Llanelli Rural

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Coordinates: 51°40′59″N 4°07′48″W / 51.683°N 4.130°W / 51.683; -4.130

Coat of Arms of Llanelli Rural Community Council, reads "Cyngor Gwledig Llanelli", Welsh for Llanelli Rural Council.

Llanelli Rural (Welsh: Llanelli Wledig) is a community in the southeast corner of Carmarthenshire, Wales.


Despite its name it covers large parts of the Llanelli urban area, including Bynea, Llwynhendy, Cefncaeau, Pemberton, Bryn, Cwmcarnhywel Penceilogi, Dafen, Felinfoel, Swiss Valley, along with the villages of Pont-Henri Pontiets, Pwll, and Five Roads, as well as a number of hamlets. The community entirely surrounds Llanelli, except at the coast.

According to the 2001 census it had a population of 21,043,[1] increasing to 22,800 at the 2011 Census.[2]

The community of Llanelli Rural is bordered by the communities of: Llanelli; Pembrey and Burry Port Town; Trimsaran; Llangyndeyrn; Pontyberem; Llannon; and Llangennech, all being in Carmarthenshire; and by: Gorseinon; Llwchwr; Gowerton; Llanrhidian Higher; and Llanrhidian Lower, all being in the City and County of Swansea.

Llanelli Rural Council[edit]

Llanelli Rural Council governs the area at a community level. The council headquarters is located in Llanelli town centre.

Current political make-up[edit]

Following elections in May 2017 the council is made up of:

Labour - 13 members

Plaid Cymru - 4 members

Independents - 3 members

People First - 1 member

The council elected Cllr. Tegwen Devischand as leader and she pledged to continue to cooperate with Llanelli Town Council and the Carmarthenshire County Council, converting Llwynhendy Education Centre and Pwll Education Centre for local community use.[3]

Electoral Wards[edit]


  • Bynea – 3 councillors. Cllrs. Michelle Donoghue, S.Donoghue, I. Wooldridge.
  • Dafen – 4 councillors. Cllrs. S. Davies* (county for Llwynhendy), S.Lewis, A.Rogers, T. Devischand
  • Felinfoel – 2 councillors. Cllrs. J. Evans, B.Thomas*
  • Glyn - 2 councillors. Cllrs. J. Jones*, C. Rees
  • Hengoed – 4 councillors. Cllrs. S. Caiach, M. Davids, P. Edwards*, S. Phillips*
  • Llwynhendy – 4 councillors. Cllrs. F. Akhtar*, M.Najmi, J.Hart, E.Simmons
  • Swiss Valley – 2 councillors. Cllrs. G. Morgan*, J. Randell .

* Those with an asterisk are also members of Carmarthenshire County Council for the same Rural area unless otherwise stated

Chairs of Council[edit]

  • 2017/18 Cllr John Evans
  • 2016/17 Cllr Stephen M Donoghue
  • 2015/16 Cllr Martin Davies
  • 2014/15 Cllr Lindy J Butler
  • 2013/14 Cllr Thomas J Jones
  • 2012/13 Cllr Tegwen Devischand


  1. ^ Census 2001 Statistics Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tegwen leads the way". The Llanelli Herald. 2 June 2017. p. 4. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  4. ^ Local Government Wards in Carmarthenshire
  5. ^ Council Members and Wards

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