Cyngor Sir Ddinbych
|Founded||1 April 1996|
|Preceded by||Clwyd County Council|
Chairman of the Council
Cllr Meirick Lloyd Davies, Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales
Leader of the Council
Cllr Hugh Evans, Independent
Cllr Julian Thompson-Hill, Conservative
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Joan Butterfield, Labour
Length of term
|4 May 1995|
|4 May 2017|
|5 May 2022|
Denbighshire County Council is the governing body for the principal area of Denbighshire (not historic Denbighshire), one of the administrative subdivisions of Wales.
The council consists of a multi-party cabinet led by Councillor Hugh Evans.
Elections normally take place every four years. The last election was 4 May 2017.
The council consists of a multi-party cabinet led by Councillor Hugh Evans, Independent Member for Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd/Gwyddelwern. The current Cabinet includes the highest number of women Councillors - 4 out of 9 posts - in Denbighshire's history. The Liberal Democrat currently sits with the Independents.
Six seats (2 PC, 3 Lab, 1 Con) were elected unopposed at the 2017 election.
Cllr Hugh Evans, a farmer from Llanelidan, was first elected as leader of the council on 6 November 2007. This followed a vote of no confidence in the previous leader, Rhiannon Hughes, two weeks beforehand. Prior to Hughes, Plaid Cymru councillor Eryl Williams was leader, from 2002 till 2004.
In 2016 the council leader was paid a salary of £43,000.
Summary of the council composition after council elections, click on the year for full details of each election.
|Year||Conservative||Independent||Labour||Liberal Democrats||Plaid Cymru|
a = In 1999, five candidates were elected to represent the Democratic Alliance of Wales.
b = In 2004, three candidates were elected to represent the Democratic Alliance of Wales.
The county borough is divided into 30 electoral wards returning 47 councillors. Few communities in Denbighshire are coterminous with electoral wards. The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas:
|Communities (and community wards)|
|Bodelwyddan c||1||Bodelwyddan (town) *|
|Corwen c||1||Corwen (town) *|
|Denbigh Central||1||Denbigh (town)||(Central ward)|
|Denbigh Lower||2||(Lower ward)|
|Denbigh Upper/Henllan||2||(Upper ward)|
|Dyserth c||1||Dyserth *|
|Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd/Llangynhafal||1|
|Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd/Gwyddelwern||1|
|Prestatyn Central||2||Prestatyn (town)||(Central ward)|
|Prestatyn East||2||(East ward)|
|Prestatyn Meliden||1||(Meliden ward)|
|Prestatyn North||3||(North and North West wards)|
|Prestatyn South West||2||(South West ward)|
|Rhuddlan c||2||Rhuddlan (town)|
|Rhyl East||2||Rhyl (town)||(East ward)|
|Rhyl South||2||(South ward)|
|Rhyl South East||3||(South East ward)|
|Rhyl South West||2||(South West ward)|
|Rhyl West||2||(West ward)|
|Ruthin c||3||Ruthin (town)|
|St. Asaph East||1||St. Asaph (town)||(East ward)|
|St. Asaph West||1||(West ward)|
* = Communities which elect a community council
c = Ward coterminous with community of the same name