Ceredigion County Council

Cyngor Sir Ceredigion
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byDyfed County Council
Ceredigion District Council
Chair of the Council
Peter Davies, Independent
Leader of the Council
Ellen ap Gwynn, Plaid Cymru
Deputy Leader
Ray Quant, Independent
Leader of the Opposition
Ceredig Davies, Liberal Democrats
Chief Executive
Eifion Evans
Seats38 councillors
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Political groups
  Plaid Cymru (20)
Opposition (18)
  Independent (9)
  Liberal Democrats (7)
  Labour (1)
  Gwlad (1)
CommitteesAudit Committee
Charity Trustee Committee
Democratic Services Committee
Development Control Committee
Ethics and Standards Committee
Language Committee
Licensing Committee
CommitteesOverview and Scrutiny Committee
Scrutiny - Corporate Resources
Scrutiny - Healthier Communities
Scrutiny - Learning Communities
Scrutiny - Thriving Communities
Joint committees
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Length of term
5 Years
First past the post
First election
4 May 1995
Last election
5 May 2022
Last election
6 May 2027
Next election
2027 Ceredigion County Council election
Meeting place
Council offices in Aberaeron

Ceredigion County Council (Welsh: Cyngor Sir Ceredigion) is the governing body for the county of Ceredigion, since 1996 one of the unitary authorities of Wales.

Its former offices in Aberystwyth were housed in the former hotel Swyddfa'r Sir. The council is now based in Aberaeron.

Public health

The county had the lowest rates of people infected with or dying from COVID-19 in the British mainland, up to June 2020. The area is naturally rural and holiday attractions and the university were closed down very early. The council set up its own contact tracing system in March 2020.[1]

Political makeup

Elections take place every five years. The last full county election took place on 5 May 2022. The next will take place in May 2027.

Current composition

As of 5 May 2022.

Group Affiliation Members[2]
Plaid Cymru 20
Liberal Democrats 7
Labour 1
Gwlad 1

Party with majority control in bold

Historic results

Summary of the council composition after council elections, click on the year for full details of each election.[3][4]

Year Seats Plaid Cymru Independent Liberal Democrats Labour Gwlad Notes
2022 38 20 9 7 1 1 Plaid Cymru majority controlled
2017 42 20 13 8 1 N/A Plaid Cymru led with Independent support
2012 42 19 15 7 1 N/A Plaid Cymru led with Independent support
2008 42 19 12 10 1 N/A Independent led with Lib Dem support
2004 42 16 16 9 1 N/A Independent led with Lib Dem support
1999 44 14 22 7 1 N/A Independent led with Lib Dem support
1995 43 6 26 10 1 N/A Independent majority controlled

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

Electoral divisions

Electoral divisions in Ceredigion
Electoral divisions in Ceredigion

The county is divided into 40 electoral wards returning 42 councillors. There are 50 communities in the area, some of which have their own elected council. Many communities are coterminous with council wards. The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas. Communities with a community council are indicated with an asterisk.

Ward Communities Councillor(s) elected 2012
Aberaeron Aberaeron* Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Evans
Aberporth Aberporth* UKIP Gethin James[5]
Aberystwyth Bronglais Aberystwyth* (Bronglais ward) Plaid Cymru Alun Williams
Aberystwyth Central Aberystwyth* (Central ward) Liberal Democrats Ceredig Davies
Aberystwyth North Aberystwyth* (North ward) Plaid Cymru Mark Anthony Strong
Aberystwyth Penparcau Aberystwyth* (Penparcau ward [1]) Plaid Cymru Steve Davies
Plaid Cymru Lorrae Jones-Southgate
Aberystwyth Rheidol Aberystwyth* (Rheidol ward) Independent John Aled Roberts
Beulah Beulah* Plaid Cymru William David Lyndon Lloyd
Borth Independent Ray Quant
Capel Dewi Llandysul* (Capel Dewi, Pontshaen and Tregroes wards) Independent Peter Davies
Cardigan, Mwldan Cardigan* (Mwldan ward) Plaid Cymru John Adams-Lewis
Cardigan, Rhyd-y-Fuwch Cardigan* (Rhyd-y-Fuwch ward) Liberal Democrats Mark Cole
Cardigan, Teifi Cardigan* (Teifi ward) Plaid Cymru Catrin Miles
Ceulanamaesmawr Plaid Cymru Ellen ap Gwynn
Ciliau Aeron Plaid Cymru John Lumley
Faenor Faenor* Liberal Democrats John Roberts
Lampeter Lampeter Labour Robert George Harris
Independent John Ivor Williams
Llanarth Llanarth* Plaid Cymru Bryan Gareth Davies
Llanbadarn Fawr - Padarn Llanbadarn Fawr* (Padarn ward) Plaid Cymru Gareth Davies
Llanbadarn Fawr - Sulien Llanbadarn Fawr* (Sulien ward) Plaid Cymru Paul James
Llandyfriog Llandyfriog* Plaid Cymru Benjamin Towyn Evans
Llandysilio-gogo Independent Gareth Lloyd
Llandysul Town Llandysul (Trefol ward) Plaid Cymru Peter Evans
Llanfarian Llanfarian* Plaid Cymru Alun Lloyd Jones
Llanfihangel Ystrad
  • Llanfihangel Ystrad*
  • Nantcwnlle* (Nantcwnlle and Trefilan wards)
Plaid Cymru William Lynford Thomas
Llangeitho Independent Rhodri Evans
Llangybi Plaid Cymru Odwyn Davies
Llanrhystyd Liberal Democrats Rowland Rees-Evans
Llansantffraed Independent Dafydd Edwards
Llanwenog Independent Euros Davies
Lledrod Independent Ifan Davies
Melindwr Plaid Cymru Rhodri Davies
New Quay New Quay* Independent Gill Hopley
Penbryn Independent Gwyn James
Pen-parc Independent Haydn Lewis
Tirymynach Tirymynach Liberal Democrats Paul Hinge
Trefeurig Trefeurig* Independent Dai Mason
Tregaron Tregaron* Plaid Cymru Catherine Jane Hughes
Troedyraur Troedyraur* Independent Maldwyn Lewis
Ystwyth Liberal Democrats Rowland Jones


Coat of arms of Ceredigion County Council
Originally granted to Cardiganshire County Council on 21 October 1937
A mural crown Or.
Quarterly per pale indented first Sable a lion rampant reguardant Or second barry wavy of six Argent and Azure a herring haurient proper third Azure a garb Or banded Gules and fourth Sable a chevron between three roses Argent barbed and seeded Proper.
Golud Gwlad Rhyddid (A Nation's Wealth Is Freedom)[6]

See also


  1. ^ "The area of Wales that missed coronavirus - and the simple system it set up". Wales Online. 5 June 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Local Elections - 5th May 2022". Ceredigion County Council. Ceredigion County Council. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Ceredigion County Council Election Results 1995-2012". Elections Centre Plymouth University. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Wales at the polls: Local elections 2017". ITV News. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Plaid issues ultimatum over UKIP councillor". BBC News. 11 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Wales". Civic Heraldry of Wales. Retrieved 22 March 2021.