Merthyr Tydfil Council
Cyngor Merthyr Tudful
|Founded||1 April 1996|
|Preceded by||Mid Glamorgan County Council|
Merthyr Tydfil Borough Council
Malcolm Colbran, Independent
Leader of the Council
Lisa Mytton, Independent
Geraint Thomas, Independent
Leader of the Opposition
Darren Roberts, Labour
Length of term
|4 May 1995|
|5 May 2022|
|6 May 2027|
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (Welsh: Cyngor bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful) is the governing body for Merthyr Tydfil County Borough, one of the Principal Areas of Wales.
Elections took place every four years, though from 2017 will be every 5 years.
At the May 2004 elections the Labour group were challenged by a new party, People Before Politics (PBP), who won nine of the 33 seats across four wards. PBP's numbers reduced to three and the party was disbanded before the next election.
The last election was 4 May 2017. This election saw a big swing, with Independent councillors winning majority control from the Labour Party, in what was previously a Labour stronghold. The final result was delayed because of the death of a candidate in the Cyfarthfa ward, where the election took place on 8 June to choose the final three councillors. Labour council leader Brendan Toomey lost his seat at the election. In December 2020 the Independent leader of the council, Kevin O'Neill, was removed from the council for 7 months for a breach of the code of conduct for failing to declare a personal interest in a council matter. He was replaced as leader by Lisa Mytton.
As of 5 May 2022:
|Year||Seats||Labour||Others||Liberal Democrats||Plaid Cymru||UKIP||Notes|
|2017||33||15||18||0||0||0||Independent majority controlled|
|2012||33||23||9||0||0||1||Labour majority controlled|
|2008||33||8||19||6||0||0||Independent majority controlled|
|2004||33||17||16||0||0||0||Labour majority controlled|
|1995||33||29||4||0||0||0||Labour majority controlled|
Party with the most elected councillors in bold. Coalition agreements in Notes column
The county borough is divided into 11 electoral wards returning 33 councillors. Most of these wards are coterminous with communities (parishes) of the same name.
Bedlinog & Trelewis Community Council is the only community council in Merthyr Tydfil.
The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas.
|Ward||Communities (Parishes)||Other geographic areas|
|Bedlinog c||Bedlinog||Cwmfelin, Trelewis|
|Cyfarthfa c||Cyfarthfa||Clwydyfagwyr, Gelli-deg, Heolgerrig, Winch Fawr, Ynysfach|
||Pantyscallog, Rhydybedd, Tair Twynau, Dowlais Top, Caeharris, Caeracca,|
|Merthyr Vale c||Merthyr Vale||Aberfan, Mount Pleasant,|
|Penydarren c||Penydarren||Galon Uchaf|
|Town c||Town||Twynyrodyn, Penyard|
|Treharris c||Treharris||Quakers Yard, Pentwyn, Fiddler's Elbow, Edwardsville|
|Vaynor c||Vaynor||Cefn Coed, Pontsticill, Trefechan|
c = Ward coterminous with community of the same name