Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

Cyngor Rhondda Cynon Taf
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byMid Glamorgan County Council
Cynon Valley Borough Council
Rhondda Borough Council
Taff Ely Borough Council
Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf
Cllr Linda De Vet, Labour
since 2019/20
Presiding Officer
Cllr Steve Powderhill, Labour
since 2019/20
Leader of the Council
Cllr Andrew Morgan, Labour
since 26 May 2014
Deputy Leader
Cllr Maureen Webber, Labour
since 25 May 2016
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Pauline Jarman, Plaid Cymru
since 2004
Chief executive
Christopher Bradshaw
since 16 December 2016
Seats75 councillors[1]
Political groups
Administration (47)
  Labour (47)
Other parties (28)
  Plaid Cymru (17)
  Conservative (3)
  Independent (7)
  The Cynon Valley Party (1)
Length of term
5 years
First past the post
First election
4 May 1995
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
5 May 2022
Meeting place
County Borough Council Offices, Clydach Vale

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (Welsh: Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Rhondda Cynon Taf) is the governing body for Rhondda Cynon Taf, one of the Principal Areas of Wales. The council headquarters are located in the town of Clydach Vale.

Political makeup

Elections take place every five years. The first election to the unitary authority was held in 1995. The last election was 4 May 2017.

The leader of the council is Cllr Andrew Morgan, who was originally elected as leader on 26 May 2014, to replace Cllr Anthony Christopher who had died on 15 May.[2]


Term of Office Leader Party
1995-1999 Welsh Labour
1999-2004 Pauline Jarman Plaid Cymru
2004-2012 Russel Roberts Welsh Labour
2012-2014 Anthony Christopher Welsh Labour
2014 Andrew Morgan Welsh Labour

Historic results

Year Labour Plaid Cymru Liberal Democrats Conservative Others
2017 47 18 1 4 5
2012 60 9 1 1 4
2008 44 20 4 1 6
2004 57 13 1 0 4
1999 26 38 4 0 7
1995[3] 54 14 1 0 5

Mayors of Rhondda Cynon Taf

Electoral wards

Electoral wards in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Electoral wards in Rhondda Cynon Taf

The Rhondda Cynon Taf county borough is divided into 52 electoral wards[4] (formerly referred to as 'electoral divisions'[5]) returning 75 councillors. Some of these electoral wards are coterminous with communities (parishes) of the same name. Some communities have their own elected council. The following table lists council electoral wards, communities and associated geographical areas:

Electoral wards[6] Councillors Communities (Parishes) Other geographic areas
Aberaman North c 2 Aberaman North
Aberaman South c 2 Aberaman South Abercwmboi, Cwmaman, Glynhafod, Godreaman,
Abercynon c 2 Abercynon Carnetown, Pontcynon, Tyntetown, Ynysboeth
Aberdare East c 2 Aberdare East Abernant, Foundry Town, Tŷ Fry
Aberdare West/Llwydcoed 3 Aberdare West
Bwllfa Dare, Cwmdare, Robertstown, Trecynon,
Beddau 1 Llantrisant * (Beddau ward) Brynteg
Brynna 1 Llanharan * (Brynna and Llanilid wards) Bryncae
Church Village 1 Llantwit Fardre * (Church Village ward) Upper Church Village
Cilfynydd 1 Pontypridd Town * (Cilfynydd ward)
Cwm Clydach c 1 Cwm Clydach Clydach Vale
Cwmbach c 1 Cwmbach
Cymmer 2 Cymmer
Glynfach, Trebanog, Trehafod (west)
Ferndale 2 Ferndale Blaenllechau
Gilfach Goch c 1 Gilfach Goch * Garden City, Hendreforgan Estate
Glyncoch 1 Pontypridd Town * (Glyncoch ward)
Graig 1 Pontypridd Town * (Graig ward) Pen-y-coedcae
Hawthorn 1 Pontypridd Town * (Hawthorn and Rhydfelen Lower wards) Upper Boat
Hirwaun 1 Hirwaun (part) * (Hirwaun ward)
Llanharan 1 Llanharan * (Llanharan ward) Dolau
Llanharry c 1 Llanharry *
Llantrisant Town 1 Llantrisant * (Llantrisant Town ward) Cross Inn, Rhiwsaeson
Llantwit Fardre 2 Llantwit Fardre * (Efail Isaf and Llantwit Fardre wards) Efail Isaf
Llwynypia c 1 Llwynypia
Maerdy c 1 Maerdy
Mountain Ash East c 1 Mountain Ash East Cefnpennar, Cwmpennar, Newtown
Mountain Ash West c 2 Mountain Ash West Fernhill, Glenboi
Penrhiwceiber c 2 Penrhiwceiber Miskin, Perthcelyn
Pentre c 2 Pentre Ton Pentre
Pen-y-graig c 2 Pen-y-graig Dinas, Edmondstown, Penpisgah, Williamstown
Pen-y-waun c 1 Pen-y-waun Trenant
Pont-y-clun c 2 Pont-y-clun * Brynsadler, Groes-faen, Miskin, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Pontyclun, Tyla Garw
Pontypridd Town 1 Pontypridd Town * (Town ward) Penygraigwen
Porth 2 Porth Llwyncelyn
Rhigos 1 Rhigos *
Hirwaun * (Penderyn ward)
Cwm Hwnt, Cefn Rhigos, Penderyn
Rhondda 2 Pontypridd Town * (Rhondda ward) Hopkinstown, Maesycoed, Pantygraigwen, Pwllgwaun
Rhydfelen Central/Ilan 1 Pontypridd Town * (Ilan and Rhydfelen Central wards) Rhydyfelin
Taffs Well c 1 Taffs Well * Glan-y-llyn, Nantgarw, Tŷ Rhiw
Talbot Green 1 Llantrisant * (Talbot Green ward) Ynysmaerdy
Tonteg 2 Llantwit Fardre * (Tonteg ward)
Tonypandy c 1 Tonypandy
Tonyrefail East 2 Tonyrefail * (Coedely, Collena and Tylcha wards) Coedely
Tonyrefail West 1 Tonyrefail * (Penrhiw-fer, Thomastown and Tynybryn wards)
Trallwn 1 Pontypridd Town * (Trallwng ward)
Trealaw c 1 Trealaw
Treforest 1 Pontypridd Town * (Treforest ward) Glyntaff
Treherbert c 2 Treherbert Blaencwm, Blaenrhondda, Tynewydd,
Treorchy c 3 Treorchy Cwmparc, Ynyswen
Tylorstown c 2 Tylorstown Penrhys, Pontygwaith, Stanleytown
Tyn-y-nant 1 Llantrisant * (Tyn-y-nant ward)
Ynyshir c 1 Ynyshir Wattstown
Ynysybwl 1 Ynysybwl and Coed-y-Cwm * Roberttown, Buarth-y-capel
Ystrad c 2 Ystrad Gelli

* = Communities which elect a community council
c = Ward coterminous with community of the same name [7]

A 2018 review of electoral arrangements by the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales would see a reduction in the number of wards to 44, though retaining the same number of councillors. The proposals would take effect from the 2022 council elections.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Open Council Data UK - compositions councillors parties wards elections". opencouncildata.co.uk. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  2. ^ "New Rhondda Cynon Taf Council leader to be appointed", Wales Online, 26 May 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.electionscentre.co.uk/?page_id=2401[bare URL]
  4. ^ "Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013 Section 29". The National Archives. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  5. ^ Local Government Act 1972, s.25(2)(a)
  6. ^ "The County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taff (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1998". Legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  7. ^ Election Maps, Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  8. ^ Anthony Lewis (30 August 2018). "The number of electoral council wards in Rhondda Cynon Taf could be cut for 2022 election". Wales Online. Retrieved 27 October 2018.