Torfaen County Borough Council

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Torfaen
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Type
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History
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byGwent County Council
Torfaen Borough Council
Leadership
Presiding Member
Cllr Rosemary Seabourne, Labour
since 24 May 2022
Leader of the Council
Cllr Anthony Hunt, Labour
since 1 January 2017
Deputy Leader
Cllr Richard Clark, Labour
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Alan Slade, Independent
Chief executive
Stephen Vickers
since July 2021
Structure
Seats40 councillors[1]
Political groups
Administration
  Labour (30)
Opposition
  Independent (10)
Length of term
5 years
Elections
First past the post
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
6 May 2027
Meeting place
Pontypool Civic Centre (geograph 2484234).jpg
Civic Centre, Pontypool
Website
www.torfaen.gov.uk

Torfaen County Borough Council (Welsh: Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Torfaen) is the governing body for Torfaen, one of the Principal Areas of Wales.

Political makeup

Elections take place every five years. The last election was 5 May 2022.

Current composition

As at 5 May 2022:

Group Councillors
Labour 30
  Independent
10
Total 40

Party with majority control in bold.

Historic results

Year Seats Labour Independent Conservative Liberal Democrats Plaid Cymru Notes
2022 40 30 10 0 0 0 Labour majority controlled
2017[2] 44 29 11 4 0 0 Labour majority controlled
2012[3] 44 30 8 4 0 2 Labour majority controlled
2008 44 18 16* 5 2 3
2004 45 34 7 2 2 0 Labour majority controlled
1999 44 39 3 1 1 0 Labour majority controlled
1995 44 41 1 1 1 0 Labour majority controlled

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

Mayorality

The roles of mayor and deputy mayor were removed from the council in May 2018 as part of the 2018/19 budget.

As a result, the council amended its constitution and approved the creation of a Presiding Member and Deputy Presiding Member to chair council meetings.

From May 2018, the roles and functions normally undertaken by a mayor have been undertaken by the leader of the council and cabinet members.[4][5]

Past Mayors

2017 to 2018 Councillor J Powell
2016 to 2017 Councillor V Crick JP
2015 to 2016 Councillor G Davies
2014 to 2015 Councillor M Owen
2013 to 2014 Councillor N Mason
2012 to 2013 Councillor W Tomlinson
2011 to 2012 Councillor P Seabourne
2010 to 2011 Councillor T Huish
2009 to 2010 Councillor R Jones
2008 to 2009 Councillor A B James
2007 to 2008 Councillor W King
2006 to 2007 Councillor M Barnett
2005 to 2006 Councillor L L Irwin
2004 to 2005 Councillor Y Warren
2003 to 2004 Councillor D Davies
2002 to 2003 Councillor J Everson
2001 to 2002 Councillor C Thomas
2000 to 2001 Councillor G R Clark
1999 to 2000 Councillor B I Ryan
1998 to 1999 Councillor K Edmunds
1997 to 1998 Councillor S J Brooks
1996 to 1997 Councillor S Smith
1995 to 1996 Councillor D Miller
1994 to 1995 Councillor M H Morgan
1993 to 1994 Councillor F H Bacon
1992 to 1993 Councillor T Davies
1991 to 1992 Councillor D J Rex
1990 to 1991 Councillor S Richards
1989 to 1990 Councillor B J Cunningham
1988 to 1989 Councillor W M Howell
1986 to 1988 Councillor D J Lloyd
1986 Councillor C G Thomas
1985 to 1986 Councillor H J Rosser
1984 to 1985 Councillor C Little
1983 to 1984 Councillor G I Davies
1982 to 1983 Councillor P Roberts JP
1981 to 1982 Councillor K Morgan
1980 to 1981 Councillor G S Evans JP
1979 to 1980 Councillor A J Davies
1978 to 1979 Councillor S E A James JP
1977 to 1978 Councillor G S R Powell
1976 to 1977 Councillor D W Puddle BEM
1975 to 1976 Councillor M L Lee OBE JP
1974 to 1975 Councillor D B Richards BEM
1974 Councillor G M Day

Electoral divisions

Electoral wards in Torfaen
Electoral wards in Torfaen

The county borough is divided into 20 electoral wards, returning 40 councillors. There are 6 elected community councils in the region. The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas. Communities with a community council are indicated with a '*':

Ward Communities 'Other geographic areas
Abersychan Abersychan Varteg, Cwmavon, Cwmffrwd, Talywain, The British, Pentwyn, Garndiffaith,
Blaenavon Blaenavon Town* Coed Cae, Elgam, Forge Side, Garn-y-erw
Brynwern Pontymoile (Brynwern ward)
Coed Eva Fairwater (Coed Eva ward)
Croesyceiliog North Croesyceiliog & Llanyrafon* (Croesyceiliog North ward)
Croesyceiliog South Croesyceiliog & Llanyrafon* (Croesyceiliog South ward)
Cwmynyscoy Pontymoile (Cwmynyscoy ward) Blaendare, Upper Race
Fairwater Fairwater (Fairwater and Oaksford ward) Ty Canol
Greenmeadow Fairwater (Greenmeadow ward)
Llantarnam Croes-y-mwyalach, Oakfield, Old Cwmbran
Llanyrafon North Llanyrafon (Llanyrafon North ward)
Llanyrafon South Llanfrechfa
New Inn New Inn Cwmoody, Sluvad
Panteg Panteg Griffithstown, Sebastopol
Pontnewydd Pontrhydyrun, Lowland, Northville
Pontnewynydd Pen Tranch (Pontnewynydd ward) Cwmffrwdoer
Pontypool Pontymoile*
Snatchwood Pen Tranch (Snatchwood ward)
St. Cadocs and Penygarn
St Dials Cwmbran Central* (St. Dials ward)
Trevethin Trevethin (Trevethin ward)
Two Locks Hollybush
Upper Cwmbran Upper Cwmbran Thornhill, West Pontnewydd
Wainfelin Pen Tranch (Wainfelin ward) Tranch, Pantygasseg

References

  1. ^ "Open Council Data UK - compositions councillors parties wards elections". opencouncildata.co.uk. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Wales at the polls: Local elections 2017". ITV News. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Torfaen County Borough Council Election Results 1995-2012" (PDF). Elections Centre Plymouth University. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Former Torfaen council mayors speak out on budget proposal to scrap role". Free Press Series.
  5. ^ "Mayor of Torfaen | Torfaen County Borough Council". www.torfaen.gov.uk.