates Number of wards
Plaid Cymru 30 26
Independent 27 24
Liberal Democrats 12 11
Labour 9 8
Green 5 5
Conservative 2 1
Gwlad 1 1
Total 86 / 38 34

Overview of results

Plaid Cymru won control of Ceredigion County Council in this election. With the number of seats reduced to 38, 20 seats were required for an outright majority. Plaid Cymru won 20 seats (no net change), independents lost four seats, while the Liberal Democrats lost one seat to Gwlad.[5]

Ceredigion local election result 2022[note 1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Plaid Cymru 20 0 0 Steady 52.6 44.1 10,757
  Independent 9 0 0 Decrease 4 23.7 30.9 7,548
  Liberal Democrats 7 0 0 Decrease 1 18.4 15.4 3,752
  Labour 1 0 0 Steady 2.6 5.1 1,240
  Gwlad 1 1 0 Increase 1 2.6 1.2 290
  Green 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 2.9 709
  Conservative 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.4 103
Total 38 24,399
  1. ^ Votes in this table are the total for the top candidate for each party in each ward. Votes % is calculated as the votes for the party divided by the total votes in this table (24,399).

Ward results

* = sitting councillor in this ward prior to election

Aberaeron and Aberarth (1 seat)

This ward was formed from a merger of the existing Aberaeron ward with the western portion of the Llansantffraed ward around the village of Aberarth.[4]

Aberaeron and Aberarth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Evans* 702 83.2
Independent Peter Huw Lloyd 142 16.8
Turnout 844

Aberporth and Y Ferwig (2 seats)

This ward was formed by a merger of the Aberporth ward and the northern part of the Pen-parc ward.[4] Prior to this election, Clive Davies was the incumbent councillor for Pen-parc ward, while Gethin Davies was the incumbent councillor for the Aberporth ward.

Aberporth and Y Ferwig ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru John Clive Davies* 824 39.8
Plaid Cymru Gethin Davies* 793 38.3
Independent Sue Lewis 451 21.8
Turnout

Combined vote: Plaid Cymru: 78.2%, Independent: 21.8%

Aberystwyth Morlais a Glais (2 seats)

This ward was formed from a merger of Aberystwyth North ward, Aberystwyth Bronglais ward, Aberystwyth Central ward and the north-western part of Llanbadarn Fawr Sulien ward.[4]

Prior to this election, Mark Anthony Strong was the incumbent councillor for Aberystwyth North ward, while Alun Williams was the incumbent councillor for Aberystwyth Bronglais ward.

Aberystwyth Morfa a Glais ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Alun Williams* 720 28.7
Plaid Cymru Mark Antony Strong* 581 23.2
Liberal Democrats Iwan Jones Edwards 307 12.2
Green CJ Peasley 193 7.7
Labour James Ralph Cook 191 7.6
Labour Dylan Lewis-Rowlands 165 6.6
Liberal Democrats Joe Thomas 146 5.8
Conservative Sam Hall 103 4.1
Conservative Ewan Lawry 101 4.0
Turnout

Aberystwyth Penparcau (2 seats)

Aberystwyth Penparcau ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru David Carl Worrall 515 35.6
Plaid Cymru Steve Davies* 338 23.4
Labour Alex Mangold 308 21.3
Independent Glyndwr Lloyd Edwards* 157 10.9
Liberal Democrats David Mark Lees 127 8.8
Turnout

Aberystwyth Rheidol (1 seat)

Aberystwyth Rheidol ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Endaf Edwards* 228 33.8
Liberal Democrats Mair Benjamin 172 25.5
Labour Co-op Mathew Norman 162 24.0
Independent Martin Wyn Shewring 112 16.6
Majority 674
Turnout

Beulah and Llangoedmor (2 seats)

This ward was formed by a merger of the southern part of Pen-parc ward, and all of Beulah ward.[4] Prior to the election, both of these were held by Plaid Cymru.

Beulah and Llangoedmor ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Amanda Edwards 804 38.2
Plaid Cymru Chris James 759 36.0
Independent Gethin James 287 13.6
Labour Jan Culley 257 12.2
Turnout

Borth (1 seat)

Borth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Hugh Richard Michael Hughes 378 42.4
Green Naomi Jane Salmon 277 31.1
Independent Ray Quant* 237 26.6
Majority 892
Turnout

Ceulan a Maesmawr (1 seat)

Ceulan a Maesmawr ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Catrin M. S. Davies 512 59.7
Independent Dilwyn Lewis 345 345
Majority 857
Turnout

Ciliau Aeron (1 seat)

Ciliau Aeron ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Marc Davies* 606 65.0
Plaid Cymru Iwan Thomas 326 35.0
Majority 932
Turnout

Faenor (1 seat)

Faenor ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Erfyl Roberts* 381 50.5
Plaid Cymru Elin Mabbutt 298 39.5
Labour Gareth Stevan Kelly 75 9.9
Majority
Turnout

Lampeter (1 seat)

Lampeter ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hag Harris* Unopposed
Labour hold

Llanbadarn Fawr (1 seat)

Gareth Davies was the incumbent councillor for the ward of Llanbadarn Fawr, Padarn ward prior to the election, which was merged with part of the Llanbadarn Fawr, Sulien ward (the other part of Sulien forming part of the new Aberystwyth Morlais a Glais ward).[4]

Llanbadarn Fawr ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Gareth Davies* 518 77.7
Independent James Richard Arathoon 75 11.2
Liberal Democrats Josh Rutty 74 11.1
Majority
Turnout

Llandyfriog (1 seat)

Llandyfriog ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Wyn Thomas* Unopposed
Plaid Cymru hold

Llandysilio and Llangrannog (1 seat)

This ward was formed from a merger of the larger south-western section of the Llandysilio-gogo ward and the north eastern section of the Penbryn ward.[4]

Llandysilio and Llangrannog ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Gareth Lloyd* Unopposed
Independent hold

Llandysul North and Troedyraur (1 seat)

This ward was formed from a merger of the Troedyraur ward and the northern half of the Capel Dewi ward.[4] Prior to this election, both wards were held by independents.

Llandysul North and Troedyraur ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Maldwyn Lewis 431 46.3
Independent Ioan Thomas 426 45.8
Green Brian Richard Mitchell 74 7.9
Majority
Turnout

Llandysul South (1 seat)

This ward was formed by a merger of the Llandysul Town ward and the south-eastern half of the Capel Dewi ward.[4] Both wards were held by independents prior to this election. Keith Evans was the incumbent councillor for Llandysul Town ward prior to this election.

Llandysul South ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Keith Evans* 476 58.1
Plaid Cymru Matt Adams 343 41.9
Majority
Turnout

Llanfarian (1 seat)

Llanfarian ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Geraint Wyn Hughes 524 68.1
Plaid Cymru Simon Lloyd Warburton 246 31.9
Majority
Turnout

Llanfihangel Ystrad (1 seat)

Llanfihangel Ystrad ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Ceris Jones 434 50.2
Independent Gordon Evans 431 49.8
Majority
Turnout

Llangeitho (1 seat)

Llangeitho ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Rhodri Evans* Unopposed
Independent hold

Llangybi (1 seat)

Llangybi ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Eryl Evans 309 48.4
Independent Jane Morgan 170 26.6
Labour Dinah Mulholland 159 24.9
Majority
Turnout

Llannarth (1 seat)

Llannarth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Bryan Gareth Davies 373 64.0
Independent Anwen Hughes 210 36.0
Majority 153
Turnout

Llanrhystyd (1 seat)

Llanrhystyd ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Gwlad Gwyn Wigley Evans 290 39.8
Liberal Democrats Ken Bird 194 26.6
Independent David Inshaw 181 24.8
Green Harry Hayfield 64 8.8
Turnout

Llanwenog (1 seat)

Llanwenog ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Euros Davies* 503 67.9
Plaid Cymru Ryan James Jones 238 32.1
Turnout

Llansanffraid (1 seat)

The area of this ward was reduced for this election, with the eastern portion of the ward around Aberarth merging with the Aberaeron ward to form Aberaeron and Aberarth.[4]

Llansanffraid ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Keith Henson 446 54.1
Independent Dafydd Edwards* 379 45.9
Turnout

Lledrod (1 seat)

The area of this ward was reduced for this election, with the south-eastern portion of the ward around Ystrad Fflur merging with the Tregaron ward to form Tregaron and Ystrad Fflur.[4]

Lledrod ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Wyn Evans 257 36.5
Independent Aaron Benjamin 239 33.9
Plaid Cymru Angharad Danielle Shaw 208 29.5
Turnout

Melindwr (1 seat)

Melindwr ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Rhodri Davies* 874 89.6
Green Chris Simpson 101 10.4
Turnout

Mwldan (1 seat)

The English name for this ward was 'Cardigan Mwldan' prior to this election. No changes were made to the ward's boundaries.[4]

Mwldan ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Sian Maehrlein 441 61.7
Plaid Cymru Richard Morgan Jones 274 38.3
Turnout

New Quay and Llanllwchaearn (1 seat)

This ward was formed from a merger of the existing New Quay ward plus a northern section of the Llandysilio-gogo ward.[4]

New Quay and Llanllwchaearn ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Matthew Vaux 482 54.1
Independent Dan Potter* 409 45.9
Turnout 891

Penbryn (1 seat)

The area of this ward was reduced for this election, with the north-eastern portion of the ward around Llangrannog merging with part of the Llandysilio ward to form Llandysilio and Llangrannog.[4]

Gwyn James has the description 'Independent/Annibynnol', while Jake Robert Rayson has no description.

Penbryn ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Gwyn James* 478 87.5
Independent Jake Robert Rayson 68 12.5
Turnout 546

Teifi (1 seat)

The Teifi ward was created for this election by the merging of the 'Cardigan, Teifi' and 'Cardigan, Rhydyfuwch' wards.[4] Prior to the election, Elaine Evans was the incumbent councillor for 'Cardigan, Rhydyfuwch' ward, while Catrin Miles was the incumbent councillor for 'Cardigan, Teifi' ward.

Teifi ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Elaine Evans* 330 47.0
Plaid Cymru Catrin Miles* 284 40.5
Labour John Pope 88 12.5
Turnout 702

Tirymynach (1 seat)

Tirmynach ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Paul Hinge* Unopposed N/A
Turnout N/A N/A
Liberal Democrats hold

Trefeurig (1 seat)

Trefeurig ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Caryl Roberts 428 52.7
Independent Dai Mason* 384 47.3
Turnout 812

Tregaron and Ystrad Fflur (1 seat)

This ward was formed from a merger of the existing Tregaron ward with a south-eastern portion of Lledrod ward.[4] Prior to this election Ifan Davies was the incumbent councillor for Lledrod ward, and Catherine Hughes was the incumbent councillor for Tregaron ward.

Tregaron and Ystrad Fflur ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Ifan Davies* 691 70.2
Plaid Cymru Catherine Hughes* 294 29.8
Turnout 985

Ystwyth (1 seat)

Ystwyth ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Meirion Davies* 500 59.0
Plaid Cymru Kerry Elizabeth Ferguson 348 41.0
Turnout 848

References

  1. ^ "Ceredigion Final Recommendations | LDBC". ldbc.gov.wales. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Proposal to cut Ceredigion councillors by four | cambrian-news.co.uk". Cambrian News. 6 June 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Council leader to step down | cambrian-news.co.uk". Cambrian News. 24 February 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Ceredigion Council Boundary Reforms Confirmed | LDBC". ldbc.gov.wales. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Local Elections - 5th May 2022". Ceredigion County Council. Ceredigion County Council. Retrieved 9 April 2022.