Castle, Swansea

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Castle is located in Swansea
Castle shown within Swansea
Population 15,883 (2011)
OS grid reference SS6593
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Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SWANSEA
Postcode district SA1
Dialling code 01792
Police South Wales
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51°37′10″N 3°57′05″W / 51.6195°N 3.9514°W / 51.6195; -3.9514Coordinates: 51°37′10″N 3°57′05″W / 51.6195°N 3.9514°W / 51.6195; -3.9514

Castle (Welsh: Castell) is an electoral ward and community in the City and County of Swansea, Wales, UK. Castle covers most of the heart of the City of Swansea. The community does not have its own community council.

The electoral ward consists of some or all of the following areas: Swansea city centre, Brynmelin, Dyfatty, Greenhill, Maritime Quarter, parts of Mount Pleasant, Sandfields and Waun Wen in the parliamentary constituency of Swansea West. The ward borders the wards of St. Thomas to the east; Landore and Cwmbwrla to the north; Townhill and Uplands; and Swansea Bay to the south.

For electoral purposes, Castle is divided into a number of polling districts: City Centre, Sandfields, George Street, Mount Pleasant, XE1 High Street, XE2 High Street, North Hill, Baptist Well, XH1 Brynmelin and XH2 Brynmelin. Castle returns 4 councillors to the local council.

The Castle ward is a Communities First area.


The overall population in the castle ward is: 11,933.

Ethnic breakdown:[1]

Ethnic group Count %
White British 10,784 90.37
White Irish 132 1.11
White Other 284 2.38
Black or Mixed Black and White 60 0.5
South Asian or Mixed Asian and White 490 4.12
Chinese or Other (including mixed race) 183 1.53

The number of people identifying themselves as Welsh was 1,578 (13.22%).

Current Representation[edit]

The Castle Ward is a four-member ward for the purposes of City and County of Swansea Council elections. Following the 2012 election it is currently represented by four Labour Party councillors.

Castle 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Erika Theresa Kirchner* 1,629
Labour Sybil Crouch 1,623
Labour David Phillips* 1,610
Labour Fiona Margaret Gordon 1,582
Liberal Democrat Gareth Peter Jones 533
Liberal Democrat Alan Jeffery 531
Liberal Democrat Tanya Auxiliadora May 511
Liberal Democrat Vicky Lewis 440
Plaid Cymru Patrick John Powell 274
Plaid Cymru Gez Couch 261
Plaid Cymru Harri Llwyd Roberts 254
Green Steve Clegg 248
Plaid Cymru Damian Paul Martin 248
Conservative Paul Raymond Morris 241
Conservative Stephen Joseph Gallagher 230
Conservative Sonya Winifred Rachel Morris 228
Conservative Natasha Rhian Tomaszewski 207
Independent Phil Crayford 207
Green Ross Walters 193
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Martin John White 148
Turnout 29.0 +0.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Recent History[edit]

The first election to the new unitary City and County of Swansea Council took place in 1995. All three seats were won by Labour.

Castle 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Lloyd 1,756
Labour Barbara Joyce Hynes 1,723
Labour Dereck John Roberts 1,623
Liberal Democrat Robert Speht 592
Green Benjamin David Grigg 515
Liberal Democrat Cynthia Wharrad 463
Wales Militant Labour Mark Evans 378
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

In 1999, the number of seats increased from three to four. David Phillips had previously represented the Uplands ward.

Castle 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Lloyd* 1,622
Labour Barbara Joyce Hynes* 1,579
Labour David Phillips* 1,477
Labour Dereck John Roberts* 1,440
Plaid Cymru Yvonne Marie Davies 1,111
Liberal Democrat Yvonne Marjorie Holley 937
Green Benjamin David Grigg 632
Conservative Paul Raymond Morris 503
Conservative Sonya Winifred R. Morris 477
United Socialists David Richard Warren 273
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)


Castle ward

As of October 2011, the current City and County of Swansea councillors for Castle Ward are:

Following the death in September 2011 of Councillor Barbara Hynes, who had represented Castle for 21 years, there is a vacancy for one councillor in the ward.[1] A byelection has yet to be announced.

The Castle ward is a major Labour stronghold with all seats currently occupied by Labour councillors. In the 2008 local elections, there were 21 candidates, each hoping to secure one of four seats. All four sitting Labour councillors were looking to retain their seats. However, the Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats were all fielding four candidates each. The other candidate who was hoping to take a seat represented the Socialist Party.


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