Isle of Anglesey County Council
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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
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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, with elections ultimately delayed, meaning they took place a year after the rest of Wales, pending a new electoral system.
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. 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.
A review of electoral arrangements on Anglesey by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales began in 2010. This was scrapped and recommenced in 2011 following a new instruction by the Welsh Government.
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. The electoral wards (numbers of councillors in parentheses) are:
- Aethwy (3), formed by the Communities of Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, Menai Bridge and Penmynydd
- Bro Aberffraw (2), formed by the Communities of Aberffraw, Bodorgan and Rhosyr
- Bro Rhosyr (2), formed by the Communities of Llanidan, Llanfihangel Ysceifiog, Llanddaniel Fab and Llangristiolus
- Caergybi (3), the electoral wards of Town, London Road, Morawelon, Porthyfelin, and Parc a'r Mynydd in the Community of Holyhead
- 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.
- Llifôn (2), the Communities of Llanfaelog, Llanfair-yn-Neubwll and Valley
- 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
- Seiriol (3), formed by the Communities of Beaumaris, Cwm Cadnant, Llanddona, and Llangoed.
- Talybolion (3), formed by the Communities of Bodedern, Cylch-y-garn, Llannerch-y-medd, Llanfachraeth, Llanfaethlu, Mechell and Tref Alaw
- Twrcelyn (3), the Communities of Amlwch, Llanbadrig, Llaneilian, and Rhosybol
- 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".
- BBC News: Anglesey council to be taken over, says Carl Sargeant
- BBC News: Anglesey council election postponed for year to 2013
- The Isle of Anglesey (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2012 Legislation.gov.uk
- "Anglesey council election postponed for year to 2013". BBC Sport (BBC). 17 January 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- "Your councillors by political group". Isle of Anglesey County Council. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- Isle of Anglesey Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales
- DIRECTION TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOUNDARY COMMISSION FOR WALES 2011 Welsh Government