Denbighshire Council

Cyngor Sir Ddinbych
Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byClwyd County Council
Leadership
Chairman of the Council
Cllr Meirick Lloyd Davies, Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales
Leader of the Council
Cllr Hugh Evans, Independent
Deputy Leader
Cllr Julian Thompson-Hill, Conservative
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Joan Butterfield, Labour
Chief Executive
Judith Greenhalgh
Structure
Seats47 councillors
Political groups
Administration (26)
  Conservative (15)
  Independent (11)
Other parties (21)
  Labour (11)
  Plaid Cymru (9):
  Vacant (1)
Length of term
5 years
Elections
First-past-the-post
First election
4 May 1995
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
5 May 2022
Website
www.denbighshire.gov.uk

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.

Political makeup

Elections normally take place every four years. The last election was 4 May 2017.[1]

Current composition (2017)

Group affiliation[2] Members
Conservative 16
Labour 13
Plaid Cymru 9
  Independent
8
  Liberal Democrats
1
 Total
47

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.[citation needed] The Liberal Democrat currently sits with the Independents.

Six seats (2 PC, 3 Lab, 1 Con) were elected unopposed at the 2017 election.[3]

Leadership

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.[4] Prior to Hughes, Plaid Cymru councillor Eryl Williams was leader, from 2002 till 2004.[5]

In 2016 the council leader was paid a salary of £43,000.[6]

Historic results

Summary of the council composition after council elections, click on the year for full details of each election.[7][8]

Year Conservative Independent Labour Liberal Democrats Plaid Cymru
1995 0 20 19 3 7
1999 2 23a 13 1 8
2004 7 23b 8 1 7
2008 18 13 7 1 8
2012 9 12 18 1 7
2017 16 8 13 1 9

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.

Electoral divisions

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:

Ward[9] County
Councillors
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)
Henllan
Dyserth c 1 Dyserth *
Efenechtyd 1
Llanarmon-yn-Ial/Llandegla 1
Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd/Llangynhafal 1
Llandrillo 1
Llandyrnog 1
Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd/Gwyddelwern 1
Llangollen 2
Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch 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)
Trefnant 1
Tremeirchion 1

* = Communities which elect a community council
c = Ward coterminous with community of the same name[10]

References

  1. ^ "Trailer - Local Elections May 2017". www.gwydir.demon.co.uk.
  2. ^ Election results by party, Denbighshire County Council. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  3. ^ Teale, Andrew. "Local Election Results 2017: Denbighshire". Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Llanelidan farmer is new Denbighshire Council leader", Daily Post (North Wales), 6 November 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  5. ^ Darren Devine (23 October 2007). "Leader resigns over schools vote". Wales Online. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  6. ^ "This is how Wales' 1,254 councillors will split £20m in wages this year". Wales Online. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Denbighshire County Council Election Results 1995-2012". Elections Centre Plymouth University. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Wales at the polls: Local elections 2017". ITV News. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Election results by Wards". Denbighshire County Council. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  10. ^ Election Maps, Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 29 March 2018.