Pembrokeshire County Council

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Pembrokeshire County Council

Cyngor Sir Penfro
Coat of arms or logo
Logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Chair of the Council
Simon Hancock, Non-aligned
since 2019/20
Leader of the Council
David Simpson, Non-aligned
since May 2017
Leader of the Opposition
Jamie Adams, Independent Group
Chief Executive
Will Bramble
since 31 March 2021
Structure
Seats60
Political groups
Administration
  Independent (35)
Opposition (25)
  Conservative (11)
  Labour (10)
  Plaid Cymru (2)
  Liberal Democrats (2)
Length of term
5 years
Elections
First past the post
First election
4 May 1995
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
6 May 2027
Meeting place
Pembrokeshire county hall.jpg
County Hall, Haverfordwest
Website
http://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Pembrokeshire County Council (Welsh: Cyngor Sir Penfro) is the governing body for Pembrokeshire, one of the Principal Areas of Wales.

Leadership[edit]

David Simpson was elected as the new council leader on 25 May 2017, after the previous leader Jamie Adams had withdrawn from the contest.[1] The council had previously been controlled by the Independent Plus Political Group (IPPG), of which Adams was a member, but their numbers were slashed from 33 to 13 at the May 2017 election. Adams blamed the IPPG's close connections to the discredited former chief executive. Simpson is unaffiliated to any group.[2] Simpson leads a cross party Democratic Coalition of progressives and moderates.

Leader From To Party/Group
David Simpson May 2017 Independent (Democratic Coalition)
Jamie Adams May 2012[3] May 2017 Independent (IPPG)
John Davies June 2004[4] May 2012 Independent (IPPG)

Political makeup[edit]

Elections normally took place every four years. The last elections were on 5 May 2022. The 2021 elections were postponed to 2022 to avoid a clash with the 2021 Senedd election.

Current composition[edit]

As at 5 May 2022:

Group affiliation[5] Members
Independent (DC) 22
Independent Political Group 13
Conservative 11
Labour (DC) 10
Plaid Cymru (DC) 2
Liberal Democrats (DC) 2
 Total
60

Groups/Parties in the Democratic Coalition administration noted by (DC)

Party with majority control in bold

Historic results[edit]

Year Seats Independent Labour Plaid Cymru Conservative Liberal Democrats Notes
2022 60 35 10 2 11 2 Democratic Coalition
2017 60 34 7 6 12 1 Democratic Coalition
2012 61 43 9 5 3 1 Independent majority controlled
2008 60 42 5 5 5 3 Independent majority controlled
2004 60 40 12 5 0 3 Independent majority controlled
1999 60 38 15 2 0 5 Independent majority controlled
1995[6] 60 41 13 3 0 3 Independent majority controlled

Party with the most elected councillors in bold. Coalition agreements in Notes column

Electoral divisions[edit]

Until the 2022 local elections the county was divided into 60 electoral divisions, each returning one councillor. Some of these divisions were coterminous with communities (parishes) of the same name. Most communities have their own elected council. There are ten town councils and 52 community councils in the county.

Following a boundary review, from the 2022 local elections the number of wards was reduced to 59, with one two-member ward.

The following table lists pre-2022 council divisions, communities, and associated geographical areas. Communities with a community council are indicated with a '*':

Division Communities (Parishes) Other geographic areas
Amroth
Burton
Camrose
Carew
  • Carew*
Cilgerran
Clydau Manordeifi
Crymych
Dinas Cross
East Williamston
Fishguard North East Fishguard and Goodwick Town* (part)
Fishguard North West Fishguard and Goodwick Town* (part)
Goodwick Fishguard and Goodwick Town* (part)
Haverfordwest Castle Haverfordwest Town* (part)
Haverfordwest Garth Haverfordwest Town* (part)
Haverfordwest Portfield Haverfordwest Town* (part)
Haverfordwest Prendergast Haverfordwest Town* (part)
Haverfordwest Priory Haverfordwest Town* (part)
Hundleton
Johnston
Kilgetty/Begelly
  • Kilgetty/Begelly*
Lampeter Velfrey
Lamphey
Letterston
Llangwm
Llanrhian
Maenclochog
Manorbier
Martletwy
Merlin's Bridge
  • Merlin's Bridge
Milford Central Milford Haven Town* (part)
Milford East Milford Haven Town* (part)
Milford Hakin Milford Haven Town* (Hakin ward)
Milford Hubberston Milford Haven Town* (Hubberston ward)
Milford North Milford Haven Town* (part)
Milford West Milford Haven Town* (West ward)
Narberth Narberth Town* (Narberth Urban ward)
Narberth Rural

Narberth Town* (Crinow and Narberth Rural wards)

Newport
Neyland East Neyland Town* (East ward)
Neyland West
Pembroke Monkton Pembroke Town* (Monkton ward)
Pembroke St. Mary North Pembroke Town* (St. Mary North ward)
Pembroke St. Mary South Pembroke Town* (St. Mary South ward)
Pembroke St. Michael Pembroke Town* (St. Michael ward)
Pembroke Dock Central Pembroke Dock Town* (Central ward)
Pembroke Dock Llanion Pembroke Dock Town* (Llanion ward)
Pembroke Dock Market Pembroke Dock Town* (Market ward)
Pembroke Dock Pennar Pembroke Dock Town* (Pennar ward)
Penally
Rudbaxton
Saundersfoot
Scleddau
Solva
St David's
St. Dogmaels
St Ishmael's
Tenby North Tenby Town*: Tenby (part)|
Tenby South Tenby Town*: Tenby (part), Caldey and St. Margaret's Islands.
The Havens
Wiston

Criticism[edit]

The council received criticism for having leased a Porsche sports car for its former chief executive, Bryn Parry-Jones, who was paid £192,000 a year and then received a £277,000 pay-off when he left the post in 2014.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David Simpson elected new Leader of council". The Pembrokeshire Herald. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Jamie Adams: I wouldn't change how we handled Bryn Parry-Jones situation". Western Telegraph. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  3. ^ ""Grave concerns" over troubled Pembrokeshire Council's child safeguarding issues". Wales Online. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  4. ^ "County Council Leader wins top award". Tivyside Advertiser. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Your Councillors". mgenglish.pembrokeshire.gov.uk. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Welsh unitary councils". 2 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Porsche for council boss appalling, Leighton Andrews says". BBC News. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.

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