Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cyngor Bro Morgannwg
Vale of Glamorgan Council.svg
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byVale of Glamorgan Borough Council
South Glamorgan County Council
Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan
Christine Cave since 24 May 2019, Conservative
Leader of the Council
Neil Moore, OBE, Labour
since 24 May 2019
Deputy Leader
Lis Burnett, Labour
since 24 May 2019
Leader of the Opposition
Vincent Bailey, Conservative
since 24 May 2019
Managing Director
Rob Thomas
since 26 March 2015
Seats54 councillors[1][2]
Political groups
Administration (30)

  Labour (25)
  Llantwit First (4)

  Independent (1)

Opposition (24)

  Conservative (13)
  Plaid Cymru (8)

  Independent (3)
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
Civic Offices, Barry

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is the governing body for the Vale of Glamorgan, one of the Principal Areas of Wales. It was run by the Conservative Party after the 2008 United Kingdom local elections, taking over the council from no overall control. Following the 2012 elections, it reverted to no overall control, and remained as such following the 2017 and 2022 elections.[3][4][5]


The new Vale of Glamorgan Council unitary authority came into effect on 1 April 1996, following the dissolution of South Glamorgan. It replaced the Vale of Glamorgan Borough Council, which had been a second-tier authority to South Glamorgan County Council.

Political makeup

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

Conservative Councillor, John Thomas, led the council following the May 2017 elections, but resigned from the Conservative group together with his cabinet in 2019. In May 2019 Labour's Neil Moore (who had led the council until May 2017) became council leader, of a coalition of 13 Labour members, 8 former Conservative councillors and the four Llantwit First Independents.[6]

Current composition

As at 5 May 2022:

Group affiliation Members
Labour 25
Conservative 13
Plaid Cymru 8

Historic results

Year Seats Labour Conservative Plaid Cymru Independent Liberal Democrats UKIP Notes
2022[5] 54 25 13 8 8 0 0
2017[7] 47 14 23 4 6 0 0
2012 47 22 11 6 7 0 1
2008 47 13 25 6 3 0 0
2004[8] 47 16 20 8 3 0 0
1999 47 18 22 6 0 1 0
1995[9] 47 36 6 5 0 0 0 Labour majority controlled

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

Electoral divisions

Electoral ward boundaries in the Vale of Glamorgan from 2022
Electoral ward boundaries in the Vale of Glamorgan from 2022
Pre-2022 electoral ward boundaries in the Vale of Glamorgan
Pre-2022 electoral ward boundaries in the Vale of Glamorgan

Until 2022 the county borough was divided into 23 electoral wards returning 47 councillors. Some of these wards are coterminous with communities (parishes) of the same name. Other wards may encompass several communities and in some cases communities can encompass more than one ward. The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas prior to the 2022 boundary changes. Communities with a community council are indicated with a '*':

Ward Communities (Parishes) Other geographic areas
Baruc Barry Town* (Baruc ward) The Knap, Garden Suburb, Barry Island
Buttrills Barry Town* (Buttrills ward)
Cadoc Barry Town* (Cadoc ward) Cadoxton, Palmerstown
Castleland Barry Town* (Castleland ward) Bendricks
Cornerswell Penarth Town* (Cornerswell ward) Cogan
Court Barry Town* (Court ward)
Cowbridge Aberthin, City, Craig Penllyn, Llanblethian, Llandough, Llansannor, Penllyn, Pentre Meyrick, St Mary Church, St. Hillary, Trehyngyll, Ystradowen
Dinas Powys Eastbrook, Leckwith, Michaelston le Pit, Murch, St Andrew's Major, Westra
Dyfan Barry Town* (Dyfan ward) Colcot, Highlight Park
Gibbonsdown Barry Town* (Gibbonsdown ward) Merthyr Dyfan
Illtyd Barry Town* (Illtyd ward) Cwm Talwg
Llandough Llandough*
Llandow/Ewenny Colwinston, Corntown, Llysworney, Ruthin, St. Mary Hill, Sigingstone, Troes,
Llantwit Major Boverton, Llanmaes, Monknash
Peterston-super-Ely Clawdd Coch, Downs, Drope, Gwern y Steeple, Hensol, Pendoylan, St. Brides-super-Ely, St. George's
Plymouth Penarth Town* (Plymouth ward) Lower Penarth, Cosmeston
Rhoose East Aberthaw, Fonmon, Font-y-gari, Llanbethery, Llancadle, Llancarfan, Llantrithyd, Moulton, Penmark, Porthkerry, Tredogan, Walerston,
St Athan St Athan* Flemingston, Gileston, West Aberthaw, East Camp, Eglwys Brewis
St Augustine's Penarth Town* (St. Augustine ward) Headlands, Penarth Marina,
St. Bride's Major
  • St. Bride's Major*
  • Wick*
Boughton, Ogmore, Ogmore-by-Sea, Southerndown
Stanwell Penarth Town* (Stanwell ward)
Sully Sully and Lavernock* Cog, Cosmeston, Swanbridge
Wenvoe Dyffryn, St. Lythans

In the news

In 2010 it was revealed that the chief executive of the Vale of Glamorgan Council was the fourth highest paid in Wales, at £160,000 and £170,000 per annum. This was more than the salary of the First Minister of Wales. The Vale of Glamorgan Council explained, "The salary is on a par with other council chief executives".[10]


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  2. ^ "Labour councillor leaves party over 'toxic and bullying environment'". 30 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Vale of Glamorgan Council elections 2012: Results", Penarth Times, 4 May 2012
  4. ^ "Vale of Glamorgan Council". BBC. BBC News. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Vale of Glamorgan result - Local Elections 2022". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  6. ^ Discombe, Matt (15 May 2019). "Tory rebels pledge support to Labour in shock council twist". walesonline. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Vale of Glamorgan Council". BBC. BBC News. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Vale Of Glamorgan council". BBC. 11 June 2004. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Vale of Glamorgan Council Election Results 1995-2012" (PDF). The Elections Centre.
  10. ^ "Council chief executives earn more than first minister", BBC News, 25 February 2010.