Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council


Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council is the local governing body for Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom. It was controlled by the Labour Party from its creation in 1996 until 2022, when Plaid Cymru and a group of independent councillors agreed to share power.[2]

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Bwrdeistref Sirol Castell-nedd Port Talbot
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byWest Glamorgan County Council
Port Talbot BC
Neath BC
Lliw Valley BC
Mayor of Neath Port Talbot
Robert Wood, Labour
since 7 June 2022
Leader of the Council
Steve Hunt, Independent
since 23 May 2022
Deputy Leader
Alun Llewelyn, Plaid Cymru
since 23 May 2022
Leader of the Opposition
Robert Jones, Labour
since 23 May 2022
Chief executive
Karen Jones
since November 2020
Political groups
Administration (30)
  Independent (18)
  Plaid Cymru (12)
Confidence & Supply (3)
  Liberal Democrats (2)
  Green (1)
Opposition (27)
  Labour (27)
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 Centre, Port Talbot


On 12 May 2017, Councillor Robert Jones become leader of the council, taking over from previous leader Councillor Ali Thomas.[3] The elected deputy leader was Councillor Ted Latham.

On 6 March 2021, Robert Jones stood down from his role as leader of the council, pending an investigation.[citation needed] It was confirmed that the deputy leader, Councillor Ted Latham, would replace Councillor Jones on an interim basis.[citation needed] Councillor Leanne Jones was confirmed as the interim deputy leader.

On 24 July 2021, Jones was cleared of misconduct with a local government watchdog saying it found "no evidence".[citation needed] However, Jones did not return to the role of leader and Ted Latham continued in the role.

On 23 May 2022, it was announced that a coalition between the Plaid Cymru and Independent groups would lead the council.[4] The Liberal Democrats and Green Party members would support the coalition via a confidence and supply agreement. Independent councillor, Steve Hunt, became the new leader of council, with Plaid Cymru councillor, Alun Llewelyn, as the new Deputy Leader.[4]

Political makeupEdit

Elections take place every five years, electing sixty councillors. The last election was 5 May 2022.[5]

Current compositionEdit

Group affiliation[6] Members
Labour 27
Plaid Cymru 12
Liberal Democrats 2
Green 1

Historic resultsEdit

Year Seats Labour Plaid Cymru Independent Liberal Democrats Green Others Notes
2022 60 27 12 18 2 1 0 Plaid and independents controlled[4]
2017 64 43 15 5 1 0 0 Labour majority controlled
2012 64 52 8 4 0 0 0 Labour majority controlled
2008 64 37 11 9 4 0 3 Labour majority controlled
2004 64 36 10 7 2 0 9 Labour majority controlled
1999 64 40 10 7 2 0 5 Labour majority controlled
1995[7] 65 52 3 8 2 0 0 Labour majority controlled

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

Neath Port Talbot had been a Labour stronghold, having been in power from 1996 until 2022.[8]


On 7 June 2022, Councillor Robert Wood was appointed the mayor of Neath Port Talbot.

The deputy mayor for 2022-23 is Councillor Chris Williams.

Electoral wardsEdit

Pre-2022 electoral wards in Neath Port Talbot

Following a 2021 local government boundary review, the number of electoral wards dropped from 42 to 34, with the number of elected councillors reducing from 64 to 60, effective from the 2022 local elections.[9]

Prior to this, the county borough was divided into 42 wards, listed below, returning a total of 64 councillors. Some of these wards are coterminous with communities (parishes) of the same name. There are 19 community councils in the county borough area. The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas. Communities with a community council are indicated with a '*':

Ward Communities (Parishes) Places covered
Aberavon Aberavon
Aberdulais Blaenhonddan* (Aberdulais and Cilfrew wards) Cilfrew
Allt-Wen Cilybebyll* (Allt-Wen ward) Cilhendre, Trebanos
Baglan Baglan and Baglan Bay Baglan Moor
Blaengwrach Blaengwrach* and Glynneath Town* (West Central ward) Cwmgwrach
Briton Ferry East Briton Ferry Town* (Craig-y-darren and Cwrt Sart wards) Goytre
Briton Ferry West Briton Ferry Town* (Brynhyfryd and Shelone Wood wards) Giant's Grave
Bryn and Cwmavon Bryn and Cwmafan Brynbryddan, Pontrhydyfen
Bryncoch North Blaenhonddan* (Bryn-côch North ward)
Bryncoch South Blaenhonddan* (Bryn-côch South ward)
Cadoxton Blaenhonddan* (Cadoxton ward) Cilfrew
Cimla Neath* Town (Cefn Saeson and Crynallt wards) Cefn Saeson, Cimla
Coedffranc Central Coedffranc* (East Central and Central wards) Skewen, Caewathen
Coedffranc North Coedffranc* (North ward) Birchgrove, Moore Town, Longford, Skewen
Coedffranc West Coedffranc* (West and West Central wards) Coed Darcy, Crymlyn Bog, Crymlyn Burrows, Pant y Sais, Jersey Marine, Llandarcy, Skewen
Crynant Crynant* Tre-Forgan
Cwmllynfell Cwmllynfell* Bryn-Melyn, Pen Rhiw-fawr,
Cymmer Glyncorrwg (Cymmer ward)
Dyffryn Dyffryn Clydach* Bryncoch, Dyffryn, Longford, Neath Abbey, White Gates
Glyncorrwg Glyncorrwg (Glyncorrwg ward)
Glynneath Glynneath Town* (East, Central and West wards) Blaengwrach, Cwmgwrach, Morfa Glas, Rheola
Godre'r Graig Ystalyfera* (Godre’r graig ward) Cilmaengwyn
Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen* (Cwmgors and Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen wards) Cwmgors, Gwaun Laision.
Gwynfi Glyncorrwg (Gwynfi ward) Abergwynfi, Blaengwynfi
Lower Brynamman Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen* (Lower Brynamman and Tai’r Gwaith wards) Tairgwaith
Margam Margam and Margam Moors
Neath East Neath Town* (Melyncrythan and Penrhiwtyn wards) Melincryddan, Pencaerau, Penrhiwtyn
Neath North Neath Town* (Castle and Llantwit wards) Llantwit
Neath South Neath Town* (Gnoll and Mount Pleasant wards) Cimla, Mount Pleasant
Onllwyn Onllwyn* Banwen, Dynffyn Cellwen
Pelenna Pelenna* Pontrhydyfen, Tonmawr
Pontardawe Pontardawe Town* (Pontardawe and Rhyd-y-fro wards) Rhyd-y-fro, Ynysmeudwy
Port Talbot Port Talbot Cirrinau, Cwm Dyffryn, Mynydd Emroch, Pen y Cae, Velindre
Resolven Clyne and Resolven*
Rhos Cilybebyll* (Gellinudd and Rhos wards) Cilmaengwyn, Gellinudd
Sandfields East Sandfields East
Sandfields West Sandfields West
Seven Sisters Seven Sisters* Bryndulais, Tynewydd
Taibach Taibach Goytre
Tonna Tonna*
Trebanos Pontardawe Town* (Trebanos ward) Craig Trebanos, Pontardawe
Ystalyfera Ystalyfera* (Ystalyfera ward) Gurnos

Council premisesEdit

Office complexes for the council are located at the

  • New Neath Civic Centre,
  • Port Talbot Civic Centre, and
  • The Quays in Baglan Bay.

The site of former Neath Civic Centre is now[when?] undergoing re-development as a shopping mall.

Council InterestsEdit

The Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council administrates or jointly controls a number of business interests, which include:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ >"Your Councillors by Political Grouping". Neath Port Talbot Council. 23 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Plaid Cymru and independents agree to share power on Neath Port Talbot Council". 23 May 2022. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  3. ^ Gemma Parry (12 May 2017). "The new leader of Neath Port Talbot Council wants to make it the best authority in Wales". Wales Online. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Independent and Plaid coalition takes control of Neath Port Talbot Council". Swansea Bay News. 23 May 2022. Retrieved 7 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Trailer - Local Elections May 2017".
  6. ^ "Your Councillors". 9 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Welsh unitary councils". 2 June 2015.
  8. ^ Elections 2008 - Neath Port Talbot, BBC News.
  9. ^ Hannah Neary (16 July 2021). "Number of electoral wards in Neath Port Talbot to fall resulting in four fewer councillors". Wales Online. Retrieved 27 June 2022.

External linksEdit

  • Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council