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An election to Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council was held on 5 May 2022 as part of wider local elections across Wales. The election was preceded by the 2017 election. Three candidates (from the sixty seats available) were elected unopposed.

Ward results

Nominations closed on 4 April 2022.[1]

The following results were announced following the elections.[2] In the case of wards electing more than one councillor the percentage figures reflect the number of ballot papers issues rather than the total number of votes.

Aberavon (two seats)

Aberavon 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephanie Lynch* 707 24
Plaid Cymru Andrew Dacey 678 23
Plaid Cymru Nigel Hunt* 637 21
Labour Dean Thomas 608 20
Independent Ceri P. Golding 245 8
Conservative Ieuan Bounds 120 4
Turnout 1,655 39 -1.0
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Aberdulais (one seat)

Aberdulais 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Caroline Lewis 373 50
Labour Ricky Price 263 36
Plaid Cymru Lee Bromham-Nichols 104 14
Majority 110
Turnout 743 41 -3.6
Independent gain from Labour Swing

Alltwen (one seat)

Alltwen 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Nia Jenkins 459 54
Labour Christopher Jones* 398 46
Majority 61
Turnout 871 41 -1.9
Plaid Cymru gain from Labour Swing

Baglan (three seats)

Baglan 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Richards* 1,390 31
Labour Carol Clement-Williams* 1,079 24
Labour Susanne Renkes* 910 20
Independent John Davies 781 17
Conservative Liz Hill O'Shea 386 8
Turnout 2,015 37 +0.5
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Blaengwrach and Glynneath West (one seat)

Blaengwrach and Glynneath West 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Hayley Davies 498 59
Plaid Cymru Carol Edwards* 311 37
Trade Union and Socialist Coalition Rhys Davies 35 4
Majority 187
Turnout 858 37
Independent gain from Plaid Cymru Swing

Briton Ferry East (one seat)

Chris James was elected as a Labour candidate in 2017.

Briton Ferry East 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Chris James* 351 45
Labour Gareth Rice 349 44
Plaid Cymru Lindsay Gwilym Barnett 87 11
Majority 2
Turnout 796 35 +0.7
Independent gain from Labour Swing

Briton Ferry West (one seat)

Briton Ferry West 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Kirsty Morris 323 50
Labour Sarah Davies 257 39
Plaid Cymru Delyth Barnett 72 11
Majority 66
Turnout 655 31
Independent gain from Labour Swing

Bryn and Cwmavon (three seats)

Bryn and Cwmavon 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charlotte Galsworthy* 1,620 36
Labour Rhidian Mizen* 1,156 26
Labour Dave Whitelock* 940 21
Independent Myra Mizen 752 17
Turnout 2,110 39 -2.6
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Bryncoch North (one seat)

Bryncoch North 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Wyndham Fryer Griffiths* 528 57
Labour Kate Elkins 284 31
Conservative Andrea Moignard 115 12
Majority 244
Turnout 928 51 +2.9
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Bryncoch South (two seats)

Bryncoch South 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Chris Williams* 992 38
Plaid Cymru Jo Hale 930 36
Labour Jim Harle 689 26
Turnout 1,646 38 -2.3
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Cadoxton (one seat)

Cadoxton 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Phil Rogers 388 52
Labour Sarah Mitchell 237 31
Plaid Cymru Alex Broom 98 13
Conservative Barry Arnold 30 4
Majority 151
Turnout 755 54 +5.6
Independent gain from Labour Swing

Cimla and Pelenna (two seats)

Cimla and Pelenna 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Jeremy Hurley 1,100 35
Independent Tim Bowen 845 27
Labour John Warman* 836 27
Labour Al Musaeid 362 12
Turnout 1,732 42 +7.0
Independent gain from Labour Swing
Independent gain from Labour Swing

Coedffranc Central (two seats)

Coedffranc Central 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Nathan Goldup-John 552 25
Labour Angharad Aubrey* 516 24
Labour Annette Wingrave 478 22
Green Bethany Payne 395 18
Independent David Richards 134 6
Liberal Democrats Frank Little 108 5
Turnout 1,203 33 -2.6
Green gain from Labour Swing
Labour hold Swing

Coedffranc North (one seat)

Coedffranc North 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mike Harvey* 455 62
Independent Nicola Evans 276 38
Majority 179
Turnout 736 40 -2.6
Labour hold Swing

Coedffranc West (two seats)

Coedffranc West 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Helen Ceri Clarke* 803 47
Liberal Democrats Cen Phillips 548 32
Labour Kris Langford 242 14
Conservative Matthew Williams 107 6
Turnout 964 32 -4.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Crynant, Onllwyn and Seven Sisters (two seats)

Crynant, Onllwyn and Seven Sisters 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Steve Hunt* 1,316 37
Independent Sian Harris* 1,195 33
Labour Dean Cawsey 896 25
Green Lowri Bennett 182 5
Turnout 2,042 50
Independent hold Swing
Independent hold Swing

Cwmllynfell and Ystalyfera (two seats)

Cwmllynfell and Ystalyfera 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Alun Llewelyn* 763 40
Labour Cathy James 583 31
Plaid Cymru Hugh Jones* 560 29
Turnout 1,217 38
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
Labour gain from Plaid Cymru Swing

Cymmer and Glyncorrwg (one seat)

Cymmer and Glyncorrwg 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Jeff Jones 412 45
Independent Nicola-Jayne Davies* 284 31
Independent Joshua Slater 219 24
Majority 128
Turnout 917 52 +0.6
Independent gain from Independent Swing

Dyffryn (two seats)

Dyffryn 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent David Martyn Peters* 862 39
Independent James Henton 427 20
Independent Keith Davies 362 17
Labour Keith Finn 289 13
Independent Joe Baugh 246 11
Turnout 1,213 41
Independent hold Swing
Independent hold Swing

Glynneath Central and East (one seat)

Glynneath Central and East 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Simon Anthony Knoyle* 547 59
Plaid Cymru John Blower 209 23
Independent David Richards 171 18
Majority 338
Turnout 938 50
Independent hold Swing

Godre'r Graig (one seat)

Godre'r Graig 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Rosalyn Davies* 387 67
Labour Will Lord 162 28
Green Ruth Battye 27 5
Majority 225
Turnout 581 36 -8.0
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Gwaun Cae Gurwen and Lower Brynaman (two seats)

Gwaun Cae Gurwen and Lower Brynaman 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sonia Helen Reynolds*
Labour Sarah Thomas
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing unopposed
Labour hold Swing unopposed

Gwynfi and Croeserw (one seat)

Scott Jones was elected as a Labour candidate in 2017.

Gwynfi and Croeserw 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Scott Jones*
Majority
Turnout
Independent gain from Labour Swing unopposed

Margam and Taibach (three seats)

Margam and Taibach 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Jones* 1,166 19
Labour Laura Williams 1,077 17
Labour Dennis Keogh 982 16
Plaid Cymru Colin Deere 873 14
Plaid Cymru Stephen Bevan 868 14
Plaid Cymru Wayne White 534 9
Independent John Bamsey 532 8
Conservative Anthony Hill O'Shea 236 4
Turnout 2,401 39
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Jones was the former councillor for the Margam ward, which was merged with Tai-bach in 2022. Keogh was formerly the councillor for Port Talbot

Neath East (three seats)

Neath East 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Dan Thomas 482 16
Labour Sheila Penry* 463 15
Independent Wayne Carpenter 452 15
Labour Sandra Miller* 427 14
Plaid Cymru Thomas Cooze 418 14
Labour John Miller* 418 14
Plaid Cymru Breandan Mac Cathail 371 12
Turnout 1,251 27
Plaid Cymru gain from Labour Swing
Labour hold Swing
Independent gain from Labour Swing

Neath North (two seats)

Neath North 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Lockyer* 518 30
Independent Andy Lodwig 474 28
Labour Sian James 402 23
Green Jan Dowden 321 19
Turnout 1,104 36
Labour hold Swing
Independent gain from Labour Swing

Neath South (two seats)

Neath South 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Carl Jordan 557 22
Labour Peter Rees* 520 21
Plaid Cymru Megan Poppy Lloyd 427 17
Labour Rose Widlake 402 16
Independent Adam McGrath 316 13
Plaid Cymru Jonnie Fishlock 254 10
Turnout 1,366 36
Independent gain from Plaid Cymru Swing
Labour hold Swing

Pontardawe (two seats)

Pontardawe 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Anthony Richards* 783 27
Plaid Cymru Charles Davies 781 27
Labour Meirion Davies 732 25
Labour Jill Lord 650 22
Turnout 1,599 38
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Port Talbot (two seats)

Due to the death of a candidate, the Port Talbot ward election was postponed until 23 June 2022.

Port Talbot 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Saifur Rahaman* 914 31
Labour Sharon Freeguard* 898 31
Plaid Cymru Nigel Hunt 367 13
Independent John Davies 246 8
Plaid Cymru Melissa Stanford-Roberts 244 8
Independent Kimberly Isherwood 171 6
Green Bethany Payne 46 2
Green Jan Dowden 25 1
Turnout 2,911 33
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Resolven and Tonna (two seats)

Resolven and Tonna 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Leanne Jones* 914 25
Independent Dean Lewis 842 23
Independent Matty Young 737 20
Labour Neil Francis 702 19
Plaid Cymru Andrew Clarke 287 8
Plaid Cymru Paul Sambrook 238 6
Turnout 2,001 44
Labour hold Swing
Independent gain from Labour Swing

Rhos (one seat)

Rhos 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Marcia Spooner 486 55
Labour Noel Thomas 403 45
Majority 83
Turnout 909 43
Plaid Cymru gain from Labour Swing

Sandfields East (three seats)

Sandfields East 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sean Pursey* 1,331 28
Labour Edward Latham* 1,057 22
Labour Matthew Crowley* 1,006 21
Plaid Cymru Cassius Walker-Hunt 583 12
Plaid Cymru Deborah Bamsey 556 12
Green Kevin Sprules 260 5
Turnout 1,864 36
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Sandfields West (three seats)

Sandfields West 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Suzanne Paddison* 837 24
Labour Oliver Davies* 815 24
Labour Robert Wood* 741 22
Plaid Cymru Andrew Bennison 602 17
Plaid Cymru Ethan Wheatley 446 13
Turnout 1,422 28
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Trebanos (one seat)

Trebanos 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Rebeca Phillips* 445 69
Labour Glenn Thomas 196 31
Majority 249
Turnout 647 46
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Aftermath

The Independent Group and Plaid Cymru agreed a deal to take control of the council, ending 26 years of Labour dominance.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Notices for County Borough Council elections". Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Election results by electoral wards - County Borough Council - Ordinary Elections - Thursday, 5th May, 2022". Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. Retrieved 28 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Independent and Plaid coalition takes control of Neath Port Talbot Council". Swansea Bay News. 23 May 2022.