Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

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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
Cllr Scott Jones, Independent
since 17 May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Rob Jones, Labour
since 12 May 2017
Deputy Leader
Cllr Ted Latham, Labour
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Alun Llewelyn, Plaid Cymru
Chief executive
Karen Jones
since November 2020
Political groups
Administration (39)
  Labour (39)
Opposition (25)
  Plaid Cymru (15)
  Independent Group (7)
  Liberal Democrat (1)
  Non-aligned (2)
Length of term
5 years
First past the post
First election
4 May 1995
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
5 May 2022
Meeting place
Civic Centre, Port Talbot

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council is the local governing body for Neath Port Talbot, Wales, UK. Since its creation in 1996 it has been controlled by the Labour Party.


On 12 May 2017, Councillor Robert Jones become leader of the council, taking over from previous leader Councillor Ali Thomas.[2] The deputy leader is Councillor Ted Latham.

Councillor Alun Thomas had succeeded Cllr Derek Vaughan as leader when Vaughan became a Member of the European Parliament in May 2009.

Political makeup[edit]

Elections take place every five years, electing sixty-four councillors. The last election was 4 May 2017.[3]

Current composition[edit]

Group affiliation[4] Members
Labour 39
Plaid Cymru 15
Liberal Democrats 1

Historic results[edit]

Year Labour Liberal Democrats Plaid Cymru Residents association Others
2017 43 1 15 0 5
2012 52 0 8 0 4
2008 37 4 11 3 9
2004 36 2 10 9 7
1999 40 2 10 5 7
1995[5] 52 2 3 0 8

Neath Port Talbot is a Labour stronghold. Labour have been in power in Neath Port Talbot since 1996.[6]


On 17 May 2019, Councillor Scott Jones was appointed the mayor of Neath Port Talbot.

The deputy mayor for 2019-20 is Councillor John Warman.

Electoral wards[edit]

Electoral wards in Neath Port Talbot

The county borough is divided into 42 electoral wards returning a total of 64 councillors. Some of these wards are coterminous with communities (parishes) of the same name. Each community can have an elected council. 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 premises[edit]

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 Interests[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Trailer - Local Elections May 2017".
  4. ^ "Your Councillors". 9 February 2019.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Elections 2008 - Neath Port Talbot, BBC News.

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