Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

Cyngor Rhondda Cynon Taf
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council.svg
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byMid Glamorgan County Council
Cynon Valley Borough Council
Rhondda Borough Council
Taff Ely Borough Council
Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf
Wendy Treeby, Labour
since 2021/22
Presiding Officer
Steve Powderhill, Labour
since 2019/20
Leader of the Council
Andrew Morgan, Labour
since 26 May 2014
Deputy Leader
Maureen Webber, Labour
since 25 May 2016
Leader of the Opposition
Chief executive
Christopher Bradshaw
since 16 December 2016
Seats75 councillors[1]
Political groups
  Labour (59)
Opposition (16)
  Plaid Cymru (8)
  Independent (6)
  Conservative (2)
Length of term
5 years
First past the post
First election
4 May 1995
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
6 May 2027
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 5 May 2022.

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

Current composition

As at 5 May 2022:

Group affiliation Members
Labour 59
Plaid Cymru 8
Independent 6
Conservative 2

Party with majority control in bold.

Council leaders

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

Historic results

Year Seats Labour Plaid Cymru Liberal Democrats Conservative Others Notes
2022 75 59 8 0 2 6 Labour majority control
2017 75 47 18 1 4 5 Labour majority control
2012 75 60 9 1 1 4 Labour majority control
2008 75 44 20 4 1 6 Labour majority control
2004 75 57 13 1 0 4 Labour majority control
1999 75 26 38 4 0 7 Plaid Cymru majority control
1995[3] 74 54 14 1 0 5 Labour majority control

Party with the most elected councillors in bold. Coalition agreements in Notes column

Mayors of Rhondda Cynon Taf

Electoral wards

Pre-2022 electoral wards in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Pre-2022 electoral wards in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Main article: List of electoral wards in Rhondda Cynon Taf

The Rhondda Cynon Taf county borough is divided into 46 electoral wards returning 75 councillors.[4] 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 Councillors Communities (civil parishes) Other geographic areas
Aberaman 3 Aberaman North
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
and Llwydcoed
3 Aberdare West
Bwllfa Dare, Cwmdare, Robertstown, Trecynon,
Beddau and
2 Llantrisant * (Beddau and Tyn-y-nant wards) Beddau, Brynteg
Brynna and Llanharan 3 Llanharan * Bryncae, Brynna, Dolau, Llanharan
Church Village 2 Llantwit Fardre * (Church Village ward) Upper Church Village
Cilfynydd 1 Pontypridd Town * (Cilfynydd ward)
Cwm Clydach c 1 Cwm Clydach Clydach Vale
Cwmbach c 2 Cwmbach
Cymer 2 Cymmer
Cymmer, Glynfach, Trebanog, Trehafod
Ferndale and Maerdy 2 Ferndale
Gilfach Goch c 1 Gilfach Goch * Garden City, Hendreforgan Estate
Glyn-coch 1 Pontypridd Town * (Glyncoch ward)
Graig and Pontypridd West 2 Pontypridd Town * (Graig and Rhondda wards) Maesycoed, Pantygraigwen, Pen-y-coedcae, Hopkinstown, Pwllgwaun
Hawthorn and
Lower Rhydfelen
1 Pontypridd Town * (Hawthorn and Rhydfelen Lower wards) Upper Boat
Hirwaun, Penderyn and Rhigos 2 Hirwaun *
Rhigos *
Cwm Hwnt, Cefn Rhigos, Hirwaun, Penderyn
Llanharry 1 Llanharry * (Llanharry ward)
Llantrisant and Talbot Green 2 Llantrisant * (Llantrisant Town and Talbot Green wards) Cross Inn, Llantrisant, Rhiwsaeson, Talbot Green, Ynysmaerdy
Llantwit Fardre 2 Llantwit Fardre * (Efail Isaf and Llantwit Fardre wards) Efail Isaf
Llwyn-y-pia c 1 Llwynypia
Mountain Ash 2 Mountain Ash East
Mountain Ash West
Cefnpennar, Cwmpennar, Fernhill, Glenboi, Newtown
Penrhiw-ceiber 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
Pontyclun Central 1 Pontyclun * (Central ward) Miskin, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Pontyclun
Pontyclun East 1 Pontyclun * (East ward) Groes-faen, Mwyndy
Pontyclun West 1 Pont-y-clun * (West ward)
Llanharry * (Tylagarw ward)
Brynsadler, Pontyclun, Tyla Garw
Pontypridd Town 1 Pontypridd Town * (Town ward) Penygraigwen
Porth 2 Porth Birchgrove, Llwyncelyn, Mount Pleasant
Rhydfelen Central 1 Pontypridd Town * (Rhydfelen Central ward) Rhydyfelin
Taffs Well c 1 Taffs Well * Glan-y-llyn, Nantgarw, Taff's Well, Tŷ Rhiw
Ton-teg 1 Llantwit Fardre * (Tonteg ward)
Tonypandy c 1 Tonypandy
Tonyrefail East 2 Tonyrefail * (Coedely, Collena and Tylcha wards) Coedely
Tonyrefail West 2 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 2 Treorchy Cwmparc, Ynyswen
Tylorstown and Ynyshir 2 Tylorstown
Penrhys, Pontygwaith, Stanleytown, Wattstown
Upper Rhydfelen and Glyn-Taf 1 Pontypridd Town * (Upper Rhydfelen and Glyn-taf ward) Rhydyfelin
Ynysybwl 2 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 [5]

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 46, though retaining the same number of councillors. The proposals would take effect from the 2022 council elections.[6]

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. ^ "Welsh unitary councils". 2 June 2015.
  4. ^ "The County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2021". Legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  5. ^ Election Maps, Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  6. ^ 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.