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.
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Bwrdeistref Sirol Castell-nedd Port Talbot
|Founded||1 April 1996|
|Preceded by||West Glamorgan County Council|
Port Talbot 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
Alun Llewelyn, Plaid Cymru
since 23 May 2022
Leader of the Opposition
Robert Jones, Labour
since 23 May 2022
since November 2020
Length of term
|First past the post|
|4 May 1995|
|5 May 2022|
|6 May 2027|
|Civic Centre, Port Talbot|
On 12 May 2017, Councillor Robert Jones become leader of the council, taking over from previous leader Councillor Ali Thomas. 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. It was confirmed that the deputy leader, Councillor Ted Latham, would replace Councillor Jones on an interim basis. 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". 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. 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.
Elections take place every five years, electing sixty councillors. The last election was 5 May 2022.
|Year||Seats||Labour||Plaid Cymru||Independent||Liberal Democrats||Green||Others||Notes|
|2022||60||27||12||18||2||1||0||Plaid and independents controlled|
|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||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.
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.
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Trebanos||Pontardawe Town* (Trebanos ward)||Craig Trebanos, Pontardawe|
|Ystalyfera||Ystalyfera* (Ystalyfera ward)||Gurnos|
Office complexes for the council are located at the
The site of former Neath Civic Centre is now[when?] undergoing re-development as a shopping mall.
The Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council administrates or jointly controls a number of business interests, which include: