Caerphilly County Borough Council
Caerphilly County Borough Council.svg
Term limits
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byIslwyn Borough Council
Rhymney Valley District Council
Mid Glamorgan County Council
Gwent County Council
Mayor of Caerphilly
Cllr Carol Andrews, Labour
since 2019/20
Leader of Council
Cllr Sean Morgan
since Since 19 May 2022
Deputy Leader
Cllr Jamie Pritchard, Labour
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Colin Mann, Plaid Cymru
Chief executive
Christina Harrhy
since 11 January 2018
Seats69 councillors
Political groups
  Labour (45)
Opposition (24)
  Plaid Cymru (18)
  Independent Group (6)
Length of term
5 years
First past the post
First election
4 May 1995
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
6 May 2027

Caerphilly County Borough Council (Welsh: Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Caerffili) is the governing body for Caerphilly County Borough, one of the Principal Areas of Wales. The last full council elections took place 5 May 2022.

Current composition

As of 5 May 2022.

Group affiliation Members
Labour 45
Plaid Cymru 18
  Independent 6
 Total 69

Party with majority control in bold

Council Leaders

Term of Office Leader[1] Party
19 May 2022[2] - Sean Morgan Labour
19 November 2019 - 05 May 2022 Philippa Marsden Labour
18 May 2017[3] - 20 September 2019[4] David Poole [5] Labour
8 May 2014 - 10 April 2017[6] Keith Reynolds Labour
May 2012 - 8 May 2014 Harry Andrews MBE Labour
24 May 2011[7] – May 2012 Allan Pritchard Plaid Cymru
May 2008 – 24 May 2011 Lindsay Whittle Plaid Cymru
2004–2008 Harry Andrews MBE Labour
1999–2004 Lindsay Whittle Plaid Cymru
???? - 2004 Gerald Thomas Labour

Historic results

Year Seats Labour Plaid Cymru Independent Liberal Democrats Notes
2022[8] 69 45 18 6 0 Labour majority controlled
2017[9] 73 50 18 5 0 Labour majority controlled
2012 73 50 20 3 0 Labour majority controlled
2008 73 32 32 9 0
2004 73 41 26 6 0 Labour majority controlled
1999 73 28 38 6 1 Plaid Cymru majority controlled
1995 67[10] 55 9 3 0 Labour majority controlled

Party with the most elected councillors in bold. Coalition agreements in Notes column

Turnout for the 2017 election was 37.48%

Electoral divisions

The county borough is divided into 30 electoral wards returning 69 councillors. Many of these wards are coterminous with communities (parishes) of the same name. The following table lists council wards, communities and community ward areas.

Ward[11] Communities Community ward Councillors
Aber Valley Aber Valley Abertridwr, Senghenydd 3
Aberbargoed and Bargoed Bargoed Aberbargoed, Bargoed 3
Aber-carn Aber-carn Aber-carn 2
Argoed Argoed Argoed, Hollybush, Markham 1
Bedwas and Trethomas Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen Bedwas, Trethomas 3
Blackwood Blackwood Blackwood Central, Blackwood North, Blackwood South, Cefn Fforest East 3
Cefn Fforest and Pengam Cefn Fforest, Pengam Cefn Fforest, Pengam 3
Crumlin Crumlin Crumlin 2
Darran Valley Darran Valley Deri, Fochriw 1
Gilfach Bargoed Gilfach 1
Hengoed Gelligaer Cefn Hengoed, Hengoed 2
Llanbradach Llanbradach and Pwllypant Llanbradach, Pwllypant, Wingfield 2
Machen and Rudry Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen, Rudry Llanfedw, Machen, Rhydygwern, Rudry 2
Maesycwmmer Maesycwmmer Maesycwmmer 1
Morgan Jones Caerphilly Bryncenydd, Parcyfelin, Tonyfelin 3
Moriah and Pontlottyn Rhymney Abertysswg, Moriah, Pontlottyn, St David's 2
Nelson Nelson Llanfabon, Llwyncelyn 2
New Tredegar New Tredegar Brithdir, Cwmsyfiog, New Tredegar, Phillipstown, Tir-phil 2
Newbridge Newbridge Newbridge 3
Penmaen Penmaen Penmaen 2
Penyrheol Penyrheol, Trecenydd and Energlyn Energlyn, Penyrheol, Trecenydd 4
Pontllanfraith Pontllanfraith Pontllanfraith, Springfield 3
Risca East Risca East Pontymister and Ty-Sign, Pontymister Upper, Trenewydd 3
Risca West Risca West Pontymister Lower, Risca Danygraig, Risca Fernlea and Town, Ty-Isaf Fields Road 2
St Cattwg Gelligaer Cascade, Greenhill, Tir-y-berth 3
St Martins Caerphilly Castle, Cwrt Rawlins, Twyn, Watford 3
Twyn Carno Rhymney Twyn Carno 1
Van Van Brynau, Lansbury, Porset 2
Ystrad Mynach Gelligaer Ystrad Mynach 3

Former wards

Until 2022, the county borough was divided into 33 electoral wards returning 73 councillors. Communities with a community council are indicated with a '*':

Ward Communities (Parishes) Other geographic areas
Aberbargoed Bargoed Town* (Aberbargoed ward) Bedwellty
Abercarn Abercarn Chapel of Ease, Cwmcarn, Llanfach, West End
Aber Valley Aber Valley* Senghenydd, Abertridwr
Argoed Argoed* Cwm Corrwg, Hollybush, Manmoel, Markham
Bargoed Bargoed Town* (Bargoed and Park wards) Gilfach Estate
Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen* Bedwas, Trethomas, Machen, Graig-y-Rhacca
Blackwood Blackwood Town* Britannia, Cwm Gelli, Highfields
Cefn Fforest Cefn Fforest
Crosskeys Crosskeys Pontywaun
Crumlin Crumlin Bont Pren, Croespenmaen, Hafodyrnynys, Kendon, Treowen, Trinant
Darran Valley Darran Valley* Deri, Groesfaen, Pentwyn, Fochriw
Gilfach Bargoed Town* (Gilfach ward)
Hengoed Gelligaer* (Cefn Hengoed and Hengoed wards)
Llanbradach Llanbradach & Pwllypant*
Maesycwmmer Maesycwmmer*
Morgan Jones Caerphilly Town* (Bryncenydd, Parcyfelin and Tonyfelin wards) Bryncenydd, Churchill Park, Pontypandy
Moriah Rhymney* (Abertysswg, Moriah and St.David's wards) Abertysswg, Tan-y-bryn
Nelson Nelson*
Newbridge Newbridge Cwmdows, Pant, Pentwynmawr
New Tredegar New Tredegar* Brithdir, Phillipstown, Tirphil, Elliotstown, Cwmsyfiog
Pengam Pengam Britannia, Fleur de Lis, Gellihaf
Penmain Penmain (Penmaen) Oakdale, Pen-y-fan, Woodfieldside
Penyrheol Penyrheol, Trecenydd and Energlyn* Trecenydd, Hendredenny, Energlyn, Groeswen
Pontllanfraith Pontllanfraith Bryn, Gelligroes, Springfield, Penllwyn
Pontlottyn Rhymney* (Pontlottyn ward)
Risca East That part of the Community of Risca bounded by a line commencing at the point on the boundary of the former borough of Islwyn at Grid Reference ST 24879259, thence southwards along a track to Grid Reference ST 24799214, thence southwestwards along a cart track to Grid Reference ST 24679204, thence southwestwards along field boundaries to the stream at Grid Reference ST 24459185, thence along that stream southwestwards to the place where it enters the Monmouthshire Canal[quote citation needed] Ty Sign
Risca West The area of Risca not contained in Risca East
St. Cattwg Gelligaer* Cascade, Cefn Hengoed, Glan-y-nant, Penpedairheol, Tir-y-berth
St. James Rudry*, Van* Lansbury Park, Mornington Meadows, Waterloo, Llwyn Gwyn
St. Martins Caerphilly Town* (Castle, Twyn and Watford wards) Watford, Bonfield Park, Castle View
Twyn Carno Rhymney* (Twyn Carno ward) Llechryd, Princetown
Ynysddu Ynysddu Brynawel, Wattsville, Wyllie, Cwmfelinfach, Mynyddislyn
Ystrad Mynach Gelligaer* (Ystrad Mynach ward) Tredomen, Penallta

Allegations of misconduct

In 2015 Anthony O'Sullivan, the chief executive and two other executives were charged with misconduct during public office. It was alleged that they specifically 'wilfully misconducted themselves in relation to securing Caerphilly County Borough Council’s approval of a remuneration package for the said council’s chief officers from which they stood to gain for themselves'.[12][13] [14]

Relating to this and other failings the Welsh Assembly commissioned a special report on the council in January 2014 [15]


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  4. ^ "Caerphilly council leader resigns as investigation launched". WalesOnline. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  5. ^ Acting Leader following the death of Cllr Reynolds
  6. ^ "Tributes paid following death of Caerphilly council leader Keith Reynolds". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
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  13. ^ "Caerphilly council pay-row probe to take six months - and cost up to £28,000". South Wales Argus.
  14. ^ "Council fatcat broke the law by giving himself a £26,000 pay rise". Daily Mirror. 6 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Caerphilly County Borough Council Special Inspection Report 2013" (PDF). Audit Wales.