Isle of Anglesey County Council
Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn
|Founded||1 April 1996|
|Preceded by||Gwynedd County Council|
Chair of the Council
Margaret Murley Roberts, Plaid Cymru
Leader of the Council
Deputy Leader of the Council
Leader of the Opposition
Bryan Owen, Anglesey Independents
Mrs Annwen Morgan
since 1 October 2019
|Plurality voting in multi-member wards|
|4 May 1995|
|5 May 2022|
|6 May 2027|
|Council Offices in Llangefni|
The Isle of Anglesey County Council (Welsh: Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn) is the governing body for the county of Anglesey, one of the unitary authority areas of Wales. The council has 30 councillors who represent 11 multi-member electoral wards.
Following the implementation of the Local Government Act 1888, which established county councils in every county, meetings of the county council were initially held in the county courthouse on the west side of Glanhwfa Road in Llangefni. The county administration took place in Llangefni Shire Hall from 1899 until 1974. The shire hall was re-designated the "Borough Council Offices" in 1974 and became the headquarters of Ynys Mon Borough Council. Brand new council offices were built at Llangefni in the 1990s for the new unitary authority, Isle of Anglesey County Council, which was created in 1996.
The Wales Audit Office describes the new council of having a "history of conflict and inappropriate behaviour" from the outset, with two public interest reports published in 1998 and a further three reports into the behaviour by 2001. In September 2009 the council took on a 'troubleshooter' to sort out the squabbling, at a cost of £1,160 a day. David Bowles was imposed on the council by the Welsh Government and paid via a recruitment company. He became Wales' most expensive public sector worker at the time. Bowles sacked two members of the ruling council group, and the education and leisure head was forced to resign.
In March 2011, after "years of political infighting", it became the first council in British history to have all executive functions suspended, with a team of commissioners appointed by the Welsh government put in place to run the council's functions, with elections ultimately delayed, meaning they took place a year after the rest of Wales, pending a new electoral system.
Unlike most other councils in Wales, Anglesey's councillors divide only partly along political-party lines. Following the 2008 elections, Plaid Cymru and Labour maintained a group on the council. Some Councillors elected on party political tickets or believed to have party political allegiances do not form, or join, party groups. The remaining councillors, both party-political and independent, have formed a number of factions based as much on personalities as on policy. After the 2008 elections, the largest faction was the Original Independents. However, in 2010 the council leader, Clive McGregor, left the Original Independents to form Llais Môn (meaning Anglesey Voice) who had five members by the time of the 2013 election.
Elections normally take place every four years. The 2013 Isle of Anglesey County Council election took place on 2 May 2013. There were due to be elections on 3 May 2012, but these were postponed for one year by the Welsh Local Government minister, Carl Sargeant. The 2017 Isle of Anglesey County Council election on 4 May resulted in a no overall majority position with Plaid Cymru holding 14 of the 30 seats. The 2022 Isle of Anglesey County Council election on 5 May resulted in an overall majority with Plaid Cymru holding 21 of 35 seats.
As of 5 May 2022.
Party with majority control in bold
|Year||Seats||Plaid Cymru||Independent||Labour||Liberal Democrats||Conservative||Notes|
|2022||35||21||10||3||1||0||Plaid Cymru majority controlled|
|2008||40||8||23||5||2||2||Independent majority controlled|
|2004||40||9||28||1||1||1||Independent majority controlled|
|1999||40||9||26||4||0||1||Independent majority controlled|
Party with the most elected councillors in bold. Coalition agreements in Notes column
|Llinos Medi Huws||23 May 2017||Plaid Cymru. First female leader of the council |
|Ieuan Williams||May 2013||4 May 2017||Independent Group |
|Bryan Owen||2 May 2013||Independent Group. Lost his seat at the May 2013 election |
|Clive McGregor||May 2011 |
|Phil Fowlie||May 2008||May 2009||Original Independents. Resigned his leadership in 2009 (and his seat in September 2010).|
|Gareth Winston Roberts||2005||May 2008||Independent Group |
|Bob Parry||c.February 2003||June 2004||Plaid Cymru led a coalition for 15 months before the June 2004 elections |
|Gareth Winston Roberts||1996||1998||Independent Group. Resigned in 1998 following the council administration being criticised.|
Within the council's administrative area and having regard to the royal prerogative, the chair of the county council is the "first citizen".
From the 1995 council elections until just prior to the elections in 2013, the county was divided into 40 electoral wards returning 40 councillors. There are also 40 communities (parishes) in the county, some of which have their own elected community council, but few communities were coterminous with the 40 council wards. The 40 wards were:
Aberffraw (included Aberffraw community/Maelog ward* part of Llanfaelog), Amlwch Port (Port and Town wards* of Amlwch Town), Amlwch Rural (Rural ward* of Amlwch Town), Beaumaris (Beaumaris), Bodffordd (Bodffordd/Cerrigceinwen ward* of Llangristiolus), Bodorgan (Bodorgan/Llangristiolus ward* of Llangristiolus), Braint (Braint ward* of Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll), Bryngwran (Bryngwran/Trewalchmai), Brynteg (Benllech and Brynteg wards* of Llanfair Mathafarn Eithaf), Cadnant (Cadnant ward* of Menai Bridge), Cefni (Cefni ward* of Llangefni), Cwm Cadnant (Cwm Cadnant), Cyngar (Cyngar ward* of Llangefni), Gwyngyll (Gwyngyll ward* of Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll), Holyhead Town (Town ward* of Holyhead town), Kingsland (Kingsland ward* of Holyhead), Llanbadrig (Llanbadrig), Llanbedrgoch (Benllech 'A'/Llanbedrgoch wards* of Llanfair-Mathafarn-Eithaf), Llanddyfnan (Llanddyfnan/Llaneugrad), Llaneilian (Llaneilian/Rhosybol), Llanfaethlu (Llanfachraeth/Llanfaethlu/Llanrhuddlad ward* of Cylch-y-Garn), Llanfair-yn-Neubwll (Bodedern/Llanfair-yn-Neubwll), Llanfihangel Ysgeifiog (Llanfihangel Ysgeifiog/Penmynydd), Llangoed (Llangoed and Penmon), Llanidan (Llanddaniel Fab/Llanidan), Llannerch-y-medd (Llannerch-y-medd/Tref Alaw), London Road (London Road ward* of Holyhead town), Maeshyfryd (Maeshyfryd ward* of Holyhead town), Mechell (Mechell/Llanfairynghornwy ward* of Cylch-y-Garn), Morawelon
(Morawelon ward* of Holyhead), Moelfre (Moelfre), Parc a'r Mynydd (Parc a'r Mynydd ward* of Holyhead town), Pentraeth (Llanddona/Pentraeth), Porthyfelin (Porthyfelin ward* of Holyhead town), Rhosneigr (Rhosneigr ward* of Llanfaelog), Rhosyr (Rhosyr), Trearddur (Rhoscolyn/Trearddur), Tudur (Tudur ward* of Llangefni Town), Tysilio (Tysilio ward* of Menai Bridge) and Valley (Valley).
* = electoral ward of a community with its own electoral subdivisions and community council
A review of electoral arrangements on Anglesey by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales began in 2010. This was scrapped and recommenced in 2011 following a new instruction by the Welsh Government.
Under The Isle of Anglesey (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2012, there are 30 councillors to be elected (a reduction from the previous 40) from 11 multi-member wards. The current electoral wards (numbers of councillors in parentheses) are:
Welsh and English are the official languages of the council and have equal status and validity in the council's administration and work. According to the council's Welsh language policy, its aim is to ensure that Welsh will be the council's main language for both oral and written internal communication in the future. Of those staff that assessed their language skills in 2016–2017, 79% could speak Welsh fluently.
In 2022, as part of the Levelling Up White Paper, an "Island Forum" was proposed, which would allow local policymakers and residents in Anglesey to work alongside their counterparts in Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles and the Isle of Wight on common issues, such as broadband connectivity, and provide a platform for them to communicate directly with the government on the challenges island communities face in terms of levelling up.
In February 2019 it was reported that North Korea was likely to have been behind a cyberattack on the council, have disguised its attempts to break into the computer system by using an ISP (IP) address based in Japan. It was thought most likely that the attacks were aimed at disrupting systems and services as part of a wider assault on UK government infrastructure.