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Isle of Anglesey County Council


The Isle of Anglesey County Council (Welsh: Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn) is the governing body for the county of Anglesey, one of the unitary authority areas of Wales. The council has 30 councillors who represent 11 multi-member electoral wards.

Suspension of functions in 2011

In March 2011, after "years of political infighting", it became the first council in British history to have all executive functions suspended, with a team of commissioners appointed by the Welsh government put in place to run the council's functions,[1] with elections ultimately delayed,[2] meaning they took place a year after the rest of Wales, pending a new electoral system.[3]

Political makeup

Unlike most other councils in Wales, Anglesey's councillors divide only partly along political-party lines. Following the 2008 elections, only Plaid Cymru and Labour have maintained a group on the Council. Some Councillors elected on party political tickets or believed to have party political allegiances do not form, or join, party groups. The remaining councillors, both party-political and independent, form a number of factions based as much on personalities as on policy. Since the 2008 elections, the largest of these factions has been the Original Independents (Welsh: Annibynwyr Gwreiddiol).

Elections normally take place every four years. The Isle of Anglesey County Council election, 2013 took place on 2 May 2013, with results shown below. The previous election was on 1 May 2008.[4] There were due to be elections on 3 May 2012, but these were postponed for one year by the Welsh Local Government minister, Carl Sargeant.[5]

Current composition

Group affiliation[6] Members
  Original Independent
14
Plaid Cymru 12
3
Liberal Democrat 1
 Total
30

Electoral divisions

A review of electoral arrangements on Anglesey by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales began in 2010.[7] This was scrapped and recommenced in 2011 following a new instruction by the Welsh Government.[8]

Under The Isle of Anglesey (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2012, there are 30 councillors elected (a reduction from the previous 40) from 11 multi-member wards.[3] The electoral wards (numbers of councillors in parentheses) are:

  1. Aethwy (3), formed by the Communities of Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, Menai Bridge and Penmynydd
  2. Bro Aberffraw (2), formed by the Communities of Rhosyr
  3. Bro Rhosyr (2), formed by the Communities of Llanidan, Llanfihangel Ysceifiog, Llanddaniel Fab and Llangristiolus
  4. Caergybi (3), the electoral wards of Town, London Road, Morawelon, Porthyfelin, and Parc a'r Mynydd in the Community of Holyhead
  5. Canolbarth Môn (Central Anglesey) (3), the Communities of Bryngwran, Bodffordd, Llangefni, and Trewalchmai, and the electoral wards of Llanddyfnan, Llangwyllog and Tregacan in the Community of Llanddyfnan.
  6. Llifôn (2), the Communities of Llanfaelog, Llanfair-yn-Neubwll and Valley
  7. Lligwy (3), the Communities of Moelfre, Llaneugrad, Llanfair-Mathafarn-Eithaf and Pentraeth; and the electoral ward of Llanfihangel Tre'r Beirdd in the Community of Llanddyfnan
  8. Seiriol (3), formed by the Communities of Beaumaris, Cwm Cadnant, Llanddona, and Llangoed.
  9. Talybolion (3), formed by the Communities of Bodedern, Cylch-y-garn, Llannerch-y-medd, Llanfachraeth, Llanfaethlu, Mechell and Tref Alaw
  10. Twrcelyn (3), the Communities of Amlwch, Llanbadrig, Llaneilian, and Rhosybol
  11. Ynys Gybi (Holy Island) (3), the Communities of Trearddur and Rhoscolyn and the electoral wards of Maeshyfryd and Kingsland in the Community of Holyhead.

Chair and vice-chair of the council

Within the council's administrative area and having regard to the royal prerogative, the chair of the county council is the "first citizen".

References

  1. ^ BBC News: Anglesey council to be taken over, says Carl Sargeant
  2. ^ BBC News: Anglesey council election postponed for year to 2013
  3. ^ a b The Isle of Anglesey (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2012 Legislation.gov.uk
  4. ^ http://www.gwydir.demon.co.uk/uklocalgov/elec2008.htm
  5. ^
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  7. ^ Isle of Anglesey Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales
  8. ^ DIRECTION TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOUNDARY COMMISSION FOR WALES 2011 Welsh Government

External links

  • Isle of Anglesey County Council
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